ARE YOU BEING SET UP TO FAIL? by Jillion R.  Rising

ARE YOU BEING SET UP TO FAIL?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A motivational work diagnoses the pernicious forces in American society.

The media are scaring Americans on a daily basis, releasing a constant feed of news stories that fill them with anxiety and dread. Hollywood, with its intolerant culture of political correctness, tries to sell citizens its own twisted values. The government has been corrupted by politicians looking to fill their own pockets. They allow drugs to flood the country in order to provide jobs for lawyers and judges. These are just some of the problems facing the United States that Rising (Millennials, America’s Greatness Depends on You!, 2017, etc.) details in this book, which seeks to get to the problem of the collective mental instability of the American public. “My hope is that we can find common ground as collective citizens,” writes the author, “working together to pursue the betterment of our families by discussing ideas to achieve happiness within our mental state of mind.” With this volume, Rising encourages readers to recognize the negative forces that operate on the American psyche, to reject fear and anxiety, and to find strength through a combination of family, faith, self-control, and self-love. This is essential not only for readers’ health as individuals, but also for the survival and the success of the U.S. as a whole. The author writes in an energetic prose full of colorful imagery and figurative language: “Our government has the responsibility to captain the ship, and similar to the sinking of the Titanic, they have rammed us into a psychological iceberg!” While he does not identify with a certain political persuasion, his nostalgia for an earlier time, his propensity for conspiracy theory, and his interest in the Judeo-Christian roots of America present a worldview that many readers will quickly recognize. (He refers to the denizens of Hollywood as “Global Goofballs” and claims, oddly, “It is not irregular for the Hollywood elites to have a child psychiatrist counseling their children on a regular basis.”) His political perspectives sit oddly alongside the language of self-help, as he is forced to reveal that his projected positivity is built on a foundation of animosity.

A curious blend of political commentary and motivational pep talk.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5439-3086-3
Page count: 152pp
Publisher: BookBaby
Program: Kirkus Indie
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