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The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  870 Ratings  ·  151 Reviews
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 was able to keep moving forward. He saw
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Threshold Editions (first published December 15th 2010)
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Feb 24, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, favorites
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.
Apr 08, 2011 Wildwilly rated it did not like it
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
May 18, 2011 Lance rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2011 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Jeff Stockett
Aug 17, 2011 Jeff Stockett rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, success
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
May 29, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 01, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 04, 2014 Mindy rated it liked it
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.
Michael Jones
Nov 03, 2015 Michael Jones rated it it was amazing
Woah. Made me think.

This book takes incidents from life story of Glenn Beck - who was clearly completely broken in a million pieces by a childhood tragedy and who let it ruin his life and the lives of those around him for many years - and intersperses it with material from the perspective of his friend, psychiatrist Keith Ablow. Beck's chapters range from heart-wrending to hopeful - but Ablow's chapters frankly blindsided me. I began making connections between things in my life experiences that
Feb 09, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
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!
Debbie Williams
I have always admired Glenn Beck. I love listening to him on talk radio because of his common-sense, conservative views, and he does it in such a humorous way that I find myself laughing out loud. This is a book about a miserable person (Glenn) because of the suicide of his mother and grieving father, he turned to alcohol and drugs in order to cope. This book is written by two authors alternating chapters, Glenn Beck and Doctor Keith Alblow, they share a formula of seven factors that are importa ...more
Nov 12, 2013 Bigmg rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 04, 2011 Blessedmomfxs rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 24, 2011 Naomi rated it did not like it
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
Dec 24, 2011 Rachel rated it it was ok
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
Aug 18, 2012 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 23, 2011 Kristopher Swinson rated it it was ok
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
May 01, 2011 Steve Walker rated it liked it
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
Doran Barton
Feb 06, 2011 Doran Barton rated it really liked it
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
Dec 09, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 29, 2011 Julie rated it really liked it
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
Tammy Dorrycott
Aug 01, 2011 Tammy Dorrycott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 19, 2011 John rated it really liked it
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
Oct 04, 2011 Sonia rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2015 Betsy rated it liked it
I think this book is more for someone who has struggled with addiction or has been in an abusive relationship. Fortunately neither applies to me. I did gleam a couple of wise tidbits such as, "God is not coy" and "follow the breadcrumbs". I know God isn't coy but it was a good reminder that it's not up to me to have to figure everything out. God doesn't play games.
Nov 03, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Although written by Glenn Beck, this is not a political book. This self help book encourages readers to look deeper into themselves especially in troubling times. Chapters include truth, compassion, faith, family, friends and courage. The Seven Wonders is an inspiring book.
Oct 24, 2015 Lucia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very personal book from Glenn Beck, we get to know him in a very different way than on TV. It is very inspiring and very down to earth advice that we all need to be reminded of every once in a while. If he could succeed after his failures and problems, we can too!
Michelle Corder
Feb 26, 2016 Michelle Corder rated it liked it
There were definitely some interesting points that I continue to think about and which gave me a new perspective. It was, however, a bit too much on the religious side for me. I am a very spiritual person but have my misgivings about religion in general.
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Glenn Edward Lee Beck is one of America's leading radio and television personalities. His quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated radio program in America and Glenn Beck, one of the most successful new shows on the Fox News Channel. His unique blend of modern-day storytelling and insightful views on current events allowed him to ...more
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“You can't love your mother or father if you don't also have the capacity to grieve their deaths and, perhaps even more so, grieve parts of their lives.” 33 likes
“When you aren't drinking or using drugs or spending lots of money on fancy toys or basking in the glow of fame or working all the time or eating your way through the refrigerator, being hateful and angry is a very handy shield from the truth. It lets you focus on everyone else's shortcomings, and all the ways they have let you down. You can bemoan how all these broken people keep finding you somehow. That way you don't have to focus on what really matters -- the tough work of fiing what is broken inside you.” 27 likes
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