From Fear to Gratitude

Glenn Cossar

Publisher: Balboa Press Pages: 90 Price: (paperback) $8.99 ISBN: 9781504319461 Reviewed: May, 2020 Author Website: Visit »

A pithy collection of positive thoughts to derail despair is just the thing people need in these troubled times. In this slim volume, life and business coach Glenn Cossar offers a clear, customizable program of self-care that can brighten the prospects for his readers.

Cossar’s book delivers self-talk in the form of affirmations to banish fear and doubt, overcome procrastination and failure, gain independence and express gratitude. He offers a dozen sample affirmations in each of the six categories just mentioned. Some of them are more direct and easier to memorize than others, such as “I am a good person, I do good things, and I can make a difference” which he recommends for building self-confidence “in times of doubt.” Or: “I accept and love myself for who I am, now and forever. I feel capable, confident and ready,” an affirmation “to offer support to the process of becoming independent.”

Some affirmations, however, are not always clearly related to the situation, such as this one for discouraging procrastination: “I cannot keep these possessions when I finally depart, so I shall focus on building true wealth in my character and my gifts of love to others. This is my true legacy to those who are left to continue, my material possessions are not.” Additionally, the longer, more involved affirmations (such as the latter) are only helpful if readers have the book to refer to, and less useful on the fly.

Cossar’s Japanese-style pen-and-ink drawings that appear throughout provide another way for readers to reflect on his direct, encouraging advice. And readers will also appreciate that the author offers the tools for writing their own uniquely resonant affirmations by explaining the psychology behind self-imposed obstacles and the benefits to combining positive thoughts with decisive action.

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