Book Review – Difficult People by Lisette Larkins

 

 

difficult-peopleA personal story and spiritual awakening primer, Lisette Larkins takes readers on a journey that is profound and practical, sharing powerful insights she learned while providing care for an Alzheimer’s patient. Evocatively written, Lisette unpacks the inner and culturally reinforced mechanisms that keep us in a state of inner chaos and shows her own process of self-awareness to achieve peaceful self-realization, which can only found in the stillness of being present.

 

 

 

Julie’s review really captured the essence of my book, and in fact, resulted in many readers purchasing it as a result of reading her review. I know this because many of them have mentioned this in their later correspondence to me and so I know that her well-crafted, sensitive prose set the tone and inspired others to purchase the book. When my own mother read Julie’s review she called me asking why it had not been used on the back cover copy of the second printing. 

I hope that some day soon, I will complete a new manuscript that Julie will agree to edit for me. There is no doubt about her command of the written word, and her sensitivity and open heart really shines through in her writing.

~ Lisette Larkins ~ author of Difficult People: A Gateway to Enlightenment  www.lisettelarkins.com

Review by Julie Clayton:

At first glance I thought this was another skim-the-surface self-help book, one about how to deal with difficult people, perhaps at your office, or in your book club. I don’t know any difficult people, I thought, at least not intimately enough to be interested in reading this. I love being pleasantly surprised.

Difficult People recounts the author’s practice of being “present,” even when faced daily with one of the most difficult people one can imagine, in her role as caregiver to an Alzheimer’s client. More so, it is a book that brings light to how culturally we are unconsciously conditioned, in varying degrees, to repeat the patterns and mechanics of mental chaos—aka known as resistance to “what is”—the core cause of suffering and discontent. As long as we are resisting the present moment, in all of its guises and permutations, then we become one of those difficult people (DP) whether we project our frustrations, angst, or aggravating habits onto others, or direct them inwardly. And such mental resistance blocks spiritual growth from occurring.

Lisette Larkins’ words do not just point us to the experience of “chronic well being” that she was able to attain through repeated commitment to stilling her noisy mind, but they infuse us with the process and experience through which we too can enter into the present moment. Highly recommended.

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