Blood, Sweat, and Tears

"Writing styles are not easy to come by, they are forged by fire, they are cooled by the tears of ones own eyes, and they are oiled by the authors own blood; sheathing that style is an entirely new level of pain." - Shy willow

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What's Jenn Reading? I finished...finally!

 As I mentioned previously in "What's Jenn Reading?", I read several books at a time. Although there are advantages to this style of reading, I sometimes put of finishing books that have kept my interest less than others in my current rotation. That happened to be the case with this particular book.

My mother loaned me her copy of "Become a Better You" by Joel Osteen quite an embarrassing time ago. I got through the first quarter of the book, and then became sidetracked by several other books.

Anyhow, I am now here to say I have successfully finished the book and can create a review that I think honest and upfront! As a quick reminder I am under no obligation to write this review, I have not been paid, and I review this book as a reference for those who may be interested in reading it themselves.

So like may stories I find a good side and a bad side to this book. I suppose it would be most responsible to start with the bad. I am somewhat picky about the writing style that I like to read, or will read for information, Osteen's style fits neither category. I found it hard to follow him at times simply because of repetition and a large quantity of sample stories. To be honest though, I only recall seeing one major grammatical error in the whole of the work.

Now, for the positive, which of course there is. Osteen's book is very optimistic and motivational. I enjoyed his happy approach and suggestive material. I felt that Osteen wrote to his audience very personable; sharing a good deal about his own struggles.

Osteen incorporated reviews after several sections of his writing to allow you to recap and reflect on what you read as well as what you want for yourself.

In one particular section Osteen encourages you to have a song within yourself. I found myself not only relating to that section, but also appreciating the timing it had in my life right now.

In the end I will say I enjoyed reading his book. I would have no problem recommending this particular book to someone I thought would benefit from it. Although I may have my own personal qualms with his particular writing style, I will not hold a grudge against his desire to help people by sharing his own upbeat and optimistic self.  Besides whom don't have at least oNe erroR in their WORk?


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