Intentional was a quick read even when I stopped to ponder some of the questions presented or the Top Tip. I would recommend this book to others since I found the topic compelling, and it did make me stop and think more than a few times. 


About The Book

Publication Date: June 23, 2021

Live your life the way you want to. Manage stress better. Be more resilient and enjoy meaningful relationships and better health. We all want that. Such life leads to better choices, better jobs, loving romantic partners, more rewarding careers and decisions that are fully aligned with our aims.

What stops us from getting all that is the complexity of our brain and the complicated way in which the external world comes together. The misalignment between the internal states we experience and the external circumstances we encounter often leads to confusion, a lack of clarity in our thinking and actions that are not consistent with our professed values.

Intentional is a gameplan. It helps us connect the pieces of our mind to the pieces of our life. It shows us how to map what we feel to what has caused those feelings, understand what affects us and what effects it has on us and determine what we want, why we want it and what we need to do to get it.

When we know what to do, we know how to behave. When we know how to behave we know how to act. When we know how to act, we know how to live. Our actions, each day, become our lives. Drawn from the latest research from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral and social psychology and evolutionary anthropology, Intentional shows you how to add meaning to your actions and lead a meaningful, happier, more fulfilling life on your terms.


The Review

Intentional: How to Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully by David Amerland is a non-fiction, self-help book to provide tools to help you live a happier and more meaningful life. 

There are several references to science as well as to other books, journals, authors, movies, and historical figures that were pertinent to the various chapters the author is discussing. He also referenced his own book, The Sniper Minda few times. 

The chapters are titled, and each also had subchapters. The areas Amerland discussed definitely resonated with me. I liked that at the end of each chapter, Amerland had Points to Remember, which briefly highlighted the essential points of the chapter, followed by questions that definitely made me think. The Top Tip was practical and could easily be completed.

The many charts and diagrams gave visuals to some of the essential topics and made them clearer to me. Some of what Amerland presented were quotes and ideas I’ve heard before, but he placed them in another context which was an interesting approach. The chapters I enjoyed most were those pertaining to goals, beliefs, values, attitude, and mindset.

An extensive bibliography and index are also provided at the end of the book. I may give one or two of Amberland’s other books a try when I’m in the mood for a non-fiction book. I liked the cover, too, as it’s what drew me to the book initially.  

Intentional was a quick read even when I stopped to ponder some of the questions presented or the Top Tip. I would recommend this book to others since I found the topic compelling, and it did make me stop and think more than a few times. 

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David Amerland is a Chemical Engineer with an MSc. in quantum dynamics in laminar flow processes. He converted his knowledge of science and understanding of mathematics into a business writing career that’s helped him demystify, for his readers, the complexity of subjects such as search engine optimization (SEO), search marketing, social media, decision-making, communication and personal development. The diversity of the subjects is held together by the underlying fundamental of human behavior and the way this is expressed online and offline. Intentional: How to Live, Love, Work and Play Meaningfully is the latest addition to a thread that explores what to do in order to thrive. A lifelong martial arts practitioner, David Amerland is found punching and kicking sparring dummies and punch bags when he’s not behind his keyboard.

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JoAnne Weiss, nee Montalbano, was born and raised in NYC until moving to CT with her family when she was 16 and she's never left. Married for 39 years with one grown son, she works in an elementary school office where she's been since it opened in 2003. Prior to that, she was an accountant in several corporations before becoming a stay at home mom for 12 years. JoAnne enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with her family, and extended family as well as with friends. She enjoys cooking and rarely uses a recipe the way it was intended but instead uses them and cooking shows to give her new ideas and suggestions. JoAnne has a huge bucket list of places she'd like to visit but has been lucky enough to travel to England, Italy, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and many states in the U.S. including Hawaii, California, Nevada, Arizona, and Maine among others. Some of JoAnne's favorite genres include contemporary romance, chick-lit, romantic suspense, and historical romances including regency and those set in the west. JoAnne is on several author's street teams and enjoys interacting with many of them on Facebook as well as reading their newsletters. She has been lucky enough to meet some of her favorite authors among them Susan Mallery, Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, Meg Tilly, Beatriz Williams, and Marie Bostwick. JoAnne took a road trip with her sister last fall and visited Nora Roberts' bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland for an authors' signing. She hopes to do more of this in the future. JoAnne leaves reviews for all books she reads on Goodreads and her reviews can be found at JoAnne currently reviews for two sites - and Previously she reviewed for which has since closed. Payment is in the form of receiving free books to read and review. Her mantra is too many books and not enough time!



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Intentional was a quick read even when I stopped to ponder some of the questions presented or the Top Tip. I would recommend this book to others since I found the topic compelling, and it did make me stop and think more than a few times. 4-STAR REVIEW: INTENTIONAL by David Amerland