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Review: 365 Ways to Find Peace by Marcus Braybrooke

365 Ways to Find PeaceTitle: 365 Ways to Find Peace
Author: Marcus Braybrooke
Type: Personal Development
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher: Watkins Publishing
Date published: April 16th, 2019
Format: digital
Page Count: 67

Rating: 4/5

With a different meditation or inspiration for each day of the year, this is a wonderfully inspiring collection that will open readers’ hearts and mind and show them the way to find peace and contentment whatever their mood or situation. A fresh, attractive design featuring sympathetic line drawings adds to the appeal of this gift package.

Author Marcus Braybrooke has drawn upon poetry and prose, sacred and secular, from all around the world and from all ages, from the Upanishads and the Tao Te Ching to the speeches of Mahatma Gandhi and the great 19th and 20th-century poets such as Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, Wallace Stevens and Seamus Heaney. The inspirations and meditations are arranged thematically, following a structure that reflects the idea of love radiating outward – from self-esteem, the acknowledge of spirit within oneself; through love for family and friends; through love for humankind in general; to love for the One, the spiritual essence that animates all existence. Readers can choose to follow this order, or dip into the book at random, or select an area that they feel particularly drawn to work on.

Containing the wisdom of all the world’s great spiritual traditions, this is a book that will appeal to people of all faiths, as well as to those who believe in spiritual values without subscribing to a particular religion or even belief in a divinity.

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*** Thank you Netgalley and Watkins Publishing for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. ***

This is belongs to the installment of 365 Ways. I recently reviewed 365 Ways to Beat Stress by Adam Gordon and was blown away by the advice and tips that were presented. This one (365 Ways to Find Peace) is different in that it simply provides a quote for everyday of the year.

I may be biased, but I enjoyed 365 Ways to Beat Stress much more than 365 Ways to Find Peace. Nevertheless, I still had an enjoyable read. Although everyday featured a quote, the quotes were also divided up into sections, so you can find what you want for every occasion. Whether you want a boost of morale, self-esteem, or kindness, the book has a quote for you. Some quotes are well-known, others not so much, but they are all nonetheless insightful.

I love hoarding quotes, so I think a compilation like this novel is a great gift for people like me.

Like the previous installment, there exists a vibe of contentment and serenity that emanates from the book. I felt calm and less anxious as I browsed through the proverbs and sayings. It’s definitely a quick solution for de-stressing.

Here is an example of a quote.

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a great tree in the midst of them all. Achaan Chah (1918–92), Thailand

Overall, it was a good read. While I wouldn’t give it 5 stars like I did for 365 Ways to Beat Stress, I give bump it up to a 4 because I’m a sucker for quotes and proverbs.

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2 thoughts on “Review: 365 Ways to Find Peace by Marcus Braybrooke

  1. I like the idea of love radiating outwards, as I suppose we do have to start by loving ourselves. I must admit, the Stress book sounds more practical, something you could use in day-to-day life.

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