I actually read this book about 6 years ago when I got it. I think I have it in Swedish. I didnt like it that much but Ive been reading it with childrI actually read this book about 6 years ago when I got it. I think I have it in Swedish. I didn´t like it that much but I´ve been reading it with children. Strangely, each child sees individual things in the pages that I never paid attention to. They make it their own experience. ...more
Not a literary sensation - as Haaretz is quoted in the cover. This is a political sensation. Tenenbom bravely exposes pretenders. You dont actually neNot a literary sensation - as Haaretz is quoted in the cover. This is a political sensation. Tenenbom bravely exposes pretenders. You don´t actually need to go wallraffing to disclose them, but people seldom believe when told what´s been said and done behind the scenes.
Tenenbom has been called a gifted writer, which he shows no proof of in this book. He may be a logical thinker who can debate (and drive his opponents mad) but lacks the brilliant analyses of for example Caroline Glick and Hillel Neuer. I understand black humor but humor doesn´t help much here. He takes turns presenting sad facts and telling vulgar jokes. He makes a style of awkward transitions from one topic to another, in an effort to try to make sense of his comings and goings, back and forth. He has a biased habit of blaming leftists for anything bad.
Still, this is an important book. Seemingly about this unlikable person, it deals with the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the Red Cross, NGOs, Doctors without borders, Christians trying to hide their hate and real aims, truths about so-called documentaries and their financing, naive European interests, politicians of many kinds and ordinary people´s views that they tell a German, or - in my case, just another Finn.
As a European I can only agree with an Israeli MK that we love the dinosaurs. You may need to read the book to get that. ...more
This is a very practical guide in how to successfully handle resistance to necessary changes. Clients may not be ready, willing or able to make such cThis is a very practical guide in how to successfully handle resistance to necessary changes. Clients may not be ready, willing or able to make such changes. Instead of sometimes clenching my teeth and wondering what is so difficult about small changes to improve someone´s quality of life, I should remember to use this respectful approach leaning on the client´s own reasoning and values.
The author, Liria Ortiz, is a Swedish Psychologist and Psychotherapist. She became interested in the method thinking that since what we say to clients may awake resistance, we can surely learn how to do the opposite.
The book offers a thorough introduction to Motivational Interviewing, a method for communication. It is easy to read thanks to its educational layout, fresh contents and exact language.
I learned about MI long ago and introduced the method to others as well. Time passed and I see that I´ve been using the method from time to time but without developing my skill. After picking up Ortiz´s book I couldn´t stop reading. I realized that it is up to me now. I´ll start using this approach properly at work. It worked even introspectively!...more
(Read in Swedish)A captivating story of hermits in the Siberian taiga. Laconic writing but rich in essential detail. It shows with clarity the struggl(Read in Swedish)A captivating story of hermits in the Siberian taiga. Laconic writing but rich in essential detail. It shows with clarity the struggle for survival, how people need company, and how far people can go with fixed ideas, even when confronted with reality. For me the real heroes of the story were those who helped the family, including the author. You never know how much is true and what is fiction but this was a thoroughly enjoyable document. Now that I´ve just finished reading, a helicopter, river and trees coloured by autumn flash through my mind. I see a path leading upwards and start wandering. ...more
**spoiler alert** I liked the first half or so very much. The story was so predictable, though. Have I read too many detective novels (spoiled by the**spoiler alert** I liked the first half or so very much. The story was so predictable, though. Have I read too many detective novels (spoiled by the ones from Sweden)or maybe because of my line of work. A common thread these days is these antiheroes with difficult relations and frustrations at work. That is an unarming approach that surely resembles the true conditions, unlike some action movie type contributions in the genre.
This was the first book I read by D.A. Mishani. The character of Avi Avraham was thinly described here and became more like a caricature. Why not spend some words and time describing the main character when the author just like many other writers describes in detail what this character eats and says in events totally unrelated to the story. I do like reading when, where and how he gets his falafel and where another character attempts to make a call from a public phone (are those really left?)but why describe every meal in detail. Now I for instance remember the water, the peas and and a white plastic fork from a scene. Doesn´t need to be a correct recollection, but for me it seems like a way for the author to describe the stress, slowness and hopelessness in many situations in the book, and I´d rather read more descriptions of people than get stillebens of meals. In the last pages there is a description of a meal of fruits and bread but for the next, more essential meal we are offered only guesses of what might be prepared.
If I leave aside my or the author´s preoccupation with food, this book was refreshing in many ways. At times difficult to follow - you had to stop and wonder what was happening. The expected solution wasn´t revealed yet!...more