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Ever wonder why the audiobook genre has grown so significantly over the past few years? One answer is the prolific amount of pablum offered by pop psychologists such as talk-show self-help guru Jeffers (Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Audio Reviews, LJ 4/1/93) with her latest approach to dealing with fears and moving forward in life with confidence, action, and love. Some of her dozen helpful tools include ignoring the voice of the lower self; listening to the voice of the higher self; verbalizing affirmations, mantra-like, over and over, like "giving it away" and other similarly silly nicknames for techniques targeted toward the depressed, those hopelessly consumed by self-pity, and, of course, anyone with time to watch her on Oprah. Trite, glib clich?s abound here in one of the better examples of useless psychobabble; the "good-witch-of-the-north," syrupy delivery is at worst embarrassing and at best ridiculous. Set aside the candles and the crystals and ignore this foolish glop. Instead, to be of significant help to those with legitimate need for professional guidance, librarians should provide the substantial works of such stalwarts as Viktor Frankl (Man's Search for Meaning, Audio Reviews, LJ 3/1/96) or Stephen Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, S. & S., 1989). Not recommended.
Dale Farris, Groves, TX
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
Listeners (and readers) who enjoyed Jeffers's FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY will appreciate this practical guide for moving a step forward. Jeffers presents a brief synopsis of her earlier work and then moves into exercises to assist the listener in facing his or her specific fears. There can be no doubt about Jeffers's earnest conviction and sincerity. As with many authors who are not trained performers, Jeffers's voice becomes a bit tired and strained from time to time. Nonetheless, her voice remains relatively easy to listen to and understand. The tape includes sufficient pauses so that the listener is not constantly turning the tape off during its short exercises. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
This book saved me many, many years ago when I was going through a very difficult time. I could not find mine so I bought this for a very close friend. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Susan Jarvis
It's a handy companion to Feel the Fear...Do It Anyway. The exercises make the learning firm.Published 13 months ago by Anne Marie Hofer