4 out of 4 stars
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Have you purchased self-help book after self-help book only to remain trapped in the same harmful behaviors? So did Tony Blankenship. Then he realized what most self-help books are missing and was inspired to write Self-Help Sucks.
Self-Help Sucks is based on the principles outlined in the well-known Twelve Step programs. Tony postulates that when we try to fix our problems by ourselves, we invariably end up making the same mistakes. We need the assistance of a higher power. That power can be God, the Universe, Buddha, Jesus, your own higher self, or whatever you feel comfortable with.
If you are worried that the book is going to be preachy, Tony identifies as a spiritual agnostic. His message resonated with me because I do as well. I’ve always been skeptical of Twelve Step programs because I have had negative experiences with religion and religious fanatics and the Twelve Step program’s reference to God was a turn-off for me. However, Tony is not a zealot with a holier-than-thou attitude, so I was willing to listen to what he had to say and to really give the suggestions in the book a try.
The book is not heavy on profanity, but because of forthright discussions about sexual matters and other mature topics, it is only suitable for adult readers. Devout biblical literalists may feel that Tony’s liberal interpretation of a higher power is blasphemous, and hardline atheists may not like the idea of involving any sort of higher power in their healing process.
For everyone in between, Tony’s flexible spiritual interpretations and compassionate advice may create the spark you need to take on your personal demons. This book is helping me tackle an issue that I have been dealing with since childhood. Like many people, I have purchased a myriad of self-help books only to end up back at square one every time. Since this book’s approach is different, I believe that I will finally be able to achieve lasting results.
I believe that the book was professionally edited. I did not find any errors in the text. I only found one place where a sentence could have been edited for better readability, that being the following sentence.
“What is it that you no longer want to do any longer?”
The book was straightforward and concise, and I could find nothing to dislike about it. The text has a nice flow between one topic and another and plenty of suggestions for readers to work on in their own lives. I give Self-Help Sucks four out of four stars.
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