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A Complaint Free World: How to Stop Complaining and Start Enjoying the Life You Always Wanted Paperback – February 5, 2013
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“A Complaint Free World is an engaging, enjoyable, easy-to-read reminder that the only permanent, constructive changes you can make in the world are the changes that you make in yourself.” —Gary Zukav, author of The Seat of the Soul and Soul to Soul
“It's rare to read a book that has the potential to change the world, but Will Bowen's masterpiece could do just that. I highly recommend this book to you. It will change your life for the better as it has mine.” —Roger Dawson, author of Secrets of Power Negotiating
"This is the most inspiring book I've read all year. I love it!” —Dr. Joe Vitale, author of Zero Limits and star of The Secret
About the Author
WILL BOWEN is the founder of the organization A Complaint Free World and works with individuals and organizations around the world to create Complaint Free environments that are calmer, happier and more productive.
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This book is written by the lead pastor of a church in Kansas City, Missouri. It includes nuggets realy profound and hard-earned wisdom such as: "I finally looked at the word insecure. It's the opposite of secure." (page 79.) "I discovered that the word spirit comes from the Latin word spiritus (page 89). "If you will begin to call the people and events in your life by names that spur positive energy in yourself, you will find that they no longer bother you and in fact can be a real bonon for you." (page 104.) "To criticize means to find fault with someone or something."
Far be it from me to criticize! So by all means read this book. It's only 176 pages long. It won't take too much of your time. And once you've read it, you too will be able to "start enjoying the life you always wanted." It's that easy, isn't it?
This is not informative, entertaining, comforting or even amusing.
If you want to study the Laws of Attraction, there are much better sources.
And, go to Disneyland and get a Pirates of the Caribbean bracelet instead ;-)
See how simple that was?
The author's goal is to get you to change your way of thinking and communicating by making yourself go 21 days without complaining, criticizing, or gossiping. It sounds like a cinch, but while I was reading this book (over the course of a few days) I DID notice my tendency to complain, as well as that same tendency in my friends and co-workers. Yes, it seems everybody does complain a lot, and what good does it really do? Bowen makes the point that complaining (especially about others) is really our way of saying "I can do it better," and I think he's spot-on about that.
And he's right, too, about trying to surround yourself with people who have a more positive view of life while avoiding complainers and downers. I admit that I indulge in gossip once in a while, and this book made me see how gossip moves you away from being your better self. So, yes, it sounds corny - but I think it's true.
Now, as for the author's claims that when you begin thinking positively, every good thing in the universe beats a path to your door... Well, that's pure silliness. Case in point: I have a horrific commute into my workplace. No matter how positively I think, my commute isn't going to magically decrease from 90 minutes to 15. What I CAN do is find ways to use that time, such as listening to music, or podcasts, or learning a foreign language, or listening to books on tape. That isn't the same as all cars on the road magically getting out of my way to speed my path to the office. (And lest you think I'm joking, I'm not: The author really does seem to believe that not complaining solves all problems.)
So, of course, take this book with a grain of salt, knowing that the writing is at about the sixth-grade level while being open to its messages. You'll take away a few worthy points. Also, I do feel the need to defend the author against some of the reviews here that accuse him of trying to sell something. He offers his purple bracelets for free to anyone who asks for them, but he does hope that people will donate a little something to cover the cost. That doesn't seem like such a bad thing.