Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Book 39 of '10 The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Dust Jacket Description:

"Is there such thing as a Western Taoist? Benjamin Hoff says there is, and this Taoist's favorite food is honey. Through brilliant and witty dialogue with the beloved Pooh-bear and his companions, the author of this smash bestseller explains with ease and aplomb that rather than being a distant and mysterious concept, Taoism is as near and practical to us as our morning breakfast bowl. Romp through the enchanting world of Winnie-the-Pooh while soaking up invaluable lessons on simplicity and natural living."

Since this is non fiction, I'm going to skip the traditional review structure. Let us carry on.

I'm writing a book right now, and The Tao of Pooh gave me a one afternoon epiphany over my protagonist. It enlightened me about her thought process and the way she lived, and got me back in a groove of creative thought I hadn't been in for a long time.

This book is cute and it makes some excellent points. I love the comparisons between Winnie the Pooh and Taoism, involving direct quotes and "conversations" between Pooh and the author. It expanded my thoughts on religion. I found myself nodding my head thinking "oh my god yes!" several times while reading. This book went by really fast and I loved every moment of it.

My one problem might be how anti-intellectual this book is. I think losing your thoughts to mediation and succumbing to spontaneity is great, but I also think using your brain does in fact have a place. I was less open to accepting the points in this book because of the clear rage toward intellectuals and that mentality.

Dust Jacket Description: Simple and true. 4 flowers.

This is an older version. I really like this cover and I love my mom's worn copy! 4 flowers.

Overall: A great book if you want something that will relax you but we let you use your brain. This book helped guide my Muse, and I'm thankful for it! 4 flowers.

Emma Out!

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read this one but am intrigued by you thinking of it as anti-intellectual. Hmm.