Youre Stronger Than You Think: The Power to Do What You Feel You Cant Paperback – Aug 2 2012
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In You're Stronger Than You Think, psychologist Dr. Les Parrott helps you access the power to do what you feel you can't. With practical insights and hard-earned wisdom, he shows you that by changing how you think, understanding what you feel, and using the power that lies untapped deep in your soul, you can summon strength you didn't know you had'strength that ultimately comes from God. The secret to tapping into your inner strength is not about positive thinking or pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Instead, it's about leveraging your strengths and overcoming your weaknesses to reveal a surprising inner-power that God has placed deep in your heart. Using a counterintuitive approach to overcoming hardship, You're Stronger Than You Think will help you find the unexpected power you need to pass through both the everyday and extraordinary tests of life.
This is an easy to read book with a fabulous layout. It is comprised of three parts and 6 chapters. Some of the topics are: Think simply, Think Expectantly, Feel Vulnerable, Feel connected, Be emptied, and Be Bold.
Purchasing the work book would definitely help readers dive deeper into their healing experience.
While I found the book to hold sound widely used mental health practices, I was often left wishing that Les Parrott used a more biblical approach in his book.
He often quoted medical evidence and backed up his stories with medical accounts and personal stories. More scripture references would have made me give this book a higher rating.
All in all I found 'You're stronger Than you Think' a solid book, but was left feeling a little let down by the lack of Biblical references and slant towards popular psychology.Read more ›
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Parrott's book hinges on three premises: 1) "In our minds we find power when we clear our heads... and when we think expectantly." 2) "In our hearts we find power when we own our weakness ... and when we feel connected." And 3) "In our souls we find power when we surrender our egos ... and when we take bold risks."
Personally, I took a lot away from Parrott's book, especially the last third of it. I've written notes down in my journal along with personal applications, but there's no telling whether I'll have the strength, discipline, or memory to memorize and apply the lessons. A few things I did take away:
1) Stop worrying and be content. Over thinking doesn't always help.
2) Faith emboldens us with confidence.
3) God works with mud as a potter. That means he meets us in our weaknesses and mold us when we are willing to be malleable.
4) Inaction only breeds doubt and fear. Sometimes risk is needed for our dreams to come true.
5) We need to empty ourselves of the burden of needing to get our own way. That includes our dreams. There is freedom in looking at the big picture and trusting God's plan.
6) We have learned helplessness and need to relearn proactive learned optimism.
While Parrott makes a few points that don't gel well with me, the majority of his advice is solid and worth considering. I highly recommend this book.
**Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review of it.
I disliked the frequent `plugging' of the author's website offers, and the questions at the end of each chapter were silly. He generally talks around a subject, quotes others, and ties in cute stories. Pure feel-good fluff, with a touch of Scripture on top. The darker grey pages at the end of sections hold good specific ideas (for instance, to clear your head, practice a mind-dump: write down every little thing that is on your mind, even the silly thoughts, for more clarity.), and evaluation quizzes (also silly). I did like chapter 6: "Be Bold: there's strength in taking risks", but you could borrow the book from the library for those 20 pages.
In short, don't bother (unless mega-church mantras are your style). Read Think and Grow Rich, by Hill for the real thing. I'm sure it will have the same effect: dust, not wealth.
My advance copy of this book was my only compensation for this frank review, for Tyndale Publishers. My thoughts are my own, and haven't made me rich yet. Everything I have is grace from my Giver.
I wondered what do I feel I can't do? How can I find some extra power for living? As the introduction says, "Life is an Adventure -- If You Summon the Strength."
That strength is found in the power of your mind, your heart and you soul. I love Dr. Parrott's writing style. He lays out the book in the introduction and the 3 parts he will cover. At the beginning of each part is a preview of what the two chapters in each part will cover and how they tie together. Then after you read the 2 chapters for each part, he has a making it real section that lays out how to move from theory to practice. Each make it real section also provides a tool to evaluate how you are doing in this specific area, and then steps to grow, to be stronger than you think.
Part 1: The Power of Your Mind
Chapter 1: Think Simply: There's strength in clearing your head. Sometimes your best move is to do a mind dump. Get it all out. Let the fog clear. As the Chuck Siwndoll quote says (and the book has great quotes to save): "It is in lonely solitude that God delivers his best thoughts, and the mind needs to be still and quiet to receive them."
Chapter 2: Think Expectantly: There's Strength in Anticipation. As Dr. Parrott puts it, "When we keep hoping, we keep living. When we stop hoping, we die inside." What do you expect fuels your power to achieve or to give up.
Part 2: The Power of Your Heart
Chapter 3: Feel Vulnerable: There's Strength in Owning Your Weakness. Here Dr. Parrott works through a great paradox: "When we admit our weakness, we find our strength." That's part of the power of the book, the discovery of leveraging paradoxes to find strength. Open up about your weaknesses and you open yourself up to a greater power in living.
Chapter 4: Feel Connected: There's Strength in Being Known. While chapter 3 connects with my inner self, chapter 4 builds on connecting with others. As Dr. Parrott shares, "We are must real when we most known and loved. And here's the secret: The more real we become, the more love we experience.. And the more love we experience, the more real we become."
Part 3: The Power of Your Soul
Chapter 5: Be Emptied: There's Strength in Surrender. The Bible is the only source I know that advocates the way to find your life is to lose it. You find strength, when you surrender -- when you let go. Dr. Parrott says, "Take the energy it takes to stay stuck in your suffering and use it to write a new chapter in your life."
Chapter 6: Be Bold: There's Strength in Taking Risks. The flip side of surrender (and just as important) -- be bold, take action. Dr. Parrott defines bold as "living life to the fullest. It's about transcending learned helplessness and living a strong life powered by passion."
I give You're Stronger than You Think 5 out of 5 stars. It was a great read to fuel my passion and purpose in life. The book is well laid out, features some memorable quotes, and even more practical exercises for application.
The book includes a link and a coupon for a discount to The Online Strength Profile that Dr. Parrott suggests you take before reading the book. I wasn't thrilled with the idea of a fee, so I didn't take the profile. You can also pick up a workbook that goes along with the book. Though each chapter has a few questions at the end, the workbook is said to be more specific in its application. You can a great glimpse of the opening part of the book by clicking here.
Thanks to Tyndale for providing a free copy for me to review. I am ready to continue the adventure of living!
"Your life story does not have to be dictated by your hardship. Take the energy it takes to stay stuck in your suffering, and use it to write a new chapter in your life." --Les Parrot
Les Parrot, NY Times best selling author, and relationship development psychologist could, if you read his book, "You're Stronger Than You Think," give you some hints that may guide his readers to clearing their head, and leverage their mind power. He advocates that thinking simply, and expectantly provides an anticipatory mode that can change their lives.
what about your feelings? Dr. parrot takes St. Paul's side to draw strength from your presumptive weakness. But his most important message is that your heart wishes could be surely be enhanced just by being linked. Knowing that one is connected, could greatly leverage the hearts intrinsic power of support .
Being spiritual, or even taking a mystical view point, could prove ultimately effective in lifting you up. The effluent speaker, proposes that acknowledging human weakness is the assured path to help finding your strength. He explains, there is no shame in surrendering for a while in order to recover your boldness, initiating your capacity to pick some exciting risky choices.
Even your soul's potential power can be the key for living your life more abundantly; seems familiar? Now it is psychology, based on developing good relationships. It is fascinating that a slim ray of hope could recover human faith in survival even in a hard decade of wars, and catastrophic global social economic hardships.
I gained the most from the part of the book that talked about we need to quiet our over thinking so that the Intuitive part of our nature can connect with the wisdom of God. I also enjoyed many of the quotes offered in different parts of each chapter. There were different parts that I found interesting but I also found it was also a bit boring in parts too. Was it worth the read? I think so, because if all I got was one or two things that can change my life- then that's a treasure I didn't have before reading it. There is also a workbook that is available for purchase to go along with this book.
I received this book FREE, from Tyndale House Publisher for an honest review.