Book Review: Finding Your Voice

reviewcover-finding your voiceTitle: Finding Your Voice

Author: Mannette Morgan

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Surviving Abuse

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Finding Your Voice is a personal, comprehensive guide for survivors of abuse making the journey toward healing. Led by an author who has walked the path for more than three decades, readers will find encouragement and hope as they move step-by-step to a place of recovery.

Part memoir, part blueprint for recovery, Finding Your Voice uses a mix of personal anecdotes, accumulated knowledge, expert techniques and good, common sense to help readers navigate a new path in the aftermath of abuse.

With clear instructions and insightful examples, the author leads readers through the five stages of healing— while teaching them how to improve and strengthen their relationships – built upon the foundation of years of self-help work, therapy, and reflection, and the author’s own transformative approach to healing.

Recognize abuse Embrace the Big 3- Self acceptance, love and self-respect Understand how your behaviors are the key to lasting change Learn how to manifest your true desire Discover the joy you deserve by applying the “Happy Booster.”

The healing journey takes time and patience. The mix of empathy, practicality and encouragement running throughout Finding Your Voice provides the ideal guide for that journey.

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I had a hard time reading Finding Your Voice by Mannette Morgan.

Like the author, I grew up in an abusive home where my siblings and I were belittled, yelled at, threatened, and hit. Some of my earliest memories are of being dragged out of my bed in the middle of the night to sit in our family van in the driveway because it was the only place my mother could think of to take us and keep us safe when my father was on a rampage.

I can’t judge the author’s story or how she tells it, and I won’t – other than to say that her personal story takes up a significant portion of the book, and for survivors of abuse, they may find it triggering.

I did run into some more technical issues with the spelling – there were quite a few typos and the narrative could at times be quite verbose.

I think that the author set out with a beautiful message and a kind heart to try to help others, and for that alone, I think the book is worth reading – but be aware it isn’t perfect and it should not be the only source of help you seek.

Book Review: The Influential Author

cover-review-the influential authorTitle: The Influential Author: How and Why to Write, Publish, and Sell Nonfiction Books that Matter

Author: Gregory V. Diehl

Genre: Non-Fiction, Writing, Self-Help

Rating: 1 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Do you have something important to say? Are your knowledge and experience unique, valuable, and in demand? Do you want to write a book that changes the way people think and live?

By combining his experience as an educator and entrepreneur, author Gregory V. Diehl teaches passionate thinkers how to turn unique messages into profitable books—without sacrificing royalties or creative control to a publisher.

With in-depth advice about all stages of book creation, publication, and marketing, The Influential Author takes a uniquely grounded and intellectual approach to nonfiction self-publishing. Unlike self-publishing guides that promise to teach you how to write a bestselling book quickly and easily, Diehl’s book actually walks you through the complex details of planning, writing, editing, and promoting your work at the standards of traditional publishing.

Whether you are an experienced writer or have just started thinking about how to write a nonfiction book, The Influential Author will teach you about:

• Combining your passions and experience with reader demand to decide what book to write.
• Organizing your knowledge into sections and chapters for maximum comprehension and flow.
• Refining your book with feedback from editors, proofreaders, beta readers, and market testing.
• Choosing a title, subtitle, description, and cover design that capture your message and create sales.
• Pricing and promoting each format of your book (digital, print, and audio) for maximum readership and revenue.
• Enjoying lifelong passive income, influence, and meaning from your book’s success.

Publishing a book could be one of the most important things you ever do. Read The Influential Author to begin your path to writing nonfiction books that matter.

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It took me a long time to decide how I was going to rate and review The Influential Author by Gregory Diehl. On the one hand, there are some tips and advice held within this book that are solid… but that’s about all I can say about the book that’s positive. This book missed its mark. 90% of the book is not useful information – it’s self-aggrandizing philosophizing and “fluff”. The book is incredibly dense, dry, and hard to get through. I started skimming very early on because I got tired of wading through the thesaurus of words being spewed out to get to a useful piece of advice. It completely missed the mark of what a self-help book is meant to be…something easy to read through and grasp for its audience – something attention-grabbing.

There was nothing in this book that made me want to keep reading. I was bored. I skimmed. I didn’t learn anything that wasn’t the bare basics of writing – and what the author tried to teach his readers about writing influential non-fiction –the entire namesake of the book itself – was lost, because he didn’t apply the very basics of writing to your audience to his own work. Who is meant to read this? Your everyday person who scraped by learning the very basics in high school? That’s all the information is useful for, and they aren’t going to make it through the incredibly dense text. So, I gave this 1 star – because I stopped reading. If you’re looking for a good book on writing, there are better more accessible ones out there.