I received this book from Goodreads and I really enjoyed it. I found I was already using some of their tools form the toolbox portion of the book and...moreI received this book from Goodreads and I really enjoyed it. I found I was already using some of their tools form the toolbox portion of the book and I found at least 2 more tools that I will use in the future.
The best thing about this book is it does not read like a textbook or a paper. It's like having a conversation with the author. I also enjoyed reading the examples from the two doctors who contributed to the book. Real life examples really hit home.
This book is broken into three parts - 1. The Game of Stress, 2. Outsmarting Stress, 3. The Inner Game Toolbox.
In the first part of this book it talks about self 1 and self 2. Self 1 is the stress maker - the voice in your head that creates the running commentary either good or bad. Self 2 is your natural, creative, talented self that doesn't need the running commentary. I really didn't how much the stress maker really plays a role in my life and how I really need to stop listening and just be.
Part 2 talks about prioritizing your life so you may enjoy it. Life is about enjoyment and if your not enjoying yourself what really is the point? Through ACT - Awareness, Choice, and Trust you can can then find your foundation to get you through stressful times. It seems really simple, but when you're on auto-pilot it's hard to capture the awareness and make choices that will get you through in the future.
Part 3 is the some tools to get help you reduce your stress. I personally liked the first 2 best. Stop and Being the CEO. Stop means when your in the moment - stopping and taking a step back and getting your thoughts organzied before your respond. How many times do we shoot from the hip when confronted or when someone says a remark off the cuff to us. Being CEO is taking control of your life and making decisions. As the CEO what do I want, where to I want to go, how do I want my life to precede... then you can decide. I think taking back control and enjoying your life is really the key to this book.
I've already started down this road of saying no to too many obligations and promises and not taking things so seriously, so it was nice to have it clearly written out and to learn some new tools to stop listening to the stress maker.
Thank you Random House and Goodreads for a very nice book. (less)
I won this book from Goodreads and I thought I was in for a scholarly experience. Unfortunately, this was not the case. While I have no doubt that Ms....moreI won this book from Goodreads and I thought I was in for a scholarly experience. Unfortunately, this was not the case. While I have no doubt that Ms. Felker Jones has a good grasp of her Christian Subject matter, I think she missed the mark on discovering hidden messages.
Instead of discovering anything new or insightful, Ms. Felker Jones really prepared a reading and discussion guide to Christian reading groups concerning the Twilight Saga. She pulls from Old Testament, New Testament, and her own Christian background to provide support for her ideas. Sometimes all of this pulling seemed so random to me, it was hard to keep up with her and her direction.
Overall I believe this is simply a reading and discussion guide for Christian groups. I would like to suggest that the tag line be changed to more accurately reflect that this is a reading guide. I believe "Discovering Hidden Messages..." does not accurately reflect this book - it needs to be to something more appropriate like "A Christian Reading and Discussion Guide for the Twilight Saga." (less)
I did like this book. I just had one tiny problem that glared at me. Michigan is in Eastern Time, not Central as she referred. It did go on a bit, but...moreI did like this book. I just had one tiny problem that glared at me. Michigan is in Eastern Time, not Central as she referred. It did go on a bit, but other than that I think it was a very interesting story - a solid 3 stars for me. (less)
**spoiler alert** Love, love, love this series. Jade is larger than life. Now that her nemesis is gone and her love life is settled, I'm curious to se...more**spoiler alert** Love, love, love this series. Jade is larger than life. Now that her nemesis is gone and her love life is settled, I'm curious to see what she will do next. (less)