Overall rating and opinion of "And Then I Met Margaret"

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Post by AbbyGNelson » 20 Jan 2018, 21:35

Christina Rose wrote:
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I think the overall theme of the book - learning to accept the lessons we learn from the people we meet along the way - is a good one, but I agree with one of the earlier commentors that the author came off as very 'preachy'. Sometimes life just sucks, that's the way of it. Telling someone born with a disability that they just have to try harder to achieve their dreams isn't exactly helpful, for example.
I was just reading an article about phrases to avoid when speaking with your ADHD child. “Just try harder” is a phrase to avoid. I think it’s important for an author of a self-help or motivational book to consider all angles to avoid coming across as arrogant or “preachy.”
I think it must be such a difficult line to follow. You want to motivate people, but everyone is motivated and inspired in different ways. Also nowadays you have to worry about being perfectly politically correct. Honestly, writing the perfect motivational book is absolutely impossible. It will work for some people but never everyone.

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Post by AbbyGNelson » 20 Jan 2018, 21:36

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to be honest this was the first book I chose to read and I could not finish it because it was just misleading to me and he did seem arrogant, I thought they would be a bunch of stories from other people but as far as I read they were just his experience and in almost every story he spoke about how accomplished he was. I am like we get it you are well off and accomplished, Which is kind of misleading because if that was the case why did you need to write a self help book?
Maybe he just wanted to brag. Or he thought his experiences might help people. Or maybe a little mix of both.

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Post by Hildah Mose » 21 Jan 2018, 00:31

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I really enjoyed reading this book because all of the different stories taught a different lesson. Although the author was writing about the lessons he himself learned from each person he encountered, he really taught me some things about life as well. From reading this book, I learned that you should first and foremost follow your dreams no matter what. I learned that in following your dreams, you will encounter setbacks. How you handle those setbacks will determine whether you will succeed or not. I think that all of us can learn a lesson or two from reading this book, which is a wonderful way to start the New Year!
I completely agree with you. We have in one way or another come across these life lessons but it was refreshing hearing them from him. I learnt a lot from him and have changed my perspective in life. I recommend this book to all who are ready to learn from others

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Post by Albrooks20197 » 21 Jan 2018, 01:05

I really enjoyed the book. I'm not much one for self-help either, but I thought his stories were intriguing and uplifting. It's nice to read something positive for once. The only thing that I clashed with was some of his philosophies. As a religious person, some of the way he described his scenarios as "acts of the universe". Reading it from a religious perspective, I took it as God intervening in his life all along the way, even if he didn't realize it. But besides that, I enjoyed the read. The small chapters were great and it was a great book to start the new year with.

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Post by Aaliyah411 » 21 Jan 2018, 06:25

I think the book was really touching a deep a was very well written :D

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Post by Song » 21 Jan 2018, 15:25

yes i would recommend it because of the author's creativity and the appealing of the book

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Post by Gunnar Ohberg » 21 Jan 2018, 15:35

There are many things I enjoyed about this book: the formatting is one of the best I've seen among books from this website, White's life is very interesting and inspiring, and I like that (for the most part) he stayed away from hokey catchphrases, off-putting eccentricities, and transparent money-grabs.

I did notice a high instance of punctuation errors for a book that looks so professionally edited, and I did find an inability to relate to him once he started learning lessons from running with the bulls, visiting Africa, having his Porsche wrecked, etc. Overall, a good (but not great) book.

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Post by pinklover » 22 Jan 2018, 05:11

I learned many things on this book. I got some ideas from the author. I understand the way he wrote his memoir. He also have flaws in life, and I do respect when he included it. He deserves a 4 stars.
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Post by Christina Rose » 23 Jan 2018, 02:27

AbbyGNelson wrote:
20 Jan 2018, 21:36
tonysgirl0805 wrote:
07 Jan 2018, 23:16
to be honest this was the first book I chose to read and I could not finish it because it was just misleading to me and he did seem arrogant, I thought they would be a bunch of stories from other people but as far as I read they were just his experience and in almost every story he spoke about how accomplished he was. I am like we get it you are well off and accomplished, Which is kind of misleading because if that was the case why did you need to write a self help book?
Maybe he just wanted to brag. Or he thought his experiences might help people. Or maybe a little mix of both.
I agree that it was probably a little mix of both. I think the author set out to help people, but he also didn’t shy away from bragging a bit. His book seemed to resonate with some readers, while others wouldn’t recommend it at all. That’s going to happen with any book, but maybe even more so within this genre.

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Post by prenaramesh » 24 Jan 2018, 00:43

I enjoyed reading the book and liked its lighthearted tone. I didn't think it was particularly useful as a self-help book, for me. I did, however, think it would have been the kind of book that I would have enjoyed if I had been a lot younger. My pre-teen years probably. The life lessons told with stories will make for good reading for children.

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Post by Christina Rose » 24 Jan 2018, 01:20

prenaramesh wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 00:43
I enjoyed reading the book and liked its lighthearted tone. I didn't think it was particularly useful as a self-help book, for me. I did, however, think it would have been the kind of book that I would have enjoyed if I had been a lot younger. My pre-teen years probably. The life lessons told with stories will make for good reading for children.
You bring up a great point. It’s interesting to consider how our perception of this book may be dependent upon our stage in life. As someone in my late 30s, this book hasn’t been much help to me. Perhaps it would be to someone younger?

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Post by prenaramesh » 24 Jan 2018, 01:34

Christina Rose wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 01:20
prenaramesh wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 00:43
I enjoyed reading the book and liked its lighthearted tone. I didn't think it was particularly useful as a self-help book, for me. I did, however, think it would have been the kind of book that I would have enjoyed if I had been a lot younger. My pre-teen years probably. The life lessons told with stories will make for good reading for children.
You bring up a great point. It’s interesting to consider how our perception of this book may be dependent upon our stage in life. As someone in my late 30s, this book hasn’t been much help to me. Perhaps it would be to someone younger?
This occurred to me while reading the story about the person who tried to pick up someone else's money in the checkout line. It's a very black and white "stealing is wrong" kind of situation, and I thought this is something I would tell a child, not an adult.

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Post by Christina Rose » 24 Jan 2018, 01:43

prenaramesh wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 01:34
Christina Rose wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 01:20
prenaramesh wrote:
24 Jan 2018, 00:43
I enjoyed reading the book and liked its lighthearted tone. I didn't think it was particularly useful as a self-help book, for me. I did, however, think it would have been the kind of book that I would have enjoyed if I had been a lot younger. My pre-teen years probably. The life lessons told with stories will make for good reading for children.
You bring up a great point. It’s interesting to consider how our perception of this book may be dependent upon our stage in life. As someone in my late 30s, this book hasn’t been much help to me. Perhaps it would be to someone younger?
This occurred to me while reading the story about the person who tried to pick up someone else's money in the checkout line. It's a very black and white "stealing is wrong" kind of situation, and I thought this is something I would tell a child, not an adult.
You’re so right! That’s a great example of a story appealing to a younger reader.

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Post by Graceia » 24 Jan 2018, 15:02

'And then I met Margaret' is an Eye-opener to the everyday lessons we should pick out from ordinary going-ons. It focuses on personal growth challenging our knowledge, attitudes and perceptions.
Rob White simply made a habit of learning from normal encounters with ordinary people in his sphere of life.
'What an amazing outlook to life!'

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Post by Lovers » 25 Jan 2018, 04:13

To me it's motivating we can all have brown eye I mean we can not always see things the same way the book gives hope to hopeless to never give up even poor you can always make it, it's eye opening and lesson giving for the road ahead epic I give it top out of 4 4+4

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