The Paradise Project

A Personal Guide to Creating Inner and Global Peace

Non-Fiction - Self Help
200 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2018
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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

With all the human suffering and environmental devastation that we see in the world, it’s easy to feel hopeless about things ever getting better, let alone that we could realize a dream of paradise on earth. With a methodical and logical approach which has a spiritual basis, The Paradise Project: A Personal Guide to Creating Inner and Global Peace by Dr. V.M. Parikh tells us how it’s possible. Using the dialog between four fictional friends to discuss what it would take to make a dream of world peace come true, Parikh addresses the history of major destructive forces affecting our planet, techniques for reaching inner peacefulness, and practical ways we can collaborate to bring about a better life with prosperity for all. He summarizes each chapter’s main point with a quick review at the end.

I enjoyed reading The Paradise Project. Dr. Parikh writes in a flowing and easy to understand manner, summarizing his points along the way. His use of dialog between friends, rather than straight narrative to discuss a variety of complex and timely topics, is not only engaging and entertaining, but educational. Some readers may be turned away by statements made relating to the 2016 U.S. presidential election, which is still a very emotional and divisive issue in our country. That being said, I like Aaron’s vision of a world society. Count me in! As Dr. Parikh says, “Together we could generate the impetus and resolve to create a better tomorrow: a peaceful, prosperous world filled with radiating smiles.”

Gisela Dixon

The Paradise Project: A Personal Guide to Creating Inner and Global Peace by Dr. V.M. Parikh is a non-fiction commentary on the existing state of the world and what we—humanity as a whole—can do to improve it. The Paradise Project starts off with a brief background about the author and the idea behind the book itself. The book is then divided into three broad sections. The first section is devoted to describing and presenting the current state of the world which includes all of its political, religious, social aspects, etc. The second section is devoted to personal and individual growth of every human being to live up to their highest potential and development. The third section then presents ways, ideas, and means to achieve a better and improved state of society in all of its aspects using the importance of communities and voluntary organizations. The entire book is presented as an informal dialogue and a conversation between a few friends with different points of view and backgrounds.

The Paradise Project by Dr. V.M. Parikh is an interesting book written in quite a unique format. Due to the book being essentially a conversation between people, it lends itself to being informal and relatable with the common man or average person. I thought the points raised seemed quite valid, especially the importance of a sense of justice and responsibility towards society. I did think at times that perhaps the book is a bit too idealistic and dreams of a utopia, but the practical style of writing along with equally practical and reasonable solutions does keep it grounded and makes it a real possibility. Overall, this is an engaging and thought-provoking book which I enjoyed reading.

Jamie Michele

The Paradise Project: A Personal Guide to Creating Inner and Global Peace by Dr. VM Parikh is a visionary non-fiction book that is a call to action by its author. The Paradise Project is broken down into three separate, but wholly intertwined parts. Part One: Reality - The Maladies Affecting Our Planet; Part Two: Empowering - Enabling Each Person To Reach Personal Paradise; and Part Three: Working Together - Connecting And Communicating. Within each part, Dr. VM Parikh builds on the assertion that through ourselves as individuals we can achieve an internal peace, and that armistice, when applied collectively, can transcend into a lasting, universal peace for all of humankind.

Intelligently written and well thought out, The Paradise Project: A Personal Guide to Creating Inner and Global Peace by Dr. VM Parikh speaks to the soul in a way that few books like it can. It's both inspiring and educational, as Dr. VM Parikh most certainly has a grasp on the cause of conflict in this day and age and its impact on everything around us. He tells us: "No one can live a permanently happy life on an isolated island when surrounded by a miserable sea of violence, destructive storms, and generations of hardships. Once they achieve a paradise like happiness, each person will be inspired to ensure its permanence by bringing it to unhappy communities in and beyond his or her world." If you are looking for a read to embolden change, The Paradise Project is a stirring start.