Searching for Inspiration

Joseph D. Putti

Publisher: Trafford Pages: 350 Price: (paperback) $19.92 ISBN: 9781466995543 Reviewed: December, 2013 Author Website: Visit »

This philosophical book from an author who cites a “background in Theology, Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology,” is wide-ranging and provocative in its musings.

With chapter headings such as “The Wonder of Life,” “Inspiring Leadership,” and Opportunity in Adversity,” the book explores various aspects of the human experience, such as emotions, spirituality, family, commercialism, leadership, and community. Author Joseph Putti details their current state, as he sees it, and offers remedies for their betterment.

While he fully supports his statements with knowledge and understanding of the issues, an undertone of preachiness underlies his prose. For instance: “Our society lacks idealism today. It is enslaved by success and corrupted by greed.”

Also, although he quotes dogma from all the world’s major religions, he appears to predicate his statements on the existence of a supreme deity he refers to as “God” and “the Divine,” an approach that excludes some practices, such as Buddhism.

The book offers numerous inspirational quotations from world religions and impressive figures such as Lee Iacocca, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Ghandhi, and Michael Jordan. These gems add tremendous value to the book. For example, Maya Angelou notes: “Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you…yet someone survived….You can do anything you choose to do.”

The author’s erudition is evident here, and so it is disappointing that readers must wade through much redundancy. Concepts introduced in one paragraph are repeated in subsequent paragraphs, with only slightly different wording. Also, ideas are presented in the abstract and could have been made livelier with anecdotes.

The author says if the book “stirs the fire in somebody else’s belly, then, it would have more than fulfilled its purpose. He advises others to “read it a few pages at a time.” This would be the best route to the treasures within this often thought-provoking, though uneven, offering.

Also available in hardcover and ebook.

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Thurles, Ireland
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