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Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently

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Read Find Your Strongest Life and discover: How to make the most of the role you were born to play, How to get others to understand who you really are, The successful strategies of other women like you. Check out what women are already saying about Find Your Strongest Life.

Brooke: When I read the "Ten Myths" that opened the book, I was completely hooked. The statistics ar

Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 29th 2009 by Thomas Nelson (first published 2009)
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Jun 18, 2011 Britni rated it it was amazing
The book is written for women on how to be happier by finding your strongest life, which Buckingham describes as living your life for and through your strengths rather than dwelling on your weaknesses. He explains that everyone basically falls into one of nine categories - you can find out which category you fall into by taking this test - and that we should be using that part of ourselves in all categories of our lives or we're always going to be wanting something else.

I read through the first
Nov 17, 2009 Lori rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
will be honest I am struggling with this review. There is wisdom in this book that I believe every woman can glean from. I believe it is beneficial to take The Strong Life Test because it does give you a great idea where your strengths lie. Marcus Buckingham has been a Women of Faith guest speaker and you can find this book sold in Christians books stores.

But this is not a Christian book.

I am not a feminist, so when Buckingham began in the introduction talking about Gloria Steinem and how the ph
May 18, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: julie rooney, jodi podhaisky, Patty Hubbard
Shelves: read-business
Another great book by Marcus Buckingham. I'd probably give it 4.5 stars. It was a fast read, too. Some highlights/passages from his book:
- Take the Strong Life test online.
- Don't do more to feel more. You will wind up feeling less.
- To find the right career, look backward.
- There are not thousands of possible 'right' choices. Look closely and you'll see that only a very few choices actually honor your truth. Acceptance of who you are cures you of excess choice.
- There's nothing inherently fulf
Tânia Sequinho
Jun 21, 2016 Tânia Sequinho rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mulheres que queiram muito mais das suas vidas
Recommended to Tânia by: Carlos Matos
Shelves: na-minha-estante
Tive um caso de amor ódio com este livro. Sinto que aprendi poderosas dicas e conselhos que irei guardar comigo para sempre, mas ao mesmo tempo senti que a escrita do mesmo era demasiado repetitiva e longa em alguns capítulos. Mesmo assim, acho que será um livro que guardarei para ter à mão sempre que precise de um bom conselho ou orientação.
Tiffany Cusick-Bristol
Jan 16, 2017 Tiffany Cusick-Bristol rated it really liked it
I feel this book has a lot of common sense in it, but I commend Marcus for reminding us of where our focus should be. I particularly enjoyed him backing up his psychology with Biblical verses (found in the Study Guide) and asking questions that really make you search your soul. I feel this book can help a lot of people no matter where they stand.
Jul 22, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
[I originally published this on my work blog]

This year, I’m giving all my girlfriends a copy of Marcus Buckingham’s book, Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.

I first heard about this book from Danielle LaPorte. I had purchased a digital copy of Danielle’s Firestarter program for entrepreneurs, believing that the language of entrepreneurship is the most helpful approach for what professionals in the arts community “d
Oct 05, 2009 Darlene rated it liked it
Shelves: not-recommended
Very rarely am I caught off guard by a book. Before I received a message from Thomas Nelson, as one of their book review bloggers, that this book would be made available to those who were already reading something (usually it's one at a time) I had already decided that this wasn't a book I wanted to read. I had looked through the selections available and something about the title--perhaps it's the editor in me that doesn't like the combination of "strongest" and "life"...something about that irk ...more
Feb 05, 2011 John rated it it was amazing
But he also has good news: every woman can surmount her challenges and live a full life by listening to, living in, and being led by her strengths.

This is Buckingham's latest book on the subject of strengths, and it is directly targeted towards women. He starts out by spewing out a slew of sad statistics. He points out how women, as a population, are sadder than men, sadder as they grow older, and sadder now than they were 40 years ago. They are also more stressed and far more likely to suffer
Oct 05, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
Recommended to Andrea by: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company
I read Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham as a member of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Bloggers program.

This book was insightful and had many helpful suggestions on how to find my strengths and ignore my weaknesses. Mr. Buckingham has created an online test to help find your strengths and when I took it I was pleased to see how right on it was.

While I found this book helpful, it is lacking in a few important areas:
This book was an inspiration but it was not “Inspirational” or Christ
Cathy Allen
Last Friday evening while waiting for a girlfriend to join me for happy hour, I sent her the following text: "Retiring to back patio with Marcus and vino. C U soon." Vino, she knew... but who is Marcus? "The only man in the world who understands me!" And it's true... to any woman out there who is inclined to be put out because yet another man has written yet another book for women I say "This is Marcus Buckingham! He gets it! Plus, he has tons and tons of survey data backing up his conclusions." ...more
I took the quiz that accompanies this book, and when I saw my result, I burst into tears. Caretaker! Noooooo!

Apparently, the author realizes how much this sucks, because he says, "Don't fight your caregiver role--you'll never shake it. Instead learn to locate your own satisfaction in how the other person comes to view you... a consistently supportive presence." p. 105 (Sounds like it sucks to me.)

p. 54 Signs you're living a strong life: successful, instinctively looking forward to tomorrow,
Katie Casey
Oct 05, 2009 Katie Casey rated it did not like it
In his latest non-fiction book, Marcus Buckingham shares some good old common sense advice and maybe some not-so-common sense secrets about (as the subtitle declares) “what the happiest and most successful women do differently.” He advices his readers not to seek perfection or balance or even a happiness rating of 10; but instead, he illustrates ways to find what your real strengths are and how you can capitalize them in the workplace, in your home, and in your life.

And who doesn't want to be on
Lori McD
Excellent book - really synthesizes its message without being preachy or overly cliched. Buckingham is a dynamic speaker in-person, and the book manages to capture his passion, intelligence, knowledge, and charismatic motivation. Buckingham CARES - he really, truly wants people to find and focus on their STRENGTHS, building upon those rather than focusing on shoring up weakness.

He redefines strength and weakness, too, in an eye-opening, catchy way. Even if you have a skill or talent in a particu
Catherine Gillespie
In Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently, Marcus Buckingham argues convincingly that instead of chasing after some elusive idea of “balance,” we should identify our strengths and be discriminating, selective, and intentional in how we spend our time in our various roles to make sure that we’re bringing our best to every aspect of our lives.

Buckingham defines strong moments as those activities that make you feel effective and capable, where you feel
Nov 19, 2009 Kelly rated it liked it
I had to read it with all of the rumblings about women's happiness and after finishing it, I felt like much of the media hype had nothing to do with the real content of focus of the book and that it's discussion of strengths in relation to your work and life as a whole has the potential to be useful and productive for women (though I do wish he and others were also addressing men's need to discover what their strongest life looks and feels like). The author does note the influence of factors (mo ...more
Apr 16, 2010 Kristin rated it it was ok
Shelves: leadership
Having read and enjoyed other titles by this author, I wanted to give this one a try too. He starts with some interesting data on women and happiness, but it goes downhill (IMHO) from there.

The reader is directed to to take a brief, free online instrument. His argument with this test is that it's an integrator, where the strengthsfinder's purpose was to dissect. I can appreciate that. I found the test very frustrating. I'm not 100% sure I believe my results but there were
Mar 30, 2010 Lorri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was inclined to rate this book at 3 stars because of the genre alone. But that is likely because I am a little embarrassed that this one is on my list at all. In all fairness, this was a pretty decent book. A few months back, while I was online, I happened across the author's "Strongest Life Quiz". I was looking for a diversion from what I was doing and so decided to take it. When the results came in I was a little surprise. The feedback was pretty accurate and not at all how I would have trad ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Kit rated it liked it
Shelves: family-finance
It's a pretty good book. I read First, break all the rules before this and liked it so much I thought this would help in a similar way.

The method of determining roles were a little too women-oriented.

I know that sounds weird being that this is a women's book, but he discussed applying the same principles to your children in trying to develop their strengths. I couldn't tell if I'd be trying to help my husband or son find their role from a list that's intended for a woman. Plus I told my husban
Jun 20, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
I have been on a bit of a podcast binge recently, and I stumbled upon Buckinham's series on Oprah's podcast wherein he talked to a group of woman about how to make their jobs better. Buckingham has this unique philisophy called "strengths" wherein he says that in order to be happy at your job, you have to do things that strengthen you, or give you that natural high. I mean, that is way oversimplified, but overall that is what he is saying. I thought the podcast was great so I bought this book to ...more
Rachel Blom
Jun 02, 2014 Rachel Blom rated it really liked it
An interesting and challenging read. Buckingham uses research and statistics to show that women in general are less happy than say 40 years ago, and that they get les happy as they get older, in contrast to men. It's not about having too much to do or about stress in general, it seems to be about having too many different things to do, having too many balls that need to stay in the air. The key concept is to look back at moments that truly inspired you, made you feel strong, to find your unique ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Vidya rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book, could not keep it off, once I started. The concepts around "catch and cradle"; unbalancing life, leaning it towards the things one is strong at seemed to make perfect practical sense.

I typically liked the way he delves into the case studies of two ladies to isolate patterns/decisions and "what if" something would have been done differently. Finally giving us a perspective on what were their strong and weak moments and more importantly how does one get into concluding so.
Oct 09, 2009 Crystal rated it really liked it
I really, really liked the things he had to say in this book, and I took the free test on his web site. Discovering my strengths, though, was a bit of a journey. I had to take the test a few times in order to realize how I would REALLY react to the situations presented. After reading what he said in the book, I soon found what really represented my true self. That was the first step.

Then, I went back and reread the book with my information/results of the test. My only complaint with the book was
Jennifer Defoy
Sep 15, 2009 Jennifer Defoy rated it really liked it
Marcus Buckingham seems to really understand the struggles that women face. By understanding what struggles women face he is able to give us a plan on how to make our lives stronger. He gives advice on how to make every aspect of your life stronger: work, relationships, raising children, and personal life.

I think the ideas make sense to some extent, but the ideas he presents go against all popular ideals. But I think that's the point, obviously what we've been told to do isn't working so a diff
Dec 02, 2009 Rosa rated it liked it
I suspect I liked this book mostly because it was in alignment with his previous work - I've been a big Marcus Buckingham fan, and have read everything he has written. It is highly likely that I expect more because I crave more, and thus this book was good, and I relished what it contained, but I was left wanting more and not quite sure of what I still wanted. I am continuing to study it: Have now read it and listened to it on audio.

My recommendation to others would be to plan on reading Go Put
Apr 20, 2016 Bethany rated it liked it
Generally, this book has good advice. But, Marcus Buckingham is not a woman and I'd like to tell him to shove a lot of his "woman specific" comments where the sun doesn't shine. He doesn't know what it's like to be a woman, with no control over your body or emotions for no reason other than hormone imbalance... He will always and forever be an outside observer and his insight into the female psyche is bunk. But I do agree with focusing on the "strong moments." I just wish I had more of them late ...more
Nov 07, 2009 AlmieMeg rated it it was amazing
The title is misleading, I wasn't impressed with the cover, and even though I didn't agree with the results of the strong life test...... I loved the book! I wished I read it when I was a teenager. It's one of the very, very few self-help books that gives you practical and easy tools to make a decision. His perspective on strengths and weaknesses shed a whole new light on things for me as well as how I direct and encourage my kids. I've continued to refer to it and it continues to uplift me. Eve ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
I have read and firmly believe in "now,discover your strengths" and can say I have gotten a lot out of that book. I finally made it through this book and I don't feel the same way. I think this book was too repetitive of the same ideas in discover your strengths. If I hadn't read that book I think I would have enjoyed this one more. I also wonder if it would be more helpful for someone who wasn't living a strong life &/or felt unfulfilled in their current job/relationship. I think the premis ...more
Amy Webb
Sep 16, 2015 Amy Webb rated it it was amazing
Great book on finding your strengths. It is not a Christian book by any means and the ideas should be viewed through a Christian lens though. It gave me a great new perspective on strengths vs weaknesses, how to tackle problems and how to guide by kids in their search for meaning/passion/occupation. Overall I would recommend this to any woman that is searching for 'happiness' or her unique fulfilling purpose. Big ideas that I took away: Live in the moment, be aware of your feelings, focus on the ...more
Feb 10, 2011 mandy rated it it was amazing
I was cynical picking this book up. Not another American (and a man) telling me how to fix/run/move-on with my life. This book gave me some practical tools to help me understand how to work out what are my real strengths, how I can use them, and how it will help me make good decisions that will continue to only make me stronger. I don't give 5's out very often, but I really thank my work for putting this forward as a book to read. I also really thank Marcus and his team for using their strengths ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Monique rated it it was amazing
Buckingham puts a interesting twist on building a strong life. He offers a thought provoking quote with each chapter along with informative take alongs at the conclusion of every chapter. The case studies, examples and answers to real questions that women have submitted over time help give understanding and practical application of the strategies presented. Perhaps I read this book at the right time or God has opened my heart at the exact time but this was eye-opening and well written. Must read ...more
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