1 out of 4 stars
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You Are Everything & Everything is You by I Am is a reader-centred inspirational book premised on the notion that the reader is everything they wish to be. It is a self-actualization book geared towards raising the reader's awareness of their innate strength and abilities.
The author supported his opinions with biblical quotations and quotes from notable people and other books. At the end of the chapters, there are recommendations of relevant books to read and YouTube channels for the reader to watch to cement their learning.
On the positive side, the book has some good affirmations. In addition, the author made good points about specific topics, such as giving love to oneself and treating people well.
That said, the book has various weaknesses. The first is how redundantly repetitious the writing is. The author repeats the same information over and over and reminds the reader of who and what they are in every sentence. In addition, many words and their first letters are unnecessarily capitalized, which becomes distracting and tiresome after a while. The author believes that "repetition creates firm belief," but all it created in me were boredom and drowsiness.
Another challenge is the book's contradictory message and lack of a viable blueprint for the reader to become all they wish to be. According to the author, praying to God is false teaching since the reader is God and already has all they need inside them, so there is no need to seek anything or anyone outside themselves. However, he quotes the Bible at will to support his views. The writer states that all the reader needs to do is read the book repeatedly, continually recite the relevant affirmations and believe in the words, and they will see the physical manifestations of their desires. But, there is no evidence, even personal ones, that the method works. There are various pretend plays that help the reader visualize how they will feel and be when they achieve their desires. Still, most plays entail the reader becoming financially prosperous by an unrealistic method. After a while, the plays felt like a ruse for the book's lack of substance.
Furthermore, the author is not open to his views being questioned. Instead, he claims that any questions or doubts a reader might have about his teachings result from the reader's entrenched self-limiting beliefs and the false information and teaching they have been hearing since birth.
It's clear the author has good intentions, but his delivery could be better. For an inspirational book, the writing did nothing for me. The book needs a professional editor to polish the editing and entire book and extract the gems from it. Its current form is arduous to read, so I can't recommend it to anyone. Conclusively, I rate it 1 out of 4 stars.
"You Are Everything & Everything Is You"
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