Review- Cold Beer and a Hot Dart by Brandon Wolfe

Synopsis: Are you happy? Over a span of eleven years, Brandon Wolfe backpacked throughout fifteen different countries and was also told in 2005 by medical professionals that he had until around age forty (give or take) to live. Through the incredible adventures and tribulations and every story in between, Brandon discovered the ingredients to organic joy, to true happiness…how he got from point A to point B, however, is purely for your reading entertainment. This riveting self-help adventure memoir will fundamentally and permanently challenge your worldview, inspire your heart and mind for the positive, and encourage you to view life purpose and happiness from a new, liberating perspective.

Wolfe has a narrative style that is conversational, honest to a fault, humorous with some spiritual aspects. The spiritual aspects are neatly woven into the overall the story and are not preached at the reader. He starts his adventures with a youth missionary group and it is part of who the author is. If you have never been to a 3rd or 4th world country, you have no idea how many simple things are actually luxuries for example, the plane to Atoifi Malaita –had no pressure seal so it was cold and very loud. Wolfe has experienced a lifetime at a early age with the extensive travel he has done. It exposed him to so many different cultures and the flip side a very deadly disease.

With each travel destination, Wolfe shares his formula for happiness which has some valuable nuggets like selflessness, not envying and enjoying life. The concepts are simple and easy to apply to everyday life. I can agree that times that I felt the happiest have been when I gave to someone else with no expectations and changed their lives. The style of writing is what makes this book so different from any other self-help book I have ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes memoirs filled with adventures.


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