If depression affects your productivity, then I recommend the section in this book on "do-nothingism". This isn't only for the issue of literally doin...moreIf depression affects your productivity, then I recommend the section in this book on "do-nothingism". This isn't only for the issue of literally doing nothing... even low grade depression seems to put a dent in our motivation, and that can gradually turn into a vicious cycle, where we end up wasting larger proportions of our time, and feeling worse because of it. The book covers reasons that lead to this state of affairs, and then outlines a bunch of techniques that can help one get out of it.
So for instance with the technique I'm using, the prospective/retrospective schedule, I first write basically a loose to do list/schedule for the day. Then as my day passes I write the retrospective schedule, that covers what I did that day, and I assign numbers to its "mastery" and "pleasure" values in separate columns. This has made me a lot more aware of which activities make me feel good and which make me feel bad, and this allows me to be more able to keep up a better frame of mind throughout the day through the activities I choose.
The rest of the book I don't find very valuable, but someone else might. I am not a great fan of CBT, especially because it often takes condescending forms. (This is partially offset because the author writes with a sense of humor and familiarity.) For an overall approach to depression, I prefer "The Mindful Way through Depression." But where productivity is concerned, I think it's worth buying the book for this section--especially as a kindle ebook, since the price is pretty low.(less)
As I've been reading books about writing lately, I'm discovering that most of them are bland repetitions of the same old same old. This book is no exc...moreAs I've been reading books about writing lately, I'm discovering that most of them are bland repetitions of the same old same old. This book is no exception. When it comes to SFF, though, there aren't a lot of writing books out there. So far this is the best SFF writing book I've come across.
(Jerry Cleaver's Immediate Fiction has been my favorite writing book so far, but he zeroes in on some of the most essential elements--namely conflict and its related elements--and nearly ignores everything else.)
While most of the book is fairly bland and superficial, as I said, there were a few things that were relatively unique. She summarizes the subcategories of SFF. For many who are more hardcore about SFF or fandom than I am, this will be old news... but for me it was enlightening in some cases... of course I knew what Urban Fantasy was, but I was not sure what High Fantasy is and how it was different from general fantasy... that sort of thing.
I think her best contribution comes from her chapters on short stories, and interviews with publishers (both magazine and publishing houses, IIRC).
Her writing voice is somewhat funny and light. It's personal and comes with personal judgements and biases, but overall she's relatively less judgemental than other "let me tell you about writing" authors I've read or flipped through. That's a pet peeve of mine--if I'm a dullard that can't write, and I don't already know that, some hectoring author isn't going to clue me in; and if I can write, then I don't need the hectoring. LT avoids that trap.
Oh, God. Hippies in the business world. Not necessarily a bad thing, but in this book it's all been taken way too far.
There's so much talk about "aspe...moreOh, God. Hippies in the business world. Not necessarily a bad thing, but in this book it's all been taken way too far.
There's so much talk about "aspects," "heart," "who am I," and all that sort of thing. At root, these could be good ideas. But all the authors do is bandy about all these vague hippie phrases. The longer sections mostly just have more of them. There's almost no getting down to brass tacks about what is really being talked about, making these concepts concrete. Okay, they are very broad concepts, but concretization could still be done far better than it's done here. There also isn't much balance, in the writing, of covering both all this "let's talk about feelings" stuff, and the practical work that needs to get done in most meetings.(less)
I'd recommend this as a book to get from the library, rather than to buy. I'm sure that many people will love it, but I just liked it. Still, I'd reco...moreI'd recommend this as a book to get from the library, rather than to buy. I'm sure that many people will love it, but I just liked it. Still, I'd recommend it as a valuable read to everyone, not just people who have had a brush with cancer in one way or another. The personal dimension of the story was evocative at first, but eventually became aimless. When it came to the chapters on environment, toxins, and nutrition, I was quite impressed. I think it's a valuable read just for that, although I'm still looking for still better resources on an anticancer diet--this is an excellent place to start. As far as the psychological dimensions... despite the fact that this is the author's specialty, I find his approach is sort of mushy and ultimately unfocused (when translated into real life) which doesn't lead anywhere. I'd previously read his book on depression and it wasn't helpful, though I'd hoped it would be. Still, this section is not without value. I'd give the book a 3.5.(less)
It's basically a 99c ebook. You can hardly go wrong.
Yes, the book's a teensy bit corny. But it's an interesting idea. Any time you go deeply into a pr...moreIt's basically a 99c ebook. You can hardly go wrong.
Yes, the book's a teensy bit corny. But it's an interesting idea. Any time you go deeply into a practice like that, it can have those kinds of effects, whatever the practice is.
Virtually all of us tend to neglect ourselves more than we should. Even when we finally improve some of those famous lifestyle habits in some important respects, the overall pattern often remains the same or similar. I don't think your perspective has to be the same as the author's to get something useful out of this simple little book. A nice, touchy feely informal complement to more intellectual spiritual-discipline-selfhelp books/techniques.(less)
It's not at all my style of cookbook. I prefer to have someone tell me exactly what to do... and then I change as...moreThis book is crazier than I expected.
It's not at all my style of cookbook. I prefer to have someone tell me exactly what to do... and then I change as much as I like. But I want to have a really specific base line. I don't have a great tolerance for screwing up when I cook, so I'm not one for learning how to prepare stuff "the hard way" as he recommends. This book was a short, interesting, and funny read.
Someone who's more into winging it in the kitchen might enjoy this book more.
I think the book would have been a lot better if it had just been co-written with proper cookbook person.(less)
Not really a fan of the nutritional overview--I'm sure it's virtually all technically correct, but for the most part it seemed like endless mentioning...moreNot really a fan of the nutritional overview--I'm sure it's virtually all technically correct, but for the most part it seemed like endless mentioning of nutrients and benefits rather than anything really cogent. Clear, but not really compelling or useful. For a better treatment of this subject, not specific to green smoothies, try Joel Fuhrman's "Super Immunity."
The recipes look great, and I was especially won over when I saw that one recipe section consists of entirely or significantly savory smoothies--no fruit, or very little, fruit at all. And then, there's another recipe section that is entirely savory smoothies! There are other savory smoothie recipes scattered in some of the other sections, as well. This is a good thing, and an unusual contribution, especially for a book that's relatively more mainstream oriented than many of the other green smoothie books are.(less)
Not so appealing for someone who is not a raw foodist or on the verge of becoming a raw foodist.
For those who are not raw foodists, I would suggest in...moreNot so appealing for someone who is not a raw foodist or on the verge of becoming a raw foodist.
For those who are not raw foodists, I would suggest instead an assortment like VB's "Green Smoothie Revolution," "The Everything Green Smoothies Book," and Dr Furhman's "Super Immunity." Maybe in opposite order!(less)
Note: This book is almost all about juicing. There's a few smoothie recipes, but they're nothing special. I was looking for a book on smoothies, but t...moreNote: This book is almost all about juicing. There's a few smoothie recipes, but they're nothing special. I was looking for a book on smoothies, but the juice recipes are impressive enough that I'll still give the book 3 stars.(less)
An amazon review said that it was all information you could find on the web, and I generally agree... there was more nutritional data than is easily f...moreAn amazon review said that it was all information you could find on the web, and I generally agree... there was more nutritional data than is easily found for greens, but there is actually less information on fruit than you would find on a green smoothie website--virtually no information at all, actually! This is ridiculous because fruit is arguably the most important element of most green smoothies, since it defines the taste and texture. The recipes seem ok. Great pictures. Terrible editing... lots of grammar mistakes, etc.
Definitely one to get from the library. I am appreciating it right now, because all the other books I requested from the library are waiting to be delivered to my branch. In general, the other book and websites I've seen on green smoothies aren't that great either. I suppose smoothies are simple enough that if you trawl through enough text of whatever quality, you'll learn everything you need to know. It would be nice, however, to see a book that jumps out of the pack, and is thorough yet succinct.(less)