Unlike many other reviewers,I have not read Walsh's Conversations with God or any of its spin-offs ,so I approached this book with an open mind.At first,I was intrigued by his straightforward,conversational tone and his positioning of himself as someone who had himself lost everything ,been there and got the T-shirt.
There are some new descriptions of the phases of loss,grief,panic and fear which give a new slant on the process of loss,however,they are simply new words for accepted wisdom,rather than new concepts.What really grated was his deliberate ploy of playing to the fears engendered by the current economic climate and his assumption that every single one of us has been or will be capsized by the outcomes.This is the old marketing ploy of " engendering fear,doubt and uncertainty in the mind of the customer in order to sell your product".
After the first two chapters,I found myself irritated by his fake complicity with the supposedly lost reader in need of his pearls of wisdom.His arguments became self-consciously clever and tortuous ,rather as if he were a philosopher debating how many angels could stand on the head of a pin.
Walsh's thesis is that it is our reaction to what has happened rather than the reality of the situation that affects our emotional response.Whilst this is undoubtedly true,it is not enough to hang an entire book on ,nor a website,support group and seminars.
Millenia ago,the Buddha taught that this is a self-evident truth.The author has simply used this precept as a vehicle for money making opportunities .