Our World is Burning: My Views on Mindful Engagement, Dr. Ian Prattis

Dr. Ian Prattis looks at the state of our world through expert eyes and shares his views on climate change, over-development and short-term thinking that have placed our fragile planet in considerable danger – then he prescribes the actions needed to save our embattled world.

Our World is Burning examines our fragile future and offers an alternative way of living based on Mindful Engagement. In sixteen essays Ian Prattis offers examples of how to respond to the most serious social, economic, environmental and personal challenges of the Twenty-First century. He advocates mindfulness practice to cultivate awareness as an ethical framework to guide actions, to create steadiness and equanimity, and to replenish body, mind and spirit. This book offers a lightning bolt that will singe incredulity and cynicism. Our World is Burning is Dr. Ian Prattis’ life work.

Our world is burning… in other words, our world is in a fragile state and humanity is destroying it. Granted, not everybody is responsible for the way the world is and the way the world is turning out; we could discuss for hours about who should be to blame but the sad truth is, we are all responsible in a way, even if it is only a tiny bit. That is why Our World is Burning, written by the talented Dr. Ian Prattis is a life-changing read that could change Earth, for the better. His inspiring, knowledgeable, informative writing makes for a stellar piece of nonfiction that will surely entertain readers from a wide variety of genres. As a woman who adores science… in particular environmental science, I was keen to read Our World is Burning because I like to be well-informed as well as be informed on how we can change the world and make it a better, safer place for everybody.

Our World is Burning is written by Dr. Ian Prattis who is a professor of Anthropology. In his book he shares his thoughts and opinions on matters such as climate change, over-development and the use of Mindful Engagement and how using mindfulness can change the world. Our World is Burning is perfectly organized into four sections with a total of 16 chapters. In these chapters, Ian Prattis writes an essay on a number of different issues. For example, his first chapter which is titled ‘Our World is Burning’ is a fascinating one and a strong opening essay that informs the reader of climate change. He begins this chapter by referencing Leonardo Dicaprio about his passion for climate change and Donald Trump’s claim that climate change is a hoax. He writes his essay in a fluid, flawless way which will read easily for the reader. He informs the reader on climate change and the problems it is causing and will continue to cause for the planet. It is a fascinating essay because it informed me on many matters I never knew about. I adore science, but that does not mean that I understand every branch of it! So I adore Dr. Ian Prattis for writing his book in an easy to read, and informative way which will make the most unconfident of learners feel like geniuses! Our World is Burning may be about environmental science but it also touches on many different subjects such as Anthropology which is defined as; the study of human societies and cultures and their development – and mindfulness as Prattis is a Zen teacher as well as a professor. He explains that the practice of mindfulness can be used to ‘cultivate awareness as an ethical framework to guide actions, to create steadiness and equanimity, and to replenish body, mind, and spirit.’ This quote taken from the description of this book is powerful as well as inspiring and the chapters on these subjects are breath-taking because they will make readers realize that a tool such as mindfulness, that is not difficult to practice, will be able to change your life, as well as the world around you.

Dr. Ian Prattis is quite simply a gem, and his work is stellar. Prattis is well equipped to inform us readers on all of these subjects explored in this book because he has a vast amount of knowledge and experience. I hate when a book that falls into the science genre is written by somebody who claims to have a ton of knowledge and experience but does not, so the fact that Our World is Burning is written by a professor is simply fantastic and makes me love this book even more. Prattis has managed to include a wealth of knowledge in his book all while making it accessible and easy to read for his readers. His readers will be able to understand every topic and subject thanks to his intricate writing that has a natural rhythm.

Our World is Burning indeed is a fantastic book that should be owned by anybody; this is because it can evoke change and that is a quality which is brilliant. That is why I have no choice but to award this book Five Stars because it is inspiring, informative, and practical. Dr. Ian Prattis is a celebrated professor, but now he needs to be a celebrated author too because his sensational book is note-worthy and incredible!

Thank you so much for reading book lovers, I appreciate it so much and love discussing wonderful books with all of you so please, comment below and let me know your thoughts on Our World is Burning; do you see yourself reading this book? Let me know all of those brilliant thoughts of yours below! Thank you so much again for reading!  

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon U.S.! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!   

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A beautiful and excellent overview of my book. Aimee searches for the authentic tapestry I wanted to create and puts it out in her compelling prose.

Thank you so much Ian! Your comment is so kind and your book is wonderful!

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