Abraham’s debut offers insight and practical tools to help individuals reprogram ingrained behaviors that lead them away from the happiness and well-being they desire.
Through self-reflection, mindful pausing, continuous questioning and exploration of the issues that these actions bring to light, a person can develop a new perspective on life, according to Abraham. This new outlook, which he refers to as awareness, drastically changes how one handles emotions and produces a more fulfilling life and a healthier state of being. The author’s clarity and focus is hardly characteristic of a debut writer; Abraham conveys the wisdom he’s acquired through life experience with sincerity, maturity and honesty. The book concisely covers myriad complex, painful subjects, but as the author keeps his focus, and encourages readers to do the same, his analysis is thorough and comprehensive. Each short chapter, meant to be read and contemplated before moving on to the next, is accompanied by various aids—graphs and charts for the visually inclined, brief anecdotes and analogies for readers who relate best through stories and mathematical syntax and formulas for those who understand the rational better than the abstract. Abraham follows the explanations of his concepts with step-by-step directions for putting them to use and provides lists of questions to start readers on the path toward awareness. Looking at one’s faults and searching deep within one’s psyche is difficult, sometimes scary work, but the exercises included here remove the intimidation. There are no shortcuts to huge changes, and the author is skilled at breaking down topics such as making decisions, examining mistakes and moving past betrayal into bite-size directives that he gently imparts. Abraham also emphasizes finding balance in everything one does. These aren’t groundbreaking notions, but the author shows how these activities can assist in the fulfillment of a happier, easier existence. Developing a “mind for life” boils down to questioning and self-observation to get an honest idea of the changes one needs for a life of contentment instead of feeling victimized by emotions and the actions of others.
A genuinely written and impressive self-help debut.