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Thank & Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy Kindle Edition
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Pam has such a down to earth, honest, funny, light-hearted style. But don't let that fool you there is pure gold in these pages. I did one of the exercises this morning before getting out of bed and immediately felt a shift in how I was viewing the coming day.
If you are wanting to change how you view your life and the world in general, don't wait, get this book.
First of all, let me say I'm a huge Pam Grout fan. I devoured E-Squared, E-Cubed, and Jumpstart Your Metabolism. And I anticipated this latest book for 3 months, my hopes were high.
The book started off great, too. Very inspired thoughts on gratitude, I highlighted a good chunk of that first half. I would've left a 5-star review if it was all there is. But all the buzz Pam creates during the first half, she mercilessly kills in the exercises (or Party Games as she calls them). The title promises a practical series of 30 experiments, but these party games were put together very sloppily, they were clearly added just to please the editor (as Pam admits). I didn't even get what I was supposed to do in many of them. They read like stream-of-consciousness rather than, you know, a book.
What's worse, Pam keeps guilt-tripping rich people (or those aspiring for great riches) throughout, suggesting the more you have, the less other people will. That is so backwards for a LOA writer!
I had to force myself to finish this one, and felt worse than I did when I had started, and I think this says a lot about a book that's supposedly on gratitude. So consider yourself warned. Sorry Pam, but I think you need to study some Abraham-Hicks and clear those contradicting beliefs before you set out to write another of these.
When people feel good about themselves and the world, they naturally behave with generosity and kindness. No one needs to be guilt-tripped or frightened into being a good person by being told 75 people will die of malnutrition in the time it takes to finish their cereal (this is an actual example from the book).
My husband and I donate a large proportion of our income, but I still think it is fine for people to have mega-mansions and sports cars (2 things Grout criticizes), because I believe in the infinite wealth of the universe. Fewer people are dying of malnutrition now than they were in the 60's, even though the population has ballooned since then and the rich have gotten richer, because a rising tide (or vibration) lifts all boats.
There is a lot of split energy and contradiction in this book. She takes frequent potshots at other self-help authors and the pointlessness of self help in general, even though that is how she makes a living, and almost all the 'party games' are just thinly disguised ploys to market the book on instagram.
I can honestly say almost all the self help I have read has really helped me. Pretty much anything a person resonates with will work. There are infinite possible routes to the same destination.
She also criticizes meditation at several points, even though many of the people featured in the book attribute their success to a meditation practice, and it is the cornerstone of various completely valid spiritual paths.
She berates the 1% and romanticizes pre-industrial societies, while also jetting around the world and zip-lining at luxury resorts or eating barbecued lobster in the rain forest. She brags about having resources 'out the wazoo,' while putting other rich people down multiple times.
I loved Pam's first book. She just needs to clear some beliefs before she writes the next one.
If someone is struggling financially and is looking for something that will transform their life into the most incandescently happy and prosperous it has ever been through gratitude, I highly recommend The Magic (The Secret). This book is completely positive (There is a reason Rhonda Byrne is the most successful law of attraction teacher. She obviously practices what she preaches!). It is also easy to find used for the price of a cup of coffee.
I send anyone reading this all my love and highest intentions for your joy and success. You've got this.