My son watched every episode with me and so I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when he bought me this book for Christmas. I assumed it was an autobiography until my son explained, ‘it’s all about the life changing stuff you love so much Dad.’
When I moved into my new apartment I still hadn’t read the book. I asked my son to unpack all of my books and he stacked them all neatly with this one standing proud on the top. I took the hint and picked it up. It’s a big book, but deceptively easy to read. The text is huge and the publishers could have saved half a rain forest if they had wanted to.
It wasn’t a book full of startling revelations, but I enjoyed it nevertheless. It’s a combination of advice ranging from self-help gurus like Napoleon Hill to Bear’s personal heroes such as Winston Churchill, smattered with personal advice that he had picked up during his time with the SAS and as the youngest-ever Chief Scout.
‘You know what the sad thing is, most people never find out what they are capable of.” – Bear Grylls.
Grylls is a religious man and the book has its fair share of bible extractions, but they work well and are not off putting for a man of no religious faith such as myself. If you don’t know Bear Grylls then you need to know that he once broke his back in a free fall parachuting accident, and his surgeon said he was within a whisker of being paralysed. He recovered to become the youngest person from the UK to scale Mount Everest. This man knows how to face the toughest of challenges, to endure and to conquer.
Come to the edge – we might fall
Come to the edge – it’s too high
Come to the edge, and we came, and we pushed and they flew
That poem is from Christopher Logue and the book is littered with these little inspirational gems. There are 75-bite sized chapters ranging from ‘be a busy person’, ‘keep grounded’, ‘learning courage’ and ‘don’t dwell on mistakes’. They are rarely more than two pages long making for very quick reading.
In terms of self-help books there are just too many superb pieces of literature out there for me to recommend this one to you. But I’m glad that my son picked it out, because it means it will always be special to me on a personal note.
What great books have you read recently? Let me know and maybe I will review them right here on NeedyHelper.
In the meantime be sure to check out my other books reviews in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks series.