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Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

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Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

Post Number:#1 by CataclysmicKnight
» 17 Jun 2017, 14:26

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Notesfromgrandpa" by Quentin Gessner.]

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3 out of 4 stars
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Along with spending time with them and showing them kindness, one of the most important things an adult can do for kids is passing on their knowledge. So many of life's lessons are best learned through experience, and being able to tell others about your own experiences helps them avoid unnecessary pain and get a leg up on life. Quentin Gessner, author of Notes from Grandpa: Sharing Life's Lessons, has a whopping 46 family members (including 5 kids, 13 grandkids and 11 great-grandkids!) so he decided to compile seven important "notes from Grandpa".

The book is broken into seven sections, each with a single focus. The first two, Notes on Character and Notes on Self-Discipline, are written in a list format and the rest vary between paragraphs and lists. There's a lot of standard, common knowledge in here, but there's also some really solid insight as well. The majority of the notes are based on character, being a good person and improving interactions with others (the first note is even titled Notes on Character!).

I really liked that the author had a very positive, upbeat voice. That's also the main takeaway from Notes from Grandpa: Sharing Life's Lessons - the importance of a positive attitude (note 6 is Notes on Positive Attitude) and reflecting on your life to be the best person you can be. Notes 3 and 4 - Notes on Spirituality and Notes on Self Assessment for Christians - were my favorite two notes. They encourage self-reflection well, and since the book is so short they're easy to come back to any time in the future to inspire further self-improvement.

There was one note that felt a bit weak, however. Note 5, Notes on Force Field Analysis, sounded like it would be the coolest by far. However, it's actually a term that Quentin uses to refer to making decisions. The method is very straightforward, and the note includes step-by-step instructions, but it wasn't as inclusive as the other notes. The book is also incredibly short - only 26 pages - meaning it's great for young children or for a quick read but doesn't have a lot of depth to it.

Overall, even as an adult I found some interesting notes, suggestions and insight in Notes from Grandpa:
Sharing Life's Lessons
. While it may not be something I'd recommend to people who read lots of self-help books, it definitely has its place with younger kids, particularly if you read it to your own children and then look back and re-read different portions in fitting circumstances. Re-reading the note on positive attitude when a child is frustrated or using the notes on conflict resolution as a step-by-step guide to avoid fights and talk things out are both great uses for the book! My official rating of Notes from Grandpa: Sharing Life's Lessons is 3 out of 4 stars.

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Re: Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

Post Number:#2 by LadyClaire
» 26 Jul 2017, 16:05

I think this is an example every Grandpa should emulate(not necessarily publishing).
Thanks for the review, CataclysmKnight.
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Re: Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

Post Number:#3 by Anirudh Badri
» 27 Jul 2017, 16:55

Sounds like a short, sweet book by a man who has learnt a lot from life. Too bad about the not on force field analysis though. With a name like that, I was starting to get really excited.

Thanks for the review, CataclysmicKnight.
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Re: Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

Post Number:#4 by bookiegalke
» 28 Jul 2017, 08:44

I think the best way to read this book with a child is to read it bit by bit like a teacher would organize different lessons for a particular subject to teach her students. I like the review
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Re: Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

Post Number:#5 by The Researcher
» 03 Aug 2017, 00:53

Very Nice review! I liked the fact about sharing the knowledge with Kids. It reminded me of my grandparents. I spent a lot of time with them and learnt a lot of things from them.
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Re: Official Review: Notesfromgrandpa by Quentin Gessner

Post Number:#6 by Jem Tomarong
» 03 Aug 2017, 01:05

I haven't much enough time with my grandpa. One thing I've learned from him is " you must behave and be a good girl. Excellent review, I can relate. Thanks for your review.
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