Jambo's JUMBO JUMBLE is a book for those wishing to receive daily inspirations and seeking ways to apply them into their lives. At the same time thought-provoking and fun(ny), it accesses a broad range of thinkers, past and present, integrating their ideas and encouraging the reader to conceive ways of applying these ideas to his or her life through the author's comments and questions. The written version is well worth its higher price since the 366 large pictures and 16 creative drawings are visually integrated with the writings, and the references can be easily found—a wonderful coffee table book to fill you with inspiration every day. And this second edition is a great improvement over the first one. As a whole, the book focuses on 12 pairings of "soulscapes" as follows: The Self Cultivating Deliberations January: Education and Reflection (Meditation) February: Appreciation (Enchantment) and Fun March: Love and Compassion April: Non-Violence (Forgiveness) and Sustainability Spurring the Inner Contemplations Outward May: Universal Ideals and Unity (Oneness) June: Purpose and Persistence July: Dignity and Inclusion August: Integration and Connection Getting Real - The Cultivated Spirit Brought into Physical Reality September: Spirit and Nature October: Envisioning (New paradigms) and Faith (Hope) November: Action and Leadership (Proactivity) December: Empowerment and Creating This treasure grove, with one page for each day of the year, provides a daily diet of Visual delights, with nature-based pictures (the pictures all come from natural areas in and around Tokyo Japan, which is where the author carries out his Jambo network and activities) Inspirational writings by well-known people from many different fields, carefully chosen for their merit in moving people towards more soul-searching, hope, and living out a more spiritually cultivated life Comments regarding the pictures and writings and questions to the readers on how to live a more creative and empowered life A well-balanced combination of playful ideas intertwined with easy-to-do thought and action proposals The pictures all come from natural areas in and around Tokyo Japan, which is where the author carries out his Jambo network and activities. There is a complete picture bibliography describing where the pictures were taken, so this can serve as a travel guide for those wishing to visit that region. There is also a full reference and bibliography section where the reader can find the sources of the writings to pursue more in-depth reading. , In addition to this daily feast, there are attractive drawings scattered within these pages, created by his wife Miki, and an offer for you to start contacting others with similar aspirations to live out the ideals herein and build a better world. In short, this guide grants the reader a range of options: To go on a personal sojourn of reflection To go a step further and attempt to put into practice answers to the potentially life-altering questions To take the ultimate challenge and get into contact with others wishing to pursue more whole-heartedly the ideas in this book through the suggested contacts provided To use the pictures as a catalyst to visit Japan and use the author's knowledge of that beautiful country to explore its wonders Fun and personal enrichment awaits you herein, as you start your own journey into a more uplifting future.
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite (07/20)
Jumbo Jumble: A Sojourn of 365 Visual and Inspirational Delights by David Howenstein is a compendium of inspirational thoughts, ideas, and reflections gleaned from a variety of sources and accompanied by somewhat humorous commentaries, designed to provide food for the heart, the mind, and the soul for a year. These thoughts cover a variety of subjects and each month is dedicated to one of the topics. The opening thoughts for the month of January caught my attention with the striking words: “Your journey begins with an intensive search within. It is only through better understanding of and by yourself that you can clearly see what is working for you and what isn’t. A key point here is to observe yourself non-judgmentally.”
Introducing the book, the author notes that contemporary society is fractured, riddled by many ills, with young people obsessed with their electronic devices, and older people too, with corporations bent on making profits while sacrificing the health of society, a capitalism that feeds on the struggles of the suffering poor, terrorists that cause people to live in fear, and a lot more. In a society like ours, a return to the basic, fundamental values of humanity will definitely restore our humanity, steep us in the wellsprings of life, and allow for the creativity that creates meaning and more life.
Join this inspiring author to reflect on the art of self-cultivation, the beauty of active contemplation, the joy of making our inward thoughts manifest in our material life, and finding the purpose of our life. In each reflection, David Howenstein offers a proposal that will help the reader implement the thought. Jumbo Jumble: A Sojourn of 365 Visual and Inspirational Delights is sprinkled with breathtaking images and illustrations that are as equally telling as they are inspirational. This book will take you to unexpected places in your soul and set you on a path of utter self-transformation. Intelligently written, insightful, and compelling. You’ll need a lot of restraint to read just one thought a day; a generous gift from this author!