Official Review: Takes More Than Heart by Dennis Mellen

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Official Review: Takes More Than Heart by Dennis Mellen

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[Following is an official review of "Takes More Than Heart" by Dennis Mellen.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Takes More Than Heart: Changing the Journey's Challenges into Opportunities by Dennis Mellen is a memoir, self-help, and development book. It's about the author, Mr. Mellen, who worked with Alaska Airlines for 28 years. His life and passion were in jeopardy after an accident that resulted in a heart problem that forced him to retire. Will he be able to fly again? Read this inspiring book to find out how he managed his health, family, trauma, losses, and wins.

The author intends to use this book to help people find their bearing and purpose in life. I must applaud him for the courage to put down his failures, successes, and vulnerabilities in writing to inspire his audience. What I love most in this book is that Mr. Mellen didn't give up on himself; instead, he focussed on "what's important next" (WIN). Even with the rejections and turn downs in his pursuit to be reinstated, the author remained positive. This quote by him inspired me, "I don't look at how tough the situation is but rather remain tough facing the situation because winning and complaining doesn't help you deal with it or stay positive."

Furthermore, he makes us understand that events and obstacles are sure to come by, but we have to learn to turn them into opportunities. Readers have a lot of lessons to learn from this book. First, losing a task doesn't mean failure. We should only worry about making our current performances better than the previous ones, and if there's something that we need to do differently. As a teacher, I learned to observe my learners and ensure that I keep up the high spirit and enthusiasm in them throughout the session.

I must commend the author for the many inspiring nuggets in the book. However, the author used a lot of vocabulary words and acronyms that nearly disturbed my reading. But, I turned the situation into a learning process. I learned so many new words in this book since the author also gave their meanings.

This book has 16 chapters, and each of them begins with a thought-provoking and inspiring quote. My favorite one is by Aaron Lauritsen, which reads: “There is strange comfort in knowing no matter what happened today, the sun will rise again tomorrow.” I also admired the stories of some great people that the author used to encourage his readers.

I was so immersed in every aspect of this book. The narration and description of events were breathtaking. The author includes pictures of himself, his coach, and his son, which helped me relate more to the author. There is nothing to dislike about this book, and it is exceptionally edited. Therefore, I am rating Takes More Than Heart: Changing the Journey's Challenges into Opportunities a perfect 4 out of 4 stars.

I happily recommend this great piece to individuals who are in a leadership position and those who are facing challenges but are willing to give it a positive approach. Lovers of aviation and athletes will be inspired by the book too.

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Post by raluca_mihaila »

Thank for the recommendation! Great job with this inspiring review!
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Post by Crescentine »

Your reviews focused on positive aspect of the book and I really liked how you turned the complicated vocabulary bit into a learning process. It is something that I'm surely going to remember.
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Post by Upeksha »

Sounds like an interesting book. I will add this book to my shelf. Thanks for the wonderful review!
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Post by Kennedy NC »

Having been a victim of various accidents myself I easily relate with those who have suffered loss or injury from one accident to the other. The great lesson is to be able to rise from every set back. Great review!
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Post by Sou Hi »

Thanks for your interesting review. Indeed, for a pilot, having a health issue is very dangerous considering their working place. I'm glad that Dennis was able to cope with his situation.
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Post by Ebubechinwaogazie »

The ability to bounce back after these kind of incidents is worth emulating. Great review.
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Post by Pandora10 »

I usually enjoy an inspirational memoir that offers life lessons. This should be a useful book for those that enjoy a self-help, memoir or anyone that has suffered a business setback, personal loss, or a health challenge. Excellent review on this book.
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Post by Etienneza »

A book i would enjoy. The review was very informative and relates details about the way the author presented the material in a captivating manner. On the bookshelf it goes. Well done with a super review.
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Post by Suzer6440 xyz »

Sounds like a good book from this interesting review . Thanks for your thoroughness - I will be adding this to my bookshelf
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Post by MarianaFigueira »

I'm not really a self-help book kind of person, but you made this sound like a must-read, I'm adding it to my list. Thanks for the incredible review!
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Post by Kdhoeck »

I have purchased and read this book. I agree totally with Chigo Nwagboso’s review. Recently, as happens to everyone, a medical situation has come my way. Having already read Dennis Mellen’s book I used his inspiration to begin the journey back. So far so good, thank-you Dennis for your joy, advise and inspiration. He has truly focused me on “what comes next?” Thank-you from the bottom of my heart!
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