“How to Be Ultra Spiritual: 12 1/2 Steps to Spiritual Superiority” by JP Sears

I was sent the ebook version of this to review. This will also be released as an audio version. I can’t help but feel that the audio version may actually “read” better. The reason for that is simple: The copy I was sent to review was riddled with spelling mistakes. Now, I can brush off small ones no problem. After all, they are advanced editions, not the final corrected proof copies that will be sent for release printing. HOWEVER, and it is a capitalized however for a huge reason, many of the “ff”s and the “th”s were missing.

My own parody for clarity:
Let me try to convey how diicult it is to read something at is missing many of its important letters. at is a challenge and makes ones book come across as a bit strange and oputting.
It was bad.
The content itself, once pushing myself to power through, was humorous if a bit stretched out. That is a not uncommon problem with most of the parodies I have ever encountered.
I was familiar with JD from his Youtube channel. He does some great over-the-topness in his videos and that does come across in his book. His sentence structuring is well-timed in turn of phrase comedy. The publishing company name of “sounds true” publishing is also a good fit. Many of the jokes and “quotes” cited are tongue-in-cheek like “Oh hey, it sounds like it could be true, so it must be true” and I appreciated the logic nudging there.
The inherent questioning that this book poses did make me smile and contemplate some of the Buddhist principles and the way that people “interpret” them. I was interested in reading this as a Buddhist myself and appreciated the “call-outs” as they were.
There is a bit of a competition that some people tend to ignite which I have witnessed personally; a one-upmanship that tends to develop that when it gets down to it is just silly and clearly doesn’t grasp the actual concepts intended.
It was a worthwhile read for me personally, but I am not sure view wise how others may see this work or what their takeaway will be. This may serve to simply push the stereotypes associated by those who are not themselves Buddhist.
I can’t really speak for others in that regard, but I can voice my own thoughts and well, that’s what my blog is. So, I will say that it was a fun little romp at first, but it got repetitive very quickly. It had its pros and cons and I think I have touched upon them each respectfully enough to warrant my less-than-stellar thoughts as a whole on this work. It had it’s great idea and concept moments, which I will detail a bit more here:
Many of the yoga definitions were humorous as I practice yoga and remember when first starting out I didn’t really get the differences between the different types either. Also of note was the chapter on veganism. Again, something I could relate to as having been vegetarian for six years and vegan for two before reincorporating all meat back into my diet except for red meat. I was never an “advocate” though or “preachy” about it to anyone. If people asked, I would tell them but only if they were genuinely curious. Otherwise, I pretty much kept to myself. Live and let live.
The guru chapter I found funny. I have never had a guru. I wouldn’t really want one. I don’t think it’s a necessity to have one. *shrug*
Again, to harken back to the beginning paragraphs of this review, I will reiterate that it probably would be more worthwhile to snag the audio version up versus the printed one.
I tried to more highlight the positives than the negatives because I don’t like to leave “bad” reviews of books. I know that a lot of time, effort, and work goes into the creation of a novel and I try to keep that in mind while leaving feedback.
So don’t just take my word for it, let your higher enlightenedness be your guide…
Quick Facts:
Format: Paperback & Audio
Publisher: Sounds True Publishing
Genre: Parody, Religion & Spirituality
Expected Release Date: March 7th, 2017   

 

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