I think everyone should read this book. Transitions are NOT talked about in our western culture and yet it's not as though they have gone away. We all...moreI think everyone should read this book. Transitions are NOT talked about in our western culture and yet it's not as though they have gone away. We all encounter life changing transitions numerous times throughout our life, but we have not been giving the tools to recognize them and the stages of them to know how to make the most of them.
This book does just that. Transitions are important. It's even more important to know what to do when they arrive, because they inevitably do. This is a book to keep and revisit during those times. (less)
For anyone with a creative bone in their body. Anyone with work to do. Anyone who struggles with Resistance in doing that work, or creating that piece...moreFor anyone with a creative bone in their body. Anyone with work to do. Anyone who struggles with Resistance in doing that work, or creating that piece of art. This book is powerful. Resistance is real and it is ferocious and if we are unconscious to it, it will rob of us of our purpose.
Parts one and two were more fulfilling for me and I think this is an important book to keep by my bedside or coffee table to pick up daily and read a bit of it to constantly remind myself of the war of art. (less)
I hated Twilight. I could only get through the first book, and barely. The writing was painful.
Fifty Shades is guilty...moreTHIS IS A REVIEW FOR THE TRILOGY.
I hated Twilight. I could only get through the first book, and barely. The writing was painful.
Fifty Shades is guilty of sub-par writing in my opinion as well. Where it succeeds is in the author's creation of a man that A LOT of women would find terribly appealing (on paper):
1) Stupid good looks 2) BILLIONAIRE 3) Falls madly in love with said-average girl 4) Character flaw - women love a good case.
This is why the Fifty Shade trilogy is so addicting. You fall in love with the fantasy of a man like Christian Grey. A billionaire who loves you to his core and says things like "go spend some money" and "I make roughly $100,000/hr". It's so easy for the reader to get caught up in the fantasy of Christian Grey. Could a wealthy, stupidly good looking billionaire fall for an average girl like me? And could I be the only woman who truly saves him from himself?
The writing is god awful. I found myself loathing Anna's damned subconscious who makes frequent appearances, loathing Anna's obvious insecurity and jealousy over Christian which inspires her to give other women awful and demeaning monikers, and loathing the ridiculous amount of amazing sex these two apparent olympic sexlethes have.
This trilogy is terribly flawed. It's obvious, but I was a sucker for a fantasy, like I imagine most women reading this book are. And to that, my hats are of to E L James, for appealing to the fantasy that has been imbedded in women since Disney.
Don't take this book too seriously people. Have a good lazy poolside read and get lost in the fantasy of it all.
P.S: My christian: ian somerhalder or ryan gosling (less)
Such an important theory that all people should invest in knowing more about. Such a revelation! I'd agree with other reviews that at times it seemed...moreSuch an important theory that all people should invest in knowing more about. Such a revelation! I'd agree with other reviews that at times it seemed too simplistic and the workbook-like sections became irritating. Also, the tone of the authors regarding avoidant types seemed negative a lot of the time. I wish they were more open minded to avoidants have needs that deserve being meet just as much as anxious or secures.
Otherwise this a great book for all people looking to bring good health into their relationships now and in the future. Wish I'd read this or something like it at 16. (less)
I think this is one of the most important books in the last 10 years. I can see how this can be uncomfortable and upsetting to a lot of readers, but w...moreI think this is one of the most important books in the last 10 years. I can see how this can be uncomfortable and upsetting to a lot of readers, but with an open mind these concepts are really mind-blowing.
So important! That's all I can say and I wish everyone would be genuinely open to reading and accepting some of the ideas presented in this book. I think Tolle is correct about the unconscious mind of the world as a collective and the impact that has had: WAR, FAMINE, TERROR, FEAR... Something deeper is going on with the collective conscious of the world. We all need to WAKE UP.
These concepts are hard to implement. Of course, they would be, we've been living in auto-pilot for centuries now. It's a lifelong pursuit and I really hope I continue to pick up this book to refresh myself with it and I hope to be able to share it with people who are looking to release the addictive relationship to pain, fear, suffering, depression, sadness, fatigue. This book makes SENSE. That is all. READ IT. ABSORB IT. LIVE IT. NOW. (less)
I am so happy I finally read this book. Couldn't put it down. All of my family is from MS. I was born in Jackson and left when I was about 5. Even at...moreI am so happy I finally read this book. Couldn't put it down. All of my family is from MS. I was born in Jackson and left when I was about 5. Even at a young age in the late 80's I was aware of race here and was so grateful to leave. I completely relate to the love/hate relationship w/ Jackson, MS that Stockett refers to at the end of her book. I can talk bad about it, but if you aren't from there you go ahead a keep your mouth shut, thank you.
This story is so beautiful and moving. Everyone should read this book. I smiled at all the southern references that I grew up with like a pot of black eyed peas with a ham hock for new years. I cried at our unforgettable history and rejoiced at a caucasian woman's sensitive and poignant fictional account of black maids and their relationship to the white families they served in the late 60's. For her first novel, Stockett has knocked it out of the ballpark. (less)
This was an enjoyable quick read. Within two afternoons I finished this book.
I must admit, I did not see the final reveal coming, but some where near...moreThis was an enjoyable quick read. Within two afternoons I finished this book.
I must admit, I did not see the final reveal coming, but some where near the end of part two, I grew rather tired of all the evidence and theories. I had a hard time keeping up with who said what when. What happened when...and so on. I eventually gave up on trying to follow every avenue of thought H.P. had and rather just read the novel for enjoyment waiting for it all to unravel in the end.
It was quite a fun read, but I'd probably much more enjoy this as a film, if done well.
"Mon ami, if you wish to catch a rabbit you put a ferret in the hole, and if a rabbit is there - he runs. "(less)
The memoir of Dom's grandfather, which is presented halfway through the book, introduces us to a whole new plot l...moreI'd really like to give it 3.5 stars
The memoir of Dom's grandfather, which is presented halfway through the book, introduces us to a whole new plot line and set of characters that I found uninteresting enough to be in the book at all. I found myself loathing coming to those chapters that followed his grandfather. I wanted to get back to the present, and back to Dominic's story.
The last few chapters tie EVERYTHING together in a nice neat bow. So if you like that sort of resolution, this book will grant you a huge pay off in sticking with the close to 900 pages. But I like a little ambiguity, a little contemplation about what will happen once the last page has been flipped. Nope, nothing like that here. You know EVERYTHING come page 897.
Some great writing here, though. Thoughtful, funny, and genuine. I cared for Dominic, the lovable loser. I love these types of characters. And I loved the dissection of their family dynamic. Glad I read it, but probably wouldn't read it again. (less)
Started better than it ends, in my opinion. Really engaging story line and concept, but became a bit predictable towards the end. But it was a page tu...moreStarted better than it ends, in my opinion. Really engaging story line and concept, but became a bit predictable towards the end. But it was a page turner. I finished this book in two days because I couldn't put it down!
I can't begin to explain how magical this book is. Every sentence thought out with depth, compassion, and beauty.
This book is such a glorious testimo...moreI can't begin to explain how magical this book is. Every sentence thought out with depth, compassion, and beauty.
This book is such a glorious testimony of God's love and mercy in our lives. I cannot recommend this book more to anyone who has ever dealt with loss, grief, loneliness, being in love, pagan pursuits, closure, closeness to God, and understanding of his grace and yet sovereignty.
Sheldon Vanuken recounts his life with his love, Davy and their coming to Christ and everything that follows. But the last chapter is his culmination and examination of why things happened the way they did and looking back, how it couldn't have been more divinely different. For me this last chapter will tickle at a truth in all of us that we have in some way or another experienced, yet might not have ever seen it so extraordinarily expressed and articulated.
Look I am not a romantic. I did find their philosophies on love to be somewhat sickening and over-indulgent, but press on reader, that isn't the point of the story. Whether you are a hopeless romantic, or more like myself who cringes at sappy sentiments, this book is hinting at something past that. I would hope people could see this book to be more of a testimony of God than of the couple and their relationship. This, too, is what Sheldon himself came to realize and thus the reason for writing the book itself. (less)