Most of the planet's wildlife has become extinct, and a consortium called the Big Five controls and manipulates everyone's lives. The people's health and well-being have been dulled down by a diet devoid of nutrients and rich in sugar and processed food, and exercise has been proven to be injurious, resulting in a sedentary, alienated populace.
Magnus Battles is the being who receives the wishes people send to the Universe. It's a frustrating job to have with the superficial wishes that come his way. One night, he's visited by a prophetic and terrifying dream of a future world where all civilization has disappeared, save for the few survivors now living in tribes in the wasteland.
Magnus knew he had to stop this from happening, and he had an idea just how to do it.
Christiane Agricola's allegorical self-help book, "The Battles: Master The Secret of Success and Positive Thinking", presents a six-lesson course on success and positive thinking in an allegory of a reality show format that's really quite entertaining.
This device allows the author to show how different people can approach the guidelines set out and craft their own plans for success.
I especially appreciated the Key Takeaway sections at the end of each lesson which summarize the points covered, suggest ways to implement the material and assign challenges. Each lesson is clearly defined and presented, and the reader also gets to see as each of the contestants presents his/her own versions of success through their finished assignments.
Agricola's characters are, for the most part, appealing and representative of a good variety of everyday people. And while some may continue asking the Universe for their desires, Agricola's book offers concrete ways to make those desires happen for yourself.
"The Battles: A Fabulous Odyssey Seeking The Secret of Success and Positive Thinking" is highly recommended.
--HUGEOrange Highly recommended!
The Big Five, a group of five powerful families, controls the world and keeps it ignorant and dependent.
They have bamboozled people into seeing only paradise and plentiful, nourishing food when the reality is the world has deteriorated into slums and available food is addictive and heavily sugared. The contestants, each with a different outlook on life, are led through six trials to determine the winner.
Each step results in a gradual awakening of how to live well and be a hero to the earth.
This is an interesting (and timely) book and fun to read. Highly recommended for those searching for inspiration on changing their own lives for the better and saving our planet.
--"The stories of these people helped me to understand what I can achieve myself and where to begin."
--"Incredible perspective and storytelling [...] The style reminds me of Andy Andrews - weaving in rich and vivid stories to help you understand and apply the lessons to your life."
--"This book has become my personal life coach :-) Great job!!!"
--"We can use [this book] as examples to progress with our own big dreams. A must read!"
--"The story made me think of 1984 by Georges Orwell. In year 3000, manipulation and brainwashing have changed peoples into lazy passive creatures. Nature has been destroyed. Humanity seems doomed. But there is hope!"
--"Quirky, but highly recommended"
--"I could easily see it being a book you read a few times throughout life. Just as a refresher."
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