Thursday, December 31, 2009

Regret-Free Living: A Review

Regret-Free Living, a new book by Stephen Arterburn, discusses the issue of living under the pain of regret. But more than that, it shows you how to get out of that pattern of defeatism. When I picked up Arterburn's book, I thought it would be about not feeling guilty about the little everyday decisions that we make with ourselves in mind. You know, not feeling guilty about declining invitations to be the chairman of the board of volunteers, etc. It wasn't at all about that kind of regret or guilt. The book centered much more on relationships and healthy living in a relationship rather than guilt or regret specifically. While I enjoyed the book, this twist made me feel a little like I had been sold a bill of goods that I didn't really bargain for.

I think that this book could have been better titled and marketed in order to really reach the niche audience they are writing for. The book was interesting, well-written and insightful, but didn't speak to my personal situation right now. Perhaps it is my fault for not reading any reviews on the book before selecting it. However, I try to remain as unbiased as possible in order to write a truthful personal review. Bottom line: it just wasn't my favorite book. I don't think I'll keep it on my shelf. I can, however, see it being the perfect book for someone who is going through a difficult time a relationship. Overall I give it three out of five stars.

Note for Full Disclosure: While I do not receive any monetary compensation for my book reviews, I am provided with free complimentary copies of each book. That being said, this review is completely my own, and free from the influence of Bethany House Publishers.

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