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Should be in every school, office and place of worship...
on 12 March 2004
This is *the* best book on the subject of self help, or indeed human existence for that matter.
The wealth of ideas is inspiring. It also acts as a perfect guide to further reading . There's background about each of the authors, the main points of their books are summarised and there's also a commentary. It's all written in an authoritative style (I immediately trusted the author) but it's told engagingly (as if it's told to you by a wise-but-trusted friend).
Buying self-help books can be a daunting task in itself. This book has guided me to books that I have loved including:
How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers
Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck
(I'm also looking forward to reading Iron John by Robert Bly and Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Emerson!)
It has helped me avoid books that I would not enjoy, but even then I have been entertained and enlightened by Tom Butler-Bowdon description of them. I might not agree with what they have to say, but I find it helpful to know what they have said. I'm thinking particularly of John Gray's Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus here.
Self-help books often get a bad press and it is true that not all of them are helpful. However, I think it's the duty of all individuals to learn as much about themselves and other people as they can. Why neglect all the great ideas just because they are written down?
This book should be given to every adult in the land. You learn about chemistry, physics, maths and geography at school but you are rarely prepared for how to interact with others, how even to live your life. This book is a gift for those looking for direction, reassurance or guidance.