NOTE: I received this book for free from BookishFirst and this didn’t affect the honesty of my review.
I won a copy of this book from BookishFirst, which is an amazing forum where you can win free books (mainly Advanced Copies) to review! I wasn’t expecting to win it necessarily, but I think it was meant to be because I ended up absolutely loving this read despite my normal aversion to nonfiction! Lately I’ve been trying out more self-help books to read before bedtime and I’ve actually been really enjoying it. If you have any suggestions, let me know! Now, onto the review!
Title: Stop Missing Your Life
Author: Cory Muscara
Genre: Self-Help Nonfiction
Rating: 5/5 Stars!
Synopsis: “In Stop Missing Your Life, mindfulness teacher Cory Muscara takes us on a journey into the heart of what is required for real change, growth, and happiness. He exposes how the phrase “be present” has become little more than a platitude, imbued with the misguided message to be present just for the sake of being present, and reveals how to achieve true Presence: a quality of being that is unmistakably attractive about a person, and one that only comes when we’ve peeled back the layers of guarding that prevent us from being our full, honest, and integrated selves in the world.
Muscara shows how we build internal walls, what he describes as a “Pain Box” inhibiting us from living a deeply connected and meaningful life. He offers a four-part FACE model (Focus, Allow, Curiosity, and Embodiment) that helps chip away at those walls and builds our capacity to experience the richness of our lives. Stop Missing Your Life ultimately teaches how we can find peace in the chaos and become better people for our families, our communities, and our world.”
Like I said, nonfiction isn’t my preferred genre, but I’ve been reading more lately and have been enjoying everything so far! This book actually quite astounded me with the interesting topics it brought up and the fact that it actually convinced me to start meditating every morning. I never had imagined that I would read a book and immediately feel so compelled to start meditating! I even started doing it before I had finished reading! I found that the sections talking about awareness and vulnerability were especially poignant and directly connected to my life, which surprised me again, but in a lovely way. I have a feeling that there is something in this book for everyone.
Not only is the information that is offered complete and compelling, but it is also introduced in a super understandable way. The author provides resources and asks questions to keep you engaged as you read, too. This is all great, but the best part about this book was the fact that the writing was just so entertaining! The author was funny and very witty and I found that this pulled me in and I kept reading even through parts that were slightly less interesting. If you are interested in learning about meditation, being mindful, or want to improve your quality of life, I highly recommend this book!
Happy reading! Do you read nonfiction? What are your favourite genres?