Imagine That!: Igniting Your Brain for Creativity and Peak Performance
by James Mapes
Kindle Edition, 348 pages
Published October 4, 2016, by Greenleaf Book Group Press
In his provocative and engaging new book, Imagine That!, James Mapes shares the knowledge and experience he has gained in his thirty-plus years as a researcher, speaker, and personal coach. Well-written, engaging, and very accessible, Imagine That! is a guidebook that shows readers how to lead an exceptional life. Enhanced by exercises, in-depth research, real-life anecdotes, and URLs for relevant videos, Mapes dives deep into topics as diverse as re-framing thinking patterns, shattering a series of limiting myths, hypnosis, stretch goals, transforming fear into love, and forgiveness.
After reading just 23% of this book, I had to stop and set the book aside. I found myself fighting what the book was telling me. I don't think I'm quite ready for this. Mr. Mapes is so immersed in his subject, and this book is totally set on changing the way you think. But I was resisting! Just reading it, without doing the exercises, I think you'll find that you start on the journey the author has prepared for you. If you continue reading, AND doing the exercises, you can't avoid falling in with the mindset the author is presenting to you.
For a person who is looking to fine tune their life, this book is probably not so forceful. To a person who has major changes to make in their life, the aspect would be much more daunting. Mr. Mapes is telling you what is wrong and what you need to change. He's also telling you how to go about changing it. Then he tells you to do this little exercise. Read this little story. Now make this adjustment in the way you think (or feel) and if you don't get it right the first time just keep practicing. You're in charge.
Well, people don't like change. In fact, most people are afraid of change, especially in themselves. So at the same time you're reading and doing exercises, you're fighting the change as well. And the author acknowledges this problem. Change is not easy and that is why this book has to be so powerful and able to sweep you along with it.
Mr. Mapes is an excellent writer. The way this book is written, it's almost like brainwashing. It'd be very easy to simply accept it. This isn't fire and brimstone, but it is a book with a very powerful message and effect. If you are looking to make your life more positive and intentional, this is certainly a book you should consider.
I was provided an eARC of this book by Greenleaf Book and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review