The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard is a unique, intriguing and impactful book that highlights the pitfalls that have hindered countless people from experiencing success.
This book should be required reading for anyone who has a genuine desire to live a fulfilling life.
The first thing that stood out to me was how short this book was. In today’s society, the majority of success books have turned into long manuals and guidebooks that are filled with more filler than substance. That’s definitely not the case with this book. At the very least, Skip chose to replace the filler with an engaging and easy to follow story that masterfully guides readers to the principles they really came for.
I was pleasantly surprised by the storytelling in this book. It’s no gripping novel, but it doesn’t claim or try to be. That’s what makes it so enjoyable. This book stays the course and doesn’t attempt to give readers more than they need. The chapters are short and the page turning parable seems to make them even shorter. This made for a thrilling and satisfying reading experience.
At the end of each “mistake” chapter there is a sort of “cheat sheet” style outline of all the key principles that were weaved throughout the storytelling, just in case readers may have missed them. I’m really glad this is included in the book, because it will make reviewing the principles at a later date even easier to do.
There is no denying that many readers may be familiar with the mistakes, secrets, principles or whatever buzzword you prefer to call them, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that there are many people who are still oblivious to them. Whether readers are familiar with the secrets or not, the lessons shared in this book are valuable and become even more memorable based on the unique way in which they are presented.
My biggest and only knock on this book is a difference in some of the beliefs that the author has compared to my own. There are hints of God sprinkled sparingly throughout the book, but that honestly isn’t my issue. I knew going in that this wasn’t a Christian based success book. In my opinion, it’s a success book that is targeted towards a wide audience with no specific belief system being promoted. However, I could not ignore the fact that the author either doesn’t believe or chose not to mention that Jesus Christ is at the center of everything and He must be the foundation of our lives if the benefits from applying any of these principles that are shared within this book are to ever be fully realized.
I also noticed that purpose is mentioned at times throughout the book, but the primary focus is placed on the accomplishment of personal goals. This again is another belief that I do not share with the author. I firmly believe that, personal goals lack meaning when they are not developed based upon God’s purpose for our lives. To simply focus on personal goals and ignore how vital purpose is, in my opinion, is a mistake that can hinder true success in life too.
There is no denying that this is a good book that has the potential to help many readers, who take the principles shared in this book seriously and apply them; but it lacks the acknowledgment, mention and understanding of the foundation (Jesus Christ) that each of the success secrets are truly rooted in. This is an inspiring book that is definitely worth the read, but skewed perspectives of some vital and timeless principles hinders me from declaring it a must read for everyone. It’s fun, impactful and will likely teach you a thing or two. If you can get pass or are willing to ignore the issues I mentioned above, this is a book that’s sure to be enjoyed if you decide to read it.
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I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program.