A much-needed reminder about what it means to be truly human in a world where people feel increasingly disconnected from each other and from God, by the popular author of Enter Wild.
“Carlos has created an antidote to what ails us.”—New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff
These are crazy times, people. We are more agitated than ever. We’re fighting. Wrestling with big issues. Less connected than ever to one another and to God. It’s a perfect storm: debilitating anxiety, crashing relationships, and forgetting what it feels like to, well, be human.
In How to Human, author, speaker, and social-media personality Carlos Whittaker offers a fresh vision for becoming the best versions of ourselves. We can refuse to let disagreements define us. We can say no to becoming upset, rage-filled humans and say yes to fuller, happier lives. It begins as we make the shift from “me” to “we” to “everybody” in a three-part journey to be human, see fellow humans, and free those around us.
You’ll think, laugh, and be inspired by this practical guide, which reveals how to help others, how to hope fiercely, and how to experience the thrill of being fully human. Carlos describes a radical path of love—one that requires us to become builders rather than demolitionists. One that gets personal. One that moves toward others in faith rather than away in fear. One that, when times get crazy, is willing to get crazier (in a good way). One that understands the big joy of how to human.
This upbeat but overstuffed offering from social media star and former recording artist Whittaker investigates how to be a better person in an increasingly isolating world. "How does humanity get back on course to being the kind of people who run together to help a stranger in need?" Whittaker wonders, before answering: "It starts with us. We need to return to the original design for who God made us to become." Whittaker explains how to achieve that by learning to "be," "see," and "free." He illustrates the concepts with a host of personal vignettes, including how a 2019 DNA test unexpectedly revealed his Nigerian ancestry—after his father steadfastly denied he was Black while growing up in the 1980s South. Elsewhere, he recounts the realization of his own bias toward his elderly white neighbor. Occasionally, gems cut to the heart of the human condition: "The fact that we can find out whatever we want whenever we want isn't human," Whittaker muses. "What if we were created for a much simpler life?" But despite the engaging stories and moments of clarity, Whittaker takes on too much in his attempt to set right racial unrest, the sense of disconnection brought about by the pandemic, and political divisiveness through a faith-based approach. There are some solid takeaways, but many readers will find it's a bit too much work to get to them.