I can't quite find the words to describe the purity, love and sheer compassion with which this book was written. Thich Nhat Hanh once again delivers simple, yet hauntingly beautiful words that reach into your heart and provide comfort and wisdom.
Within the first 10 pages, I found myself crying tears of relief - finally, I was able to understand how my anger is created, why I feel that way, and how I can work towards embracing anger so that it does not remain a destructive force.
Using simple, accessible language, we're taught how to understand different types of anger, what causes our anger, and how we can both embrace and release our anger, thereby encouraging peace and happiness. It's one book I wish I could buy for every person I know. I keep going back to re-read certain passages, and every time I read, I gain a new insight, a new understanding. Particularly, the "peace treaty" was a beautiful idea, and one which I did find extremely helpful.
Included are meditations and practical methods one can use in times of stress and angst. The book does include some Buddhism-specific ideas and lessons, but that should not disuade the non Buddhist from reading. We can ALL learn from this wonderful wisdom.
I bought this book after realizing that I don't handle anger well. I had read some of Thich Nhat Hanh's other works a few years back, and had really enjoyed him...but unfortunately I had forgotten what I had learned. The message is the same simple message... but it's a simple message that works. I noticed that on days that I listened to the book (bought the book on tape as the store was out of the hard cover) on the way to work, I was much calmer. For me, it's help me to realize that a little wisdom each morning helps--so I draw on Thich Nhat Hanh's works, The Big Book of Jewish Values, and the Qur'an. Buy this book. It may be life changing.