GREATNESS AWAITS by Robert L.  Lawson


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Lawson (Dreamers and Doers, 2017, etc.) offers a straightforward self-help guide that aims to provide readers with the necessary tools to achieve greatness.

What do you need to fulfill your dreams and reach your potential? In this book, the author provides a host of principles that he says can help: a clear vision for your life, an optimistic attitude, the ability to truly focus and break free of self-imposed limits, and resilience in the face of adversity. He covers these concepts and others in highly focused, concise chapters that weave together advice with stories and inspirational quotes designed to evoke contemplation. There are also 14 original poems throughout the book that often address the chapter topics. For example, one stanza of a poem on leadership reads, “Leadership inspires, / And it manages to show / A path designed with purpose / and a plan for all to grow.” Lawson often offers bold statements, frequently emphasizing the need to act and warning readers to distance themselves from pessimists. He’s also not shy about including Christian themes, although they’re generally handled subtly. He stresses the importance of not only improving your own life, but also of helping others along the way. This book’s finest feature is its enthusiasm, which is never overbearing; the author seems legitimately joyful, as if he’s already reaped the benefits of his own advice. As for the poems, their typical, repetitive meter and rhyme schemes make them a bit mundane, but they still complement Lawson’s messages. The book lacks some popular features of other self-help books, such as concrete action steps and questions for reflection, so some readers may have difficulty putting Lawson’s advice into action. But overall, the content is persuasive and insightful.

Sage advice delivered in an energetic style.

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-5043-8905-1
Page count: 208pp
Publisher: BalboaPress
Program: Kirkus Indie
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