Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Kindness Challenge by Shaunti Feldman
Subtitled ‘Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship”, this very practical book has a lot to offer. Addressing a real need in our world, Shaunti Feldman proposes a change in thinking and behavior, laid out in small, concrete steps. Taking on the challenge seems failproof, as our world, down to every single relationship, could use more of what the author so carefully lays out. Feldman’s definition of “kindness” encompasses far more, including compassion, thoughtfulness and even generosity. Her thorough research and careful consideration are reflected in her writing, making for a book whose time has come. In a time, and an election year, where fear, hostility and animosity have become commonplace, the challenge offered by the author could not be more important. Shaunti Feldman outlines 30 specific tasks in order to, in her words, nix the negatives, practice praise, and carry out kindness. In addition to addressing proactive steps, the author includes discussion about objections and resistance. This book is well written. I highly recommend it; as it deserves a wide audience. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.