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A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted

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In your hands, you hold the secret to transforming your life. Big words? Yes, but this is a plan that has already proven itself with millions of people around the world. Pastor Will Bowen developed the life-changing A Complaint Free World plan based on the simple idea that good things will happen for you in abundance if you can just leave your grumbling behind. In a Sunday

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Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 16th 2007 by Harmony
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Miss Kim
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book commences with a quote from Maya Angelou, where she states: ”If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain" (page 1). I find it so inspirational and uplifting for a woman who faced abused as a child, and literally lost her voice for years, to make such a powerful statement. Randy Pausch also lectured to not complain, as he brought up the example of how Jackie Robinson had it in his contract not to complain if people spit on him.

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Ying Ying
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Read this book if you want to live complaint free. The effects are: enjoying positive feelings, having more energy and having gratitude in life. Even if you read just the first chapters, it might change how your days are.
Stephanie R.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I should probably mention up front that I read this book while I was waiting for something, not because I was interested in the subject. Overall, it was a decent book and held my attention from cover to cover. However, I am pretty sure that if you take this book's advice, you will either become a doormat or everyone will think you've taken a vow of silence.

The idea is to take the challenge to stop complaining out loud for 21 days (at which point it will supposedly become a habit) but almost hal
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Marian la Contrarian
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: growth
Like many another book before it, this book falls into the self-help category. But while a lot of self-help books are narrowly focused on just that—the self—this is one of the inspiring few that derives its power from a vision of a better world that is created as one individual at a time chooses a better way.

Rather than focusing on neuroses, phobias, anxieties, etc., this book instead focuses on what life would look like if we made one simple (but not easy!) change: speak about the things we wi
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Tiffany
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I was optimistic but skeptical about this book. But, I was willing to keep an open mind. And then, about an hour into the audiobook, the author said "the next time you complain, think about whether it's worse than my terrible story" and proceeded to tell a heartbreaking story about a family pet. Nope, I'm out. Sorry, dude. There is so much there that doesn't sit well with me - don't compare hardships, don't plumb your family tragedy for material in that way, and don't tell me you lit off in a ra ...more
Michelle
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I loved this book -- thanks Suzanne! The premise of this book is that our thoughts determine the quality of our lives, our words reflect what we are thinking. By controlling our words and avoiding complaints, criticism, or gossip we improve the quality of our lives. The challenge is to go 21 consecutive days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping. The book came with a purple plastic bracelet that you wear and change wrists every time you catch yourself saying something negative. It's an ...more
Naomi Toftness
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I think books should come with warning labels when they are written by religious professionals.
Rosemarie Donzanti
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
New Years Resolution...let's see if I make it to 12:15 AM. 😉. Your thoughts dictate your words, dictate your actions, dictates your relationships and your health. All makes sense. New decade, turned 60, new attitude...Let's do this!

“The Complaint Free challenge is not an easy one. It takes time and conscious effort to make it through that first complaint-free day. But once your habits and your thinking start to change, it becomes easier. The key is to keep trying. For me, this challenge was not
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Katie
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Part of me thinks that I shouldn't knock the movement espoused in this book before I try it...but suffice to say, this book definitely did not convince me to.

On some level I get it. No one likes someone who's constantly complaining, and in general I think people should strive for less negativity. But in my own experience, holding complaints in makes me feel worse, not better, and does not stop me from having negative thoughts. It even makes me feel lonelier, because sometimes complaining to othe
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Bookscmc
Jun 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down, read it straight through for an average of 3-4 hours. Put it down only to write a few quotes down etc.

Couldn't help but wonder out of curiosity how Mr. Bowen would write an entire book on the topic of 'stop complaining.' I was delightfully entertained with a few stories and the whole idea of wearing a wrist band as a reminder to stop complaining, intrigues me. I've ordered my own purple wrist band to give it a shot. I, too, need improvement in this area. We all co
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Jenny
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational
I love a good challenge and this book is proving to be just that! The whole idea is to go 21 days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping and you wear a bracelet as a reminder that you switch back and forth between wrists when you slip and do one of the mentioned. Eek, can it really be that hard?! Let's just say I've yet to make it through a day, but I'm close :) (ave. results are 8-9 months for 21 days). Anyway, all of that aside the author is a minister in Missouri and draws upon a lot ...more
Adam
This is an amazing book...on many levels. Its simple and repetitive but then again so is life; well at least the repetitive part. This was one of those 'I am not the sam person and don't look at life/things/people the same way after reading it. I experience things and "think" about them differently...in a good way! I recommend this to anyone who feels that they are ready to be aware........of....well, the title would suggest complaining but it does somehow bring to light so many other 'disorders ...more
Heather
Aug 23, 2008 rated it liked it

I picked up this book because I love the idea (and unfortunately I'm a complainer - but is that me complaining about being a complainer? I guess I should switch my wristband again!).

I thought the book was super-easy/quick to read and I am trying to follow it (1 week without a complaint free day so far - it looks like I'm on track for the average 4-8 months to go 21 days without complaining). I do think it's a great concept and I'm going to stick with it.

Outside of that, many of the ideas written
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Denise
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
This seems like a trap-if I am critical of this book, then am I merely a complainer? Facts are not complaints, so let's go with this: I started listening to the recorded book and thought it was one long infomercial. I stopped listening to the book and checked the reviews, which were mostly positive. I finished listening to the book, which sounded like one long infomercial, including testimonials from the author's congregational members and a request to call your congressman to press him to decla ...more
Victoria
Sep 18, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
The book repeatedly assures you that you can get a bracelet free by request. But I could find no option to get one free. So I read the About page and saw: A Complaint Free World ceased to be a non-profit in 2012. Once I discovered this, I lost interest in the book. Especially after reading online that this simple idea is now a business that tries to sell you more stuff to achieve what the book said could be done for free.
Rachel Kopel
Jun 26, 2008 rated it liked it
I have just started reading this. I am still using a rubber band and not the snazzy purple bracelet, although I have ordered one. It is pretty amazing the number of times a day that I complain, criticize or gossip. I am wearing out rubber bands like crazy. But I am still a beginner. All will be well and all will be well and all will be well.
Erin
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
I don't think I'll ever go as far as wearing a purple bracelet on my wrist and attempting a full 21 days without complaining. But it does make you more aware of how much you complain, and starts your mind reframing things. It has already made me a more positive/aware person. Quick read, too. ...more
Marie
Oct 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Marie by: Suzanne Swallow
We reviewed this at our book club in September. It is amazing to understand how many times we complain about things, and a wonderful opportunity to stop! Your life will be much sweeter when you learn to stop complaining about everything!! Try it!
Lee Adams
Jan 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: self-help
Few other books have been so terrible. This could have been written as "get a purple bracelet. Stop complaining. The end." I did love the author's claim the the braclet was a "world-wide phenomenon" when approximately 0.08% of the world has worn one of his bracelets. ...more
Jennifer Blaschik
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cool concept. Stop complaining and create a better life for yourself and those around you. It’s certainly not easy. Each day is a new day to try though. 🙂
Cindy
This book is part advice and part challenge. The premise is very similar to The Secret and similar books that advise you to think positively. There's really a lot of evidence that you attract what you focus on and so if you can redirect your focus away from negative to positive, you will attract positive energy. I think that there is a lot of truth to that, but...it does not take into account some of the tragedies that befall people. I think that this author would say that even then reframing th ...more
Debbie
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
While I was hiking Mt. Leconte in TN 6 years ago, I noticed that my friend had on a purple bracelet. I asked her about the bracelet and that is when I became familiar with this book. It may have taken me 6 years to get a copy, but I have been painfully aware of times when I am complaining since that hike! Author Will Bowen challenges the reader to go 21 consecutive days without complaining, gossiping or criticizing. He talks of the negative energy transferred to others from such talk. Such commo ...more
Ryan
Oct 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Bowen's "A Complaint Free World" was very interesting. I had an extra silicon wristband that I put on my wrist and started moving to keep track of my own complaining. It was eye-opening.
Bowen's main point is that complaining doesn't help you get through any trials in your life, and he holds to the idea that complaining actually attracts and brings more sorrow and suffering into your life. Instead of complaining, Bowen suggests keeping trials and obstructions in context. Are the things you compla
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Helen
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
In A Complaint Free World Kansas City Pastor Will Bowen describes how his parishioners have changed their lives through the simple act of not complaining. They use bracelets that they slip from wrist to wrist when they catch themselves voicing negative thoughts to remind themselves of the impact of their words.

After describing how the movement began, Bowen’s parishioners provide testimonial of how becoming complaint free has affected their lives. Fans of Byrne’s The Secret will find practical a
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Mystie Winckler
MCL. I forget where I saw the recommendation....someplace random.

I was up for reading a challenging book about not complaining. This wasn't it. This was a thoroughly "power of positive thinking," God=Universe=Neutral.

Using the trick of moving a bracelet to make you aware might be useful, but even according to his story, it started off as a gimmick and it still seems to me that it is.

The book is entirely testimonial & pontification, no research, no backing, no authority. He sprinkles in a quote
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Maria
Apr 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was optimistic, thinking it would lighten my mood and help me be a part of making the world a nicer place, but that's not really what I got from the book. About half way through my interest was no longer peaked and I realized, I don't mind a complaint every once in a while. It shows what we love and don't love and I think the world still needs a complaint or two. So, sorry folks. You'll still hear complaints from me from time to time. ...more
James Harris
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Loved the concept and was bought in before I started the book. 30 minutes into it, I felt like the author said all he needed to say. Nothing earth shattering, be positive, complaining hurts you and the listener, surround yourself with positive people. Planning to struggle through the 21 day challenge so the book had a positive impact on my well being
Sarah Boies
Feb 01, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I started this book but was unable to finish. The entire book felt like a scam - additionally - the bands they talk about are not free, so I'm not sure why they do not have an updated book. Half of the book is testimonials from others - not actual assistance or techniques to stop complaining. I realize this is ironic considering the topic of the book - but so be it! Thankful I got this from the library instead of spending my money on this. ...more
Ita
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A good reminder why I'm doing the 21 day complaint free challenge. And I'm back to day one again. I have purchased the app to see how often I actually complain each day! ...more
Ryan Lawson
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Complaint Free World is a self-help book that encourages its readers to manifest their own destinies through positivity rather than negativity. This really separates it from no other self-help books.

The simplicity of the voice makes it easier to digest than many of its counterparts in the self-help universe. Usually, books such as these keep the RPMs of my rolling eyes going at a fairly steady pace. But, A Complaint Free World helps its readers to understand that mostly everything in life simp
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Will Bowen is an author and speaker who has been featured on/in "Oprah," NBC's "Today Show," ABC's "World News Tonight," CBS "Sunday Morning," "Fox News," "The Wall Street Journal," "Newsweek," "People," "O," "Self," "Chicken Soup for the Soul" and in hundreds of media stories around the world.

His first two books, "A Complaint Free World" (now expanded and updated) and "Complaint Free Relationship
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