My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future

November 15, 2012 Book Reviews, Books 6

Title: My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future
Author: Kate and David Marshall
Published: November 6, 2012
ISBN: 978-1592407842
Acquired: from publisher, via BlogHer

Introduction:

If anyone needs help organizing their life, it’s me. Good Lord, it’s me.

Plot:

Kate and David Marshall have set out to provide a book that helps readers lay out their past, present, and dreams in such a way that assists one in finding the way to happiness and fulfillment. So, in other words, sign me up!

This slim book is deceptive. When I took it out of the envelope, and saw how SMALL it was, I thought how is such a thing going to help me? My life needs more work than these few pages can provide, surely! However, the inside holds a lot more than I thought it did. I was expecting, well, preaching, like you get with most self-help books. The Marshall’s do not preach however. This self-help book is unlike any I’ve read before (not that I’ve read a bunch, so not really not much basis for comparison). This journal provides maps. (Hence the name, eh?) These maps help you “see” your life.”  There are maps for your past, for where you are now in the present, and maps for the future. Then, the Marshall’s help you take these maps and use them to “see” where you want to go.

I so desperately need to see where I want to go.

Obviously, it’s too early to say if these maps will help me. I haven’t had the book very long! Yet, as I’ve started filling it out, I can see the value in this. The Marshall’s ask you to look back at your life, to even the most mundane things, and remember what used to make you happy. To what fulfilled you. What you liked when you were in grade school, college, just starting out in life. Then they (supposedly, I haven’t gotten that far yet) help you find that in your life now and in the future.

That’s a pretty powerful thing. If you (and I) sit down and do it.

Strengths:

  • Well laid out
  • The ideas are inspiring

Weaknesses:

  • Have to stick with it

Conclusion: 

I think this would be a great gift for graduates, friends you know are struggling, and maybe even the most well put together. I’m going to keep going with it and see if it helps.

This is a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book.

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6 Responses to “My Life Map: A Journal to Help You Shape Your Future”

  1. Kailana

    Sounds interesting! I am always looking for ways to make my life more organized… (Like participating in BlogHer book club… Still haven’t accomplished that!)

  2. Charlie

    Writing down the ideas in this way does sound a lot better than thinking about it by yourself. Hope it continues to go well!

  3. Kate Marshall

    I’m so glad you like it! Trust me, David and I are in no position to preach – just to share a process that works for us. Let us know how it goes at @marshallbooks (Twitter) or “David and Kate Marshall” (Facebook).

  4. Trish

    I’m so glad to hear the good things about this book because I was hoping I’d get selected for review as it sounds like something I need to read. I’m not at a cross-roads right now but feel like I should be and think that this is a book that will give me a jump start on getting to that cross-roads. Glad you found it worthwhile!

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