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on June 28, 2009
I've just finished reading the book and am actually re-skimming it just to find one little nugget to prove I didn't just waste two days. Just like a bad movie with a 5 star rating, I kept on going: "Surely with all these great reviews and the devotion to CwG I just haven't gotten to the good stuff yet."
The author's conversational tone is nice, and I believe he understands the pain I'm in. His premise too is fine - he says we have to literally change everything - stop isolating, change your emotions / thoughts / truths, and "know" that all change is for the best and that you're its author.
I have two chief complaints. First, this is primarily a regurgitation of many others' ideas (law of attraction, change your thoughts change your life, etc.). I did learn some new things about meditation, but that too came from someone else. The few new things - or at least twists - were incredibly convoluted, and some of the biggest stretches came with the least persuasive arguments.
Second and most frustrating, if there's anything practical to be had (as in exercises to actually change your perception of change), apparently it will come from attending one of his workshops or purchasing the workbook (not yet released but you can read the TOC in this book!) or enrolling on his oft-promoted web site for a nine dollar monthly fee (still under construction; one of the three life coaches is his poet wife).
The author said we'd need tools not just philosophy to accomplish these shifts; I'm still waiting.