Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
How I got it: I bought it
Why I Read the Book: I found it lying on a bookshelf and wanted to see what it was all about
This book intrigued me from the very beginning and left me in a state of intrigue after I was finished. Benjamin Hoff, author and Taoist, is also a genius. He combines the principles of Taoism, making this book a guide on how to live a Taoist life, with the original stories of Winnie-the-Pooh and his own narrative with Winnie-the-Pooh.
The book has three elements that I listed above:
- Hoff presents, outlines, explains, and gives examples of the various aspects of Taoism and tells the reader how to live a Taoist lifestyle.
- He tells of his own discussions with Winnie-the-Pooh (fictional obviously) on Taoism while explaining the principle.
- He uses stories from Taoist masters and many excerpts from Winnie-the-Pooh stories to further explain and illustrate how the reader can live a Taoist lifestyle.
I finished reading this book and tried to find ways to simplify my life. The basis of this book is the idea of basics. The back cover says this: While Eeyore Frets...and Piglet hesitates...and Rabbit calculates...and Owl pontificates...Pooh just is. The book explains how Pooh Bear just does things because he finds something good or useful about the moment. He doesn't have very much Brain and doesn't plan or calculate or worry or hesitate. He just does things and lets things happen naturally. That is the reason this book is so intriguing.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to have a more fulfilling, less stressful life. Although it may seem so simple, ... well, that's because it is so simple. At the end of the book Hoff shows that the real answer to making your life work out is ... Nothing. Just let things happen naturally. Read the book and you will discover the secret of nothing. I will definitely keep this book and read it over and over again.