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I would give this book my highest recommedation.
Don't forget to read "Bravo Two Zero" about the British SAS in the Gulf. Great book!
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The authors of "Know How" belong to a popular field of psychology called "NLP". Some NLP books overstate the value of the book in teaching you the method the book describes. But the authors of "Know How" teach you working methods to improve problem areas in your life. And are those methods always successful? No, but they're good.
"Know How" contains stories of people who succeed or fail in particular areas of their life. The stories illustrate how personal behavior makes the difference in our lives. The stories are simple to follow, so you can check if your life is similar to a character's in a story.
I don't think reading "Know How" is a sure help for anything. But the book teaches you successful behaviors for relating well, eating well, exercising consistently, parenting well, and drinking cautiously. "Know How" provides practical and jargon-free advice to the ordinary person.
Perhaps a little dated, look at more recent offerings from the authors and Richard Bandler.
Very stepwise structured approach to self development.
Take a look at the book "Solutions" by same authors ... also very good, to do with relationships.
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Arlene is Trevor's mom. Despite her alcholism which she is fighting, her love for Trevor is important. She works two jobs to keep up her home. Trevor adores his mother and wants to make her happy. His father Rick, is not married to Arlene, but is an unfaithful husband. He disappears in the beginning of the story.
It starts with a social studies project initiated by Rubin. What can you do to change the world? Several children choose projects. Trevor comes up with a plan he calls pay if forward. He will help three people. Instead of them repaying him, they have to pay it forward to three other people. This is to continue and continue until the whole world is changed and blessed by these good deeds. It is a concept I believe in.
Well, it doesn't seem to work for Trevor at first. He doesn't realize what is happening with his plan. Even his efforts to get his mother and his teacher together seem to fail after a time. Trevor is not really discouraged. Even after the class is over he continues to work towards setting up his pay forward plan.
Meanwhile the movement is going on quietly and is reaching from their small town to L.A. A reporter wants to find out who really started this movement. He digs and digs until he uncovers Trevor.
This is a beautifull written book with many poignant and heart warming moments. I absolutely loved the character of Rubin and Trevor as well as Arlene. The love which develops between these three people is one we wish we all had.
If you have time to read only one book read this one. It will change your life for the better.
It is about a little boy named Trevor who, for a social science extra credit project, invents a concept called "Paying it Forward." He does good deeds for three people... selfless deeds... and instead of having them pay him back, he tells them to pay it forward-- he makes them return the good deed to three other people. His dream is to make random acts of kindess an every day thing. Although he thinks he fails, he does end up reaching his dream.
So read it! Read it before the movie comes out! Read it because the movie is coming out! Learn the wonders of paying it forward... maybe it isn't just a dream.
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And yet in this very small world, the adolescent begins a voyage like that of all adolescents, where adults stop being enormous mythical figures and start emerging as human beings, each with their own strengths and weaknesses; and where those adults begin to see the adolescent as one of them, with whom they can share their secrets.
But, unlike adolescents in our larger world, this youngster does not rebel and become angry. Instead he grows and learns and is awed and almost overcome by what he discovers. Perhaps this is because, in this very small world, all the adults are able to show a respect and sensitivity to the emerging man that we have lost in our larger world.
This book is actually very complex. I doubt that your typical kid would understand it without help, but that is really its strength, that you can talk with your kid about what it feels like to become an adult.