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You Deserve the Truth: Change the Stories that Shaped Your World and Build a World-Changing Life

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An award-winning media maker and social critic shares her truth to inspire a generation, teaching how to use the power of story to ask critical questions and build bold, new lives.

Behind the social media smiles, many people in their twenties and thirties are living frustrating lives: overwhelmed and exhausted by the gap between their realities and the image they are
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Gallery Books
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D.  St. Germain
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Erica Williams Simon found herself burned out in a job she hated and quit, she realized quickly it wasnt just about the job. It was an overarching disappointment in the fact that shed worked so hard to achieve the external markers of success society said she should, yet those collected markers did not translate to promised financial stability or happiness. She found herself at a life-altering crossroads of ambition, dissatisfaction, and confusion. And as she looked around to her Gen Y ...more
Ashley Wiersma
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 30-year-old self would have benefited greatly from Erica's strong voice. Beautiful work. Perhaps also a perfect predecessor to reading Rohr's "Falling Upward."
Eduardo García
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one book I wish all my millennial friends would read. Simon Williams reflects on the confusing, often conflicting cultural stories that shape this generation's often distorted views on money, success, religion, love, among other topics. Sharing her own personal insights and struggles in these areas, she deconstructs the broader cultural stories by offering rich context (based on research, case studies, and personal anecdotes), and even offers tools to consider alternative ways of ...more
Natasha Lawson
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a great read. I adore the writers stories of herself and her vulnerability with hard topics.
I am utilizing her methods for reworking the stories in my head and after less than a week Im already seeing shifts in my thought patterns
I would recommend this to anyone, it was worth a read for sure.
Two Readers in Love
You deserve the truth... but you will only get a very small dose of it here.

The book starts off promisingly with the author's realization that her disatisfaction with the hamster wheel of her life of incredible privilege (wonderful supportive family, great education, cushy non-profit job, happy marriage, profiled in Essence, etc.) has something to do with the stories that she has stuck in her head. She has the trappings of success, but feels she should be acheiving more world-changing
Jamie Moesser
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It can be hard to stand up straight and orient yourself, says Erica Williams Simon in "You Deserve the Truth," when your surroundings are tilted. While she speaks primarily to Millenials buffeted by the unpredictable twists of a fast-changing economy and society, that statement holds true for anybody of any age in almost any circumstance. In the case of the changes going on at my place of work, my surroundings aren't tilted so much as still very much under construction, but the concept that it ...more
Ellen Dingle
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book spoke to my deepest insecurities and opened my eyes to a new way of looking at the stories that have shaped my identity and expectations. All those things you cant say about feeling aimless, confused, and frustrated about your job, money, relationships, and faith? Well, Erica says them and gives a different path forward in which you are more honest with yourself and others about the stories that shape your life. Not only does she talk the talk but she walks the walk right beside you by ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-children
A lack of upward professional mobility has forced us top be creative and design positions, work, and titles that never existed before.

Stop telling yourself limiting stories.

We are the stories we tell ourselves.

Freedom depends on awareness.

What if I believed something else?

Fear of financial insecurity in being afraid of losing the money you have, afraid of not having enough money and just being afraid.

Fear of disasters from global warming, police brutality, terrorism, mass shootings, natural
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
I thought this book was general audience, and didnt realize it was specifically written for millennials. As a GenXer, I couldnt relate to much of it (any of it, really). The stories-shape-us presentation was interesting, but the solutions were a mishmash of self-help advice thats been around for decades; I didnt discover anything new. Younger readers in the target demographic might not pick up those older works, though, and might find these ideas fresh and new. The writing is very good, with a ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, audio, nonfiction
I really enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to readers who were trying to find comfort/wisdom/validation in 'Girl, Wash Your Face' but were sorely disappointed and hurt by that book's approach. Williams Simon does a fantastic job of speaking frankly but compassionately about some of the harder facets of "adulting." I worried at the beginning of the book that it would veer into the Christian self-help subgenre; though the author is up-front about her faith, I found it interfered minimally ...more
Alexia Russell
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book at the library, picked it up out of curiosity and loved it! The author's unique voice and point of view differentiates the message from many other self help books that drone on about getting over fear. I liked the way she challenges the reader to take a fresh look at their life and retool the stories that create their reality. If you are a looking for a book to challenge your thinking and provide actionable ideas to transform your thinking and life, then I recommend you give ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, non-fiction
Oh man. While I 100% agree with her analysis of the problems, her solutions definitely were not for me. (What?? A religious, millenial communications professional's life experience doesn't resonate with me? Who would have thought!) Still an interesting read (although a couple of times I felt like a creepy old weirdo, spying on the young kids next door.)
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