Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham
The latest book I was asked to review by Thomas Nelson is Find Your Strongest Life Now by Marcus Buckingham. It is a self-help book targeted toward women. Catherine graciously agreed to read and review the book.
Find Your Strongest Life by Marcus Buckingham was published by Thomas Nelson and purports to answer the questions of what the happiest and most successful women do differently. Buckingham explores statistics regarding women’s happiness as compared to the choices available over the last several decades. The conclusion is that we have not become happier but rather unhappier. The rest of the book proceeds to offer the cure for this unhappiness. This “good medicine” that he prescribes is finding our strong moments, examining them and identifying those behaviors, actions or thoughts that make us feel strong and then choosing those things and cutting out those that do not.
On the surface this book has many good tips to offer the overwhelmed woman on the brink of a breakdown. However, I expected more from a self-professed Christian publisher. Buckingham makes several points that fly in the face of biblical Christianity. He states “It (having it all) means mastering the skill of using life to fill you up. That is all you can do, and it is everything you need to do.” (p. xviii, emphasis mine) Later he makes the statement “You search for strong-moments because in them you will find your truth.” (p. 129, emphasis mine) He summarizes with “Slow your judgment, accept what you feel is right for you, and trust that your “soul’s code” contains within it all the wisdom you will ever need.” (p. 256, emphasis mine) Buckingham’s fame started with Oprah – need I say more?