3 out of 4 stars
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The Values String is a motivational nonfiction book by Ukpeme Akpan Okon.
Within the pages of this short, creative book, the author urges readers to shake off feelings of self-condemnation, guilt, and regret. She presents readers with a simple, implementable technique to turn their lives around. With this technique, you use your core values as affirmations, which in turn motivate you to action.
I enjoyed the author's presentation of "the tripod" system, which states that to attain success, one must balance and maintain their mental, spiritual, and physical health. This system complemented the implementation of the technique discussed in the previous paragraph.
I loved the author's tone. Her voice came across as strong, motivational, and warm. Reading The Values String feels like getting that well-needed pep-talk to help you get back on track. The feeling of the book was further enhanced by the songs that the author wrote and included in some of the chapters. Some of these songs help you to feel calm and at peace, while others help you to muster up the courage you need.
I disliked the author's choice of diction. The words used are unnecessarily complex, which might put off some readers altogether. I feel a simpler choice of diction could have improved the flow of ideas and improved the efficiency with which ideas were conveyed. Some of the quotes included also used very complex language, causing them to go right over my head.
Overall, I believe The Values String reaches what it sets out to do. The techniques explained have helped me. I also loved that I was able to complete it in one short sitting. Thus, I rate it 3 out of 4 stars. I am going to deduct a star for the grandiloquent language use. However, this book was well-editted. I recommend it to readers who would like a quick, yet long-lasting dose of motivation. However, it only works if you implement the techniques.
The Values String
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