A Short Course in Kindness: a Little Book on the Importance of Love and the Relative Unimportance of Just About Everything Else

Forrest, Margot Silk. A Short Course in Kindness: a Little Book on the Importance of Love and the Relative Unimportance of Just About Everything Else. L.M., dist. by Independent Publishers Group. Apr. 2003. c.130p. ISBN 0-9708049-0-3. pap. $11.95. SELF-HELP

Humanity is “irrevocably interconnected, for better or worse” notes Forrest (coauthor, EMDR: The Breakthrough Therapy for Overcoming Anxiety, Stress, and Trauma), and she figures it might as well be for the better. In unerringly upbeat writing, she puts in a plug for kindness. The tactics that she promotes sound deceptively simple (e.g., listen, offer companionship, encourage laughter), but to perform them truly takes guts and courage. Kind and nice are sharply distinguished; the latter can be faked while the former, which can change someone’s life forever, cannot. This will raise awareness and give readers very real, if subjective, food for thought. Whereas other books, like Random Acts of Kindness, merely talk about inspiration, this actually inspires. Like one of Batman’s plans, it’s so crazy that it just might work! With a foreword by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Pay It Forward), this is recommended.

This review appeared in Library Journal 128.3 on Feb. 15, 2003; the galley was shredded on August 9, 2012.

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