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Mating in Captivity audiobook cover art

Insightful

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Reviewed: 07-17-19

Insightful and well-written - an excellent analysis of and blueprint for our times. Marriage has been stripped bare and put back together

Start with Why audiobook cover art
  • Start with Why
  • How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (Int'l Edit.)
  • By: Simon Sinek
  • Narrated by: Simon Sinek

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-19

I started listening to this book a few years ago and didn't have a good response to it. I didn't get it. I am now ready for it. Sinek did a brilliant job communicating why your WHY is important. I am a believer.

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Esther Perel's Where Should We Begin?: The Arc of Love audiobook cover art

Profound

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Reviewed: 10-31-18

"My big why is that the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives," Esther Perel. This was a profound listening experience. Profound because I was ready to hear it. The weight of expectations and what we perceive to be how things should be is killing us; is killing me. I appreciate that Esther helps these people navigate their own reality and not societal expectations and/or personal, familial or traditional 'shoulds'.

The Art of Extreme Self-Care audiobook cover art

Useful

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Reviewed: 10-26-18

A brilliantly written, useful book that I am sure I will revisit time and again. I was ready to hear this message and really appreciate the useful tips provided by the writer. It wasn't preachy, just practical and heartfelt. Richardson made it personal by sharing aspects of her own experience with self care or the lack thereof. I appreciate that. She also read it well in the audio version and the length of it is just right for me.

Bring Your Whole Self to Work audiobook cover art
  • Bring Your Whole Self to Work
  • How Vulnerability Unlocks Creativity, Connection, and Performance
  • By: Mike Robbins
  • Narrated by: Mike Robbins

Packs a Punch

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Reviewed: 10-24-18

I think this book is unassuming but it packs a great punch. It's a very sensitive topic and I like the writer's down to earth and humble style. I also like that the writer read the audible version. His sensitivity and humility came through.

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Brilliant ideas

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Reviewed: 09-20-18

I appreciate the conversational format of the essays and the writers' abilities to get to the point without being preachy or condescending. I can sense the editing in the work - no superfluous words as they advocate for a non-superfluous life. I enjoy the way the conversation extends way beyond decluttering. I have started this process myself and wondered what would/could be next after paring down. Joshua and Ryan provide good pointers but more importantly, their thesis is substantial - that of 'the why' of Minimalism. I am happy to learn that Minimalism is not just about getting rid of things but of cultivating a life of meaning and that this is not merely philosophical but very practical. Thanks to the writers for providing a way forward on this journey.

Daring Greatly audiobook cover art
  • Daring Greatly
  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Karen White

Grounded in humanity

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I like Dr. Brene Brown's style - real and human and direct yet empathetic. I liked that she referenced her research without lacing the book with impersonal, science lab jargons and speech. The book is grounded in humanity and interesting research. I like the author's storytelling, conversational style that makes the difficult topic of vulnerability easier to digest. I will read the book again and again simply because it immerses one into the delicate art of being human in a blood sport kind of world. This book is a reminder if what it is to be human.