3 out of 4 stars
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Fostering Energy is an uplifting book written by Kyle Pleasant LMT, a legally blind massage therapist. Pleasant discusses the energy that is in everything and all around us. We are energy and we have the ability and the responsibility to change any negative energy we put out into positive energy.
This book is divided into three main sections: “discover your value”, “cherishing your energy”, and “applying your wisdom”. Within these, Pleasant strives to make the audience understand that each one of us matters and has value and that there is power in our thoughts and words. Pleasant details ways to boost our physical health along with our mental and spiritual health as they all tie in together. Throughout this, the author describes his own journey with navigating life while being legally blind in a time when people did not know how to treat him and how he pushed himself to grow and find his passion. He leaves us with a note to not simply be inspired, but to strive to be inspiring to others.
What I loved about this book was right from the beginning I could feel Pleasant’s excitement in what he was writing. His words feel genuine, and the tone of the book is one of the most positive and inspiring ones I have read. Pleasant does a wonderful job encouraging the readers to see themselves in a positive light. The fact that he pulls from his own experience of being legally blind his entire life proves that these are not simply words to him. He truly believes in the power of our own energy.
I particularly liked his description of negative feelings like anger. He says they are like a puzzle for us to solve so we can figure out what triggered our anger and learn to better deal with it. He encourages readers to find out what they like to do, and then fully commit to it despite other peoples’ opinions or negative comments. When we live only to please others, we always end up disappointed.
Unfortunately, there were also moments that I disliked. The third section of the book breaks up into various types of health and Pleasant goes into too many details and specifics regarding physical health especially. Pleasant spends several pages breaking down the types of nutrition into protein, carbs, fats, etc. along with listing types of exercise and the difference between aerobic and anaerobic. I understand the importance of taking care of the physical body for the sake of mental health and positive energy, but this part felt out of place and seemed to drag on too long.
I do not believe this book was professionally edited because I found more than ten typos throughout the pages. These errors also included missing words or strange phrasing that sometimes made the sentences difficult to understand. For instance, in a bullet point on page 99 about working to be who we want to be, Pleasant writes “is this vacation go into the heading I want it to?”
Overall, I rate this book three out of four stars. I took away one star for the multiple errors and strange wording, but I don’t believe the extensive descriptions of nutrients should be cause to remove another star.
I recommend this book to any reader looking for some positive encouragement. There are no inappropriate descriptions or words. Pleasant is clearly excited about his ideas and what he has learned in his life and wants to share it. I believe his message will be beneficial to everyone with a desire to become their best selves.
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