"Happiness is a choice" (author's words). I "tend to agree" (my words).
That my happiness should not be dependent upon group conformance or other people's expectations. That's not an excuse to be callous or withdrawn, but rather to realize that my own emotional well-being cannot be tied to the acceptance of me by other people.
I have two other titles from Craig Beck and there is some obvious duplication. Repetitive concepts are OK, but using the same illustrative analogies can be tedious for the listener. Since the author has to provide context, I skip through the spots that I've heard before. That's my reason for a three star rating on performance. As a narrator, Craig Beck is very enjoyable to listen to, has a fast pace, and the British accent is a nice touch.
Happiness comes from the inside, and the quest for status, money, or other forms of recognition are only temporary forms of pleasure or satisfaction. I need to be happy now, and not wait for some condition or other external dependency. It's all about perspective.
There are a couple of reviewers that were somewhat offended because the author tends to question religious dogma. This is true, but it's not limited to a single religion and he spends as much time examining atheism as with Christianity. But if you have a very strong personal belief system, and cannot get past some reasonably objective criticism (of all faiths) then you would probably be happier with a different selection.
The repetitive themes revealed a lack of content and demonstrated a complete lack of depth on any particular topic, aside from the author's own self-promotion. The continual reminder to minimize one's ego would be sound advice to the author, which seems quite hypocritical.
After you suffer through the first hour or two, the remainder of the audio book was an overview of different psychic techniques without a substantial treatment on any a given topic. There certainly are better sources for a contrast and comparison of various psychic techniques. Most of the information is watered-down dribble.
His attempt to be conversational and charasmatic was awful. Audible should have used a different narrator. And the occasional use of profanity did not emphasize a point but would tend to detract from the presentation.
It was twice as long as it should have been. The degree of repetition was unbearable. The author's desire to be
If the author had any substantial understanding or experience with the topics, you would never know by listening to this audiobook.
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