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Uncertainty by Jonathan Fields
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Sep 15, 2011

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bookshelves: first-reads, nonfiction, psychology
Read from September 08 to 12, 2012

I won this book through First Reads, woo! Now I am obligated to review it, though I would have anyway.

Jonathan Fields has felt uncertain before. As a lawyer-turned personal trainer who launched a yoga center in NYC the day before 9/11, he must have faced fears and falls. They haven't stopped him from writing Uncertainty, though. In this book he delves into the damaging effects of doubt and what we can do to defeat it. He draws from many fields, ranging from cognitive neuroscience, lifestyle reorganization, and more - and brings to light how the negative side of uncertainty can be beaten.

After reading this book, I imagine that Jonathan Fields is a nice guy. From what he's shared, he seems to be practical, down-to-earth, and a great father and husband. He's someone I wouldn't mind having lunch with on a random Wednesday.

He writes well, too. His writing is clear and concise, and it's not difficult to digest. However, I felt like none of the chapters were particularly powerful - the entire book floated by, but did not force me to flip its pages or lose sleep over it.

He covers a lot of topics, including, but not limited to: meditation, business, scientific experiments, fixed vs. growth mindsets, exercise, etc. While I appreciated the scope of his book, it never completely came together. It wasn't exactly all over the place, but the book could have been more cohesive if certain parts were cut out and others more developed.

Overall, an okay read. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it or buy it as a gift for a friend, but I wouldn't discourage others from trying it. I am content with my first book won on Goodreads!

*review cross-posted on my blog, the quiet voice.
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