Book Review: Equanimity by John Elliott-White


I was recently sent a copy of this book by the author and asked to give a review. I have read multiple books in the self-help/self-improvement genre and the premise of this book, to combine what we know of neuropsychology and the wisdom of the Ancients was very intriguing to me. I love philosophy. I love thinking deeply about things for no other reason than to challenge my own mind. I also love the brain and how it works, and how little we yet know about it.

Whether you are like me, or even if you find philosophy a bit heady, this book is an excellent read. Elliott-White does a great job taking modern psychology and ancient philosophy and breaking it down into simple-to-understand nuggets that will enhance your life.

Many books in this genre are good at telling you the same song and dance about self-help or giving a great pep talk that makes the reader excited, but only for as long as they are reading it. Others tell you what to do, but not how to do it.

This is where I believe this book really excels. Elliott-White uses a conversational tone, and relatable experiences to explain why the principles work but he goes a step further and breaks down exactly how you can put them into practice with very little effort starting off.

Personally, I have always wanted to learn meditation, but I could never really figure out what should be going on in my head.  Practitioners would say, ‘notice a thought and let it go’, which only left me confused. The author of this book addresses that and so much more. I am excited to implement elements of this book into my own life. If I was going to recommend a quick read to someone looking for solutions for a happier, more peaceful existence in this tumultuous world, I would absolutely recommend this book.

Published by ATL Doyle

I am an aspiring author, military wife, and mother of four boys. In my free time, I am a voracious reader and lover of large cups of tea. While I enjoy reading everything, my favorite genre is fantasy. One of my hobbies is reading and reviewing books on various online platforms. I have dabbled in short stories and writing poetry, publishing a small book of my poems in 2022, with an independent publisher. I enjoy keeping the world up-to-date on her writing, reading, and random thoughts on my blog.I am also currently writing my first novel.

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