4 out of 4 stars
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When I first chose Jody B. Miller’s From Drift to Shift I must admit I was skeptical as to how much I would enjoy it or find it meaningful. I usually hold high standards to nonfiction books I read, and I refuse to finish reading anything that doesn’t change my viewpoints or provide meaning. I must say my skepticism was entirely unfounded, for this book inspired, empowered, and motivated me to achieve my full potential. Miller crafts a spellbinding book of inspiration through several well-composed, inspirational stories of people who overcame seemingly impossible circumstances. These individuals thrived and grew from their experiences in every avenue of life: spiritually, professionally, relationally, and emotionally. Each retelling is followed by life lessons gained from the individual such as “Gratitude is the key to happiness,” “The clock only moves forward and so must you,” and “Have a purpose in life that is more than money or station.”
There was undeniably so much I enjoyed about this book. From the first page, I loved Miller’s compassionate, yet motivational voice. She has a valuable way of narrating a story. It very easily could have been a bland read with some preachy material, but it never felt that way. Her compassion shines through and you can tell she wanted to do these remarkable stories justice. I also appreciate how she was able to include stories from such a diverse population and series of unique hardships. The stories never felt tragic or heartbreaking, but resilient and transformative.
Something every writer longs for is that their work will make an impact on the reader. From Drift to Shift certainly accomplished that for me. The stories and guidance contained within made me want to live to my fullest potential and look back on my own life story as one of hope and promise. I also appreciated the format of the book which made it very easy to read and make connections. Line breaks and bullet points really helped separate the stories from the guidance given. Additionally, I admired the research she put into the book by backing up the guidance and motivation with psychological research findings. It could have been so easy to leave out research that supports the viewpoints, but the use of the studies really helped convince the reader of their usefulness.
There was very little I disliked about this book, to be honest. There were a couple of grammatical mistakes I noticed, but it appeared as if it was professionally edited. The chapter titles could have used some extra work, and the book's title didn’t grab me upon first hearing of it. Needless to say, I was delightfully surprised by the treasures within the pages. Every page was meaningful. Every story grabbed me and took me along for a journey of self-discovery and perseverance. I will definitely be saving this book and writing down the profound quotes I came across. I would find it mind-boggling if someone didn’t find something with which to connect.
Stories help provide healing and if we are able to see that others can overcome the seemingly impossible, there is no reason why we can’t too. Because of this, I would gladly rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to anyone who dreams of more for their life, longs for inspiration, or wants to be touched by the written word. I would also encourage future readers to keep going it until the very end because she included extra tidbits of inspiration until the very last pages. I didn't want the book to end, so this was a lovely surprise.
From Drift to SHIFT
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