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on Dec. 24, 2011 :
First I would like to extend Kudos to the young author who is challenged with P.D.D.N.O.S. This for the time, energy, effort and research needed to get his book published in the face of these challenges.
However, in light of his true challenges I would hope that before he publish his next book that he complete and finalize it first. Reading the re-writes has been confusing, time consuming and with content inconsistancies. This leaves the reader wondering if what was read in the first and other re-writes is reliable and cohesive or if there will be yet another re-write.
The author should understand that how his P.D.D.N.O.S. mind functions, interprets and allows him to write information for his reading is not how those without PDDNOS are going to interpret or view his writing. I think that the authors true vision was to write a book about Zen Meditation that would help introduce and enlighten others about Zen. This in a content form that was shorter and easier to read and understand than what books are currently on the market. This way may be easier for the author to read and understand.
But until he creates a way to shorten his content and write it so that it's effectively easy for others to read and understand, I suggest he create a blog site to do so. This rather than a book. I would also suggest that he focus on learning to write for others who are suffering and challenged with P.D.D.N.O.S.
Flow has been confusing and it's content flow incosistant since it's first writing. Through the re-writes there has been some organizational and content improvement but after at least 6 re-writes to add, remove or revise some of the content this reader is not sure where it will end.
As for "Flow", I viewed it as a sharing of the authors personal, inspired and enlightened experiences gained from learning about Zen Medtitation. I read how it has begun to help him find calm, insight, serenity and hope in an axious filled realm due to the P.D.D.N.O.S. It also revealed the author as a writer with potential poetry skills.
I didn't see it as a true self-help book because the content was disorganized, lacking introduction into Zen and step by step instruction. There was more of the authors personal input regarding his personal experiences with Zen and advice based on these and other experiences than there was of shortened cohesive education, thorough information and overall flow in the book.
I'm not sure where the author is getting his Zen information, content and advice from but it seems inconsistant at times. There are sudden mentions of the authors friends throughout the book and it's difficult to tell if a poem or advice is being shared from that friend or if it came from the author.
More confusing is the varied "Rap" poetry with some discussing or advocating the use of alchohol and "legal" herb. In regards to the author writing about the government and asking the reader to challenge the govt or by changing laws and attitudes to support or legalize LSD, Mushroom Psylocibin and Marijuana as well as other "legal" herbs like Salvia. This seems contridictory as to what Zen is trying to accomplish. Nor is it healthy or safe for someone living with P.D.D.N.O.S. The author needs to realize the responsibility that comes with advocating LSD or Salvia and when another 17 yr old or younger with P.D.D.N.O.S. is inspired by the author to try these drugs and is harmed then what?
So it's difficult to tell if the author is providing Zen instruction, ways to stand up against the government to advocate change to legalize dangerous drugs or if he is simply voicing his own beliefs, ideas and visions and trying to sell them to the reader. If so, I would suggest he start a blog and not charge someone $5 to read re-writes of what should currently be a blog. Maybe a book could work in the future.
Again, I believe that this author would be better off journaling, blogging / writing about who he is, how P.D.D.N.O.S. has affected his life and how Zen Meditation or any other programs has helped him cope with the various symptoms that this disorder causes. Now that would be interesting, inspirational and educational. I offer one star for his altruism efforts, research, engergy and time put in.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)