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The Places That Scare You by Pema Chödrön
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As with too many Buddhist texts, this one is wordy and filled with lofty Eastern wisdom that many average people would find difficult to accept let alone put into practice. The teachings on compassion and lovingkindness are especially worthwhile but many of the others are bulky for this small of a book. Each topic could be a book unto itself actually.

The overall theme of the book--letting the difficult times in life provide an opportunity for personal growth-- gives the reader a lot of food for thought and is an important lesson we all must learn. However, I think the book is too much like a buffet in that so much is available to the reader that it's hard to enjoy the small intricacies;they become lost in the vast teachings here. Still, I enjoyed it and was able to use much of what I learned here.
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