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Wow. JoJo Moyes' writing is so damn brilliant. The way she does characters, and relationships, and thoughts, and conversations and story building so eloWow. JoJo Moyes' writing is so damn brilliant. The way she does characters, and relationships, and thoughts, and conversations and story building so eloquently, so amusing, so heartfelt, so naturally - I'm in awe. And my little aspiring writer heart is felt with much admiration (and a bit of envy). To be honest I liked this book more than 'me before you' because it dealt with such an existential, and all-pervading dilemma as grief and death and loss and how in the world to move on and let go when all you really want is to go backwards and hold on tight. I would so recommend this to anyone who has lost and who is grieving. The only thing that kind of bugged me a bit with this book was the story and how it at times strayed from the realistic and heartfelt familiarity of characters and feelings and went a bit too far into 'story-land' and 'plot-devising' where too much simply happened to deem it believable. Rare accidents and bad experiences are less common, so if you want to keep the book believable and relatable you got to stick with only one or two of those and not have too many of them happening in the same book/circle of people. (view spoiler)[ Sam getting shot and Lily's stepdads boss not being a savior but a creep were my main sighs. Those were justtoo much when put in the same story as a dangerous and damaging fall off a roof and being blackmailed by a guy with incriminating photos of you. (hide spoiler)]. No doubt the woman is a brilliant writer, and does relatable character and issues well. She just has to hold on with the dramatic effects and out-of-ordinary-events, they are not necessary and takes away from the brilliance that is her down to earth people and story.
A small but very powerful and useful book! I've had this sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. It had gotten lost from view by other books. ButA small but very powerful and useful book! I've had this sitting on my shelf for quite some time now. It had gotten lost from view by other books. But buying more books, someone recommended this one to me. I knew I had it at home. Somewhere. Didn't give it anymore thought untill I was perusin the shelves looking for my next read, pulling out a different one and upon putting it back, finding this one. And boy am I glad that I was called to this, first from my friend, then by other powers putting it into my lap. Because it was a very powerful read and tool to help me change and focus my efforts and skills on how to contribute to this world and use myself in the best and most exciting way, and try not to get lost in all the options or demands. I want to build my work life/money income on my gifts, on my passions, on excitement. This book has certainly been a help in that direction, and I will continue to work with it, reread sections, now after my first read is over. Thank you Cyndi- thank you Universe - thank you Higher Self! ❤️🙏😘🎁👍😍💎...more
This book took me a while to get through. Especially the description on the research data I found very tedious and uninteresting and would have lovedThis book took me a while to get through. Especially the description on the research data I found very tedious and uninteresting and would have loved to have more quotes from the participants and less overall data. The many comparisons between the two groups throughout the book felt very forced to me and I never really felt there was any valid or meaningful connection, besides the two groups being hard to handle for the system, but their issues to mean seem unrelated and very different, and it would have worked better and made more sense to simply separate and study the two groups apart and get a more in depth feeling for each group and their issues instead of switching back and forth and making comstant comparisons.
That aside, there was pages in the analysis part I found grasped some of the issues these groups face and managed to relay them both understandably and reliably. Mostly the boys group. The girls group it was hard for me to get a real sense of, and I didn't really feel any of the data and the analysis made much sense. The boys group I think they succeeded more in both covering data and analyzing some of the issues. So overall a book I would probably come back to to look through, when work related issues arise where I need to study the issues again....more
A psychiatrist who not only embraces but encourages and philosophizes about spirituality and the role of God in our lives? That's certainly somethingA psychiatrist who not only embraces but encourages and philosophizes about spirituality and the role of God in our lives? That's certainly something that holds my interest! And my interest held throughout the book, so much so that I'm curious to read many many more books from Peck.
Though I disagree with Peck on several issues and definitions (like I don't think 'lazyness' is humans ultimate sin of at the fault at all our other illdoings and what lies begin fear for example. I would call it something like egotism which is one of several forms that fear can take, and that it is fear that is the main component in the egotism and behind other human illdoings, not the other way around), we aren't far apart. I agree with him on much, and I'm very fascinated by both Pecks practice as well as his discussions. I will certainly come back to learn more and be fascinated more by him, and in that way also find more of my own answers, on the issues where we may disagree. ...more