34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
So enjoyable, inspirational, and authentic,
This review is from: Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love (Hardcover)
After having read this wonderful book for the third time, I had to post a review! When I first opened Unbinding the Heart, I thought I would just read a chapter or two. As I finished each chapter, I kept saying telling myself "one more chapter" until I found myself staying up all night to finish the book! Usually I fall asleep with a book in my hands; this is the first time I can remember a book having the opposite effect.
What about this book kept me wanting more?
What is unique about this book is that the author, Agapi Stassinopoulos, conveys her authenticity, warmth, and vulnerability in a way that draws you in. Agapi takes you through a fascinating journey of her life in Greece and the United States. As you read the stories, you connect with Agapi's amazing heart. The book is so well written and intimate that I felt like Agapi was holding my hand through the journey of life, guiding me with real life examples that helped her find her authentic self. She gave me hope that I can find mine. Agapi doesn't shy away from sharing her deepest struggles. She comes across as a very sincere and humble person with a deeply caring heart. She also has a great sense of humor!
Some books that fall into the self-help category can be useful in that they give us principles to ponder. Often those ideas primarily affect our intellect, however, and we think these principles would be good to incorporate, and we may consider them. What sets Unbinding the Heart apart from most self-help books that I have read is that this book speaks from the heart of the author to the heart of the reader. As I was reading and simply enjoying the stories, not looking for any advice, per se, I found that I experienced several insights that allowed me to experience healing in my own life. I felt like I had received an infusion of grace that truly opened my heart.
In a culture that seems saturated with "life coaches" and "relationship experts", Agapi makes no claims to be an expert on how to live life or navigate relationships. Yet, ironically she is a true expert, a wise teacher--she actually walks the talk.
This beautiful book is also a great gift. I've given it to several people who wouldn't ever be caught reading a "self-help" or "spiritual" book. They found Agapi and her stories so enjoyable, and their hearts were touched in magnificent, unexpected ways.
I think the author is really onto something with this "unbinding the heart" concept. In a culture striving to accumulate more Facebook friends and Twitter followers, Agapi reminds us of the intimacy we need with our friends and family to really be whole.
Unbinding the Heart is such a gift. It draws you in, touches your heart, and leaves you hopeful, more inspired, and wanting to spend time on a Greek island with Agapi listening to more of her stories!