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3 out of 4 stars
Review by James Craft
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This book is meant to teach not only what Feng Shui is, but also to show the reader some easy tricks to apply it without a lot of time or effort expended. There are a lot of bullet points and images to help drive home the points being presented in this text, as well as reader challenges and calls to action to get the reader to actually apply the messages while they are still fresh in their mind. This was something I liked, because it made the teachings presented here feel more real and concrete than in many other books where everything is about theory rather than applications.
There were some things about the book I didn't like. First, a general formatting quirk that annoyed me: the book is not justified-alignment, but rather left-aligned with double spaces and no indents. Since the text is short and choppy with a lot of single-line paragraphs this makes perfect sense, but at times and in certain sections it made it feel much more like a term paper than a book. The images were useful and descriptive, but they didn't really combat this impression because it felt like they were created with some sort of diagramming or layout application that a room designer might use.
None of this seriously detracted from the work, but it felt less professional and conflicted with everythign else that was being presented in this work. Some of it was useful, like tips and tricks to help cut down on feelings of anxiety or subconscious worries. For example, it discusses what to do in meetings, and how the ideal position is one where you can see the entire room and the door so that there can be no surprises. This is something I actually never really think about when going to meetings, but I look forward to applying it in my work place and seeing if it has any positive effects.
All in all, I really enjoyed reading this work and felt like the ideas being presented were simple and easy to apply, but actually very valuable and useful. It reminded me of reading something like Sun Tzu's Art of War where everything you read feels like such simple ideas that they might be common sense and yet are actually incredibly thoughtful and meaningful.
I will rate Practical Feng Shui for the Office by Kathryn Wilking with 3 out of 4 stars. Even though the text is very interesting and meaningful, the document itself detracts and conflicts with the message and makes it feel slightly unprofessional. Considering how valuable the text is, this feels like an important misstep that should be addressed by doctoring it up to look more like a professional book and less like a college paper.
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-- 09 Jan 2017, 15:27 --
Was a really great read and I'm finding more and more ways to apply it to my workplace every day!
Insightsintobooks wrote:I'm interested in the art ogmf Feng Shui and think that this would be an interesting read for me. Thank you for the review.
No problem! I hope you enjoy it and I'm sure you'll find something great inside!
Lincoln wrote:I will have to give some of this a check! Feng Shui helps me relax so much I have just never tried it at work!
I didn't really think it would be something in the office, either, but it turns out it's actually fun to do!
bookowlie wrote:Great review! The principles of Feng Shui have always intrigued me. I can see how applying the concepts could be helpful for an office setting. It's too bad that the formatting wasn't the best since the layout of a how-to book is so important.
I agree. The information was great but when that information is hard to get to or digest it can seriously detract from the value of a book.
― Ernest Hemingway
lqueen75 wrote:This was a good review! I'm interesting in learning about Feng Shui. Thanks!
NP! I found the book to be very useful and interesting!
kandscreeley wrote:I don't really have a big enough office space to make this useful for me. It does sound good. Thanks for the review.
Actually a lot of the suggestions take almost no space, and it is all about how to use the space to the max potential. That being said, I'm sure some spaces are simply too small to benefit from, but it might be worth trying!
karaleigh2 wrote:Great review! I've recently become interested in feng shui myself, so I might have to check this out, despite its shortcomings in formatting. Thanks!
Yeah this was an interesting twist on what I would consider normal Feng Shui in where it was focusing, but it was rather interesting information!
Pavel wrote:Interested review.
Thanks! I appreciate hearing that and I appreciate you stopping by to check out this review! Feng Shui is a really cool thing that is kind of new in the west!
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