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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; 1 edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401927599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401927592
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everyone can relate to F**K It. The Times John combines Wayne Hemingway's style with Eddie Izzard's flights of surrealism. The Guardian The perfect book to help. Now Magazine This year, dare to say F*** It... I did it. I relaxed, let go, told the truth, did what made me happy and accepted everyone... I don't feel like a martyr and I had real fun. -- Suzy Greaves Red Magazine A Western take on the Eastern idea of letting go... I've felt stress kicking in, and thought 'F**k It!'. There is real freedom in that. The London Paper Something making you unhappy? One man's F**k It therapy teaches us to let go. Metro --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

John C. Parkin, the son of Anglican preachers, has studied and practiced systems of Eastern wisdom for 20 years. He founded the holistic center The Hill That Breathes in Italy, where he teaches regular F**k It Weeks.

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This book was very funny yet entertaining.
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I love all the new ideas the book had and sometimes everyone just needs to say the title of this book.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By K. Salinger, MSN, FNP, RN AHN-BC TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I initially ordered this book from Amazon.co.uk because it hadn't been released in the U.S. yet. There had been a great write up on it in one of my magazines and I was very intrigued. Unfortunately it sat on the shelf for awhile before I finally got around to reading it and I wish now I had read it right away!

This is absolutely one of my very favorite philosophy/lifestyle books. If you're stressed, depressed, apathetic or just generally not pleased with life you must read this book!

I read this during a time of excessive occupational related stress. It helped me realize that I was wasting way too much of my energy with worry and that there really was no reason for it. By reading this book I picked up the "F**k it" attitude, let my stress and worry just drop away, and I felt amazingly better. Having a "F**k it" attitude is the core of this book and it is incredibly freeing.

The title pretty much sums up the main concept of the book, but the book is worth reading in it's entirety as it helps you see areas that you should just say "F**k it" to that you might not think about w/o a little prompting. It helps you realize that there are a multitude of areas in your life where you are essentially a slave to expectations....that of your work, society, your family, even your own expectations, and how everything can be so much easier for you if you just take on a "F**k it - who cares?" type attitude to some extent. You may think "Oh, I could never do that or else this or that terrible thing would happen as a consequence..." Actually though, your world will still go on despite your attitude change, it wont come crashing down. The key difference will be that you will be less stressed and happier all around.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mielke on March 26, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a great book, especially if you find yourself with a partner/friend/spouse who is turned off by your interesting in metaphysics, or new-age, "airy-fairy" spirituality. Simply put, this book teaches the releasing of resistance, which is the key to letting everything into your life that you have asked for. If channeling or preaching just isn't someone's thing, then give them a copy of this book.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Inga L. Walsh on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love this book! it brings to the forefront how we humans make everything overly important causing us to live lives of stress and pressure. When you understand the philosophy of "F**k It", you can begin to break the habitual patterns of worry that plague us all. And that WE are in charge of our own lives. I highly recommend this book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Pharmacy Technician on January 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is amazing! I have always had quite the "F**k it" attitude, but this book helped me to see other areas in my life, that were causing too much stress. After reading this book, I was able to say "F**k it" to other stressors in my life, and in return feel more relaxed and joyful! This book does not teach irresponsibility. It simply encourages you to take that unnessecary stress out of your life! A++++++++
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Craven on October 1, 2010
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The tag for this book could be: Taoism Made Easy or Eastern Philosophy for the Cynic. John C. Parkin lays down some 'Attachments are excess baggage' for those of us who probably use the F word too much. Parkin covers energy fields and breathing, as well as a healthy dose of Buddhism, and makes it accessible and entertaining. Spend an afternoon with this book and it will change the way you view and react to your world for the better.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jen Congiliando on June 22, 2011
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If you look past the novelty of the title, you'll find this book has some interesting things to say. First published in the United Kingdom, F**k It is a Western perspective on Eastern philosophy. Parkin breaks down some of the basic tenets of Buddhism and Taoism, such as self-acceptance, letting go, and living in the moment. According to him, this kind of spirituality can be attained by simply saying "f**k it" to your problems.

"F**k it is a most profane way of saying the most profound thing: that when we relax and give in to the simple flow of life, we will experience the ultimate freedom."

In this book Parkin advises his readers to say "f**k it" to dieting, relationships, illness, money, jobs, parenting, plans and goals, and self-control and discipline. According to him if we can learn to stop trying to control these things we will ultimately end up happier and less depressed if things don't go our way.

I've never been 100% sold on the idea of self-help books. To quote the late great George Carlin, "If you did it yourself, you wouldn't need help. If you buy a book to help you, that's not self-help, that's help!" But Parkin's humorous spin on Eastern spirituality makes this book an interesting read. I agree with some of the ideas outlined in the book, but Parkin's advice wouldn't necessarily work for everyone. For example he asserts that if we say "f**k it" to controling our diet we'll be more likely to eat healthier food because we feel like it, and thus end up losing weight. For someone with a food addiction this is easier said than done.

F**k It is a unique book that's worth checking out, but you may want to take it with a grain of salt. If offers some interesting ideas and some good basic principles, but don't expect it to relate to every aspect of your own life.
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