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Review by The BookWorm Nagham -- And Then I Met Margaret

Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 27 Jan 2018, 17:44

[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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And Then I Met Margaret: Stories of Ordinary Gurus I’ve Met (Mind Adventure Press, Boston, M.A) is a nonfiction book by Rob White centered on his life and the gurus that impacted him throughout the years. This book is filled with meaningful lessons, and quotes that will make you want to do better. Be better. This book will make you dream of success, give you the desire to thrive, and it will definitely give you a lot to think about.

Constituted from 21 entertaining short stories with morals and life lessons, each describing a chapter in his life, Rob White opens each chapter with a title accompanied by a myth he believed, and ends it with the lesson he learned, the transformed belief. The opening myth alerts the reader of the challenge that is coming. It let me imagine a story and try to guess the transformed myth. I liked that even though he wrote what he learned, it didn't stop me from drawing my own conclusions.

The 1st chapter made me cry, he talked about his late aunt Theresa the first guru he encountered. She was one of the kindest people he knew, she was loving and always had time to play. Despite being an amazing human being she ended up an old maid judged by all, criticized and a source of gossip. You see Rob was raised in a small town where boys grew up to become their fathers and girls married and took care of the children. And his aunt didn’t follow that system. Later on, Rob began to rebel against this said system, he stood up for a deer and challenged the authority of a police man, he changed his haircut… Funny how a single haircut could change you. Rob soon went against the traditions and the path that was decided for him. White went to college where a janitor encouraged him to put himself out there. He met Rose Kennedy, got caught cheating and left his teaching job because Debbie decided she was smarter than she believed she was.

Rob White is a self-made successful person, and by sharing these short stories he gave us an insight to his life. I liked that he was honest with us, he recounted the self-doubt he felt, and shared with us some of his most vulnerable moments. As he became more successful, he became more self-centered (some might say arrogant). Meeting Margaret was a turning point for him.

And then I met Margaret will make you laugh, scream in frustration and cry, it will make you relate to the author, and dwell on the gurus in your life. I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars and strongly recommend reflecting and thinking about every newly acquired lesson.

I took my time reading this book, thinking about the meaning of my life and how in return I affect the life of others with my actions and words. Although I didn't identify with all the chapters, I did see part of myself in him and began recounting stories of my own. But even though I couldn't relate with some tales it doesn't mean he didn't give us good lessons. The main point of the book is that we can find our own "gurus" in our everyday life. And hopefully I might be a guru to someone one day!

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Post by kdstrack » 04 Feb 2018, 14:50

Thanks for your review of this book. You list a number of different emotions that the author evokes with his different stories. He also shares much of his own life and experiences, urging readers to discover the gurus in their own lives. Great job.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 05 Feb 2018, 13:41

The BookWorm Nagham wrote: ↑
27 Jan 2018, 17:44
I took my time reading this book, thinking about the meaning of my life and how in return I affect the life of others with my actions and words. Although I didn't identify with all the chapters, I did see part of myself in him and began recounting stories of my own. But even though I couldn't relate with some tales it doesn't mean he didn't give us good lessons. The main point of the book is that we can find our own "gurus" in our everyday life. And hopefully I might be a guru to someone one day!
A very well-written and convincing review. If I read this review I would want to read the book. I love the concept of noticing the everyday gurus in our lives. It sounds like you really brought that concept into your life. I didn't like the book quite as much as you did, but did appreciate many aspects. Check out my review if you like. Thanks.
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Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 10 Feb 2018, 06:48

kdstrack wrote: ↑
04 Feb 2018, 14:50
Thanks for your review of this book. You list a number of different emotions that the author evokes with his different stories. He also shares much of his own life and experiences, urging readers to discover the gurus in their own lives. Great job.
Thank you!!

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Post by Kylou » 11 Feb 2018, 15:09

This was a beautiful review. Simple and very effective. You seem to evoke some of the same feelings and emotions I had while reading this book and provided some inspiration for me to write my own review of this book. Thank you!
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Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 13 Feb 2018, 07:08

Kylou wrote: ↑
11 Feb 2018, 15:09
This was a beautiful review. Simple and very effective. You seem to evoke some of the same feelings and emotions I had while reading this book and provided some inspiration for me to write my own review of this book. Thank you!
Thank you for the reply, I'm looking forward to reading your review! <3

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Post by KFree_Reads » 13 Feb 2018, 22:07

Nice review! I'm definitely in agreement with you regarding not being able to relate to all his tales but still finding valuable lessons in his stories. I also found the first chapter sad and I did get teary-eyed myself. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did. It really made me pause to reflect on my own journey.

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Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 16 Feb 2018, 14:46

KFree_Reads wrote: ↑
13 Feb 2018, 22:07
Nice review! I'm definitely in agreement with you regarding not being able to relate to all his tales but still finding valuable lessons in his stories. I also found the first chapter sad and I did get teary-eyed myself. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did. It really made me pause to reflect on my own journey.
Thank you for taking your time and replying, the book really does make us reflect and think about our own lives. It makes us think about the little things that may have shaped us.

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Post by KFree_Reads » 16 Feb 2018, 21:02

The BookWorm Nagham wrote: ↑
16 Feb 2018, 14:46
KFree_Reads wrote: ↑
13 Feb 2018, 22:07
Nice review! I'm definitely in agreement with you regarding not being able to relate to all his tales but still finding valuable lessons in his stories. I also found the first chapter sad and I did get teary-eyed myself. I'm glad you enjoyed the book as much as I did. It really made me pause to reflect on my own journey.
Thank you for taking your time and replying, the book really does make us reflect and think about our own lives. It makes us think about the little things that may have shaped us.
You're most welcome! This book absolutely puts us in introspection mode. It makes us realize that we are not where we are because we have done it all by ourselves.

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Post by Hildah Mose » 17 Feb 2018, 00:24

I definitely love your review. And I am glad that you also enjoyed reading this book so much. As much as I did, I guess. Thank you for your detailed review.

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Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 17 Feb 2018, 03:55

Hildah Mose wrote: ↑
17 Feb 2018, 00:24
I definitely love your review. And I am glad that you also enjoyed reading this book so much. As much as I did, I guess. Thank you for your detailed review.
Thank you for taking the time and replying, I appreciate it. And then I met Margaret is an inspirational book that makes us think and reflect about our life. And it's really cool that we get the opportunity to read it and discuss it with others.

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Post by Companion Adedeji » 18 Feb 2018, 18:11

Wow!, This is so detailed, you really were so into the book. Great review. I also learnt a lot, which hopefully I will apply in my life.

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Post by The BookWorm Nagham » 19 Feb 2018, 00:50

Companion Adedeji wrote: ↑
18 Feb 2018, 18:11
Wow!, This is so detailed, you really were so into the book. Great review. I also learnt a lot, which hopefully I will apply in my life.
Thank you for replying! I appreciate it.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 06 Jun 2018, 21:02

You are right, everyone of us has a potential to become a guru. Moreover, the author interesting narrates his personal stories. I really enjoyed your comprehensive review.
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Post by Laura Bach » 08 Jun 2018, 01:37

I loved the last phrase. We can all be gurus and not even realise. I liked how you saw the bigger picture from the stories. You didn't focus on each story, you took its meaning and thought about how it affected the author's life, knowing that he ends up successful. Really great review!

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