Book Review: Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum

Why I Jumped: My True Story of Postpartum Depression, Dramatic Rescue & Return to Hope: Tina Zahn, Wanda Dyson: Amazon.com: Books. Ok, so I tried to read this book and could not. This is a strong avoid. The author tries to paint Mrs. Zahn in a sympathetic light, but fails.

I’m not going to talk about her life because it is a series of events of which she is not grateful for. Clearly it is unfortunate that she was abused as a child, but at some point you have to be an adult and take responsibility. She comes off as a whiny person, and doesn’t have the intelligence to see that her beliefs are not working for her.

I really believe in not condemning or trying to convert people to my beliefs. I find it very fascinating when people struggle with beliefs that don’t help them. This book attempts to discuss ideas and beliefs that didn’t help the author, it just makes it painfully clear that beliefs are not whatever you want them to be. If you just try to choose your beliefs, you would be hurt by them unless they are grounded in some kind of reality. However if there is no reality, then there is only an increase of suffering that is unnecessary and really sad.

Go ahead and believe whatever you want to be true, but also understand you will suffer unless you question your beliefs and the reasons for those beliefs.

Book Review: Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair

Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair

Power Trip: The Story of America’s Love Affair with Energy: Amanda Little: 9780061353260: Amazon.com: Books. So I liked most of the information in this book, but I agree with one of the reviewers that her first person narrative at times was irritating. This book is equally interesting and too detailed. It approaches the subject as a reporter would, since she is one, makes sense. However it doesn’t really get into the deeper questions why, or provide a solution.

I started to read this with an interest but then had to stop. For me, there was too much opinion and not enough facts. I didn’t like that in her attempt to make it readable, it also comes off as too author focused. Most of us just want to learn the information, not gain an intimate understanding of the authors way of life.

So probably for an introductory college class or high school reading this is fine. For an adult who has done some other reading about energy, oil, or history, this is more routine than unique. I’m glad that I bought this at a thrift store for a dollar otherwise I would have felt like I wasted my money.

What is amazing to me is that she commits with this book the very thing she is trying to avoid. She is concerned about energy use, but I wonder how much energy was used to create this book that might have been better spent with more research from her part or a better editor. I felt like her editor was also at fault here since it was clear that many parts didn’t really advance her thesis and really detracted from it. The problem is that when you give so much information and you don’t make it clear what is important, you tend to leave the reader worse off than before. Now instead of just being ignorant, they are now ignorant with facts which makes someone even harder to educate.