Welcoming the Unwelcome: Wholehearted Living in a Brokenhearted World
by Pema Chödrön
Only by learning to fully embrace all aspects of ourselves–even the most seemingly negative elements of our minds and hearts–will we learn to fully embrace others. Only by discovering the basic goodness in both our lotus and our mud, will we come to see the basic goodness of all living things.
In a world full of polarization, this book can help humans find peace. Welcoming the Unwelcome contains valuable advice from a Buddhist’s perspective on overcoming the obstacles we have in life, maintaining compassion toward others, and that failure is an opportunity for growth, rather than something to run from.
This is my first book by Pema Chödrön. At first I thought it might not be a good book for me, but I’m glad I continued reading. Even though the book is written from a Buddhist’s perspective, I found it helpful from a Christian standpoint. Anyone can benefit from the down-to-earth advice given in this book. It’s positive, uplifting, and full of hope. Life brings challenging situations and difficult relationships to all of us, but it’s such a waste to let them dominate our lives and hold us back. The ultimate goal is to learn how to love one another.