Sunday, December 01, 2013

“Living Big” by Pam Grout – Follow the Life you Want

Living Big by Pam Grout – Book cover
Living Big by Pam Grout certainly isn’t your traditional novel, nor is it your run-of-the-mill self-help book, filled with obvious pointers and downright cheesy tips and tricks. Rather, this self-help book aims to teach you how to turn around a dead-end life into something you will truly enjoy and be passionate about.

In order for this to happen, the author realizes that there are numerous hurdles or barriers that need to be eradicated from our lives, but the problem is that we are the ones who put them there in the first place. Through various examples of people who have drastically changed their lives in some ways as well as rather simple philosophical discourse, Grout demonstrates how it is possible to live life to its fullest and enumerates all the values and morals that come along with having such an outlook on life.

Needless to say, all of the advice given in this book is rather hard to actually enact in real life, being one of those things you have to digest one bit at a time. As you learn a bit more about yourself and the world, you can put a few theories listed here to practice and see for yourself whether or not they actually work, at least for you. I wouldn’t recommend for you to get hopeful about completely turning your life around in the next couple of weeks; it is a long and slow process (in a majority of cases at least), and will require a large amount of patience, diligence, perseverance, and of course, the will to change and explore uncharted territories. Though in the end it may not show you the way to the yacht you’ve always wanted, it will teach you what it is to truly be free in this life and how you can keep the shackles that dictate your choices off your wrists.

From a technical point of view, Living Big is written in a rather simple manner, especially when considering the heavy subjects it broaches. Everything here is explained in layman’s terms, even when the author occasionally dabbles in more complex subjects. There is some humor thrown in there, and all the rhetoric is supported by real-life examples, which themselves are rather fun to read for they serve as a testament to what a human can accomplish when he or she perseveres and is motivated. Long story short, it flows easily and is a pleasure to read, even if for the mere sake of reading.

All in all, Living Big certainly provides an interesting outlook on life and the things which separate us from our dream fates, and can certainly teach us all a bit about the prison that has slowly been erecting around us for years and years on end. It may not change your life in the snap of two fingers, but it will set you on the right path, if you let it of course. I definitely recommend this to those who have been asking themselves “Is this all there is to my life?”.

Pam Grout

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Pam Grout is an American author with more than sixteen books under her belt already, in addition to which she also wrote screenplays, a soap opera, a television series and countless other magazine articles. She runs her own website and some of her more famous books include E-Squared and Living Big.

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