Mar 04, Wayfarer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Islam is arguably the most misunderstood religion in the world; undoubtably by a concerted and deliberate effort by either external forces or internal aberrations. Prince Ghazi's rather admirable effort: The book is split into twelve thematic chapters, each beginning with and centred around a key Qu Islam is arguably the most misunderstood religion in the world; undoubtably by a concerted and deliberate effort by either external forces or internal aberrations.
Some of the major themes discussed are: The chapters have been written keeping the modern mind in sight, and thus are generally speaking quite succinct, thought-provoking and the tone of writing is mildly philosophical. The content within each chapter is well organised, systematically presented and the language is popular as opposed to academic.
Each of the chapters concludes with the section: Why is it important to know all this? The chapters are essentially written to be read as standalone, and thus, one may freely read the text as one desires, not bound by a chronology. This book is highly recommended for non-Muslims, interested and prospective converts, Young Muslims, new Muslims and returning Muslims.
Undoubtedly, this book would appeal to a broad audience and is well-worth the read. May 28, Ruminative rated it it was amazing. There are some books that are wholly self referential and do not actively encourage the reader to seek beyond its covers.
Books like these are what I term 'dead-end' books. This work by Prince Ghazi is the exact opposite of a dead-end book.
Almost every paragraph urges the reader to explore whole vistas of Islamic learning; and between the lines, the author is telling you that this is the tip of the iceberg and that there is so much to learn and to reflect upon. This is truly a 'thinking' person There are some books that are wholly self referential and do not actively encourage the reader to seek beyond its covers. This is truly a 'thinking' person's guide. And like a true 'guide', this work ultimately points not to itself but to a higher source - the Qur'an.
Moreover, some passages of this book read like potted tafsir Quranic exegesis. Indeed, this book is no dead-end; it is a gateway. Sep 13, Serign rated it liked it. Depending on your familiarity with the topic at hand [Islam], this book can be very informative. It covers a lot of ground for a book its size, and it does seem to be a fair representation of how traditional sunni scholarship generally views Islam in the modern context.
Dec 05, Natalie rated it really liked it. A good overview of the major tennants of Islam. I had some trouble with the language reminding me of some of the more unpleasant parts of my faith experience however I think it is important to learn about Islam from those who practice, and I recognize that this is my personal bias. Overall, a go to book on Islamic ideas. Jul 15, Dwiki Hardika rated it really liked it. I was interested in O'Connor's take on happiness. I am further interested in trolling his bibliography for more titles that he made to sound worthwhile.
And, I will look for his other books.
Being happy takes work. But, as he says several times: Don't follow the crowd in society if it does not work for you. And there is solid evidence that it does NOT work for a lot of us. I am a fairly happy person. But I have my limits. I can't get into a perspective of constant Pollyannaism. And I'll never truly get over my sarcasm.
Nice to know that there are some crunchier approaches to the happiness movement out there. Feb 09, Dani added it Shelves: Most pessimistic, unhappy book about happiness EVAR.
It starts off like: But the economy's in the shitter, and it's going to be harder and harder to even scrape by. What can we do about this? And then the guy is like, "I know what I'm talking about! I suffer from clinical depression! You've made such an admirable recovery. I'm on disc 2, and it's talking about not bothering with all that self-improvement crap you've been at Most pessimistic, unhappy book about happiness EVAR.
I'm on disc 2, and it's talking about not bothering with all that self-improvement crap you've been attempting for years upon years.
If you could really change all the stuff that sucks about you, you'd have done it already. I'm tempted to think he has a point, but I have improved a lot at cleaning my house and having less clutter around over the past seven years or so, so that makes me wonder. Two more things that annoy me about this book: Anyone who uses the word "gloomy," or the word "glum," or any other word starting with gl-, automatically loses one star. More if you use these words repeatedly, which the author does.
Bad phrasing sprinkled throughout. At one point he talks about spending your 20's "stoned to the gills. That's not an expression. Neuroscience and other of Psychology's Greatest Hits. I suppose it's not the author's fault that I've alrady heard about the damn study where the kids decide whether to eat one marshmallow now or two later about a hundred thousand times.
It IS, however, the author's fault that he makes repeated reference to "the new neuroscience. Hmm, a note from someone's review on amazon that makes me want to entirely stop reading this book: Roughly 50 pages later he's recommending acting as an extrovert to achieve more happiness.
You do know that your readers are likely to be people who like to read, right? It's a little-known fact recently brought to light by the new neuroscience that many of these same people are also known as introverts.
Any claim that anything about being an extrovert is better in any way will result in immediate rejection of the book and blacklisting of the author. Jan 16, Emily Davenport rated it really liked it Shelves: A great blend of practical advice and scientific research about what it takes and really means to be happy. This book is especially helpful for people who have struggled with mild depression and maybe aren't naturally the happiest people.
He references fiero as one example of joy, which, ironically, Jane McGonigal wrote beautifully about in her book Reality A great blend of practical advice and scientific research about what it takes and really means to be happy. He references fiero as one example of joy, which, ironically, Jane McGonigal wrote beautifully about in her book Reality is Broken as how solving a difficult challenge in a video game can bring a satisfying sense of accomplishment.
Aug 20, Emily Markulis rated it really liked it. I'm giving this book 4 stars because there is a TON of comprehensive, research-backed information on happiness here, from the standpoints of pleasure, life satisfaction, and the minimizing of unnecessary misery. However, there were a few things that irritated me enough that I felt the need to make note of them.
The author seems to have a few unfortunate misconceptions for a psychiatrist. This I understand and agree with to some degree. However, he suggests that anti-depressants work by numbing a person's emotions. If this is the case, the SSNI that I've been on for 7 plus years must not be working correctly, as I am still the naturally intensely emotional person I've always been, feeling the full range of emotions. He claims that there is no firm basis that anti-depressants correct a chemical imbalance, while I thought this was pretty well-established.
And the examples he gave of people being numbed by their meds are side-effects rather than the medicine working as it should. If not, than again my med must be the one not working properly. As a Myers-Briggs confirmed introvert, this is a big pet peeve of mine.
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There is one study he notes that says that "introverts as well as extraverts were happier when behaving in an extroverted manner. E" is about a person's internal temperament when it comes to energy rather than about external behavior.
And I don't deny that human beings, introverted and extroverted, are social creatures who are happier when we have strong relationships. However, introverts are not going to be happier "behaving like extroverts" if this means cultivating many shallow social contacts that aren't fulfilling or overextending ourselves to the point of exhaustion. And finally, joy in its various expressions is not just limited to the demonstrative, bubbly kind.
I think he would have benefited from acknowledging that there are a variety of human temperaments and a variety of ways to experience positive emotion, even if it is subdued. I do find a lot to recommend in this book, but those two issues just touched on major pet-peeves of mine. Jan 31, Yellowdreamer rated it really liked it. And a lasting lesson I'll take from this book. Was this book life changing? No, certainly not; I've been doing my own life-changing for several years now!
But this book was affirming indeed. So many evidence based strategies for improving mental health all collated in one accessible guide. Which is how I would recommend this book to others - as an overarching guide to self-development on the happiness journey. This book "Happiness is smaller than you think. Drawing upon more than five decades of working with clients and patients, Dr.
Ron Kaiser has developed 7 keys to developing the psychological core to take ownership of the aging process in a positive and proactive manner. The Psychology for Life. Historically, psychologists have focused their efforts on mental illness, rather than wellness. Ron Kaiser is not part of that tradition. In addition to serving on staff at both Jefferson and Methodist Hospitals, Dr.
During his half-century of helping others, Dr. Kaiser has evolved an approach to working with patients that emphasizes their ability to take charge of their lives and build the emotional strength necessary to overcome obstacles and maximize mental fitness and health. He has presented his ideas at workshops and conferences in various U. His e-books, What Can Go Right? His latest book, available in print, ebook and audiobook formats, takes on the issue of how to stay positive and healthy throughout the aging process.
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