I was looking forward to loving this book, but it just didn’t (you’ll forgive the pun) “click” with me.
The opening essay by Studna set me up for a book I really wanted to read – one about letting our most authentic selves see the light of day, and finding the beauty and wisdom in that. However after that great opening, the book was a collection of essays by various writers that I found quite uneven. I also thought that Studna’s chapters weren’t as compelling as his opening essay.
I also found it odd that the very first guest essay by Kenny Loggins – in which he mentions that he and Studna are good friends and they’ve done photo shoots together – wasn’t accompanied by an image. In a book by a photographer that’s about bringing inner beauty and love to the surface, I wanted there to be an image of each of the writers.
With all that said, I think there is value in the book for fans of Studna’s work, as well as for people who are struggling with having their photo taken. As a casual reader who doesn’t fully fit into either of those categories, though, I wasn’t in the right place to make a heartfelt connection with this book.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.