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on 22 August 2013
I would not describe myself as being the target audience for this book. I am in no way spiritual or Zen, and have frequently been guilty of dismissing the ideas associated with books like this.* That said, I can't pretend to have come through this book unscathed. I do find myself being more mindful and calmer than before, plus as a committed runner, some of the breathing exercises you end up doing are great. You may even find, as you read, that you're using controlled breathing to focus your attention on what you're reading.
The most important part of this book for me, is the underlying lesson, important regardless of who you are; that an essential part of being human is the ability to determine for yourself what is important in life and what is not, and let the unimportant go.
I'm half expecting the principles in this book to lead on to a kind of Zen Theory of Everything. But as it stands, this is a book that makes the world a slightly better place than it was before it was written. Which if you ask me, is pretty Zen.
But I still think it would have sounded fine to say `Fewer' in the title.
*My original review of this book, of which I am less than proud, can be found in the comments section of this review, where you will also see an example of the author putting theory into practise.