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I Hope I Screw This Up: How Falling In Love with Your Fears Can Change the World

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  455 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A New York Times, USA TODAY, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly Bestseller!

If Eckhart Tolle and Jim Carrey had a baby, that baby would be Kyle Cease.

After twenty-five years of achieving what he thought were his dreams of being a headlining touring comedian and actor, Kyle Cease suddenly discovered that the belief that “When something happens, I will be happy” is a
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Gallery Books (first published 2017)
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Heidi The Hippie Reader
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Hope I Screw This Up is a part-diary, part-spiritual evolution manual and 100 percent the Hippie Librarian's type of read. Kyle Cease shares his thoughts and personal path towards becoming his best self. I didn't find it to be as funny as promised in the blurb, but I do think it has worth as, "another finger pointing towards the moon," as Eckhart Tolle would say.

The beginning of this book is hard to get through- for the writer and the reader. Kyle explores his fears and inability to get starte
Emma Sea
dnf on page 5 ; is this a new record for me?

Cease's opening riff about how scared he is, and how he doesn't know how to write the book, was merely irritating. and then I read this:

"if a man were to get in an elevator and there was a beautiful woman next to him, he might be trying to think of something to say to her to open up a conversation. What if he just said that? What if he turned to the woman and said, “I’m trying to think of the right thing to say to you.” Think of how honest, vulnerable,
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
He seems like a nice guy and funny too but omg! This writing made me cringe. He's scattered, all over the place and while I don't mind a good tangential topic Kyle Cease manages to interrupt himself constantly and get sidetracked all the time. His jokes and analogies are weird and not funny at all. As are the random photos of himself and illustrations he adds in which are just filler it seems so he could make up in antics what he lacks in word count. I think his sense of humor plays better on st ...more
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I read this book because I loved the title. I also liked the idea of using comedy in a book about personal transformation. The concept of opening oneself to endless opportunities partly by not being afraid to make mistakes is a cool idea.

Author Kyle Cease presents a strong argument for getting out of our heads and following our hearts, but some readers will conclude the concept simply isn’t practical. Cease’s answer to that is basically to keep trying to get out of our own heads and think with
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Well I definitely don't think it would have taken 60,000 words to get the point across. As someone cognitively challenged, I couldn't wait to get to the end. At times I had to read sentences over and over again to try to understand the point he was trying to make. Don't think his humor is remotely amusing - it was very child- like but I did glean many good points, it was just a struggle to find and understand them most of the time. I'll have to find a YouTube video of his stand-up and see if it ...more
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book, for free, in exchange for an honest review.

One of my themes for this year is "it's complicated".
I tend to read/think about the same things repeatedly and have come to the conclusion that cut and dry one size fits all answers are incorrect at least in their scope. I've also gotten fairly Tao in that I see everything is both right and wrong.

So how does what I just said have anything to do with this book?

Well, I want to paint this book in a good light as I found parts of it
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me say first that I really love Kyle Cease and I love what he's doing. Overall, the book was good, and at certain points I was very into it.

I wasn't into it until about half way. I appreciated some of his humor, but a lot of it was a bit eye roll feeling. Halfway in I really started to feel energized by the book. It sort of went in waves after that, and never went back down to how I felt in the beginning of the book.

I appreciate his message, especially the parts that talk about just realizin
Christine Fitzgerald
This book was tricky for me. It had really good thoughts but those thoughts were sort of mixed up in a rambling manner that made it difficult to read.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was one of the least funny books I have read in my life time.
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, first-reads
Disclosure: I received this book for free as part of a GoodReads giveaway.

This was one of the hardest books for me to read and review, because I've developed a love-hate relationship with it.

I had seen an online video excerpt from an inspiration conference Kyle Cease gave and found it intriguing. So when the book giveaway opportunity came up soon thereafter, I decided to try my luck. And I won! Despite all this, I headed into this book with a healthy dose of skepticism, knowing that the author
Kim C.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have a hard time reviewing this book - I really wanted to love it. Kyle has some excellent insight and ideas. However, I found his humour that I've appreciated in his workshops/youtube videos doesn't translate to written. I found the attempts to be immature and not funny for the most part. He also brags throughout the book that he is operating from the here-and-now, without a plan, and that allows for his authenticity to flow through and he can tap into whatever arises. BAD IDEA for a book. It ...more
Amanda Setasha Hall
I wasn't entirely sure what I was originally expecting when I picked up this book, but I am insanely glad I did.

This "self help" book is filled with a ton of comedy and I appreciated it. I don't like when books get super serious about these types of subjects and this one did exactly the opposite. This literally had me laughing out loud at some points even.

It leaves you with a lot to think about. And it changes your view on life.
Heather Larcombe
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love my fluffy bunny books. This one had some funny moments, and was just a self-help book until almost the end, but then he couldn't resist making everyone connected and pointing out the universe loves us. By then you were prepped for and kind of expecting it, though, so all good.
Dan Wingard
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Warning! You may not read this right

I'm pretty sure I didn't read this right. There were several exercises I still need to exercise. And while much of the time I was reading this on the elliptical exercising I found myself laughing out loud, not sure how loud as I was listening to Coldplay on my earbuds (actually I was trying to think of the band mentioned in the book because I thought that would be funnier but after 30 more minutes on the elliptical peddling backwards listening to rap and comme
Andrei Constantin
Aug 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although Kyle is a great guy and his intentions are well placed this has to be one of the worst books I ever punished myself to read. I made it halfway through and decided to end it then and there because I really like Kyle's work and vision as an influencer. But his pretext of opening himself up is not an excuse for poor structure, nonsense fillers, and lack of coherence in his book. It's just laziness. If you want to experience what ADD on paper looks like then look no further. :)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
Abandoned the book after 2 chapters, didn't hook me on.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Really bad. Had a few inspiring moments in the book, filled with meaningless words that seemed like he needed to meet a page requirement.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self
I want to start by saying I absolutely love Kyle Cease! The first time I heard him speak I immediately connected with his message and methods of disconnecting from your brain, connecting with your heart, and listening to your intuition. When I found him online (thank you YouTube!) everything he was saying was right on board with where my head and heart already were. With his method of meditation, I'm actually able to sit in silence for 2 hours without getting bored or chasing the thoughts in my ...more
Harry Allagree
Dec 22, 2017 rated it liked it
In the last chapter of this book Kyle Cease writes: "I did not write this book in order to create a bunch of followers. I wrote this for my expansion and I am wide open to the idea that my expansion is giving you permission to access your expansion. I get excited about the idea of having a bunch of colleagues who are here with me, like business partners accessing our highest gifts to make the world better."
Having finished the book, I'd say that his statement is consistent with what he wrote in t
Oct 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I was already a little irritated during the forward. The author of Spiritual Liberation and Life Visioning name-dropped his own organization and conference in the foreword for this book:

"I share from personal experience that when Kyle speaks at the Revelation Conference, which is hosted by the Agape International Spiritual Center, the organization I founded, the energy in the room is vibrant with joy; it becomes filled with authentic soul-laughter."

-1 for excessive comma use

Trisha Parsons
Jan 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
At first, I enjoyed the humor in this book, but toward the middle Cease really started to annoy me with the self-help propaganda, which appears in a lot of self-help books, known as The Law of Attraction. He started making claims like "if you want it enough, it will come to you." I hate this refrain because of all the loopholes. I hate this refrain because it has no basis in reality. I must be a masochist becuase I kept reading, and I did get a useful takeaway from the book that's been helping m ...more
52 Book Challenge Week 34: I Hope I Screw This Up

The title of this book caught my eye. I'm a perfectionist and one of my lovely flaws from that it that I'll either a. not bother trying things because I don't expect myself to succeed or b. I'll try once and if it's not up to my imposed standard I never try again to improve. So I thought hey, this looks like it might help me learn to embrace failure.

It did not.

He kinda rambled from topic to topic taking grand tangents so overloaded with the trope
Gail Gallagher
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audible book and enjoyed it immensely. I read a lot of self help books so he touched on a lot of concepts I've heard before but I enjoyed that he comes from the perspective of a comedian turned self help guru. The book varies from a more earnest edge to comedic tangents. Favorite concepts include the idea that when you are embracing your gift think of yourself like an apple tree. You're just making apples and you have no control over what people do with the apples. I also enjoy ...more
SassyCat Mitchie
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
This book had a lot of nuggets. At first it took me a minute to get in the rhythm of his writing style. I listened to this and he added a few things for the audible that were very distracting in the beginning. By the end if the book I got what he was trying to say. I did some if the activities and found them to be eye opening. I am sure that if I were to really try them again the way he intended I could nbn have gotten more out of them. As I have been on a growth journey for the past 3 years or ...more
Wiconi Counseling
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There were some really great pieces of wisdom in this book, which is what kept me reading. The writing style was a bit off for me and the humor probably works better with a verbal delivery. I did chuckle a few times, but felt that it may have been a distraction. There were other times through the book I was a bit overwhelmed by Kyle's ego, but he seems a likable guy, so I passed over those feelings. I have no doubt his intentions really are to help people discover t
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It reinforced my belief in synchronicity because it contains all the lessons and revelations and reality shatterings I’ve experienced lately. It’s as though I wrote this book. I could have written this book...if I were funnier and wittier. In some parts the concepts were worded differently than the words my mind had used and that really helped me wrap my head around some ideas that are more difficult to grasp. I found myself grinning all day and I had the best night at work be ...more
Rich Baker
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall, good read. He has some fairly profound things to say. However, a lot of the book is joke-fest. I'm not a huge fan of mixing too much comedy with my self help books. In person, go for it. In book form I am a fan of less is more when it comes to punch lines. That said, with the very last line of the book he did make me laugh out loud.

He says a number of things in the book that might be great, but I'm still not sure I understand what he means. For the most part he explains himself pretty w
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Either you can roll your eyes through the first eight or nine chapters of this book with its really bad humor and incessant talk of how much money Kyle can make off writing this crap book OR you can skip to the good stuff in the later chapters. Kyle wants you to see yourself and all your assets and your self worth. He wants you to know that you have so much to offer and so much to love and you can do it. whatever it is that you want to do. This beautiful and true revelation with the exercises to ...more
Kim Mack
Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, self-help
There were some really great pieces of wisdom in this book, which is what kept me reading. The writing style was a bit off for me and the humor probably works better with a verbal delivery. I did chuckle a few times, but felt that it may have been a distraction. There were other times through the book I was a bit overwhelmed by Kyle's ego, but he seems a likable guy, so I passed over those feelings. I have no doubt his intentions really are to help people discover their joy, strength and wisdom. ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found it a struggle to finish this book. Although the author did sprinkle in a few good points here and there, I found myself getting distracted often with what attempted to be humorous writing. It just didn't work for me. He was all over the place. He started the book off 'joking' that he was just trying to throw in random words and content to bulk up the book just to finish it. After the first 100 pages, I was pretty convinced he wasn't actually joking. I'm not really sure why I finished the ...more
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“If you think you need something for you to be happy, you make that thing your god.” 2 likes
“When we’re in our head, the only thing we want is distractions that give us permission to stay in our head. When we’re in our heart, we naturally move toward things that support our calling and internal evolution.” 1 likes
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