2 out of 4 stars
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The MISOGI Method by Jody B. Miller explores a ritual of mental and physical purification named MISOGI. After defining the MISOGI method as a way to ‘step outside the outer most limits of your comfort zone in order to live your best life yet.’, the book lays out the fundamentals of rituals and traditions generally, emphasizing the distinction between them. Afterward, the author discusses her own experience with MISOGI and how its introduction to her life brought her purpose, success, and happiness. She describes the history and evolution of the ritual in detail, explaining thoroughly how one can discover then implement the MISOGI.
The book is clearly well-edited as it only has three spelling and grammatical mistakes. The quotes presented at the beginning of each chapter were a delightful addition that grabs the readers’ attention and sets the tone of the chapter that follows. The book’s interactive activities that the author includes at the end of chapters offer a method for readers to further absorb and understand the lessons of the book in a more interactive way. Lastly, the images, exercises, and word clouds that were present give the visual learners who are reading the book a better chance of understanding it.
Although the book has a lot of positive aspects, there were other factors that I found rather irritating. For one, the section called ‘from the author’ dragged on and its content was extremely repetitive and often irrelevant to those of the book itself. The lists that displayed examples of rituals and traditions were also a bit longer than they should’ve been. There were many phrases that were underlined in the text such as ‘dollar bill’, ‘The DaVinci Code’, and ‘Rafael Nadal’ and the author fails to explain this occurrence.
Throughout the story, the author repeatedly claims the method is very transformative and would help readers achieve happiness, purpose, and success. The book’s tone was a bit inconsistent, as the text switched from descriptive and informative to emotional without proper transition. Overall, the book seemed more focused on the history of and facts about MISOGI than the methods with which to carry it out, which were a bit vague. As a result, I give the book a rating of 2 out of 4 stars.
I believe superstitious readers would be more inclined to enjoy this book that those who are skeptical due to the concept of the soul’s purification that is crucial to the MISOGI method. Because the author mostly applies the book's messages to adulthood experiences and choices, I would also recommend that readers from any background be 18 years of age and above. Younger audiences may find it harder to relate to and fully grasp the benefits and significance of MISOGI.
The MISOGI Method
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