In This Self Help Book Review For anxiety and stress, I talk about the excellent book “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, which includes a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn. This is a great book. This book comes with a free CD of guided meditations. They are great.
Overview Of My Review Of The Book, Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World
Here is what you will learn in this Book Review for the excellent book “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.
Let’s move on with the review.
Proof Of Purchase
Before we start, I like to share evidence that I actually purchased this book for my own use and that it wasn’t donated to me to test and review.
Here is a digital copy of the order in my Order History with the Book Depository website for my purchase of the book “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman.
Introduction to my review of the book “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World”
This great practical self help book for anxiety and stress is a “must”. The book is based on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT for short). MBCT can help people who are finding life an uphill battle and finding life to be challenging, and maybe because of this, are stressed or anxious or exhausted.
In my opinion, don’t worry too much about what MBCT is. Just know that it is something that is helpful. The scientifically based methods outlined are practical and down to earth.
This book explains things in a way that the normal person can understand and the audio CD that comes with the book contains eight guided meditations. In this book, you “can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you can be back in control and able to enjoy life again.”
My personal review of the book “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World”
What is this book about?
This book is about giving you additional information and tools to help you in your battle with anxiety or stress. I repeat myself, you “can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you can be back in control and able to enjoy life again.”
Who is this book for?
This is for anyone who wants to be able to be on top of life. Life can be challenging and can throw a lot of things at you. We, including you and I, need tools and methods and techniques based on real world requirements so that we can get back in control and able to enjoy life again.
This book is for anyone who wants to free themselves from anxiety and stress. As Ruby Wax put it, “If you want to free yourself from anxiety and stress, then read this book”.
How this book helped me?
Over the last while, I have learned a lot about stress and anxiety. I purchased this book myself in order to check out for myself does it deliver. I only have the book a short while now, and what I have read so far, I feel that the information is solid. I have also listened to each of the eight audio meditations in the free CD that comes with the book, a number of times and must say I am pleased. I am finding that some of the phrases used in the meditations are really helpful that I have not heard in other meditations by other people.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book, especially the eight week Mindfulness Programme. And to doing the associated partner meditations at the appropriate times. My gut feeling at this stage, is that it will be time well spent.
Pros of this book
- The free CD contains eight separate different meditation tracks, each one is excellent
- The book comes with an eight week plan
- I find that the content in the book makes a lot of sense
- The scientifically based methods outlined are practical and down to earth.
Cons of this book
- Although the book supplied an alternative weblink for the meditations on the audio CD, I had to be a member of another cloud based service in order to do this. I just was not keen to sign up for yet another cloud based service for something that I was supposed to be able to “download for free”. It just seemed as an “unexpected and unwelcome” obstacle for me and was a “total turnoff for me”. Luckily for me, after doing some additional online research, I was able to use a process called “ripping” which allowed me to copy the contents of the audio CD over to my laptop. Easy enough when you know how. For a book about helping people reduce anxiety or stress, this issue should not be here. They should have a simple and effective way to allow readers of the book download the eight meditations with no issues and no concerns with no stress and with no anxiety. After all, the book is a bestseller, so they should be able to come up with something.
Why I recommend this book?
At this stage, I have listened to each of the eight guided meditations on a number of occasions and have added them on an ‘ad hoc’ basis to my daily meditation practice. Mark Williams, who is the speaker on these guided meditations has a very calm voice. He leads each of those eight guided meditations really well. The sound quality on the recordings are excellent.
As I have already mentioned in “my first impressions of this book” section, “The book comes with an audio CD that has eight different guided meditations. I have done each of these and must say I am impressed. The speaker has a calm way of explaining things really well. I know that I am supposed to spend a week or so on each one having read the applicable chapter in the book before hand, however I am keen. I will most likely follow the ‘proper’ order later with the appropriate times.”
Here’s a brilliant short video where Mark Williams, one of the authors of the book, talks about the symptoms of stress and the reasons for stress in today’s crazy busy world of our. Enjoy. 🙂
My personal rating of the book “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World”
I rate the excellent book, “Mindfulness – A Practical Guide To Finding Peace In A Frantic World” by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, which includes a foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn as 4.5 stars out of 5.0 stars.
Here’s The Next Step…
Now I want to turn it over to you:
Are you going to read this excellent book so that you can learn about ways to find peace in this frantic world of ours?
The free CD that comes with the book outline eight different guided meditations. Which of these are you going to use in your life?
Which of the excellent meditations mentioned in his book are you going to try first?
Are you going to start to practice the 3 minute meditation technique?
Or maybe you want to try out some of the other guided meditations?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.