THE HOPE THE WORLD SMILES by Mohammad  Ehsaar

THE HOPE THE WORLD SMILES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A debut self-help book that aims to raise the spirits of success-oriented readers with motivational snippets.

Ehsaar’s guide outlines various ways to subtly alter one’s habits to work toward goal achievement rather than self-sabotage. He tackles two major themes—hope and values—which are explored via subsections, including “How to Discuss Problems in Cases of Disputes between a Couple” and “Types of Hope” and the “Seven Pillars of Balanced Values,” which are, “1) Spirituality 2) Health 3) Personality 4) Family 5) Socialization 6) Career 7) Money.” Explanations of concepts are concise, comprised either of short, bulleted lists or short paragraphs. The ideas here are upbeat, encouraging a joyful acceptance of oneself and others. Under “Spirituality,” for example, is a list of five items: “Obeying the creator of the universe, and obeying the prophet. Loving yourself the way you are. Loving your parents. Loving your siblings. Loving people.” The text, which often disregards traditional sentence construction, meanders in a way that can be hard to follow. For example, a table headed “An Evil Self Includes” is followed by a short section titled “Types of Brains,” which in turn is followed by “What Are the Reasons for Failure?” Ehsaar’s advice is initially clear; it also helpfully, if not originally, reminds readers to follow their own moral compass. The writing, however, becomes fractured: “One starts with the idea after idea of a second after the accumulation of through and feelings then show them.” Included are brief bios of role models, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi; however, a Wikipedia entry would contain more information. The final section, “Your smell,” contains mysterious points such as “stylish shoes and white teeth” and “cooks are more men’s line; he said the trap with the help of your life.” The text, which looks not unlike a PowerPoint presentation, is set against a background of an appealing gray-and-white swirling design; blank pages appear between pages with content.

Optimistic but cursory and often incomprehensible.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5320-3208-0
Page count: 56pp
Publisher: iUniverse
Program: Kirkus Indie
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