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
This book is OK, after telling her story, Rhonda goes off in the usual new age-y tangents. I know she has a story to share and it is interesting but it needs some fine tuning, as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jennifer A. Hoffman
Rhonda does a wonderful job of giving practical applications that anyone can use to become a fearless liver! Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Jacob Reilly
This book will help you become aware of your own behaviors that are hindering your, many of which are ingrained so deeply, it's hard to pick them out without help. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Iggy
The book was very enlightening. My only difficulty was that in places where I felt the reader should have gotten more guidance in choosing their particular issues, this was... Read morePublished 9 months ago by C. M. Barrett
This is one of the best, most helpful books I have read. I have purchased for friends and I know that a couple of therapist have purchased it and started recommending it to their... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jo
I Freaking loved Fearless Living! I'm a personal development junkie, and I try to get my hands on any type of book that will help me conquer my fears. Read morePublished 11 months ago by AJ Mihrzad