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4.40  ·  Rating details ·  2,257 ratings  ·  207 reviews
Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose that explores the movement from self love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when we truly try to know ourselves. It serves as a reminder to the reader that healing, transformation, and freedom are possible.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 6th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Beatrice Masaluñga
Thank you Andrews McMeel Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Reading this book feels personal as I look back to the lowest point in my life. All the painful feelings I had, as much as possible I keep them to myself. I endure my anger whenever I can and it's horrible. At one point I wanted to explode but I can't. There was a point I became distant and I struggled expressing my feelings to the closest people in my life. I just want a piece of mind and figure out my pro
Arybo ✨

I found this book on Netgalley's poetry shelf and I requested it because it captured me with its description of the content. Probably this book would have been better in the religious sector, because many of the ideas seem to be religious conceptions.

I did not find much poetry in these pages.

Why did not I like it?

I chose this book because I was looking for poetry. I think a poem is a mirror to see what is hidden within us, a picture that shows what we do not know about us or our lives. A “tr
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm recommending this book to everyone I know, as it is providing me with so much strength and comfort in my darkest moments lately. What a beautiful, stunning collection of short works. It's a quick read in totality, but wonderful to refer back to each night before drifting off to sleep. yung pueblo takes on the role of healer, educator, wise man and motivational speaker. The book is a perfect companion to compliment your Vipassana meditation practice, of which it's very clear the book takes it ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Can somebody please explain to me why most of the work which is called contemporary poetry of late feels like a Tumblr account, circa 2009? There seems to be a sudden trend for very short cliched pieces of writing which, upon reflection, actually say very little. Inward by Yung Pueblo was very much one of these. I found what I read of this very repetitive, and to me, it is not poetry. It is similar to so many other modern 'poetry' books, and nothing memorable came from it for me. Despite the fac ...more
Liv Chalmers
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection. It covered a lot of topics that I can relate to and things I am struggling with, and it is a good selection of positive affirmations for people who are struggling with motivation. From the first poem, I knew I would get on well with the collection, but as I continued on through the different sections, all of the themes became slightly repetitive. Yes, you are bound to write many poems about the same topics, I certainly do that, but I feel like this collection’s downfal ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Young Pueblo (Diego Perez Lacera) words have been healing and transforming for many. When we heal the depths of ourselves collectively we bring peace into the world.

I can see myself picking this up time and time again. Just beautiful.

This is a great companion for those who are on their own personal healing journey / spiritual journey. Much of what is written is aligned with practices and would resonate with those who understand and undertaken them.

Meditation, yoga, the Universe, manifesting,
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Inward is a small yet beautiful reminder of concepts I learned in a Vipassana retreat. Self love and healing are something deeply important to me, and this collection of poems and essays is something I will keep returning to in the future.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Via audiobook.

I guess this book is great if you are on a journey towards self-discovery etc, then I think you will enjoy this book a lot more than I did. The reason I can't give this any higher than two stars, which is even generous on its own, is that 'inward' is sold as a poetry book, what it obviously is not. This is a great example of false marketing. Had I known what kind of book this was going to be, I may not even have picked it up, but I would've at least gone into it with whole differe
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Broken into five chapters on distance, union, interlude, self-love, and understanding, the poet writes of creating a better world by healing, not harming, yourself. He expounds on releasing attachments, embracing love to attain peace, and looking inward. Freedom, wisdom, and love bring compassion and peace. Happiness can be elusive and obtainable. Love is the star. Insightful and thought provoking.
Kristina | A Christian Reads
Feb 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
I listened to this as an audiobook, read by the monotone narrator. I don't believe audiobook is the intended format for this book, but I don't think my rating would change. This is nothing but repetition of self-love and loving everyone. Those are great and necessary concepts, but this book seemed unnecessary
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m reading this book of poems, poem by poem, day by day. When the urge strikes, I flip it open at random, read the poem, and reflect on it. I love reading it this way, so I can truly process each poem whenever I want to. It’s a beautiful book for looking inward and thinking about how to approach life (inwardly and outwardly)!
Lisa Diep
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Its one of those books/poetry that will really resonate with you if you're on the inward journey to self-love, wisdom, and ultimate freedom and peace. one to buy, keep, and return to every so often for nuggets of wisdom
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the sort of book that I find hard to put away on a shelf. I didn’t want to finish it. I always want to keep it handy. Simple things are still difficult things (simple does not mean easy) and this book contains all of the simplest and also most difficult treasures.
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book is a philosophical and abstract discussion of how the author has learned to heal through self-love. I would have preferred more applicable advice. The book didn't resonate with me at this point in my life, but I can see how it would for other people.
I requested this from the library because I have repeatedly seen it mentioned as "great poetry".

This is not poetry. This is the author's guide? experience? narration of? his journey to self love, kindness, search for happiness. Which is great for him, but there is very little actual practical advice in here. I also think this author is young and has fortunate enough to not yet been faced with caregiving duties that cannot just be "let go". Or difficult people you cannot simply cut out of your l
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I firstly loved the idea of using very few words and a lot of white space. It really helps you to absorb each and every word. It allows you to think for a longer time on few words. This prolonged thinking helps you to go deep inside you.

Secondly, it was a liberating experience for me. Most of the times, we fail to except our pain and happiness. This book with it's simple and deep messages allowed me to get vulnerable with myself.

Thirdly, if you read this book with your partner, it exposes both
Sep 20, 2020 rated it liked it
this was okay! it’s a collection of poem-like blurbs and bits of prose on the topic of self-healing and freedom. personally i find the small poems to feel a little 2014 tumblr if ya know what i mean, but i like the more long-form writing. there are some great nuggets in here but my main problem with a lot of stuff like this is it feels like the author is talking down to you a bit. could do without that but it’s ok. nice little book to open up to a page and reflect on
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"as she was swimming in the ocean of wisdom
that dwells in her heart, she understood deeply
that all was a part of her, that no one was
separate from her. she whispered lightly with
newfound peace, 'I am everything.' that was
when she realized that her greatest power is,
and always was, her ability to love herself."
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to describe how much I liked this book, it’s one I’ll keep by my bed to always come back to. Anyone who is ready to look within themself for answers, calmness, more self-love, more love for for others will adore this book as well.
Jessie N
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are some 5 star poems in here, but overall the collection didn’t resonate super strongly with me. There were also spiritual excerpts that read more like essays, which were unexpected and didn’t really add much.
courty ✧
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy, poetry
this isn’t a bad book. but there were sections of it that made me cringe, and that reminded me of all those black and white still frames of movies with gloomy quotes at the bottom you’d find on tumblr in 2010. also, it’s repetitive. the same four words are used over 100 times.
The best book I read in 2018 and one I will be giving to every client I sign on going forward.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed the Buddhism inspired poetry. Many of the poems stuck with me.
I did not care for most of the prose.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
My favorite part:
I knew I was on the right path when I started feeling peace in situations where I would normally feel tension.
✨Rosé Reads✨
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2020
3.5 Stars - I enjoyed this quite a lot but wasn't my favorite. I did really like his writing style!
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Much needed
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every page is compiled with such intricate words to relate and realise. Loved it :)
I’m sure I’ll read it again
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really great, probably one that I will revisit often
Roberta Romo
The perfect book for your night stand.
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Diego Perez is a meditator, writer, and speaker who is widely known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name Yung Puebl
the name yung pueblo means “young people.” it serves to remind him of his ecuadorian roots, his experiences in activism, and that the collective of humanity is in the midst of important growth. his favorite word, liberation, took on a deeper meaning onc

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“i want a love that doesn't break
one that gives me water
when i am consumed by fire
one that offers me shelter
when i am lose
one that helps me see
that the hero
i am looking for
is me”
“i cannot
make you happy,
but i can
commit to support you
in the creation
of your own happiness”
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