Review by crediblereading2 -- And Then I Met Margaret

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Review by crediblereading2 -- And Then I Met Margaret

Post by crediblereading2 » 29 May 2018, 22:34

[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 is an awe-inspiring autobiography of author Rob White, which instructs its audience on how to remove old stereotypical ideas and readjust one’s selfish way of thinking to one which is more selfless in order to have a more meaningful and fulfilled life. The book is presented in the form of a conspectus which relates his life’s story in chronological order, from his humble beginnings to him becoming a successful and accomplished entrepreneur. The story promotes self-inspection and highlights that everyone is important in the whole scheme of life. Everyone is interconnected and all learn from and affect each other in one way or another.

At an early age, Rob White was taught a very important lesson. He learned that ‘success is possible and not probable’and he has used this transformative value to propel his approach throughout life as it concerns attaining wealth and success. He knows that in order for him to be successful he should not wait around for wealth to be thrust upon him but instead work hard for success to happen through his efforts.

Rob soon finds out that gaining all the material wealth that the world offers is not enough to satisfy his inner feelings of self-actualization, therefore, he sets out on a quest to quell this need. His journey takes him to places such as Denver, New Orleans, Honolulu, and Africa. He meets with many famous gurus and celebrities such as Stephen Covey and Marianne Williamson and gains much-needed life lessons from them but it is actually his encounter with Margaret, a young child, that impacts and impresses him the most. Because it is indeed Margaret’s simplistic yet thought-provoking question which causes a revamping of his mind and which actually jolts him from his quixotic and selfish viewpoint of life to the way that he is actually supposed to view it.

What I enjoy most about this book, is the engaging, honest, humble, and sometimes whimsical manner in which the author narrates the story. I also love the fact that Mr. White is able to point out his errors regarding his belief that life revolves around certain myths. He is however lucky enough to realize that they are just myths and therefore, was able to correct these views by taking instead, a more realistic approach to life. I must point out, that I have an issue at the section where Mr. White watches a Maasai mother, hands over her child who is still alive to a ravenous hyaena, in the name of observing African tradition. I believe that he could have saved the child’s life instead of pleasing the villagers.

Author White has succeeded in capturing my attention with his use of vivid imagery based on his choice palette of words. The story is told using the first person and the moods throughout the book are humility, self-introspection, and fulfillment. I have observed practically no errors in the passages and therefore I unhesitatingly give this book a 4 out of 4 stars rating. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wishes to gain the confidence that is necessary to establish genuine and meaningful relationships and to become successful in whatever chosen career.

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Post by Kendra M Parker » 03 Jul 2018, 10:19

What a wonderful review of this book. I’ve been kind of burned out on self-help books lately, but your review makes me think this one might be more worthwhile than I had originally thought. I’ll have to keep this one open as a possibility.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 03 Jul 2018, 16:25

Kendra M Parker wrote:
03 Jul 2018, 10:19
What a wonderful review of this book. I’ve been kind of burned out on self-help books lately, but your review makes me think this one might be more worthwhile than I had originally thought. I’ll have to keep this one open as a possibility.
Thank you for your comment. It is indeed a very honest and down-to-earth approach on how to reach one's full potential.

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Post by onixpam » 03 Jul 2018, 21:28

Great review! I already read this book. As you wrote, this book is very engaging and give us really good advice. I read a lot of reviews, and not everyone thinks the same.

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Post by juliecsa » 05 Jul 2018, 11:32

This is an incredibly well written review! I do not tend to read self-help books, but your description was very powerful and I am intrigued enough to check it out.

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Post by Eva Darrington » 06 Jul 2018, 22:26

I enjoyed reading your review. It sounds like you really loved the book. I liked it, though maybe a bit less than you did. I had a couple of problems that I outlined in my review. But, like you, I appreciated the ordinary guru concept and the myth and transformed belief format to each chapter. Our impressions diverge a bit at the Maasai mother story. I just couldn't imagine a scenario when it would feel ok for an outsider to be witnessing this type of very personal and emotional cultural rite. That was what felt somewhat strange to me.
Thanks for the really great review!
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Post by inaramid » 07 Jul 2018, 01:15

I agree with some of your points here. I have read the book as well, although I did not enjoy it as you did. The story of the Maasai mother is one of the things that did feel strange.

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Post by nikkyteewhy » 07 Jul 2018, 18:05

I read and reviewed this book too and I agree with your ratings. Good observation about the Maasai's mother I just assumed there was no hospitals or something and he clearly was not a medical practitioner but I could be wrong.

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Post by JR Mercier » 09 Jul 2018, 02:03

I have read a couple of reviews on this book and I must say, your review is super nice. I love the idea of everyday people being gurus and I really enjoyed your review!.
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Post by JuliaKay » 09 Jul 2018, 02:19

This book seems like it has some wonderful tips for living a better life. I like that the author is introspective and humble and that he writes also with honesty and humor. I usually don't like self help books unless they relate the stories of how others found success. Thank you for the thoughtful review.
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Post by crediblereading2 » 09 Jul 2018, 08:08

JR Mercier wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 02:03
I have read a couple of reviews on this book and I must say, your review is super nice. I love the idea of everyday people being gurus and I really enjoyed your review!.
Thank you for your kind comments. We are all gurus in our own ways and we all benefit from each other in different ways.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 09 Jul 2018, 08:10

JuliaKay wrote:
09 Jul 2018, 02:19
This book seems like it has some wonderful tips for living a better life. I like that the author is introspective and humble and that he writes also with honesty and humor. I usually don't like self help books unless they relate the stories of how others found success. Thank you for the thoughtful review.
Yes, it certainly has some wonderful tips on how to live a meaningful life. Thank you for commenting.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 09 Jul 2018, 08:14

onixpam wrote:
03 Jul 2018, 21:28
Great review! I already read this book. As you wrote, this book is very engaging and give us really good advice. I read a lot of reviews, and not everyone thinks the same.
This book has some wonderful tips on how to live a meaningful life. Thank you for commenting.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 09 Jul 2018, 08:15

nikkyteewhy wrote:
07 Jul 2018, 18:05
I read and reviewed this book too and I agree with your ratings. Good observation about the Maasai's mother I just assumed there was no hospitals or something and he clearly was not a medical practitioner but I could be wrong.
This book has some wonderful tips on how to live a meaningful life. Thank you for commenting.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 10 Jul 2018, 13:48

I'm not really a fan of self-help or inspirational type books, so I don't think this one is for me. Thanks for the review!

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