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This is a great self-help novel. Very interesting characters at the conference. Their stories and the conference information will have you self-analyzing. Very good info in this interesting novel, with a surprising ending. I can highly recommend it.

~Anonymous

Good Read!

A good story around good advice

~Beth Hoffmann

 

A great gift for the “special someone” in you life!

Realizing You is a very engaging book that captures your interest from the beginning. Ron Doades does a very nice job in presenting “self help principles” through a novel plot, with interesting personalities who experience many twists and turns. I especially loved how everything “was tied together” so nicely in the end! A great gift for the “special someone” in your life!

~Richard Corman

Fantastic

Robby Aihn is the bestselling Author of a self-help book, Realizing You.  He has a conference in Dallas and there he encounters his ex-wife, his daughter and several other people in his life. Everyone seems to have their own problem they are dealing with and hope they can change to better themselves.

I loved the originality of the book. The writing style is unique, which I really liked. It is fast paced, the characters are true to life and are dealing with personal problems, even Robby himself. I feel that most people will enjoy this original and fun read, Realizing You.

This book was given to me as a gift.

~Sheri A. Wilkinson

An absolute must read!

Realizing You was immediately engaging a a story. You are quickly introduced to characters that feel so real and you are rooting for them to succeed from the first introduction. But that is only the storytelling side of this book. The lessons to be learned by the characters are well laid out and clearly communicated allowing the reader to also grow and learn with the characters. This marrying of the two ideas of storytelling and self improvement give the reader an opportunity to develop themselves along with the characters giving a sense of camaraderie and support without the fear of judgment. A truly unique way of approaching self improvement that I believe should become a standard.

~Nancy Heitman

Novel presentation

The author developed a very novel approach in explaining this steps to self-fulfillment. The characters and story development made for a very enjoyable read on a subject not always this interestingly presented. I highly recommend this book.

~James McKnight

Very good story

This is a fascinating story and I think it is something everyone should read. I really enjoyed it a lot. One of the best I have read in a long time.

~Jayne King

Extremely enlightening and well written

I was impressed with the unique way the author approached each characters different situations in a way that we the reader could not only really understand and visualize the problems, but we could relate in a way so that we see how the solutions can help us in our own life. But the thing I liked best was that this book was unlike any I’ve read in this genre as it was written as a fictional novel, so it was like getting caught up in an interesting story, but you are learning something and bettering yourself at the same time. I can see a lot of people benefitting from “Realizing You” and would recommend it to my friends and family     (5 stars)

~Jessie’s comments

Interesting, easy to read, effective plot

I admit I’m not one for the self-help section of the bookstore, but the premise of this sounded interesting so I figured I’d give it a shot. I thought it was very easy to read, and I finished it quite quickly. It was great to see the improvements the characters in the book made, even when it wasn’t easy to do. It gets you thinking about your own life and what you can do in times you might be struggling with something…and let’s face it, who doesn’t have problems from time to time? And we need all the help we can get. I don’t have a lot of people in my life that I can count on for good advice unfortunately, but I thought a lot of the precepts I read in “Realizing You” will help me now and in the future. Thanks! (4 stars)

~Mark’s comments

Very interesting and unique

Realizing You is one of the most unique and interesting books I’ve ever heard of.  What I thought was a straight self-help book actually isn’t. It’s more clever than that – and by far more entertaining!

~LaVerne Clark

A fascinating must read

This is a fascinating story and I think it is something everyone should read. I really enjoyed it a lot. One of the best I have read in a long time.

~Jane Brandy

Outstanding life principles

I’m not one to normally read novels, but the sub-title of Realizing You grabbed my attention. The life principles in this book are outstanding. Even though I am 74, the book has me thinking about life. Maybe I’m not done yet!

~Jerry Osmon

Highly recommended

This is a great self-help novel. Very interesting characters at the conference. Their stories and the conference information will have you self-analyzing. Very good info in this interesting novel, with a surprising ending. I can highly recommend it.

~Anonymous

The most effective self-help book I’ve ever read

A self-help book written as a novel is indeed rare if not unique. Realizing You more than delivers because the characters in the book are easy to relate to and are dealing with issues most of use can relate to. By reading how the characters develop we can readily see how to apply the lesson they learn to our own lives. I recommend the book to anyone interested in their own personal growth in minor or major ways.

~Aaron Nierenberg

Very Interesting

I hate self help books because it’s easy for other people to tell me how to live, but they’re not the ones walking in my shoes every day! Realizing You is like a combination between a novel and a self help book. It’s a fun read but each character goes through things and uses lessons that a self help book would probably teach. At the end I felt like it was my friends that went through these issues and I’m hoping it’s easier for me to remember what to do when the time is right.

~Billy Green

Love This Book

Realizing You is a self-help book that I thought might be boring and uninteresting like many such self-help books. I was so wrong! This book was written as a fiction novel. I became involved with the characters as they went through their everyday and life struggles; I became intent on learning these principles that the authors were teaching through this book. It is a book for all age groups. There is great advice in this book presented in a very novel way that all of us can use to improve our quality of life.

~J.D. Williams

This was such an interesting book and honestly, much better than I was expecting! I thought the premise sounded intriguing enough, but I thought it was much more cleverly executed than I originally gave the author credit for. The writing is crisp, clear, and eloquent and the pacing was excellent throughout. I was interested in each of the characters’ experiences right from the beginning. Each one brought their own unique insight to the table, and although I’m not usually a fan of multiple POVs in a storyline, in this case it totally works. I liked that the characters seemed “human” and were very well-realized (pardon the pun). They seemed like genuine people going through troubles that we could relate to on some level. I thought the editing and formatting were great and overall had a very professional feel to it. Fans of general fiction and drama/relationships will enjoy this, even if it was geared toward the self-help crowd. In my opinion this book has great crossover appeal . (5 stars)

~Steph Coleman

I’ve read my fair share of self-help books. I’m kind of addicted to them (is there a self-help book for that?) But “Realizing You” by  Ron Doades wasn’t like any I’d read before. Sure with other books the authors would usually include short stories or vignettes to back up their points, but in the case of this book, it is told in novel form from beginning to end. There is no obvious author “talking” to you about anything specific…instead we are immersed in the lives of a cast of characters all who face difficulties they must face and overcome. The storylines weave together seamlessly, and the prose was fluid and engaging. I enjoyed this take on the self-help theme very much and appreciated that we sort of “learn” and “experience” with the characters, not have someone sort of preaching to us. I’ll definitely read more from this author in the future as I quite enjoyed reading this. (5 stars).

~April Dawn

Realizing You is a very easy book to get sucked into right away. We meet the character of Robby Aihn who is the author of the book “Realizing You” and is attending a conference about the #1 bestselling self-help book. Yet he is miserable, and we soon find out why. Like everyone else he has some pretty tough problems to deal with. Not just him, but several other people we meet in this book, such as his estranged wife and daughter, the unappreciated ghostwriter, an over-the-hill baseball player, among others. There were great scenes here that make you invested in the characters and their outcomes. There were some parts that I thought were kind of slow…sometimes the conversations felt a bit trite and repetitive. But overall it was an enjoyable read and I liked being able to watch the characters overcome their obstacles and see how it could help in everyday life. A very good book! (4 stars).

~Karen Matthews

Extremely enlightening and well written. I was impressed with the unique way the author approached each character’s different situation in a way that we, the readers, could not only really understand and visualize the problems, but we could relate in a way so that we see how the solutions can help us in our own lives. But the thing I liked best was that this book was unlike any I’ve read in this genre as it was written as a fictional novel, so it was like getting caught up in an interesting story, but you are learning something and bettering yourself at the same time. I can see a lot of people benefitting from “Realizing You” and would recommend it to my friends and family (5 stars).

~J.T. Thomas

I liked this book and think it presented some good stories and good life lessons. But sometimes it felt a bit slow and overboard on “telling” us what was happening, (like an outside narrator saying that so-and-so did this, he felt that, he wanted this…) It’s just not a style of writing that I love, but the concepts were pretty good. In general it was way better than some know-it-all trying to tell you how to live your life, and of course we all have obstacles to overcome, so we should take help or learn to help ourselves. So this book is good in that regard. It’s good to see what is really important in life, and that won’t always come in the form of fame, or fortune, or even great professional success…but there are other qualities that we can all learn from and use to our own benefit. A good book. I liked it. (3 stars). ~Stacy Decker

Ok, I admit I’m not usually one for the ‘self-help guru’ books…I’ve thumbed through a few over the years and always felt slightly put off by the preachiness and almost patronizing attitude of the author OR felt that the problems/solutions being presented and discussed were either too vague, or to specific and didn’t apply to me. But for some reason when reading “Realizing You” there were so many elements I saw in this book that I recognized in my own life,  and how I could use some of the ideas presented in order to better my outlook and maybe my life. I suppose that’s what a  self-help book is supposed to do, and to have one that was really enjoyable to read makes it a double win. (5 stars)

~Anabella Johnson

Once I started reading this book I literally didn’t put it down until I was done! That hardly ever happens to me, but did because I was curious about the characters enough to want to keep on reading. I liked that the points of view shifted and kept evolving as the situations played themselves out. I got a kick out of the “O’Henry-ness” of Russell so desperate to meet Neil and the room switcheroo…I found myself rooting for the “underdogs”…at least they were in my mind (the ghostwriter, his daughter, even Russell and Neil to some extent) and liked how their interactions and decisions affected each other and we could see what the outcome was. This is a book that you definitely take something away from, even if you don’t realize it at the time, and the principles used aren’t heavy handed or applied with a sledgehammer. Just intelligent, insightful, well thought out ideas and practical exercises that will leave even the most skeptical reader with something to think about. (4 stars).

~Claire Middleton

Realizing You starts off with the literary superstar, self-help author Robby Aihn on his way to a conference celebrating him and his self-help genius. Problem is Robby is a mess, and the more successful be becomes, the more problems he has. Enter the people in his world…his publicist, his ex-wife, his troubled daughter, his friend the ex-baseball player, and the man desperate to connect with him…all these varied and dynamic characters have roles to play to teach themselves and others about life. Of course things get twisted and messy for all…the trick is figuring out the solutions. Therein lies the beauty of this book and the genius of Ron Doades and Susan Sloate to wrap the storyline around these people and watch them through their ups and downs, and see how we can apply the benefits of lessons learned to our own lives. A powerful read that I won’t soon forget and will recommend to anyone looking for a fresh approach to an age old idea. (4 stars).

~Jenna Brewster

I admit I’m not one for the self-help section of the bookstore, but the premise of this sounded interesting so I figured I’d give it a shot. I thought it was very easy to read, and I finished it quite quickly. It was great to see the improvements the characters in the book made, even when it wasn’t easy to do. It gets you thinking about your own life and what you can do in times you might be struggling with something…and let’s face it, who doesn’t have problems from time to time? And we need all the help we can get. I don’t have a lot of people in my life that I can count on for good advice unfortunately, but I thought a lot of the precepts I read in “Realizing You” will help me now and in the future. Thanks! (4 stars)

~Mark Williams

Interesting idea, a book inside a book (a self-help book inside a self-help book, actually) where art can imitate life. I enjoyed the parallels of the various storylines with each of the characters and their growth and interactions. But the main thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was actually enjoyable and interesting!  From the opening pages we are scratching our head wondering why this successful, famous man would be so miserable in life, and one by one we meet more people where their outside shell doesn’t match their inside dilemmas. People see what they want to see, and it usually isn’t the whole story, or even close. I was completely hooked from start to finish and would be interested to see if these authors have written any more stuff. Highly readable and applicable. (5 stars)

~Kaylee Stevens


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