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Confidence: How to Succeed at Being Yourself Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1987
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I love writers who reinforce something I'm already doing. Such is the case with this author who tells his readers to keep a journal. There's other solid advice given such as spend time in solitude, praying and seeking God's Wisdom. We're reminded that we are always in a state of flux and will be as long as we live.
In developing this balanced approach to life even further, he quotes Karl Menninger in saying that to be well-adjusted a healthy person needs a combination of play, love, and work. Yes, work is part of the mix. Self-esteem comes from a sense of purpose. Discovering who God designed you to be is part of life's joyous adventure. He notes, "God's blueprint for us is often written in our natures."
The power of imaging is explained in this book. Like me, he visualized himself becoming a doctor before he finished earning the degree. He describes how faith is an integral part of this imagination process.
Dr. McGinnis successfully brings his discussion to a logical conclusion by talking about the connection between love of self, love of others and love of God. Those, of course, are what sum up the commandments. Jesus told us that. This book adds some substance to that ongoing exploration. Reading it and applying its teachings will enhance your life's quality.
Here's what's AWESOME about this book:
1) The author has been a therapist for many years and fully understands the hidden roots that cause a lack of confidence. He shares many stories from his clients and it's quite amazing how many of these, you'll find yourself relating to and understanding...
2) He provides a step-by-step guidance for how to develop self-confidence. With time, as you practice these concepts, you'll see your self-confidence (like a plant) slowly transforming, which really helps to bring forth a new, confident you.
3) The author doesn't throw around worthless, "I feel good" statements, but instead, drives to seek out the root causes of the issues, which all-too-often enslave us to our perpetual feeling of worthlessness. It's these roots that have to be "dealt with" in order for real change to happen.
And finally, one warning: If you're completely allergic to God (or the idea of changing your life via God's power), you probably won't like this book. The author is not here to "just make you feel happy", but instead, he use the Christian belief system (God) to drive about life-altering change in your life.
As I've said before, this is an awesome book that everyone should read. It has been a wonderful blessing in my life.
It should be called confidence for Christians so at least you know what you're getting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding book...I quote it and reference it often and it has been almost twenty years since I initially purchased it...purchased this one for a friend.Published 2 months ago by Chris
This book is easy read with GREAT insight to building self confidence.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well written. Always hoping for more practical excercises or answersbto helpPublished on July 26, 2014 by Joe Davis
Alan Loy McGinnis gives very detailed information on building self-confidence. He does mix in information from the Bible. Read morePublished on June 13, 2014 by Billy D.
The late Pastor McGinnis was the most honest and practical self-help author I have ever read. I believe that he wrote this book with helping people as his first objective, unlike... Read morePublished on October 9, 2006 by A. Hill
I found this to be an especially well-written, helpful book. Lots of tips and good advice.Published on September 3, 2005 by Jane Henry