The Radical Practice Of Loving Everyone – Review
Have you ever read a book that turned out to be totally different than what you expected?
For me, The Radical Practice Of Loving Everyone – A Four-Legged Approach To Enlightenment by Michael J. Chase is one of those books!
When I started reading The Radical Practice Of Loving Everyone, I expected a book filled with whimsical tales about Mollie – the puppy mill poodle that Michael and his wife Cara fell in love with and whose life they most likely saved. At first, the author delivered exactly what I hoped for. During the first six chapters of the book, Michael delighted me with stories of “The Cookie Thief”, made my heart race when he wrote about “One Sick Puppy”, and made me smile by asking “How Bad Can She Be?”
After all, who can resist the antics of a naughty pooch? Certainly, not me! I had high hopes that this would be another Marley And Me in the making.
Alas – that was not to be!
After writing six charming chapters about Mollie, the “Tasmanian devil” of a poodle I’d grown to love – the author switched gears! Suddenly, Mollie was no longer the primary focus of the book. As Michael focused on chronicling his journey towards personal enlightenment, Mollie no longer shined as the star of his stories – she became relegated to the impetus for them. Instead of writing about the lessons he was learning from Mollie, Michael’s focus shifted to the lessons he was learning from his spiritual gurus whose wisdom is based in Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, and other Eastern religions.
Now, I commend Michael for his desire to evolve spiritually. I appreciate many of the stories he shares. Unfortunately – as a reader who signed up to read a dog-centric book – I wasn’t ready to make the shift to lessons gleaned from Eastern mysticism. As I look at sweet Mollie’s photo on the cover of the book and read the sub-title – “a four-legged approach to enlightenment” – I can’t help but feel like I’ve fallen prey to a bit of bait and switch!
I’m disappointed that the book did not live up to my topical expectations. I also feel the shift in focus weakened the overall cohesiveness of the book. However, the book isn’t all bad, or without merit. I appreciate the positive message this book conveys, and enjoyed a few chapters, including 24 Hours Of Kindness and Learning To Love Again.
The Radical Practice Of Loving Everyone is an easy-to-read book that encourages us to love others more. It’s a great message – but one that would have been better had the author ditched the mystics and stuck with the dog!
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About Michael J. Chase
Affectionately known as “The Kindness Guy,” Michael J. Chase is one of today’s most powerful voices for creating a kinder world. In 2007, following a life-changing epiphany, Michael ended an award-winning photography career to found The Kindness Center. After gaining extensive media attention for his 24 hours of kindness event, he quickly became a sought-after speaker and workshop leader throughout the world. Whether presenting in a classroom, boardroom, or on stage in front of thousands, his message of hope impacts countless lives each year.
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