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Are you still waiting for someone to come and make your life better? Perhaps you still place your happiness on other people and wish for a messiah to come and solve all your problems. Dear reader, Lesley Van Staveren, the author of Be Your Own Hero: 8 Steps to Transform Your Life, wants you to know that your destiny is in your hands.
Ms. Staveren recounts how she had to relocate from England to Australia to start her life all over after her failed first marriage. Before the relocation, the author concluded that her life was terrible. Fortunately, a shift in perspective and mindset helped her realize she was the only one who could take the opportunities that life had to offer her. Today, she considers that leap of faith and respect for her own opinions to be one of her best decisions. Through this book, the author intends to use her experience to help readers own the strengths that reside in them and be their own heroes.
I have read a lot of non-fiction books about how one can transform his or her life. However, this author's approach impressed me. For every one of the '8 Steps to Transform Your Life' that she listed, she used some questions to give insightful explanations of the steps. She instructs readers to write down their answers to the questions before she answers and explains them. What I like most about this book is how these questions seem to minister personally to me. And I believe most readers will feel the same way. For example, the author asks, "Do you have full trust in your own abilities to get you to where you want to be? If not, why not?" I find this question to be both inspiring and thought-provoking. Try and read this book for many more questions like that one.
Furthermore, I didn't expect the message in this book to resonate with me as much as it did. Maybe it's because the author used her experiences to provide her lessons; the teachings are relatable, and they highlight what we experience every day. My favorite message is about owning our mistakes. I am guilty of sometimes coming up with defense mechanisms instead of simply admitting that I am wrong. Thank you, Ms. Staveren, for these life-changing lessons.
To conclude, I think readers can already tell that I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If I must nitpick, then I have to say that I didn't like the repetition of some points in the book. However, the many things I learned from this book made the issue negligible. The author's language is also easy to understand, and her tone is conversational. Therefore, I recommend this guidebook to readers who desire transformation in their lives, be it in terms of their relationships with others or how they perceive their inner strengths. I found some errors in the book; don't worry, they aren't distracting. So I am sure there's nothing left but to award this book a well-deserved 4 out of 4 stars. Happy reading as you work towards unleashing the hero in you!
Be Your Own Hero
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