I was slow to get into this book and found myself unmotivated by the plot at times. But it picks up and the end is just so delicious and fun! I just fI was slow to get into this book and found myself unmotivated by the plot at times. But it picks up and the end is just so delicious and fun! I just finished it and found it exhilarating in ways I had not expected. I enjoyed it far more than I realized. ...more
I didn't hate this book but I didn't like it at all.
Reading this book was like listening to family stories from a family you do not know or particulaI didn't hate this book but I didn't like it at all.
Reading this book was like listening to family stories from a family you do not know or particularly care about. Or watching someone's wedding videos when you don't know any of the people in it.
I expected some kind of insider look at Islamic life and she does frame her life around the religion but she wavers between strict interpretation and liberal interpretation of the doctrine with no explanation for the shift. She never addresses what she actually believes and presents her life as a blind follow of a doctrine that can be nonsensical. "Okay I'm just going to do the pilgrimage to Mecca now. Okay that was really uncomfortable. Next thing."
She points out inconsistencies in her religion without seriously challenging them. When she does challenge them, she frames it as something that is probably no more than her own personal neuroses. "Oh everyone thinks I'm nutty so that's why I did or said that...." I think that's a cop out because she is afraid of blowback in her community. She is clearly smart enough to take on the issues of gender, fundamentalism, discrimination. She simply doesn't bother to and that really bugged me.
As for the "laughing part," not once did I actually laugh. I'm not a tough nut to crack with humor but these stories were just not funny. So you didn't prepare for Eid dinner in advance and had to go to 2 stores to find enough chicken for 100 people. Who the heck cares about this kind of banal storytelling??? How about I write a book about how I ran out of peanut butter when I actually thought I had peanut butter!? Is that hilarious or what? No. No it is not. And neither is this book. ...more
There is a lot of quantum physics in this book. Not being a scientist, I cannot speak to its validity but I will say that this way of looking at the wThere is a lot of quantum physics in this book. Not being a scientist, I cannot speak to its validity but I will say that this way of looking at the world makes sense to me. I believe we are all connected in a way that science can only begin to explain and that we can influence our reality with the language of the universe. However, this book is a little light on the How To part. It's heavy in the burden-of-proof part, light on the what-to-do-with-that-knowledge part. I still very much enjoyed it and was inspired by it though. Will definitely consider reading another of his works! ...more
This book solidifies my belief that the wealthy set their own rules when it comes to finance. The author talks about how she used creativity and persoThis book solidifies my belief that the wealthy set their own rules when it comes to finance. The author talks about how she used creativity and personal authenticity to raise millions of dollars to invest in real estate. I found this to be incredibly inspiring!
I've always been a Type A, play-by-the-rules sort of person when it comes to finance. Susan proves that there are no rules other than the ones you set when it comes to real estate deals. You can structure deals any which way you want if you have the confidence, if the numbers are on your side, and if you are true to your word.
I especially liked that - with all the gold that she has to share - she set aside an entire chapter in the beginning of the book to talk about honesty and authenticity. She knows how important personal credibility is to your business dealings. That lesson didn't have to be upfront but she placed it there for a reason and I think that lends her credibility as an author.
I learned a TON from this book! Anyone looking to grow their personal portfolio should read this and keep digging because this is a brand new paradigm for me and one I want to really learn to leverage in my family! ...more
This book is about the abstraction of money from the perspective of quantum physics. It is abstract but I still loved it! The author talks about the wThis book is about the abstraction of money from the perspective of quantum physics. It is abstract but I still loved it! The author talks about the ways in which you can manifest wealth or push it away with thoughts, actions, deeds, and deeply held beliefs. I really believe that this book has made a difference in my life.
One caveat to fellow readers: I kept waiting for some kind of concrete prescription for meditation, manifestation, etc. That never really came. The meat and potatoes of value for this book is in the first third. But making my way through the end was still a delight of a reminder of all the ways we can see wealth unfold in our lives. Read it! ...more
I think this book is better served if you see it as a mom's manifesto rather than a how-to guide to managing money. The author lists A LOT of things tI think this book is better served if you see it as a mom's manifesto rather than a how-to guide to managing money. The author lists A LOT of things that smart moms should be doing like managing investments, saving for retirement, managing online identities and personal documents, etc. If I were the kind of person that did none of this, I might find this to be really overwhelming. Maybe someone can take this step-by-step and start doing each thing the author recommends but like I said, it is a lot and that is not very likely.
However, as someone who does a lot of this for my family, I found this book to be empowering because it was as if I were listening to a kindred spirit preaching the things that I believe too: that women are just as capable (if not more so) of managing their family's wealth and need not be afraid of the task.
Maybe the typical reader will be somewhere in between: the kind of mom that does some of this and can learn from the rest. If that is the case, there is a lot of executable idea that will pay off in the long run. I hope that is the case and that anyone who picks up this book empowers herself to get in the drivers' seat of their career, money, and goals. ...more
You know this book will be very sad when you pick it up. That's no spoiler. What you don't know until you experience it is how inspiring and deeply toYou know this book will be very sad when you pick it up. That's no spoiler. What you don't know until you experience it is how inspiring and deeply touching it is. A brave man faces his own mortality using his life-long love of literature, poetry, and philosophy. The same fascination that made him a great surgeon turned him into a beautifully lucid writer in the face of terminal lung cancer. You're not getting out of this read with dry eyes unless you are a sociopath. But if you're lucky this life-affirming story just might stick with you and add meaning to your life in a way writing it added meaning to the author's. Bless him and his brave family. I'm grateful that they found the strength to publish this. ...more
This was my first exposure to this author and I really enjoyed him. I found his stories to be a true illustration of the subtle beauties in life.
ThisThis was my first exposure to this author and I really enjoyed him. I found his stories to be a true illustration of the subtle beauties in life.
This is an autobiography of a man who has accomplished a lot of success in American capitalism, all the while learning to surrender to life's bigger plan. It is a story of real faith and it has made me profoundly question the things I resist. I am grateful for this book at this particular juncture in my life. I think I'll move on to the Untethered Soul next! ...more
Warning: Only read this book if you are game for a good cry or three. In fact if you don't cry, you may be a sociopath. The story is beautiful and heaWarning: Only read this book if you are game for a good cry or three. In fact if you don't cry, you may be a sociopath. The story is beautiful and heartbreaking and exhilarating but ultimately just so devastating. I binge read it into the late night with my husband asleep next to me and had to bury my face in the pillow to sob so that I wouldn't wake him up. Expect that kind of thing if you pick up this book. But it's worth it. ...more
I have to admit, I was impatient with the first third of this book. The author spends a lot of time convincing you that she has a supernatural abilityI have to admit, I was impatient with the first third of this book. The author spends a lot of time convincing you that she has a supernatural ability and then takes you through pages and pages about her apprehension regarding her psychic abilities as if the book were her adolescent journal. I almost didn't finish the book because I already believed her. I had heard her on a podcast and found her to be accessible and sincere. I figured that anyone who picks up this book wouldn't need 9 chapters of convincing that the universe has many layers of existence and knowing. I did keep going and I am so glad I did! I realized in the end that the stories she told in the early part were necessary to tell a complete story. She paints a beautiful and holistic picture of how the universe connects us all with love and intention. I already believed these things but I believe them all the more so now and I loved her approach and insight. I also loved her tips for listening to the signs that we get from the other side. I believe I've already experienced this in small ways just since using her approaches to being open to it.
I learned about Jackson on a new podcast, The Cosmos In You, and I liked her approachability towards spirituality. I wish more people saw the world this way. We would all be so much better for it! ...more
This book gutted me. I have a masters in sociology so I like to think I am an enlightened person. But I don't think I really understood the small andThis book gutted me. I have a masters in sociology so I like to think I am an enlightened person. But I don't think I really understood the small and subtle ways that racism can impact a developing psyche until this from Ta-Nehisi Coates.
I was impressed with a grown man's ability to tap into his emotional intelligence. Most people don't know what is bothering them so acutely. Most people simply act out their confusion and powerlessness. Coates writes his way through it. He is not very empowering or optimistic so be warned. But he is honest and clear about the things that make this world feel unsafe for him and his family.
The world shouldn't be like this but maybe, just maybe, if we understand these forces that make other people feel this way, we can change these forces. ...more