Title: The Path
Author: Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh
Publisher: Simon & Shuster, Inc.
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help, Philosophy, Religion and Spirituality
This book is not about an abstract mystical practice filled with vague ethereal idealistic goals of self-enlightenment. Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh simply teach how small but powerful concrete changes in the way we outwardly connect with the world, changes based on the teachings of Chinese philosophers, can bring about a life we can truly enjoy.
I can see why Puett is so popular at Harvard, and it has translated well to this book. The philosophy he teaches is not new, but it really feels fresh and revolutionary. The authors explain their ideas in language that is enthusiastic, clear, and direct, including history and examples of current cultural relevance.
I appreciated that the process of change comes about without any unnecessary mysticism, in steps that are clearly explained, remarkably small, and fit right into the life I am already living. The changes he advocates are concrete, easy, and reasonable once my perspective changed. This book is for those who are truly looking for a way to improve life without having to meditate, eat things that taste awful, get touchy-feely, or retreat entirely from society. Read it!
This review copy was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.