A pretty good read, not as good (or funny) as Living With A Seal, but still good. I'd of liked it a bit more if the author went 30 days instead of 14, and he'd of not "cheated" with the contraband newspapers, and using his phone when he was supposed to be in complete isolation. The concept is a good one, and Jesse has proven he can write about being out of his comfort zone and what it taught him. The brothers and nun's are the real stars proving sometimes the old ways have it over our modern day lives, all in all a good read.
Disappointing. Living with a Navy Seal is something we'll never get to experience, and there is the fun of that book. But going on a meditation retreat or to a mobastery for a couple weeks just isn't that uncommon. It can certainly be a powerful experience. But the book tried too hard to make it sound like this rare thing the author was doing. At some level I feel the author knew that--it was why the format played games instead of just telling the story.
The book is just ok. I guess less than half the book is about his time at the Monastery and the other parts are anecdotes and stories about his life. The man is VERY rich. His life is filled with movie stars and musicians and business people and he desperately tried to get some kind of "edge" or "jedi mind trick" ideas he can use in competition by going to a Monastery. Yes, A Monastery because according to him, his agent just found one close by and he went. He had no interest in their religion, culture or history-he even shaved his head beforehand thinking that's what (some) (Asian) monks do. He acted like a little boy trying to talk too much, steal food, interrupt prayers etc. Itzler has forgotten how normal people behave and live and seems to see the rest of us as an unbelievable story to tell his friends then call his publisher to sell as a book.
I really enjoyed Living With A Seal but this was a blog or two mixed with a couple of stories stretched out to book length.
This book was great as an audiobook and Jesse is a great storyteller. I liked the story behind Living with a SEAL better but this was still a fun story and had some valuable take-aways about mindfulness and setting priorities in your life.