2 out of 4 stars
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“I freed a thousand slaves I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves” - Harriet Tubman.
The quote above, which illustrates how self-awareness can affect people, was what stood out the most to me in Divine Simplicity...Day Two Who Are You? by Yasher Echad El. In this book, the author discusses several relevant topics that are easily overlooked in today's society. The effects of this apathy can be seen in the way we treat others, how we idolize irrelevant things, and differences in our views on poverty. In attempting to help empower us with a better understanding of ourselves and our environment, the author believes that we have been asleep, and "it's time to wake up."
The book spans 112 pages, and the author goes straight to the point in his discussions. This made the book an easy read for me, as it kept my attention throughout. The author discusses wealth, racism, faith, judging others, self-love, the dangers of the entertainment industry, and much more. Relatable examples were employed, and a lot of thought-provoking questions were included in the book.
Questions like "If a person lives day to day, can they set a five-year goal for themselves?" and other issues revolving around the need to take shortcuts in life and alter our appearance, using cosmetic products and surgery, piqued my interest. These questions gave me the impression that I should question everything in life if I want improvements, which is consistent with the advice I have received from a few self-help books.
However, there are a few complaints I have about the book. The first issue I encountered was how disorganized the author's thoughts were. The author moved from one topic to another randomly, even without satisfying the reader on the previous topic. This made me feel like the book was written in one sitting and published. I had a few questions that weren't answered, as well. While some of the questions in the book were helpful, I hoped for the author's opinion on some of them, but I never got it. Instead, I got more questions. The book also enables conspiracy theories at times.
Furthermore, there are a few grammatical errors in the book. There are also instances where punctuation marks could have given a precise meaning to what was said, but I couldn't count them as errors. It wasn't difficult to read through them, however. The author also refers to blacks as "Moor" brothers and sisters, and I didn't get any explanation for it.
Overall, the book had its highlights, but it left much to be desired. My complaints above convinced me to rate the book 2 out of 4. The book will be helpful to readers that can carry out further research on some of the things the author discussed. Therefore, I would recommend this book to some people that seek self-improvement and self-awareness.
Divine Simplicity...Day Two Who Are You?
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