Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Turning Point offers real-life advice on how to take action when everyday stressors take a hold of your life. Authors, Balasa Prasad and Preetham Grandhi, suggest that people who want to get rid of their stress are doing it wrong. It is better to ride the wave of stress and find inner peace by managing stressful triggers. After all, stress (and external threats) come in two main varieties – either they are imminent or they are merely implied.

In general terms, the best way to neutralize threats (and stressors) is to logically determine the source, reasons and emotions behind the stressor – then work to deal with it. The book does not promote “managing” stress, but rather encourages conquering stress. In this way the book provides enlightenment, because it takes a bit of certainty, patience and understanding to actually remove stress from our lives.

The chapters include descriptions of the burden and origins of stress, information on the laws of nature, a discussion of stress and strategies on how to find your place in the world order and develop a new understanding of self. There are also chapters on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and what to do if a child experiences stress.

The Turning Point did not give as many new strategies as it did offer new ways of thinking about stress. It is actually freeing to think about stress differently. There are personal stories, examples, case study dialogues and tips for better living. The book is recommended for anyone who likes self-help books and for anyone who may need to jump-start a new life without stress.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Preetham Grandhi. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.