4 out of 4 stars
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Shifting Perspectives by Lavitia Brunson-Arnold is a non-fiction book designed to help people understand their belief patterns and change their outlook on life. In this way, they can overcome challenges and create the life of their dreams. The book includes personal anecdotes, advice, and motivational quotes. Readers will find new meaning in these as the author bridges the gap between old and new perspectives of daily living. Parts of the book are also dedicated for notes which encourage readers to engage in healthy self-reflection.
I am someone who is always looking for new ways to metamorphose into the best version of myself so I really enjoyed this book. What I enjoyed most in this book was the way the author described thoughts, words, actions, and interactions. She compared them to seeds in the garden of life. According to her, we can intentionally plant positive seeds which will ensure that we achieve positive results. This was extremely profound. Although I have never come across this metaphor for positivity before, it makes the concept of self-development seem relatable and easy.
There was also a quote in the book which I really liked. It said:
“Do something every day
No matter how small
That gets you one step closer to realizing your dreams”
This quote was the most motivating one in the entire book. It summed up one of the author’s insightful experiences. She used to come home from work every day with the need to relax and unwind from the day. Then one evening she realized that she wasn’t putting any effort towards her goals. From that day, she began to map out her life and take the steps required to achieve her dreams. After reading this anecdote and the quote, I felt inspired to begin mapping out my own plans for the future.
I also liked that the book was reader-friendly. It was written in simple language and the concepts discussed were easy to understand. The text was typed in a large font which made it easy on the eyes. Moreover, there were spaces for readers to make notes. This was an interactive feature which many readers will appreciate.
There was nothing that I disliked about this book. It seemed professionally edited because I only came across one minor typo. I am awarding the book 4 out of 4 stars because it was inspirational, reader-friendly, and the concepts put forth by the author helped me to view my life in a new way. I would recommend this book to anyone who is working on their personal development. Teachers and counselors may also find useful advice in this book which they can impart to their students and clients. However, Shifting Perspectives may not appeal to readers who don’t like self-development books.
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