Academic book Review

For this assignment, I like you to find, read & review an academically oriented book, on any subject of your choice. Here’s what the review should included: • Title, author, publisher number of pages and library call number • A clear, well written summary of the author’s main argument

• A chapter by chapter description of how the book and a description of how it is organized: by subject? Examples? Narrative? • *a paragraph about what others are saying about the book – academic reviews from online sources.

• A statement of your interest in the subject and your response to how the author has handled the book. Did it interest you? Bore you? Make you want to read more on this topic? Confuse you with its language etc?  A brief evaluation of the book’s sources, notes bibliography and index

Conflict has many dimensions, some of which are easily recognizable and some not. They reinforce within us the belief that we can play an important role in eliminating conflict, both internally and externally.

The writer explores how he gained a first hand experience of how fear can be used as a weapon to break down the weak; how pieces of unrelated information can be cleverly put together to fabricate an ugly ‘truth’ that quickly influences people’s perceptions.

How far removed perceptions can be from reality; how accusations can grow into judgments in people’s minds; how anger and hatred can destroy long standing friendships and familial ties.

How ego can manifest and consume all that comes in its way; how greed can soar above basic human values; and how extortions can occur under the guise of the law.

The book also illustrates how conflict resides within and around us, spreading like wildfire, if given a chance. The book reveals how weak and how vulnerable conflict can be, for it can be extinguished by simplethought.

In the opening chapters, the book duels with the issues of essence and form. He says that we need to take a few moments each day to reflect on our own essence. We need to recognize that we are all part of great picture.

We are all part of a common source or origin. Everything living has its roots in this common origin. This recognition is one of unity, which grows within us as we meditate on the words.

Towards Zero Conflict has been written in a simple manner that can be understood by people of all ages and walks of life. It is an invaluable practical tool with which we can recognize our inner conflicts and work proactively towards overcoming them.

The teachings of this book are offered in a soft and gentle form that creates inner learning, which finds a permanent place in the mind of the reader.

Each chapter begins with an introduction to the subject matter. This is followed by one or several captivating stories that convey the individual concepts to the reader in great depth.

Though provoking stories that help us identify, understand and resolve our internal and external conflicts - conflict that reside within us, causing pain, difficulties, disappointments and suffering.

The narratives are very illustrative and inspiring giving the reader easy time in understanding the concepts. Every chapter contains a narrative purposely the understanding the chapters.

Through short stories, the book explains each conflict from a broad range of perspectives, and offers Seeds of Resolution that provide practical solutions to overcoming our inner conflicts. Towards Zero Conflict is a key to discovering happiness and fulfilment, taking the reader on a path of self empowerment,

In my opinion, this method of learning is highly effective since the reader is fully engaged by the messages of the stories, allowing him or her to draw interpretations at a personal level.

One may draw superficial messages from the various stories or search very deeply into their essence. It is a matter of timing and personal choice.

Each one of us embodies a broad range of conflicts. We are aware of some of our conflicts and unaware of others.

Sometimes, we may understandably choose not to accept the presence of some of our conflicts, because admitting our weakness can be a hurtful or an embarrassing process.

Therefore, it is important to undertake this process of self evaluation and understanding in a setting of complete privacy.

Towards Zero Conflict provides a tool for such private learning, where you need not be afraid about being completely honest with yourself.  You will discover that some chapters of the book have a greater impact on you than others.

This depends upon the conflicts you harbour from within, or depending upon the conflicts that surround you.

At the end of each chapter are seeds of resolution which will help you to deal with, and allow you rise above your inner conflicts.

These seeds are valuable personal development tools that will bring inner harmony, which, in turn, will result in the creation of a positive atmosphere in your daily life, from work, to relationships, to your own inner self.

The seeds of resolution are special words that should be repeated over and over, whilst focusing on their meaning. You may memorise them, with your eyes closed.

These seeds are pure and positive meditative thoughts, which gradually embed themselves into the mind as you contemplate them frequently. Later, they manifest in the form of new and healthy attitudes, actions and outlook towards different aspects of your life.

The book also contains a number of simple, yet effective meditations that can be practiced regularly to assist you with the process of inner conflict resolution.

The writer is very careful in choosing his sources. The book is written with psychological concepts in mind and he uses sources relevant to the topic.