Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Book Review: "Find Your Strongest Life" by Marcus Buckingham

While today's women have more choices available to them than ever before, their overall happiness has decreased dramatically.

We desperately want to "have it all", but either don't know how to get there, or arrive on the doorstep of success feeling defeated and unsatisfied. What's a girl to do?

Best-selling author, Marcus Buckingham insists that women can indeed "have it all" ("Drawing enough strength from life to feel fulfilled, loved, successful, and in control...") and live the role they were meant to play.

Through examples of both successful and unsuccessful working women, Buckingham offers suggestions how properly "imbalance" our lives, take control over our careers, eliminate those activities which deplete us, and fill our days with activities which give us strength.

While I agree with the author that many women today feel unsatisfied with different aspects of their lives, I do not agree with his chosen remedy.

I was actually surprised that this book was published by Thomas Nelson, as this book totally leaves God out of the equation. Marcus Buckingham never once tells a women to seek the Lord for guidance; only her emotions and "strengths".

The author does provide decent advice for strengthening your marriage (focus on the positive, keep an appreciation journal, etc), and accepting your children for who they are.

However, this advice is grossly overshadowed by his encouragement of women to get their spouses to do more housework, and gives permission to "admit" that having children does not bring happiness.

Purpose to your life? Yes. Happiness? No. Also, should a woman find that motherhood "weakens" her, Buckingham encourages her to seek time away from her children so she can fill her cup and be strengthened.

These are just a few of the many examples where the author and I have to agree to disagree.

Overall, I feel this book has a few good points hidden amongst all the feminist rhetoric, but I cannot in good faith recommend it. Buckingham's advice left me feeling irritated and annoyed--not strong and encouraged. I do not feel this book belongs on any Christian woman's bookshelf, except as a case-study in what "not" to do.

Two thumbs down. :(

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1 comment:

Mrs. White said...

Wow!! Thanks for this honest review!

Mrs. White


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