When I saw that my library had three of Martha Beck’s books something in my gut told me to reserve all three and then read them in order. Since that’s an odd impulse, I decided I’d merely give it a try, instead of making it a hard goal.
I have no idea why I had this impulse in the first place, other than that I like what Martha Beck says on social media and that she’s not only a life coach, but Oprah’s life coach. And yes, I find this more impressive than her multiple degrees from Harvard.
Since this book was published in 2002, before the big self-help explosion, I thought there wouldn’t be much in here that I haven’t read a dozen times on several other websites or in several other books. I was pleasantly surprised. She has a lot of unique information to contribute and I found some of it very helpful.
The only thing that makes the book feel dated is that she makes several pop culture references that clearly place the book in the early 2000’s. Luckily, I’m plenty old enough to remember all of her references, so there was no confusion.