Book Review · Self-Help

Life Is A Four Letter Word

I had the pleasure this month of partnering with Suzy Approved Book Tours, Mango Publishing and David Levy to read the book “Life is A Four Letter Word.” When I read the description of this book, I had this feeling that it was going to offer life lessons as well as true life and humor and so I quickly signed up for this tour. SPOILER ALLERT: This book did not disappoint.

Synopsis

In this book, David Levy takes a look back at his life through 40 different essays about events that happened throughout his life that taught him life lessons. Written in chronological order, the reader is able to follow David’s life from a young child and through adulthood and learn those valuable lessons through the reflections he has about his life as well as wisdom that he can provide from those experiences.

Review

As I stated above, when I chose to be part of this tour, I had this feeling that this self-help books was going to be different and let me tell you I was totally right!!! David Levy presents a fantastic sequence of short essays about his life that provided me with valuable life lessons to thinks about. This book did not lecture me or give me advice at every turn, but made me relate to and think about the story David told as well as the life lesson being presented. Some of the life lessons hit home closer than others, but all of the life lessons really made me think. I must admit that some of them were so good that I committed the ultimate sin while reading a book of folding down the page corner!!! I know, I am terrible and should probably go to book jail, however the lessons were so good that I know I will go back to them for years to come. David’s writing style and stories about his life have a way of capturing you and making you think about things in a quiet manner, which I really enjoyed. There was no pointing fingers or “yelling” through the pages of a book…it was just quiet, wise advice. I really hope David Levy comes out with more books like this in the future, because I would definitely pick them up and get lost in those books, just as I did in this book!

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Non-Fiction · Self-Help

Stop Self Sabotage: Six Steps to Unlock Your True Motivation, Harness Your Willpower, and Get Out of Your Own Way

Ever since I started my bookstgram journey in January, I wanted to get involved with book tours and review books that are coming out. I recently was accepted by Suzy into her book review group called Suzy Approved Book Tours. I was so exited to review my first book for Suzy’s Book Tour!

Synopsis

How many times have you made a New Year’s resolution in January, only to give up on yourself just a short time later? In Dr. Judy Ho‘s book, Stop Self Sabotage, she helps you take a look at all the different ways that you sabotage yourself. Though different assessments,tools, and therapeutic strategies, Dr. Ho helps you understand and modify your thoughts and behaviors by helping you understand the triggers that you have and gain insight into your values. In addition Dr. Ho will help you make a plan to stop the cycle of sabotage to gain a more positive future.

Review

This is one of the first self-help books that I have read and I have to admit that I was looking forward to it. Like most people, I am one that sets numerous resolutions all through the year and then one thing or another happens. And then it is 3 months later and I still have not done anything about that resolution. I was exited to read Dr. Ho’s book and see how I can improve myself.

My first thought when I got this book is that was going to be one of those books that lightly talks about the author’s life and what she has been through that caused her to write the book. I was a little disappointed when I started reading the book , and it was more like a text book than a simple read. This was not a book that I could sit and read in just one session. It is a book that you need to take your time with and focus on one chapter at a time. There is a lot of great information provided in the book, it just takes time to read through all the information and process it. While I had a bit of a tough time reading through the book initially, because of the fact that it is written like a text book, it is definitely a book that I will read again, even more slowly than the first time, so I can really apply the skills this book teaches to my life. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to make big changes in their life and keep all those goals and resolutions that they have set for themselves!

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