The Power of Breaking Fear by Tim S Marshall
Disclaimer: This book was not on my original reading list. This book was gifted to me in order to produce a review. That doesn’t guarantee it 5-stars and all reviews still remain my honest opinion.
Design & Layout
The first thing I noticed when I opened this book was the large font and spacing.
Even though the book looks large, it’s actually not that big and doesn’t take as long as what you would initially think to read.
Also, because of this large font and spacing, you move from page to page rather quickly which gives you a nice sense of momentum. You’re never stuck stagnating on one page for far too long.
When I first started reading this book, however, the large font came across as almost a bit condescending – as though I was reading a children’s book. But the more I read, the more I got accustomed to it and the more I liked it.
The whole gist of the book revolves around the successful mindset.
The author, Tim Marshall, is trying to give you the lesson and equipment that you need to manage and develop your way of thinking.
As you move through the book, you’ll notice many shaded boxed that include lessons summed up in a sentence or two, such as:
“Do the research or accept the fact that you don’t want any control over your future.”
“Practicing an open mind allows you to realize that positive activity will bring positive thoughts and behavior.”
“When you practice being less fearful of your vulnerabilities you will be able to focus on the positive and not the negatives.”
“I dare you to live your dreams and discover your hidden talents.”
Is this a good book or a not-so-good book?
In all honesty, the answer to that question depends on how you read it.
Let me explain.
When I first got the book I did what every other reader does, I opened it up and started on page 1 and panned to read the book in consecutive order for a few hours.
However, reading the book in that way – page after page in one sitting – I found the book to be a bit weak and forgettable.
I was enjoying the content, but as soon as I put it down I was lost as what to do next.
I then started to use the book as what I call a breakfast book.
A breakfast book is exactly what the name suggests – a book that you read at breakfast. And because the chapters in The Power of Break Fear are quite short (taking no more than 5-10min to read) it suited this role perfectly.
To get the most out of this book I recommend that you read one chapter each morning as you’re having your breakfast. Because you are only taking in one small bite-sized piece of information it becomes much easier to remember and you can put it into practice throughout the day. The next day you wake up and read the next chapter.
My overall thoughts on The Power of Breaking Fear
As a standard sit-down-and-read book, I would rate this book as pretty average. However, if you read it as a breakfast book as I described above, then this book completely comes into its own and, I believe, becomes a lot more valuable.
Have you read this book?
If you have read this book I would love to know what you think.
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