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.
You Can Choose Your Life
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