Book Review: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki

Although it is a relatively short book, it took me a while to read through it.  It is filled with what I might call "Zen Doublespeak", except removing the deliberate connotations from the typical definition of doublespeak.  At times, I felt like what was being said was incomprehensible, but on the other hand, I do feel like I gained some insight after reading it, perhaps unconsciously.  I can't do it much justice, so I'll just give some excerpts that I liked from the book:
To cook is not just to prepare food for someone or for yourself; it is to express your sincerity.  So when you cook you should express yourself in your activity in the kitchen.  You should allow yourself plenty of time; you should work on it with nothing in your mind, and without expecting anything.  You should just cook!
So whether you have a problem in your life or not depends upon your own attitude, your own understanding. 
In zazen practice we say your mind should be concentrated on your breathing, but the way to keep your mind on your breathing is to forget all about yourself and just to sit and feel your breathing.  If you are concentrated on your breathing you will forget yourself, and if you forget yourself you will be concentrated on your breathing.  I do not know which is first.  So actually there is no need to try too hard to be concentrated on your breathing.  Just do as much as you can.  If you continue this practice, eventually you will experience the true existence which comes from emptiness. 
The important thing in our understanding is to have a smooth, free-thinking way of observation.  We have to think and to observe things without stagnation.  We should accept things as they are without difficulty.  Our mind should be soft and open enough to understand things as they are.  When our thinking is soft, it is called imperturbable thinking.  This kind of thinking is always stable.  It is called mindfulness.  Thinking which is divided in many ways is not true thinking.  Concentration should be present in our thinking.  This is mindfulness.  Whether you have an object or not, your mind should be stable and your mind should not be divided.  This is zazen.
You know how to rest physically.  You do not know how to rest mentally.  Even though you lie in your bed your mind is still busy; even if you sleep your mind is busy dreaming.  Your mind is always in intense activity.  This is not so good.  We should know how to give up our thinking mind, our busy mind.  In order to go beyond our thinking faculty, it is necessary to have a firm conviction in the emptiness of your mind.  Believing firmly in the perfect rest of our mind, we should resume our pure original state.