Official Review: Spirituality in the 21st Century

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Official Review: Spirituality in the 21st Century

Post by EmunahAn » 17 Feb 2019, 09:06

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Spirituality in the 21st Century" by Frank P. Daversa.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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In his enlightening book, Spirituality in the 21st Century, Frank P. Daversa explores the topic of spiritual development while providing guidance on how to begin a journey of spiritual self-discovery.

In the book, Daversa investigates and defines the relationship between spiritual enlightenment and various topics. He relates the world of politics and business to spirituality and guides on ways to grow spiritually even in these spheres. At the core of his message is a message of compassion. He instills the need for empathy towards other human beings which leads to the seeking of solutions so as to alleviate human suffering. He proposes that human beings should seek to improve other people’s lives not only their own, which means having a lesser desire for material things. He also explores spiritual development with regard to relationships.

I liked that the author includes bits of his own spiritual journey. His experiences helped me relate to the insight contained in the book. He also quotes from many notable figures such as Nelson Mandela and Helen Keller. I also liked the inclusion of ideologies of outstanding people such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Such examples were helpful in explaining the information contained and making it actionable. I also liked that the examples included and the whole book, in general, placed a heavy emphasis on having compassion for others.

However, I did not like that in some parts of the book the opinions of the author are mixed up with those that contain facts. In these instances, it is not made clear why the writer’s perspective is superior to anyone else’s who disagrees with his outlook. Further, the language style adopted in the book mostly focuses on telling rather than showing and letting the reader come to their own conclusion. While reading, I got the impression that I was being told how to view different issues instead of being presented with information supporting a specific point of view and then deciding on my own what to believe.

The book is exceptionally edited and I did not identify any errors. The interior organization is also effectively executed. Each chapter is clearly titled and the chapters contain information that only pertains to the stated topic. Anyone seeking to grow spiritually will benefit from reading Spirituality in the 21st Century by Frank P. Daversa. Readers who are not interested in matters regarding spirituality may not enjoy the book. I rate it 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Rose Harebate » 20 Feb 2019, 03:09

The author's advice for people to desire less material things is interesting. Indeed the world will be a better place if we helped one another. Thanks for a great review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 20 Feb 2019, 09:40

I think it's great that the author discusses some of his or her own spiritual journey. That makes it more relatable. It also sounds like the themes are handled well. Still, I don't think the book is for me. Thanks!
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Post by mihaela_bartha » 21 Feb 2019, 00:52

I feel that the idea of reflection on how to improve other people's lives, rather than to only focus on our own is excellent and this perspective would make me enjoy the book. However, I also agree with the reviewer in that having someone telling you rather than showing you can be a put off.

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Post by Krishna Hari » 21 Feb 2019, 02:44

Spirituality is something that is losing its importance in the 21st century and at the same time it's something that should be gaining importance. In this Era of busy schedules no one has time for anything. We tend to nurture ourselves. Going on the path of spirituality helps us in ways science cannot. After reading the review I personally feel one must read the book but also let ourself decide what to take in and what not to. Amazing review 👏

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 21 Feb 2019, 18:27

Krishna Hari wrote:
21 Feb 2019, 02:44
Spirituality is something that is losing its importance in the 21st century and at the same time it's something that should be gaining importance. In this Era of busy schedules no one has time for anything. We tend to nurture ourselves. Going on the path of spirituality helps us in ways science cannot. After reading the review I personally feel one must read the book but also let ourself decide what to take in and what not to. Amazing review 👏
I mostly agree with you. I think there are elements to 21st century society- especially in the West- that make this especially challenging, so I think a book that deals with this topic is very relevant and certainly piqued my interest.

However, I’m not sure if based on the review I will make the time to read this one. (This is not the fault of the reviewer- it’s a good review! :) ) That the author does not do a great job distinguishing between fact and his personally view is a pet peeve for me. And I also have to wonder: what does this book offer that other similar books don’t?

So I’m not 100% sure for myself.
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Post by InStoree » 22 Feb 2019, 10:54

EmunahAn wrote:
17 Feb 2019, 09:06

However, I did not like that in some parts of the book the opinions of the author are mixed up with those that contain facts. In these instances, it is not made clear why the writer’s perspective is superior to anyone else’s who disagrees with his outlook. Further, the language style adopted in the book mostly focuses on telling rather than showing and letting the reader come to their own conclusion. While reading, I got the impression that I was being told how to view different issues instead of being presented with information supporting a specific point of view and then deciding on my own what to believe.
I couldn't agree more, EmmunahAn. One of the most fundamental problems is that mentors or people who deliver a moral message for the world can't just expose what they experienced and how that specific thing (spirituality in this case) improved their life. They need to become aggressive. Like: "This is the best way!" Well, my answer would be: "For You maybe, not for all. What is best for you doesn't necessary means is best for me!"I hate this kind of approach. Even if spirituality is a theme close to my heart, I don't think I'll read this book. Maybe, the author should remember about the free will. Anyway, informative review! Thank you!
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Post by PGreen » 22 Feb 2019, 13:19

I love the topic of spirituality, so this book sounds right up my alley. On the other hand, the author's approach sounds opposite of what you'd expect in the 21st century. Thanks for your review.

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Post by BelleinHouston » 23 Feb 2019, 15:19

Spirituality in the 21st century
Author Frank Daversa

Yes, thank you for the reviews, most of which I agree. I have read this book more than once, and enjoy Spirituality books. We are all in our search for meaning and peace, on a daily basis in our lives.
This author offers life paths and choices to improve our personal lives. He is candid about his own struggles, including an illness that he will not allow to stop him. Those of us who have endured much pain and suffering seem to grow more spiritually during our lifetime. I consider myself to be a minimalist and a survivor too. We make our own choices to improve or decrease the quality of our lives.
The book is a good read for those of us who really struggle in life.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 11 Mar 2019, 11:31

Bringing empathy to the worlds of business and politics would go a long way to making some change. This sounds like an important book. Thanks for the wonderful introduction.
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