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Fearless Living: Live Without Excuses and Love Without Regret Paperback – Aug 2 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
There's no denying Britten's earnestness, evinced in the powerful example of her personal transformation, years after a singularly horrific experience: at age 14, she watched her father kill her mother, then himself. By her account, Britten drowned her grief in self-defeating behavior for 20 years until she decided to make herself whole by exploring how others overcame legacies of shame and fear. Her observations led her to create the Fearless Living program, in which she works as a life and career coach. Britten defines fear generally as a self-esteem problem the conviction that one is "not good enough" that results in a range of unpleasant or harmful behavior from addictions to people pleasing to negativity. Tackling the problem in a simplistic way not grounded in a psychological context, she offers a collection of well-meaning, possibly beneficial exercises for gaining assertiveness, taking positive action, determining what triggers fear, etc. While many strategies seem worthwhile (building strong support networks, fostering self-acceptance, avoiding toxic people), the work feels too gimmicky to be persuasive as a cohesive program. Though the writing is aimed at a mass audience, unfortunately, Britten profiles subjects whose stories are less compelling than her own. (Apr.) Forecast: Britten's feel-good advice pales in comparison to Don Greene's highly disciplined Fight Your Fear and Win (see review, p. 81), which analyzes the components of successful behavior and appeals more directly to those who want to improve performance. Britten's sales may suffer accordingly. Readers interested in getting in touch with their essential nature , meanwhile, will find more insight in the intelligently written Finding Your Own North Star (Forecasts, Feb. 5).
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"Rhonda Britten has risen from the ashes of genuine catastrophe. She has seen the deepest darkness, and found her way beyond it...What she has accomplished within herself, and now helps others to accomplish as well, is nothing short of miraculous." Marianne Williamson
"For those who haven't been truly educated and prepared for life, I suggest reading Fearless Living." Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine, Miracles and Prescription for Living
Top Customer Reviews
In the past few months of reading and pracitising the exercises as well as the suggestions and ideas, I am astounded and humbled at the momentous transformation within me. My friends and associates are awestruck at the immense changes and feel inspired to do likewise. I feel more love for myself and for others.
The book also shows me different ways of choosing and arranging the words and sentences that are neutral, empowering, supporting, and so forth. That makes so much difference in how I relate to the people and deal with the circumstances. The way I communicate have powerful effect on people.
Ms Britten does not write this book to profit. She does it from her personal experience and with geninue heart. Many thanks for helping me having a profound changes for the greater good!
This book exposes the bondage of fear that most of us live through on a daily basis, sometimes without conscious awareness of its existence. It is chock full of information and exercises that force you to really look at your limiting habits and deal with them. When you're through with this book you will learn how to identify and prevent even the very thoughts that give birth to fear, as well as the rising tide of fearful living you may have practiced in the past.
Rhonda Britten is a woman who walks her talk. Her methodology is exact, and her sources come from her own life experience, as well as her work as one of the premier life coaches in practice today. I personally felt a jolt of conviction and exhilaration as I read chapter after chapter into the wee hours of the morning. I then picked up the book again the next day and took two weeks to work through all the exercises. This was truly an amazing experience. The most riveting chapter for me? The Wheel of Fear...I never realized how I innocently allow fear to creep into my life, and how my own solutions to my problems were actually creating more problems! It's like I've spent years unconsciously treating the symptom and not the cure. This one chapter alone was worth the price of the book.
This is one not to be missed.
5 Stars +. Rhonda is a rare find indeed.
Her own struggles provide the background to see just how successful you can be with her ideas. After seeing her mother murdered and her father commit suicide, she worked long and hard, first at denying her own self-worth and then finding it aqain.
I know whereof I speak. Not only am I a psychotherapist, I am also Rhonda's cousin. While this obviously makes me somewhat biased in this review, I can say that I've seen the growth and the power that this woman has in her life, she's onto something and wants to share it with the world. Find a copy of the book, use the ideas in it (even just one or two) and see how things can change. I know the principles are founded in good psychology, I also know personally how transforming they are, seeing them play out in the life of my cousin. Her life is going places and she invites all her readers to come with her!
If you have an open mind and can be honest with yourself, your life will begin to change AS SOON as you begin reading the book. The book has touched every area of my life, improving my self-confidence and self-motivation and sending me well on my way to becoming completely fearless. The results are amazing; you'll be astonished at finding WHO you really are and what potential you've kept hidden behind your own fears. I've already bought a second copy as a gift to my strongest fear-busting buddy. His own life is already improving and he's passing the news onto other friends.
I recommend this book for everyone believing in self improvement and evolvement or recognizing that there's room for improvement in their live (that's ALL of us). There is no book more important to read in your life. Good luck on your fearless journey!
Most recent customer reviews
I was first was introduced to Rhonda Britten by watching her on Starting Over.I signed out this book from the library first to give it a quick read. Read morePublished on Dec 11 2006 by Stephengingras
Rhonda Britten does an amazing job at making us understand how fear rules over much of our lives. I could relate to many stories of different people in the book and this helped... Read morePublished on May 24 2004
This book is only for the brave at heart. I say this because Rhonda is serious about the reader getting in the face of fear and calling its bluff. That is no easy task. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2004 by Cat
Excellent book for learning how to use fear to move you forward. Rhonda is right on with how she addresses the fear in our lives and creates a process for turning it around. Read morePublished on May 11 2003 by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee, PhD
This work took me from a self-help junking to a woman taking full responsibility for her life.
Every chapter provides great tools that move me forward. Read more
Wow! Having Fearless Living now in paperback is great. I have recommended this book to many people and I've had the opportunity to gift a number of these books to my friends and... Read morePublished on May 10 2002 by Susan Peterson
As life-long student of self-awareness and self-improvement books and programs, I found Rhonda's book more enlightening, freeing, and powerful than anything else I've ever... Read morePublished on May 9 2002 by John D. Pearce
This book was a gift from a dear friend and with it came the power to change my life. I didn't how much I needed Rhonda's program until I read it. Read morePublished on April 23 2002
Finally, a book that not only helped me envision how much more fabulous my life could be if I stepped boldly into living in freedom rather than in fear... Read morePublished on April 18 2002 by Ava Diamond