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  • The successful strategies of other women like you

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Brooke: When I read the ôTen Mythsö that opened the book, I was completely hooked. The statistics are interesting and fresh. I also related to the problem that sets up the book: "Which parts of me should I cut out?" As I read, I could see myself in the MarcusÆs big-picture analysis and statistics. The early part of the book made me anticipate a breakthrough. And Marcus delivered. Overall, he explains a woman's dilemma perfectly . . . in fresh terms with a unique spin. The main ideas in each chapter were so engaging. Chapter 6 in particular is worth the price of the book. I have already started looking for strong moments in my life, and I want to tell every woman I know to do the same. It is definitely life-changing.

Rebecca: It was really good. It was awesome. And to be honest, perfect timing for my life. I'm REALLY in that place. I can't tell you how badly I've been depressed for the last several months just trying to figure out what to do differently so I'm not so miserable. On one hand, I'm grateful I have a job still. I have a mortgage and bills and all that. But on the other hand...I can't continue to work at a job that gets me nowhere, is not rewarding, not challenging, and mentally drains me. I really have started avoiding my family because I've become so rude and snippy. It's a bad cycle. BUT...God willing this year (sooner than later) I will be able to put this behind me and do what I love :) Even if it's making half as much money. Thanks for thinking of me to read this. I needed it!

Delaney: I was on a plane as I finished reading the manuscript. I was going to be with my daughter who is a law student. As I finished the pages, Marcus helped me gain a new understanding of myself that stood out like a neon sign: I am the person who helps others build infrastructure, get through situations ,and set everything right.  It goes beyond motherhood. I am an event planner by birth. I see big pictures and the components necessary to get from vision to execution.  The content helped me to reframe my own thinking. Very helpful. IÆm excited to take the online test and see which role I'm born to play.
Jennifer: As a working mother, I found the concept of the book fascinating.  There are daily struggles of trying to balance being the perfect wife, mother, and employee, and the book helped me truly understand how to navigate all those demands.

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Author Marcus Buckingham has earned business bestseller lists with motivational primers such as Now, Discover Your Strengths and First, Break All the Rules. Now this Oprah favorite applies his talents as a fulfillment teacher to work-stressed women. First, typically, he encourages them to break the rules, to disregard myths about balance and disconnection between a woman's home life and her work life. Then he shares lessons that he learned from his wildly successful Oprah workshop that resulted in more than 100,000 unique online contributors. Research-based strength building.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418585891
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Sold by: THOMAS NELSON
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 396,426
  • File size: 611 KB

Meet the Author

Marcus Buckingham is a best-selling author with more than 3.7 million copies of his landmark bestsellers in print. Profiled in the New York TimesFortune, and Fast Company, he has consulted with brands such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Best Buy.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Not for me

    I feel as if Marcus Buckingham has good intentions to lead women toward success, it's just not my vision of success. And his image of a happy woman is nothing like my vision of a happy woman, perhaps because one of us IS a woman. I like to live and let live because I believe each one of us has a unique path--and that once you find that path, you're on the road to your best life. Find Your Strongest Life seemed to promote one lifestyle: high-end exec who flies the red-eye to be sure to catch her son's school play (that also happens to be Buckingham's description of his own wife). If you want to get on the road to success--you want that partnership at the firm and you're struggling to balance the guilt you may feel leaving everything else in life behind, then this is the book for you. Another book you might want to check out is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE 2.0. I really enjoyed that one.

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

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    Outstanding, inspiring and empowering!

    Powerful book with common sense guidance to see the bigger picture in work in and in life. Following you passion is crucial to not only being happy in what you do but also being top notch in your career field and relationships with other people.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Knowing your strengths can be fulfilling

    Marcus Buckingham has developed a practical guide for women to help them identify their strengths in order to live more productive, fulfilled lives. This book is a timely tool for use in today's stagnant job market. It is chock-full of advice and tips for the person who's been laid off to the person seeking to make a career change based on their strengths.

    I was required to take a more comprehensive "strengths" test a year ago by my employer (based on a previous book by Marcus Buckingham) and was pleased to see the results were similar to those I received from taking the condensed version in the Strong Life Test. Knowing your strengths can be life changing. I truly feel content, fulfilled when I am using the strengths God has equipped me with and although I was somewhat disappointed by the lack of scripture references, the book is still a practical tool that can help you know your strengths, your Godly-given gifts, if you don't already know what they are. (Memeber of the Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger program @

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2009

    Great Book

    This is my 5th or 6th book now that I have reviewed in the Thomas Nelson Blog Book Review. When I saw Marcus Buckingham's new book "Find Your Strongest Life" I was thrill to be able to read it. Yes I did judge a book buy its cover-well buy its title. I did not know until the book arrived that is book was gear more to women to me say will me a man. So I sit it aside thinking how can I give this a fair review? Well read it and find out! This is what I found
    Marcus states in the introduction of the book that there are nine life roles that will measures you they are: Advisor, Caretaker, Creator, Equalizer, Influencer, Motivator, Pioneer, Teacher and Weaver. As I read those 9 roles I stop and thought they cover two important women in my life. First be my Mother and next my Wife (not in any particular order).
    Marcus talks about how you take these roles and find your lead role you then anchor yourself to that lead role and build upon it from there. This book is as old commercial years ago said "maybe strong enough for a man, but it was make for a woman" sure applies to this book. Thanks to Thomas Nelson Company for letting me review this book.

    I recommend this book to all women who need a little pick me up!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2009

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    Find Your Strongest Life- A book about Hunnies Wanting to Get Money

    Okay, to preface this entire review I must say that I am probably not the demographic audience for this book. Well Lazer, what demographic are you then? Thats a great question. Male, 18-25, College student. Most likely intended audience for "Find Your Strongest Life"- Female, 25-35, Working Professionals. So, with that being said I will jump into the review having none of the demographic characteristics to give a proper review of it.

    Marcus Buckingham is a revolutionary strengths based solutions speaker and author. He, in his book "Find Your Strongest Life", gives solutions to many problems facing women in the workforce in trying to "have it all."

    In the introduction to the book Buckingham says, "'Having it all' means drawing enough strength from life to feel fulfilled, loved, successful, and in control, then that is something every single of of us should aim for and every single one of us can attain."

    This becomes the reason for the message of the book. The book teaches skills to women that are the reason for living fully such as Catching and Cradling and important moments. At the end of the book there is a section called Strong Life Tactics. In this section of the book there is a host of techniques and ways to build a stronger career, build stronger relationships, build stronger kids, and build a stronger future.

    Overall, I believe the book to be helpful for women looking to make improvements in their life. The book was organized in a logical and easy to understand manner which would be helpful for people who have little time to do reading for fun. I would recommend this book to my Mom, because she is hungry for success.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Offers strength insights both for men and women; much easier to follow than his other strengths books

    What parts of your life do you find most enjoyable? According to author Marcus Buckingham in his latest book, Find Your Strongest Life, if you focus on these small moments spread throughout each day, your level of personal satisfaction and all-around happiness about life will improve.

    I conveniently left out the subtitle of Buckingham's book, due to my being a man. If you're interested, it's "What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently." (my emphasis added) So why would a guy want to read, let alone review, a book designed specifically for women? Good point. My wife asked me the same question.

    Primarily, since the idea of a male strength guru giving women advice on the keys to their personal happiness made me smirk on contact. Perhaps I'm married to someone in the minority, but my wife's first thought on looking over the book was "How does this guy know what women need to do?" Basing his recommendations on numerous surveys and a significant dose of shared experience with his wife, Buckingham doesn't shy away from the tough questions of life, namely work, spouses, kids, and the ultimate need for greater meaning. His ideas make a lot of sense to me; I'm curious to see if working women feel the same way.

    I felt his emphasis on self was refreshing and bitter all at once; on one hand, I appreciate his call to seriously consider the activities that each of us uniquely enjoys. On the other, he took healthy introspection to the precipice of self-deification and dared me to look over the edge. Uncomfortable to say the least.

    Ultimately, I enjoyed his encouragement to press forward toward a healthy, unbalanced, fulfilling life. I'm extremely grateful that the online Strong Life test companion to this book is totally free to the public. Unlike his previous tests, Strong Life helps you determine your lead and secondary life roles. Whatever your gender, I highly recommend you Gooogle 'Strong Life Test' to find his site, as it helped me understand that I'm a better teacher/advisor than creative or motivator.

    Other than an unhealthy preoccupation with self, my only other qualm with the book is its intentional (down to the exclusive use of He pronouns for spouses) bent toward women. I hope he releases a similarly-themed book for men so I may avoid the stigma I've endured in reading this book. All in all, an excellent read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    In the Zone

    Marcus Buckingham (@mwbuckingham) has done it again with his latest book release Find Your Strongest Life. This book is primarily targeted for women as the subtitle indicates - "What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently". Just as in previous releases (Now, Discover Your Strengths and The Truth About You), Marcus pulls from his years of research in to the strengths revolution. His research shows that although women have more opportunity, more advantages then forty years ago, they are less happy today. This book begs to answer the "why" question and provide an opportunity to show how each person can excel in their strength role.

    He points out that there are roles that women are born to play and are stretched and pulled in different directions and want to be "all things, to all people". In previous strength tests, the goal was to identify your five core strengths that defined you, each one being separate. In this book, he states that they want to pull your strengths together to show what your Lead and Supporting roles would be. These roles include:

    Advisor - "what is the best thing to do?"
    Caretaker - "is everyone okay?"
    Creator - "what do I understand?"
    Equalizer - "what's the right thing to do?"
    Influencer - "how can I move to act?"
    Motivator - "how can I raise the energy?"
    Pioneer - "what's new?"
    Teacher - "what can she learn from this?"
    Weaver - "with whom can I connect?" (p. 102-119)
    Each person is unique and the Strong Life test helps identify the Lead and Supporting roles of the individual. One of the fascinating points of the book is that he argues that women should strive for imbalance, not balance. Their lives are always trying to fit into a perfectly balanced life - each part being given equal billing when that just isn't the case.

    This book is chocked full of valuable information including some practical, "How-To's" to help guide your journey as your review your life, find your Lead and Supporting roles, and strive for imbalance while not freaking out your friends and family. Sprinkled throughout the book are stories that showcase the principles in the book, whether success or failure or taking the long way around to seeing their strengths.

    This is a book that needs to be on every Human Resource desk, in the coaching and training department, and widely read among friends and family. This book has the potential to revolutionize the way women approach life, business, and family when they act within their Lead and Supporting roles. Pick it up today!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    To be strong you have to do what strong women do!

    Marcus Buckingham seems to really understand the struggles that women face. By understanding what struggles women face he is able to give us a plan on how to make our lives stronger. He gives advice on how to make every aspect of your life stronger: work, relationships, raising children, and personal life.

    I think the ideas make sense to some extent, but the ideas he presents go against all popular ideals. But I think that's the point, obviously what we've been told to do isn't working so a different plan of attack may just be what we need. I liked the ideas and have started to try and use them in my life.

    It was a fairly well-written book. The information is pretty straight forward and easy to understand. Overall I'd say this was a decent book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Finding your Strongest Life

    Have you ever found yourself wondering why you are in the career field that you are in, or unhappy with the one you don't have. I had the opportunity to read Marcus Buckingham's new book, Find Your Strongest Life. He taps into, what the most successful and happy women do differently. Throughout the book Buckingham tells us stories of a few women and parallels their lives and what it was that placed one as successful and the other dreaming to reach their success. The book is powerful and encourages women to focus on their strengths and NOT their weaknesses. He suggests many tips for recalling moments where you found yourself confident, successful, and happy as well as those times that we weren't.

    I love the example he gives of his child when he was in first grade. He and his wife are going to his classroom to learn of all the work the children have been working on. Buckingham realizes that this is going to be the first time that he has seen his child's school work in comparison to his classmates. I imagine it is a pretty scary feeling for parents. He says that the first thing they see is a wall of art. And he describes a few pieces as just being great, and then he spots one that is just in pencil and not very good and notices his son's name on the bottom. He shares his thoughts of embarrassment and suggest to his wife that they get him a tutor. When the teacher comes up to them and tells them he wants to show them something. The teacher takes them to another part of the room and shows them their child's math work. They were to have a math equation and then draw a picture. Well, while most children were picking such things as 2+2=4 and had wonderful pictures, his son was picking equations such as 15-8=7 and had a not so great picture. Buckingham immediately notices his son's strengths and is ashamed that he hadn't focused on those in the beginning. Although, I am not a parent, this story reminds me of how often we are trying to fix the areas we aren't as good at, rather than emphasizing on those that we are good at and making ourselves better.

    One of the other things I love about the book is that Buckingham has included a test and the results. He gives you a site to take the test and then throughout the book allows you to really see what you are good at, and what careers might be a good fit for you. My lead role is: Teacher and my supporting role is Influencer. I will stop now because I know you are dying to go and take the test to find out your roles and getting this fabulous book.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Find Your Strongest Life

    Marcus Buckingham's style really appeals to the optimist in me. Or maybe that brand of optimism lives in us all.

    We all want to focus on our strengths, on those moments in which we feel the strongest, don't we? But for many of us, those strongest moments are merely flashes in the pan, and we spend the balance of our lives focused on the problems in our lives--our weaknesses, along with the weaknesses of everyone around us--and how to fix them. (As Buckingham proves, that's just what society has taught us to do.)

    So, how do we stretch those brief, trophy-winning moments into a lifestyle? Is it even possible?

    After spending some time with Buckingham, I'm convinced that it is. And I'm even equipped with the plan to do it.

    But be warned: this is not a get-rich-quick kind of success that Buckingham is leading you toward. It's a steady, daily process of observing with a new awareness and proactive-ness in your own life that will lead to lifelong fulfillment and success--and this "success" is based on the way YOU define it.

    Buckingham, brave man that he is, also discusses and disarms the many paralyzing choices in a woman's life, convincingly and guiltlessly throws out the notion of balance, and draws the reader to form her own ideas of success--regardless of what society tells her it is.

    (And just because "women" is on the cover didn't stop me from sliding this book over to my husband's to-read pile.)

    It's all in there: paradigm-shifting theories about a successful life and how to get there, tons of digestible research to back it up, and a personality test to help you specifically apply those theories to your own life. Starting today.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

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    Well, hmmm. I requested a copy of Marcus Buckingham's book quit

    Well, hmmm. I requested a copy of Marcus Buckingham's book quite awhile ago from a program called BookLookBloggers, but shelved it and then forgot about it. When I reactivated my account (I took a much needed sabbatical from reviewing), there it was, just waiting for my review.

    So I dug through my overstuffed bookshelves, found the book and sat down with it. Truthfully, I have no clue why I requested this book! I don't care for self-help, life coaching, or anything with 'easy steps' I'm kind of disappointed in myself.

    The book is well written. Marcus knows how to tell a story, and some of the anecdotes he shares are interesting. But, in all honesty, I didn't make it past chapter five. This just isn't the book for me.

    So I'm going to ask a favor of you, my faithful readers. If you see "Find Your Strongest Life" in your bookstore, or come across it online, check it out. See what you think. And give the book a fair chance.

    My thanks to my friends at Thomas Nelson Publishing for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review, and for not holding my tardiness against me:-)

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Find your strengths and weaknesses

    Genre: Self-help
    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Summary: Marcus Buckingham teaches readers to look for their strong moments and passions. Women are not happy today, and that seems to correspond with the fact that there are more choices available, especially in the work place. So how do women become happy? They find those things they enjoy the most and choose to recreate them as often as they can. Feelings of being overwhelmed spring from having to little of what strengthens you, Buckingham writes. Of course, you're not going to get your dream job overnight, but it's up to you to keep pushing forward and finding ways to use the strengths that you enjoy. "Career success is a lifelong practice - a potent combination of paying attention, working hard, and gradually pushing your life toward the moments and activities that strengthen you."

    Review: While I am single and in the beginning stages of life (freshly graduated and looking for work), I got a lot out of this book. I'm disappointed that it's so focused on married women and women in their later years (40s and 50s), but I suppose that goes with the territory of talking about switching careers and finding peace in the middle of stress.

    The book focuses on how to reorganize your life so that you focus on the positive things and work to enhance the things you're good at that you enjoy.

    I definitely related to what Buckingham had to say about strengths and weaknesses. He writes that a true strength is something you enjoy and are good at. A weakness can be something that you're good at, but that you don't enjoy and that isn't good for you or doesn't contribute to your happiness. You need to avoid doing the things that drain and bore you, and if you have to do them in the meantime while you push toward a better strength, then you can find ways to put positive spins on the weakness. You can find ways to use your strengths so that your weaknesses won't seem so bad.

    Buckingham gives several strengths and describes them in detail. He also provides a test online that you can take to find out what your strengths are. I don't put much stock in the test, though, because my results didn't really fit me. But Buckingham makes up for this with the last section of his book, which focuses on specific situations and how to deal with them. It answered some of my questions about my stress over finding work. But I didn't walk away with a solid, I need to do this and this is how I make a decision.

    Overall, though, I got a lot of encouragement out of this book. It's a lot of obvious content written in such a way that makes you think. I recommend to any woman.

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  • Posted November 15, 2009

    Strong Life Test = Great Life Test for Women

    Marcus Buckingham is a credible and gifted author who has created a great resource for women. He shares lots of evident that the women who are the happiest and most fulfilled are those who don't "juggle" everything in their lives. Instead, the women who do the opposite, by having a "strong life," draw in a few important things into them. This book helps woman figure out this life skill, of drawing a select few things that are important to them and then finding strength from these. In order to find their strengths, Buckingham shares a Strong Life Test for woman to take to determine their strong life roles. There are nine roles that emerge through taking the assessment that can really impact your life- through helping you focus on your strengths!

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    Find Your Strongest Life

    Find Your Strongest Life is a self help book that gives women realistic tips for building or rebuilding a successful life. Marcus Buckingham did an excellent job of examining the obstacles that can stand in a woman's way and prevent us for living a life that is intentional. This book is a great resource for women of all ages and stages in life. After reading this book I have clarity and was able ot develop a strategy to strength various areas of my life.

    Find Your Strongest Life was an easy read that also allows its readers to identify their lead and supporting life roles. Identifying our preferred life roles allows women to be start thinking about the choices we make. Instead of arbitrarily living life, we can design a life that is authentic and full of integrity. The book refers its readers to The Strongest Life website so that its readers can do an immediate assessment of their life roles. This assessment is another tool that women can use to Find their Strongest Life.

    The end of the book provides great tactics for tackling a stronger future. There are quick tips for developing a stronger future, a stronger career and how to cultivate stronger children. Reading this book gave me inspiration and motivation to be intentional in living each day.

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    Insightful, Easy to Read

    This book is really a great, easy to read, and insightful book. It is a realistic and honest approach for women to find what they are most successful at. It seems as though Marcus Buckingham really has great insight into how women are feeling in the current world we live in and he has some practical advice for those that need help feeling happy and whole.

    I think it is also great for this book to come out at a time when women are feeling like they need to have everything and be everything. Marcus clearly makes it known that this doesn't have to be, that we need to find our "strongest moments" and focus on those if we really want to feel fulfilled in a extremely difficult culture. No longer do you need to pretend to be someone you are not, and this book will give you the help to make this realization a reality. This is not just for business women, this is for all women. I hope to dig deeper and get to know more about my strongest moments. The resources available in the book and through the website are very inpiring. This would make a great group study with a close group of women as well!

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    Dad's Review of Find Your Strongest Life What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently

    I have read some of Marcus Buckingham books for work. Such as Now, Discover Your Strengths and First, Break All the Rules and they were good. So I was excited when I was given the opportunity to review Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently.

    I was a little skeptical to read a book that was geared towards women but I like to know how the other side thinks. I live in a house with two females. Any insight is more than welcome

    As a father and husband this helped me get an insight to the two most important women in my life. There is a whole section called Tactics. Mark Buckingham does job of intertwining theory and personal stories that helped me relate and learn. At the end of each chapter, there is a recap of each chapter that is bulleted and helps those that don't either feel like reading the chapters or need a quick reference.

    Don't take my word for it you can read a couple pages of Find Your Strongest Life What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by Mark Buckingham. In fact a little over 30 pages are available. So your can read before you buy.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Yet another preachy self-help book...

    Marcus Buckingham's Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently is an attempt to help women draw enough strength from life to feel fulfilled, loved, successful, and in control. It is an attempt to show women that they really can have it all, "the right kind of it all."

    My first thoughts with this book was "How in the world can a man know what a woman needs or wants, what a woman thinks and feels?" How can a man really consider himself knowledgeable in any way about what will fulfill a woman? My second thought was that it was another preachy self-help book. And I was right. I have to be completely honest, I did not even finish this book. I didn't even get halfway. I couldn't. You don't want to know how far I made it in this book. But then again, I've never been much of a self-help book kind of girl. I just can't take the preachiness, the perkiness, etc. But if you are like the women featured in Marcus Buckingham's book, Find Your Strongest Life might just offer a helpful way to re-assess your priorities and find your way out of feeling overwhelmed and confused. Then again, his method might not work for you.

    There is also a test you can take, available here. The result I got for the test was the caretaker, which fits me perfectly, although many of the questions were difficult for me to answer, not being a professional career-woman.

    Surprisingly enough, or may be not so surprising, that was the most useful thing I got from doing this review, and it wasn't even in the book! Not to mention the fact that if you don't notice the little sticker on the cover, you would have no idea where to find this test (from what I can tell).

    Anyway, I hate to be so negative on my first book review for Thomas Nelson, but I really just did not find this book useful in any way to me. But others might, and if they do, good for them. Really. If it helps you then it is well worth it.

    I reviewed this book as part of Thomas Nelson's Book Review Bloggers. I received a copy of this book in exchange for completing this review, however the opinions contained within are completely my own and honest. Other people may have different experiences with this product.

    The "R" Words

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    Find Your Strongest Life - Without This Book

    Find Your Strongest Life: What The Happiest And Most Successful Women Do Differently

    By: Marcus Buckingham

    I received the book, Find Your Strongest Life, free from Thomas Nelson publishers as a book reviewing blogger. I have a feeling this book might sell well. I don't say this because it is a good book with valuable advice, but because the author has been featured on Oprah and the material aligns with other best-selling, secular, self-help books. This is disappointing to me because I hoped Buckingham would present his research and findings in light of a Godly, Christ-centered worldview. After all, Thomas Nelson is the books' publisher. Since God was completely omitted from the book, and faith in Christ was only mentioned in the story of one featured woman, I found it difficult to even want to read this book. I pressed through the pages with determination to at least understand Buckingham's points and suggestions. My determination to understand him was futile. I felt like the buzzwords and phrases used in the book were fluffy and fell short in actually spelling out how to live the happiest and most successful life. The idea that "life's moments can strengthen me" seemed lofty and not concrete. The suggestion that I should try to "catch and cradle" the strong moments in my life in order to achieve my strongest life was even more bizarre to me. This book was full of stories about women from all walks of life trying to handle their families and careers. The narratives leave out women who choose to work only, without having a family, or those who choose to stay at home and raise kids without working outside of the home.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Strive for Imbalance

    Today women are better educated, have better jobs, better pay, more choices about mates, careers ... just about everything. But that has not translated into women being happier. Actually with more choices the opposite is true. Women's overall happiness has been on a steady decline since 1972. This decline in happiness occurs across the board, regardless of whether women have children, how many they have, or how much they earn.

    Marcus Buckingham is a well known researcher. He has written five previous books which centered around the concept that each person will be happiest when they are working from their greatest strength. Find Your Strongest Life got its start from a three hour workshop with Oprah. The workshop was conducted with 30 talented but unfulfilled women.

    In his mission statement Marcus says, "My mission is to help each person identify her strengths, take them seriously and offer them to the world."

    In today's world, many of us women feel over stressed, under-appreciated and unfulfilled. We are often trying to juggle too many things - to keep balance between all aspects of our lives and keep all the plates spinning at the same rate. This book helps to dispel the false beliefe that we should strive for balance in our lives in order to "have it all". Mr. Buckingham exposes that myth and instead implores harried women of the world to strive for imbalance instead and live their lives in their strengths. There are some very valuable lessons about how to identify your strengths and then start living them.

    If you are a woman struggling with: "What's life all about? Do I have to settle for or stay in a job I don't like? Do I have to give up my career for my family?" then this is a must read. If you know of a woman going through trying to find her way in life, get a copy and give it to her.

    Most people have been taught that to be successful you have to work on your weaknesses. Marcus advocates the totally opposite approach. Identify your strengths and build your life around them. You will only be fulfilled when you work on your strengths. This is your natural state.

    This is a well written, easy to read book. It is full of great information that any woman should be able to gain insight into their lives and put the advice to work right away. I highly recommend it to any women trying to find the elusive "have it all" life.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Right living doesn't equal perfection

    This book by Marcus Buckingham is about "what the happiest and most successful women do differently." And here's the good news right off the bat, they aren't perfect women, nor are they striving to be. I enjoyed this book because it wasn't just another list of tasks for me to perform to find the best life. Most women are too beat up and beat down to add one more thing to their "to do" list.

    I welcomed the fact that this book is written by a male. I'm tired of the male bashing, "only other women can understand" mentality. Based on solid research and being married himself gives Mr. Buckingham all the authority needed to write this book.

    All the constant striving we women do, leads to serious problems. We've finally become the men Gloria Steinem said we should be, and yet sadly, statistics show that we are not happier. In fact we are quite a bit unhappier than our 1960's and 70's counterparts. Even with all the opportunity, equality and advancement, depression among women is at an all time high.

    Striving to be perfect jugglers of life isn't living at all. This book shows women how to catch and cherish the right moments, the strong moments that lead to happiness. No one's life is perfect, but we can be strong, happy women. It's all about choosing the way we look at life.

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