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Have a New You by Friday: How to Accept Yourself, Boost Your Confidence & Change Your Life in 5 Days

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  238 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Readers of this book will come to accept the truth about themselves, boost their confidence by identifying the lies they're telling themselves, and change their lives by concentrating on becoming who they really want to be.
Hardcover, 237 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 2010)
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Tracy
I'm a huge Kevin Leman fan and have read many of his books. Which is why I was a bit disappointed with this one. Only because it seemed to be a collection of recycled material from his other books with a little of Gary Smalley's Five Love Languages thrown in. Nothing really new here. However, it is still great stuff and inspirational to anyone looking to make a change in their life. I especially liked the section on early childhood memories- helpful without being hokie. If you've never read a Le ...more
Rachel Danielle
I picked up this book because I was desperate to make some changes-- particular in the area of my 'push-over-iness.' I really needed to find out why I was constantly attracting abusive people, and why I let myself be abused. And... this little book helped me figure it all out! Yes, in 5 days I had made a lot of changes.

This IS a book that will require some work on your part to make real change. The section where you work on changing your mental 'rule book' was CRUCIALLY important for me. I set
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Florence Millo
It was OK. The most interesting part was the way he compared personality traits to various dog breeds. I came out an Irish Setter (just wants everyone to be happy) and a Standard Poodle (wants everything done correctly). But as for having a new me by Friday, well, I'm pretty well satisfied with the old Monday me.
Susan Visser
A friend lent me this book. It is a light weight self-help book, focusing on personality changes you can tweak. A great deal of the book focused on how your personality is affected by where you landed in the birth order of your family. I found the descriptions of an only... like my son, were pretty dead on. Me as a middle child in a family of 8, I have a hybrid of traits from each birth order.

You can change your personality by looking at your temperment, your birth order, and what fills your lov
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Andrew
Dr. Kevin Leman is a well known psychologist that has appeared on Oprah, The View, Today Show, and a number of other TV programs. Leman was born a lastborn child. He loves telling jokes and making people laugh. In his book entitled, “Have a New You by Friday”, Leman shared stories from his personal life. Leman shared one story that helped change his perspective of his own life. One of his teachers made a huge impact and difference in his life by encouraging and helping him to try harder in schoo ...more
Jan
lthough I had read and enjoyed books by Dr. Kevin Leman before, this one made the top of my list of titles to recommend by this well know psychologist, humorist, and worldwide known speaker.
I also have read lots of “makeover” books but this one hit the nail on the head for a short, concise look at oneself. Being over 70, I thought, maybe I didn't have issues to address but I was wrong, this book has something to say to everyone, no matter the age, martial status or health condition. He started t
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Stephanie Mccall
This book was my first introduction to Dr. Leman, though it wasn't the last time I read his work. Leman does a wonderful job putting his own creative twists on well-known psychological concepts, such as personality theory and birth order. For example, one might already be familiar with the concept of the "four humors" to describe personality, but will still enjoy Leman's canine analogies. Furthermore, his various anecdotes throughout the book are both humorous--sometimes downright hilarious--and ...more
Julie
Many years ago (20? 30?) I read Dr. Leman's The Birth Order Book, which I found helpful. This book is a good follow-up, because it includes not only information to help a person to see how their birth order affects their life, but also information about personality types, lies we tell ourselves, love languages, and ways to use this information to transform one's life. A good follow-up to this book would be Gary Chapman's The Five Love Languages, which is referenced heavily in the chapter in this ...more
Jane
How many times have we tried to change our own habits, only to find that changing ourselves is even harder than trying to change someone else? Now, what the bestselling "Have a New Kid by Friday" has done for families and "Have a New Husband by Friday" has done for couples, "Have a New You by Friday" will do for individuals. With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, Dr. Kevin Leman will walk readers through their own personal five-day action plan. Readers will come to
-accept the truth
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Kara
There was practically no substance in this book. The last chapter had a few tidbits to work with, but otherwise, I felt like the author was talking (writing) just to talk. He's very likeable, and the book is easy to read. But it felt like a chat with a new and interesting friend. Not like a book that encourages you change anything in your life.
Joy
Eh. Didn't really care for it too much. Sorry, Kevin. I have liked his other books a lot, so I thought I'd give this one a go despite it's "self-help" title. I thought surely God, the Bible, and Jesus would have a part in a new you. Not so much. I remember only one reference to the Bible in the whole book....a quote from "St. Paul". The stuff about personality type, birth order, and love language is all well and good, but nothing really new. Heard it all in other books, found out my personality ...more
Janique
A good follow-on from his 'The Birth Order Book'. This one gives some practical steps on how to change your thinking and then your habits, turning yourself into a different person in the process. Do I think it's possible in just 5 days? I suppose it depends on the issue being addressed and the commitment of the individual. It was great to be reminded of Gary Chapman's 'The Five Love Languages' and how these affect our relationships. I enjoyed starting my day with a few pages which set an encoura ...more
Joss Terrell
Feb 16, 2012 Joss Terrell rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joss by: Network 21
This was a nice follow on from reading Florence Littauer's 'Personality Plus' and Dr. Gary Chapman's 'Five Love Languages'.
It brings the two together nicely and adds some extra information as well as some really great stories which assist the reader to relate and take on the information in an easy to grasp way.
Fantastic book written in an easy to read manner.
I managed to read the book in 5 days, but by all means, you can take it at a slightly slower pace. Either way, a brilliant book.
A.C. Bauch
if i hadn't already encountered a lot of the info this book presents in other books, i probably would have given it 4 stars. however, i did receive a concise overview of these previously encountered ideas. at this juncture, when i'm trying to make some major lifestyle changes, this book has provided a nice jump start to making those changes. (also, even though i'd never given my birth order much thought, discovering that i'm a lastborn-firstborn hybrid explains a lot.)
Marta
I think I'm stuck on Wednesday...he could have titled it "More Birth Order". Started it two weeks ago.

Actually took me three weeks to read. Seemed like the first half was his Birth Order book and the second half was borrowed from Gary Smalley's 5 Love Languages. Helpful, and would recommend to those who have not read their books. Both very funny Christian psychologists, (they're probably good friends).
JP
The birh order effect is simple and powerful. Leman explains it in the simplest possible way, with humor and personal stories. In this book he explains how the brith order effect also shapes and cements the stories that embed themselves deep inside us from the earliest stages of childhood. We have the power to accept who we are, and yet to change the thought patterns that hold us back.
Audra
Leman is funny for sure so that makes the book enjoyable and it is a quick read. I like his use of dog breeds as a metaphor for personality styles. Beyond that its just ok...there wasn't any new earth shattering information, just recycled psychohelp that is already out there...birth order, love languages etc.
Almie
While this was an entertaining read, it seemed to drag at times and it didn't seem to have enough substance for me.
Patrick
This is a chatty but helpful book. Dr. Leman's emphasis on the lifelong influence of birth order in shaping personalities sometimes seems contrived, but he successfully welds that to a discussion of the "love languages" that each of us prefers, and his approach throughout is practical.
Paula
mostly a lecture on birth order personalities. the author has a great sense of humor and the reader was very soothing to listen to. but i don't think it really changed who i am in a week. it only made me look at my children a bit closer. /shrug
Angela
A self-help book that rehashes many of his other works and is primarily concerned with birth order theory. The author loves himself quite a bit and shamelessly peppers the book with references to his other books. Don't bother with this one!
Norma
I love K.Leman's Birth Order Book, and am enjoying this book as well. At times it is a "refresher" more than new insights, but the author's humor is so appreciated by me that I don't mind a bit.
Greta
Interesting read but I got the impression that it was a summary of his other books rather than a new work. I'm about to start one of his others so we'll see if I'm right...
Jennifer
Catchy title made me think, "What the heck, I'll listen to it." I was pleasantly surprised that it had some useful insights and suggestions.
Arischa
I enjoyed listening to this book. I think for me to get the full gist of it, I should have listened to it again.
Carolyn Carleton
I learned so much about myself and others through this book. I am sure to read this again in the future.
Jean
Some of the chapters took more than 1 day for me to read - so the title isn't truly accurate.
Shurronne
Good resource for self-reflection and forward-leaning thinking!
Heather
Good advice, but changing old habit can be difficult
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