When You’re Falling, Dive by Cheri Huber is a fantastic self help book that you would be able to find in anyone’s TBR pile because honestly, the best thing about it is that it doesn’t seem like a self help book at all.
Side note: I bought this book to take with me to Japan, but it didn’t arrive in time for my holiday. I went on an adventure there to the Aokigahara Forest (Sea of Trees) which on top of it’s beauty, it is unfortunately also known for the amount of suicides that occur.
I know you’re all probably thinking, “Kat, that’s weird, why would you go to a place like that”. Well tbh guys, I was curious to see the forest in all its beauty AND it did intrigue me, as to why people would go there and do that sort of thing. So off I went.
I did have this feeling that I would probably feel sad about the whole situation and want to change it somehow, so I came up with the idea of leaving some self help books lying around for people to pick up. 🙂
Now, I do know that personally when I’m feeling like absolute s*** (and obviously these people would be feeling worse) that I probably wouldn’t deliberately pick up a self-help book. I’d be more inclined to pick up titles and books that seemed like they could actually distract me from reality; take me away from the place I didn’t want to be in. This brought me to buying 4 specific books (only 4 because I couldn’t find any other types that would fit my very picky description) and When You’re Falling, Dive was one of those books. Like I said though, it didn’t arrive on time but I did manage to take the other 3!
I decided to add this title to my normal pile of books I have of wandering books, as I’m sure this book would be appreciated elsewhere just as much as it would be in Japan! 🙂
Anywho, back to business, here is my review for this book:
This book combines the psychological concept of acceptance with ancient Buddhist teachings about the chain of interdependent origination, which provides immediately usable tools for looking at how suffering happens and how to let that go. Stressing the theme of accepting what life brings, it reveals what acceptance is and what stands in the way of being able to accept life’s ups and downs. Four steps for combating resistance are also provided.
So this book gives a very chill and easy-going vibe – it’s noticeable straight away with the type of font that is used in the book. There’s not as many lines per page so it’s a quick read and doesn’t seem to demand your focus or attention, which is brilliant.
I found this book very insightful and it was like talking to an older sibling. Reading it was as if the book was a person and you could approach them with all your thoughts and feelings that you can’t usually bring up with actual people (my favourite books make me feel this way so this is an added bonus for me). It had a lot of student vs guide scenarios which puts situations in to practice, aiding in answering questions better.
I really liked the way that Huber started from the very beginning of how things work; talking about conditioning and how it affects our feelings, making decisions and showing the steps in accepting things for what they are. The way she explained all of these made me feel relevant and understood, and everything was told in a way that made you feel personally connected with the author.
I’d like to give this book 5 out of 5 stars 🙂