3 out of 4 stars
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If you're looking for something positive from the very beginning, pick up Be Solid by D. Grant Smith. This book simply oozes positivity and encourages readers to become their best selves. The book starts with the author's story and his experiences in boxing. His problems didn't start with boxing. Instead, he quickly found that boxing taught him core principles to carry with him throughout life. For example, he learned to not rely on dysfunctional behaviors when he was hurt, physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Following an introduction to the author's story, D. Grant Smith provides readers with steps to heal from a heartbreak and become a better person following it. He asserts that readers have to actively fight and work towards this goal as it's not easy. However, it is worth it. For example, readers need to embrace their emotions but not be taken under by them. In addition, instead of pushing people away, readers learn how to build a healthy support system. Throughout the book, D. Grant Smith provides additional tips, tricks, examples, questions, and "action trainings" to support the process of healing.
I thought this was a great self-help book and is perfect for individuals who like these types of books. It is also very helpful for those who are just leaving a relationship. The author is candid about heartbreak but gives readers tools to get out of the dumps. It can also help prepare readers for future relationships and how to find healthy, supportive people to add to your life. I would highly recommend it to all the above people.
Overall, I have to give this book 3 out of 4 stars. I deducted a star for grammatical errors and an issue I had with the book. The book was almost two-hundred and fifty pages. Personally, I did not feel that the book needed to be this long. In fact, at times, I felt that the author was discussing the same thing he already said before. I had to stop a few times before returning to the book because of this.
That said, I did like the book as a whole. My favorite part was that the author starts the book with the preface stating, "You are worth fighting for." It sets the right tone from the book and is a comforting message. I also really liked that the author provided examples of affirmations, lists, and questions as it made the book interactive. I could actually work on some of my own issues as I read. Lastly, I enjoyed how the author related different experiences to boxing. For example, you need to be on your toes and balanced to take on life and your boxing opponent.
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