Trusting Yourself
M.J. Ryan
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Trusting Yourself: How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed and Live More Happily with Less Effort
M.J. Ryan
Broadway Books
224 pages
May 2004
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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I started out reading Trusting Yourself in a cranky mood. Tired of self-help books that all sounded the same, I was sure this one would be more of the usual, and I had simply had enough. Luckily, I calmed down and kept reading, and I am glad I did because this is a wonderful and inspiring book that really does give great new insight into the concept of slowing down and living a real and authentic life of our dreams. It is filled with priceless nuggets of wisdom and insight that will really move you to change your life, inside and out.

Perhaps M.J. Ryan, author of Random Acts of Kindness and The Power of Patience, was just as sick of all those droll self-help and inspirational books as I was, because she certainly found a unique way of writing about empowerment and authenticity. Using her own warm and personal style, she writes about simplifying life and getting to the heart of what we want, and she does so with plenty of examples from her own experiences, accompanied by great quotes from famous folk that serve to really emphasize the lesson being discussed.

Okay, so you are still wondering what it is about Trusting Yourself that stands out above so many other books of the same ilk. Well, I can’t quite put my finger on it. Suffice it to say that this book has a feeling of hopefulness, a warm and friendly tone of encouragement, and a down-to-earth commonsensical approach to changing your life that just CLICKS. I truly loved this gem of a book.

Perhaps what makes this such a great read, and a truly useful and inspiring one, is that it focuses not on having a better body, or becoming smarter, or making more friends, or making more money. It focuses on something that will no doubt lead to all those things once mastered – self-trust. Imagine, trusting your own inner voice over the voices of “the world at large.” What a concept.

And once you’ve finished this book, you will agree it is a concept worth embracing, for who knows better what we need than that little voice within, crying out to be heard above the din. Thanks, M.J., for taking the time to remind me who is really “the boss of me.”

© 2004 by Marie D. Jones for Curled Up With a Good Book

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