Buy it now because I wish you could have bought it yesterday.
The author achieves a delicate of incorporation of cerebral thought experiments and common experiences to explain her points. This means that book is not terribly difficult to read but is still rich and dense.This is important because not only is she able to speak to a wide audience, wider than one would expect, but prevents it from becoming just vapid talk and instead something more substantive. For instance, one of my favorite examples is the experience of being in an elevator and being rushed or wanting time alone and instead of pressing the "hold" button, pressing the "door close" button, and allowing the doors to close on someone rushing to make the car. I think that all readers can appreciate and understand the experience, even if not one that they have actually had, which means that discussing our motivation and how we think about others and ourselves becomes very real. When she draws from history, philosophy, and Church Tradition to make her points, they are illustrated by her example. Later when we have a similar experience, we are prepared to think about our actions what they mean for ourselves and others.
I have the benefit of knowing the author personally and she is both brilliant and compassionate and cares deeply for the people she encounters. Her profound consideration comes across in the tone of the book. It is apparent that she is invested in the reader. Without being condescending or shallow, she engages the reader both intellectually and emotionally and walks with them through their own despondency like Beatrice in Dante. It is painful to confront those things which cause us to despair and the author neither minimizes that pain nor does she shy away from it but gently guides through it. I had the opportunity to read the book as it was being written, which was a privilege, and knowing how I have struggled and how others I love have struggled, I repeatedly wished the book was already written. As I read, I would think about a few specific people I know who were entrenched in despondency and I wanted this book for them. It is finally, finally available and now everyone can benefit from this work.
I know the author personally and I have read the book both in draft form and proof but I was in no way compensated for my very heartfelt review. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone, there is no one for whom it will not become useful at some point in their lives. This is a book to come back to again and again as a refresher when life is harsh and our hearts feel weak. Buy it now because I wish you could have bought it yesterday.