Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An open letter to Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow MD.........

Dear Glenn and Keith,
(yes I am using first names, we ARE that close now)

I feel compelled to issue a heartfelt thank you for the collaboration of your efforts and the resulting book

I realize it's been out for almost a year now, but I've always been a little slow on the uptake and didn't actually pick up a copy until a week or so ago.  I picked it up at the right time of my life, for the right reason, and I don't chalk it up to coincidence.

A more personal email will come your way, with direct expressions of gratitude for the specific lessons I learned, or rather, was reminded that I knew already but needed them in print and in someone else's words so that they would stick.  You need to know that your hard efforts weren't in vain.  At least in the life of this lowly little lady.

For anyone else, I cannot emphasize enough the need to read this book.  It doesn't matter if you agree with Glenn politically or even religiously.  That is NOT the point of the book.  Ignore everything you have ever heard or read about him.  Good or bad - ignore it all and take this book at the face value it offers.  And if you aren't a fan of "self-help" books?  Well, neither am I.  I was prepared to get partway through, get bugged and put it down just like every other self help book I have ever read.  This is NOT in the same caliber.  Not even close.  I didn't even find it in the self-help section of the library since I won't go there, so don't dismiss it as that genre.  It's so much more than that.  So much better. 

As someone who recently confronted some life changes and decisions smack in the face, it served as a conduit to reinforce my decisions and to remind myself of the most important things in life.  The real things that are of true value.  And, then to take it further, reminded me how to be the REAL me.  The true mCat.  The genuine article.  I was able to put the last several years and particularly the LAST one and put it into a different perspective and then apply that perspective to my life.

I have always admired Glenn for not just his former TV show on Fox, or his radio show (which BTW - I find his, Stu and Pat's sense of humors right up my alley so I am always entertained as I am enlightened), or even his new GBTV adventure, I like them all, but once you understand his life story, how low he sunk, and then how he found his way out, well it's just plain inspiring.    The guy has a story that if read carefully, non-judgemental but with an open mind and allowed to sink in, can help others understand their own value as human beings.

Please don't dismiss it because of something negative you may have read or heard or previously believed about Mr. Beck based on politics.  This book has NOTHING to do with politics.  Absolutely NOTHING.  Instead, it has everything to do with providing tools, reminders, instructions, inspiration, advice on how to create your own happiness.  How to stay true to that happiness and then show others the way.

Please find it in the bookstore, online, or even the old fashioned way like I did, in the library.  Take the couple of days it takes to read it.  If you have your own copy, highlight the sentences that stick out and ring true.  Allow Glenn's story and Dr Ablow's insights to trigger something inside yourself that motivates you for good.  It will, I promise it will.  And then, when you are finished, you will turn the final page, close the book and be compelled to think long and hard about yourself, your relationships, and the deeper meaning of it all.

Back to the authors, I again cannot thank you enough gentlemen.  I wasn't ready for this book in January of 2011, I was too raw.  Too injured.  Too much in shock, grief, anxiety and quite frankly too full of adrenaline.  But I thank God, that I found it on November 1, 2011......I am now very much the same person, but happier. More inspired to do good, be good and live good.  More authentic and genuine in all my relationships.  More compelled to release the toxic people in my life and fully embrace those that bring out the best in me and I in them.

Please keep collaborating your fine efforts.  There is more to say and more people to inspire and influence for good.  You have the voices to articulate it, and then the means to get it out there.  Keep it comin baby!

Sincerely and will all my very best regards,


Tom said...

Wow, something positive in the media about Glen for a change. I know many people don't care for his political views but I respect him for having the tenacity to bounce back from where he was 15 years ago.

PS- I think Stu and Pat are just as entertaining as Glen. I could use some sharp sidekicks in my life.

Amy said...

Sounds like something I need to pick up and read. Thanks for your insight and sharing.

Suz said...

Hmm. I may have to take a look.

Jewls said...

I'll have to add it to my goodreads! :)

Garden of Egan said...

I have never heard of it before, but it obviously has some amazing stuff in it. You don't ever blow sunshine up people's skirts for no reason.

Yes, you have had the year from H.
But you are an incredibly strong woman....probably didn't know how strong you were.

I look forward to finding this book and reading and absorbing like you have.

Lara said...

Totally haven't heard of this but I will definitely look for it. Thanks for the recommendation!

" Hit It......." said...

I like how positive and assertive you are sounding. You sound much more in control of your life; instead of your life being in control of you.

I will get me a copy of this book. I love Glenn Beck and what he stands for.

Pedaling said...

I wondered if this book was any good.
I may have to give it a read.

Ann Marie said...

I love Glenn Beck.. so I have no problem picking it up.

However.... I think I'll put in on hold at the library and pick it up in another 7 months or so when I feel more *ready* for it.

Thanks for your review!

Sue said...

You should go into sales. I am totally buying this book now.

What a positive and inspiring recommendation. Glad it helped you.

I love learning new things, from people who have had it tough in their lives.

Jamie said...

What a gem. Never heard of it, but it sounds just up my alley.

LKP said...

babycakes, thank you! i've been racking my brain trying to come up with something extraordinary for mr. lkp's read this year, and i believe you've given it to me on a silver platter! he & i really, REALLY enjoyed glenn's writing style in his book "the Christmas sweater" way back a couple years. so this will be perfect! thank you for sharing. ha ha! apparently i'm still slower on the uptake though. hadn't even heard of this one. :) thanks again, luv! ::hugs::

Kim said...

Sold! I'm going to add it to the list.

tammy said...

I'm glad you're in a more positive place now. If this booked help, then I should give it a looksie.

wendy said...

Well, Dang, I will have to find that book it sounds like it.
Healing is an ongoing process, and
learning about ourselves I guess probably takes a Life Time.

glad to hear you are "getting there" my friend

DesertHen said...

Sounds like I need to add this book to my "must read" list!