This book fulfils its purpose as stated by the author in the opening introduction "...to encourage and support the process of bringing more stillness,...moreThis book fulfils its purpose as stated by the author in the opening introduction "...to encourage and support the process of bringing more stillness, gentleness, and healing into our daily lives." (loc 19). I found it motivational in bringing to me, as a reader, a way of developing an understanding and a method of achieving the stillness that oft times eludes me.
I would have liked to have had more content and references to further reading / resources within the book; but then, as the title states, it is a ‘little’ book of Yin. Being ‘little’ will bring it to the attention of those readers, myself included, who want a stimulating springboard to launch from. It has encouraged me to try a daily practice of stillness, once more proving it has achieved what it set out to do.
Like some kindle publications, this book has its nuances and irritations. Grammar and spelling mistakes are present in this book but not so great as to distract from the enjoyment of the content. The one irritation I did have however was the occasional extra large typeface at the start of a section. I like headings but not the jump out and shout sort. This is not meant to be a criticism of the author or of his work but is perhaps more of a personal preference and a desire to read electronically as one would with a paper format.
On the whole this is a good little motivational book that I would recommend to anyone wishing to learn more about the subject of Yin before spring-boarding into the greater depths of the subject. Initially I had given three stars to this little spark of encouragement. On reflection I think it is worth four stars. It serves its (stated) purpose and is written in an easy to read manner. In addition I think there is also scope for this little book to be published as one of those fit-in-the-pocket inspirational publications.
Finally, I’ve also checked out Michael Hetherington’s website – and that too is worth a visit. (less)
This is five books in one. I am reading the kindle edition and although the 'print' side of things leaves a little to be desired, the writing is clear...moreThis is five books in one. I am reading the kindle edition and although the 'print' side of things leaves a little to be desired, the writing is clear and full of 'voice'. So far it is heading towards the 4-5 star mark (about half way through the first book).(less)
What a lovely surprise this book has turned out to be. I was expecting an average motivational blurb on how-to-do. I know how to clear up and clean up...moreWhat a lovely surprise this book has turned out to be. I was expecting an average motivational blurb on how-to-do. I know how to clear up and clean up; but I wasn't getting it done. For months I had promised myself that I would get around to de-cluttering my home; but I wasn't getting it done. I tried making lists with timescales; but I wasn't getting it done. So I picked up this little kindle book. Maybe this will help get it done. It's working - I've started the de-cluttering.
This book lends itself well to the hare who needs to race ahead, the person who needs to read through all the suggestions and exercises in one sitting. I read this in an afternoon and made notes on how I could apply the written word to my cluttered life. I am now quite happy to take the tortoise route and do a thorough job in manageable chunks as recommended by the authors.
The book reads a bit like the news broadcasts. In the introducation we are told what we are going to be told. Then the following ten chapters are laid out in easy to follow logical sections. I could picture myself doing things the authors' way. The last part tells you what has just been said, the summing up of the news or the how-to-do the de-cluttering. The one gripe that I do have, and it is not that big a moan really, is the fact that in the final section, Additional Resources, the authors plug at great length their DreamSaveDo book. But the plug was not uncomfortable.
In fact I did go to their website to check out what the cost of these additional resources were retailing at. The cynic in me thought ' ha! this book is the sprat to catch the mackeral' I think the cynic in me got it wrong. The website is worth checking out if more hands-on support is needed. This book I have just read is worth recommending to others who have clutter in their lives that is unmanageable. I will use this book as I de-clutter. I have no hesitation in recommending this useful little book. (less)
I was bought this book several years ago by my ex-husband. Neither of us were, or are now even, sixty. It is a funny little book and did make me laugh...moreI was bought this book several years ago by my ex-husband. Neither of us were, or are now even, sixty. It is a funny little book and did make me laugh. Not quite as humourous or well written as Pam Ayres but seems to follow along in her style. I've given the book three stars because it is still on my bookshelf and does get looked at, albeit rather infrequently these days. I'm not sure if I would actually buy the book for myself though.(less)
Quinoa is something new to me. I had only just come across it recently and so, for me, getting a cook book on the product was something I was willing...moreQuinoa is something new to me. I had only just come across it recently and so, for me, getting a cook book on the product was something I was willing to spend out on. Imagine my excitement when I managed to download an e-book for free! Never one to turn down a bargain, I gladly took up the offer; however I would have been a little disappointed if I had to pay for it. My disappointment comes from the format of the book and not so much from the recipes or other content. I found that the electronic version was not very well constructed. There are paperback and hardback versions available from Amazon.co.uk which may prove to be a better option, albeit not free of course. The less than satisfactory aspects of the book are the inconsistent and frequent blank pages between chapters and recipes. I found it to be distracting and irritating to have to keep touching the forward button more than once to 'turn' or move onto the next page.
Nevertheless, I am not disappointed with the written content of this book. The introduction about quinoa covering the origins and uses was interesting. The last section of the book is given to Articles, and there are several of them, which cover what I assume to be the frequently asked questions. These articles are informative and are a worthy read on their own. There is also a link to the author's webpage which really is more useful than this version of his book.
The middle section, and the largest part, of the book is given over to the recipes themselves. Although I have not attempted as yet any of the recipes, I am impressed with the scope and far ranging qualities of quinoa. The author has taken time to put together a wide variety of dishes for almost all occasions. Most of the recipes can be tackled by those who have limited time and or cooking skills. Some of the recipes are more involved, and of course these are the ones I am drawn to. But practice makes perfect so I will start with the simpler ones. Being a foster carer means that I often have a young person eager to experiment in the kitchen and there are recipes in this book that will lend themselves well to just that.
Overall, this is a cookery book with a little bit of a difference. I'm not sure how often I will use the e-book version as I am a little bit messy in the kitchen and the fact that there are all these blank pages to contend with. For these reasons I am going to give the book two stars. If I were to rate purely on the content then I would probably go for three stars. However it may be worthwhile to check out the print versions of the book. The print versions may have more going for them. They might even include some nice pictures to look at whilst preparing and cooking. (less)
This is an good book for bathtime reading, if reading the paper version. I have read about 25% of this book so far and although it is probably middle...moreThis is an good book for bathtime reading, if reading the paper version. I have read about 25% of this book so far and although it is probably middle of the road stuff, it is at the upper end of that middle road. It is written in lots of very short snappy chapters which sandwich simple but effective exercises for the reader to undertake. A lot of the material is similar to Natalie Goldberg's style but that is not a criticism. It works well for Natalie and it would appear to work well for Julia too. As a reader hoping to be writing more and better then I will be tempted to take on board the suggestions and do a good few of the exercises. I think this book may very well end up being a 4 star by the time I am finished. (less)
I downloaded this as a sample from Amazon. I decided not to proceed with the purchase. It is too similar to the job I do for me to want to read the fu...moreI downloaded this as a sample from Amazon. I decided not to proceed with the purchase. It is too similar to the job I do for me to want to read the full book. I think I need to get out of my 'fostering head' when I read at this moment in time.
Based on the sample, it is an easy read and gives the reader a realistic peek into the world of fostering and the processes of care in the social services environment. The short passage I read raised questions around confidentiality and concerns regarding possible identification of the young person. I felt that the book was almost as much about how the author managed the case as much as it was about the child herself. It is often difficult for an author to use the 'I' statement without coming across as self-promoting in human tradegy stories. My rating reflects that I have not read the full book, however I was tempted to score 2 stars. I may well come back to this book later in the year just to satisfy myself on the little niggles I have.
A childhood favourite revisited many years later. I was not disappointed but I will confess that I had forgotten all about how far writing styles have...moreA childhood favourite revisited many years later. I was not disappointed but I will confess that I had forgotten all about how far writing styles have changed over the last few centuries. In the modern novel one can skim through but with Defoe's writing one has to read every word. The long sentences (properly punctuated of course) make it heavy going but I think that adds to the flavour of the story. Reading this book felt a little bit like tying shoelaces after one has been used to quick and easy velcro. I managed to get into the 'voice' of the book early and easily. Defoe did not disappoint me as a child and he is just as good a storyteller now that I am well into middle age.
Defoe makes good use of descriptive language to paint his picture for the reader. He does tend to overdress his descriptions at times but this did not detract from my enjoyment. For me, there seemed to be two aspects of this story. One being the adventure tale of high seas and desert island survival and the other being an author's possible exploration of his own spiritual reflections.
The book describes the irresistible urges of a young man to find his own way in life against the advice of his parents only to end up stranded on a desert island. The long time alone on this island promotes spiritual growth as well developing self-survival skills. Through trial and error Robinson Crusoe manages to provide enough to cover his basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing. Just as the reader begins to suspect that Crusoe is doomed never to see a fellow human being, along come some man-eating savages. Initially there is only the hint of human life; then Defoe takes the reader through the internal strife and anxiety Crusoe suffers during the lengthy interim period of suspicion and actual sighting. There are other sightings and engagements, each episode with yet more obstacles to be overcome. The tension builds up and the adventures get more frequent and dangerous. All of this adding to the excitement and anticipation of what is going to happen next.
By today's standards, the reader may find it labour intensive reading. However, it is a good read and well worth the effort. I'd recommend this as a classic for those who love adventure and storylines where the human spirit overcomes adversity. In addition, for those who wish to pursue the life of Robinson Crusoe, then the sequel may be of interest. (less)
I have this on my reading list for the second quarter in 2012 - this was one of my (many!) bargains purchased from Amazon in the first few days after...moreI have this on my reading list for the second quarter in 2012 - this was one of my (many!) bargains purchased from Amazon in the first few days after Christmas. And at 99p I think I got a bargain and glad I ovedindulged in the ebook search & purchase!(less)