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Featured Official Review: Discovering Significance

Post by Mely918 » 01 Nov 2018, 09:56

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Discovering Significance" by Philip Giordano.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Discovering Significance by Philip Giordano details the author’s personal journey from self-doubt to empowerment. Through self-reflection and journal entries, Giordano is able to look back and see how events and people in his life have brought him to where he is today. The book also encourages the readers to chronicle their lives through journal entries. It provides suggestions and journal questions to help others in this process. The purpose of all this is to bring a greater self-awareness to individuals.

One of Giordano’s greatest focus in this book is finding a balance between love and power. He believes that too much of either can lead to unhappiness. It is better to seek a bit of both instead. Many of the stories that Giordano shares throughout this book go back to this concept. Additionally, he coaches his readers in using love and power to become better leaders and communicators in their own lives.

I enjoyed a lot of the stories that the author shared. He touched on many themes about life and relationships, which helped make this book a well-rounded read. I really liked that this book details a single morning in which he told all of these stories to his daughter. It was nice for the author to make himself vulnerable to not only his readers, but his daughter as well. This allowed for a better self-reflection process. Some of the things that Giordano touched upon were not easy for him to talk about, but he decided to share them anyways with no objections. He did this so that both he and the readers would learn more about him. Everything that he went through, whether good or bad, has molded him into the person that he is now. Additionally, I liked reading the journal questions and inspirational quotes that he provided at the end of each chapter.

There was hardly anything I found wrong with this book. It was a quick and pleasant read. I did find a few grammatical mistakes. They were mostly punctuation errors. However, the book’s content made up for it. They didn’t distract me from the overall novel. Another thing is that, at times, the dialogue between Giordano and his daughter seemed a bit unrealistic. I’m sure these issues are fixable with another round of editing.

I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It’s a great self-reflection book about an individual’s personal journey through life. The book has a nice tone to it and flows well for the most part. My only suggestions would be to rewrite some of the dialogue and have an editor look through it for grammatical errors. This isn’t the best book for those who don’t like nonfiction or personal stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys journal writing and is looking to find more meaning in their lives.

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Post by Caylie_Cat » 01 Nov 2018, 20:21

I found the author's point about healthy relationships being a balance of power and love very interesting, and a concept I have often observed and pondered on. Self-reflection books can often be overly narcissistic and indulgent, but after reading your insightful review, this one seems different. Good work!

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Post by Galnius » 01 Nov 2018, 22:33

I find it interesting that self-help and self reflection are not put hand in hand more often. This is especially true considering how we base ourselves off of society and others. This book is definitely interesting due to that.

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Post by fredrick otieno » 02 Nov 2018, 01:19

Thank you for this great review. I love books on self motivation and self reflection especially when it comes with certain tips, i would grab it immeadiatly. This is a must read for me.

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Post by T_stone » 02 Nov 2018, 01:35

A good self help book which seems different from a lot of self discovery books available with flat out points. Thanks for reviewing this.
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Post by kandscreeley » 02 Nov 2018, 07:34

This almost sounds like a cross between a memoir and a self-help. I'm glad the author was able to find his significance and that you enjoyed this one. I don't think it'd be right for me; it just doesn't sound appealing. Thanks, though.
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Post by SamSim » 03 Nov 2018, 08:28

As a former chronic journaler who has let busyness get in the way of writing, your review really makes me want to check this one out. Thanks!
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Post by Sahar Majid » 05 Nov 2018, 10:50

I have always wanted to write a journal, but never quite went on to doing it. This book sounds fascinating; I love it when the author is honest about their experiences. Thank you for the wonderful review!

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Post by Franc93 » 09 Nov 2018, 14:25

Too much of love and too much of power leads to unhappiness? :?: Well the way the author interprets these concepts has had me intrigued and i would pretty much like to read the book to find out how he came to this conclusion. Thanks
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Post by Shrabastee » 20 Nov 2018, 02:54

Although not a great fan of non fictions, I enjoy these kind of books. They not only show the author's journey, but often act as eye-opener for others. Thanks for the insightful review!

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Post by Cotwani » 20 Nov 2018, 22:33

Sounds like self-help served in memoir style. The author seems to have struck a practical balance. Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Lunastella » 21 Nov 2018, 12:40

I think journaling can be very healing. I wish I had the patience to follow through because I've tried it a million times. Maybe this book will finally get me going.
I agree with you, letting yourself be vulnerable isn't easy but it's very valuable.
Great review, thanks.

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Post by Espie » 23 Nov 2018, 06:15

When I was younger, I used to write bits and pieces of my life in a diary. Then came social media where everything could be done virtually while at the same time connecting with loved ones and friends across the miles. Of course, some things are best kept private, and yet it's notable how transparent and unfiltered the author had been as he shared his true stories to his daughter and even to all.

Thank you for your thorough review of his work.
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Post by Sunday diamond » 25 Nov 2018, 18:20

Yes! Writing about one's experiences in life, and the lessons from those experiences; shows that the author love to teach the world to learn from oneanother and ofcourse from him. I'll love a book like this because from this review, it sounds motivational, and informative.

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Post by Sunday diamond » 25 Nov 2018, 18:43

I'll add it to my "want to read" shelve

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