Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe

**I received this book for free, but all opinions are my own.**

★★★ (5 out of 5)

When I was asked to review Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe by Yumi Sakugawa, I was definitely intrigued. The first things that popped into my mind were: "Cool, an illustrated book," followed by, "How exactly does someone become one with the universe?"

On the back it says that this book is "a hand-drawn path to inner peace." We all use a little more inner peace, right?

I can't talk about an illustrated book and not first bring up the art. I'm a fan of the black and white, sketch-like style of the ink illustrations. The art is simple and dream-like (but still really cool) because it's focused on guiding you and that's why it stands out.

This guide helps you focus on yourself, taking pleasure in the little things, it's about letting go, and it's about feeling connected with other people and things and pretty much everything in the world. My favorite part of the whole book was about how "over the course of our lifetime we accumulate junk and become imprisoned by it." Not real, materialistic junk, but other stresses and I love what it says:
"Right this moment set on fire the things you no longer need. Start with the small things: your annoyances, your petty grudges, your daily stress, your pet peeves; watch them light on fire and become bright and beautiful things."

Beautiful, right?

It's hard to describe this book because it's the kind of book that means a something different to everyone who reads it. But I think it's a book that everyone can benefit from reading. Now and then we forget to appreciate the small things, we forget to take deep breaths, we forget to admire the beautiful sunset and not take a picture of it for Instagram. Let's reconnect with the world a little more.

Buy the book: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

P.S. -- Happy birthday to my friend Brittany!

Have you read this book?
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  1. thats a really nice concept , attractive illustrations and the guide to peace, i need to get this book

    keep in touch

  2. I love illustrated books, and this one looks like it has great quotes, very inspirational

  3. Oh, this is beautiful! I would definitely be interested in reading this :)

  4. Dear Sara, sounds like this book is really a treasure and everybody on this wonderful world should read it! I love already what you share here about the content and now I must check how I can get it :) Thanks for the introduction!

    Lovely greetings from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  5. this book sounds really nice. like a much needed change of pace :)

  6. What a beautiful and unusual book! The illustrations look really love and some of the concepts expressed are ones that are close to my heart from practising yoga for many years - but that doesn't mean I couldn't benefit from a reminder now and then ;)

  7. The illustrations are beautiful. When I think of picture books I think of a children's book, but this just shows how even when we're all grown up we can still appreciate them :)


  8. This would make a great Christmas present for a whole bunch of my friends!

  9. Thanks!! Yes this would be a great present! I'm planning on giving it to a friend of mine!

  10. I love graphic novels, so they're definitely for adults as well! :)

  11. It's a beautiful book and not just the illustrations! Thanks!

  12. It's great! I think you would like it!

  13. It's a wonderful book! I think you would appreciate it!

  14. Beautiful!! That books sounds so amazing! I love black and white illustrations as well!


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