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Beyond Us

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I was delighted to receive a digital review copy of this book from author and publisher Iff Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  The book uses common facets of modern life to illustrate the cultural constructions of our thinking minds and invites us to go beyond, as the title suggests, to imagine a deeper, more meaningful world based on love instead of fear and scarcity.. The text gives the reader the tools to see how much of our world is conceptualized by our intellect and not the whole picture and potential for our lives.  The books invites us to consider the stakes for living in a world of competition that sacrifices the wellbeing of the world. I took my time with this book. Though it is short, it is packed full of meaningful content to be contemplated over time.  I enjoyed also watching the author's documentary Beyond Me, which came out in 2020 after finishing this book.
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This book was received as an ARC from John Hunt Publishing Ltd - IFF books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This book was very short but very intense and very interesting. At first I did not know what to make of it. I didn't know if it was a collection of essays, self-help book or a literary piece but whatever genre it belongs in, my eyes were left wide open. Fred Master in his essays talks about how there are some elements of life that just go way beyond understanding and comprehension. This book definitely examines further why the saying 'some things are better left unsaid" and trust me, part of me was shocked to learn a lot that part of me wishes I have never read this book but in the best way possible. At first I think our patrons will be scared but towards the end of the book they will have shock and awe like I did.

We will consider adding this title to our Self Help collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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