Book Review / December 20, 2020
Book Review - Breath

Breath

The New Science of a Lost Art
By: James Nestor

Book Review

Provides what was to me a totally unique topic matter - the effect of proper breathing upon our physical and spiritual wellbeing. James Nestor's style is heavily narrative, and I did not prefer it. I had to sift through dozens of stories to get his premise. I know that this style is probably what makes his book accessible to a much wider audience.

After reading Nestor's book, you won't think about breathing the same way again. And, as with any radical premise (in contrast to popular culture), those who are looking for some new thing will be captivated by this book. This is not to say that there isn't substance and research involved - there is plenty of that. It just feels like an oversell with a small disclaimer at the end of the book.

I'm not actually that negative on the book as a whole. The positive aspect of this book is to those who are willing to carefully examine his premise and look at his sources. For some of these folks, this could be life-changing. Since I am new to the topic, I'm hesitant. Yet, I know Nestor's premise will affect my thinking (and breathing) for years to come.

Book Review / Dec 20
Book Review - Breath

Breath

The New Science of a Lost Art
By: James Nestor

Book Review

Provides what was to me a totally unique topic matter - the effect of proper breathing upon our physical and spiritual wellbeing. James Nestor's style is heavily narrative, and I did not prefer it. I had to sift through dozens of stories to get his premise. I know that this style is probably what makes his book accessible to a much wider audience.

After reading Nestor's book, you won't think about breathing the same way again. And, as with any radical premise (in contrast to popular culture), those who are looking for some new thing will be captivated by this book. This is not to say that there isn't substance and research involved - there is plenty of that. It just feels like an oversell with a small disclaimer at the end of the book.

I'm not actually that negative on the book as a whole. The positive aspect of this book is to those who are willing to carefully examine his premise and look at his sources. For some of these folks, this could be life-changing. Since I am new to the topic, I'm hesitant. Yet, I know Nestor's premise will affect my thinking (and breathing) for years to come.

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