The Art of Balance

Staying Sane in an Insane World

Non-Fiction - Self Help
172 Pages
Reviewed on 02/21/2018
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Author Biography

David J. Bookbinder is a psychotherapist, life coach, and photographer. He came to psychotherapy after a transformative near-death experience shifted him toward art and healing. As a coach and therapist, for the past 15 years he has helped people find balance, build resilience, overcome fear, and expand their lives. David has been taking photographs since he was six. His award-winning Flower Mandala images were inspired by the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe and the flower photographs of Harold Feinstein, with whom he briefly studied.

In addition to THE ART OF BALANCE: STAYING SANE IN AN INSANE WORLD and PATHS TO WHOLENESS: FIFTY-TWO FLOWER MANDALAS, he is the author of two coloring books for adults based on his Flower Mandalas, a book about American folk music, and three books about computer software.

David lives and works north of Boston and is a native of Buffalo, New York.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

The Art of Balance: Staying Sane in an Insane World by David J. Bookbinder is an interesting guide that shows readers how to stay balanced. The book gives tips and techniques on how to recognize when you know your balance is shaky, to boost emotional resilience and stay steady on your feet, how to fend off unbalancers if they strike, and a six-step process for recovering and maintaining life balance. The characters in the book, Al and Alice, Unbalancer, Balancer, and Rebalancer, will guide readers on their personal path to staying sane in this insane world. The book also covers topics like how to stay centered when life hits hard and how to tackle chronic stress. The author’s experiences both as a person and a therapist will guide readers on their unique journey.

The methods in the book are simple and will help readers to become more insightful, more resilient to stress, and open to choices that will bring them happiness. The self-help tools, strategies, and techniques can be used to help readers become masters of their own destinies. The idea of having characters assist readers in understanding the concepts is an excellent thought and will guide them to have a better purpose and sense of direction. I found the book useful in evaluating myself and seeing where I can make necessary changes and improve situations to put things back on track. Likewise, I am sure this book will enable readers to rediscover themselves and help them when they are at a crossroads. The illustrations make the book entertaining. It is definitely a great read for all those struggling with emotional challenges and for those wanting to move forward.