Monday, March 5, 2018

Book Review ~ Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks by Rick McDaniel

Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks by Rick McDaniel is a relatively short (151 pages) book about learning from bad times and events, in order to move into a more fulfilling or productive time.

Written in a format akin to a very long series of mini pep talks, Rick guides the reader through basic truths about setback, comebacks, and the lessons that can be learned in both seasons. He then steps into the boundaries of more specific categories of setbacks, such as relationships, finances, careers, health, and spirituality. For each of these categories, he lists common issues, stories of people who have made it through similar trials, and tips for those who are seeking like changes.

Overall, this is a very basic and simple book that would be a good starting place for someone trying to move past difficult times, who just needs a reminder that things can look up if you pursue change long enough. That being said, I would not recommend this book to anyone who has been struggling long-term with very harsh setbacks and common side effects such as severe depression or melancholy attitudes. In those case, these mini pep talks may leave you feeling even more down due to the nature of Rick's methods, where he give lots of examples but very little new practical advice. For instance, in a financial setback - telling someone to manage money better and learn to be satisfied and spend wisely is sound (albeit common) advice. However, this is not going to be comforting (or even very useful) to someone who has been laid off, is struggling to find another job, and finds themselves unable to pay rent, thus no longer having a roof for their family. In extreme cases, this common sense advice may just make the reader feel like even more of a failure rather than giving them hope for a better outcome. 3/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from the publisher through BookCrash, for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
(copied from back cover)
Rick McDaniel is the Founder/Sr. Pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, VA and and the speaker on the High Impact Living Broadcast. He has an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of five previous books. He is married and has two sons.
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