Book Review: The Anatomy of Peace by The Arbinger Institute

self help relationship book

Genre: Self-help/Relationships

Amazon Description:

What if conflicts at home, conflicts at work, and conflicts in the world stem from the same root cause? And what if individually and collectively we systematically misunderstand that cause, and unwittingly perpetuate the very problems we think we are trying to solve?
Through an intriguing story of parents struggling with their troubled children and with their own personal problems, “The Anatomy of Peace” shows how to get past the preconceived ideas and self-justifying reactions that keep us from seeing the world clearly and dealing with it effectively. Yusuf al-Falah, an Arab, and Avi Rozen, a Jew, each lost his father at the hands of the other’s ethnic cousins. As the story unfolds, we discover how they came together, how they help warring parents and children to come together, and how we too can find our way out of the struggles that weigh us down. The choice between peace and war lies within us. As one of the characters says, “A solution to the inner war solves the outer war as well.” This book offers more than hope — it shows how we can prevent the conflicts that cause so much pain in our lives and in the world.

My Review:

I’m glad I read this book because the concepts are a good standard to live by. I like the idea of helping things go right instead of focusing on correction. I especially liked the idea that once you start making justifications for not helping someone, even though helping might have been your first inclination, then you are at war with yourself.

While I would still recommend this to anyone that is wanting to improve relationships with family members or coworkers, I can only give this 3 stars because the writing style was painful to read. It was incredibly cheesy and I believe that the simple principles could have been delivered without all the fluff and unnecessary dialogue.

3 out of 5 stars


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