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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: DMK Media Holdings Inc. (February 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988882000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988882003
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #963,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kirkus Reviews - April 8, 2013

In Klein's debut nonfiction self-help book, the author turns a critical eye toward talk therapy and questions its ability to help a person change his life for the better. . . 

As the author points out, a person can spend a lifetime in therapy understanding the "why" behind his decisions, or he can just ... actively decide to make better choices. The book is written in a straightforward, conversational tone and reads like tough love from a close friend.

An honest, edgy and highly logical explanation of why analysis doesn't always work.

Claremont Book Review: When your therapist suggests a trip down memory lane is the key to solving present problems, don't you sometimes just want to say "No, thanks..."? New author David M. Klein says it in spades in his no-holds-barred self-help book ... which combines a snarky skewering of conventional counseling with an exasperated appeal for personal responsibility ... Klein offers a summary of thirty-five short reminders to close out the book [which] reveals the balanced philosophy that lies beneath the swagger... Fire Your Shrink ... [is] a wakeup call meant to inspire readers.

About the Author

David M. Klein has an interesting and diverse background that has given him the experience and knowledge to help others deal with their problems. Mr. Klein grew up in Queens, New York in a normal middle class neighborhood. Money was always tight, but his parents provided all of the family necessities. His parents ingrained in him a strong work ethic. Starting at an early age, Mr. Klein worked on many different jobs to earn extra money, including flipping burgers, cutting lawns, driving a delivery truck, and working as a busboy. After attending college at Cooper Union in New York, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Klein moved to California where he worked for several years as an electrical engineer on the B-2 Bomber. At the end of the Cold War, Mr. Klein decided that a new career was necessary. He moved back to New York, where he attended New York University School of Law. Over the next 20+ years, Mr. Klein had a career as a technology and intellectual property lawyer. During this time, he was Partner at some of the world’s most prestigious law firms. Mr. Klein has four children, who have been embattled over in his divorce, and who he misses greatly. His experiences in going through the divorce process have taught him many lessons, but most importantly have forced him to deal with the heartache of not being able to see his children and the injustice of having his character and reputation, which he spent his entire life building, destroyed in his community. When asked what qualifies him to write a book to help people change their lives, he answers “Life.” Having faced bankruptcy and foreclosure, and having endured multiple careers, multiple job losses, a broken marriage, an acrimonious divorce, and other challenges, he is truly “The Life Coach who has Lived.” For enjoyment, Mr. Klein loves to spend his time outdoors. On any weekend, you can find him hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, climbing or otherwise enjoying his home state of New York.

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It only takes an afternoon to read this book.
Matt
Simple changes that you make on your own which will help you look at your life in more positive way allowing you to change thus leading to a better life.
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The book is very practical in that it provides solutions to serious problems using a writing style that really keeps you engaged.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt on February 14, 2013
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David starts the book with a clear theme: Everyone is screwed up.

He then clearly demonstrates that you don't need someone to just listen to you. You need someone who will tell you to stop doing the things that bug you, move on and strength your relationships. Drop the excuses and the criticism. You can change who you are and the way to pierce others. The best part: that someone can be you!

David's book will give you that strength. It will provide you tools and antidotes which justifying changing minor acts in your life to make everything more enjoyable.

It only takes an afternoon to read this book. It will change your life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Stephans VINE VOICE on July 18, 2013
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Today I was watching the Tour de France. A French rider, Christophe Riblon, was racing up the mountain with a few kilometers to go to the finish line. He only had Tee Jay Van Garderen to catch and pass to become the first French stage winner this year. Both of these riders were well ahead of the rest of the field. His team car was riding beside him with his manager hanging out the window yelling encouragements to him and waving him forward. He went on to win the stage in great joy and glory. I see David Klein as being like the manager in the team car encouraging readers to kick it in to gear, to suck it up, to stop whining and fight through the pain to win the race. This is an approach that I think is a welcome corrective to the sentimental, therapeutic mindset of our culture that affirms, accepts everything, tip-toes around behavior problems, and refuses to confront people's irresponsible behavior. Klein warns readers that if they are offended by the word "Bulls**t" then they might not want to continue reading. Klein calls "Bulls**t" on people's whininess and excuses. Yeah, he might go overboard and be insensitive and minimize real problems, etc, etc. But, I think we need some emphatic confrontational self-help material in our face telling us to "get up the mountain!"

One correction I would suggest to Klein regards the following statement that he makes about his book, "this book is not about spirituality but about practical self-understanding and self-help." I think there is nothing more spiritual than practical self-understanding and true self-help. True spirituality is about seeking the truth at all costs, even if it means coming face to face with our own stupidity and errors or with a God who rebukes and corrects us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elaine M. on February 17, 2013
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A well written self help book to read. Full of insights and helpful tips on how to take charge of our own lives & overcome the negativities & fears that looms ahead of us & hinders us from moving on in life. A strong empowering book that will change your life. A book I highly commend to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LuluLady on March 31, 2013
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I started reading this book, and thought about my problem. Then he starts writing about my problem. How did he know? Is he a mind reader? Now I not only understand what my problem is, but I have answers as to how to work them out. That's wonderful. This guy is terrific.

The guy's a fine writer. He's clear about where he is going and what he is saying. I found his writing to be entertaining and yet to the point. I can't wait to find out about his web site. It sounds very interesting and I think it would help me a great deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane on March 26, 2013
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I thought this book was so compelling. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. It had insight, depth, feelings, you name it, the book contained it. It felt like he knew me!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Farkas on June 8, 2013
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Great writer. Great advice. Great opportunity for readers to make significant changes in their lives. Glad I read this helpful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By joy frank on May 15, 2013
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Loved it! Great advice, well-written and has many applications. This book will inspire you with tips for Dating, relationships and any big change you are going through.

-- Joy
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Authors message is to take personal responsibility.......;move on...reach your highest potential.....you are not alone ! Easy to relate to author's message !
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