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In her time, Hannah More was considered a premier British writer and moral leader. But thanks to some rather unfair bad press in the years after her death (most likely a knee-jerk reaction to the overly saintly biography one man wrote of her) and the change of literary styles, she fell into relative obscurity. Prior has done extensive research to find out who the true Hannah More was, the person somewhere between the faultless saint and the shrewish prude. The Hannah More Prior uncovers is a remarkable woman the world really should remember. She was a woman able to mix with both the poor and the upper crust, atheists and bishops, young and old at a time when such was uncommon. After discovering a religion of the heart (what we'd call today a personal relationship with Christ), she came to be part of the Clapham Sect with William Wilberforce and others, and was instrumental in helping abolish slavery, fighting for educational reform, combatting illiteracy by establishing schools for the poor, and encouraging higher morals in tactful and popular writings. In an age when women rarely had a voice, Hannah More stood out for being a woman many held in high esteem for her mind, influence, accomplishments, and relationship with God.I remember encountering Hannah More briefly in reading Eric [email protected]#$%! biography of William Wilberforce, so when I saw this biography about her and that it was forwarded by Metaxas, I knew I had to get a copy. It is a fascinating book. It's an eye-opening look at the culture of Britain from the late 1700s to early 1800s, and because of More's unique ability to go between classes, you get a picture of both London society and the poorer villages. The snippets of More's writing make me want to go find more of her poetry to read. What's included in here as examples is quite good, and I found it shocking that she was the best-selling author of her time in both tracts and a novel but that she is has fallen into such obscurity now! What was most impressive was her work to bring literacy to the poor in England at that time, and how revolutionary and counter-cultural that was. I had no idea that Sunday Schools started out as actual schools for the poor that were free and met on Sunday (the only day they didn't work). The effect these schools had on the villages More established near her home is nothing less than astounding. There were many other such things that Hannah More was involved in I found enthralling. This book is written more topically than chronologically, so some events in More's life do get brought up in multiple places and can sometimes feel a little repetitive, probably the book's greatest weakness. Don't go in expecting a story-type of biography. This reads a bit more scholarly than that, which is understandable since this is based on the author's dissertation. Thanks to that, though, it is obviously extensively researched. And you get a very fair picture of More, balancing both her faults and her shining accomplishments. If you want an example of a woman influencing her world for the glory of God with her talents and resources, Hannah More is an excellent study.
Why I read it: One of my goals this year to read more biographies. There are numerous reasons I find myself enjoying biographies. I enjoy how I am challenged, encourage, inspired, by the lives of others. I am encouraged as I see the numerous ways in which God works through the lives of others. It also serves as a way to learn more about history. I am no history buff, and to be honest have never enjoyed most history books I have read, which I why I love biographies because they allow me to learn a little more about the events, circumstances, and cultures of the individual whose biography I am reading. So why did I chose to read, "Fierce Convictions?" Quite simply, last year it was recommend on a blog I follow and the kindle edition was only $2.99!The Content: The book follows the life of Hannah More (duh) who lived in the United Kingdom from 1745-1833. Prior to beginning this biography I had never heard of Hannah More and found myself grateful for the opportunity to learn about the life that she lived. As the subtitle of the book suggests Hannah More was a poet, play-writer, and novelist. It was her gift and love of writing that she utilized as an abolitionist trying to bring down the slave trade in the United Kingdom- which happened shortly before her death. Hannah also used her writing to seek reform in the United Kingdom in areas such as the church, women's education, morality, and education of the poor. Hannah was born into a middle class family but through her witty and winsome personality, alongside her gifted writing ability, regularly found herself mingling with and speaking to the upper classes of society when we should visit London. A few names of people that Hannah spent quite a bit of time with that are well known would include William Wilberforce and John Newton. Here are a couple quotes from the book that capture just a little bit of who Hannah More was, "More was a woman of strong convictions, but she kept a plentiful table. She mixed comfortably and enthusiastically with rich and poor, churched and unchurched, and all in between. It was her habit to eat meals with the poor villagers during the years of the Sunday schools. At the same time, she maintained close friendships with bishops and lords." Another quote tells us of More's extensive use of her writing schools to impact people at all levels of society, "She had written plays produced by England's premier stage manager. She had written verses extolled by the country's most revered literary critic. She had turned from that world to the church and written serious treatises that had been praised by royalty and bishops. Yet few of such accomplishments would do what Hannah More did next: she gathered together all the talent and experiences she had gained thus far in life- her literary skills, her experience in the Sunday schools, her political savvy, and her social finesse- and poured them into a pamphlet for the poor. She never could have dreamed that stopping so low would eventually lead to her most influential and most highly praised work. She now piled her pen to advance reform about the common readers with not a book, but a pamphlet." The author of this book does a wonderful job of detailing in a riveting and well written biography on the life of Hannah More.What I liked: In addition to this being a well written biography here are three things from the life of Hannah More that I appreciated. First, it was clear to all that Hannah More was a very gifted writer and that she had a winsome personality. That in and of itself is not something that is that uncommon. What was uncommon is the way in which Hannah sought to use what God had given her to help bring change to the areas in the world around her that needed to be changed. May we also seek ways to do that in our time and world. Second, Hannah held strong convictions but didn't hold those strong convictions in a way that was off putting, or unnecessarily offensive. In fact, Hannah was able to hold strongly to her convictions while simultaneously having good relationships with people who had beliefs and lifestyles vastly different than hers. I was longing for this to be more the case today than it seems to be at the present time. Third, I appreciated how Hannah More at times sought to find the middle ground in bringing about reform. While this rightly was not a part of her work as an abolitionist, in other areas she sought to find the middle ground between those who were strongly against any change and those who were seeking such drastic change that the likelihood of their success was minimal. Hannah decided that some reform was better than no reform and was willing to work in that middle ground in several instances. There is much more that I could write about as far as what I liked.What I didn't like: The author does a good job of drawing out the realities that Hannah More was, like we all are, a product of her culture and this at times will come across in the life of Hannah More. Some might struggle with her views of women and education (which at the time was somewhat progressive) as well as her views on the limitations and the minimal education that would be offered to the lower class.Who Should Read this Book: If you like biographies, and maybe even if you don't, you should read this one! You will be challenged, encouraged, and grateful to God for the ways in which He used the life of Hannah More to accomplish His purposes.
Fierce Convictions is a very entertaining, and fascinating portrait of an extraordinary woman. Even more, it is a fascinating glimpse into a very interesting, and important time in western civilization, as well as some of the great social and intellectual movements of the time. This was a remarkable time in which poets and writers were driving the public’s moral conscience.Hannah More was one of these writers. She was also a leading a socialite, and amazingly seemed to be involved in the ‘inner circles’ of not only the English literary world, but also the church, theater, and most particularly, a number of social movements: the abolitionist, public literacy, women’s educational, and Christian moral-development movements (that’s a mouthful!) . All sorts of Important intellectual and literary figures with familiar names, float through Ms. More’s life and Fierce Convictions, like William Wilberforce, Horace Walpole, William Cowper and Samuel Johnson. I got a new appreciation and respect for the patience and determination for social reformers of the e author looks at important social movements (abolition, literacy, the first-stages of the women’s rights movement, even humane treatment of animals), and how they were part of larger philosophical trends such as rationalism, and romanticism, ‘establishment church’ conflicts with the emerging evangelical ‘low-church’, as well as groups such as the ‘Clapham Sect’ and the ‘Blue Stockings’. Its fascinating for someone who has heard some of these things, but didn’t know who or what they were.Dr. Prior makes this all very accessible, and the book is for general-readers, no small trick given how thoroughly the book is researched, documented, and footnoted. Hannah More was very much what would today be called an Evangelical Christian, and the Christian faith is a prominently covered in Fierce Convictions. The author’s respect and admiration of Hannah More is obvious, but she does mention Ms. More’s faults, (such as being a little smarmy, being prudish by even by 18th century standards, and her falling into the anti-Catholic bigotry of the time). I did find it a little hard to relate to Ms. More on the personal level, as she was seemingly super-human, with the religious faith and morals of a virgin-Saint, and social skills, intellectual, and literary skills far beyond most mortals. I appreciated the book’s organization: more thematic than summary, Karen Swallow Prior’s Fierce Convictions is a fascinating look at a heroic reformer, some momentous times, and many intellectual and social movements, and well worth the read.
“What Wilberforce was among men, Hannah More was among women.”I am very excited to share a great read with you-Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More-Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist by Karen Swallow e Poet: Hannah wrote in a time that women writers were snubbed and looked at disdainfully. She overcome this as her writings were esteemed by many well-known male peers. In addition to poetry she authored plays, pamphlets and published the first “Cheap Repository Tracts” with the financial backing of William Wilberforce. These tracts were an alternative for the newly literate poor, that Hannah would also have a hand in establishing, they offered “religion, thrift and morality” instead of the folk tales and superstition that filled many of the cheap street literature. In her last years she would write devotional material. “Practical Piety” being the most well-known. Her writings challenged the status quo thinking that accepted slavery and the misuse of the poor. John Newton wrote in a letter to her:“You could easily write what would procure you more general applause; but it is a singular privilege to have a consecrated pen, and to be able and willing to devote our talents to the cause of God and religion.”The Reformer-In an era where formal education for women was still be questioned as to whether it was needed or not, Hannah and her sisters opened a School for Young Ladies that would teach “French, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Needlework.” In the 1780s Hannah would be exposed to the writings of John Newton. Upon meeting him, he challenged her “to devote her life to promoting spiritual education and reformation across British society.” This she would do through establishing what was called Sunday Schools for the poor children in villages that had no access to education because of the labor forced upon them. Again this would be with the backing of her close friend William Wilberforce. Children learned scripture among other basic rote skills. She also began women’s societies for the impoverished women in the e Abolitionist-In the late 1780s Hannah’s passion was stirred for the fight against slavery. She would carry pamphlets around that told the horrors of slavery and share them with everyone she could. She wrote the poem “Slavery” in 1788. Prior writes:The battle against slavery was, in many ways, led by the poets-and other writers and artists-who expanded their country’s moral imagination so it might as last see horrors too grave for the rational mind to grasp.”Hannah’s poem continued to influence even into the next century being credited to inspiring missionaries like David e had a forty-seven year friendship with Wilberforce. They died within weeks of each other. He before seeing his dream of the slaves being set free and hers just weeks after seeing the his dream become ere is much more material in this very in-depth biography that I highly recommend. Reading about Hannah’s life kindled my desire to write about what matters-Christ-and helped me realize there is power in a consecrated pen.
I read this book because it filled in many blanks for me in regard to a number of my passions and interests: history, religious history, and the long struggle in England to abolish slavery and the slave trade. However I can't call it well written; choice of words is often a bit odd, there's a great deal of repetition, with the story told first in a linear fashion and then by topics. I sympathize with the author's desire to rescue an intere
"...why this Poet of ours is taken care of and may sit down on her large behind and read, no, devour, as many books as she pleases without molestation." Patty More's cheeky remark about her sister Hannah was one of my favorite things in this book. I always like reading about people who attend to the development of their mind. There is no doubt that had Ms. More not taken the time to "sit down on her large behind and read" her abilities would have remained dormant and the sufferings of many would have been prolonged. I think there is a message in her life for our day. She was prepared; her preparation enabled her to give voice to her convictions in a way that changed the course of nations. I hope you will pardon the cliche but her life was indeed a veritable example of "The pen is mightier than the sword." I hope you will take the time to read this biography and become acquainted with Hannah More.
Fierce Convictions is an well researched book that introduces us to Hannah More, an amazing woman who influenced literature, education, the abolition movement, and the church in an era that did not easily recognize strong single women. Dr. Prior does an excellent job of bringing the reader into the culture of the late 18th century to shed light on challenges and opportunities Ms. More faced. Like William Wilberforce, many of her male contemporaries are well known to history. This book brings us into their thoughts and conversations and establishes Hannah More's place as the heart and soul of several movements that transformed western society as well as the church.
I briefly hesitated to buy this book only because I read Rory's wonderful blog closely over the last year and a half and didn't know if the material would be much different. However, I'm glad I purchased the book. I needed something positive and inspirational, and it is positive and inspirational--and the material IS different from the blog. He intentionally doesn't rehash material that he's shared previously on the blog, which I appreciate because I enjoyed reading about his younger years, not just because I wanted different material as a consumer. I think the book could have been even more thoroughly developed regarding his later childhood years (the ones he can remember the most) and mid-adulthood, and the end of the book is a bit abrupt, even though it concludes nicely. I assume that it is a bit abrupt not only because the last few years of his life are well-documented on the blog but also because he wants to respect his wife's privacy and dignity. As a reader, I understand both reasons. But, I still would have enjoyed reading more about his pre-Joey adulthood, as it would have been interesting and would have filled out the book a little more. I do enjoy a robust ry's writing style is easy and pleasant, and it reads like he didn't fight the page or the words much in trying to tell his story clearly, which is enjoyable and which speaks of a natural storyteller and writer. I will likely read it again soon because his descriptions of his inner world when he was fighting to be a better man and to fulfill his life's purpose spoke to my current mindset. I need it, and I appreciate it.
My wife watch the movie they made of their life and they always say the book is better then the movie so I ordered it. My daughter ordered it and she said she just started reading it and told me it is a very good book of their life together. Cancer takes a lot of good people out of this world and this story of their life was very heartwarming and sad all at the same time.
What an wonderful book! Rory tells the story of his early life and the trials he went through. Then he takes you through the amazing love story between Rory and Joey. This book answers questions I have had. I felt like family after the blog about Joey and her illness. Now I feel closer knowing Rory's story.
A wonderful book showing the joy and the tears in the life of Joey and Rory Feek. They are Christians who promote worship through their music but also perform very good country. The birth of their daughter is encouraging and shows the love Joey and Rory had for their daughter in spite of what others may think.
Absolutely loved and enjoyed reading the book! I felt as though Rory Feek was telling me the story in person. I follow his blog, This Life I Live, and I belong to the Joey + Rory FaceBook group site. Rory Feek will be coming out with another book in 2018 and I have already preordered the book. Can hardly wait to get it!
Fantastic book! I highly recommend it to everyone. From Tragedy to Triumph! Rory proves that there is a path to happiness for anyone who is struggling with the loss of loved ones and unusually challenging times. Great inspirational read. True story of miracles despite heartbreak. To understand more about his story, I recommend reading his blogs as well for more details.
This great story that Rory tells is one you will not be able to put down. Joey changed his life, beliefs, and the world around him with her presence. Rory is an amazing country song writer and storyteller. This book will show you inside the lives of these two people and the people who touched their world. I cannot recommend it enough
Easy read and a great story about a very humble man and his road to true love. I read the entire book in two days. I had a hard time putting it down because I enjoyed reading about how Rory's life unfolded. Too bad more men don't adore their wives the way he adores his.
I love Shauna Niequist. I really do. But this isn't my favorite thing of hers. She has really come into her own over the past few years, ado this book from 10 years ago feels a bit underdeveloped and more like a collection of blog posts. I still love her, but wild recommend choosing something else to read by her if you're just getting on the Niequist train.
After reading Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist I knew I needed to get a copy of this book too, and it has not disappointed. Shauna tells stories in ways that captivate the reader, and this book is especially lovely in how she truly does find those beautiful moments in every day life. While reading this book I've noticed more of the moments in my own life, too. If you aren't familiar with her writing, it might be nice to know that she writes small chapters so even if you only have five minutes before bed you can read a chapter and set it down until the next night (if you can set it down!) without feeling like you lost what was happening in the book.
This is good, but obviously Shauna's first book. It's a bit scattered, but still so good for the soul. I like "Bittersweet" better as she grew into her writing style, but I don't like the newer stuff. I'm not into cooking and Present Over Perfect is a bit redundant. But "Bittersweet" is her best book by far!!!! It is so so good.
This is one of the most beautiful and uplifting books I've read. Shauna writes stories from her own life, filling them with beautiful detail and wonderful insight. I found myself laughing with her and crying with her. She presents truths about God while allowing us to feel comfortable.
I didn 't know what expect when I chose this book, but what I got was a wonderful surprise full of personal truths that I felt priveledged to be privy to; prose so simple yet so poetic; metaphors that effortlesy took me right to where Shauna Niequist wanted me - in her soul and her senses that were somehow intertwined with my own. It gave me glimpses into my own heart and relationship with God and prayer, and comfort in what I saw. And it reminded me that the choices I made along my path to focus on the joy in the everyday pleasures God provides and to be able to help others do the same were exactly the ones I was meant to ing this felt like sharing a cup of coffee with a good friend, each of us curled up on opposite ends of the sofa, our feet covered by the same blanket, sharing our life stories and thanking God for them. Thank you Shauna for sharing your life stories and a cup of coffee with me.
I normally don't re-read books. But I just re-read this book after reading it years ago in a mom's group. I really liked it then but I loved it now. Shauna Niequist is a truly talented author. Her writing is poetic and images vibrant. She feels like a good friend cheering for you to live your best life. Her honesty and encouragement are refreshing and needed in a culture that sometimes feels very harsh and critical. I highly recommend this book. Five stars for sure!
Fabulous! I love Shauna's writing. It is so interesting to walk with her through pain, triumph, heartbreak, and happiness. She writes beautifully and is such an amazing storyteller. I have read all of her books and this is one of my favorites!
This book is a must read for all women. My husband jokes that we should just buy this book in bulk because I have bought 20 copies (no lie! I went through all my past Amazon orders and counted!) over the last 3 years - every time I order a new copy for myself I end up giving it away to a friend! Shauna's truthful and encouraging words were life giving to me 5 years ago when I read this book and still encourage me today. She has a fresh perspective on life that calls all women to rejoice in the stage of life they are in right now, instead of longing for the next. This book met me where I was when I was just out of college and wanting a better job than my minimum wage gig, when I had just gotten married and felt all alone in a new city and now in my new life stage of having a newborn. Her premise is that life is happening now and you can either choose to cherish and recognize each God given moment or anxiously long for the next and never be satisfied. Her words are insightful, inspiring and thoughtful. You won't regret reading this book!
This book was so refreshing. I Love her honesty. A beautiful reminder to seek the goodness in even "the plain old today." Live each day like we are celebrating. Celebrate today! And, cook something and fill your table with friends. Let's eat cold tangerines!
Pigs are marvelous creatures; smart, loyal, mischievous and charming and I've loved pigs from my youth. Growing up on farms and ranches, pigs were almost family members - especially the Yorkshire we called "Arnold". He was as much a part of our big family as was our Border Collie Nomad. In my 40's, I even owned a miniature Pot-Bellied pig for a short time - until my spouse objected to it sleeping at the foot of our waterbed. My affection for swine prompted me to buy and read this book and I was not disappointed. Mrs. Montgomery has written a book every bit as charming as Christopher himself and did so without anthropomorphizing him - something I would never be able to avoid had I written the book. Of course, having had pigs and knowing what delightful critters they can be only made me appreciate Mrs. Montgomery's narrative all the more. It really is, without being mawkish, a brilliant work with all the cheesey accolades - heartwarming, endearing, delightful - to describe it. It was, in short, a fun and...well, 'heartwarming' biography of a remarkable porcine pal. If you love animals I definitely recommend this book to you. You won't be disappointed.
The Good Good Pig is everything you want in a book - an interesting, well-told (true) story with heartfelt dialog and laugh-out-loud humor. Especially laugh-out-loud humor. It is rare for me to find a book I enjoy enough to give as a gift, but this is one of them. Sy Montgomery I'm thrilled you wrote this book. You should be very proud of your accomplishment.
This was a gift to a young man who loves farm animals. I own and have read it several times and I have bought as a gift at least three times. When I finished this book, I stopped eating pork or pork products. Every time I looked at a pork chop, all I could think of was eating "Christopher Hogworth." Sy Montgomery is a naturalist who travels all over the world and writes books about wild animals geared to adults and to children. She is a brilliant writer and scientist. All of her books are outstanding. I believe this is the only book she's written about a domestic animal and it is a joy to read. Christopher was a dearly loved, sweet pig. He had many wonderful years with Ms. Montgomery, her family and friends. You can't go wrong with any of her books and I think this is the best one.
In reading this book, I fell in love with Christopher Hogwood and pigs in general. The author is able to paint a brilliant picture using words leaving me thoroughly entertained. I gleaned information about pigs that I would never have imagined! Pigs are beautiful, intelligent, complex and loving creatures, who knew? I'm a school teacher with a goal to teach my students to love our planet and its creatures. Books, such as this one, helps achieve that goal. I loved this book and look forward to reading other titles by this author.
I enjoyed reading this book so much. Very sweet and a good teaching tool for all of us humans. If you are an animal lover (as I am) I think you would really like it. Christopher was an legitimate ambassador, that's for sure. It was kind of funny, the pig ate a lot of junk food. Perhaps he might have lived longer had he not. But what a way to go! LOL Be prepared for puns!!!
The joy of reading an authors experiences that bond her to non humans makes me know I'm not crazy. Although my heart was thrown into the usual abyss of sadness when CH passed, the sweetness that he was like ved so genuinely, and was in his safe loving home, makes me happy. I feel non human love, not so much the human kind. Or maybe it's just deeper. Thank you SM, YOU VALIDATE EVERYTHING ABOUT MY LIFE.
The Good Good Pig was an enlightening read, bring more than a few "ah ha" moments that will make you smile as you acknowledge them. The book engages the heart and reminds us all once again that there are moments we can learn about life when we least expect it. The lessons, in this case, come from a most portly porcine pet named Christopher Hogwood. The author states outright she is more in tune with animals than humans, and there is evidence of this throughout her descriptions which relate to animals. This book speaks to our lives and the empty spaces we have yet may not know they exist - and the remedy is this story. Enjoy a great read, enjoyable, funny at times - all the while revealing truths of this life.
This book will warm your heart and make you laugh out loud. You'll again feel the pull you felt as a child to just enjoy....the warm days, food, company and life in general, just like this wonderful pig did. He brings you back to simpler days of pure joy. Delightful book for anyone who cares anything about animals.
What an extraordinary story! I love Sy Montgomery's writing, and will buy everything she publishes.Her previous work I read - The Soul of an Octopus - was also extraordinary! I first read her work when someone on a plane turned to me and said, "You should read this book!" So I did.
A wonderful book for all ages that explores what animals teach us by presenting the life of one much-loved pig. I highly recommend it for reading aloud, whether you are alone or in a family. It's beautifully written, and full of humor and compassion.
Steib’s take on building your career path is concise, refreshing, eye opening, and most importantly, executable. He lays the foundation for finding, not what gets you the most money, but what gets you the most fulfillment.Rather than focus on the time honored workplace rewards of promotion and raises, the Career Manifesto shows you how to figure out your true calling. It’s less a guide to a better job and more a map towards a better e last “Manifesto” I read was the Unabomber’s, so I was leary about what I might find inside this author’s mind. I gave it a shot after I saw him giving some great interview advice on the Today Show. I Googled this guy and found parts of his Manifesto online. I started thinking about what was important in my life and, I did some self reflecting on my career. I carved out a decent career for myself, but I was exactly fulfilled. I had a conversation with my wife and we agreed to live our fullest life, we wanted to be back closer to family and I wanted to live a life more in service to our underserved youth in cities. I followed my own Happiness Matrix (One of the key points in this book) started networking the right way (another essential takeaway from this book) and I had a job interview about a month later and put his tips to use. Lo and behold, I now have new job 800 miles closer to home and wake up energized and ready to make a difference in the lives of those who can use a little help.Even if you feel like you are in a good spot in your career, there are some great things you can take away from the Career Manifesto that will get you to a better place in life. Well done, Mike.
Loved it! Mike is an outstanding leader and a fantastic career coach. In his new book, The Career Manifesto, Mike does a great job of making sense of a somewhat nebulous and amorphous topic by using clear, easy to understand frameworks. Loved the lessons and the stories, loved the down-to-earth style and loved the clear, actionable advice. Great job, Mike!
I've been the lucky beneficiary of Mike's sage advice for four decades. Through every stage and every decision, Mike has proven himself uniquely capable of exposing the core problem and identifying practical, actionable solutions that, time and again, steered me back on the right path.Mike's 'Manifesto' is as much a book about how to be a good human as it is about how to be a great business leader -- though it is that, too. He is uncannily smart, driven, and successful -- a living, breathing, company-running, family-raising, non-profit-chairing, book-writing testament that his advice works.Full disclosure: I am Mike's brother, but I've also worked with him twice in my career. And through all [email protected]#$%-kickings in and outside the office, I still think this highly of him. Read the 'Manifesto' and you will, too -- but more importantly, you'll find yourself thinking afresh about your life and your career, and approaching all your problems with a powerful, new toolset.
I loved The Career Manifesto. Steib takes we readers on a path towards finding one's purpose and then is relentlessly practical (and pretty funny) about taking the reader towards that destination. The steps it proposed are real and achievable and Steib's voice is one of the encouraging and helpful coach. A great book for anyone looking for a career change or just a reminder of why they've done what they have.
Without question, the best career book I have ever read bar none. The rest will try but this one produces life changing results that I have never seen in my 27 year career. Mike Steib is a visionary; he understands what it takes to be maximize your potential and delivers the message simply so that taking action is easy. His tone is real and human; in a world where we have so few leaders to look up to and respect, Mike stands out as one of the best there is. Buy this book for yourself. Buy this book for family and friends. It is by far the best gift you can give yourself and others if true career success is what you seek.
There should be a 6th star added to rate this book. I have had the benefit of Mike's leadership when I worked with him at Google. I'm thrilled to see the lessons and principles that Mike has refined over the years put into an accessible and enjoyable read. This book is a must for anyone seeking structure to their career thinking and practical ways to improve both their work and personal lives.
A fascinating look at how to maximize your personal and work potential. The manifesto takes a hard look at how its ok to make tradeoffs without sacrificing ambition, and gets to the root of what will make you the best at what you love. A great read, and stands out from many of the career advice books I have read in the past. Definite recommend buying this book, and enjoy it!
The perfect book to start 2018 with! Berman and Bernard share thoughtful and useful methods for bettering our interactions with with everyone, and expound on the value of treating people well, something that has become a bit of a lost art in recent years. Their advice is illustrated with funny and intimate stories from their time behind the scenes at the White House, which entertains and amuses even as it teaches valuable lessons. A book I will reference many times in the future, and already look forward to reading again!
This book is a little hard to review because I have mixed opinions. I found the discussion of how much our thinking is influenced by cultural and societal rules to be very helpful, as was the discussion of the importance of balance in life. On the other hand, the constant name dropping got old, as did the repeated plugs for Mr. Lakhiani's company. The many description of his business success and his perfect wife and perfect life and how you can emulate him also started to sound like an old Kathie Lee Christmas special (for those old enough to remember her), although in his defense he was suggesting approaches that other people can follow. Many of the main themes of the book- meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion, love, looking inward, being resistant to the turmoil of life- are not original and seem to come right out of ancient Buddhist, Stoic, or Epicurian overall I think people's opinion of this book will vary a lot and will depend on how useful they find the valuable parts, how familiar they already are with Buddhism and Stoicism, and how much they want to learn about Mr. Lakhiani's life and company.
I was fooled by all the 5 star reviews and chose this book, thinking it was really something interesting and different that would inspire me. While the book does have some good content, I did not find it to be original at all, and did find it to be annoyingly fluffed up with hype and repetition. The first three chapters are almost 100% "how this book is structured and wow is this book amazing" kind of fluff, which you should simply skip. The rest of the book still contains an annoying amount of self-praising hype, repetitive stories about Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, etc, which I did not find inspiring or interesting at all, and an overall emphasis on entrepreneurial "how to succeed in business without really trying" ideas. In some parts of the book, the level of repetition is almost insulting. There's a part where he says, almost verbatim about 5 times, that you have to become happy before you can really achieve your goals. You can't just sweat and stress your way to success. I felt increasingly frustrated by all this repetition until I just gave up and decided I was not going to continue with the book.
I guess that if you've never read anything on the Law of Attraction, goal setting, mindfulness or business success, this book may be of some benefit to you. The author is occasionally witty but for a person who has a half-million subscribers, this book is remarkably dull and lacking fresh insights. It was also a bit annoying to keep reading (six times?) about the invitation-only retreat he attended on Branson's private island as if he needs to convince us (and maybe himself) that others regard him as credible. As an alternative, I suggest Elisha Goldstein's "Uncovering Happiness." Lastly, I wish that some of these Internet millionaires would just be honest and emphatically state that unexplainable luck also had a good part to do with their success instead of crafting elaborate cause and effect narratives in retrospect which supposedly explain how they did it. (On this, read Taleb's "Black Swan.") Yes, there are principles to be followed, mindsets to be embraced and disciplines that will push you in the right direction, but sometimes you also just get lucky (regardless of your ability to "bend reality"). That doesn't mean that the typical reader will ever be able to replicate it in their lives.
Nothing new in this latest addition to the "self-help" and "leadership" genre of books. Good marketing and a nicely done clean cover caught my attention as one that is an avid reader - particularly of books focused on self-development. However, this one left me disappointed even after two reads. I also take issue with several of the strategies, but for the sake of brevity will focus on the "brules" and "blissipline" concepts. The author encourages readers to question rules; which on the surface is good, but the presumption being made is that all of the readers operate from the same level of morality and wisdom, which would give them the good judgment to pick and choose what works (at least for them). Simply, some societal conventions and mores serve a valid, meaningful and timeless purpose. Living within the "law" to make it simple is often the best path to freedom and not everyone has the ability or maturity to alter and redefine what is best for themselves or how they may interface with society on the whole. The concept of "blissipline" is another one that I have difficulty with as reality dictates that sometimes, despite the best efforts and intentions, life is just plain sour. There is struggle as a fundamental basis of life and usually, this results in goodness. Pursuing happiness and "learning" to find the (greater) good in everything, despite its value assignment as positive, negative or neutral is not only the mark of a mature human being, but is both important to the health of the individual and society as a whole. The notion of living one's "bliss" as a way of life can easily slip into the realm of the self-centered and insular. Where true "happiness" is enduring despite outcomes, "bliss" tends to be temporary (i.e., tied to a specific experience like the birth of a healthy child or getting a new job) and is not practical to attain, let alone maintain for most people once the luster rubs away. Nothing exciting - just a mix of new age humanist philosophies aimed at "millenials" and eastern traditions. The endless name dropping through the book is also tiresome and diminishes the authors credibility.
I read this book online and loved it so much bought the hardbound version and am reading it slowly again. Also sharing with my loved ones. So many valuable lessons and ideas to incorporate into my daily living.
I thought this book was great. I loved every word of it. The only thing that bothered me was Mr Richards's lack of insight into how his drug a use impacted those around him especially, Mick Jagger. I can't imagine what it was like for Jagger to watch his friend turn into a junkie. Typical of an addict who gets better, Mr Richards expected those around jhim to fall in line when he finally decided to quit. "Here iI am, I'm better and I expect to be treated with respect!" I love Keith, but he needs to have empathy for his old friend. I don't doubt thati Mick is a handful, but he was probably s scared s***less that Keith was going to die.I have always loved the Rolling Stones and I could not put this book down. As for Keith, a little understanding those who put up with his antics would not go astray.
Biographies/Autobiographies are one of my favorites to read. I LOVED this book! It was so well written that it took me by surprise. Now don't get me wrong, I always knew Keef was an incredible talent. This book, however, took me on an amazingly candid journey with a deeply intelligent human being. It was a fun read...full of tales of wild partying all over the world, writing songs, and also about friends and family. It's easy for us regular folks to forget that famous people are HUMAN! This book just touched me in that way and I could almost hear him narrating along. Music has always been important to me and I've even seen the Rolling Stones when they toured in '94. Reading the book has me listening to more Stones songs than ever before. I'm happy that I finally had the time to indulge and read! Two thumbs up!
What a great read! I have been a Stones fan for decades, but never really knew a whole lot about the band's early history or personal lives. I was familiar with Richards' reputation as a hard partying bad boy, but this book elevated him into one of my life heroes. I have read a variety of rock n roll autobiographies and this is by far the best. Richards could have produced a fluff piece that only showed him in the best light...that is not the path he took. He didn't cast himself in the role of hero in every situation. Instead he allowed the reader the opportunity to join him on his journey from awkward school boy to aging rock star, complete with bad decisions and bad yond the details of his life, Richards also provides endless details about the music. I am not a musician by any stretch if the imagination; however, even I was able to grasp the subtle details of the Stones' sound that are highlighted throughout the book. I always appreciated the music spilling from my speakers, but now I have a better understanding of what makes the Stones sound unique. I also have an enhanced knowledge of the dedication that went into producing the songs that have meant so much to me through the years. I will never listen to a Stones album in the same way.I was also impressed by the way Richards detailed the musicians that have influenced him throughout his life. Some I was familiar with, some were new to me. I can say I have a much better understanding of the role the Stones played in popularizing the blues and selling it back to America. It really is a shame that the pioneers of the blues never got the recognition they so clearly deserved... due to prejudice and racism. Richards also made a point of recognizing the legions of studio musicians and touring members that have kept the music flowing for over fifty years. It is always great to see credit given where it is e story of the Stones wouldn't be complete without addressing the tensions between players that have arisen throughout the band's history. The interpersonal issues with Brian Jones, Mick Taylor and Richards/Jagger are all covered, but don't appear to be sensationalized. Richards' determination to live his life on his own terms while striving for elusive perfection places him in the fine company of Hunter S Thompson, Hemingway, and Roger Waters. All heroes in my humble opinion.
I was very surprised to find that I liked this so much -- Keith is a fabulous, hilarious storyteller, and an insightful observer as well as participant in many of the massive cultural changes that occurred in the latter half of the 20th a Stones fan I also enjoyed his behind-the-scenes accounts of the recordings of so many great songs and albums, in addition to the usual tour stories and excesses galore.I will say that Keith remains in denial about certain events in his life, and doesn't seem to want to admit that his drug/alcohol habit was responsible for much of the chaos in his ill, it's his book and he's entitled to view his life and Mick any way he wants.He managed to produce a great autobiography, one that sets the bar high for the many copycat accounts that are sure to follow.
This book is hysterically funny in parts, moving, informative, ith's "voice" is delightful. I had no idea what he was really like. The guy is deep and he gets it, life that e stories he tells like the one about driving to morocco for drugs paints such a scene for the reader as to what Keith, those around him, and the world was like. Just reading about what his freaking car was like was worth that chapter!IAnd the story of the stones being pulled over in Arkansas after being warned never to drive around southern states and how they got out of that mess is vividly described and will make you laugh in amazement about what goes on behind the scenes or at least what the 60's were 's interesting to read about Keith and mick's relationship. And then the Canadian prime minister's wife being a stones' groupie and running around their hotel rooms. e narrative is so rich and not a single page is slow.I love Keith now. I am so glad he opened up and now we get to know him and the history of that time period.I loved hearing about his parents, his schooling, how he met the stones and the Beatles and on and ter i read it, I got the audio book. That is a hoot, especially the part keith reads himself!You have to read this book!
One of the most entertaining and delightful books I've ever read. Something akin to sitting down and hanging out with Keith Richards for a few days. I was disappointed when it was over because it was such an amazing read. Keith has an incredible memory and a great gift for writing. You will not regret reading this book.
Since I am not a fan of Keith Richards' notorious drug and alcohol abuse I had no plan to read this book, and when it was suggested to me by a friend I refused to consider it. After hearing good reviews of the book, and high praise from my reading friend (who is also a blues guitarist), I decided to give it a shot.I was in for a very pleasant surprise. Mr. Richards has written a very detailed and well constructed biography that begins with his early youth and ends in about 2009. In that time period he gives a candid account of how he developed his bad boy persona (multiple beatings at school, bullying from peers, poverty, drugs and alcohol), the early years of his own musical education and experimentation, the first meetings and jams with Mick Jagger, and then the development and growth of the current line up known as the "Rolling Stones". Interspersed with his first person account are many excerpts from other friends and musicians with whom he shared experiences over 60+ years. There are photographs, from a school boy portrait of an unhappy looking Richards of about 10 years old, to a very early black and white of the Rolling Stones wearing silly, matching, early 60's costumes (their manager at the time was trying to fit them into the Beatles mold), to concert photos, intimate family pictures, and finally the haggard appearing Richards that we are familiar with today. I came to the conclusion that I had greatly underestimated this man, his contributions to the music world, and his defining role in making the Rolling Stones the great band that they are. My least favorite aspects of the book is his obvious sexism and disdain for women, and the recounting of his serious on-going alcohol abuse (which he does NOT acknowledge as a problem). To his credit, Richards does repeatedly warn the reader of the dangers of using Heroin. But the detailed musical history of his musical influences, his own work and collaborations and that of other bands and musicians of the time are well worth the read and very informative. I also enjoyed his obvious wit and entertaining writing style. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves music.
Life, in broad application, is always full of surprises. LIFE, Keith Richards' autobiography, is no less laden with the unexpected: First, that the book is even readable, and it is--eminently so; second, that the type story that has been told numerous times by countless other survivors of hedonistic excess would hold any interest at all, and it did--well past the halfway point when interest only wavered under the burden of sheer repetition. Another surprise: The glimpse into the true musicality of Richards as demonstrated by his extensive knowledge of musical structure, technique, and style, however unorthodox the learning process may have been. And another: That the creation of some of the Stones greatest hits is either glossed over or completely ignored. And yet another that's maybe not such a big surprise: Richards' determination to set the record straight regarding "rejuvenating" blood exchanges, heroin use, and the relationship with e "civilian" facet of the book is plodding at times, just as is most civilian life, but that only adds to the legitimacy--the truth-telling theme of the memoir.James Fox, as co-writer, has done a stellar job of organizing what had to be an absolute glut of material in a way that respects and maintains Richards' voice. A must-read for Stones fans, LIFE deserves a special place on the shelf holding the most definitive documentations of rock 'n' roll as a lifestyle.
You need this book. Why? Because you are an everyday person, just like I am, just like everyone else out there. Jared brings incisive insight, deep pastoral compasion, and clarity that has been forged from his own walk enriched by the power of the gospel. Read something else if you're looking for a scholarly treatise on pneumatology, but if you're interested in a hard-hitting, theologically rich, and transperantly vulnerable reflection on living the Christian life in the power of the Spirit of God—you need to read this book!
At the same time that Dr. Mary Neal was drowning in a river in Chile, her husband, Bill, appeared to me in a dream. Bill is an old friend of mine from high school. We had shared many adventures and confidences over the years, but neither he nor any other friend had ever stared at me in a dream and woke me up. I shook it off at the time, only to learn a few days or weeks later why I had seen e story of her experiences from the drowning, through the repeated revivals and her ultimate survival are the events upon which this book is anchored. But the meat and meaning of it are in the unfolding of her life as guided and protected by her God. I'm obviously no disinterested party. Skeptics can be reassured by my report that if it came from Mary's pen, it will be the truth and the whole truth. I doubt, however, that her or anyone's personal account can penetrate fully into the modern psyche. That is, into those who think that they need proof of what we call God. As an account of a brush with the Hereafter, here have been many others similar to it, and they're well enough known to be used as shorthand in bad films.What Mary and those like her have experienced are gifts from somewhere, given not just to them. She gives it back to us disguised as a simple offering. She doesn't baffle the reader with melodrama, hyperbole, fantasy, or excessive adjectives. She tells her story in a concise & detailed way, with a voice of eloquent and unadorned sincerity. In this way, it's easy to read and difficult to put down, vividly descriptive and completely convincing, humbling and rtunately for us, she kept waking up in the middle of the night until she couldn't keep from writing it down for us. The reason to read this remarkable account is witness, which is one of the few ways that we have left to hack a little hole in our jungle of unbelief.
Really enjoyed a lot of the book, even though some of what I've seen in interviews didn't match with this story. I got an inkling of what this family was about early on. Rich, educated, white people in the mountains are notoriously Democrats. (I live in the mountains, I know) Another clue was Willie's "fight for the environment". Eventually the mask came completely off and it was revealed that Willie was working to become a Democratic lawmaker. The author proudly reveals that Sen John Kerry was part of the funeral through a recorded message, Mr Israel hater himself. I tried to get past these things, I really did, but I just couldn't continue to book. There were some other strange things in this book. An acquaintance of the author is told to have been receiving, "visitations" (not just dreams) from her dead husband with, "messages" for the author. There's more, but I'll leave it at that. I'm returning the book.
I read parts of this book many times. I loved the message and it reinforced my beliefs. The part that I questioned was in the beginning when at 15 yrs of age was functioning as a midwife doing c sections. Did I read this right?
I have been reading afterlife books for over 20 years. This is one of the worst books I have read on this topic. If you are expecting a glimpse of the afterlife, you will be sadly disappointed. The title is horribly misleading. To Heaven and Back? A normal person would assume this book would reveal a few secrets of Heaven. Not so. The author claimed to visit Heaven and the angels say, it's not your time. Then she goes back. That's IT! Then she writes a book on her ‘experience.’ What experience?That would be like flying to Africa, landing, and taking the next flight home 30 minutes later. Then writing a book entitled, ’My Journey to Africa.’ That's basically what this author did. Highly e book is horribly boring. It's mostly Bible Filler. Another reviewer said the same thing -- ‘too much filler.’ Another wrote, ‘Little to do with Heaven.’ Another said, she wrote ‘almost nothing about Heaven.’ Another said -- ‘The author promised much, delivered little.’If you really want a glimpse of Heaven, there are far better books out there. Start with Betty Eadie's book, ‘Embraced by the Light.’ A masterpiece. Then read George Ritchie's book ‘Return from Tomorrow.’ It's an eternal classic. I read this once a year, and I am on the edge of my seat each time. Then read, Dannion Brinkley's book, ‘Saved by the Light.’ Brinkley has three books. They are all great!. I love that en read, ‘The Soul's Remembrance’ by Roy Mills. Not many know about this book. A spiritual masterpiece. Roy writes about the Prayer Room in Heaven -- where ALL prayers are heard and evaluated. This is the only book I know of that discusses the Prayer Room. One other great book is ‘I Saw Heaven.’ by Arthur E. Yensen. This book is all heart and soul. It's about his spiritual experience that happened in 1932. As Arthur wrote, ‘Heaven is the Real Life -- and worry is the most foolish thing you can do! Don't worry about what happens to you while on earth, but concentrate on how you live and develop spiritually.’ The book is an eternal treasure. Hard to read these books, and you will get a great idea of what Heaven is like. God bless you.
I wanted to read this book as I just had finished her follow up book "seven lessons from heaven" which I really enjoyed. This second book is a must read. This first book gives you the remarkable main story of what happened in more detail than the second book and helps you see her life from beginning to present times.
I have to admit, that I really wanted to get to the part of the book where she experienced Heaven, so I read ahead, but then realized that it's probably best to start from the though, as some other reviewers have noted, that most of the book is about her other life experiences it also details other struggles, tragedies and potential life threatening situations where God had a hand in helping her. As for the leftist political affiliations, I just ignore that part and if she honestly only wrote about her Heaven experience and visits with angels (or as she felt, Jesus) then it wouldn't be long enough for a book (in my opinion). And maybe some of it was added to honor her son.I personally will always find it amazing how when some people are faced with tragedy, then can still walk away feeling that there is a God who is watching over them and it's all just part of a greater plan.
Following an accident during a kyacking expedition in Southern Chile, Mary Neal, an Orthopaediac surgeon, takes us on an extraordinary journey of faith which explores her near death experience. She shares with the reader the brilliant lights and incredible beauty of the heavenly realm surrounded by kindness, warmth, and generosity. She describes meeting formless heavenly beings that spoke gentle encouraging words in this vibrantly spiritual atmosphere of ry Neal's near death experience (NDE) has given her renewed energy in her life, as it has shown her that her purpose here on earth may be as a writer whose journey of faith will give us confidence in an existence beyond the grave. In her book, she illustrates that death is not the end but another beginning in world of eternal peace.
I enjoyed this book. Having lost someone very close to me, i was able to identify with some of the feelings and experiences Dr Neal wrote about. It was very helpful how she expressed her feelings through her journey of physical, emotional and spiritual healing. I liked how she wrote about the many signs and incidents that are not just coincidences.
Your book greatly helped me deal with issues of grief and loss. It reminded me we can't go on living in fear. I had just finished reading about your river rescue and my eyes fell on Ps. 18:4 "The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cord of the grave coiled around me; the stares of death confronted me. In my distress I cried to the Lord...the earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook." What an excellent book that does not dwell too much on the mystical but delves richly into the psychological and Biblical implications of death and loss. Truly exceptional and very helpful for me.
Thank you, Adam Kirk Smith for the message in your book "The Bravest You". It has changed my husband's and my lives. In just one example (because there are many), he and I are beginning a much needed better health journey. Because of the motivation found on these pages, we are making this journey together while fighting fears, as well as growing in focus and self-care - another word for self-discipline. As NYT best-selling author Jon Acuff said, "...The Bravest You dares you to live differently. You're the only you we've got; learn how to love that truth with this book." We whole-heartedly agree! To become the best ever in all areas of your life, purchase it now - you won't regret it!
The Bravest you is inspiring book for those who keep themselves locked in unknown fears, and cannot take steps to achieve their simple or fancy goals. Adam describes how one can take different steps to fight different kind of fears which holding back a person to make life changing decision. This book generally helpful to see your inner conscious clearly and what to do, to avoid any fear which is not letting you move forward.
This book is extremely helpful if you need actionable steps to be more courageous. His writing is inspiring and you get practical advice from him. One of the best books to find your passion and live a more extraordinary life!
Written by a business consultant and life coach, The Bravest You is a helpful analysis of different kinds of fears that hold one back from succeeding. But before the author addresses those fears, he describes the five steps of overcoming fear – complacency, inspiration, fear (there it is), passion, bravery (reaching the goal).Inadequacy, uncertainty, failure, rejection, missing out, change, losing control, judgment, something bad happening, and getting hurt are the fears that the author addresses. Using real-world examples, the author encourages the reader to acknowledge the fear, understand its origins, and then move past it to achieve whatever it is one wants to t every chapter will hit every heart in every life. But chances are high that the reader struggles with at least two or three of the fears the author addresses. Some of the advice given sounds at time like platitudes, but there’s still truth there.I gratefully received this book as an eARC from the authors, publisher, and NetGalley in exchange for my unbiased review.
Are you brave? Do you follow your passions, your heart, your intuition? Or do you live your life in fear, limiting your reality? 'The Bravest You: Five Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life" by Adam Kirk Smith is an amazing collection to guide readers towards overcoming those fears, finding and following your passion, and unlocking an extraordinary we grow up, we have dreams to become these great people, affecting the lives of others and we begin to work towards those dreams. Then, life happens. We create a monotonous life, a life of routine, and we stay in those limitations, yet we dream of bigger and better, but we just don't have enough time to get there. Our dreams get pushed aside while we work on the here and now.Let's get past the obstacles life and thrown at us and work towards becoming a braver us! What are you passionate about? What passions make you thrive? What are you willing to do without expecting to get paid to do it? What can you do that will leave a lasting impact on your life?"Passion is and always will be the force that pushes you forward to find success - nothing more, nothing less." ~Adam Kirk Smith, The Bravest YouOnce you find your passion, you will find your purpose. Don't limit your reality if you haven't found your purpose!This author also describes having hope. Break out of mediocrity and do something grand. Use your intuition and previous life experiences plus the knowledge obtained along the way to achieve your eate new brave habits to achieve the success you desire. Momentum will come when your passion comes from within, not from external forces. You need that drive, that grit, to keep going beyond where you've ever gone rsonally, I have found the tips in this book to be very useful and enlightening. There are many quotes within this book that I have highlighted and shared with my friends on social media. In my field of work and in my business, this book has come in very handy.I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck, who wants to achieve those dreams, or who feels there's just not enough time to work on anything else. This book was provided complimentary for an honest review on NetGalley.
So many of us live our lives in fear. Fear can be so powerful that it can be debilitating and oftentimes keeps us from pursuing our dreams and The Bravest You, Adam Smith gives you five steps to help you overcome your fears and put you on the path to pursuing your passions and living the life you've always dreamed of. This book is meant to be interactive and is not something that you can speed through. It was very hard for me to read straight through but I was constantly highlighting and making notes about steps I can take in my own walk to overcome fears in my life and points to go back and revisit.I highly recommend this to anyone who has been playing it safe in life. It's time we all faced our fears and pursued our passions and this book will give you the steps you need to walk that path. If you follow the steps outlined in this book it can be life changing.*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
A NetGalley e-book in exchange for an honest review.I think this is a great self-help book for those that think they are stuck in a rut. I pretty much have the same day Monday-Friday, with dinner being the main point of change. I am not unhappy with my life but there are definite days where I ask myself, why am I not doing more?I like the workbook style of the authors narration. The pointed questions to get you as the reader thinking about your life in relation to what is being discussed in the current chapter.I did wish there were more real life examples. The author did play it safe and used very well-known public figures and not always recent ones.I liked the authors different take on bravery, that it can even be found in the smallest of actions. When I was pre-high school I was terrified of people. I was overboard shy and only talked and felt comfortable around people that I had known a long time. I was told to make an effort by my English teacher to just smile at one person every day. It was a huge thing for me at that time since I only stared at my feet or my book. She helped me see that being brave is more than running into battle and this book made me think of the same thing.