Book Review | Love for Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim #booktour #loveforimperfectthings @penguinukbooks #orangecountyreads

I’m thrilled to be joining Penguin Books UK for the booktour of a simply beautiful book by Haemin Sunim, one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world.

Genre: Nonfiction, self help, spirituality

Published: 2/13/20

Source: Penguin Random House UK


My Thoughts:

“When you care for yourself first, the world will also find you worthy of care.”

I love inspiring books that help make sense of our place in the world. This easy to read, beautifully illustrated book is full of verses that can help you heal from negative thoughts. The author talks about self-care, forgiveness, relationships, depression, compassion…

Each chapter opens with a personal account of events that have happened to Haemin Sunim and his responses to them, followed by brilliant advice presented in an almost poetic form. Personally, it felt like someone discovered my insecurities and was gently reassuring me.

Can a book make you feel like you’ve been hugged? I will be keeping this book close by for whenever I need a reminder to slow down and stop chasing after perfection. The paper quality, size and illustrations would also make this a lovely book to give as a gift. Highly recommended.

Links:

Goodreads | Bookstore Link

Publisher Description:

A beautiful Sunday Times bestseller on learning to love ourselves, from the author of the internationally bestselling The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down.

Many of us respond to the pressures of life by turning inwards and ignoring problems, sometimes resulting in anxiety or depression. Others react by working harder at work, at school or at home, hoping that this will make ourselves and the people we love happier.

But what if being yourself is enough? Just as we are advised on airplanes to take our own oxygen first before helping others, we must first be at peace with ourselves before we can be at peace with the world around us.

In this beautiful follow-up to his international bestseller The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim turns his trademark wisdom and kindness to self-care, arguing that only by accepting yourself – and the flaws which make you who you are – can you have compassionate and fulfilling relationships with your partner, family and friends.

About the Author:

Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world. Born in South Korea and educated at Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter (@haeminsunim) and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not traveling to share his teachings. In Korea, The Things You Can See sold more than three million copies and spent 41 weeks at Number One. Love For Imperfect Things was Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller.

Do you practice self-care? Besides reading, how do you slow down and stop chasing perfection?


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