Monday, October 5, 2009

Find Your Strongest Life - Book Review

Over the past few decades, women have taken great strides in education, job opportunities, and earning power. In spite of that, women are more stressed and less happy than they were forty years ago. And as we get older, we tend to become even less happy.

In Find Your Strongest Life, author Marcus Buckingham seeks to uncover the reasons for this trend, and also to help women find ways to identify their personal strengths and use those strengths to achieve happiness and fulfillment.

The process begins with identifying our Life Roles by taking the 23-question Strong Life Test. I found the test and its results interesting. Of the nine Life Roles, I had seen elements of three in myself; two of those were indeed my Lead and Supporting Roles (Creator and Caretaker, respectively).

In subsequent chapters, the author suggests ways to make the most of our roles. These suggestions are realistic steps that can be incorporated into our daily lives. Many of these are ways to use our strengths in positive ways and, through that, achieve personal satisfaction. In addition, he presents tactics for a stronger career, a stronger relationships, stronger kids, and a stronger future.

I found the Strong Life Test interesting, and its results accurate. The role-specific suggestions are valuable resources. A significant part of the book addresses workplace and career issues, which don't apply to me as a stay-at-home mom, but would be useful for a woman who works outside the home. I also found that, because this is essentially a secular book, it generally overlooks faith as a source of strength. If you're looking for a faith-based approach to increasing happiness, this isn't it. However, if you're looking for a useful book that isn't faith-based but is loaded with practical techniques, I'd recommend Find Your Strongest Life.

For more information or to read an excerpt, visit the Thomas Nelson product page or the author's website.

Take the Strong Life Test here. (Share your results in the comments section below, if you like!)

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  1. Great post! I took the test. My lead role was motivator, and the supporting role was caretaker.


  2. Nice post. i took the test too, very interesting. My lead role was Advisor, and supporting was motivator. The Advisor as lead role surprised me a bit but made sense after reading the explanations. The motivator was right on.


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