Funky Wisdom: A Practical Guide to Life Review

Throw a cat into a bookstore, and you’re bound to hit a baker’s dozen of self-help books. They focus on anything from improving work efficiency to boosting confidence and just about anything in-between. Dennis C. Berry’s Funky Wisdom: A Practical Guide to Life takes inspiration from the author’s life struggles to coach readers through his H.O.W. Approach to life: Honest, Open Mindedness, and Willingness.

The concepts presented here aren’t unique, but they aren’t trying to be. I may not agree with every nugget of wisdom he drops, but it’s hard to argue against living your life with a more empathetic approach refocused on personal responsibility and self-improvement. Funky Wisdom works best when it draws from the life of its author. Whether it’s the rise and fall of his small business or his struggle with addiction, his personal touch illuminates his philosophy far better than the loads of inspirational quotes that litter the book’s chapters. 

There’s a lot of information to chew on here, and Dennis C. Berry leaps around from topic to topic with at a dizzying pace. This is a book best enjoyed in small doses. Nearly everyone is bound to come away from reading this book with something meaningful to think over. It’s all about letting go of your past, embracing the present, and focusing on a brighter future. As the late Jonathan Larson put it in his acclaimed musical Rent, “Forget regret or life is yours to miss.”

Review by Mat Bradley-Tschirgi of the Sequelcast 2 Podcast.

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