A self-help book directing readers to think positively and constructively.

Your thoughts are powerful, creative engines, according to the author: “Things that are happening to you do not happen by mere chance or accident. You cause them to happen.” Most of the time, our thoughts are dictated by what is happening in the external world we inhabit. Rather than reactive, the author would like people to be creative. Through a series of linked points, she takes readers through awareness to self-observation where you witness consciousness in action from a third-person perspective, to self-concentration where you focus on a single point without the constant clutter accrued by simple consciousness. This focus allows you to “create your reality,” through inner detachment from the veneer of life. Sow your mind with the seeds of your desires and needs; set and pursue that target. Keep your mental attitude in check, which in turn steadies your response to the external world. Uproot negative thoughts and plant positive ones. Repeat after Toumazou: “I have the ability to think whatever thoughts I desire,” thus fashioning your relationship to the world. This may sound delusional to some, though from a slightly different perspective it could, for example, be seen as the awareness to avoid victimization. Be decisive, own the right of expectation, act accordingly and practice persistence (yes, there will be difficulties and obstacles to attaining aspirations). Toumazou is in the business of creating good habits, though occasionally she drifts. The world isn’t so mechanistic as she suggests with: “we can create our external reality,” nor is it as immaterial as it seems in her giddy statement: “you are a holograph connected to the universe.” She is ultimately a proponent of positive awareness. (The influence of Charles Haanel’s The Master Key System is made clear from the epigrammatic references appended to nearly each of Toumazou’s 50 steps.) If the book’s message feels relentless, that’s because it is. Thinking positively—thinking constructively—isn’t a cakewalk, but it sure beats glum defeatism.

Spry yet serious.

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-9963-9630-3-4

Page Count: 64

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: July 8, 2010

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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