As a writer, I’ve learned to never start a positive comment with negative words. In Global Insights – The Zen of Travel and BEING in the World, Dr. Monteiro broke the rules of being a so-called “travel writer”, so I feel no shame (a laughable concept anyway) in putting forward my thoughts on her book.
What the book isn’t!
- It’s not a happy-go-lucky, generic coming-of-age book written by someone with no life experience.
- It’s not a book that highlights the highs and avoids talking about the painful, gut-wrenching, and often soul-crushing sacrifices made in order to live the dream.
- It’s not a book to be taken lightly, or easy to put down.
- It’s not even the “part memoir; part motivational/inspirational text; part travelogue; part collection of psychological insights into creativity, motivation, and self-actualization”, it’s billed as. Because this book is far more than the sum total of its profound, yet disparate parts.
- It is, however, a beautifully positioned, and well-executed dive into the warm ocean of travel on a global scale.
It felt good to read a book that offered me thick, chunky passages that spared no expense digging into the feelings and thoughts that motivate people to begin travelling the world. It’s not easy to pull off a mix of Islam, Astrology, and Philosophy in order to make what to most people would be a simple point, but isn’t.
I’m not (again with the negatives…) going to do a simple cut/paste of quotes to give you examples of how the writing connects with us. Not because I can’t, but because that would deprive you, the reader, of the sly, mind-expanding smile that will creep across your face as you connect the points laid out for us.
Still, I’ll tell you that the colorful story about a “nameless Black”, and a “drunken White South African” that had a war of hot coffee and cold attrition at 50,000 feet above the Czech Republic is something that I want to hear firsthand. Because if it was that tense as just words on a page, the story in person must be like listening to an in-flight assault!
Some of the more human elements of the book are the pages devoted to volunteering in Haiti as a psychologist. Helping people deal with the unimaginable horrors that natural disasters and man-made indifference wrought on the average Haitian was a Herculean task, at its least and most modest. Dr. Monteiro gracefully balanced having to dig into the minds of people who suffered hardships that can easily cause a mental collapse while still allowing patients dignity and privacy.
Dr. Monteiro MET A WIZARD! A charismatic, modern-educated, traditionally trained wizard! I’ll just leave that right there.
Yes, you can get it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Global-Insights-Travel-BEING-World-ebook/dp/B01BL16G5Y
No, I wasn’t paid to write this, and I don’t make money from her sales. All I got was a copy of the book.
Nicole M. Monteiro, Ph.D.
CEO, CHAD – Center for Healing and Development
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P.S. I skipped reading the Introduction and Acknowledgements. I have yet to read, or Edit for a writer who doesn’t use those headers as flimsy excuses to pen a few hundred self-masturbatory words on why they are a special snowflake. Either the work stands on its own, or it doesn’t. Nicole Monteiro, Ph.D., Psychologist, university lecturer and world traveler gave us Global Insights – The Zen of Travel and BEING in the World, a book that does not just stand on its own, it stands taller than everyone else.