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,