I know very well just how much hard work Luis and Aurora
have put into this heartfelt motivational book (indeed, I have been fortunate
enough to assist in some aspects) and I think the final outcome has really paid
off. The premise is a considered and profound
one: theorizing how we can literally live a better life by – to simplify and
summarize – taking personal responsibility for our own decisions, by tackling
our own fundamental psychological obstacles to doing so. Of course, there is much more to it than
this. With tools from the schools of psychology
and sociology, as well as Aurora’s beautiful introspective art, their approach
is holistic and hugely comprehensive, dividing the book into three parts, which
respectively present the reasons for our unhappy choices, the exploration of
our own wellbeing, and ways to change how we make decisions. Fictional anecdotes throughout the book
enable us to relate and reflect.
The Power of Targeted Choices is
incredibly well-written, and Luis and Aurora are very credible professional
authors, who draw candidly on their own experiences of life, as well as their
profound understanding of humanities.
Their advice, all in all, may seem simplistic in nature, but in fact it is
this very simplicity which is its strength; they have managed to turn introspection
and self-improvement into both a basic science and an art, and the reader is
left in no ambiguity how to deal with their own negative forces. To help you achieve this, as well as the paintings,
the book is full of motivational quotes and studies, diligently sourced and
cross-referenced, with useful endnotes and a handy index. This is self-help at its most academic – yet
it is for everyone. If you know somebody
whose life is characterized by bad choices or common cognitive dysfunction, it
is my belief that this book will be ideal for them; it certainly won’t be a wasted
read – in truth, I find it unlikely that there will be many readers who don’t take
significant positives from its simple lessons.
Furthermore, I know that the authors have conceived this book with the
best of intentions and from the best place to do so: the heart.
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