Sunday, May 17, 2020

Another Gem to learn from!

Winning the Battle Over the Noise of Life
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, 16 May 2020

The opening paragraph in this second of four books by Lance P. Richards, perfectly describes this book:

“Do you constantly find yourself stressed out, tired, or overwhelmed?  Do you want to step away from the noise of life?  Are you looking for simple yet effective strategies to attain rest and relaxation?”

Richards explains in this book why rest and relaxation are so important you and your health.  More importantly he provides you with excellent ways to achieve the rest and relaxation your mind and body needs.  He also explains how and why to identify unhealthy habits and reflects on why we should focus on what is important in our lives.  One very important discussion involves rekindling the joy and benefits of reading; something currently lacking in our American society where people use the excuse that they are too busy to read.

We have all heard about the benefits of meditation.  Richards does not delve deep into the benefits but does provide the reader with easy to understand forms of meditation that you may heretofore had not thought of as meditation techniques. 

I found this book extremely helpful in understanding the value of silence as Richards defines it which does not necessarily mean the lack of noise.  He explains how just spending time in nature is in itself a form of meditation and finding a lack of noise in nature is difficult.  Yet spending time in nature can help you with not only relaxation but enables you to breath in clean fresh air at the same time.

This second of four books is an excellent read!  I found that like the first book, reading it causes you to stop reading and to just sit and think about what was written and how it applies to your life.  That is always a very good thing to do!

Who should read this book?  Since it would benefit everyone, everyone should read it.  I think teenagers would especially benefit reading the book by showing them how to avoid typical struggles with life and relationships BEFORE they become problems.
Would I read it again?  Probably not, the lessons of the book were well learned but I would revisit the questions he suggest we all ask and answer and then grade the results.
Would I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY!

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