4 out of 4 stars
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Do you feel that your life is not as happy and productive as you would like it to be? If you do, The Fix Yourself Handbook: Using the Process Way of Life to Transform Your Life into a Happy, Healthy Journey, written by Faust Ruggiero, might be of help. Using the first person, the author of this non-fiction book presents the Process Way of Life, a program developed during a career of more than forty years of counseling people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The author applies structured processes to help readers address specific problems or concerns. Each chapter opens with a short slogan and then presents a list of methods to employ. After the chapter’s body provides information about the problem, there’s a list of practical action steps to follow. So what are the lessons that Ruggiero draws? They are many and various, from managing anger to connecting to a higher power.
There were several things I liked about this book. For starters, I was impressed by its aesthetically pleasing layout, which I found a noteworthy positive point. The outline and typographic design of the pages were stylish. More importantly, the chapters are very well-structured; they follow a pattern that makes a wealth of information easy to understand and navigate. I also appreciated the author’s use of language. I enjoyed his direct, concise, and good-humored mode of expression.
What I most liked about the book was that Ruggiero doesn’t waste time discussing abstract ideas or philosophies. He focuses on simple and practical steps to take, which I find empowering. The author consolidated a lot his extensive experience in this book. I felt that this is an actual handbook that readers can use as a reference, going back to it when facing challenges in life. Ruggiero’s empathetic approach provides powerful insights. The author’s concept of “proactive global gratitude,” for instance, is inspiring and original. This type of gratitude is not an expression of appreciation for something one has experienced; it is an effort to be grateful for all the moments of our life. He wisely states, “Humility, gratitude, wisdom, and being in service—these pave the way for the connection to a power much greater than ourselves.”
In closing, I finished reading this book with a smile on my face. With no noteworthy negatives, it has the right mix of wisdom and matter-of-factness, and the author comes across as an experienced and well-meaning person. Although this version does contain minor grammatical errors, most of them are related to comma usage and do not detract from the reading experience at all. If you enjoy self-help titles, you should take a look at The Fix Yourself Handbook. I give it 4 out of 4 stars.
The Fix Yourself Handbook
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