Sylvia Boorstein's "It's Easier Than You Think" is a lovely little book about a Western approach to Buddhism -- an examination of the Four Noble Truths and Eightfold Path to Happiness through the lens of an American new to the belief system. The chapters are just a few pages, and the language is simple and graceful. Like Natalie Goldberg and Jack Kornfield, Boorstein writes about her own journey to Buddhism, and has many anecdotes about how it has made her perspective more peaceful and loving. All three writers have a lovely light touch -- the spirituality has clearly affected their writing style. I enjoyed the book, and will read her other books.
I loved this book. Sylvia offers great advice for daily struggles, whether being angry that someone took your seat or upset at terrible news of a friend who has fallen ill. Sylvia reminds us that anyone can be peaceful and happy, the mind is naturally that way. There is nothing mystical or difficult about it. This gave me a new and valuable perspective on how to deal with the stress and struggles in my life.