3 out of 4 stars
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Seasons Change So Can You: A Guide to Instigating Life-Changing Transformations is a helpful and entertaining book written by Alfreta Sailor.
The book has twenty eight very interesting chapters in addition to the Introduction and Acknowledgement. Moreover the author includes another chapter, Exercises, for readers to participate in. The book is, basically, ‘a compilation of articles that the author wrote on the Internet’ and that she wants to share with other people.
The book includes a variety of everyday topics that, though seemingly banal, are never insignificant. Those topics include friendship, jealousy, insecurity, happiness, gratefulness, reliability, self-centeredness, bullying and responsibility among others. Moreover, the author emphasizes the importance of listening, asking, sympathizing and forgiving. By citing common and familiar cases, the author makes it easy for the readers to relate and by using names such as Suspicious Sam, Innocent Irene, Doubtful Dennis, Nervous Nelly and Dainty Della, she makes the cases very entertaining.
All in all, this is a very interesting, helpful, and at some points, amusing book. Though the book is, admittedly, not very original as several books about change have already been written and published, what is so special about this book is the passion that the author was apparently feeling when she was writing these articles.
From reading the book, the readers could feel the sincerity of the author to share what she learned and knew about life in general. Moreover, it is evident, from her chosen topics, that she wrote from the heart. Finally and most importantly, it is absolutely obvious that she was having so much fun while she was writing the articles.
Though I initially took the book as one of those ordinary self-help books about change, I eventually got caught up in the stories and the sincerity of the author’s tone. Her enthusiasm is simply contagious and I found myself enjoying the book more than I expected I would.
She brings up topics that everybody seems to know but nobody seems to want to talk about like how self-centered people can be, the feeling of being used, the propensity to lie and helping younger people to be responsible. These topics which are encountered and experienced by everyone can be difficult to handle and I commend the author for bravely bringing up these topics and sharing her thoughts which may validate other people’s feelings.
What I like most about the book are first, the realistic take on all the topics and second, the relaxed and natural tone used by the author. Moreover, the author includes some things about herself that I’m sure some readers will understand and will totally relate to.
However, I noticed several errors within the entire book including missing words, improperly placed punctuation marks, grammatical errors and typo errors.
I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. Not only is it helpful and entertaining, it is also an easy read and a ‘feel good’ book and I recommend it to readers who may need to make some changes in their lives.
Seasons Change So Can You
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