TV’s Dr. Phil McGraw’s book The 20/20 Diet is a guide to dieting for people who haven’t been successful taking weight off and keeping it off. It offers solutions to the seven most common reasons diets fail by combining longstanding strategies with the results of recent research. An easy-to-follow diet plan in three phases over a 30-day period, it offers no quick fixes; instead, it stresses that good weight management is based on developing proper habits and achieving balance in eating and exercise. Though McGraw is not a diet specialist, and the book is written in layman’s terms, he uses his own experience with weight control problems to illustrate how to achieve success. For those who have seen ‘Dr Phil’ on TV, the tone of the book, humorous in places, scathing in others, will be familiar.
A Review of Dr. Phil McGraw’s The 20/20 Diet by Eureka Books is an excellent summary of the book, and makes it sound like one that is well worth reading. I give this summary five stars.
Review of ‘F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review’
Most books by psychologists, especially self-help books, are written in psycho-babble and are long on grand promises to help you get on the path to achieving life success. F*ck Feelings by Michael Bennett, MD and his humor writer daughter, Sarah Bennett, is anything but. Written in a pragmatic style, with bits of self-deprecating humor and salty language that make it a book you don’t want to leave lying around where your kids can access it, F*ck Feelings pulls back the curtains on life and tells it ‘like it is.’
F*ck Feelings: One Shrink’s Practical Advice for Managing All Life’s Impossible Problems by Michael Bennett, MD and Sarah Bennett/Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review by Eureka Books is a practical, easy-to-read summary of the book, and goes a long way to providing an iron to smooth the wrinkles out of your life roadmap.
First, some things in life can be change, but many can’t, and we have to learn to live with that fact. Secondly, we must be aware of the unintended consequences of our actions, even the well- meaning ones. Practical and nonjudgmental, this sounds like the book everyone needs to read. I give it five stars.
Review of The Total Money Makeover: by Dave Ramsey | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
The Total Money Makeover: by Dave Ramsey | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Eureka Books is a summary of Dave Ramsey’s book outlining the 7 steps to financial security. This short guide to Ramsey’s work, which gives the baby steps he recommends for anyone desiring financial security, is a good stand-alone guide to financial wellbeing. I particularly like Ramsey’s seventh step: have fun, invest and do good with your wealth. The final section, giving some of the myths about money and moneymaking, are also very useful.
This has been one of the better—and most useful—Eureka Books I’ve read and reviewed. Like I said above, this book alone is a good brief road map to financial security, and it certainly makes me want to read Ramsey’s book.
Thank you Eureka Books. Easy five stars.
Review of ‘Quiet: by Susan Cain | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking’
In a world that no longer seems to value the ‘quiet’ heroes, Susan Cain’s book Quiet, a study of the value of introverts in a world that never stops talking, is well worth reading. Quiet: by Susan Cain/Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Eureka Books is a superb review of a book that examines the latest findings comparing introverts and extroverts.
Cain’s book, the review points out, though it focuses mainly on introverts, shows that when combined the two personality traits can augment each other. An excellent analysis and review, which includes an assessment of the author’s background and style of writing, this book alone would be helpful to anyone who has to manage or deal with groups of mixed personalities. It certainly made me want to read the Cain book. If, however, you don’t have time for the entire book, you simply must read this review.
This is a five star book that shouldn’t be missed.
Review of ‘The Blue Zones Solution: by Dan Buettner | Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People’
Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones Solution is an expansion of research into regions of the world where people live a hundred years or more, the so-called Blue Zones.
Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review of Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones Solution by Eureka Books is a fulsome analysis and review of the book with a critique not only of the book itself but the author’s writing style. This in depth analysis goes into some detail on each of the book’s main theses, pointing out the lack of solid science to back up the author’s claims, and the often contradictory stands he takes in different places in the book.
The analysis of the section on how to create Blue Zones is the most valuable thing about the Eureka book because it points out, perhaps even better than the author does in his full work, the challenges faced in the modern world by people who want to reintroduce a pre-industrial life style in an area that is dependent on technology—especially the automobile.
It would have been helpful if this book had contained a few more resources or references a reader could use to further evaluate Buettner’s book, but despite that lack, it provides a solid basis for deciding whether reading the whole work is worth the effort. This is the next best thing to reading the book itself. I give it four stars!
Sapiens: by Yuval Noah Harari – Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review: A Brief History of Mankind by Eureka Books digs into Harari’s work on the evolution of Homo sapiens from the middle of the food chain to the dominant species on Earth.
This handy little guide gives the key lessons to be learned from Harari’s book, an analysis of his arguments, and a review of the content and style. There is little argument against the validity of Harari’s contention that it was a revolution in cognitive ability, the agricultural revolution, the creation of money, laws, and religion, and the rise of empires that gave H. sapiens the jump, not just over the so-called lesser animals, but also over other hominids, such as the larger Neanderthal.
While Harare is described in the review as somewhat ‘preachy,’ and not all of his theories are fully supported by science, he’s given credit for summarizing human development in a manner that a lay reader can easily digest and understand.
This review makes Harari’s book sound like a pretty thick treatise, but one well worth reading for anyone who is interested in how we got to where we are now—and where we might be headed if we’re not careful.
These reviews are kind of like CliffNotes, but they don’t guide you to answers to test questions or give you hints for papers. They dig into a book, and try to give you some sense of its worth. That they’re unauthorized makes them all the more credible, since you can be relatively assured they’re not just promotional tools. I give this one four stars.