IF LIFE STINKS, GET YOUR HEAD OUTTA YOUR BUT’S by Mark L.  Wdowiak

IF LIFE STINKS, GET YOUR HEAD OUTTA YOUR BUT’S

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this debut manual, the author uses his personal struggles to illustrate strategies for improving perspectives, feelings, and courses of action.

Wdowiak knows a thing or two about life lessons. Beginning this work with his own story, he describes the key lessons he learned after getting his high school girlfriend pregnant, marrying her, and raising a child at the age of 17. Employing this pivotal event as a tipping point, the author dives into the topic of self-help, focusing on the concept of the New You. The New You is something Wdowiak describes as a possibility for anyone, despite limitations or lack of resources. The author presents three stages of the transformation to the New You: Crawling, Walking, and Running. Crawling is assuming responsibility for your choices and deeds. Walking is modifying your mindset and thoughts. Running is taking action to achieve your goals. In describing this multifaceted journey, Wdowiak skillfully writes about cognizance: “Let’s say you are driving down a highway and there was a warning sign making you aware that an upcoming bridge was closed. You wouldn’t suddenly become paralyzed by fear, or freak out and crash, or keep driving towards and off the bridge, would you?” An openness to warning signs, teachings, and advice helps an individual create a better life, the author explains. Thus, becoming offended is a red flag that signifies people are stuck in traps, refusing to challenge their beliefs. While the manual is not scientific in nature, it is optimistic and easy to read and should provide an excellent reminder for anyone enmeshed in a rut to start making positive changes. The conversational book deftly encourages readers who need an extra boost of confidence while working on alterations.

A lighthearted, well-organized guide to forging a new life.

Pub Date: Feb. 18th, 2018
Page count: 132pp
Publisher: FriesenPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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