©2003 Martha Beck; (P)2003 Books on Tape, Inc., Published By Arrangement with Random House Audio Publishing Group, A Division of Random House, Inc.
"Written in a down-to-earth, positive tone, the author's thoughtfully designed exercises, inspirational anecdotes and gentle advice should fall on fertile ground." (Publishers Weekly)
"These prescriptions will be inviting to everyone." (AudioFile)
This is, without a doubt, one of the best self help books that I've ever come across. Be prepared however for some intense learnings that may at first seem un-familiar, unless you have actually been to a therapist/counselor before. This is a high powered therapy session for the masses on tape. Having had formal training as a counselor at the Masters level, I consider the approach used here to be outstanding. This is not however a casual, read it on the beach type book. It requires effort to use these techniques, so if you really don't intend to actually DO anything in the way of improving yourself, then go find The Time Travelers Wife and download it. That one works on the beach.
This book is witty, charming, and full of useful advice. The ten exercises are simple enough to understand and to incorporate into one's life.
I found after the first couple of exercises that my overall life perceptions and views were changing and that my moods were improving.
I highly recommend this wonderfully refreshing book!
I based my purchased on the previous reviews and they're right on the nose, this is a great book. Every once in a while I download a winning book I could listen to repeatedly. This is the one.
Positive, insightful and I'm excited to dive in and try the suggested ingredients of the Joy Diet.
I found this book a bit repetitive, and although, the basic principles are probably sound advice, Beck really stretches them out. My interest faded as the chapter wore on. This would probably be best as a long magazine article rather than a book. It may also be better read than listened to, as I wished I had the list of practices to refer to.
I love to read about economics, history, religion and culture. I am looking for uplifting books that teach me something as well as entertain.
I was very hopeful about this book. However, the writer quickly lost credibility. I never made it more than half way through this book as the author's characterizations of others seemed so dishonest.
The practical tools that we can use to change our lives and feel JOY on a regular basis.
Martha's humor makes all of her books so enjoyable to read or listen to.
Although there were no actual "Characters", Kathe Mazur did a great job "Channeling" Martha - her comic timing is perfect.
Martha talks about becoming aware of the unspoken dynamics in the family and the workplace (and society as a whole) She encourages us to "break the rules" - to say things outloud (discussing them openly and honestly) so that we do not keep following systems out of habit and ignorance. This has had great impact on my life. Go Martha!!
A must have book for your "Toolbox"
Yes. I am listening a second time now.
My son and I both enjoyed the part about giving yourself treats -- and the story of the dog Cookie, who smiles in anticipation of getting a cookie.
n/a. Kathe Mazur has great comic timing and inflection, and she has a friendly voice that's easy to listen to. She's a perfect narrator for a Martha Beck book.
No. It helps to pause and think about each chapter and do the exercises.
I love Martha Beck's work. She's so smart, and funny, and loving all at once, and truth just rings out from every word. The Joy Diet is about loving your life, and Beck gives you a very structured, tested, step by step method for getting there. Along with a lot of examples from her own life (always funny) and her clients (always illuminating) about the trials and missteps we all make on the way.
I only wish she read it herself. The narrator is fine, but I bet Beck's actual intonations would be more animated and intimate.
If you ever find your self in need of a direction, after having tried so many directions, here is much needed direction. As stated in a previous review this is not a beach book, it is one to listen to, read and do your homework with. I highly recommend you purchase the book to reference, there are even on-line work sheets to reference to help put valuable changes into practice. Enjoy the journey. Make the changes.
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