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Post by CataclysmicKnight » 12 Oct 2019, 17:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The exquisiteness of being in the present moment" by Harry Lindwall.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Living in the moment can be a challenge. Sometimes it's great to daydream, don't get me wrong, but no one wants to nervously contemplate everything that can go wrong in their spare time. For instance, I hate getting any kind of shot from the doctor. If I know a shot is coming, I'll panic about it for days or even weeks, even though it takes a doctor mere seconds to actually give me the shot.

Harry Lindwall has come up with a way to escape these moments of anxiety, fear, and self-doubt by living in the moment. The Exquisiteness of Being in the Present Moment: A Mental Journey into Discovery (author's capitalization) is a very brief nonfiction account of Harry's method of avoiding what he calls "projected thoughts." Harry wrote that projected thought is, and I quote, "the familiar process of creating or imagining scenarios in the mind of future or past events and then mentally analyzing or working through them while often experiencing the emotions that may have attached themselves to the imagined situations."

After explaining what projected thoughts are, this 36-page book explains how to find the present moment. Harry then dives into maintaining the feeling of being in the present moment for as long as possible. The present moment, Harry says, is calm, positive, and grounded. It also has long-lasting effects that are very positive!

The thing is, this is a very short book. While Amazon says it's 36 pages long, it only takes up 24 screens in my Kindle app. On top of that, half of the screens are made up of at least 50% white space. If I had to guess, this would make the book 10-12 pages long. Harry explores the topic thoroughly, and any added content would likely just be filler that would draw out the book unnecessarily, but it's worth mentioning just how short it is. I also happened to find four errors, which is a fair number of errors for such a short book.

I liked Harry's method of finding the present moment, and it's something I'll be putting to use in my daily life for sure. Without spoiling what it is (since the method itself the main draw of the book), I'll say that it's very simple and easy to do. I'd recommend this book to anyone who deals with anxiety, self-doubt, or nervous energy. Harry's writing is straightforward, easy to read, thorough, and flows smoothly from beginning to end. My rating of the book is 3 out of 4 stars.

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Post by MsH2k » 29 Oct 2019, 22:14

I am now wondering what Harry’s approach is. Kudos to him for laying it out succinctly. “Tomorrow will worry about itself.”
Thanks for your review.

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Post by Helene_2008 » 30 Oct 2019, 18:37

Since it's such a short read, I feel like I have to find out what his method is. I liked your inclusion about your fear of shots. It made me think about anxieties in my life and how this book might benefit me.

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Post by Kaylee123 » 31 Oct 2019, 12:25

This sounds like a book I need to read! I love that it's short, so it won't take too long to find out the method. It's too bad there were errors. Hopefully they aren't too distracting. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Nkoo » 13 Nov 2019, 08:17

I should seek out this book and read it already. I like the fact that it's brief and can be read in minutes. Thanks for your review.

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Post by Nisha Ward » 30 Nov 2019, 00:03

Something short and sweet yet very thorough is always good, and that it deals with living in the moment is always a plus. I do have to wonder at the formatting though, if it can be compressed down to less than half the current length.
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