3 out of 4 stars
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We have all heard the sayings about karma: “What goes around, comes around,” and “You reap what you sow,” and, very commonly, people using a five letter word that rhymes with “witch” to describe karma. But do you really know what karma is?
Karma in Action: Finding Meaning, Making Choices is a non-fiction book written by Constance L. Vincent. Not only does Vincent have a PhD in developmental psychology, but she is also a teacher. The latter fact is quite evident in how the book is organized. There are nine chapters, each covering an aspect of karma such as the definition, karmic rewards, a call to action, and life lessons. Vincent uses research, quotations from people such as Shakespeare, Eliot, and Socrates, along with personal stories to explain karma and the twelve universal laws.
This book was easy to read. Although the idea of karma and its implications can be complicated, Vincent’s use of personal stories and her choice of vocabulary make it so readers can easily follow and understand. The book starts with a definition of karma (which, as Vincent explains, is quite different from luck or coincidence) and moves to Vincent’s story of her life and how karma and the laws have played their part. Using incidents from her own life to help explain the karmic laws is a great teaching device; it makes the concepts easy to grasp.
Karma in Action: Finding Meaning, Making Choices appeared to be well edited as I did not find any errors. The only negative thing I could say about this novel is the difference in tone. The first and last chapter felt like a research paper with the use of outside sources, quotes, and generalized information. Chapters two through eight, however, had a very different, more conversational tone, as they were more focused on Vincent’s life stories. There were still quotes and sources used throughout the chapters, but, to me, they had a different feel from the first and last chapter of the book. As I said before, Vincent’s use of personal tales is a useful teaching device, but as I was reading, I wanted to be asked more about how the laws and karmic situations could apply or compare to my own life. That is eventually covered, though, as the book ends with a few questions that can be used either in a book club meeting or as a reader is reflecting on the book.
I rate this book a 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend it for anyone who is in a rut and may need to change how they are thinking or feeling; it would also be a good read for anyone who is interested in the idea of karma and wants to know more about it.
Karma in Action
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