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.
Spirituality in the 21st Century
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