Book Review: Pronoia

Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You With Blessings by Rob Brezsny

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Playful, witty, and eccentric, Brezsny gives readers a compendium of “888 tricks for becoming a wildly disciplined, fiercely tender, ironically sincere, scrupulously curious, aggressively sensitive, blasphemously reverent, lyrically logical, lustfully compassionate master of rowdy bliss.”

Brezsny is the author of one the most widely syndicated astrology columns, Free Will Astrology.

This is not the kind of book you would read in a linear way. I purchased this book a few years ago when my father’s best friend mentioned he went to high school with Brezsny. Short, 1-2 page themes are woven together which makes for great bathroom reading. Brezsny is does a wonderful job at putting his tips together with quotes, original writing style, and interesting and funny factoids.

Rigid or sexually repressed folks will likely not enjoy this book, as he does not exclude words like orgasm and masturbation, though he carefully avoids the four main expletives so common in our lexicon and considers the elevation of our common vocabulary as an important goal we all should contribute to. His main message is one of optimism over cynicism.

He quotes from a variety of religious traditions, historical and cultural figures, as well as pop culture. This is an uplifting and optimistic book, at times completely silly, and at other times ingenious. Readers will either love it or hate. It is not your typical book.

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