Self-Maid: Clean Up Inner Clutter, Overcome an Average Life and Discover Unlimited Abundance (By a Maid Who Made It Happen) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- File size : 1446 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 275 pages
- Publisher : Jessica Connor (January 2, 2016)
- Publication date : January 2, 2016
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01A4E0W7W
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #776,433 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Apparently I reviewed an older version of this book when I first reviewed it back in February. The author has since sent me an updated copy, and though I feel my original review still applies, I'll add a few more thoughts.
The newest version actually does not contain as much autobiographical information as the book I read originally. There are some personal anecdotes, but the book focuses much less on Connor's past experiences and more on giving advice on living life to the fullest. Truth be told, I kind of miss those more personal elements, because those stories were my favorite part of the original book.
While the newest version is slightly more focused than the original, unfortunately, there is still a lot of clunky writing. Many of these sentences could have been edited down (or maybe even out); as is, a lot of the writing is unnatural, forced, and confusing. For example, Connor says "There is no circumstance or condition that cannot be changed through natural agreement with the methods in which all existing matter is given life...With understanding of the ways to adjust the foundation of the subconscious, and the manner in which it habitually uses external validation, we may meet any failure with the conversion of achievement by monitoring ourselves intently." I think I get the gist of what she is saying, but that whole thought could have been stated much more clearly and simply.
In short, while I can appreciate the positive message that Connor is trying to communicate, her book is rough around the edges. I truly do admire the perseverance Connor showed while enduring so much hardship (especially as a child), but I still have a hard time making sense of Self-Maid.
ORIGINAL REVIEW, February 21, 2016:
Jessica Connor has been through it. My goodness. In Self-Maid, she describes the many serious hardships she has overcome. My heart definitely goes out to her for what she has experienced, and I commend her for being willing to talk about it. The fact that she has taken such negative experiences and turned them into something very positive for herself is admirable.
Though I think there is a good message in these pages, I have to say, the writing in here is rough. It's unnatural and doesn't flow. Word choices and sentence structure are both awkward, sometimes even nonsensical. For example, "Yet, to grasp it fully after years of arrangement in the opposite direction of where we would like to be can make it a task." Or "Freedom infused the filaments of my composition." I mean, huh? So much of this book just doesn't make sense, and it is difficult to soldier on and get through it.
HOWEVER, if you can overlook the awkwardness of the language, Connor does have a good (albeit, very familiar) message. Basically, she wants people to know that they have the power to change their lives the way she has changed her life. Through the power of positive words, positive thinking, visualization, meditation, good energy, following your own path, gratitude, and forgiveness, you can turn "bad luck" into something better, something positive and intentional.
Though it wasn't anything new to me, I appreciate the message. Mostly, I am just happy for Connor that she was able to rise above the situation she was in. I wish the writing in this book were stronger, but I certainly can appreciate a good comeback story.
I was given this book in exchange for a review.
The idea and the actual story content are awesome, but I spent so much time being distracted trying see how each sentence/thought could be said in a simplified fashion that I had to go back and read many of paragraphs for comprehension of the thought she was trying to convey.
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As some of the reviewers mentioned the choice of words and long over-complicated sentences made it less warm and more distracting. I had to repeat many sentences many times to understand what she was trying to say. things she could have said in a much simpler way, but she chose more a lecture-like style. But this is only my preference and that might be her style. I just say if the language was easier the book would be much more approachable because it does have value.
I knew about the book through the author's youtube channel which I have to say is absolutely brilliant (youruniverse)