Number of Pages: 330
Publication Date: May 30, 2016
*This was part of the OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day Program*
“Is your fate predetermined or can you change it?”
This particular question is the basis of this nonfiction text. The author ultimately questions and touches upon several facets of life that determines whether fate is predetermined or not.
The author describes six factors in which fate is built upon:
- Genetic Makeup
- Prenatal Development
- Birth Time Conditions
- Free-Will Decisions and Actions
While reading, it was clear that the author invested a lot time, effort, and research in order to develop a book like this. I picked it up because I am determined to read some books out of my comfort zone, and this one gave me some things to think about.
My favorite section of this book was the prenatal development chapter. I learned some things that I did not know beforehand, which is a plus for me since I do like to learn as I read. It had neat charts of a baby’s growth period while in the womb that I found interesting. However, after this, I realize this isn’t a book for me.
There is so much information here that I felt bogged down and overwhelmed with all the material. Yes, eventually, I could see where the author was going with most topics discussed, but he took a long time to get to each one. It didn’t help when there were several sections of summaries/conclusions for both long sections and short ones. Most times, I felt I was re-reading the section I just finished.
Also, at times, I felt I was being talked down to on top of the writing style being inconsistent. Pages upon pages talked about the different types of environments that would affect one’s fate, which makes some sense. However, when I was told the difference between a house and an apartment, a village and a city, what divorce is, etc., I felt the text was too simplified. On the other hand, when talking about the genetic makeup of people, I felt was too much for me to process.
Ultimately, I did not enjoy this read as much as I hoped for. I sort of felt like I was a high school or college student, and that didn’t make me feel good. It would have been nice if the author included some personal antidotes rather than just make this informational read almost unreachable with just facts and statements.