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I read this in a book club of 40-some year olds who are well on the path of seeking wellness, self-education, and self-improvement. (We had just finished The Book of Joy by The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.) The first four chapters found us wanting to quit the book due to lack of substance. We stuck it through to the end, though, because we know that every endeavor can teach us something, and we wanted to give this young writer a chance. Chapter 5, 6, and 7 felt like a different writer, bringing much more "meat." However, the author's approach is reckless in that she asks the reader to review the deepest hurts of their lives in order to contrast how many successes they can also count, YET she does not give them TOOLS to deal with the dangers of this instruction. With so many comments focusing on love relationships, it seems the financially stable-ish 18- to 24-year-old person is the target audience. HOWEVER, I would recommend a person who is young to read a book by an older writer who is *professionally trained in the field* in order to get more out of the experience. The author's effort and love to help others is nice, but her skill and wisdom is lacking, making this an overall unfruitful read. (Our next book is Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown.)
some of the concepts were okay but the writing is difficult to grasp, it kind of just lets you figure out the deeper parts of what’s being said and leaves things hanging. i just found it disorienting and what the author said didn’t stick with me or have any kind of effect
Very disorganized text. Obvious, superficial advice, and most of the times not practical. Probably targeted at people that haven’t really thought about their own life, identity, trauma & behaviour that much.
This book is insanely disorganized with random passages and metaphors that constantly contradict. It feels like she is trying to give everyone advice on completely different lives and the result is a jumbled mess that is almost entirely inapplicable or useless.
This book is basically one inspirational quote after another with very little how to or practical steps to do the work the author recommends. It is all very superficial, yet dense, as she packed as much as she possible could into each chapter. The structure of the text is weak, as she ties together one thing after another in what seems to be a stream of thought. She provides minimal sources, and not very good ones at that. It seems like the author has spent years reading self help books and basically tries to tie it all together in a single place. In the process she grossly oversimplifies everything. I struggled to get through this book, honestly.
While there are plenty of motivational quotes that are worth highlighting, the book did not flow well. It felt very disorganized and seemed more of a stream of consciousness brain dump. It seems the author was trying to focus on too many different facets of mental health & habits and didn't do any of them justice. Many of the pieces were not well-researched and came across as dismissive. For example, in a section on how to resolve perfectionism, you should just not do things perfectly, or if you have unhealthy habits, choose healthy ones instead. If it was truly that simple, the current mental health crisis could be solved instantly. I do believe her heart is in the right place and can sense her passion to inspire others, but next time it might do her well to niche down on the topic and commit to more indepth research.
I've read a lot of different books in the "self help" category and had high hopes for this one but I was very disappointed. To summarize the experience, it felt like reading a bunch of inspirational Instagram quotes. And often the advice was simply "Don't do this, do this instead". I think this book works for someone who has never read a self help book before or done any personal development. To me it was very apparent that a young person is the author and the book therefore lacks substance and life experience. For sure not a book for me, too cliche.