Thursday, July 01, 2010

WAITING FOR JACK — Confessions of a Self-help Junkie: How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your Life
- By Kristen Moeller 

OVERVIEW: Do you find yourself waiting for the right moment? The ideal relationship? The perfect job? Are you waiting for your "real" life to begin? Do you think the gifts of life are just around the corner/That one day you will arrive and everything will be okay? Do you endlessly search, yet never seem to find?

This is the book you have been waiting for!

Through the sharing of authentic personal stories and profound life lessons, Kristen Moeller explores our pervasive human tendency to wait for life and to look outside ourselves for answers.

Too often, we are Waiting for Jackwhatever or whoever "Jack" is. So we don't try; we give up. We sell out and we forget who we are. We are afraid to succeed, afraid to fail, and afraid to say we are afraid. But as Wayne Gretsky said, "You always miss one-hundred percent of the shots you don't take!"

AUTHOR: Kristen Moeller is an author, coach, speaker and radio show host who has been searching for answers for as long as she can remember.

MY REVIEW: The thing that drew me to this book was its title: Waiting for Jack. The "Jack" the author is referring to is Jack Canfield, the co-author of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She was waiting for an email from him with words of encouragement. She woke up one day to the fact that she needed to stop waiting and take action. Her book is about the truth that we all are waiting for some "Jack" when we need to be taking action. I like this book. I like it a lot. I don't agree with everything she says but we rarely agree with everything another person says or writes. One thing I don't like about the book is the drawings or pictures of playing cards that begin each chapter. I think they distract from the quote that begins each chapter and they add nothing. I agree with Robin Spizman, New York times bestselling author who said of this book, "Refreshing vulnerable, witty and wise. Waiting for Jack feels like a conversation with your best friend over coffee. With an honest approach and take action message, Kristen Moeller motivates readers to make it happen. This book is a special gift." This book will inspire you to get on the path, move forward and remember that you don't have to wait for Jack.

(I am grateful to FSB Associates for providing this book for review)