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 the book I have been looking for about how to learn faster and more effectively. Daniel Coyle offers concise, yet detailed information about how to improve your learning curve, and he manages to do this in a very short book.
I just bought this on Amazon's deal of the day for 99 cents, and that was a well-spent 99 cents. It is worth far more than that. I will be looking for more by this author, and I will probably purchase the Kindle version of this work so that I can review some of the concepts in print.
Some of the tips include how and when to use visualization techniques (non-religious), how and when to review mistakes, whether it is better to practice a work (such as a musical piece) all together or in "chunks" of material, and how to study for different types of skills. It should be noted that a lot of this advice is useful for atheletic purposes, as well.
Grover Gardiner did an excellent job with the narration. I listened at 3x speed and even then, his voice offered a good, varied cadence and he was easily understandable.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn how to acquire talent faster. This is a quick listen that will pay off in spades.