Moving Forward: Taking the Lead in Your Life
Center Street, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Leslie McKee
elf-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.
e 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.
is designed to be a self-help book, it is not as user friendly as some. Pelzer often tells the reader to
, 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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