Book reviews

There are dozens of books available for loan from the Woking Quaker Library. We will review several of these over the next few months. Anyone wanting to contribute please contact the website editor.

Library book: click to ENLARGEThe Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt - Reviewed by Margaret.
This is one of the more popular books in our library. It is good mix of ancient wisdom (Happiness can be found within), philosophy (if you can’t have what you want, want what you have); and ‘science’ : H=S+C+V. It has an explanation of the concept of ‘are you the rider or the elephant’ and concludes we are both. For me the best advice came at the end, with the quote : ‘’A good place to look for wisdom, therefore, is where you least expect to find it : in the minds of your opponents.’’

I know several others have gained insights from this book so please email me (mrawbone©gmail•com) your view and I will add it to this page.

The Unequal World We Inhabit, Paul LaceyKeith has done a series of book reviews as part of the work that he is doing in the Equipping for Ministry course.

To see these, go to Keith's Reviews

Nisargadatta Maharaj book: I Am ThatI Am That - Reviewed by Frank

Extract from book cover: "Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj did not propound any ideology or religion, but gently unwrapped the mystery of the self. This book preserves his dialogs with those seeking guidance in destroying false identities. A simple man, Maharaj was a householder and petty storekeeper in Bombay where he lived and died in 1981 at the age of 84. He had not been educated formally but came to be respected and loved for his insights into the crux of human pain and for the lucidity of his direct disclosure."

It took me about 18 months to get through this book - a few pages at a time for bedtime reading! Although very occasionally his words didn't quite gel with me, on the whole I found the book very inspiring and insightful. This book is not (as yet) in the library.

More reviews to follow ...