Book Review: Stoicism: A Detailed History of Ancient Wisdom That Will Help You Cure Anxiety by Abel Gray

Book Details:

Author: Abel Gray
Publication Date: January 7th, 2018
Genre: Philosophy, Self-Help,

My Thoughts:

After hearing just about everyone speaks or writes about how much Stoicism has influenced their lives, I knew I had to start reading up on it as well, to see what all of the fuss is about.
Now that I have finished reading this book, I can see the benefits of the philosophy – to an extent, but I am glad I chose this book to assist me in finding out more, so at least I could make the decision if this type of thinking was my cup of tea.
Well written, detailed, and informative, I loved learning about this interesting worldview that spans apparently through a lot more aspects of life, than I originally thought. I am prone to overthink everything, worry and anxiety have been a part of my life since I can remember (I suffer from PTSD, due to child abuse), so anything that could ease some of that is greatly appreciated.
I had no idea that there were different types of Stoicism, some of which are covered in great detail in this book On top of that – even though I am not Christian – it was nice to read the section Christianity and Stoicism, as it made it more relatable to a concept and philosophy, I am a lot more familiar with.
I am not planning on following the entire set of principles of this philosophy, and adapt it into my life with abandon, but this book brought up some really good points, that are applicable, and practical in nature. I really enjoyed reading this book, and feel like that at least now, I can contribute something to the conversation when the topic comes up again. And with that, it accomplished the mission that I have set out to conquer.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

Discover Stoicism. The philosophy that will change your mindset.

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations.

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” – Epictetus.

“Let philosophy scrape off your own faults, rather than be a way to rail against the faults of others” – Seneca.

“Often injustice lies in what you aren’t doing, not only in what you are doing.”- Marcus Aurelius.

“Don’t seek for everything to happen as you wish it would, but rather wish that everything happens as it actually will – then your life will flow well.” – Epictetus.

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