Sunday, August 17, 2014

Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

About the Book:

Read Find Your Strongest Life and discover:
  • How to make the most of the role you were born to play
  • How to get others to understand who you really are
  • The successful strategies of other women like you
Check out what women are already saying about Find Your Strongest Life.

Brooke: When I read the “Ten Myths” that opened the book, I was completely hooked. The statistics are interesting and fresh. I also related to the problem that sets up the book: "Which parts of me should I cut out?" As I read, I could see myself in the Marcus’s big-picture analysis and statistics. The early part of the book made me anticipate a breakthrough. And Marcus delivered. Overall, he explains a woman's dilemma perfectly . . . in fresh terms with a unique spin. The main ideas in each chapter were so engaging. Chapter 6 in particular is worth the price of the book. I have already started looking for strong moments in my life, and I want to tell every woman I know to do the same.It is definitely life-changing.

Rebecca:It was really good. It was awesome. And to be honest, perfect timing for my life. I'm REALLY in that place. I can't tell you how badly I've been depressed for the last several months just trying to figure out what to do differently so I'm not so miserable. On one hand, I'm grateful I have a job still. I have a mortgage and bills and all that. But on the other hand...I can't continue to work at a job that gets me nowhere, is not rewarding, not challenging, and mentally drains me. I really have started avoiding my family because I've become so rude and snippy. It's a bad cycle. BUT...God willing this year (sooner than later) I will be able to put this behind me and do what I love :) Even if it's making half as much money. Thanks for thinking of me to read this. I needed it!

Delaney: I was on a plane as I finished reading the manuscript. I was going to be with my daughter who is a law student. As I finished the pages, Marcus helped me gain a new understanding of myself that stood out like a neon sign: I am the person who helps others build infrastructure, get through situations ,and set everything right. It goes beyond motherhood. I am an event planner by birth. I see big pictures and the components necessary to get from vision to execution. The content helped me to reframe my own thinking. Very helpful. I’m excited to take the online test and see whichrole I'm born to play.

Jennifer: As a working mother, I found theconcept of the book fascinating. There are daily struggles of tryingto balancebeing the perfect wife, mother, and employee, and the book helped me truly understand how to navigate all those demands.

My Thoughts:

Well, hmmm.  I requested a copy of Marcus Buckingham's book quite awhile ago from a program called BookLookBloggers, but shelved it and then forgot about it.  When I reactivated my account (I took a much needed sabbatical from reviewing), there it was, just waiting for my review.

So I dug through my overstuffed bookshelves, found the book and sat down with it.  Truthfully, I have no clue why I requested this book!  I don't care for self-help, life coaching, or anything with 'easy steps' I'm kind of disappointed in myself.

The book is well written.  Marcus knows how to tell a story, and some of the anecdotes he shares are interesting.  But, in all honesty, I didn't make it past chapter five.  This just isn't the book for me.

So I'm going to ask a favor of you, my faithful readers.  If you see "Find Your Strongest Life" in your bookstore, or come across it online, check it out.  See what you think.  And give the book a fair chance.

My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson Publishing for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review, and for not holding my tardiness against me:-)

Happy Reading!



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