I have recently started delving into Stoicism. I have purchased another book on the subject but it was a bit more heavy reading. This one is a much easier read and is definitely worth your time. There are some working examples of Stoic philosophy applied to real life that really help to cement the concepts. Essentially it will teach the basic framework of Stoicism and provides further reading at the end for those who wish to dig further into the teachings of this wonderful life philosophy.
As someone who deals with anxiety, the advice and lessons within this book resonated with me greatly. Irvine' easy writing style and honest review and critique of Stoic ideas present a comprehensive yet accessible framework for applying Stoicism to your own life. Of note is his unbiased discussion of different branches of Stoicism, imploring the reader to research more widely while possibly adopting Stoic values.
The ancient stoic texts require in some part interpretation to be applied in modern contexts. The author does this with a splash of welcome scientific reinterpretation. You'll feel better having read it. At minimum you'll be exposed to a strong argument to at least adopt some philosophy of life.
What a life affirming book. How strange to find one's life journey mirrored in such a manner, and how surprising to find it anchored in a misunderstood Ancient Greek philosophy. Thank you for writing this treasure. If you aren't sure whether the Western consumerist treadmill is for you, then you really must read this.
A great introduction to stoicism, giving the reader useful psychological techniques to practice, and the justification for using these techniques. It's had a positive impact on my life before I finished reading it. A great read. Recommended.