I'm writing this review months after listening. I enjoyed the book at the time, but what has me inspired to come back and write a review is the fact that the general premise of this book has stuck with me so well. I used to routinely tell seemingly innocent lies to grease the wheels of easy social interaction. Small things, not big boldface lies. Morality totally aside, the author contends that everyone would benefit from committing to being truthful. Personally, I now find that I really enjoy the authenticity of owning and saying the truth in even the smallest of circumstances. I don't mean hurting people's feelings or anything like that. There is certainly diplomacy and kindness to consider, too. This book argues for the premise that it's just plain smart, emboldening and genuine to be an honest, straightforward truth-teller.
I am convinced that we create our reality and was so before reading this book. Pam Grout is an excellent writer, an enjoyable narrator and quite the humorist. The book was enjoyable. The experiments, however, didn't really work well for me. I didn't do all of them, but those I did do had zero or sketchy results. This is all perfectly fine with me. I still believe that we are attracting our reality 100 percent of the time. I do believe, however, that in order to manifest you need to feel consistent positive emotion around that which you are hoping for. Most of the experiments involved things I didn't really give a hoot about one way or another, so that may have affected my ability to pull them in. Also, giving a 48 hour timeline added, to me, an element of pressure for the universe to perform. A little anxiety in wondering if it would manifest in time to "count." So likely I was sabotaging the process a bit in my anxiousness (albeit slight.)
In any case, I still really enjoyed the book. Mostly due to the author's explanations of the concepts, as well as her good humor, but less enthused about the experiments.
I'm going to have to return this one and buy hardcopy. Totally prefer to "read" audibly, but this narrator is painfully annoying to listen to. Every. Single. Line….is said with such overdrawn earnest that it becomes incredibly distracting to absorb what's being said. I gave 5 stars on the story simply because the content that I was eventually able to get through was quite good. I'm projecting that had the narration been better this would have been a terrific book.
I struggled thru the poor writing hoping for at least a reprieve in the ending. What a disappointment on every front.
If I had read this book 10 years ago I would likely be giving it a higher rating. Definitely a beneficial book in many ways, but some of the main organizing strategies felt a bit outdated to me. For example, creating file folders of projects and to-dos. Not computer file folders, but actual manilla file folders. Not a bad book, just somewhat old-school.
Whether you are a fan of the Stephen King thrillers or not, this non-fictional book about the craft of writing is a must-read for those who have interest in developing, or strengthening their skills as a writer. Much practical advice, yes, but also very entertaining. The narration is quite good as well.
Probably not. There was some content that resonated with me, but not enough to recommend.
While much of the book resonated with me and contained, in my opinion, solid truths, there was simply too much far-reaching content that simply had no basis whatsoever except for the author's opinion. Tolle stated these opinions as absolute truths, but without any substantial backing. For example he would take verses from the bible and give his version of what they mean. That's fine....lots of biblical interpretations out there. His, however, were soooo obscure and far-fetched that you'd have to simply blindly believe that he had some direct-connect to the truth. Many didn't make much sense and I found myself thinking "how on earth did you interpret this verse to mean that?" I'm not a bible purest whatsoever, I just don't see how he can make the interpretation claims that he makes.
That said, there was certainly some very thought provoking and worthwhile content. For me, about 50% interesting, enjoyable and worth considering. The other 50% ho-hum to highly questionable.
For me, not really. If you've listened to more than a handful of spiritual or psychological self-developement books, you may already be beyond the content here. Nothing new.
Yes, I certainly will. Very relevant, interesting and insightful content. Action-oriented and thought provoking.
No, but bring it on, Mike. I'm sure I'd enjoy other audio books by this author.
No, not practical. There's much to ponder, act on and absorb.
High marks all around. Great book!
There's about 20%, if that, of solid content here. The rest is the same topics hashed over and over. Seriously, how many ways can you say that the wealthy wannabe's overspend on their preferred liquor brand? Apparently plenty if you find different ways to say it and various stories to weave it into. Same for cars, watches and houses. The book's premise culled down to one statement? Don't spend above your means. The end.
I liked his first book, The Millionaire Next Door. If you've read that book, you're good. There is absolutely nothing new in this one.
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