Book Review: Help Yourself by Dave Pelzer

As a boy Dave Pelzer went through horrendous emotional and physical abuse from his mother. He was robbed of the childhood he was supposed to have. He survived and lived to tell his story in several books, one of them called Help Yourself, Celebrating the Rewards of Resilience and Gratitude. In this book he talks about how he worked through his issues that arose because of his unfortunate childhood and gives suggestions to the readers on how they can work out their own issues.

In the first part of the book called “Get Rid of the Garbage in Your Life” the author emphasizes the importance of getting rid, as soon as possible, of whatever is troubling the person — unresolved issues. Instead of becoming bitter while surviving the negative environment, Dave Pelzer learned to let go and made a choice not to hate but to forgive and help others do the same.

The second part of the book, “Know What You Want out of Your Life”, points out that the victim mentality will not get a person too far. The author gives direction on what to concentrate on to make things better as well as providing steps to take to make the impossible possible.

In the third part of the book called “Celebrate Who You are and What You Have” the author shows how what you say to yourself first thing in the morning affects how the rest of your day will go. He demonstrates the power of a positive attitude and gives suggestions on how to create your own positive environment. Throughout the book, at the end of each chapter, the author lists “help yourself” reminders.

All of us go through some pain and injustice, though perhaps not as severe as the pain and suffering young Dave Pelzer went through. Reading the horrible accounts of abuse in his life would make anybody feel grateful for the life they’ve been living. The resilience of this young boy to his circumstances can serve as an example. The power of his spirit and gratitude brought him to where he is right now — living a happy, fulfilled and productive life as an adult in spite of all odds. He shared his wisdom in this book so others can also have a great life in spite of their own negative circumstances.

Book Review – They Call Me Coach by John Wooden

Coach John Wooden epitomizes what a coach should be. Earlier this year, he passed away at the age of 99. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, his UCLA team dominated the college basketball scene. The book,”They Call Me Coach”, is his autobiography.

Coach John Wooden was a rather soft-spoken. He was precise on his practice and games. Prior to becoming a coach, he was a great point guard at Purdue University. He became a Hall of Fame inductee both as a college basketball player and coach. When he speaks, he sounds like a poet or English teacher because he uses poems and quotes to make a point.

The book vividly illustrates how Coach Wooden had solid principles that he lived by. The two key source of his life and coaching philosophies comes from a Seven Point Creed from his father and his Pyramid of Success.

The Seven Point Creed states:

* Be true to yourself.

* Make each day your masterpiece.

* Help others.

* Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.

* Make friendship a fine art.

* Build a shelter against a rainy day.

* Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.

The Pyramid of Success is a list of foundational principles that are layered by:

* Competitive Greatness

* Poise

* Confidence

* Condition

* Skill

* Team Spirit

* Self-Control

* Alertness

* Initiative

* Intentness

* Industriousness

* Friendship

* Loyalty

* Cooperation

* Enthusiasm

His story can help anyone in any field to become better and ultimately achieve their best. Coach Wooden’s story is success through solid core principles. He was a master of the details. In the book, there is a story on how important it was to put your socks on correctly. He even taught his players how to do that. Another key aspect of Coach Wooden is that he does not directly talk about winning. Instead, he teaches his players to do their best. If they do their best, then the result does not matter as much.

Coach Wooden coached a variety of great players including Lew Alcindor (aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Bill Walton, Gail Goodrich, and many others. He treated each player fairly. Fairly is not the same as equally. He had to spend a bit more time with the star players, but he recognize and acknowledge the importance of every single player. Many of his former players succeeded in basketball at the professional level- but most of them succeeded in other areas including business, medicine, teaching, ministry, etc.

This book is a must-read for anyone who coaches which includes athletic coaches, parents, business leaders, supervisors, etc.

On The Way To Greater Joy and Happiness – Self Help Book Review

Not all self-help books are created equally. Some provide step-by-step instructions on how to improve a given area of your life. Others provide moral support, motivation, and sprinkle a little inspiration upon the words putting the individual in a positive mood which may be just enough to help. It appears that since so many people are challenged with depression, this is genre of nonfiction self-help books is widely read, and outsell many other books in other categories. Okay so let’s talk about this for second shall we?

As an author of online articles and e-books many of which are in the self-help category I’ve done a little reading there myself, and I’ve found that the self-help books which are part of a system or program, those which are actionable can do the most good for the most people. In fact, there’s a very good book I’d very much like to recommend to you along these lines. The name of the book is;

“From Here to Greater Happiness or How to Change Your Life – For Good,” by Joel Marie Teutsch and Champion K, Teutsch, PhD, Teutsh Publishing and KNI INC, Los Angeles CA, 1988, 162 pages, ISBN: 0-8431-0398-1.

This book is written by the founders of the Academy of Teutsch which uses the IDEAL Method which is taught to their patrons. The book first gives the reader an understanding of their own consciousness, and how their belief system affects their behavior, and ultimately the outcome of their life experience and the human endeavors they are involved with in society. It explains why it’s important to be close to nature and understand that much of the stress related challenges of the human psyche can be dealt with, with a simple understanding of how it all works.

The book also explains group consciousness and how your family, work, community, school, and any sports team you may play on allows you the synergistic advantage. It also discusses universal consciousness and how everything affects everything else. Part two of the book is all about how to change your life for the better in all venues – allowing you to have better relationships and become a success in your job and career, also how to be a better parent, or better understand your parents. It explains how to be patient, and the reality of compromise.

Although I personally don’t go for all this touchy-feely, new age, quantum mental quasi-religion-based stuff, and even consider myself opposed to it on even-odd days of the week. It is a good book for those who are involved in such things, as well as others who wish to understand their friends who’ve gotten involved in this area of mental exploration. It was interesting I’ll give you that, which is why I’ve gone out of my way to recommend it to you today. Please consider all this and think on it.