Book Reviews of Help Yourself: Finding Hope, Courage, and Happiness

Help Yourself: Finding Hope, Courage, and Happiness
Help Yourself Finding Hope Courage and Happiness
Author: Dave Pelzer
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ISBN-13: 9780452282766
ISBN-10: 0452282764
Publication Date: 9/1/2001
Pages: 218
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 54 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Dave Pelzer survived one of the worst child abuse cases ever recorded in the state of California. His mother, a mentally disturbed alcoholic, tortured and abused him throughout his childhood--smashing his face into a mirror, forcing him to swallow ammonia, and making him sit on a burning stove, among other heinous cruelties. In his bestselling memoirs, A Child Called It and The Lost Boy, Pelzer recounts his horrific childhood, demonstrating how inner resilience helped him survive and even become a highly caring and accomplished adult. (He was eventually selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans.)

Although Pelzer has a graduate degree in the school of hard knocks, he never got a chip on his shoulder. In this self-help book, Pelzer sticks with his warm and plainspoken narrative style to offer advice on how to help yourself overcome adversity and let go of the past. Wisely, Pelzer often deflects attention away from his overpowering story. Instead, he offers anecdotes that pertain to more common, everyday scenarios: you feel taken advantage of at work but are afraid to quit; you have unresolved issues with your spouse. His guidance is familiar, such as never go to bed upset and tackle problems as they arise--don't let them fester. It may sound simplistic, but sometimes that's just what we need--a trustworthy ally who can dole out "been there" advice in a straightforward style. --Gail Hudson
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Helpful Score: 2
This has always been my favorite book. If you ever feel like your life is bad or you start to feel down about yourself, take a peak inside the life of Dave.
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Helpful Score: 1
Awesome, Awesome book. Help yourself and read the book. I read all of Dave's books and you will be amazed how he overcame a childhood full of extreme abuse at the hands of a mentally ill mother.
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A powerful book from the author of "A Boy Called "It". He was abused mercilessly by his mother as a child, Dave turns his past into a positive by helping those who have gone through the same things that he endured.
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In Help Yourself, Dave explains how we can move beyond a painful history, harmful negative thought, and innumerable setbacks by taking control and being accountable for our lives. Filled with his own history as well as the personal struggles of those who have followed his three-step plan for turning adversity into triumph, Help Yourself is a rousing call to people who want real answers to real problems.
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An easy read that can truely make your life happy. Filled with recaps of his 1st 3 books, Dave Pelzer gives down to earth advice on how to handle situations in your life! A classic book!!!
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This book is the 4th book in a series. If you've read "A Child called It" and the other 2 books after it, you'll have to have this.
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Very positive self-help book
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Having come from a alcoholic dad- and witnessing child abuse by others (not my immediate family)
Then ending up in a abusive marriage I can say I personally felt his deep emotional pain.
It was moving and had me in tears at parts.
But Dave has survived and thrived!!
Anyone in a abusive relationship should ready and study this book!
It gives you the many tools to get and give help!
Highly recommend that everyone read this book!
Thanks Dave for a great book!
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Started reading but lost interest half way through. Not the same as the other books by the same author. This is basically a self-help type book.
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Amazing story of survival and syccess