Kintsugi

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 11 Jun 2019

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I wanted to like this book because anything Japanese is something I am interested in and recently I got fascinated by the concept of kintsugi. I was even more excited when I realized that this book was taking this art-form and applying it to real life events.

However, it did not offer anything concrete in terms of advice or self-help and it got quite boring and too repetitive after a while. This book could work better as a long article, but not as long as this book.
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I came across the idea of Kintsugi when I was about sixteen and desperately needed to believe that the parts where I was most broken could be fixed. I imagined my fissures being filled with gold; being mended and glorified at once. Coming across this book so many years later was a gift from the universe. I’ve come across so few people who know what this practice is about and how it can apply to humans that it was refreshing to see that someone else had seen the worth of this practice and all its reflections on humanity. Worth the read.
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This was a unique approach to embracing your imperfections and healing from past emotional wounds.  I had never heard of this Japanese approach to healing, but found it to be interesting and beneficial.
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Absolutely lovely in every way! I teared up quite a few times as well. Just a great inspirational and beautiful read!
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I recently became fascinated by the Japanese art form of kintsugi, so I was curious to read this book. This book centers around self-help strategies that can fall into place much like the process of making kintsugi art. I appreciated the structure - a little bit of info about kintsugi, suggestions for empowering and discovering your best self., and exercises to do to try out the techniques. I especially loved the inclusion of photographs of beautiful kintsugi art pieces throughout the book. Overall, I appreciated the author sharing her personal experiences, but much of this felt repetitive (in fact, one parable is included twice in the text in different parts of the book.) I enjoyed learning more about kintsugi and getting some self-care tips, but I wasn't crazy enough about this to recommend to others.
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This book came at just the right time for me.

A particularly difficult situation had arisen at the office and was making me extra cautious of my flaws. I had been dreading going back to the office and watching everyone watch me with open curiosity and derision.

This book was about the Japanese art of filling cracks with gold and how the same applies to us humans. There were a lot of things that the author talks about but the one that stuck with me was about the fact that my imperfections are okay and I should be proud of them, not hide them.

I am sure I will be able to get a lot more from the book once I am not reading it in an emotionally charged state. But till then, my recommendation to y0u is to enjoy the subtle book with a heart of gold.

I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley. It doesn't impact my opinion in any way;
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An interesting look at how to find your inner strength while looking at the art of Kintsugi from Japan. Kintsugi repairs broken ceramics by repairing them with some adhesive and gold to make the ceramics even more beautiful than they were before the break. This book takes that concept, but they apply it to self-healing after hardships. Highly recommend it for people interested in self-help books or going through a rough time.
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As much as self-help books go, this is one of the best I have ever read so far, mostly because it uses a "real thing" like repairing things with gold (kintsugi) as a metaphor to "repair" yourself. It uses also good suggestions and tips and also it talks about going to therapy, which is a thing I am very grateful for. So i strongly recommend this book.

Per quanto mi riguarda, questo è uno dei migliori libri di auto aiuto che ho letto fino ad ora, soprattutto perché utilizza il metodo del kintsugi (riparare con l'oro) come metafora per "riparare" se stessi, senza disdegnare di suggerire come la terapia sia in alcuni casi necessaria, il che mi rende ancora piú benevola nei confronti del testo, che a questo punto raccomando.

THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!
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This book is an excellent primer on the art of (as the subtitle says) finding strength in imperfection. From the history of the ancient art of kintsugi to present day meaning, everything is right here in this beautifully designed and illustrated book. 

The author takes us step by step through the actual and metaphorical processes of Kintsugi: Break, assemble, wait,repair, reveal, and sublimate. Each section is divided into smaller steps. It all makes perfect sense!

 If you are on a journey towards excepting yourself exactly as you are, imperfections and all, this book will be a blessing for you. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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A great look at accepting our flaws. Let celebrate by repairing our flaws with golden pride. Everything we experience is what makes us that great one of a kind individual.
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