I've been a fan of Dianne Connelly ever since reading her wonderful book on Traditional Acupuncture thirty years ago. This book was enthusiastically recommended by my new acupuncturist, and after reading a few chapters, I enthusiastically bought a copy for a friend. It is full of hope, optimism and wisdom and has rich personal stories.
However, my enthusiasm began to wane as her later chapters began to strike me as somewhat precious and forced. I was put off by her repeatedly pushing her point of view about the finality of death. Not just once - she has the need to hammer home her opinion that death is it - curtains, period!
This seemed unnecessary and for me it detracted from her otherwise upbeat message. A belief in a some kind of afterlife is inherent in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Confucianism and in most forms of Buddhism. Why undermine a faith that can contribute much support in the face of adversity? Why not just leave this possibly contentious subject alone?
If I'd stopped reading after the first 5 or 6 chapters, I'd have given the book 5 stars.