When the first page of a book promotes the author’s website and another $5.95 (after coupon code), one must be wary. You’re Stronger Than You Think: The Power to do What You Feel You Cant, by Dr. Les Parrott, does make such an offer, and leans heavily toward ‘think-and-grow-powerful’ mentality of the mega-churched. In fairness, his practical suggestions are good, but the overall impression is vague empty promises based on human effort. Linking Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz with the Apostle Paul, Parrott summarizes his self-help strength source: “It’s found in your mind, your heart and your soul. To use it-to summon your strength- all you have to do is say you need it and then listen for the still, small voice.” No humility here.
I disliked the frequent ‘plugging’ of the author’s website offers, and the questions at the end of each chapter were silly. He generally talks around a subject, quotes others, and ties in cute stories. Pure feel-good fluff, with a touch of Scripture on top. The darker grey pages at the end of sections hold good specific ideas (for instance, to clear your head, practice a mind-dump: write down every little thing that is on your mind, even the silly thoughts, for more clarity.), and evaluation quizzes (also silly). I did like chapter 6: “Be Bold: there’s strength in taking risks”, but you could borrow the book from the library for those 20 pages.
My advance copy of this book was my only compensation for this frank review, for Tyndale Publishers. My thoughts are my own, and haven’t made me rich yet. Everything I have is grace from my Giver.
Dr. Les Parrott