I have listened to A LOT of self-help (and now have a love/hate relationship w/ the genre). Do not be afraid, because Martha Beck is one of the best. When self-help is good, it's wise and inspiring, and this book is that...
Have a deep life instead of the shallow life of the perpetual consumer. I found this book to be insightful, true, and often quite funny. Humor isn't the point of the book, but it's nice to have such a heavy topic handled with lightness. The deep life means better relationships...with yourself, your kids, your spouse, your community, your environment, your God. If these things are important to you, then get this book and let it change you.
I believe my headline says it all, but let's see if I can add more praise. I just adored this book. The book is a series of letters and responses to and from an advice columnist called Dear Sugar (Cheryl Strayed). This is no Dear Abby/ Ann Landers/ Ask Amy type experience. This book is not strident/ pedantic as are some advice- givers. This is like advice from a wise and fabulously credentialed therapist/ best friend/ mom/ teacher.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks and most are not that memorable, although perfectly enjoyable. This one will stick with you AND make you a better person. There will be something there for you, I promise.
I could not bear her voice. I was looking forward to a David Sedaris, David Rakoff kind of experience (whose voices are also, umm...-unusual-, but I ADORE them for their wit and brilliance). Yes, I did listen to the sample snippet of this book. But what is bearable for 5 minutes isn't for a half hour or more. Also, had the material had more substance/ humor,...but it didn't for me.
It's a shame that we need this advice, but we do. We have gotten so far away from fostering connection, creativity and curiosity in bring up our children that I think this book should be required reading/listening for all parents. This book is a wonderful reminder to de-clutter our children's environments, activities, and schedules so that they can get on with- well, being children and all the natural growth that requires.
I found the book to be very, very insightful,- in fact I'm on my second listen. If you're a parent, get this book.
I read an article about the author in The Los Angeles Times and was charmed by her story. I sought out the audiobook and was disappointed. What makes for an interesting article does not necessarily make for an interesting memoir. The pie metaphor turns dogged around,- I don't know,- the 50th reference.
There is an element of L.A.-ish narcissism in how she needs to document her grief, blog about her grief, make a reality show about her grief, all in the guise of trying to work her way through grief. Well okay, that was cranky...I guess I just had too much pie.
I liked it. This book gives a glimpse into the French way of parenting. It turns out there is a lot to admire and emulate. The author did a good job of high-lighting the things that drive me crazy about what a lot of Americans moms tend to do (I'm guilty!), but in a light way. I don't see this book's premise as a another reason to feel bad as parents, though. I look at it as food for thought. Speaking of food, I've been introducing more variety w/ my kids (based on the French way),...voila! it worked!
This is a thought-provoking book about introverts and extroverts, and what makes each personality type tick. It is useful knowledge since everyone is in one camp or the other (albeit to varying degrees).
I read in a previous review that the book was politically left (to the irritation of the reviewer). But, although the statement was fresh in my mind, I couldn't find any evidence of a political leaning. Yes, there is mention of Rosa Parks and Obama, but not in a political sense...just in relation to the topic at hand.
The reader is excellent.
This book will acquaint you with Resistance in all it's cunning disguises, so you can face it down and get on with your Work. This book is not only for artists, writers, or other creative types. I think it would be helpful to anyone who can't seem to lose a bit of weight, kick the drinking habit, or commit to taking the actions toward whatever eludes them. It's probably Resistance, and this book will show you what to do about it.
Perhaps this book was written for other medical professionals, who would appreciate the boring details of various studies. While I appreciate the author's knowledge, and am very interested in the topic itself, I feel the explanations and set-ups to his points are too tedious. I got through 3/4 of the book and just couldn't go on.
I couldn't get past the first half hour.I could tell in that short time that the story was shaping up to be contrived, with details wrapped up in an obvious way. Wasted my $...
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