Mystery        ★ 

Good structure of the book
Easy to read
Easy to follow

A bit too commercial


Language: English
Genre: Non-fiction, 
ISBN-10: 0804139857
ISBN-13: 978-0804139854
Published: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Crown Publishing

All opinions generated in this review are purely my own. No compensation was received for this review.
After reading - and enjoying! - The Mystical Backpacker, I felt the need to read more inspirational books on how to live a life filled with purpose and happiness. I came across Mallika Chopra's book at random and was happy to receive it as a free eBook in exchange for an honest review. 

"Living with Intent is a chronicle of Mallika Chopra’s search to find more meaning, joy, and balance in life. She hopes that by telling her story, she can inspire others with her own successes (and failures) as well as share some of the wisdom she has gathered from friends, experts, and family along the way— people like her dad, Deepak, as well as Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Arianna Huffington, Andrew Weil, and Dan Siegel. She also provides a practical road map for how we can all move from thought to action to outcome. Each chapter is devoted to one step on her journey and another piece of her INTENT action plan: Incubate, Notice, Trust, Express, Nurture, and Take Action. Chopra’s insights and advice will help us all come closer to fully living the lives we truly intend." 

Like many self-help books, Living with Intent does aim to help its readers to find the road to a more happier, fuller life. When I started reading the book, I was very curious as to what advices I'd find. Surprisingly enough, if at times there were passages that resonated as "oh I have already heard that before", many caught my attention and earned a couple of highlights and side notes. This book does not provide us with miracle solutions, but rather enables us to accept our flaws and learn to rectify our trajectory for a better lifestyle.

One thing I loved the most about Mallika's writing was that she wasn't afraid to expose her imperfections and her doubts, making her narrative even more appealing and easy to relate to.  She didn't try to shove down some universal truths but rather explained why she believed in this or that, or why she chose to take a leap of faith and embrace a life of purpose and intent.

However, if the book started off well, the way it was ending felt a bit forced. Suddenly names were dropped off, as if to advertise for fellow celebrities. The book even ended with an afterword of her famous father, Deepak Chopra, and again, there was nothing really meaningful that was said there that justified the need for an afterwords. It seemed to me more like Mallika needed her father's endorsement to convince her readers to buy into her wordings, which to be honest was totally unnecessary because she had conveyed her message perfectly until the end. The fact that she only looked to interview famous people was also a bit of a rub.

Overall, I think the book was well written, the stories were beautiful and inspiring. If I got a bit annoyed at the end, I have learned a lot from the pages and I would recommend the book to anyone, who like me, is interested with living an intentional life.

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