Unf*ck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life

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Part self-help book, part life-coach outline, Gary John Bishop’s Unfu*k Yourself tackles the problem most of us face when getting started on any kind of self-improvement or major life change. Namely, ourselves. Bishop gives what is akin to a locker room pep talk in the first pages of the book, pumping up readers for his message through aphorisms and quotations from famous thinkers and inspirational leaders throughout history. These quotes are heartily sprinkled throughout the text, seemingly to lend Bishop credibility, so we can believe he knows what he is talking about. And, to a certain extent, he does.

Nothing Bishop says is revolutionary; what we allow ourselves to settle for is the life we allow ourselves to live is a common refrain. Where Bishop’s book is different is the use of some foul language, a choice perhaps meant to make the author seem more real or down to earth, but really it just comes across as a bit tired.

And there are typos in the book that distract grammatical purists like me, so I found myself hard pressed to take the advice seriously when the editing hadn’t been attended to in a professional way. That doesn’t detract from some of the book’s good points, but it did bother me enough to keep me from getting fully immersed in the text. The book doesn’t offer anything new, but if you know someone who needs a short, direct take on how to get motivated, this book is a good bet.

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Star Count 3/5
Format Hard
Page Count 224 pages
Publisher HarperOne
Publish Date 2017-Aug-01
ISBN 9780062803832
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Issue January 2018
Category Self-Help


  1. Sunshine

    For folk who also incorporate “foul” language into our everyday conversation, I’d say his use of it is conversational not tired. Perspective I suppose. Sadly, my sentence structure leaves much to be desired. So maybe I don’t qualify to comment.

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