Fulfilled: How the Science of Spirituality Can Help You Live a Happier, More Meaningful Life

Anna Yusim. Grand Central, $27 (320p) ISBN 978-1-4555-9679-9
“True healing and lasting fulfillment require a spiritual transformation as well as a clinical outcome,” psychiatrist Yusim writes in this spiritual approach to personal change. Addressing three problematic statements—“I am unaware of my soul,” “I give away my power,” and “I am disconnected and alone”—Yusim explores ways to gain greater fulfillment through improving authenticity and making necessary “soul corrections” while facing challenges related to relationships, addictions, fear, and “harnessing personal power.” The “science of spirituality” from the book’s subtitle takes a back seat until the concluding section, which looks at possible intersections between science and experiences of synchronicity, interconnectedness, and the like, about which Yusim offers both open-minded curiosity and skeptical questions. Exercises throughout focus primarily on reflection, brief meditation, and “stream-of-consciousness” writing. Despite some fuzzy use of terms and clichéd writing, Yusim’s book is clear, well-organized, and thoughtful, with abundant references to scientific and psychological research as well as the words of classic writers and spiritual leaders. However, the case studies of Yusim’s very wealthy patients may alienate some readers, and the author’s frequent references to such status markers as beauty and elite education become grating. This well-intentioned book offers standard self-help fare. Agent: Cassie Hanjian, Waxman Leavell Literary. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/29/2017
Release date: 06/27/2017
Genre: Nonfiction
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