Whatever Arises Love That by Matt Kahn (2016)

FA74E41C-88FC-4496-85B9-637223E43259I bought this book several months ago and was really looking forward to reading it. But, at that time, I couldn’t make it to the end of second chapter without calling it quits. Quite frankly, I hated it and was extremely disappointed. Recently, I picked it up again to re-read, thinking perhaps I just wasn’t in the proper mind set last time I opened it. Having now finished this book, I still don’t like it, despite all of the good reviews the book has received.

Over the years, I have read countless spiritual self-help books, but never struggled to finish a book quite like I did with this one. The general message of this book is good, but it gets lost within the author’s writing style. Most spiritual books I’ve read seem to have a certain vibe to them, one that is uplifting and inspiring. But, I found this book to be flat and extremely boring.

In addition, this book could have been written more concisely. In the first chapter alone, the author goes on for 28 pages, repeating himself over and over, offering very little new or substantial information. Each chapter that follows continues to have the same repetitious format. Even the mantras he suggests throughout this book are wordy and far too long. Reading this book felt like an unnecessary chore, requiring a great deal of concentration. There was no real flow to the words the author used, and so I found it very difficult to read.

I very much wanted to love this book, but it just didn’t happen. Overall, I didn’t find a lot of practical advice in this book, other than what is implied by its title. Once you’ve read the title, that’s basically all you need to know. I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. There are much better books out there on this subject.

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