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The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
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Jan 22, 2011

it was ok
Read in January, 2011

** spoiler alert ** this is a charming and simple narrative that offers philosophical exposition for substance; as such, the narrative is dependent on its philosophy. the central concept of the book, "mindfulness creates manifestation," is a wise and profound point; however, the concept is taken to an illogical extreme. in this book that which one is mindful of, comes to be. therefore one must not be mindful of negative things. this makes good sense in maters psychological, behavioral, or spiritual...but it is rather disastrous when applied to maters empirically proven to be otherwise. in stien's world, being mindful of a disease causes it's manifestation. therefore doctors do a disservice by providing a diagnosis. a rare, untreatable disease is offered as an example. not mentioned are common and treatable diagnoses such as hypertension and diabetes. it is a sad fact that failing to mind one's high blood pressure or blood sugar does not prevent the manifestation of cardiovascular or neurological disease. clearly, as a medical professional, i could not stomach the book's application of its philosophy.
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Janet Please, lighten up. Life will be better.

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