This was a valuable book that I may later re-read. The author, Brene Brown, relates various fears, such as the fear of failure and the fear of rejection, to the overriding emotion of shame. I found most of her ideas to be well presented and on point.
The author doesn't venture much into religion, but where she does, she doesn't commit to anything, she just has a very vague view of how that fits into her world view. I didn't agree with her vague views and found them distracting in relation to the rest of the book. She sounded like she was tryng too hard to not offend anyone to present a real perspective on the spiritual aspect of the human experience.
She did, however, provide a clear explanation of just how the fear of shame impacts and even creates a lot of the other emotions that account for many of our actions. I've actually never heard an author address this topic in this way, and I found it refreshing to hear such a frank discussion of such an important aspect of our existance that we would rather forget about. Ms. Brown reminds us that facing shame and our fear of it can free us to be brave and to forgive ourselves enough to experience joy.
The narrator has such a wonderful voice for this type of book. She is simultaneously encouraging and calming. Her voice is sweet with a natural cadence that keeps you engaged. I listened to the book at a speed of 1.5 and found Lauren Fortgang's performance to be perfect.
I would recommend this book to anyone who has a problem with the fear of failure and rejection or who feels that no matter what they do, they are somehow doing the wrong thing and missing out on life. It won't, of course, address every problem in life, but you might gain some perspectve that will help you to see some of your problems in the light of how you relate to shame, and that might help you to make better decisions. After all, isn't that the most one can expect out of a self-help book? Just don't take her vague religious ideas too seriously.
This is a really good resource for beginning herb gardeners, and it contains some really valuable information that even experienced herb gardeners may not know. The author does a really good job of presenting the material in a logical way, but the narration leaves a lot to be desired. Even after increasing the speed, it was hard to focus on the material because the reading was so boring - without any real intonation or variation in cadence. This would be a much better book than audiobook, but it's a quick read and it has a lot of useful ideas, particulaly about storing, using, and selling herbs.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for ideas and/or motivation for organizing their home/office/car/computer. The author approaches general ideas about organization and clutter control/release in the first part of the book and then moves on to approach the topic room by room and finally deals with your car and your computer files.
The narrator/author has a congenial and energetic tone and offers a lot of encouragement throughout the book. There are basic principals and specific pointers available for almost every possible space in your life. While the author does address hoarding and materialism, he doesn't get overly judgmental, but he doesn't pull any punches, either.
As a result of listening to this book, I cleaned out my closet and chest of drawers and various surfaces that were cluttered, and I'm motivated to do more. I generally consider myself an organized person, but what the author did for me was give me the necessary permission and encouragement to let go of some things I'd been keeping for reasons that weren't good enough to justify keeping them.
This is not just a book, but a full course in organization. There are even helpful lists available on the author's website to guide you through things like what to toss and what to keep, how long to keep certain records, and what you should and shouldn't find in certain spaces like your car. He refers to these lists in various areas of the book. Of course, everyone will have different opinions on some of his material, but overall, he makes sense.
I wish I'd had this book when I was two. I know...I know...I wouldn't have been ready for it...but I would have been more organized.
This has to be one of the best "Great Courses" books I have listened to. Professor Livermore has a great delivery and is incredibly knowledgeable of the topic. Anyone that travels or works with different cultures needs to listen to this course.