When I first saw this book at my favorite used bookstore in Boulder Colorado (the Bookworm) I was intrigued. The inside jacket begins the summary of tWhen I first saw this book at my favorite used bookstore in Boulder Colorado (the Bookworm) I was intrigued. The inside jacket begins the summary of the book by asking the question… “Do women take a unique approach to spirituality?” I read the question closed the book and thought…”Well sure… don’t they?” Wanting to explore the topic of female spirituality more I picked it up and finally after months of having the book in my possession I read it last weekend.
Boucher’s book is set up as a general guidebook and a personal journal. Inserted into the chapters are Boucher’s own experiences that lead her to the theories and ideas she often writes about in her books. Many of the stories are of her first experience with Buddhism and her female spiritual teacher. Mixed throughout is feminist theory and insight. From history to a guide on Buddhist practices Boucher’s book generally covers a large scope.
I gave this book a 3 out of 5 because there are a lot of history and description of Buddhist practices and temples that I found intriguing, but to the unwilling reader it will be boring. The personal narratives are not compelling enough to appeal to any reader and the feminist theory is dated and somewhat biased (the book was first published in 1997).
Now if you have an interest in Buddhist history or practice you may consider this book. It is written as a general outline and for those who are unfamiliar, yet interested it is written clearly and concisely. I personally enjoyed the chapter on Buddhist meditation halls. As a Zen Buddhist I was unfamiliar with the Theravada and Varayana practices. Boucher offers a nice overview of the meditation hall differences.
Because of the nice overview of the different types of Buddhism I give this book 3 out of 5 stars. As I mentioned the personal narrative is not compelling and the question that intrigued me in the first place, was never really answered....more
This book is beautifully written. It is formatted in a question answer way (Wilama asks the questions then offers a personal story as an illustrationThis book is beautifully written. It is formatted in a question answer way (Wilama asks the questions then offers a personal story as an illustration of the answer). It is sincere as well as informative. The only reason that I did not give it 5 out of 5 is because not all the subjects in the book were as compelling as some (the section on cohabitating with the environment was less sincere and more of a lecture). I talk more about it on my blog Amanda’s Weekly Zen....more
In the book Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert chronicles her journey to find herself after a long divorce. She decided to take a year and spent it inIn the book Eat, Pray, Love Elizabeth Gilbert chronicles her journey to find herself after a long divorce. She decided to take a year and spent it in three different places for three different purposes. The book is divided into three books. In Book I Gilbert describes her time in Italy for which she hoped to speak Italian and eat Italian food. In book two Gilbert travels to India to pray at an ashram. In book three Gilbert would return to Indonesia where at first she had no plans what she would do during her stay but a palm reader 2 years before told her she would be back and would stay with him, so in the attempt to experience something different she went on a whim hoping he would remember her.
This book can be read in a few different ways; a memoir of a difficult period in Gilbert’s life and how she overcame it, a guide for divorced women and how they can deal with life after divorce or a travel memoir. I am sure other ways to read the book but what drew me to the book was the promise of the travel memoir. So often it is hard to find a great book about travel. Either it will read as too much of a guidebook (i.e. “Go see this, then go do this”) or it will read as a personal memoir with little travel description in it. Eat, Pray, Love falls somewhere in between. It is neither a guidebook nor is it really overly memoir (except for the very beginning and at times in the Indonesia section). There was much I appreciated about this book. I appreciated and thoroughly enjoyed Book I. So many descriptions of Rome, Naples and the food! After reading book one I said to myself, “I want to go to Rome!” This is why I bought the book the travel and there was a great deal of it in Book One, so much so that I could ignore the things I did not buy the book for (the divorce drama and the somewhat pathetic need for men that Gilbert relays to the reader early on). Excited about the prospect of more travel I moved on to Book II, which again I thoroughly loved. The descriptions of the ashram, the mediation sessions and the chanting all made me want to experience something similar. The language become more beautiful in this book the more comfortable Gilbert become with mediating and the less she obsessed about her lost relationships, it was a great book.
So I can hear you asking at this point, “Why did you only give it 3 out of 5 stars it sounds like you really liked this book?” Well mainly Book III. It started off promising and I loved it when she actually learned from Ketut Liyer, but then we lost the travel spirit and she began to just live there. The excitement in the writing that existed in the first two books had gone. Don’t get me wrong there were moments when I said to myself “I want to go to Bali” but this part of the book did not read the same as the others. And the real thing that brought this book all the way down to a 3 out of making it just okay was the ending. In order not to spoil anything for my fellow readers who have yet to pick this book up I just want to say this… it was not expected and somewhat uneventful considering the build up from the universe that we were feed throughout the book. It was a hurried afterthought of an ending. All in all though I am glad I read this book and if you have not read it I recommend it to readers who want a travel memoir or a book about relationships, both readers will be satisfied in the end.
Novel Moments: “To find the balance you want, […] this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs, instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” (Kindle Location 647)
“Parla come magni.” He knows this is one of my favorite expressions in Roman dialect. It means, “Speak the way you eat,” or, in my personal translation: “Say it like you eat it.” It’s a reminder- when you’re searching for the right words- to keep your language as simple and direct as Roman food. (Kindle Location 1764)...more
This book is pretty decent. Has some good code samples in it. My only complaint about it is that there are times when they really do not go into detaiThis book is pretty decent. Has some good code samples in it. My only complaint about it is that there are times when they really do not go into detail and topics are treated like you already should know what they are taking about. For example the whole section window forms. Overall though it is one of the better books for people who are learning C#. Make sure to download the sample code from their website that accompanies the book. Most of it is the same as in the book but it is nice to have it in VS as well. Oh a really nice thing about this book as opposed to others... it is available on the Kindle... very cool. ...more