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Book Review: The Courage to be FREE; Discover Your Original Fearless Self ~ By Guy Finley

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The offer to review this book came into my email box early in 2010. I said yes, and the not yet published book arrived in my inbox in PDF format. I read it right away and thought, that was a nice book and would make a nice gift choice for someone.

Several of the descriptive stories kept popping into my head over the spring and summer months, and then I sat down to give it a serious read so that I could write this review.

I had a huge AH HA this time when reading, because I was paying attention and I tuned into the message. This book could truly help someone make a life change.

I was attracted to the format of this book. The chapter titles each express an idea, which moves into an explanation and then a story is shared. At the end of the teaching tale, comes the obvious lesson that is easy to glean from the story; Finley then moves one through several more concepts and angles allowing one to explore with more depth. The brain is engaged and you can find yourself pushing, pulling and tossing about your own ideas and stories.

I found myself putting the book aside after each chapter just to mull and contemplate all the different possibilities that began coming to life in my thinking.

Our truest strength lies in our ability to realize that whatever our present weakness maybe, it is only temporary, provided we are willing to persist, to wade into what seems greater than we are, and to test this truth time and time again.

The next chapter follows a new idea through a similar pattern and proceeds to make connections to the previous chapter. I so enjoyed how the book allowed me to work through my own stories and then integrate my thoughts into the author’s next itinerary.

The chapters were nearly complete ideas on their own, but became more thoughtful play as one read further. The chapter on RESISTANCE left my thinker working in a higher gear and I just had to get up and move around and then journal as the thoughts raced forward. This chapter prompted me to dig deeper and release and I wrote about my findings on PEELING ONIONS

This short book is Andragogy (teaching of Adults) at its best levels and is not Pedagogical (teaching of children) in that it masterfully enlivens the learning processes that are already a part of our lives; allowing us space to place our own stories into understanding and stirring our thinking.

You are not only created to change, you are free to do so anytime you choose!

Part I: LET GO AND REGAIN YOUR FREEDOM
Uncover the Treasure of Your True Self
Shatter These False Beliefs and Be Free
Recover Your Original Fearless Self
The Freedom to Change Your Experience of Life

Part II: PRINCIPLES OF COURAGE: Reclaim Your Right to Be Free
Keys to Taking Command of Your Life
Act on What You Know is True
Start Seeing the Good When Things Look Bad
Finding Forgiveness for Those Who Hurt You
Never Feel Sorry for Yourself
Let Go and Flow with Real Life
Being Friends with Truth
Step Out of the Rush and Into Relaxed Living
Break Out of Any Rut
Practice Living in the Presence Moment
Have the Courage to Change

Courage to be Free is about making true and lasting change which involves the whole self.

I often read a book several times, particularly if I want to understand more of the intentions of the author and how those relate to my making pertinent changes in my life. I think I will keep this book by my bedside to read a chapter before I do my last meditation for the day. I also think I will share this book as a gift for several friends.

Unwanted moments introduce us to parts of ourselves that would otherwise never get healed were it not for the difficulties that first reveal them and that lead us to release their pain.

I would like to read more of Guy Finley’s books. His books are available from the Life of Learning Affiliates program (link below) and through Amazon.

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Guy Findley

Guy Finley

Guy Finley is a spiritual teacher who distills the wisdom of the ages and makes it accessible to all. His bestselling books include The Essential Laws of Fearless Living, The Intimate Enemy, and Design Your
Own Destiny. He is the founder of the Life of Learning Foundation, where he teaches year-round. He also regularly teaches at the Omega Institute, Kripalu, and other spiritual centers, and his teachings go out to millions via the radio, internet, DVDs, pamphlets, and recordings. Visit him online at guyfinley.com.

Author photograph © Mindi Morgan
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10 Responses to “Book Review: The Courage to be FREE; Discover Your Original Fearless Self ~ By Guy Finley”

  1. Talon Says:

    Sounds like an interesting and engaging book, Patricia. Courage isn’t something people often talk about, but it does take courage to follow your own path and live your own truth.
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..In the hollow =-.

  2. Chris Edgar Says:

    Guy Finley — what an intriguing story he has — he was a songwriter for R&B artists, and had somewhat of a recording career himself, before he decided all that was meaningless to him and went off to India. He’s definitely been on my list of people to learn more about.

  3. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. I like how you take a book and give it a chance, and give yourself a chance to mull over it & realise its full potential.

    I see Chris has added some biography on Guy Finley .. interesting chap by the sound of it ..

    Thanks for reviewing this for us .. I’ll put him and his books on my list! Great – Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Emoticons- Book Packaging- ebooks what was the future- is now the past =-.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Talon,
    I like the word courage because it comes from the French word for heart….liked the process of this book

  5. Patricia Says:

    Chris,
    In the second reading of this book, it truly was the correct timing. I think there is a wealth of material here for folks making change – I did think I would like to go to the learning center myself. And the material fit well with the Women, Food and God (Geneen Roth) book I have been using for meditation guide this summer –

  6. Patricia Says:

    Hilary,
    I really liked that the chapters were complete in themselves and that I had to think and add some of my own experiences and ideas to the mix…when I did that the book truly came alive.

    Yes do add it to your list

  7. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! Wonderful review and certainly put this book high on my list(s) of Must Read’s! I don’t know why his name is so familiar, I’m sure it will dawn on me eventually, but it is so good to read a book that really makes you THINK, and journal and inspire you, isn’t it? I’m glad you found this one top-notch and I look forward to having a good read of it myself!
    hugs
    suZen

  8. Patricia Says:

    suzen,
    The book made the Amazon and Barnes and Noble Best sellers list yesterday – they are watching for the New York Times for the end of the week….It is a very short book, compact even…but I did find it very good and it surely did make me think

  9. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia.
    I like the quote you shared about how our truest strength lies in our ability to realize that whatever our present weakness maybe, it is only temporary. It’s easy to get hung up on these weaknesses and immediately take ownership of them. Once we take ownership it’s hard to let go.

    Sounds like an interesting book, Patricia; interactive reading. I’ve only ever read one book twice; Anne of Green Gables.
    .-= Davina´s last blog ..Short Story- Compliments of Lake Superior =-.

  10. Patricia Says:

    Davina,
    It was a good book – most of the books I review I have read at least 2 times….(except for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series – since I stayed up all night for 3 nights to read the whole thing)

    I think this book if folks did not want to integrate the ideas themselves would be best read as a daily meditation for each chapter….since each chapter is complete in itself…
    but it is amazing to me how one can understand how thinking can truly make it so…