3 out of 4 stars
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Wisdom by Arun Mago is a collection of diverse topics that touch on different aspects of life. The author aims to advice readers on the best ways to deal with them and to be your most capable version. The topics range from practical life lessons to living in harmony with others. The author begins by highlighting life’s teachers such as our friends, family, hardships we face, and nature as well. The book also touches on sharpening our characters for purposes of personal growth and living productively.
Arun Mago also writes about how perspectives and various life experiences influence our view of the world. The book also seeks to discourage some negative practices such as the use of illegal money and cell phone overuse. The book, in its concluding chapters, advises on proper investments and peaceful retirement. It finally implores you to self-reflect and seek out what direction you want your life to take.
The author uses an intimate, pleasant, and polite tone in his writing. This fondly speaks to the reader and creates more interest. There is also the use of mnemonics in most of the chapters, and I think this makes the read more memorable and communicates effectively. The author also deﬁnes some of the difﬁcult words in the book.
The aspect I love most about the book is the pictorials and illustrations. These act as breaks and helps create a clearer picture of the topics in discussion, boosting communication. However, in my opinion, the book is very generic. I felt there is no originality in the messages and topics. Most of them are just common phrases and quotes put together in a lecture-like manner. I think the author could have used real stories to illustrate the lessons and varied approaches to life, as well as research more. I think the topic ‘rich versus poor’, where the author refers to the poor as unsuccessful with negative traits and rich as successful, is very wrong. Life is complex and defining it as simple as that is unwise. I think being rich or poor is relative and not entirely defined by money alone.
I found very few grammatical and spelling errors, so editing was professional. Despite my concerns, I nevertheless think the book has its strong points and can still be helpful to inspire some positivity in life. I, therefore, give it a 3 out of 4 stars rating. I feel it is vital for the reader to feel the writing communicates sincerely. I recommend Wisdom to those looking for some inspiration in their life and looking to lead a more fulfilling life.
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