Thursday, August 4, 2011

Have a New You by Friday

ImageHave a New You by Friday
Written by Dr. Kevin Leman
Published at Revell

About the book

You can change your life--in just 5 days!

How many times have you tried to change your own habits, only to find that changing yourself is even harder than trying to change someone else?

Now, what the bestselling Have a New Kid by Friday has done for families and Have a New Husband by Friday has done for couples, Have a New You by Friday will do for you. With his signature wit and commonsense psychology, Dr. Kevin Leman walks you through your own personal five-day action plan. You will come to

  • Accept the truth about yourself
  • Boost your confidence by identifying the lies you're telling yourself . . . and putting them to rest for good
  • Change your life by concentrating on becoming who you really want to be

Who is Dr. Kevin Leman?

Dr. Kevin Leman is an internationally known psychologist, radio and television personality, and speaker who has taught and entertained audiences worldwide with his wit and commonsense psychology. He has made house calls for hundreds of radio and television programs, including The View, Today, Oprah, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning, and LIFE Today with James Robison. He has also served as a contributing family psychologist to Good Morning America.

A bestselling and award-winning author, Dr. Leman has written more than 30 books about marriage and family issues, including The Birth Order Book, Sheet Music, Making Children Mind without Losing Yours, and Have a New Kid by Friday. He is coauthor, with his son Kevin Leman II, of a series of illustrated children's books for each child in the family. He is also featured on 6 video series on marriage, parenting, blended families, and single parenting.

Dr. Leman and his wife, Sande, live in Tucson, Arizona. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren.

My Thoughts

Everyone should read this book.   It is an eye opener and a blessing at the same time.   Have a New You by Friday is guide you through a some healthy steps to change your habits that have been bothering you.

The book is divided in five days (not counting the introduction) and could easily be read within a week.   Sit down, grab the book, read a chapter a day and then reflect on what you have read.    Believe me when I say that you should expect some changes in your way of thinking by the end of the week. I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book but as I was reading it, I felt compelled to grab a pen and start writing thoughts throughout the book.     While I was reading some of the description for the various dog representation, my husband disagreed with what I thought I was…. apparently he thinks I am a Yorkie while I think I am a Standard Poodle.   LOL  We had a great discussion about it while we were driving to our campsite that day.    Maybe I am a mix of both… 

The second day of my reading I learned about birth order.   I had heard of it but never read anything about it.   It was interesting to read and open my understanding on my own kids…  I have four of them – 3 boys and 1 girl.  My girl is the last one but at the same time she is the first girl.    Needless to say that I am starting to understand my boys more and see how being an only child has affected me.

The third day is about childhood memories.   I first thought that it would be a problem because somehow I don’t have much memories from my childhood.   I once mentioned my husband that it was bothering me.   But Dr. Leman cover the subject of “But I Don’t Have Any Memories” quite well and this was simply fantastic for me.  However, he mentions to talk to your siblings and since I don’t have any this option is not available to me.   Oh well….

The fourth day is about your love language.   Ah!   Been there done that.  I already know my love language and mu husband as we have read the Love Language book a few times.   But for someone who has not been introduced to the concept of love language, this chapter will be an eye opener.

Finally day five concludes with taking the information you have accumulated from day one and begin the transformation process in you.   You start a makeover process by look back at what you have learned about yourself, take baby steps in applying what needs to be changed, improve your self-talk (i.e. stop putting yourself down), and from there change.   The author also makes sure that you should not be discourage if you fail.    It won’t happen in 24 hours.  It can take time.

Like I said at the beginning of this review, everyone should go through this book.  Not only will you realize that your past has affected you more than you would think but it will give you guidance on how to proceed to change yourself.

Have a New You by Friday is available at your favourite bookstore, even

Disclaimer: I received the product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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