Brook's Book

Rated 4.83/5 based on 18 reviews
This is a book of accumulated wisdom, designed to entertain, enliven, educate, and inspire, without being a burden or a bore. Make it your own! More
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About Dan Brook

Dan is a writer, speaker, poet, photographer, activist, and professor of sociology and political science. He lives and loves in San Francisco, even while exploring the world.


Review by: roger graver on April 19, 2018 :
This is a very unique style of book, one that, unlike a novel, I can put down and pick up anytime without missing a beat. Instead of chapters consisted of text filling the page, this book is made up of small, individual thoughts, which is refreshing. One of my favorite bits of philosophy from Brook's Book is his Self-Advice: "The best advice is often your own, that which you would give others you care about in the same situation. Take it." It seems that everyone has advice to give, but hardly anyone wants to take it. If everyone took their own advice, I think that we would all be better off.
I had a little fun reading the pieces of personal philosophy and opinion because for each one, I compared it to my personal beliefs and thought about which made more sense. It is always good to explore other ideas and grow mentally, and this book is great for that.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Jesus Yanez on April 19, 2018 :
I found this book very interesting because it had a poetic type of style to it. It was very easy to follow along and the style was not hard at all to understand. What I really liked about this book was its philosophy and the messages it gave to us. One quote that I really enjoyed was "The only dreams that can never be realized are the ones we don’t have." I like this quote because it is basically telling us that dreams do come true. It's saying that the only dreams that can't come true are the ones we don't so if we have a dream we can make it happen. The book has a bunch of amazing quotes throughout the book and a lot of them are really relatable to my life. I would recommend this book for anyone who needs some motivation and need that extra push in life like me. This book gave me the extra push I needed to become a better person and a better worker.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: jacquelineflores on April 19, 2018 :
This book was very fascinating to read. It can almost be viewed as somewhat poetic because of the style and structure of the book. I really enjoyed that the structure of the book was broken down with each header and then sentences illustrating why it was labeled as such. This book has a very optimistic theme all throughout, which is why this book can also be seen as a self-help book. The content throughout this book is very motivating and can be applied to any situation in life. One of my favorite lines from the book, " With pessimism, there's less chance of success; with optimism, anything is possible. This is a book that I can see myself going back to and rereading because there are so many quotes that can help motivate myself day to day.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Oscar Ortega on April 18, 2018 :
I enjoyed the format of this book because it is easy to follow and it gives useful information on how to deal with real life situations.
The quote that I was able to relate to the most was the one about brooks adaptation.
"Everything is relative, based on time, place, culture, situation, ideology,
perspective, people, and personalities. People and their cultures can be
extraordinarily flexible and adaptable."
When I think of this quote, I think of that one week where we talked about how to handle stress in my community involvement class. Since stress really is relative and we can control whether we make things better for ourselves or worse.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Casandra Tam on April 18, 2018 :
I had a wonderful time reading this book because of all the inspiring words that I saw in this book. It's definitely not something I would voluntarily read on my own just I'm glad I had the opportunity to read it now. I can tell that your experiences on how society works really shapes your perception on things. I would definitely share this with others.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Cristina Nguyen on April 18, 2018 :
i honestly enjoyed the format and the structure of the book. I enjoyed that Dr. Brook shared his own thoughts and concepts in the book as well to hear his own perspectives. Overall, its a pretty good book that can expand your own perspective/views. I can definitely share this book with my connections to provide them with wisdom and information.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Bryan Knapp on April 18, 2018 :
There is a lot of great wisdom in this book. It's easy to just open up my e-reader, scroll to a random page and get some deep, meaningful thoughts on life. Residing among some deep, thought-provoking passages are some good chuckles that still resonate with relevance and depth that make reading it as entertaining as it is enlightening. You can jump into something that hits your mind and find a truly interesting take on it or simply read through and find a plethora of stimulating passages. My only real disappointment was that the author missed a phenomenal opportunity to include "Brook's Brook."
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Quenia Cruz on April 17, 2018 : (no rating)
I really enjoyed reading this book because it had inspiring and motivational text. It really did have nuggets of wisdom as described in the description. I specifically liked the quote, “Brook’s Candle: One candle can light many others without diminishing itself — as with teaching and creativity, smiling and laughing, blessing and building — and if it goes out, it can then more easily be relit by those others. Be the candle!". I liked how there was a comparison between the flame of a candle and a person's life. It was interesting to think about how things like creativity and positive elements in someone's life can be shared without lessening one's own life. I really liked this comparison and I enjoyed thinking and imagining this phenomena. I especially liked the last part of the quote because it pointed out that just how there can be good times there are also bad. Within the negative times in one's life the darkness can always be relit with someone else's flame. Thinking of life in this way was extremely deep and enjoyable.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Shilpa Poudyal on April 17, 2018 :
This book was a really nice and refreshing read from other things that I have been reading lately. I like how it covers many issues, including social, personal, and even controversial things. When I first read the line of "Brook's Allergies" I thought it didn't really make sense how it was put that everything is kind of just an exaggerated reaction to external stimuli. However, after thinking about it a little more, this makes sense and really resonates with me. I enjoy the new perspective that this read brought me and do believe many of the things to be written in here true. Another example I really enjoyed was about how animals are more humane than humans, and humans are more animalistic than animals. This is a really great comparison and makes more sense than it should. I also really enjoyed "Brook's Cloud". If we are able to always remember that there is a silver lining with each cloud, then we must also remember that there is always a cloud with a silver lining. This means that we should always be prepared for the worst even when we have the best coming to us. Overall, this was a really great book and I enjoyed reading it. Professor Brook is a great author and knows exactly how to reach people through his writing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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