Did you like the "Myth I Believed" feature of the book?

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Did you like the "Myth I Believed" feature of the book?

Post by AliceofX » 15 Jan 2018, 03:46

Personally, it always intrigued me and made me want to keep reading the next chapter. But did you always agree with the author about what the lesson of the story was? Would it have been better if he left it to the reader to figure it out for themselves?

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Post by Gikonyo Caroline » 15 Jan 2018, 13:07

When I read a story or listen to one I often draw many lessons some of which are not obvious to the story teller or narrator . To give his book sequence and logical flow of content I think it was okay for Rob to give us his personal lessons from the story .Since it is possible the lessons the reader draws are not the ones Rob learnt from his personal life because we are all very different in our perception and interactions with the environment. In the same wavelength it is possible for readers not to draw any important lessons from the story depending on perhaps lack of thinking capacity or ability to decode the lessons in a story or even lack of time.

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Post by BookishCreature » 15 Jan 2018, 14:17

Definitely. It kept me interested and also broke the book up into bite-sized chunks. Plus it makes it easy to go back and find a specific chapter, which I think I'll end up doing quite a bit. It actually reminded me a lot of Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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Post by Vice_jade1 » 15 Jan 2018, 14:26

Honestly, I think it, the author meant for us to draw some of our own conclusions from the book because we do live each of our own lives differently. Being said he may have helped guided us through his own lessons he learned but I believe the overall look was for us to be motivated and take some account into our own lives with the lesson and connect to the book that way.

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Post by Snowflake » 15 Jan 2018, 16:14

I liked the lessons at the beginning of each chapter. I enjoyed knowing what the author gained from the story but that did not stop me from thinking more about the story and gathering my own lessons.
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Post by Eva Darrington » 15 Jan 2018, 16:54

I actually liked the way the book was organized. The opening myth alerts the reader to the challenge that is coming. And the repetition of the myth and the transformed belief at the end of the chapters helped me review each story in my mind. I think it is an effective tool.
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Post by PriyaRD » 16 Jan 2018, 01:44

I liked the idea of the author stating what he believed in the opening of the chapter and then end the story what he discovered after learning. It gives more meaning to the chapters.

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Post by katiesquilts » 16 Jan 2018, 01:45

Eva Darrington wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 16:54
I actually liked the way the book was organized. The opening myth alerts the reader to the challenge that is coming. And the repetition of the myth and the transformed belief at the end of the chapters helped me review each story in my mind. I think it is an effective tool.
This is a great point! In terms of learning and placing the myths into our long-term memory, repeating the myths and picking them apart together is best to help readers remember, rather than just assuming the reader will get the main points!

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Post by mandalee519 » 16 Jan 2018, 11:57

I always think that it is best for authors to allow their audience to make their own inferences on the lesson of the book. This allows the lessons to be tailored to fit the reader as opposed to a "one size fits all" situation. When reading the book I did notice that he would state what the lesson was and it was a little discouraging. I noticed that the book in and of itself is already not applicable to everyone. So, to then tell the reader what lesson they should be taking away from each chapter was further narrowing.

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Post by djordjesvonja » 16 Jan 2018, 15:46

That is just author's opinion and his life experience. Offcourse we all had different opinions and a lot of us did not felt what author felt. I for example find myself in many of this situations and offcourse I also did not react like writer is, but i think that his answers on most of myths are right.

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Post by SPasciuti » 16 Jan 2018, 18:42

I did really enjoy this aspect of the book, especially because it subtly prompts readers to look at their own beliefs and consider whether they fit the category of myth or not and to realize that learning a truth from it is a really inspirational and useful thing. I also thought it was engaging and creative and really appreciated that aspect of it.

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Post by KasieMiehlke » 16 Jan 2018, 19:40

I enjoyed this feature of the book. It helped open my eyes about what I was told to believe as a child.

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Post by mratdegraff91 » 16 Jan 2018, 22:24

I felt like this helped me really tune into the lesson of each story. It also kept me extremely interested in what the author had to share. I struggled to put the book down because I wanted to know how he got to a point where he changed what he believed.
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Post by Sincerely » 17 Jan 2018, 03:12

I liked, infact it kept me intrigued to keep reading so as to know what new myth and lesson are in the next chapter.

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Post by GathuaM » 17 Jan 2018, 08:21

I loved it actually. It made me interested in knowing how the myth was changed from an excuse to a lesson.

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