A sweet, simple system to foster positive personal action.

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HOW THOUGHT WORKS AND THE SIMPLE TOOLS TO CREATE THE DESIRES OF YOUR LIFETIME

A self-empowerment speaker shares techniques and stories about harnessing the power of thought in this debut self-help guide.

Colorado-based artist Elliott was “drowning with an issue in my life” when a woman named Judy Goodman introduced him to visualization and other psychological concepts to better manage his thoughts. Elliott then “sent” flowers and other gifts to people by visualizing them. He “had doubts like everyone else,” but soon realized that “Your thoughts create virtually every object and concept around you,” and that “what you are thinking directs the path of your life.” In this book, he outlines his system of fostering the “law of attraction,” beginning with the first step—envisioning one’s future as a “Movie” using these lead-in words: “I am in my future and in my future...” He encourages embracing gratitude and avoiding fear and worry, and offers advice on removing negativity from one’s language in the second step. As noted in this book’s title, Elliott doesn’t offer a third step because, he says, one’s thought power is “already happening” and his method merely helps to “increase the chances” of manifesting one’s desires. He shares several people’s stories of successful manifesting, including his own; in one example, when he was stressed about selling his house, Elliott envisioned selling it at a price he could find acceptable and then got an offer. Elliott brings an unsurprisingly cheerful tone to this positive-thinking tome but also some refreshingly nuanced elements, including a warning to expect the occasional “unexpected outcome” and to modulate or even delay one’s desires. His “Movie” concept is an easy, relatable exercise, as is his suggestion to list seven things for which one is grateful. Although this author remains a bit mysterious about details of his own life (such as the specific issue that he was “drowning with”), this doesn’t completely detract from the overall narrative. The book also includes several workbook pages at the end.

A sweet, simple system to foster positive personal action.

Pub Date: Aug. 18, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-5148-7542-1

Page Count: 160

Publisher: Solace Press

Review Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2015

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Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

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More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.

In her third book, Doyle (Love Warrior, 2016, etc.) begins with a life-changing event. “Four years ago,” she writes, “married to the father of my three children, I fell in love with a woman.” That woman, Abby Wambach, would become her wife. Emblematically arranged into three sections—“Caged,” “Keys,” “Freedom”—the narrative offers, among other elements, vignettes about the soulful author’s girlhood, when she was bulimic and felt like a zoo animal, a “caged girl made for wide-open skies.” She followed the path that seemed right and appropriate based on her Catholic upbringing and adolescent conditioning. After a downward spiral into “drinking, drugging, and purging,” Doyle found sobriety and the authentic self she’d been suppressing. Still, there was trouble: Straining an already troubled marriage was her husband’s infidelity, which eventually led to life-altering choices and the discovery of a love she’d never experienced before. Throughout the book, Doyle remains open and candid, whether she’s admitting to rigging a high school homecoming court election or denouncing the doting perfectionism of “cream cheese parenting,” which is about “giving your children the best of everything.” The author’s fears and concerns are often mirrored by real-world issues: gender roles and bias, white privilege, racism, and religion-fueled homophobia and hypocrisy. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present. Shorter pieces, some only a page in length, manage to effectively translate an emotional gut punch, as when Doyle’s therapist called her blooming extramarital lesbian love a “dangerous distraction.” Ultimately, the narrative is an in-depth look at a courageous woman eager to share the wealth of her experiences by embracing vulnerability and reclaiming her inner strength and resiliency.

Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal.

Pub Date: March 10, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-9848-0125-8

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: Dec. 22, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2020

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The Stoics did much better with the much shorter Enchiridion.

THE LAWS OF HUMAN NATURE

A follow-on to the author’s garbled but popular 48 Laws of Power, promising that readers will learn how to win friends and influence people, to say nothing of outfoxing all those “toxic types” out in the world.

Greene (Mastery, 2012, etc.) begins with a big sell, averring that his book “is designed to immerse you in all aspects of human behavior and illuminate its root causes.” To gauge by this fat compendium, human behavior is mostly rotten, a presumption that fits with the author’s neo-Machiavellian program of self-validation and eventual strategic supremacy. The author works to formula: First, state a “law,” such as “confront your dark side” or “know your limits,” the latter of which seems pale compared to the Delphic oracle’s “nothing in excess.” Next, elaborate on that law with what might seem to be as plain as day: “Losing contact with reality, we make irrational decisions. That is why our success often does not last.” One imagines there might be other reasons for the evanescence of glory, but there you go. Finally, spin out a long tutelary yarn, seemingly the longer the better, to shore up the truism—in this case, the cometary rise and fall of one-time Disney CEO Michael Eisner, with the warning, “his fate could easily be yours, albeit most likely on a smaller scale,” which ranks right up there with the fortuneteller’s “I sense that someone you know has died" in orders of probability. It’s enough to inspire a new law: Beware of those who spend too much time telling you what you already know, even when it’s dressed up in fresh-sounding terms. “Continually mix the visceral with the analytic” is the language of a consultant’s report, more important-sounding than “go with your gut but use your head, too.”

The Stoics did much better with the much shorter Enchiridion.

Pub Date: Oct. 23, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-525-42814-5

Page Count: 580

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: July 31, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15, 2018

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