Help Me! One Woman's Quest to Find Out If Self-Help Really Can Change Your Life
Booklist Reviews 2018 November #2
*Starred Review* Can there be such a thing as too much help? Freelance British journalist Power decides to focus on one self-help book per month for a year to finally get her life into shape. She not only reads each book but also religiously adopts the advice and attends seminars (when available) sponsored by the authors. Inspired by Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway (1987), by Susan Jeffers, Power spends her first month posing nude for an art class, jumping out of an airplane, and doing a stand-up comedy routine. Power taps into such major gurus as Tony Robbins (Unleash the Power Within, 1999), Rhonda Byrne (The Secret, 2006), Stephen Covey (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, 1989), and Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now, 1997), with variable success. Along the way, Power falls out with one of her oldest friends, finds herself buried in debt, and becomes depressed by her single status. She is brutally honest about her shortcomings and way too hard on herself. Her journey takes months longer than planned, but she has moments of true enlightenment when she realizes that digging deep can be painful. Some of her plights are hilarious; others are almost unbearably poignant. Self-help seekers will be moved and entertained by Power's over-the-top exploits. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2018 September #1
For years, London-based journalist Power thumbed through various self-help guides, then woke up to the realization that she still wasn't living her dream life and decided to test these guides systematically, following one a month in the hopes of finding her perfect new self. Sold to 23 countries worldwide.Copyright 2018 Library Journal.
PW Reviews 2018 November #4
In this frank, funny, and occasionally heartbreaking debut, journalist Power ably lays bare her yearlong quest to live by the tenets of a different self-help book every month. Power reads Rhonda Burns's