The brilliant red and crisp white on the cover of Wow: A Handbook for Living by Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono projects the zen undertones of the book. Red is the feng shui color representing fire and passion. White is symbolic of clarity and precision. The pages within the handbook are filled with exercises and photographs in a stark black and white. The graphic design of Wow: A Handbook for Living cannot be a mistake, as the blend of red, white, and black -- a feng shui color of ease and purity -- combine to compliment the inspiring lessons which will bring harmony to the reader's life.
Within the pages of the book, there are thirty one questions for the reader to contemplate. The questions are not rhetorical. The authors encourage the reader to complete each exercise slowly, going so far as to write in the preface, "Whatever you do, don't be in a hurry. Don't try to master this book in three weeks." Many of the exercises in Wow: A Handbook for Living can be completed in a few minutes. To reap the maximum benefit of the lesson, it is best to digest the question before responding.
In one hundred and fifty pages, authors Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono act as the reader's life coach. Each page provides questions and commentary to be contemplated over before progressing to the next lesson. Having begun the lessons, I can testify to the positive outcome of the thought provoking questions. Question number one of Wow: A Handbook for Living is "What's working for you?" After days of pondering the question, my response was simple -- there is a lot working in my life to smile about. Ohashi and Kurazono's first exercise led me to my inaugural "Sunday Smiles" post on Bons Vivants.
Any person who enjoys quiet introspection and desires personal growth will enjoy Wow: A Handbook for Living by Zen Ohashi and Zono Kurazono. Impressive is Reminder List's rating of Wow: A Handbook for Living, giving it two out of three stars.