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Love for Imperfect Things: The Sunday Times Bestseller: How to Accept Yourself in a World Striving for Perfection Hardcover – 12 February 2019

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Haemin writes beautifully and simply so these vital life lessons resonate easily and deeply -- Miranda Hart

The world could surely use a little more love, a little more compassion, and a little more wisdom. In Love for Imperfect Things, Haemin Sunim shows us how to cultivate all three, and to find beauty in the most imperfect of things - including your very own self ― Susan Cain, author of Quiet

Beautifully wise insights into how we're all perfectly imperfect. A masterclass in letting go. As soothing to my whirring 'must do better!' mind as slipping into a hot bath when I'm cold -- Catherine Gray, author of The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober

Heartwarming, calming and simple . . . filled with wisdom and powerful truths that will teach us to love ourselves first in order to transform our relationships with our loved ones -- Hector Garcia, author of IKIGAI: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

A wonderful book . . . Zen teacher Haemin Sunim describes with great clarity the suffocating effect of perfectionism - how damaging it is to think your worth as a person is solely dependent on how you perform. Then, page by page, he shows you how to reclaim your freedom and your life ― Mark Williams, co-author of 'Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World'

About the Author

Haemin Sunim is one of the most influential Zen Buddhist teachers and writers in the world. Born in South Korea and educated at Berkeley, Harvard and Princeton, he received formal monastic training in Korea and taught Buddhism at Hampshire College in Massachusetts. He has more than a million followers on Twitter (@haeminsunim) and Facebook and lives in Seoul when not traveling to share his teachings. In Korea, The Things You Can See sold more than three million copies and spent 41 weeks at Number One. Love For Imperfect Things was Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Life (12 February 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0241331129
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0241331125
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 496 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.6 x 2.9 x 18.6 cm
  • Generic Name ‏ : ‎ Book
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 743 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 8 August 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Its a Treasure to be cherished for a lifetime
By Richa on 8 August 2019
Oh My God,such an incredible book. What a treasure of wisdom. Each chapter begins with personal notes and incidents of Author's life followed by lots of words of wisdom. All necessary topics from Love to Relationships, Career to Stress are covered. The illustrations are so visually impacting that I was forced to buy both Kindle and Hardcover editions. This book has a very positive influence on my life...I feel more happy,peaceful and contented. Infact, I have applied so many practical things from the book on my life and relationships.
Please dear readers,do buy this book and enjoy each chapter slowly and subtly.
Thanks to Haemin Sunim and the translator of the book for giving me the opportunity to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars happy reading - read it at your own pace!!
By priyanka on 3 October 2020
What intrigued me to look into the book was its title.

Honestly no one can teach you - how to love or accept yourself, nor does this book, what it does is - it gives us a constant reminder that no matter in which situation you are in you will always be imperfect so don’t be too hard on yourself nor give in to the situation.

The book talks about Self-Care; Family; Empathy; Relationships; Courage; Healing; Enlightenment and Acceptance. All of us juggle in these at some point of time in our lives. One or many at a time.

The book is a collection of anecdotes and quotes, i personally liked the anecdotes because they give an engaging view of the life of a buddhist monk, who isn’t perfect either. It is a quick read, simple and straight to the point.

You can flip a page and start reading, it can change your mood, keep you calm and can also bring smile on your face. It is a book that you can read of couple of times and come back to it for any references.

My thoughts about the book:

It is a self-help book with dash of spirituality.
Nothing out of the blue that you would discover, it is uncomplicated, yet profound.
3. I personally noted down couple of verses and kept them at my bed side table for references.
4. I absolutely loved the illustrations by Lisk Feng.

Read it at your own pace , you will enjoy it then. There are many lovely quotes that are remarkable but one of my favourite is “ Love needs no reason other than Love itself”

A must have book in your collection - do enjoy the little joys of life and embrace the imperfection in you. - Happy reading!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piece of Art
By Sana(_sanablogs) on 12 June 2021
Love for imperfect things is a piece of art. This book makes me smile. This book makes me feel like beauty of life lies in small things. This calms me down during this situation when the world's anxiety is at an all time high. Not a self help book, not a fiction book but a book everyone should read at least once in their lives.
This is one of the best books on quotations and anecdotes that I have ever read. It talks about Self-Care, family, Empathy, Relationships, Acceptance, Healing, Courage and Enlightenment. Every illustration of this book is so heartwarming and serene, so beautifully created into a masterpiece of love and elegance.
Thank you Haemin Sunim for reminding me to appreciate the small things in life and why it's so important to embrace your flaws.

Gorgeous, insightful, wonderful and a work of art. I highly, highly recommend this one. You will never regret reading it.
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Reviewed in India on 29 August 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book
By Ushnita sarkar on 29 August 2020
I read another book of Haemin Sunim before. His writting is so easy to understand. The illustration of life is described so perfectly. But both of the books are closely similar.The book really help you to understand the purpose of life & makes some good change in habits.
Happy reading ☺️
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Laura12
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 February 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, gentle, and wise
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 April 2019
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Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought which makes you feel more positive
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 February 2019
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H unique
5.0 out of 5 stars The illustrations and short paragraphs make it so easy and interesting to read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 February 2019
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Kips mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful compassionate read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 March 2019
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