Life is meant to be lived with purpose.
Before Rachel Karu could speak, she longed to be a singer and performer. But like all of us, Rachel was born with Gremlins – inner voices that hate change and demand the status quo. These perpetual tapes clung to her mind like shackles threatening to derail her at every turning point. At the lead of Rachel’s gang of Gremlins was the toughest of them all: Perfectionism.
In STEPPING INTO MORE: Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist, Rachel details her personal journey of wrangling and ultimately co-existing with her Gremlins. We are born with strengths and development areas. Our goal is to create a fulfilling life. But we all need some guidance along the way.
Intended as a tool, this guide offers support as you grapple with your own Gremlins and higher self, so that you learn how to make clear, conscious choices that lead to a wonderful expansive life. Rachel’s story and the reflective questions at the end of each chapter are designed to serve as a stepping stone for you to reconnect to and honor your passions, values, and dreams.
In all honesty, I have never read a book like this one before. When I signed up to participate in the tour, I was taken by the summary of a book that helps readers overcome their gremlins and in turn can start to lead or more fulfilling and happier life. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this book but now that I have finished the book, I am glad that I gave the book the chance as it was an informative read and really made me look at the life I lead. I am not a perfectionist as much as Rachel was, but I certainly understood some of her traits and have seen similiar lifestyles within my friends to whom I may just recommend her book to help them along the way. Ultimately, without wanting to spoil the effectiveness of this book, this review will most likely be shorter than my other reviews, but no less effort will be spent on it.
Is The Hardest.
Writing about yourself is usually a hard task, writing about your life journey is probably incredibly difficult, especially as someone with a Perfectionist Gremlin attacking at every stage, so it is easy to state that Rachel is incredibly brave to put all of her life in to a novel. It also showed that she really is battling against her gremlins and not letting them win the war. I found this to be a particularly lovely part of the book as it really shows that other people do not have to drown in their inner battles, but can swim up against the current and make their lives worthwhile. I enjoyed reading about Rachel’s life and the different things that she had to go up against. She is a strong person who has struggled for many years but is finally starting to make her world change. She knows that life will never be a place full of good things and that we will always have issues crop up out of nowhere but she also knows that with a little faith, and a lot of overcoming your inner turmoil, will make sure that everything will be okay in the end.
Winning the Battle
Throughout the book, Rachel surmises the chapters by stating what she learnt at each different stage of her life and how it affected her and made her change her ways to become a better person. This was a nice thing to read about and certainly something that a lot of people would benefit from. When we look back over our lives we can see where things went wrong and where things went right but how many people actually learn from their past mistakes and learn to grow? This book makes you look at your life, to see where there are issues which conflict with your own happiness and give you some tools to help you move past them. After telling the reader what she learned, she then asks three to four questions on the same subject, inviting the reader to think about their lives and to analyse moments that could eventually be used to change everything. I feel like this is the perfect way to get the reader to really get on board with everything that is happening and I am sure that many people will find this to be incredibly helpful.
Is the Greatest.
While I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, I did still enjoy reading it. It was the first biography I have ever read and it was really enlightening. I enjoyed the end of the chapters and I really liked reading Rachel’s journey and felt happy for her at the end. This book has been described as a tool and I have to agree that it would certainly be beneficial to those of us – and I’m certain that everyone has at least one gremlin – who are really feeling the pressure from our own selves to be better than we already are. I would recommend this to anyone who feels fear of living their life due to failure or other self-imposed reasons as I am fairly certain that this book will help you. But, of course, everyone will learn to grow and change in their own ways and this is just one helpful tool. It may not be the right one for you, but you can really only know that if you try, can’t you? So, instead of battling with your inner gremlin for any longer, just go ahead and read this book and see what it can do for your life today.
** I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. **