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You're Stronger Than You Think

You’re Stronger Than You Think by Dr. Les Parrott

Dr. Les Parrott, a very influential psychologist and author has written this new book about the way to overcome obstacles when you think you can’t move forward. Although this book is not replete with new ideas, I think some of his points were good reminders. In his chapter on expectations I was thinking that he was heading into some fuzzy notions of positive thinking equals prosperity. Yet, Dr. Parrott counters this notion by saying, “Because our greatest hope is not for fame, comfort, wealth, or power. These are shallow hopes. Our greatest hope is far deeper. Whether we know it or not, our greatest hope is for meaning” (38). The object that we put our hope in only gives us a return on our investment equal to the satisfaction that that object provides. Parrott goes on later to connect the idea of expectations and hope with the conviction that comes only through faith.

My favorite chapter in the book deals with weakness and vulnerability. This section really connects part of the message of the Bible with everyday living. Parrott writes, “Our vulnerability draws God to us. Our helplessness reveals his presence. Our weakness makes known his strength” (81-82). When we feel powerlessness, our ability to use pride to advance our position is lost. Dr. Parrott points out that we need God’s strength to move forward. Not only this, but it is in the weaknesses and deficiencies of life that we find the will to reach to God for our greatest strength. Releasing the burden to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders alleviates the feeling that life’s worries are all up to me finding a solution.

I was encouraged by the chapter entitled Be Bold. In my life, taking the first step in overcoming an obstacle has been a challenging thing. Parrott gives the reader confidence by pointing out “Inertia is the enemy of boldness” and that it is not a matter of making a giant leap of faith but taking one small step that gives us confidence in moving ahead (155). With illustrative examples, Dr. Parrott seeks to bridge the gap between concrete confident steps and those who have made the transition from immobility to boldness.

Overall, I thought this book was more in line with self-help material. Yet, I thought that Dr. Parrott did a good job at taking obstacles and breaking down their components. Furthermore, he gives the reader concrete examples of those who have overcome many great trials.

Much thanks to Tyndale Press for the review copy of this book.


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