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Another Reviewer Said it Best - This Book Has the Wrong Title
on April 13, 2014
To me, a title of a book is the same the title of a paper. Just as the paper should point back to the title and thesis, the book should point back to the title. Many times, during the course of reading this book, I wondered what the point was. If I would have submitted a paper like this in my critical thinking class, I would have gotten an F. She even plugs her "relationship" to Selye, which I thought the name dropping was unnecessary to gain audience confidence in her work.
The thoughts seem disjointed as one of the things the author leads with is architecture. Another thing that the author leads with was is how patients were healed faster when they looked at a tree as opposed to a wall. That makes sense, but then the author goes off on hearing, seeing, etc.. I found myself lost lots of times: "why is she not only mentioning this but she is going off on a tangent about it?" That was not the book I was looking for, and I gave up at the 35% according to my Kindle app. The correct way to build audience trust, confidence, and loyalty, to me, is to deliver what the book is supposed to be about.
According to the table of contents, It seems that the juicy parts of the book are in the back, but I have many things on my "to read" list that I don't have patience, nor the energy, nor the time to keep investing in a book that doesn't deliver upfront. There are millions of books out there, and surely one discusses what I'm looking for. I know that many times publishers hold authors to a certain page number, but the first third of book not talking about "healing spaces" is ridiculous. Why did the tree heal the patients faster? Maybe the author would have gotten to that eventually? I will not be discovering the answer to that question this go around. Maybe another time when I'm not so disappointed and cranky.
Also, it would have been nice to include pics of the labyrinths, mazes, the nose, and the architecture/work mentioned in the beginning. I googled them, but it would have been nice to save readers some time.