4 out of 4 stars
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Many of us search for a rewarding job; we want to fulfill our dreams and to live a purposeful life; almost everyone of us needs a loving partner and a healthy relationship; we often would love to share our wisdom and experience with others. Create the Life You Want by Raymond P. Gerson shows us how to achieve success in life on all these four levels, naming spiritual growth as a key factor.
The book is a quick read, only 77 pages long. It consists of four parts divided into 10 chapters. The first part speaks about career; the second part helps to find a higher goal in life; the third part is dedicated to love and marriage; the fourth part touches on the importance of helping other people (mainly through mentoring). Every chapter has a conclusion with a brief description of the matters it addresses. Also, there are important questions to readers at the end of the chapters. The author brings many examples based on his own experience. His writing style is simple yet very engaging. It is also worth mentioning that the author has a Masters Degree in Psychology and a large experience in career counseling.
My most favorite feature of this book is the inspiration it gives to older readers. Many people feel insecure and even unneeded after reaching a particular age. But the author clearly proves that age is just a number. According to him, he met the love of his life and married her shortly after when both of them were 63 years old! Also, I found very inspiring the fact that he started his own business not being that young already. So, no matter how old you are, you should always keep hoping. Such an emphasis on older readers makes this book quite unique, in my opinion.
The briefness of the book was the only one moment to dislike. I felt that the book lacked some depth, but only because I would love to learn more about the subjects described in it. But I found that the editorial work was solid and professional, so I gave this book 4 out of 4 stars.
This book is too complex for young children, so they should avoid reading it. Also, those of you who do not like self-help books can skip this one over.
The author speaks about the importance of being loved by God in the chapter dedicated to spiritual growth and self-improvement. But, considering that the book is not about God, or any particular religion (the author also mentions yoga practices and everyday meditation), I nevertheless believe that non-believers can benefit from reading it, as well. In my opinion, the book can give us many interesting ideas about building a career or a relationship, despite our religious views. It is needless to mention that the book doesn't have any instances of profanity or eroticism.
I would especially recommend this book to readers over 40, 50, and even 60 years old. It is also a very good guide for aspiring teachers or those students who consider a career in the educational sphere. In my opinion, this book would also appeal to those readers who enjoy non-fiction, spiritual books, and the self-help genre overall.
Create the Life You Want
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