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"Alan Cohen has distilled the essence of hundreds of self help and consciousness raising tenets, and in the process created a simple yet powerful antidote to the ailment of the "sucky" life. With a writing style that is humorous and humble, straightforward and non-judgmental, Cohen takes the reader through a journey of self-discovery that reminds us that the ultimate power over our lives lies in our hands alone. He covers ten basic reasons your life may suck, with anecdotes and personal experiences to illuminate each, and then hands you the keys to unlock the door to your own joyful path. A great self help book works simply to remind us of what we already know, deep down inside. This book does not give vague hints or mysterious exercises meant to create the illusion of growth. It strips away the nonsense and reminds us that, despite evidence to the contrary, the only thing standing in our way is us. I loved this book. It was a joy to see myself reflected in its pages. And with its hilarious title, it will be a joy to share it with my family and friends." -- Zanne Marie Gray, BookReview.com

About the Author

Alan H. Cohen is the author of 18 popular inspirational titles, including The Dragon Doesn't Lives Here Anymore and Dare to be Yourself. A frequent guest on television and radio, he conducts life mastery seminars in Hawaii and on-line, and is an acclaimed keynote speaker for educational, health, church, and corporate groups. He lives on Maui, Hawaii. Visit www.alancohen.com to learn more. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jodere Group; 1St Edition edition (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588720284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588720283
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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123 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book, I was a little turned off by the title. It implied that my life sucked--and it didn't! However, I was too curious not to look. I'm glad I did.

We all have areas in our life that "suck". They are the uninvestigated thoughts and assumptions we have made that are a part of our reality. These, in turn, affect our decisions and perspectives. As a result, we often sell out, self-sabotage, and put up with things that suck our energy. It's these "little foxes that spoil the vine", to borrow from the Bible, that often eat at our enjoyment of life and its blessings.

I'm glad that the publishers of this book, The Jodere Group, were brave enough to allow for the title. "Suck" is an oft-used word in American culture, but it has the stigma of being crude slang. Yet, Cohen maintains that there are many aspects of life (including "energy vampires") that can literally suck the vitality right out of us--leaving us feeling drained, tired, anxious, depressed, angry, cheated and empty.

It took me awhile to get through this book because there are so many wise nuggets to absorb. I had my highlighter out, and soon realized this is a book that is not to be consumed quickly. Don't get me wrong: it's not difficult reading. Cohen writes in a friendly, conversational style--as if he's sitting in the living room with you. He uses personal stories, examples of well-known people, and quotes from others. (And he's also hilarious!) But what makes it a book to read slowly is that it contains such practical wisdom and advice for every area of life: relationships, money, vocation/work, spirituality, creativity, personal empowerment, sex, and so on.

Why Your Life Sucks is divided into 10 Chapters or reasons why your life may suck.
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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book, I was a little turned off by the title. It implied that my life sucked--and it didn't! However, I was too curious not to look. I'm glad I did.

We all have areas in our life that "suck". They are the uninvestigated thoughts and assumptions we have made that are a part of our reality. These, in turn, affect our decisions and perspectives. As a result, we often sell out, self-sabotage, and put up with things that suck our energy. It's these "little foxes that spoil the vine", to borrow from the Bible, that often eat at our enjoyment of life and its blessings.

I'm glad that the publishers of this book, The Jodere Group, were brave enough to allow for the title. "Suck" is an oft-used word in American culture, but it has the stigma of being crude slang. Yet, Cohen maintains that there are many aspects of life (including "energy vampires") that can literally suck the vitality right out of us--leaving us feeling drained, tired, anxious, depressed, angry, cheated and empty.

It took me awhile to get through this book because there are so many wise nuggets to absorb. I had my highlighter out, and soon realized this is a book that is not to be consumed quickly. Don't get me wrong: it's not difficult reading. Cohen writes in a friendly, conversational style--as if he's sitting in the living room with you. He uses personal stories, examples of well-known people, and quotes from others. (And he's also hilarious!) But what makes it a book to read slowly is that it contains such practical wisdom and advice for every area of life: relationships, money, vocation/work, spirituality, creativity, personal empowerment, sex, and so on.

Why Your Life Sucks is divided into 10 Chapters or reasons why your life may suck.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Deewin on April 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
I remember seeing those informercials making you rich would actually work. After realizing the chances are slim to none I didn't think any single product could change your life until I read this book!

I used to have almost no self confidence and low self esteem because of the way I grew up in school and being picked on all the time for trying to get attention. Now that I'm out of school, I thought it was too late to became a person with confidence especially after finding out this girl liked for 2 years secretly hated me one day. after that moment I should have went to a theripist because I depended on her too much too make me whole and happy. I cried and had anxity attacks at work for almost 6 months straight and even almost lost my job!

This book is incredible. it should be called "the meaning of life" because it covers every pyschological problem a person can relate then teaches them to love themselve and it's not vague either! Now I know money isn't the answer to making people happy, but it's actually learning to love yourself and be proud of who you are.

I am so happy now and my potential is nearly limitless at work and life due to being optimistic and happy. I realized the girl didn't steal or break my heart I selfishly used hers because I was never able to UNLEASH mine to its fullest until now and I have never felt so better in my entire life!!

This best thing about this book is that it teaches you not to be bitter or get revenge about anyone or thing but to only think about how it contributed to make you happy so you can keep you thinking positive.

I don't know if this is the best self help book out there, but I don't care. It's the best thing that has ever happened to me and would still be worth getting if it was 100 dollars. If this doesn't get you to buy it, I don't know what will!
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