Michael Singer, author of New York Times Bestseller Untethered Soul, has released his second book, The Surrender Experiment: My Journey into Life's Perfection. I had not actually read Untethered Soul, so I read it before reading his new book, expecting it would be a sequel of sorts. If you expect this book to be a follow-up of his first, or to be in any way related, you may be disappointed.
This book is basically a story of his life, cherry-picking his successes to make them appear his surrendering caused all these incredible events to fall into his lap coincidentally, like Forrest Gump, except he is clearly very articulate, intelligent, and has a magnetic personality (which doesn’t come across in his writing). While surrendering to the energy of the universe, he also contradicts himself, stepping in to change the direction of things that he doesn’t like. Not to say I would disagree with the decisions to step in, but it messes up the surrendering aspect of his experiment, like his reaction to his neighbor cutting down trees, or hiring 20 attorneys for his lawsuit, altering the course instead of waiting to see how it might play out without interference. He doesn't even acknowledge that he has violated his surrender experiment.
There is not really any take-away messages or insights to glean from this book. His first book was much more interesting and intriguing, even if you don’t agree with his perspective. Check out additional information about the book and the author at Penguin Random House.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.