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F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,074 ratings  ·  247 reviews
Saying Fuck It is like massage for the mind - relaxing you, releasing tension, giving up on things that aren't working. This title argues that saying Fuck It is a spiritual act: that it is the perfect western expression of the eastern ideas of letting go, giving up and finding real freedom by realising that things don't matter so much (if at all).
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 3rd 2008 by Hay House UK (first published 2007)
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Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
While I agree (generally) with the sentiment of this book, you really don’t have to read any of it to know and understand its content. The title is pretty self-explanatory: just fuck it. All that stuff you’re worrying about? Fuck it. Those people that piss you off? Fuck it. Fuck it all and live your life in a way that feels good for you.

That’s it.

It’s a wonderful and effective life philosophy (for me, anyway), but it’s truly not very complex— it definitely doesn’t require 200+ pages of explana
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
This is one of the most inspirational books I have read this year. It manages to explain a lot of Eastern philosophy so simply; something that many hundreds of thousands pages in many different books have tried to go into so much detail about.

When you say fuck it, you are giving up your tension in whatever you are saying it to, and replacing it with a mind open to whatever happens next. And as your psychological tensions weaken, your physical ones start to disappear too.

However, what John Parkin
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The Ultimate Waste-of-time.
James Norbury
Aug 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
I did not get on well with this book. I appreciate the idea but it is a very simplistic view of a complicated idea which could end up with negative consequences if read by someone in the wrong mindstate. I would not recommend it.
Jul 24, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Taking my queue from this title - life's too short for this nonsense !!
May 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way definitely has shock value, if for no other reason than for its title and provocative word choice. Mr. Parkin stresses that by saying "f**k it," we can learn to let go, relax and simply give in to the flow of life. Saying these two little words can alleviate most of the stress and stressors in our lives because we will no longer take things so seriously, especially those things we cannot change.

In some ways I can understand why saying "f**k it" is equated to t
Hank Mishkoff
Aug 04, 2010 rated it did not like it
I gave this book one star, but that's only because a zero-star rating was not available.
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
I love snark, also called sarcasm. I tend to use it frequently, much to everyone else's chagrin. When I saw this title on NetGalley, I thought I would be getting a wonderfully funny, irreverent book with a tongue-in-cheek presentation of philosophy. In a way, F*** It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way is indeed that but so much more.

Touted as akin to Taoism and other spiritual beliefs, the main premise of the F**k It: The Ultimate Spiritual Way philosophy is letting go. Indeed, there is merit in this i
Jun 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
Good lord. This was honestly one of the most terrible books I have ever read. Usually if I struggle to finish a book, it's because it's gotten a little dull, or not captivating my attention. This one, however, I found difficult to read due to the sheer amount of eye-rolling occurring at every page, and I could barely manage one page at a time.

The premise is simple enough, and one that I actually agree with: there can be a lot of stress in life nowadays, so sometimes we need to learn to say 'fuck
Ana Mardoll
Feb 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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F**k It / 978-1-401-92759-2

I really like the philosophy behind this book - the idea contained herein is that we need to stop stressing so much over everything ("Am I good enough? Holy enough? Peaceful enough? Loving enough? A good enough spouse, child, parent, employee, person, citizen?") and just say "f--- it" to things that we can't control (and even quite a few things that we can) and learn to relax a little. It's the Total Perspective Vortex of books - you're not important, and you never wil
Apr 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
I liked the premise of this and wanted so much to like the book. I didn't even finish it.

What this book is, is nothing more than journey into one man's rambling thoughts about society and spiritually. It's a constant contradiction - if things don't matter to you, they can't bother you. You can be free if nothing matters to you. While I appreciate this is a spiritual concept that works for many, I actually think a lot of things matter.

I found some of his writing quite offensive. "If you want to s
Cath Duncan
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Agile Living is about creating a multi-dimensional, flexible and resourceful mindset and lifestyle that welcomes variety, change and uncertainty. Like an agile dancer that moves and changes easily, to create something beautiful, Agile Living is about having a mind that moves and changes easily to create something beautiful. So I’m always interested to find out more about what makes us stiffen up, go rigid, hold back or get stuck in our dance, and how we can dissolve that and go back to our natur ...more
Jul 05, 2011 rated it liked it
If Eckhart Tolle and a rowdy, four-letter loving sailor/bartender/badass had a child (go with it), this would be the result. This is for the anti-"new age" person. The person who is a little more rough around the edges, the person who doesn't want to hear about Jesus, and "Being" and everything in between. It is more for someone who wants a little more straightforward way of thinking about this whole concept of letting go and not caring. I think the process he suggests (um...f*ck it to just abou ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: office
I thought I got rid of this once and for all, and then Goodreads sends me a mail next day to remind me of it. Here it goes then: it was horrible, so painful, it just made me more miserable. The whole book can be summed up in 1-2 sentences. For me it remains the proof that the courageous people will win over the world - not because their work is good, but because the good authors are just shy in their closets. No matter how much he tries to prove that all theories work (or don't work) in the same ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Apart from the first chapter and the whole "I'm so brilliant go do a F**k It retreat or an online course" at the end of the book, I absolutely devoured this. It really puts things into perspective and I think the whole idea of F**k It is a great one to try and apply to life as much as possible. It's another one of those books I think most everyone should read. I feel like I've already learned to relax more and I've already learnt to let things go easier, just a day after finishing. It's funny as ...more
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this Book for ages & I’ve actually read it once before...But I didn’t add it on here for some reason & I can’t remember when I first read it, so fuck it! 😜

This was an apt Book to read on New’s Year’s Eve-Basically about all of the struggles of life & how {& why} to say fuck it to them all! 😄

I didn’t agree with *everything* the Author was saying-As is often the case with these kind of Books. But most of it resonated a lot & was presented in a funny, relatable way. 👍🏽
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Definitely worth reading more than once.
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An honest view on our feelings! The text is well written and funny. I found it helpful to deal with anxiety.
Kevin Berg
Apr 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I borrowed this book filled with hope, the title was intriguing, and I wanted to see how many points I was already living to their fullest. An honest attempt at improvement became a total disappointment.

The asterisks on the cover are cute, but it gets frustrating when the author uses the same approach to cursing throughout the text. There are a few points when he actually writes the word "fuck," and it was invigorating, but only for a moment. If the mantra is to say fuck it, then fucking say it.
Stephen Redwood
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: psychology
There is undoubtedly an attraction to the notion that the response to anything in life that is troubling you can be just "f**k it", but it wouldn't take too many responses like that to serious life events for one to be really and truly f**ked. Skim off the top of the abundant self help literature that's out there, add in a bit of 'do what I tell you and your life will get better', give it a catchy label and you have this book. It's fun but trite, curiously occasionally relying on laddish humor f ...more
Ellen Bard
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
A "light" spiritual-type book, with lots of bits taken from Buddhism and many others. The five key techniques are: relaxing, letting go, accepting, watching impartially, and conscious breathing. All very reasonable and helpful! The message gets a bit repetitive (imagine the title, and then just apply it to everything!) but there's useful message in there. And something fun to say inside your head...
Teri Temme
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesomeness. Favorite quotes:

Start trying to please yourself more and see what happens.

When we strip away meaning from the things that are meaningful in our lives, that's where we find peace and the divine.

Relaxing deeply and letting go can resolve any problem.
Apr 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Very simplistic and annoying read.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Parts of this book I really liked. Other parts not so much. I loved the concept of just saying "fuck it" to the things in your life that aren't beneficial as well as encouraging it's readers to doing things they've always wanted to do but haven't for whatever reason. There were definitely some nuggets to be taken out of it. The downside: the author is rather bitter towards religion. I respect people and respect the fact that they have their own beliefs. What I didn't appreciate is was how the au ...more
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, the book's basic idea can be adequately gathered from the title and from reading the first and last 10 pages. Indeed, its probably only necessary to read half the book unless you are seriously neurotic. I enjoyed it quite a bit though. 4 stars worth anyway. Its always good to get a reminder that most things don't really matter that much.

The "Fuck it" notion is a simplification and popularization of Eastern (Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist) concepts of non-attachment. The title might imply an
Charlotte (Buried in Books)
As others reviewers have pointed out, the title really does say it all.

The basis of this book is to say that our lives are full of meaning, or misplaced meaning. If we can let go of things (basically say f**k it), we relax and let go of the tension that makes us ill/neurotic/general basket cases.

But it then goes onto say, that if you do that, you'll get everything you want. Your health will be better, more money will come to you and that's the bit I'm struggling with. In a couple of areas there
Heidi Ward
I'm not usually a reader of "self-help" books, and I'm not going to damn this charming book with the epithet, though it is quite helpful. In a series of cleverly focused, easy-to-digest chapters, Parkin brings perhaps the key element of Eastern philosophy -- the concept of letting go in order to find freedom -- to a busy Western audience that just doesn't know how. And by reclaiming the titular phrase as a joyous affirmation in service of shucking off the psychological and societal pressures tha ...more
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book has you take a look into a holistic way of healing and living. It teaches about awareness, relaxation, radical acceptance... But with a fun language twist, making it easier for people like me who generally don't want to read a whole book about those things.

"Fuck it is a most profane way of saying the most profound thing: that when we relax and give in to the simple flow of life, we will experience the ultimate freedom."

Yet another awesome book idea I wish I would have gotten to first
Jul 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
sanırım bu kitap tembellerin eline geçerse durum çok vahim olabilir. bu kitabı sadece kontrol bağımlısı aşırı çalışkan kimselere tavsiye edebilirim...

çünkü; kitabın amacı biraz olsun stresten kurtulmak...

I think may be fatal if this book commes in lazy humans hands.I can recommend this book just only extremely hard-working people who addict for control.

becous; the books aim is to lose a littel bit stress...
Dec 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
I love the "philosophy" behind this and have to say that I totally agree with it! Still you dont neeed to buy or even read the book...just read the title.

The book tells you how ,to say "F**k it!" feels really good at times and that you will be much happier and soooo much more relaxed if you stop bothering about every little yeah, the book basically repeats the title and expresses it in many many maaaany different ways ,over and over again.

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