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Helping Me Help Myself
by Beth Lisick
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William Morrow, 2008 (2008)
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* *   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

Whenever the New Year rolls around, most of us make resolutions. We aim to exercise more, lose weight, and have a cleaner house. When writer Beth Lisick woke up on January 1st, 2006, she realized it was time to get over her skepticism regarding self-help, and decided 'to pick twelve things I wanted to improve in my life, find an established guru in each field, and devote one month to each of them.'

Beth Lisick spends the first two months of 2006 studying two very well-known self-help gurus, Jack Chicken Soup For The Soul Canfield, and Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons In Life Change. March is devoted to John Gray, who wrote Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus.

In April, Beth shares her highly amusing story as she decides to Shape up and Ship out on a Richard Simmons Cruise To Lose, where people 'convene daiily for aerobics classes and pep talks about how to steer clear of the buffet tables.' May is devoted to Organizing From The Inside Out with Julie Morgenstern, as Beth hilariously attempts to declutter her house. June is spent studying Dr. Thomas W. Phelan's 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, as Beth looks for an effective discipline plan to use on four-year-old son Gus. The next two months are rather low-key, as Beth vows to have more sex with husband Eli in July, and takes a break from self-improvement in August.

September finds Beth and Eli at a villa in Tuscany, where Beth studies creativity with Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way. And the last three months of the year are spent attending seminars led by Suze Orman, Deepak Chopra and Sylvia Browne. Helping Me Help Myself is an informative and entertaining look at Beth Lisick's year of self improvement, as she attempts to change her life one month at a time.

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