I'm a spiritual person. I love learning about ways to connect with my spirituality, and I am always open to others' ways of thinking. Abstract thoughts, non-mainstream philosophy, and good old "woo" are nothing new for me, and I am a generally intelligent person who can understand things (even if I don't necessarily agree with them or believe them).
That being said - this book was really, really difficult, right out of the box. You know that Gloria Estefan song, "The Words Get in the Way"? I have to laugh, but that sums up the issue I had with this book. Whatever good parts of the book exist (and I do believe there's probably wisdom in there somewhere), they are obscured by layers and layers of personal anecdote and, for lack of better terminology, word salad. I wanted to take a red pen and cross out every superfluous sentence so that I could get to the actual POINT of what he was saying.
I feel like Dr. Dyer could have gotten his points across without all the references to himself, his studies, his experiences, him him him him. I also felt at times like he was working reeeeeally hard to "sell" readers on what he was saying, which automatically puts my guard up - because anyone that has to work that hard and weave all kinds of pretty words together to convince you on something (1) doesn't quite believe it themselves, (2) knows it's just not true, or (3) promised his publisher a certain word count. I don't need cool stories, bro. I don't need excessively flowery language. State what you believe, plainly, and let me decide for myself if - and what - resonates.
I am only on Chapter 2, and I have no desire to read further. I tried to return the book but, alas, because it is a Kindle edition, it looks like I'm stuck with it. I won't delete it, and maybe I'll return to it at some point to try to read it again when I have more patience to slog through the slush. I will, however, take away two of Dr. Dyer's very good points that I managed to distill:
1) You don't have to believe every thought, idea, or notion that comes into your head during your constant stream of consciousness; choose the things that serve you well, and let go the things that do not.
2) We have limitless potential; therefore, we should do everything we can to not put limitations on ourselves, regardless of what we have come to believe about ourselves as "true" or "unchangeable."