Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life by Susan Piver~★★★★

Author: Susan Piver
Title: How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life: Opening Your Heart to Confidence, Intimacy, and
Release Date: December 26, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Non-fiction

Book Cover: "In this inspirational and practical guide to conquering fear and embracing joy, Susan Piver gives you the tools you need to break down the barriers that are holding you back from joyful relationships, a meaningful career, and unshakeable self-confidence.
With a direct, warm, and playful approach to ancient practices, Susan Piver teaches you how to incorporate principles of Buddhism and mindfulness into everyday life. These common-sense ideas and practices can help you to find contentment in every situation and bring love to those around you. Most important, you will find the courage to live the life you were meant to―no holds barred.
Discover the courage to live with authenticity and ease– discover How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life."

Taryn's Review: Initially, the title of this book made me disinterested in it. I picked the book up from the shelf, read the title, and put it back on the shelf thinking how cheesy the title sounded. After a quick one-over of the rest of shelf, I picked up the book again and flipped through it, noticing quickly how clear Piver's writing came across. I figured I could give it a try despite the title and added it to my haul.

I'm glad I didn't let the title of the book prevent me from checking it out. The book was really helpful as a guide to meditation and Buddhism. Her breakdown of certain feelings and their obstacle feelings was really helpful; I wish I would have taken notes because Piver did a great job explaining how and why certain feelings are barriers to a more authentic you. The book definitely helped me recognize that there are areas in my life where I am indirectly letting fear control my actions and reactions. I hadn't consciously realize it on my own nor am I sure I could have identified it as fear, but Piver's explanations aided greatly in my own understanding of myself.

This book did not have a laid out guide that guaranteed lack of fear in your life. In reality, it helped me identify challenges in my own perceptions and feelings that are holding me back. Piver went over in detail the different types of fears that impact our lives. Piver also wasn't shy about her adding her own life struggles and discussed some of the obstacles she had encountered in her meditations, which ultimately made the book feel more personable.

This book isn't the end-all-be-all book of mediation and Buddhist teaching (in fact, Piver focused on only one specific area of Buddhism). That said, it was a quick, helpful guide that added value to my thoughts. I liked it and would check out another Piver book without question.

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