Yes! Energy

I am a firm believer in books being clear about what they offer, so that buyers know exactly what they're getting before they spend their money. So it's important to know up front that this is a strongly FAITH BASED self-help book. If that is good for you, then great! But I strongly believe that Langemeier should have made that clear in her promotional material.

In Yes! Energy, Langemeier purports to have discovered a mystical equation that solves all of our energy problems. To me, that takes away from the message. Her constant referrals to this strange equation detract from the quite helpful tips she is providing. There was no need for it. Stop talking about the "sacred sequence" and lay out how we improve our lives.

There are a lot of great tips in here. Build your calm, positive energy. Journal. You might obsess about being "busy" - but heck ANYBODY can be busy. That's no trick at all. The key is to be PRODUCTIVE - and she helps you find out how. Do you do the things you do because "you always have"? What bothers you in life that you feel "simply has to be that way"? Langemeier challenges you to think outside the box and find solutions.

If people in your life are troublesome, yes, hold them accountable, but release YOUR anger and move on. Protect your energy. Find a dream you love and aim for it. Trouble is inevitable - what is key that you have a calm, serene base with which to handle it. Figure out your gifts and utilize them. Be in the present, and be patient. Get mentors and coaches.

So there is a lot of good here. Yes, other self-help books might have them too, but having read hundreds of them, often what one person connects with, another person is confused by. So I absolutely believe that it's good to have different versions of the message. If a faith-based person finds Langemeier's message just the right tone, then that is great. They can now be reached.

I do find issues with the book, in addition to the above-mentioned sacred formula concern. She comes across as shallow at times. She says the reason we succeed is that "they want their lattes, they want their fun toys". What?? I want to succeed so I can help battered women's shelters. She moans that the older generation thrilled in risks while the younger generation desires steady, long term jobs. That is the complete opposite of what I see. The older generation expected long term, solid employment with pensions. It's the younger generation that enjoys job-hopping and exploring. She complains that people in the US aren't living well. What??? Has she BEEN to Cambodia, Kenya, and other parts of the world? Even the poorest person in the US has it quite good, compared to much of the poorer areas of our Earth. At least we have safety nets, soup kitchens, and other supports in place.

She complains that pregnancy is the "worst pain ever". Maybe she hasn't known someone who has been in war and been wounded, or who has dealt with cancer, but labor pain is short term and ends. I've been there, I gave birth. It's really not that bad. Again, it shows a lack of awareness of what the world really holds.

She seems at time to heap praise on her own skills. She encourages people to be honest, blunt, and straightforward, and damn the consequences. She wants people to tear away at social norms. Isn't there room for compassion, and delivering a message in a way that isn't harmful? About considering that a gentler phrasing of the message could achieve the same end result without needlessly stomping on a person who is already down?

So absolutely you need a grain of salt when you read this book. Still, there's a wealth of valuable information here. And, again, while none of it is earth-shatteringly new, it could very well be that her style of phrasing helps to connect with someone who just didn't get the message earlier. And for that, it does get four stars.

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