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Have you been trying to improve yourself or have been trying to find your truth? Have you tried every self-help book but to no avail? If you are spiritual and are desperate to find your truth, then Break Your Self Help Addiction: The 5 Keys to Personal Freedom by Brian D. Ridgeway is the book that you may want to turn to when they feel that you have exhausted all of your options.
This book begins with the author's personal background. His story is crucial to understanding how his system to find truth works. He grew up in a difficult life, filled with addiction and abuse. However, he has always had a gift that draws people to him. He was successful in business, but continued to lose that success seven times. He then goes into describing the lowest part of his life. He was living in a motel with his family when "The Miracle" happened. Suddenly he felt free and he has been able to use this gift in order to help everyone, including businessmen and entrepreneurs. He then uses the rest of the book to go into "Spells" and how they debilitate our lives. Then he finally discusses the 5 keys to personal freedom. I won't go into these 5 keys because that it a part of the process of this book and would be considered a "spoiler."
Overall, I thought this book had its good points. I am definitely more spiritual than religious. I meditate and practice yoga. So many of the concepts were not that new to me. In this book, the author is very encouraging! He has been in very low points himself, so it is easy to relate. I really enjoyed how open he is about his life and his struggles. I also appreciated his discussion on fear-based spells. For example, many people have a fear of success or fear of public speaking and that can really affect a person's life. He also includes several exercises and videos in his book. I think this is a great touch and can really deepen someone's experience. I participated in all videos and exercises to really grasp the author's views.
However, there were some points I did not enjoy. The author is very forceful about his truth. Many times he talks about how this way is the only way, we just need to overcome our skepticism. I read this with an open mind and still did not appreciate the way he talks down about other spiritual paths. Many of the paths he discussed as not being effective use some of the same tools he uses. Also, there is a point in the discussion of his key points to personal freedom where he argues that we are our own creator's. This is our own universe, so we can create it to how we see fit. For instance, no one has cancer, just symptoms of cancer. However, he argues that he has had clients that were able to will cancer away by using his program. I feel that this is an extremely dangerous concept to push. There may be several readers who may forgo cancer treatments that could save their lives. I am all for everyone living their truth, but would never urge people to make a decision that could affect their survival. He also uses several curse words, but censors them out by using "stars." I found this to be distracting while reading the book. He should have just written out the curse word or avoided it altogether.
Overall, I felt that this has been just another average self-help book. I appreciated the many techniques and concepts, but I have heard them before or different variations of those same concepts. However, I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I did not find any grammatical errors and it was well organized! If you are spiritual then this is a good book for you to try and discover for yourself.
Break Your Self Help Addiction
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