The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life
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The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

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Radio and television host Glenn Beck has experienced the rollercoaster of life like few others.  From the suicide of his mother when he was just thirteen, to his eventual alcoholism, depression, divorce, unemployment, and health scares—Glenn has weathered life’s darkest storms.

Any one of those struggles could’ve ruined him, yet Glenn...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Threshold Editions (first published December 15th 2010)
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Kathryn
This book and You Are Your Choices: 50 Ways to Live the Good Life by Alexandra Stoddardcame from the library at the same time. Never have two books seem to be paired together so well. So well, in fact, that I read them at the same time. Each morning a little of each one, and little pieces throughout the day.


The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your LifeLife is not about Glenn Beck’s political philosophy or outlook, it’s about who he is and how he has developed into the human being he is today....more
Wildwilly
First and foremost the book is a call to Mormonism.
Typical Glenn Beck, give up just enough truth and common sense to hook a sane person, then add the Glenn Beck cool aid. I read the book because I have some friends and family who are raving about the book and Glenn Beck himself, and I wanted to know what this cult leader is saying to hook his followers. I could not in good conscience suggest this book - unless you are researching cult leaders, mass hysteria, or propaganda distribution.
I was in...more
Lance
I'm not much of one lately for any political reading, which is part of why I found this book so gratifying. Whatever one may think of Beck, this book is less about him and even less about his politics and more about Ablow and his improvement methodology honed through years of experience as a professional psychiatrist. The 7 is a compelling case for applying the seven listed virtues in a straightforward and effective way that changes lives. Beck is used as a model of this transformation -- someon...more
Rhonda
Liked this book. Thought maybe it would be 'like all the others' but it wasn't.

Written by two authors in alternating chapters, Glenn Beck and doctor Keith Ablow, they expand personally and professinally on the seven factors crucial to a happy/healthy life.

It is actually a book that I would have yellow highlights on just about every page! Lots of good stuff in here!
Sorta like a book you would give a graduate...

Favorite Quote:
From the very last page:
don't read if you don't want to know the seven...more
Sarah
May 29, 2012 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Book Clubs, family, friends, spouces
Recommended to Sarah by: My husband
If you have read the Christmas Sweater this book expands in more detail what kind of life Glen Beck has lived and what helped him realize and change his life. The Dr. that accompanied him and his thoughts in every other chapter in the book was insightful too.
It was a pretty short, quick read, and kept you going. (large print, short chapters less than 300 pages)
It really discusses a variety of times the importance of listening to your inner thoughts or "3rd ear".
I enjoyed the vareity of exam...more
Teresa
LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Ed and I listened to it on Audible while we were moving our Son and his family from Williamsburg, Virginia to Utah this past month. Ed had purchased it on our Audible account over a year ago, and just happened to start it on this trip. Perfect timing! Neither of us had heard anything about it...but now we are highly recommending this as one of the best self-help books we've come across in a long time. Glen is brutally honest in sharing his life experience, addiction recovery,...more
Mindy
Overall the book was marginal, but I have really been seeking out information on what obligations we owe to our loved ones, especially extended family and close friends. Those that may have a negative impact on our self esteem and/or on our families. It gave some great clarification and insight on this.
Andrea
If I could five this a 4.5 stars, I would. I liked it well enough as I read it, but I suppose a book has impacted you more than you think if you find yourself referencing it and talking about it to anyone who will listen. I really liked this book!
Bigmg
It's all about being human. Emotional loss, physical loss, psychological loss and letting go.
How do we handle the life that God has given us? What are the choices we make when things don't turn out the way we demand?

How do we handle success? Gain, reward, accolades and yes-people?

What do we have within ourselves that allow us to take loss with dignity and gain with humility?

The answers of the world are that you are being punished, taken advantage of, or humiliated by awful people. The world...more
Jeff Stockett
This is really two books in one. Every other chapter alternates being authored by Glenn Beck and then Keith Ablow.

Glenn's chapters are autobiographical, sharing his experiences overcoming alcoholism, searching for a church, finding Christ, meeting his wife and building a life with her.

Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist. He shares stories illustrating the "7 wonders". The 7 wonders that will change your life are courage, faith, compassion, truth, friendship, family and common sense. Each of his chapt...more
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The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life
The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life
I’m usually am skeptical of any books that claim they will “change my life”, let alone one that has a handful of “steps”. Enter Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow, M.D. and their new collaboration, The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life. I knew much of Glenn Beck’s story before reading the book…his alcoholism and drug abuse, his significant rise and fall in broadcasting, his marriages, children, his fa...more
Naomi
I feel bad about giving this book 1 star. I had originally given this book two stars, but have since decreased the number to one. I am not giving it this low number of stars because it is a poorly written book or the topic is a bad topic to be written on, but because it is a book that had absolutely no interest for me. I liked reading about Glenn's story, however, when it came to Dr. Ablow's psychobabble, I was definitely lost and my eyes glazed over. It is just not my type of book. Not that I a...more
Rachel
Oh Glenn, I did not love this book and I wanted too so badly. Glenn Beck has a pretty amazing lfestory where he turns from drugs and alcohol, finds spiritual purpose in the LDS church and totally changes his life. Like his politics or not, you've gotta give the guy props for such a life-altering change. That being said, the format of this book was kind of strange for me. It's Glenn telling his story (that was far more accessible and enjoyable in "An Unlikely Mormon") with psychologist friend ins...more
Lauren
My dad said when this book first came out that he was deeply impressed with it. It took me almost two years to pick up my borrowed copy of his and read it, but I understand what he meant. This book combines the wisdom and experiences of two men, who wrote it in collaboration with each other after connecting over common truths they had discovered in their lives. They begin by stating emphatically that they believe it to be no coincidence that they met and that this book came to be, and that they...more
Kristopher Swinson
I read this book almost solely for the purpose of more thoroughly refuting an anti-Mormon video which took this as occasion to go after the church. I'm fairly disinterested as far as Beck's show goes; like football, whether I see anything wrong with it or not, I can never watch it with any sustained interest. Incidentally, this review is not my rebuttal. ;-) (As an aside in summary to those who might be worried about the video: it plays a game of deliberate limited context. Some passages can be...more
Steve Walker
The book is meant to be a self-help book and Beck is clearly giving a nod to Steven Covey's "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." This is not a Covey book and does not give too many examples of how to apply Beck's experiences to your own life.

The book is really more of an autobiography of Beck's growth as a person and how this went hand in hand with the development of his career. It is the maturation process from a self-centered and self-destructive egomaniac to a less self-centered and...more
Doran Barton
Who knew a book co-penned by Glenn Beck and Dr. Keith Ablow would be so... good? Well, it was. I'm not going to say it was awesome, because it wasn't, but it was dang good.

This book is an interesting mashup. On one hand, you have Glenn's oft-told stories of him as a self-hating, scumbag, drug and alcohol addict who bottomed out and made a series of pivotal changes in his life that have since brought him happiness, stability, and incredible success. On the other hand, you have Keith Ablow's psyc...more
Sara
Dec 09, 2011 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Family, friends
Recommended to Sara by: Wendy Macy
I recommend this book for anyone who is ready to take on the challenge to become the person you were meant to be. I am about to undertake a daunting task next year to reach a goal that has long eluded me because of self doubt. This book confirmed to me the truth of these principles that have been on my mind lately.

As I am approaching the project I have planned, I felt I had poured a good foundation in my heart and my mind of who I am and what I want to become, but it is a fragile foundation in...more
Julie
I enjoyed this book and learning how the 7 Wonders CAN really change your life, and the lives of others around you. They're not just seven crazy things out of the blue that will turn you a 180; the 7 Wonders are Courage, Faith, Truth, Compassion, Friendship, Family and Common Sense (or our god-given "gut" instinct"). You know, most of this book STRUCK me as common sense - well yeah, of course that "wonder" can change your life! But I was blessed to be raised believing and enjoying these things -...more
Guida Brown
I don't know that it's fair to say I read this book; I really only read half of it -- the half written by Dr. Keith Ablow. I read the first chapter by Glenn Beck and realized I didn't want to read one person's memoir. Instead, I wanted to learn how to change my life.

That's what the part written by Ablow does. In some cases he gives step-by-step plans to examine your life.

There is an unfortunate reference to the "late" Billy Graham (page 164) who is still alive as I write this review some three...more
Tammy Dorrycott
This book is packed with excellent ideas for growing as a person. These "wonders" will enrich your life in ways you don't imagine at first. It says that this spreads exponentially as your interactions with others change as you change so that the growth spreads. Very practical and filled with real life experiences from Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow. Glenn is very candid as he talks about some of the difficulties in his life and how he was before. I found it very enlightening. My daughter is reading...more
Dan
I picked up this book upon the recommendation of my sister. It will be one I read and re-read. I learned so much from it, but I know there is much more I can learn from it. Mr. Beck and Dr. Ablow take seven core principles and demonstrate how vital they are for spiritual and emotional health and happiness through the vehicle of Mr. Beck's changed life. The Seven Wonders are: courage, faith, truth, compassion, friendship, family, and common sense. In an LDS context, common sense is more properly...more
John
Most people will see Glenn Beck on the cover and assume this is a political book - far from it! Glenn speak candidly about addiction, especially how he confronted his own battle with drugs and alcohol. Dr. Ablow and Mr. Beck alternate chapters outlining the '7 wonders': 1-courage, 2-faith, 3-truth, 4-compassion, 5-friendship, 6-family, and 7-common sense. Glenn speaks of all that's necessary to change your bad habits (no matter what they are) is a 'willingness' to change. He whole heartedly beli...more
Sonia
I recommend this book to anyone, regardless of religious or political persuasion who is ready to take an honest look and assess where they are at in their life and willing to take whatever steps necessary to improve their human relationships. This book is not about politics at all, but a biography of sorts,with some philosophy, multi-faith religious thought, 12 Step Wisdom, and psychology woven into the mix. I appreciate Beck's brutal honesty about his past alcoholism and the insights about his...more
Kristy
May 19, 2011 Kristy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Jill
Excellent book. I often incorporate self-help books into my line-up as a guide to assist me with I choose to handle life-changing events. "The 7" is great concept that can easily be adapted by anyone. First, you must know yourself and "use the courage and faith to empty out the hard drive of your soul and then fill it with your truth." Second, it's extremely important to have the support of your family and friends because having those positive voices on your side will give you all the warmth you...more
Jeff Carpenter
The authors alternate writing chapters, which is an interesting take on co-authors, and one that I think works very well. Mr. Beck talks about his addiction problems, his fear of commitments, and running from God. He also goes into detail about how he overcame all of this, with help from God. Dr. Ablow expands on Beck's words with his professional opinion and his belief in God. All in all this arrangement provides for a different, but welcome, take on dealing with personal problems. The authors...more
Lindsay
NOTE--This is NOT a political book. It is a book about life experiences.

I found this to be an astoundingly personal read. I was hesitant to read this because I thought that it was going to be the same old schpiel. You know what I'm talking about: "I was bad, now I'm good". I've never been more wrong. The 7 was an amazing book that tells not only of the success of one man, but how everybody can be successful and live a better life. If you haven't already, I suggest picking up a copy of The 7 at y...more
Karyn
I would have definitely given this book 5 stars if it weren't for the psychiatrist portions. I mean, those portions seemed to say good things, I guess, but it just felt, I don't know... heavy handed? I loved Glenn Beck's story, however, and I wanted him to write the whole book. I wanted to know more. This book is not about politics, but I really wanted to know how his life lead him to where he is now. I feel like it delivered about half of that, mixed with the other dude's preaching :). Still, i...more
Audrey (The Reader in the Corner)
Wow! I am in no way a Glenn Beck fan, but this book is a great read. His raw honesty about his life and thoughts is very touching. One of the best self help books I've read. This is a book that I will definately be reading more than once.
Elizabeth
Couldn't tell you now what those 7 wonders were but i enjoyed the book neverless. Maybe one of the wonders is the one about reading and not remembering a month later what you read! I think one of them was enjoying your family and that i do. Thank you Glenn Beck. I do remember now the personal story about Glenn Beck and his loss of everything thanks to alcohol and drugs. Then his giving back everything to all and thus gaining on life. Reminds me of Christ's saying to give is more blessed than to...more
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