How do I turn my life around? Why can't I get ahead? What exactly do I need to do to be happy and content in life?
If you're searching for answers to any of these questions-or dozens of others like them-keep going. You won't find them in this book. In fact, you won't find them in any book, because, quite simply, there are no easy answers. You have to work to find them-and the answers are different for each individual.
No Easy Answers is Barry Mangione's highly personal, profoundly inspirational account of how he transformed his life and went from being depressed, divorced, bankrupt, alcoholic, and on the verge of suicide to being a happy and successful husband, father, artist, and advocate.
He offers his story as a source of hope and guidance, not as a step-by-step process or as the answer or secret to happiness. His story is framed around the questions that helped him transform himself and his life. By asking yourself these questions, you can begin to gain the self-awareness you need to achieve self-improvement.
Emphasizing honesty, responsibility, and personal empowerment, this book helps you ask the questions with which to begin transforming your own life.
|Publisher:||Purest Intentions Entertainment|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.21(d)|
About the Author
Barry Mangione has lived a very full, diverse life and has traveled from the pits of despair to the peaks of happiness. Once a struggling alcoholic suffering from depression, failed relationships, bankruptcy, and other personal pitfalls, he now enjoys a life replete with art, aid to others, and promise.
A loving husband and proud father, Mangione has many talents and interests. He is a singer, songwriter, musician, martial artist, life coach, physical therapist, and fledgling biohacker. He and his wife firmly believe in the paleo lifestyle, for both physical and mental health.
His outreach efforts include volunteer work with the Appalachia Service Project and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In his self-help book No Easy Answers, he shares his personal success story with readers so that they, too, can achieve personal transformation.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I just finished reading this insightful and thought-provoking book. Barry does not throw a lot of promises at you or claims of expert advice. He lets you know from the outset that he doesn't have a magical cure for why you are the way you are. He readily admits he indeed does not have all of the answers. However, he shares his personal journey with us and gives us a glimpse into the steps he took to get his life "back on track", to find new purpose, better understanding of himself and the world around him and how to navigate those fears and bad habits we all tend to have at some point in our lives. I enjoyed this book and it left me with a sense of wanting to begin my own journey of self-reflection and self-renewal.
This is not your standard self-help book. In fact, I think it’s about as unlike any self-help book I’ve ever paged through as one can possibly get. Too many such books tell you exactly how to fix whatever problem it is the author is addressing (weight gain/loss, procrastination, addiction, interpersonal relationships) and claim that their methods are fool-proof and all-purpose. That is not Barry Mangione’s intent or process with this book. The author makes it clear at the very beginning: life does not provide us with easy answers, so how can one book? Instead, Barry shares his personal journey out of addiction and depression and into a healthier head-space, in chapters broken up by the various questions he found himself asking throughout his journey. He doesn’t guarantee that asking these questions will solve all of your personal problems; he’s just sharing what worked for him. The chapters are short and focused, personal anecdote mixed with the questions. There’s no condescension, no “do it my way or hit the road” tone. Of course, the author hopes you’ll find the questions and the process of answering them helpful, but he doesn’t expect you to read his book and instantly be a changed person. For me personally, I found the broad questions opened up my inner narrative to a bit more introspection than I usually allow myself to engage in (because answering some of these questions honestly involves considering personal negatives and positives – I tend to dwell heavily on the former and rarely on the latter). Your reaction to these questions may be wildly different, of course. Regardless of whether the questions Barry poses leads you to a bit of light introspection or to a deeper consideration of where you are in life right now, the book is worth reading.