What's the Point?

Finding Hope in a Crisis

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
77 Pages
Reviewed on 05/14/2020
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Author Biography

Paul Kolberg was born in England to a mother of Irish parentage and a father of Prussian ancestry. He is the author of Jesus and Kabbalah – The Lost Kingdom (which reached #1 on Amazon in three categories) and Meditations in a Crisis which received a 5 Star review from Readers' Favorite. For over twenty-five years, Paul practised and travelled throughout the world as a lawyer. He is also a qualified mediator and a member of the CIPD. Using his strong analytical and communication skills, Paul makes complicated topics and concepts easy to understand. In the past, Paul has regularly written legal and topical articles for various magazines but in 2014, he became a professional author, playwright and screenwriter. Paul has written three plays, one of which has been recorded for radio and is in post-production. Paul is married with three grown-up sons.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

Suffering, abuse, and natural disasters are happening frequently all around us. The question that always comes up for everyone sooner or later is various aspects of 'why?' Why did this happen? When will it end? Is life worth living? In What's the Point? Finding Hope in a Crisis by Paul Kolberg, the reader will discover a glimmer of hope throughout the pages of this book. Using Paul's own story, the challenges that his child has gone through since birth well into adulthood have provided him with a different perspective on how he looks at life circumstances. When we read about the lives of others, there are times when we begin to appreciate our own journey. He breaks this book up into two parts - Happiness and Suffering - to allow the reader to thoroughly digest the material because it offers a lot of candid, in-depth moments of reflection. This book is ideal especially if you're currently dealing with some challenges in how life is evolving in today's society - from racism, ageism, classism to sexism.

I enjoyed reading this book because at one time or another I've asked myself 'what's the point?' and here Paul offers some nuggets to chew on and to discover the answer for myself. It is during times of crisis when we see what we and others around us are made of. Just like during the COVID-19 pandemic, people's true colors are rearing its head above the veil. I am sure that, just like me, you too will see the essential elements of hope, love, and happiness in those dark corners of life. As the author states: "When the scales are removed from one’s eyes, the world is at once staggeringly beautiful and staggeringly cruel − like in The Matrix Reloaded when Neo and Trinity go into Machine City and temporarily break through the clouds. There is a glimpse of hope." My question to you is what does hope look like for you? Add this book to your library. Enjoy!

Stacie Haas

What’s the Point? Finding Hope in a Crisis by Paul Kolberg is an intellectual and philosophical attempt to answer life’s great question: what’s the point? In the late 1980s, the author’s oldest son was born prematurely with severe medical complications that made his first five years a significant struggle. While in his early thirties, one of his son’s conditions returned, requiring seven invasive brain operations. These experiences gave the author a unique insight into suffering. Through a parent’s eyes, he came to understand that everyone can be happier and that pain and suffering are often illusory. However, to be happier and to avoid pain, everyone needs to understand what happiness actually is and where to find it, and what pain and suffering is, its source, and how to avoid or mitigate it. The answers are found within this book that attempts to answer the question posed in its title: what’s the point?

I found What’s the Point? by Paul Kolberg to be an interesting and compelling how-to on the way to find lasting happiness. He does so without referring to religious dogma or theology. While some may miss that perspective, the author did so purposely, perhaps to appeal to a larger audience or to provide the basis for his argument in reason. Certainly, the truths he posits are universal and fit within many a worldview. Ultimately, the source of life and the point of it are clearly and uniquely conveyed in this book. It’s one that makes you think and the exercise is fruitful under his guidance. Paul Kolberg doesn’t shy away from the tough questions. His answers to ‘what is ego?’, what is evil?’ and ‘is life simply the absence of death?’ will fascinate and engage you. In today’s times of crisis, Paul Kolberg’s book is a gift. Recommended for readers who appreciate a deep look into the deep questions of life.

Foluso Falaye

Why do bad things happen? Why is there pain and suffering in the world? What is the point in trying when all these negative forces exist, lurking around to slam the door in your face at every chance? If you have been contemplating these questions, What’s the Point? aims to help you find answers. Paul Kolberg dives into the concepts of life and existence, pain and pleasure, love and ego, selflessness and selfishness, and lots more, and finally arrives at a conclusion: a recipe for a positive and fulfilled mindset in an imperfect world. What’s the Point? Finding Hope in a Crisis makes use of logical arguments and prompts readers to think outside their present realities; it requires an open mind and a quiet space to reflect.

What’s The Point? Finding Hope in a Crisis is straight to the point; the answers are not hidden in layers of mysterious philosophical concepts but presented with points that are easy to assimilate. These points have helped me to think further and look deeper into some life concepts, triggering insights that I was able to discover by myself. Paul Kolberg makes it clear from the beginning that religion is not included. Apparently, the things we have been told are not necessarily true. But there are some facts that are easy to see and can be proved with science. From these facts, we can arrive at conclusions and solutions that could make the world a better place. Paul Kolberg's book is a blessing in this pandemic period. What’s the Point? projects ways to find hope and love in troubling times. We need more books like this, especially now.