In this book are 52 little things you can do to make a big difference in your life.
A few of the tasks in this book were helpful or eye-opening, but many of them were obvious or irrelevant.
The book wasn’t what I expected, and neither were the tasks. I would read a task and expect one thing, and then find out it meant something completely different. Some of the task titles use the bait and switch tactic. These tasks sound practical, but when you start reading them, the author switches to an abstract. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it was sometimes a little frustrating.
Here is one example. The task titled “Plan your escape route” makes you think it’s going to be something about fire safety in the home, or maybe disaster preparedness, and it starts out that way, but it turns out to actually be about having a way to escape sin. This is not a bad thing, but not what I expected.
A few tasks were really good and made me think deeply, but some were way off the mark.
For one, the author says, “Admit it. More than once you’ve fired off a response on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or some other social media site that you wish you could take back.” Uh, no, actually, I haven’t. Then he says, “Or worse, maybe you’ve clicked Send and never realized how much damage or pain you caused with your post.” This is already something I worry about. Now I’m more worried.
In one chapter, the author lists things we should all cut out of our lives. Among a list of very bad vices, he also lists these: movie sequels and movie remakes. Ok, what? How are those in the same category as drugs, alcohol, and gambling? I don’t understand. Why would movie sequels and remakes be inherently bad? I disagree with that completely.
Some chapters were a repetition of someone else’s idea. For example, one chapter is about the saying, “If you want to change the world, start by making your bed,” which was first said in a commencement address by Admiral William H. McRaven. Another chapter is about “eating that frog.” It’s nice to have these ideas mentioned in the book if you aren’t already aware of them. Then you can go find the original source and learn more. But I was already aware of them, so they just made the book feel less relevant to me.
Overall, this book was only mildly helpful. A few tasks were thoughtful and relevant, but too many were either irrelevant or nothing new.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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