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 Feng Shui for Dummies The ancient Chinese art of interior design-demystified at last. According to Feng Shui practitioners the design of a room can have a dramatic effect on health, wealth, and success. This plain-English guide takes the mystery out of this 4,500-year-old art-and shows you step-by-step how to arrange furniture, lighting, colors, and other interior elements to achieve maximum benefit. The book features:
  • An easy-to-understand overview of traditional and contemporary Feng Shui practices
  • Basic instructions on using Feng Shui everyday at home or at work
  • Over 200 detailed illustrations
  •   Date Published 11/22/2000

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    Rated By: Martha Rohl
    From: New York
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    Comments: Feng Shui for Dummies
    Feng Shui for Dummies by David Kennedy is the single most consise Feng Shui book on the market today. Feng Shui has finally been demystified! Whatever your level of Feng Shui knowledge is, this book is the source.Read it cover to cover or just pick it up to answer one specific question. Learn how the benefits of Feng Shui can change your life! Filled with widsom and written in a beautifully simple style.It is a wonderful gift.
    Rated By: Deborah R. Kagan
    From: New York, NY
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    Comments: A MUST HAVE AND ABSOLUTE READ
    This book is incredible! It truly is the best Feng Shui resource book out there. Everyone who's ever wanted to know anything about Feng Shui should definitely read this. And for all those who've read about Feng Shui already...this one needs to be added to your collection, scoured over, and placed above all others. It will change your life. No ifs, ands, or, buts about it.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: An excellent book
    I found this book really clear, easy to read and concise. If there's one Feng Shui book to get, this is it.
    Rated By: Patricia Flodman
    From: Lincoln, NE
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    Comments: FENG SHUI FOR DUMMIES
    What a concise, easily understood book describing the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist School of Feng Shui. Reading it enables me to implement Feng Shui principles immediately in my environment. The organization of the book allows for quick access to areas of my life that need changes. Cures are clearly described for the desired outcome. It was a small price to pay for such a wealth of information.
    Rated By: Debra J. Tallman
    From: Portland, OR
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    Comments: Smart for Feng Shui!
    Thank you for writing a Feng Shui book that is easy to comprehend. Feng Shui for Dummies is a complete reference guide filled with very effective solutions and cures for every challenge. David Kennedy's ability to convey this complicated information into a simplified and fun format has made me smart for Feng Shui!
    Rated By: Rebecca Price
    From: San Rafael, CA
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    Comments: Great for beginners and practitioners alike
    I've worked with David Kennedy on three houses over two years. Each house was bigger and better than the last, a testament to the feng shui advice I received. I've learned a lot from David, studied with Profess Lin Yun, David's teacher, and have read many feng shui books. This is the best resource I've found. I use it to refresh my memory of details on cures I know. It reminds me of cures I forgot . And it has taught me new cures and principles. Anyone can benefit from the knowledge generously given in this book. Many thanks for a truly worthwhile effort.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: A bit of a letdown..
    After reading "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feng Shui," I was hungering for more knowledge. What a disappointment to purchase this similarly titled book and find the "faux" Feng Shui packaged for the masses I'd been trying to avoid. This book deals with the Black Hat sect approach to feng shui, as opposed to the compass school. It certainly has merit, but it's like trying to predict the weather by the way you "feel" as opposed to using a barometer.
    Rated By: Susan Levitt
    From: San Francisco, CA
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    Comments: Not for Dummies
    David Kennedy is a modern Feng Shui master who skillfully blends Eastern wisdom with Western reality. Read this book cover to cover, apply the knowledge, and your life will change forever.
    Rated By: Susan Levitt
    From: San Francisco, CA
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    Comments: Not for Dummies
    David Kennedy is a modern Feng Shui master who skillfully blends Eastern wisdom with Western reality. Read this book cover to cover, apply the knowledge, and your life will change forever.
    Rated By: Terri
    From: San Diego, CA
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    Comments: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!
    This book makes Feng Shui much easier than any other book that I have tried to read. If you've been looking for a book that will guide you step by step, this is it. It has so much information pack in it, I haven't been able to put it down! I highly recommend it to everyone, so much so that I have purchased several copies as gifts for friends and colleagues.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: Best Feng Shui book around!
    I am facinated by the principles of feng shui, but have been confused by other books I have read on the subject. This book gets to the point without rambling about philosophy. I want to know how to apply feng shui techniques to my home, I really don't care about the history, etc. This book is a simple, straightforward look at feng shui. I finally "get it"!!
    Rated By: Sergey Ovsyannikov
    From: MI
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    Comments: Average book
    1. I sent two e-mails to David Daniel Kennedy and didn't get respond. 2. He advises one thing, L.Too advises opposite thing. Who is right? I'm confused.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: it was a supplement
    I've been reading a lot about feung shui. I immediately fell in love with this book when I read this at BORDERS. But when I actually got it and read certain chapters that pertain to my needs, I didn't see how valuable this book came to be any more. It was a supplement to my other book "move your stuff, change your life" but if i didn't have another book, this book wouldn't do any good for me. I liked how the author went into the intention with feung shui and how you can use it to empower where you want to go in your life. But, I'm sorry, I ultimatley can't say that this book did wonders for me because it didn't.
    Rated By: D. K Syron "dsyron"
    From: Davis, CA
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    Comments: An enjoyable-to-read book
    My introduction to Feng Shui couldn't have been better. The writer organized his thoughts and his chapters well. He clearly knows his stuff. He took a complex subject and divided it up into easy to read chapters, each chapter building on the previous one. Plenty of affordable cures for your houses ills. Enjoy!
    Rated By: Rhonda Mccann
    From: Fremont, CA
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    Comments: Good, but not Great
    I am a little mixed about the book. One on hand it is excellent for giving down-to-earth, easy to understand Feng Shui principles. On the other hand, it fails to mention many important aspects about Feng Shui itself, such as the Elements. The book talks about what to do when the energy for a certain room is negative because of certain placements like the kitchen or the bathroom. But it fails to talk about the elements of each room and how to balance them. In fact the book recommends bamboo for nearly every "treatment", but that is really impractical because it doesn't even explain the elements. The elements of water is briefly discusses, but the others: fire, air, metal, and wood arent even mentioned. I was very discouraged when I read the book and found this out. Please if you are looking for a book on Feng Shui, find another one.
    Rated By: Mar
    From: San Antonio, Texas
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    Comments: Feng shui for dummies
    Having read other material on feng shui I can really appreciate simple answers. Fortunately for me my homes feng shui originally is not too bad. I would find it ridicules to place mirrors all over the house and yard with bamboo flutes and wind chimes everywhere. I guess you cannot find an easy solution if you build your house like at least 1/3 of American homes. I recommend this book to those looking for a new home. And I would tell those with a home requiring dozens of mirrors etc to move!
    Rated By: Sharon L. Stasney
    From: Salt Lake City
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    Comments: A comprehensive black hat sect guide
    This book is packed with more information than you'd get in most training programs. For those who study it carefully, it has all you need to practice feng shui in your personal life.

    Sharon Stasney, author of Feng Shui Chic, president of The Feng Shui Training Center

    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: Best, book on Feng Shui on the Market
    This book has changed my life. In the six months since I bought it I have increased my income by 300%. My career has skyrocketed. I have more clarity and purpose in my life. This book can help YOU to achieve ALL your desires in life. It is
    a valuable tool that you can't afford to be without.
    Rated By: Terry Cornelius
    From: Fallbrook, CA
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    Comments: AWESOME!
    This book has been very helpful to me...and it's so easy to read! Mr. Kennedy is full of knowlege and is able to explain new ideas so easily. I've read this book, highlighted many things, and now have gone back and paperclipped my favorite pages. I shared the "Apartment" chapter with my daughter in NYC to assist her in finding a place to live. I have never seen a more thorough book on Feng Shui yet it's easy enough for anyone who just starting to discover the benefits of Feng Shui.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: A must read for anyone interested in Feng Shui
    David Kennedy has written an exceptional book on Feng Shui and it is a must read for anyone interested in improving their life. It is clear and easy to understand and full of incredable and helpful information on transforming your life through this ancient art of Feng Shui.

    I have performed many of the cures recommended in this book and my life has changed dramatically. My relationship with my husband is more loving than it has been in years. My husband's career is taking off as a result of cures done in his office and I feel much more in control of my life. All this has happened in a short period of time.

    I recommend this book to anyone seriously looking for positive changes in their life.

    Rated By: Akron Reader "kdtoles"
    From: Akron, OH
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    Comments: A great beginner's guide!
    This is the most accessible, easy to understand guide to feng shui around. Using the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist method of relative positioning, it gives easy to follow guidelines for improving the nine aspects of your life. Written in a very readable (and often humorous) style, Feng Shui for Dummies is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the practice.
    Rated By: "susanbranner"
    From: Cliffside Park, NJ
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    Comments: Well researched, no-nonsense approach to Feng Shui
    I was delighted to find this book well researched and well written, given the complex and often oversimplified subject. Provides historical overview and very detailed how-tos for assessing your home, office, and building site. And provides a very detailed approach to Chinese astrology. Tries to provide insight in the thinking and philosophical concepts behind Feng Shui, including the i ching. Steers you away from what the authors consider bogus feng shui practioners. Takes the whole subject very seriously--refreshing.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: Feng Shui for Dummies review
    Excellent book. Easy to read and reference for later use. Great layout of information. You will definitely have this one dog-eared!!!
    Rated By: douglas barton
    From: Arlington, VA
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    Comments: A Place In This World
    There's an old adage about always being able to spot a 'bachelor' simply by the fact that he comes to work from a different direction every day. Well, my social life not being quite as adventurous as that I find it necessary ( and oddly fulfilling! ) to delve into the world of interior design and basic home management in an effort to put together a home that for me is not just a place to 'hang my hat' but also an enviroment where I can feel comfortable, secure and even, at times, feel strangely proud about the space that I've created. Obviously, by purchasing, and in using some of the theories found herein of " Feng Shui for Dummies " it's helped me tremendously in 'sorting out' my domestic priorities and in creating a home....not just a place where, as comedian George Carlin wittily observed ' we can put all of our stuff!'

    Creating a home out of a vast, empty space can be challenging enough but for most single men, who may be considered 'domestically challenged', this is a task of herculean proportions that, sadly, many of us are simply not up to. Decor, lighting, colors ( swatches!? ) and other terms of design are some type of bizarre foreign language that have made more than one good man throw up his hands in exasperation ( and surrender! ) after just one afternoon of shopping for home-goods and the like. I mean, what is a 'valance' and why do I need one? Well, what " Feng Shui for Dummies " has taught this aspiring home owner is a sense of self and how you can use that acute awareness to create surroundings that are unique to you as an individual.... yet also create an enviroment that 'works' in tandem with who you are, to promote self, prosperity and ultimately inner peace. And while I'm aware that some of this sounds slightly 'new age' it does, to some degree, actually work very well. I have been able to redesign every room in my flat to create a place that is fully functional, pleasant to the eye yet also ensure that each individual room works in accordance with the rest of my apartment. Obviously for any of the teaching's presented here they do require a certain degree of honesty and seriousness from the reader and myself being a life-long cynic I had initially questioned whether I could make that 'leap of faith' to give Feng Shui an honest try. But give it a solid chance and see what " Feng Shui for Dummies " can do for you, especially since few of us can actually afford an interior design specialist!

    All being said and done, taking a certain amount of pride in your surroundings is simply, for me, one way of creating a sense of inner peace married with an honest feeling of accomplishment. My home makes up a large part of who I am ( and perhaps who I long to be! ) so I take much satisfaction in how it is presented. True that since we, as individuals, are constantly changing, therefore how I live will in some sense always be changing as well, but that's only half of the enjoyment of creating a small, unique place that will always be just that .... " MY HOME. " Thanks and good luck in creating your own small space in this world.

    Rated By: B. Cats
    From: east coast
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    Comments: A great "compass-free" Feng Shui book!
    This is an excellent Feng Shui book, particularly for beginners. If you've been browsing the many feng shui books available, you'll quickly notice that there are MANY schools of thought. Some more complicated than others. The beauty of this book is that it combines the schools into a user-friendly guide to Shui your home and surroundings. It does so in a way that is organized, and just "feels right", in other words, it's not taking bits and pieces and throwing it all together to make a book. It's a great start to understanding this ancient art, then you could supplement with other books for more hints, and apply those tips to this "for dummies" way. The best thing is that you won't need a compass or birthdates to shui your home. I found this to be a problem with other books in which people's birthdays are taken into account, I often found my husband's and my own "best directions" (as in the compass school of thought) were conflicting, so it was difficult to put remedies into effect. Throw out that compass and get your hands on this book instead!
    Rated By: "reinhartsr"
    From: Houston, TX
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    Comments: Rearrange your life!
    Very easy to read and understand. Great for beginners who are interested in what feng shui is all about. It gives great meaning and understanding to the why, what, where and how of feng shui.
    Rated By: Judith A. Murphy "Jewels"
    From: Andover, MA
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    Comments: It sounds ridiculous, but, .................
    This is a wonderful introduction to Feng Shui basics. Highly recommend for EVERYONE! My husband and I were fighting for months, we watched a program on television that piqued enough interest to buy this book. We changed the furniture around according to Feng Shui suggestions, and we haven't had an argument in eons! How can you go wrong for 15 bucks? no ...... I did not write the book!
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: superb!
    As a new student of Feng Shui, I found this book along with D.D. Kennedy's Feng Shui Tips For a Better Life to be extremly informative & easy to understand. Having read 9 books, I feel the most comfortable with the Ba Gua method--but then that's a highly personal choice.
    Rated By: alexander ransom
    From: Republic of Panama
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    Comments: NOT MY CUP OF TEA !!!
    No loupan, no feng shui. As simple as that can be, feng shui is about physics, intuition and scientific data that corroborates the effects of the application. Coordinanting the right angles to create a contrast with the energy we give and receive. In this book the author does not corroborate any of his data, and assumes that feng shui is the same for everyone, dividing areas of the home in different areas of prosperity. I have certaintly learn to be more carefull of what a buy, and understand the unreliable information in the market about feng shui. Feng shui does work when a scientific approach is attained to fulfull harmony for the environment and myself, but this book is far from been scientific or systematic in any way.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: Boring, senseless, repetitive drivel
    The author goes on and on without getting to the point for 90% of this book. What I like about most Dummies books is they are entertaining enough to keep you reading. This one is an exception, it just never winds up or gets going. The author could have written this book in 20 pages easy. He repeats the same stuff over and over again yet many times never explains his point. This book seems more like an avertisement for the authors "consulting" services than an information source. This is the only book in 10 years that I've taken back for a refund. The information the author does present is just silly. Even the die-hard Feng Shui people in this forum cant seem to like this book. I'd say concentrate on your cleanliness and diet if you want to enhance your life. Then, sure go ahead and read about Feng Shui for interest sake but forget this title. Theres nothing in it. I'll give it 2 stars for the picture of the author and his "master". They both made me laugh at least.
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: Excellent book! Entertaining, easy to read & very helpful!!
    It is very easy reading (thank you), entertaining (more gratitude) and very helpful. The book has plenty of diagrams and detailed steps allowing me (the reader) to follow along with ease. Finally, after many purchases, I have found the Feng Shui book you can actually start using within several minutes, what a joy! I learned so much in such a short amount of time and I have already benefited from your teaching at my job with amazing effects on my work. My colleagues at work were all amazed at the difference. Be careful though, once your colleagues start flipping through this book, it may be a while before you get it back. I keep a second copy at home!
    Rated By: A reader
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    Comments: Mc Feng Shui
    Although easily digested, this book is full of fluff! The book is rife with empty remedies. If you're skeptical, look at some of the rituals that the author touts. He incorporates Tibetan mantras (Feng shui is Chinese in origin, not Tibetan) and says that a powerful ritual incorporates sinibar. Sinibar is a red powder that contains mercury. You'd have to be insane to think that this "effective" ritual is good for your home! If you're only looking to do some kind of ritual to turn around your luck, go ahead and buy the book for the placebo effect. Otherwise, take a few minutes and do some research on the Internet.
    Rated By: Redd
    From: Duluth, Minnesota
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    Comments: Rubbish
    My sister-in-law, who has been hitting on me ever since I managed to divorce her sister, gave me this book as a "Thanksgiving present". It was great as an excuse to get out the room and away from the arguments and drunken anecdotes, but that's about all I can say about it. I'd heard about this business, pronounced about seven different ways, for some years now, and expected, given the kind of things people get "into" these days, that it would be high caliber nonsense. My sister-in-law is currently reading, over and over again, and aloud, the "Da Vinci Code". She also tapes every episode of "Friends". But that didn't prepare me for this stupidity. I've never seen a more asinine collection of cheap magic. And did women need yet ANOTHER reason to move furniture around? My business partner, who is from central China, says that only the most abysmal fools believe this junk over there. He is surprised that it would sell here, and said, in addition, when I showed him the book, that it isn't really what they "practice" in China, but an even more dummed down form. He said that one of the good things about Mao & the crazy gov't they have now is that they take a dim view of this hoot. And Chinese Christians, of whom he is one, have no patience with this superstition.
    Rated By: J Anderson
    From: Vancouver, B.C.
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    Comments: Incredibly Good Do-It-Yourself, Step-by-Step Book!!!
    If only I'd purchased this book sooner. Believe me, there is more clear and practical information in this book then in the many workshops I've attended, costing me hundreds of dollars.
    In trying to learn feng shui, I have been frustrated by the lack of clarity surrounding this subject. Other books I own, review a lot of history and theory, but lack when it comes down to implementation or assume that you know more about the subject then is actually written in the book. Not this book.
    Feng Shui for Dummies is well written, has humor and leads you step-by-step in each situation, just what a do-it-yourself book is intended to do.
    This book does what it is suppose to do, teaches the novice how to implement basic feng shui one step at a time. HOORAH!
    If your the kind of person that purchases a do-it-yourself book to get things done, not to be bogged down with theory then this is the book for you.
    Rated By: D. Joyner
    From: Columbus, Ohio
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    Comments: Feng Shui
    This is ridiculous! The book is only 3x3 inches at the most and I feel it was a ripoff. Save your money. This was a waste of time and money for me and I feel like pitching it out.
    Rated By: Chris
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    Comments: House of crystals
    This books solution to every feng shui problem is to hang a crystal, if you want rediculous crystals hanging everywhere this is the book for you!

    enjoy
    Rated By: R. V. Tonder "toffi"
    From: UK
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    Comments: This may not be the best book out there, but...
    Why are some reviewers here so hostile that they almost seem to be venting their anger here? Feng Shui is a philosophy... it may not be a religion, but it is a philosophy, so it requires a certain amount of belief from you if you want to make use of what it has to offer. If you don't believe in it, fine... just sell your book secondhand through Amazon Marketplace.. why get frustrated??

    Personally I think this book is not the best out there on Feng Shui. Hanging crystals everywhere is plain silly-looking and hanging baguas around the house give me a creepy feeling, not to mention that guests might feel the same, etc.

    With over 300 Feng Shui titles sold in the market, it can be very tricky deciding which book to buy. Some people buy them for the beautiful colours and pictures of the examples in the books, others for the knowledge. If you're like me wanting to really get into the subject and apply it to your interior designing, there are much better Feng Shui books sold out there which give a much more proper treatment of the subject - you won't feel silly after reading them. They are "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Feng Shui" by Elizabeth Moran and "A Master Course In Feng Shui" by Eva Wong. And if you want to know more, "Flying Star Feng Shui Made Easy" by David Twicken is good and so is "The Living Earth Manual of Feng Shui : Chinese Geomancy" by Stephen Skinner are really great books geared to the Western reader with authentic Oriental knowledge.

    I am agnostic (I don't believe the existence of God can be proven although I don't rule it out either) but I found Feng Shui to be a deeply spiritual subject with close links to form and functionality of objects and space, and aesthetics. I have a great deal of interest in design... so I was drawn to Feng Shui initially for its value in interior design. I believe that every man's home is his temple and sacred space. Feng Shui incorporated with interior design has helped me make my modest home into a shelter which not only looks and feels aesthetically pleasing, it has a beneficial effect on my well-being as well. Its a bit common-sensical. When you walk into a house and something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and leave. Don't buy the house. But if you already own it, you can make it a nicer place to live in. Feng Shui doesn't demand that you surround yourself with gold and expensive items in the home. You can always adapt it to suit your budget and needs. Read some good Feng Shui books, and get yourself a compass from the hiking shop... and have fun designing!
    Rated By: Imelda
    From: Seattle, Washington
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    Comments: Mightily disappointed
    I must admit to being mightily disappointed with this book. I have heard of the spread of this "Geo-mancy", and am rather appalled that it is gaining ground in the West, where we have spent a thousand years throwing off the shackles of primitive witch-doctoring. I thought that this book was "Feng Shui is for Dummies", but instead it is about the primitive practice instead.

    So, if you are a fool, and have some money you wish to be parted from buy this book.
    Rated By: Jeff Salter "pantherinthedark"
    From: Joplin, MO
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    Comments: Purchased for a family member
    I purchased this book for my mother and she can not stop talking about this book. What I have heard from my mother, this is a great book. It is easy to understand and read, also, it is easy to stop reading and then start back up again later. Great book for beginners.
    Rated By: Cary Reader
    From: Cary, NC
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    Comments: Too much text, not enough diagrams
    This book buries its content within a rather non-attractive format having lots of text and not enough diagrams. Does not do an adequate job of conveying important information. So much unbroken text ends up becoming bla bla bla.
    Rated By: Karen G.
    From: El Paso, TX
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    Comments: Feng Shui for Dummies
    The book is simple to read and easy to follow for those of us who knew nothing about Feng Shui. I do recommend it along with other books on the same subject in order to get a well-rounded reading.