Nota Bene: this book is written by Christian therapists who look at things (at least in this book) from a Christian point of view. That said, if you are a Christian, you will find this analysis exceedingly useful. If you are not a Christian, I would imagine that you could still find the book useful, although, you might get annoyed by the constant references to God and what God wants for our lives. It depends on your tolerance for that kind of talk, I think.
That said, I (as a Christian) found this book to be SO helpful, I have listened to it at least ten times since I bought it about a month ago. I will listen to a chapter, then listen again and again, taking notes and trying to remember the endless amounts of good advice and analysis provided.
This book is split into parts, with lots of lists (something I loved).
The first part discusses in detail the characteristics of Unsafe People.
The second part analyzes why we befriend Unsafe People.
The third part discusses the characteristics of Safe People, how to become one, and how to befriend them.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has trouble making and keeping friendships with people who make them feel good and happy, and who help them to be the best people they can be. You need this book if most of your friends are dysfunctional people (aren't we all) who persist in their dysfunction, instead of who seek to grow and move out of their harmful ways. Or for those who have simply given up on trying to make new friends because they have been let down so many times, they just don't see the point anymore.
This book is for you.
As for the reader, he does a fantastic job of reading this book, even going to the point of using different voices for other men, women, or children. It's actually quite endearing. He does a great job of capturing the emotion behind the author's words, but without being maudlin. Great job, reader!
Jillian's books a fun ways to motivate. her delivery is just as awesome and lively as she is, and the writing is well done. This book has lots of lists, though. I'd recommend getting the physical book to go along with it.
I bought this book because I recently started training in Taekwondo. I love the art. It's a great workout, it helps me feel more confident, and I think it's a great mental practice. This book shows the ugly truth about the history of TKD, created by a dishonorable man who lacks the tenets of taekwondo: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, indomitable spirit. Well, perhaps he persevered, but he did it in some really discourteous and horrible ways. Suffice it to say, I have little respect for the man. I guess this is a good book to read if you are starting out in the art, but know it for what it is--a history of a sinful man creating something far greater than himself.
The reader is really stiff, too.
This is a Christian view of weight loss, and as a Christian, I appreciated it. It's well read and very thorough. Sure, a lot of the stuff in here is stuff you've heard before. But, really, if you have heard it and are still buying weight loss books, maybe you need to hear it again and again until it sticks. I know that is the case for me.
I am a BIG 'fraidy cat when it comes to these things, but I am also curious. As a Catholic, I found this book to be really engaging, and Ed Warren's discussion does come from a Catholic's perspective. This book was FASCINATING and useful in that it helps the reader understand why these things happen and how to avoid them! HUGE.
The reader does a SPECTACULAR job in reading this, especially the parts where he takes on the persona of the demons. SCARY!!!
I highly recommend this book.
I love Simon Pegg, and nearly every movie he's been in. This audiobook is fantastic--his reading is awesome, the stories are fun. BUT WHY is it abridged?! I didn't realize that (I know, I wasn't paying attention in my excitement in getting this book) until AFTER I'd listened to it, then started reading some interviews about it, and thought, "Hey, that wasn't in the book!" Now, what? I have to buy the book itself and REREAD it to get the missing bits?!
BOO Randomhouse. Boo.
Who wants to buy half a book? Seriously? BOO.
I think I finished this book in two days, and when it was over, I didn't want it to end. It was that good.
First, a note about the reader, author Gary Chapman. I don't know where Chapman is from, but it's clearly somewhere in the South. He's got a very Southern accent that some might find annoying. I did, at first, but eventually it grew on me. By the end, it didn't bother me at all. But it is worth noting for those who have issues with heavy accents.
As for the content of the book, I have to say I think this might be the best, most useful book on marriages and relationships that I've ever read. The information is so clear, so easy to understand, I regret not having read this book sooner, perhaps even before I had married my husband. How different our lives might have been.
But this book has made me so excited to move forward, and to have my husband "read" it, as well! I can see myself listening to this book many times, to make sure I make the most out of Chapman's wonderful advice.
If you have a difficult marriage, this is the book for you. Read it. Open your heart. It will change your life.
I should also note that while the entire book is not written from a Christian perspective, there are parts that reference Christian themes. As a Christian, I found these to be extremely helpful. I don't know how non-Christians would feel about it, but I thought it worth mentioning.
Open Your Eyes. I think that's best, bc this book really opened my eyes to the science, the facts behind the foods we eat. And it was eyeopening. :)
How the science was presented in an interesting and understandable manner.
there aren't scenes in this book. :) it's nonfiction.
learning about how the wheat we eat today isn't what our grandparents ate, and how that affects our health was amazing.
After reading this book, I've completely changed my diet--just started doing the Whole30 challenge. I've really shied away from wheat products and feel so much better as a result!
Absolutely. This is the kind of book you give to girlfriends you love, almost like saying, "Hey! You have to read this! It will help." And it does. It's hard to say, why... it's just such useful information presented in such a wonderful manner.
I liked how it presented each lie in list form, then gave plenty of anecdotes to help illustrate them.
I don't think so. She does a great job of presenting the material in a manner that is easy to listen to and not distracting.
YES! I couldn't stop listening to it!
This is a Christian book, using Adam and Eve as a wonderful foundation for the lies we women believe.
ABSOLUTELY! As in, once or twice a year!
It's SO easy to get caught up in our negative society. Talking with friends really is just griping or gossiping anymore. News is gossip or depressing. Everything around us just shows us the horrible, depressing world we live in.
But this book is a great reminder that, no, it ISN'T all that bad, and we have much for which we should be grateful.
It's like a friendly, loving, spiritual slap in the face. HEY! Snap out of your crank mood, you! Look at everything you should be grateful for!
and then you're like... "oh yeah!"
I like that.
The reader has a little Southern twang (not that that's bad), and she does a great job of reading the book in a natural way, almost as if the author was in your kitchen, telling you what she's written over a cup of tea.
I look forward to using the accompanying PDF to practice the 30-day gratitude challenge.
This book is a Christian look at Gratitude.
Michael Pollan is great. He does his research and he writes well.
I'd recommend reading/listening to this book AFTER The Omnivore's Dilemma, if you're considering reading/listening to both.
The reader is overly dramatic, but you sort of get used to it. I do wish Pollan would pick a new reader for his next book, though.
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