Review: Belong - Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life

Belong tries to tell us what we already know -  the sorry state of modern communication, a condition made worse by digitalisation of interaction. It also tries to tell us how to build friendships and communities that enrich us.

However, it becomes difficult to make use of these solutions because of the abundance of self-help cliches and secular spirituality troupes in the book. The core kernel of building a community, according to the author, goes thus: "The first step is GOING IN.  This includes determining what we want in a friend and community and what we offer, becoming intentional about our relationships, gauging the type of energy we emit and respond to, and understanding how we do—or don’t—show up for others. Then comes GOING OUT—how to find a few special friends who feed our soul; or how to find a fully engaged group with similar business, artistic, and social aims; or both."

Aside from the vagueness and impracticalities of this book, the cynical part of me cannot escape the feeling that this is a book using the decaying state of modern relationships to call attention to an online company the author has built.

Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life by Radha Agrawal is available to buy or pre-order in all major online bookstores. Many thanks to Workman Publishing Company for ARC.

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