Be More, Book Review

#Be More: 77 Secrets to Your Powerful Life
by Sandi Krakowski

Sandi Krakowski is a social media giant and her book, Be More, is a continuation of that impact.  With over 1 million followers, she uses her platform to encourage others to pursue their purpose and calling.

Her book offers 77 secrets to a powerful life, focusing on how to stop Doing More and start Being More in 5 specific areas:  Be More connected to God, Be More in tune with yourself, Be More attentive to your relationships, Be More engaged with your community, Be More mindful of your world.

Sandi’s personality shines through.  She sounds wacky and wild, daring and upbeat.  With just snippets of her own story spread throughout the book it’s clear she’s an overcomer.

This would make a great gift book for a graduate or someone starting off in ministry or beginning a new business.  Most people who pick it up are going to love the extremely short lessons that sound like pep talks or cheerleading sessions.  Essentially they could be Facebook posts combined with a tiny Twitter message at the end.  Taken out of context, any number of her comments could sound like ‘prosperity gospel’ teaching, something along the lines that we should all be happy all the time.  She doesn’t really say that and actually talks about how to deal with difficult times (and that fact we will face them).  Nevertheless, the entirety of the book can probably be summed up like this:  Be yourself.  Learn from Your Mistakes.  Think positive.  Take risks.

My personal preference is for books with a great deal of depth and theological weight to them.  That isn’t this book, so it wasn’t my favorite.  I read the whole book, but forced myself to do so.  Even so, I fully realize that the majority of people are actually looking for the kind of positive-message, motivational-speaker-style, self-help encouragement that this book offers.  She has over 1 million followers for a reason—people are looking for hope.  If that’s you, then you’ll love it.  If you’re looking for something that goes deeper, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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