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Good if you know who Robin McGraw is - 2 perspectives and comparison to Suzanne Somer's books...
on April 24, 2009
My wife has read more than a few health and wellness books and has been reading this book in detail. I'm more of a skeptic and have been jumping around in the book with a lot of skimming.
She would give it four stars and thinks the advice is relatively solid. The approach is very similar to Suzanne Somer's books - a celebrity takes their personal perspective and experience and combines it with interviews from a select group of professionals to compile a list of guidelines for living, etc. The big difference is that the Somer's books focus on health and healthcare with a big helping of alternative medicine, while McGraw's book is an overall look at what you can do to improve your physical and mental health, with a more mainstream perspective. With chapters dedicated to exercise, make-up, spiritual considerations and of course health care and medicine. it's a well rounded approach.
As long as you keep this in mind with a grain of salt, you won't be too disappointed. This book is "Friendly and helpful advice" and not "The compiled wisdom of professionals" As she indicates in the introduction, the book was a response to all the questions she gets as a celebrity. That said, neither my wife nor I were familiar with her - just with Dr. Phil.
Perhaps that's why I was less generous. Three stars. Maybe I was thinking this book was going to be more rigorous and instead I'm treated to list after list of "Here is how I, Robin McGraw, singlehandedly found a fantastic solution to this age old problem despite the fact that I'm a celebrity and issues like time and money really don't affect me the way they affect you." Ok, so I'm being a little harsh.
Yes, each section ends with an "Answers from the experts" but don't forget that these are her questions and her experts.
I think the best advice the book gives is that women need to prioritize their own overall mental and physical health over that of their family. No matter how much you do for your family, you're a better wife and mother when you're happy and healthy.
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