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Friday, April 19, 2013

Review and Giveaway The Life is Too Short Collection by Connie E. Sokol


“You could smile, Mother, you could just smile.”

Usually I do not read self-help book genre, but certainly I recommend you to read "Life is too short" by Connie E Sokol. It's not because I would feel somehow obliged be part in the tour, but simply because I liked.

Whether you're starting out or already you are tried by life, I think it will give you a point of view and help you get to live your life as you want and deserve, in full. You will find either a confirmation that what you do is good, either a good advice to follow. It took me a while to come to the same conclusions as the author and it’s pointless for you not to learn from the others’ experience. Consider that you are lucky to get The Eldership’s Advice (and of course we refer to experience not age).

The book has several advantages. It is well structured and allows to the reader to read both "head - tail" or to begin with what interests him most. In any case, you'll definitely read the book entirely.

Another advantage is the amusing note that author use. You will not get a serious and omniscient look, but experiences and examples that are share with a smile. In fact, the author’s style is fully consistent with the message of the book: Life's too short to waste time in uselessness or issues that ultimately will find its solution or even worse in unnecessary remorse, drastic attempts to achieve absurd ideals.

The second part of the book is about marriage. There are relevant tips and easily to be assimilate and apply. The balance between the needs of the husband / wife / house that the author recommends is one ... balanced. I, at the end of these chapters, I thanked again to GZM for what great man and husband he is.

The author appears as a friend to whom you can share your frustrations, hardships and dreams. And, without judging you or talk unnecessarily, she will tell you her views and share with you her or others experiences to help in your decision, which you’ll take by yourself. Life is too short is not impose a path to follow, does not establish what is important to you, but it shows you the full picture of life.

Live for others, but do not forget to live for you too.

Be yourself in the best shape, but not desperately seek perfection. Be that wonderful and perfect Chinese vase that to resist was delicate scratched, in a hardly visible spot, by its creator.

If you struggle with a Superwoman in your closet, kick her out, permanently.
I received the book for review as part of Book Tour - Thank you

Romanian:
“You could smile, Mother, you could just smile.”
De regulă nu citesc cărţi gen self-help, dar cu siguranţă vă recomand să citiţi „Life is too short” de Connie E Sokol. Asta nu pentru că m-aş simţi cumva obligată ca participantă la tur, ci pur şi simplu că mi-a plăcut.

Indiferent dacă sunteţi la început sau deja încercate, cred că vă va oferi un punct de vedere şi un ajutor pentru a ajunge să vă trăiţi viaţa aşa cum vreţi şi meritaţi, din plin. Veţi găsi ori o confirmare că ceea ce faceţi e bine ori un sfat bun de urmat. Mie mi-a luat ceva timp să ajung la aceleaşi concluzii cu ale autoarei şi nu are nici un rost să nu beneficiaţi de experienţa altora. Consideraţi că aveţi noroc de poveţele Sfatului Bătrânilor (şi bineînţeles ne referim aici la experienţă nu la vârstă).

Cartea are mai multe avantaje. Este bine structurată şi permite cititorului atât să o citească „cap – coadă”, cât şi să înceapă cu ce-l interesează mai mult. În orice situaţie, cartea o veţi citi cu siguranţă în întregime.

Un alt avantaj este nota amuzantă în care este scrisă. Nu vei avea parte de o mină serioasă şi atotştiutoare, ci de experienţe şi exemple împărtăşite cu zâmbetul pe buze. De fapt, stilul autoarei este în deplină concordanţă cu mesajul cărţii: Viaţa e prea scurtă pentru a pierde timpul în inutilităţi sau în chestiuni care în final îşi vor găsi rezolvare, sau chiar mai rău în remuşcări inutile, încercări drastice de a atinge idealuri absurde.

Partea a doua a cărţii are ca obiect căsătoria. Sunt sfaturi utile, pertinente, uşor de asimilat şi aplicat. Balanţa dintre nevoile soţului/soţiei/casei pe care o recomandă autoarea este una... echilibrată. Eu, la finalul acestor capitole, i-am mulţumit încă o dată lui GZM pentru ce bărbat şi soţ nemaipomenit este.

Autoarea apare ca o prietenă căreia îi poţi spune liniştită frustrările, greutăţile şi dorinţele tale şi care, fără a te judeca sau a vorbi inutil, îşi spune părerea şi îţi împărtăşeşte experienţele ei sau ale altora pentru a te ajuta în decizia pe care o vei lua singură. Life is too short nu-ţi impune o cale de urmat, nu stabileşte ce e important pentru tine, ci îţi arată imaginea completă a vieţii.

Trăieşte pentru cei din jur, dar nu uita să trăieşti şi pentru tine.

Fii tu însăţi în forma cea mai bună, dar nu căuta cu disperare perfecţiunea. Fii acel vas chinezesc care pentru a rezista era zgâriat delicat, într-un loc greu vizibil, de către creatorul său.
 If you struggle with a Superwoman in your closet, kick her out, permanently.


About the author:
Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5,” and regular blogger for KSL "Motherhood Matters." She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program of Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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6 comments:

Rucsi Rucs said...

suna interesant :D

Andreea T. said...

Titlul asta e foarta adevarat.

Cioburi de vise said...

Pare foarte plăcută :) .
Îmi plac cărțile practice deși am doar 2-3 în bibliotecă, le consider de ajutor + că mai aflu lucruri noi :D .

Claudia said...

Life is too short pare o carte interesanta, si o carte care iti ofera un ajutor in viata reala.

iobanicu said...

Ceva interesant de citit...

Gavriloi Adina said...

Pare o carte interesanta.