Review by ParadoxicalWoman -- And Then I Met Margaret

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Review by ParadoxicalWoman -- And Then I Met Margaret

Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 09 Jan 2018, 09:40

[Following is a volunteer review of "And Then I Met Margaret" by Rob White.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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If you ask me to describe And Then I Met Margaret by Rob White, I would say that it is a book which is in combination of memoir and motivational.

This book is divided in 21 chapters which is ranging from his life in his childhood days which is destined to work in a factory mill, as a college student, school teacher, and eventually as a real estate developer and restaurateur.

Every chapter described a particular situation in his life with a particular guru who taught him an important lesson that fits his situation, and how he used that lesson learnt to put that in practice instead of merely as a head knowledge. While reading this, you will be amazed to find that these gurus are not entirely those people with degrees or who are professionals, but they are certainly those who made you to change the way you see things in life.

I find this book is engaging and every chapter of this book is relevant to my life. It feels like I’m having a deep conversation with the author. This is rarely occur to me. Initially, I was a bit confused when he addresses himself as Bob White instead of Rob White. I flipped to the cover page thrice to make sure that I actually get the name right and thinking that some editing problem might occur. But PATIENCE dear prospective readers! As you continually reading, the author slowly unfolds the story behind it.

What appealed to me the most is when he said in chapter 18: “But, there’s a point where you’re supposed to grow and develop beyond that me-focused world. It’s called maturity. It’s that moment when you understand that if the world is going to work, it must be “thee and me,” not “me, me, me.” My understanding was widened that having ‘all about me’ kind of attitude would not bring me any good. No one wants to buy what you’re selling if they don’t know or can’t see for what purpose it will serve them.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars because every of his point is straight forward, for his good writing that managed to glue my attention to this book though how busy my life to find a time to pick a book, and this book in many ways has helped me to change my way of thinking. I would recommend this book to those who wants to transform his life to be someone new and to those who seeks to build or improve his confidence. If you are also someone with “new year, new me” mentality, then this book will be a good read for you.

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Post by EmpathAngie » 07 Feb 2018, 21:04

Thank you for this review, I am very sure I will read this book and truly enjoy the journey. I am new to the club and very pleased to have found this form.

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Post by kdstrack » 08 Feb 2018, 09:53

Great review. I like how you point out that the gurus are just ordinary people. I also enjoyed your comments about "me, me, me." Very true, our tendency to to look inward. Interesting thoughts. Thanks.

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Post by CambaReviewer » 08 Feb 2018, 11:56

This is a nice review. You pointed out a key marketing tip here... For people to buy your product or service, it must be beneficial to them. They must derive something from it. I understand what you mean about the book being like a memoir and the author speaking to you. Well done!

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Post by vinodsai » 12 Feb 2018, 03:29

Amazing Review. And Then I Met Margaret is a collection of short stories which consists of spiritual guidance or inspirational lessons. Every day a new opportunity lets you learn something that you can apply and improve yourself as a person. I like your reviewing style.

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 16 Feb 2018, 21:53

EmpathAngie wrote:
07 Feb 2018, 21:04
Thank you for this review, I am very sure I will read this book and truly enjoy the journey. I am new to the club and very pleased to have found this form.
Hello, welcome to the community!
Thank you for reading and commenting. :D
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 16 Feb 2018, 21:55

kdstrack wrote:
08 Feb 2018, 09:53
Great review. I like how you point out that the gurus are just ordinary people. I also enjoyed your comments about "me, me, me." Very true, our tendency to to look inward. Interesting thoughts. Thanks.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting. :techie-studyingbrown:
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 16 Feb 2018, 21:57

CambaReviewer wrote:
08 Feb 2018, 11:56
This is a nice review. You pointed out a key marketing tip here... For people to buy your product or service, it must be beneficial to them. They must derive something from it. I understand what you mean about the book being like a memoir and the author speaking to you. Well done!
Thank you CambaReviewer for reading and commenting :techie-studyingbrown:
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 16 Feb 2018, 21:59

vinodsai wrote:
12 Feb 2018, 03:29
Amazing Review. And Then I Met Margaret is a collection of short stories which consists of spiritual guidance or inspirational lessons. Every day a new opportunity lets you learn something that you can apply and improve yourself as a person. I like your reviewing style.
Thank you so much for reading and commenting. :tiphat:
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Post by SABRADLEY » 10 Jun 2018, 10:38

Thank you for the lovely review. I enjoyed this book as well :)

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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 11 Jun 2018, 22:08

SABRADLEY wrote:
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Thank you for the lovely review. I enjoyed this book as well :)
I am glad to know you enjoy this book. :D
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Post by Helen_Combe » 15 Jun 2018, 06:55

Great review, I’ve often felt that ordinary people can be just as good as gurus as well known ones. This sounds like a nice mix of story and learning.
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Post by ParadoxicalWoman » 15 Jun 2018, 09:33

Helen_Combe wrote:
15 Jun 2018, 06:55
Great review, I’ve often felt that ordinary people can be just as good as gurus as well known ones. This sounds like a nice mix of story and learning.
Thank you for your time for reading and replying to my review. :tiphat:
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Post by Dolor » 17 Jun 2018, 09:17

I specifically like this in your review: "No one wants to buy what you’re selling if they don’t know or can’t see for what purpose it will serve them." This is self-explanatory and true.

The author gives value to those who made him change the way he sees things in life even the ordinary persons. Moreover, he shared the lessons he learned through this book.

Thanks for the detailed review.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 19 Jun 2018, 14:48

I'm glad that you found connections between the book and your own life. It always makes a story that much more engaging!
Thanks for the great review :)
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