Am I missing something? He spent the whole book talking about this great healing system he'd figured out, but other than one paltry unexplained flow c...moreAm I missing something? He spent the whole book talking about this great healing system he'd figured out, but other than one paltry unexplained flow chart in the beginning, he never describes the method? Like, he explains the different sections of the flow chart, but never converts it into practical lessons/tips as to how to do this. He just describes the fact that he did it on a bunch of people. Whatever.
I actually got this book because I was interested in learning more about gratitude, and then once I started reading it I realized it was actually about a healing system. I don't know, maybe I'm totally missing hte part where he actually describes the process itself. But when I got to the end, I felt like I'd just been baited and switched and tricked into reading a 400 page infomercial.
Whatever. It did have some useful stuff about practicing gratitude and listening to your body and your intuition, which was actually in line with what I'd been looking for, so I'm glad I read it in that sense. (less)
LORD, was Anne Lamott's "voice" annoying. Jeez. All the silly examples, all the random asides about her life, ugh. (I know that sounds harsh, but try...moreLORD, was Anne Lamott's "voice" annoying. Jeez. All the silly examples, all the random asides about her life, ugh. (I know that sounds harsh, but try reading five pages - you'll see what I mean. She references all of these Eastern cultures and traditions in a way that seems so hollow and emotional-tourist-y, and it really rubbed me the wrong way.
But I couldn't really properly own my irritation with her ... until I flipped past the last page to the back jacket flap and saw a white lady with dreadlocks.
That's all you need to know about this book: it quotes Rumi here and there (although she does it better than those people who quote Rumi and think he's talking about their relationship with their boyfriend/girlfriend, so I will give her credit for that) and is written by a white lady with dreadlocks.
This seemed a rather amateurish attempt. The writing itself left much to be desired. The plot was actually pretty good. The dialogue was ... stilted,...moreThis seemed a rather amateurish attempt. The writing itself left much to be desired. The plot was actually pretty good. The dialogue was ... stilted, a bit contrived, and often quite corny, but otherwise decent. There were some scenes that were SO CORNY that I literally rolled my eyes while reading, which slowed down my reading pace and left me STUCK IN THE CORNY PARTS FOR EVEN LONGER. Eloise, especially in the first half of the book, is almost TSTL: Too Stupid To Live. Lord. She was whiny and annoying. I found it really hard to sympathize or connect with her in the beginning because, even after she caused all sorts of disasters in the convent, she still felt that she was going to be an abess. The self-delusion was strong with that one.
Basically, this was a riff off of The Sound of Music, but instead of a Captain with a bunch of kids, there was an earl with a crumbling estate, that the little nun made better.
It wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. It was maybe a little bad, now that I'm forcing myself to be honest. But I gave it two stars for effort and heart because I can tell how much the author WANTED this to be a good story.
I am very unlikely to read any other books by her. I'm sure she's a lovely person, but this just wasn't for me. Back to my Avon writers it is.(less)
Wait, this is a book for adults? I couldn't tell what it was when I put it on hold at hte library, and when I picked it up, I thought I'd gotten a kid...moreWait, this is a book for adults? I couldn't tell what it was when I put it on hold at hte library, and when I picked it up, I thought I'd gotten a kid's book by accident. But it's for adults, apparently.
I borrowed this book from a friend because I saw it on her shelf and was curious, so when she saw me reading the back, she told me to take it home and...moreI borrowed this book from a friend because I saw it on her shelf and was curious, so when she saw me reading the back, she told me to take it home and read it if I wanted.
This book was PAINFULLY SLOW. Good Lord. So much repetition, so many words that just did not need to be there. It would have benefited greatly from a good editor, because there was SO MUCH TEXT that could have been removed without detracting from the message or reducing the information the authors sought to give - at all. Lord, was it slow. There were so many times that I skipped (skimmed, because I can rarely bring myself to skip pages in a book, no matter how plodding) pages because I had literally read that same concept three times before, earlier in the book. Good God. At several points, it was honestly a chore to read this book. I considered stopping and just calling it a day. God.
However, that 10 second stress reducer thing that the authors talked about was pretty cool, and it's a technique I've used before, so I'm going to start using it again. (It's ten seconds of power breathing, which we used to do during hot yoga.)
Also, this book is very God-focused, and to a lesser extent, Christ-focused. So if you don't believe in God, just be aware that if you read this, God forms a foundation of their wellness methodology.
I found it telling that the authors discussed several religions in this book in addition to Christianity as well as several religious leaders in addition to Christ, but never once mentioned Islam or Muhammad. I side-eyed that.