Review: I Ching

41hcwrkxrwlI Ching, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need
by Kim Farnell
Series: Plain & Simple
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
ISBN-10: 1571747796

Product description:

The I Ching, or Book of Changes, is a mix of Taoist and Confucianist philosophies that has evolved over many centuries and may be the oldest book in existence. Its main philosophy is that nothing is static and everything changes over time, so our task is to adjust to the ebb and flow of changing circumstances. The I Ching can help us:

  • Make decisions
  • Manage sensitive relationships
  • Tap into our creative insight and intuitive power

The I Ching can be extremely complex, filled with poetry and philosophy. In I Ching, Plain & Simple, Kim Farnell has made the divination system as modern, straightforward, and user-friendly as possible―pick it up and put it to use quickly and easily, without any fuss or confusion. It is the ultimate guide to the I Ching.

My thoughts:

Farnell’s I Ching, Plain & Simple is a part of the plain and simple series, which is an excellent introductory series, but I have to say that I hate the subtitle “The Only Book You’ll Ever Need.” That subtitle makes my soul cry.

Having said that, the book does an excellent job describing I Ching and walking you through some quick interpretations. I liked the clipart and the Fu Hsi illustration and found the illustrations of the hexagrams easy to understand. I guess you’d say — plain and simple.

Picture 13While the book lays out the basics, I don’t think that Farnell captured ( perhaps intentionally? ) the mystical vibe that I think the subject deserves. Where is the mystery, majesty, poetry?

While my question was to personal to share, I gave three pennies a quick casting and got Tui Joy “Express yourself and join others in a variety of  enterprises. Family will soon be good. You will have peace of mind.” It teared me up a little; I hope everyone has peace of mind.

I give I Ching, Plain & Simple: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need 4 stars out of 5. I do recommend it.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Hampton Roads Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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