If willing to put forth the effort and take part in true self-reflection, readers have a thoughtful, elaborate guide in this...



McClymont’s self-help book presents a guide for turning fear into a guiding light.

While FDR famously said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” McClymont takes the idea a step further. Rather than instructing readers to ignore fear in the interest of making it go away, she drives home the idea that people should acknowledge and investigate their fear and ultimately make it work for them. The author’s philosophy suggests that people should reflect upon their previous encounters with fear and ponder how things could have been done differently. Then, when confronted with similar fearful feelings at a later date, people will be able to put into practice what they have learned about their fears and engender a different outcome. Similar to other self-help books, this text recommends keeping a journal (in McClymont’s parlance, a friendly fear notebook) and suggests a series of exercises. The program allows readers to slowly, methodically work through their issues. Some of the book’s advice is common sense: don’t be afraid to reflect on your fear, and use that reflection to act differently in the future. But the author also sets forth this common sense in a simple and organized manner, making the advice easy to follow. McClymont designed her exercises to progressively become more difficult as the reader gets better accustomed to self-reflection and self-reporting. However, the book is too heavy on instruction at times. The work could have benefited from more personal touches. One of the most compelling parts is the book’s introduction where McClymont explains how she faced her own fears and came to write the text. Including additional personal anecdotes throughout would have illuminated the lessons more effectively.

If willing to put forth the effort and take part in true self-reflection, readers have a thoughtful, elaborate guide in this book.

Pub Date: June 30, 2010

ISBN: 978-0557425723

Page Count: 95

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: Sept. 15, 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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