Monday, October 5, 2009

WEDNESDAY: Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham

Trading days again this week! Come back Wednesday for a picture book review.

Ladies, are you feeling overwhelmed? Looking for balance? Wondering why you aren't happier with your life? Marcus Buckingham would say it is because you aren't playing enough to your strengths. Find the experiences where you feel at your best, most energized, most "in the groove," and capitalize on them. Cultivate MORE of them and change how you are feeling about your life.

This is the sort of book that catches my eye at the bookstore. I am always looking for more insight into who I am and what I should be doing with my life. For others looking for that sort of book, I highly recommend Find your Strongest Life. I found a lot of statements that spoke to my experiences and the things I want for my life. I would have liked it if he would have used more examples of women who stay home with kids who are also looking for their "strongest life." I also would have preferred a place to write answers to the questions he poses in the chapter summaries. The faith angle was also very minor, which surprised me from a book published by Thomas Nelson. But those are minor complaints compared to the things I enjoyed. This is the kind of book I would give to friends for Christmas to encourage them in their own journey.

There is a "test" that you can take here to find out what your leading and supporting roles are. I love that the test is free (you just need a copy of the book to know what the results mean and how to apply them). The questions were difficult for me to answer at times. Some dealt with work situations that were outside my experience, even before I started working from home. I also wasn't convinced that my results were accurate when I first got them and read the names of my two roles. When I read the descriptions, though, I was surprised at how close they were.

I am a reviewer for Thomas Nelson and I highly recommend this book. [
I received a free copy of this book to read and review with no expectation of a positive review.]

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