Saturday, May 31, 2014

10% Happier Review

I just finished reading 10% Happier by Dan Harris. I will say that I started off reading this book without much enthusiasm. I received it from Litfuse Publicity Group which has always passed on Christian fiction and non-fiction novels and in the very first sentence there was a cuss word. I got past it because I figured I couldn't judge the whole book based on that.

This is the story of Dan Harris, news correspondent, who discovers the act of meditation. The entire book is about his self-discovery. He spends a whole lot of time speaking to religious leaders and being very unimpressed. Actually, I enjoyed reading the parts of the book about his interviews. He was friendly with Ted Haggard before Ted Haggard's lifestyle came to light. He was in cahoots with Deepak Chopra. And there was a piece he did on pastors who had become athiests without telling their congregations which I even remember watching years ago.

I guess most people won't be bothered by the language in this book but I felt it was unnecessary, particularly because I was reading the book thinking that Harris' faith is what makes him happier. Unfortunately that is not the case. It was pretty sad, seeing him on this journey trying to fill this emptiness inside of him and never finding it.

Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Harper Collins for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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