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The Three Deceivers (2008)

by Richard Eyre(Favorite Author)
4 of 5 Votes: 4
1934537055 (ISBN13: 9781934537053)
Meridian Publishing
review 1: Not well written or organized particularly well, still the ideas were helpful. It was in a format more appropriate for the blog that it was originally written to be. I think there really should be a balance in our efforts to "control" things--self-control is good, but many other things are beyond our control and we should just relax and let God run the universe. I really agree that we don't "own" things, we are just stewards over them, and that idea changes how you handle those things. I also liked the idea that we are not as "independent" as we really think. At least we are not very happy trying to live that way. We not only need other people, we actually do better when we include them. I love the idea that 2+2 doesn't equal just 4, with synergy it could equal 10! ... more I've actually seen that happen. Good ideas--strive to find the balance.
review 2: New York Times bestselling author Richard M. Eyre has been in the business of educating families for years. Teamed with his wife Linda, he has been instrumental in bringing to the attention of America the need to focus on our families and teach them values and principles of honesty and decency that will serve them well throughout their lives. With his release of "The Three Deceivers," Richard discusses a new theme - the ways in which we lie to ourselves about those things that will bring us the most joy.We live in a land of free enterprise, and I think it's safe to say that we've all grown up with ideas of making it big and being successful. As we set these goals for our future, we can get caught up in what Richard calls the three deceivers: control, ownership, and independence. When used appropriately, these three things can bless our lives, but unfortunately, they are most often used to excess and without proper understanding, and we end up miserable and out of focus.Richard suggests that we instead focus on the three alternatives, which are serendipity, stewardship, and synergicity. I'll leave it to him to explain these principles to you as you read the book, but essentially we learn that by being more open to the blessings around us and acknowledging where they come from, we will be happier and more successful than we ever would have been otherwise.The truths taught in this book are marvelous as we understand that it's how we view the world around us that creates our experiences, whether we feel entitled to what we have or if we know that we are blessed for receiving it. I did feel that some segments were redundant and I would have liked to see it thinned out a little bit, but this minor thing didn't keep me from appreciating the book and the message it shares. less
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Wordy and unorganized. I skimmed the book. The ideas were not new to me.
I highly recommend this book.
Wonderfully inspirational.
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