on June 29, 2016 :
I really like this short guide about how to plan activities that will help you answer questions about your life. It's very well written, well organized, and simple. At the same time, there are enough examples to start a thought process going. I wasn't thinking about doing a retreat when I started reading it, but now I feel inspired. :)
Most books like this are full of stories of people who did the thing, and how it helped them. I'm glad this one doesn't have that (except for bits of the author's own story) because the stories are often offputting to me
in one way or another (they are written in a patronizing tone, and/or the people have goals I can't relate to). Also reading the stories can make me feel like I already did the work even if I didn't.
I also like how no-nonsense it is - a lot of books about rituals / retreats incorporate a degree of woo that can turn off a lot of potential readers. With this one, you can bring your own woo if you want, but you don't have to.
(reviewed the day of purchase)