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The Book of Afformations: Discovering the Missing Piece to Abundant Health, Wealth, Love, and Happiness Hardcover – August 20, 2013
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“Creator of Permission to Succeed® Noah St. John is the go-to guy for ‘Abundant Lifestyle’ strategies for many big corporations. In his newest edition of The Book of Afformations, he further elaborates on his ideas about why traditional affirmations and positive thinking don’t produce the results people expect.
“Readers will learn about the ‘Belief Gap’, the difference between empowering and disempowering questions, how to turn on the built-in automatic search function in their brains, how to combine empowering questions with their desires and appropriate action in order to achieve their goals, and how to stay motivated while working toward those goals. Part III, the bulk of the book, provides specific Afformations for ten major life categories (health, money, love, etc.).
“Written in the same upbeat, sometimes humorous, style that has made St. John such a popular keynote speaker, the book is highly motivating. Let your customers know that this is something new — neuroscience moves self-help up to a new level. The best news is that readers can start putting St. John’s ideas into practice after reading the first chapter.”
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Noah St. John here, author of The Book of Afformations and inventor of Afformations®. I'm glad you made it to this page, because you're about to learn the secrets of having abundance that most people will never know...
I wrote The Book of Afformations because of my "accidental" discovery of Afformations on April 24, 1997 in The Shower That Changed Everything... You'll read about that in Chapter One...
This new Hay House edition is the 4th Edition of The Book of Afformations which has been in print continuously since 2001. I'm humbled and honored to be a Hay House author, because of the unique connection Hay House authors get to enjoy with their amazing readers around the world.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it...
And I encourage you to share the book and the teaching of Afformations with your family members, friends, and colleagues at work, because it really can change their lives for the better.
In fact, I feel this is my most personal book yet, because so many of the wonderful things that have happened in my life, have happened because of Afformations...
You deserve the difference Afformations can make in your life, too.
Welcome to The Afformations Revolution!
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But - this is supposed to be a review of the book, not the method, and that is where I get hung up.
First -the good. The information is presented simply in an easily understandable, almost conversational format. I like that he gives chapters on pre-written Afformations to utilize. Even the personal testimonies and stories (which I don't typically enjoy) seemed to fit well.
The part I had SO much trouble getting past was the HUGE marketing slant this book took on. Why don't people understand that "less really is more" - and when a book comes off as a sales pitch it actually diminishes the message and can make people less likely to purchase the "other" stuff. I am seriously a marketer's dream and would have had no problem finding and purchasing additional audios or programs - had they been mentioned once or provided at the end in a list - in a meaningful way.
Some things that really turned me off? Almost every book I've read on manifesting mentions keeping things to yourself at first to avoid the negative opinions of others (i.e . the whole "are you crazy, that never works" talk). Noah actually puts in as one of the steps to using his process that you MUST share HIS method with others. It is said multiple times. Why is it necessary that to use these tools, I must market them FOR HIM as well? He asks people to not just talk about his book and method, but to "use social media" too. REALLY?
Next - one of the "steps" in using the Afformations is to read them, say them, write them, and listen to them. Which is the BEST you ask? Of course it is LISTENING to them. Why is it listening to them? Bc of course Noah has a website to direct you to where you can purchase audios for $27 a piece. I am not at all saying audios are not wonderful and useful tools. But it feels shady telling someone that they are the BEST way at the same time that you include a link to download yours. Simply saying "if your preference is to listen, you are welcome to check out my pre-recorded audios" would have felt so much more authentic!
When I got to the end of the book - I was so excited to see a CHAPTER called "How to Live a More Abundant Lifestyle in 28 Days or Less.". But he never tells you HOW! This entire chapter was to sell his audio program. I'm sorry - that should be in an appendix and labeled as such. If you are including a chapter in your book, it should actually TELL YOU. I should NOT be sales pitch.
I was so excited to read this book and I really think the method could have value. But it felt shady so often that I kept doubting what he was saying bc of that delivery. It reminded me a of the cliché used car salesman approach. It cheapens the message to do this. There is a huge practice by authors today, especially Hay House, to utilize these MASSIVE marketing campaigns and give out a gazillion "free" gifts and they all provide testimonials on each other's work. It has become so watered down that it is ALL MEANINGLESS!
I wanted to return this book on principle after reading it - but I don't think it is good karma to return a book after I have read it cover to cover. And the pre-written afformations will be very useful. The 3 stars are really for his logic - not for the sales pitch!
Both books are great though. And I can tell you from personal experience that affirmations do work. Sometimes they take time and people give up.
The secret is not to try too hard. Try saying them when you're not thinking about them.
Noah's iAfform audios are the best way to do this. Or if you can create 30-60 minute recordings of yourself saying your most important afformations that would be even better.
I listen to them when I'm doing something else, and this for me has been key. However they work regardless as long as you are persistent.
I have a 146 IQ and a very strong and resistant conscious mind so for me, auto suggestion isn't easily passed into my subconscious mind. However I have found afformations to do the trick nicely.
One of my favorites, that I used to struggle with, is "Why am I having such a great day?"
Simple, but I'd say it over and over and over and eventually I'd feel very good and start laughing.
I can tell you so many miracles that have happened in my life, but wouldn't have enough space here. The biggest is being my own boss for the last 13 months and having no money trouble.
For anyone that doubts the power of your mind, or afformations, I ask you, how are your results? Exactly...
The problems I have with this book are two-fold:
1 - In this day and age of environmentalism and "being green," I have a problem with lengthy books that should actually be short books. They waste a tremendous amount of paper. (I call it "tree murder.") This book, for example, is over 200 pages. However, the "guts" of the information could have easily been covered in 20 to 30 pages. So, it's not only a waste of paper, but it's a waste of time to have to wade through 200+ pages for 20 to 30 pages of information.
2 - The second problem is that the author is a walking advertorial for himself. He seems only partly-interested in providing the information that readers are paying for, and mostly-interested in plugging all of the other products and services that he has for sale and that he wants readers to also purchase. Years ago, books were respected, because all they contained was information. These days, more and more books are nothing but advertisements, and it is getting to the point of being shameless.
In sum, if the author had real integrity, he would provide his information in a reasonably short book and nix the ads for everything else he wants to sell. Books should be about sharing information, not selling products.