Overall rating and opinion of "And Then I Met Margaret"

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Re: Overall rating and opinion of "And Then I Met Margaret"

Post by S_Mulla » 05 Feb 2018, 13:31

I've never read a self-help book before... But its safe to say I enjoyed "And Then I Met Margaret". The authors unique way of beginning each chapter left me intrigued and kept me reading the book till the end. I didn't actually understand the deeper meaning of the book but would recommend it to those who enjoy self-help books.

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Post by Erikajoy94 » 05 Feb 2018, 19:27

lavellan wrote:
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AliceofX wrote:
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I should probably start by saying that I've never been a fan of self-help type books. I don't really have much to compare this book to, but I'll probably stay away from this genre in the future. What I disliked most about the book was how arrogant the author came off. Maybe I'm just a huge cynic, but I don't believe our destiny is entirely in our hands. There are people who say, "What doesn't kill you make you stronger." To me, that just means you weren't hit hard enough. You could have easily been left cripled and broken, but you weren't. That brings me to the crux of the problem. Sure, the author, like all of us, worked hard to get what he has, but in the end he also had the luck to not be given a heavier burden than he could carry. But then to go on and preach that you can achieve anything if you just work hard ... The world doesn't work like that. The world isn't fair and just. In the end, all we can say is, "There but for the grace of God."

To be completely fair, it was a well-written book with interesting stories. The "myth I believed" at the start of every chapter always made me intrigued, and made me want to continue reading. But in the end I just couldn't get behind the overall moral of the book.
I agree as well. Toward the beginning of the book I was more interested as the stories seemed to be relatable to me, but as the story went on, he became a total narcissist. I enjoyed that he was willing to point out his flaws, but it seemed like he never really grew out of his self-centered ways. I disliked that the stories all followed the same formula where he encountered a problem, solved it, and then helped someone else. It became very repetitive after a while. It also is pretty easy to say that you can overcome anything when you’ve never encountered any true adversity in life. This book would be enjoyable to casual readers, but it wouldn’t be very helpful to people who have serious problems in their lives.
This seems to be the general opinion of a lot of people, I'd read it now just to see if they are right.

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Post by Cmbteacher18 » 05 Feb 2018, 21:20

I enjoy memoirs, but the motivational aspect of this book didn't do it for me. I appreciate that the author is successful and has been able to apply these lessons to his own life, but I thought he seemed very self-centered. In almost every story, he positioned himself as the one imparting wisdom and making others' lives better, even though supposedly he was so changed and humbled by these lessons! I could have done without being told how great he was.

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Post by rssllue » 05 Feb 2018, 22:44

Mailis wrote:
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If people are sum of their DNA heritage plus life experience, then bookreaders add and absorb the experience of bookwriters to add to that sum daily. So we can grow and enjoy things that we otherwise would not probably get to experience in our daily lives on our own. I think I'll read this book, not because I myself exactly need extra motivation but because I'd like to know what motivates other people.
So you could say that you are actually motivated to read this book on motivation to discover the motivations that other individuals might have in their lives. :eusa-think: Interesting concept actually.
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Post by Shradha_gangwar » 06 Feb 2018, 05:25

I have never read a self-help book before and “And then I Met Margaret” was a good introduction to this genre. The book wasn’t very long (only 196 pages) so they are perfect if you’re in need of motivation but don’t have lots of time. This book for me, was an honest, exploration of a man's search for meaning in a world in which he has achieved everything physically to achieve financial security, but no spiritual meaning.

Each chapter presents a lesson on life and discusses how to overcome any obstacle blocking your path. At the chapter end, White had reiterate the myth he originally believed to be true and then replace it with the revised belief that the lesson had taught him. In a very simple way, author accomplished a great deal in promoting the life lessons he cherishes, condensing them into a short phrase in order to illuminate the pieces of the chapter that brought him to change for the better. And it allowed the reader of what he learned in that particular chapter of his life.

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Post by Chiara_fernando » 06 Feb 2018, 05:30

And Then I Met Margaret is a really awesome book! If you have time, kindly check my full review viewtopic.php?f=24&t=54800
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Post by +FlOwEr_+ » 06 Feb 2018, 06:40

This book is a very nice lesson for every body. It teach us that no matter what there will always come a person in your life, the right person to help you and to learn and prepare you for the next phase of your life. I loved this book and it made me feel better in way.

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Post by Hildehraefen » 06 Feb 2018, 13:24

I felt the book was very good, because it presented hard truths that many people struggled to accept in life, with a "spoonful of sugar" in the form of comical or touching stories. I really enjoyed it.

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Post by Hawkite » 06 Feb 2018, 15:29

When I first read the book's description, I was hoping for something along the lines of David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day (a great book). In the end, And Then I Met Margaret is much more serious – though occasionally funny – and certainly leans more towards leading the reader towards some kind of revelation. These "revelations" may have been a bit obvious at times, but a part of me still enjoyed getting there, in the same way I enjoy reading The Financial Diet articles despite the fact they usually boil down to the same sort of advice. It may not be ground-breaking, but I found it gave me renewed motivation to kick off my year and achieve my goals.

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Post by eddyokoth » 07 Feb 2018, 07:32

To be sincere havent read the book but how am reading comment its seems a intreasting book to read hence looking forward.'And then i met margaret'

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Post by nfdaniel85 » 11 Feb 2018, 12:42

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It also is pretty easy to say that you can overcome anything when you’ve never encountered any true adversity in life. This book would be enjoyable to casual readers, but it wouldn’t be very helpful to people who have serious problems in their lives.
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I haven't read this book, but this is my biggest problem with self help books. Most of the time, adversity to one is a walk in the park for another. You really need perspective on what "the bottom" or "coming from nothing" really is. I read A Long Way Gone when it came out in 2007. It really made me appreciate that all I had to deal with was my crazy, drug addicted biological mother. That's self help right there! P.S. I'd probably still read this book though :lol2:

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Post by vinodsai » 12 Feb 2018, 03:09

And Then I Met Margaret is a collection of short stories which consists of spiritual guidance and inspirational lessons. Every day a new opportunity lets you learn something that you can apply and improve yourself as a person. You will definitely enjoy this motivational book.

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Post by innah96 » 12 Feb 2018, 11:04

Reading these comments, I think this book deserves a chance for sure. It seems like this book will make me realise things, and help me figure out a lot of life lessons.

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Post by Stapes » 12 Feb 2018, 13:27

I am still considering this for my next read. It seems like a easy read that has a motivational and inspirational message, but as it is told in a ignorant manner, i am still undecided.

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Post by Mitchell Starc » 12 Feb 2018, 22:25

I should probably start by saying that I've never been a fan of self-help type books but this book is great in this case and I really liked it

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