Active Goodness

Active Goodness ISBN: 9788494754838, Kwill Books, an e-book by Edward Abel Smith.

The author has provided a remarkable “true story of how Trevor Chadwick, Doreen Warriner & Nicholas Winton rescued thousands from the Nazis.” And, following a direct quote from Winton, “There is a difference between passive goodness and active goodness. The latter is, in my opinion, the giving of one’s time and energy in the alleviation of pain and suffering. It entails going out, finding and helping those who are suffering and in danger and not merely leading an exemplary life, in a purely passive way of doing no wrong”, he embarks upon a minutely detailed description of the horrendous job assumed and brought to fruition by these courageous and self-sacrificing individuals. Most interestingly, and quite lacking frequently in similar stories, is the ‘closure’ offered to the reader in the concluding chapters by providing the subsequent activities of the protagonists as well as that of many of their ‘saved ones’. The mechanics of presentation actually are quite scholarly in that biographical details are set forth in a fairly straightforward manner supported by a large number of references. Simultaneously however, the author has managed to present the protagonists and many of the other characters in a manner that makes them ‘come alive’ so considerable empathy is engendered within the reader. A few proofing errors do not interfere with the flow of the tale.

Conclusion: The substance of this book perhaps is most succinctly described by A, Mann: “To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.” Specifically, it presents historical interlocking biographies of somewhat disparate individuals in an authentic, yet remarkably empathetic presentation aficanados most certainly will enjoy.

5* Empathetically presented historical interlocking biographies of remarkable individuals.

Minimalism for Beginners

Minimalism for Beginners, an e-book written and copyright by Dawn Li.

This little book is subtitled “30 Easy Steps to Living a Stress-Free, Decluttered Life” and is designed for a segment of the population that apparently wishes to be as totally free as possible of any seeming restraints. To accomplish this feat they divest themselves of as many elements as possible that they believe are or may be interfering with this overriding desire. The presentation opens with a disclaimer, followed by an introduction, fifteen short chapters and a conclusion. It purports to establish “a liberating experience” rather than the often interpreted thought brought to mind of “an exercise in self-depravation, the sort of thing you would expect from the likes of monks, nuns and Zen masters.” Instead “the truth of the matter is that minimalism is a healthy and rewarding way of life that can help you to feel better on every level.” Chapters 1 and 2 describe the ‘journey’ and how to redefine your values; 3, 4 and 5 offer suggestions for eliminating kitchen and closet items and linens; 6, 7 and 8 discuss various aspects of shopping; 9 and 10 deal with use of modern technology; 11the garage; 12 defeating hording; 13 tackling the “need to own”; 14 how to use space wisely; 15 turning clutter into art; and a conclusion that “hopefully you understand that minimalism doesn’t mean you have to get rid of things to make you happy. Getting rid of clutter will free up more than valuable space in your home, it will also free up valuable space in your heart and mind, space that can be used for people and experiences that truly deserve that space.

5* Aptly titled, simply provided format for any interested newbie.