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Monday, December 7, 2009

Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest & Most Successful Women Do Differently



This book, written by Marcus Buckingham, promises to answer questions regarding how we empower today’s women to be happy in today’s world. Women have better job prospects, greater acknowledgement for achievement, wider influence, more free time, and higher salaries – all more than in decades However studies reveal that women have gradually become less happy than they were 40 years ago and less happy than men. Does this mean women should return to a world of fewer choices and opportunities? What is the future for women in America? At work, at home, and in life, how can they find deeper fulfillment and joy? The author states that this book was born “out of a need to respond to questions such as these?

I was inspired by the title of this book but found it to be just another average rated self-help book for women who do too much. However, I found that the information in the book did nothing to inspire me. The book contains three main sections: (1) the paradox of modern life, (2) a guide to living your strongest life, and (3) a question / answer section.

I was very sorely disappointed in the book and that Thomas Nelson would even publish it. They are a Christian publisher but there are very few references to Christianity in the book---it seems written as an Oprah recommended New Age guide to happiness. For example, he talks about “receiving signals sent by life”, Transmitting signals out into the world” and “searching for strong moments because in them you will find your truth”. There is one (and only one) Christian example in the book but it is more of a sad story about a pastor’s wife who later finds out that her husband is a serial rapist.

All in all, this is not a book I would recommend and not one I would certainly expect from a Christian publisher. This book certainly does not share Christian wisdom for women and I would recommend that no one waste their money on this one.

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