Official Review: You Can Choose Your Life by N.G. Abramson

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Official Review: You Can Choose Your Life by N.G. Abramson

Post by LV2R » 22 Jun 2019, 02:56

[Following is an official review of "You Can Choose Your Life" by N.G. Abramson.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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There are many self-help books about the topics of thinking positive thoughts and creating the world you want. You Can Choose Your Life: A Guide to Experiencing More Peace, Freedom, and Happiness by N. G. Abramson is one such non-fiction book that fits into this type of category. Abramson believes that many people are in their own mental prisons by the way they are thinking and because of their perspective and interpretation of events in their lives. The author shares seven keys to begin a journey on mental health and five practices to love your life. He hopes you will discover that “you have the power to choose your life the way it is as well as the way you want it to be.” (page 5)

Many of the chapters ended with a section called “Your Turn” for readers to answer some questions from the chapter. This was added so readers could start their own journey on being free from mental prisons and to experience more peace and happiness.

I liked the quotes and poems the author used throughout the book. I especially liked the quote of Viktor Frankl: “… to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” (page 33) I also liked the poem called “The Judgment” by Russell Edson to describe how we often condemn and sentence ourselves to a life of struggle and suffering. This was a powerful example of how terrible it is when we are condemning ourselves instead of forgiving ourselves.

I appreciated that the author was very open and shared his past story of when he was a teenager and in trouble with the law, spent time in prison, and began his journey to change his future. This added dimension to the book’s contents, as he experienced how to change himself by using the advice given.

There was not anything that I did not like about the book, except for the consequences of the author’s bad choices as a teenager. Though it was sad and difficult, the author learned much from it.

I rate You Can Choose Your Life by N.G. Abramson 4 out of 4 stars. The book was well organized and well edited. I found only one error. The keys and practices offered for mental health and to create a life you love were beneficial and clear.

People who want more peace, freedom, and happiness and who are willing to start choosing their lives will most like this book. If you like reading self-help books and are open to changing your thoughts, you will like this book. This book would also be useful to counselors and social workers that want to help others on a journey to break out of mental prisons. If you totally like and enjoy your life and you do not like self-help books nor want to change, this book may not be of interest to you.

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Post by imSunshine » 23 Jun 2019, 00:36

From the title itself, I want the book. It's very exciting to read.

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Post by Wriley » 23 Jun 2019, 12:41

This sounds like a well thought out self-help book. It's sounds like the book is very organized. If I'm going to read a book in this category, I want organizing. It sounds like the author has some helpful advise. I like that questions are give to the reader to think about.
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Post by kandscreeley » 23 Jun 2019, 17:44

Self-help books aren't my go-to. I am, though, considering a change at the moment. Perhaps this is a book that could get me started on the right direction. Thanks.
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Post by Tomah » 23 Jun 2019, 19:28

It sounds like a straightforward self-help book based on simple but sensible insights. I typically prefer more evidence-based approaches, but these sorts of books can also give sound advice and do a lot of good for people who aren't too familiar with or interested in psychological research. As long as you don't make wild extrapolations bordering on the realm of fantasy or science fiction, the message "you can shape your life by minding your own thoughts" is quite reasonable. Thanks for the review!

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Post by kdstrack » 23 Jun 2019, 20:32

Some of Abramson's ideas sound familiar (think positive, create the world you want). He also delves into an area you don't see too often - forgiving instead of condemning yourself. I think this author can offer some new and helpful insights. Wonderful review!

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Post by Shadiid » 24 Jun 2019, 09:19

I like the part where there is a section for readers to write their ideas and begin their own journeys. I would definitely like to read this book

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Post by Nivi Gideon » 24 Jun 2019, 13:16

Being in my own mental prison is one thing I'm still trying to get out of and this seems like the book for me!

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Post by ericqmejia » 25 Jun 2019, 07:47

This is definitely a book I'd like to read. I'm looking forward to the "Your Turn" section that you mentioned. It's always nice to be able to apply the new wisdom one learns. Thanks!

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Post by CyndiA1 » 25 Jun 2019, 10:39

I found your excellent review very helpful. I suppose I'm at an age where the "power of positive thinking" books feel rather cliche. Maybe I've read too many of them. In any case, I know to skip over this one. Thanks!

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Post by LeeleeByoma » 28 Jun 2019, 07:11

It's always great when the author has overcome insurmountable challenges using the same tips he's dishing out. Seems like a must-read.

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