Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"fully engaged, how to DO less and BE more" by John Busacker is book with a reminder to slow down and to be intentionally and, well, fully engaged.
I really thought this book would be an encouraging book about one man's story and that's it. It's not. The author provides incredible how-to within the pages.
If you, like me, want to look at yourself with a critical eye in order to make positive changes, fully engaged is both an encouragement and a teacher as Busacker guides the reader through a journey of recognizing first who you are and then who you want to be and advice about how one gets from one place to the other.
The small (slightly bigger than my hand), 164-page hardback takes the reader through steps of awareness, alignment, and action toward making our lives more intentional and helping us be engaged fully.
The chapter that speaks very loudly to me at the moment is under the "action" section, called "Celebrate Your Setbacks, Your engagement is fueled by failure". I feel myself failing at managing all the changes of a cross-country move as, at the same time, I look back at things I wish I'd done or wish I'd done better in the 15 years we were in that other place. Busacker's got me doing a little work, that's for sure.
I think that fully engaged would be a great gift for high school or college graduation and is one that would be (in my opinion) a great book to slip into your carry-on to read and work through on an airplane. It's small enough to fit in a purse or briefcase for time in waiting rooms, too.
fully engaged is for people who are ready to take a hard look at themselves in order to do the work to make positive changes. For me, I'm not sure which is more challenging, taking the honest look at self, or taking the risks I need to take for change and growth.
Do Less and Be More web site is here.
The B&B Media group sent me fully engaged for review purposes. I was given no financial compensation for this review and am not obligated to provide a positive review.