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Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life    by Dave Pelzer order for
Moving Forward
by Dave Pelzer
Order:  USA  Can
Center Street, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Leslie McKee

Self-help expert Dave Pelzer's latest book is designed to 'teach readers how to let go of the past and use negative experiences to make them stronger when tackling the future.'

He encourages faith in oneself and reminds the reader that 'no matter how many mistakes we've made or how badly we've really, really screwed up ... all of us have an opportunity for greatness.' He discourages the common practice of brooding over past events. This only leads to a decrease in self-esteem and the removal of ambition from one's life. Pelzer believes that self-esteem is 'what make you who you are' and without it, you do not have passion in your life.

While Moving Forward is designed to be a self-help book, it is not as user friendly as some. Pelzer often tells the reader to cowboy up, but the tips are not always easy to apply. There are random works in bold print throughout, which is a bit distracting. Occasionally, Pelzer seems to minimize what some see as tragic events that have limited their lives (example: being told they were stupid or ugly). On a positive note, Pelzer includes some thought-provoking, reflective questions.

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