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I've read a lot of self-help books in my day, but I can't recall any that were less than 40 pages long and worth reading. So when I came across Simple Man Simple Message: Seven Days to Refocus Your Spirituality A Lifetime to Live It by Mark Dobosz and saw how short it was, I had to check it out.
Spoiler alert: I loved it. Simple Man Simple Message (as I'll refer to it from here on out) is a brief guide to finding your calling in life, learning to walk that path, and discovering happiness along the way. As the subtitle says, the book is meant to be read over the course of seven days, and each day has its own chapter.
I appreciated that Mark's style relies heavily on the reader's revelations and thoughts. Each chapter has some important topics, facts, and ideas, but the following reflection questions make a big difference. I loved that the book came full circle, asking readers what their current focus in life is after the first chapter, and then what their new focus in life will be at the end. I often find these prompts to be skippable in self-help books, but in Simple Man Simple Message these questions are deep and truly encourage contemplation.
With all of this said, the book is definitely for Christians. Mark includes Bible passages and reinforces the idea that a relationship with God should be above everything else. One part in particular shows an incredibly simple but equally poignant diagram of the relationship one should have with God and everyone else using the "most important" commandments: to love God with all that you are and to love your neighbor as yourself. This part drew importance to perhaps the most overlooked part of this commandment as well: loving yourself.
Simple Man Simple Message is a remarkably impactful little book. It takes mere minutes each day to read, but you'll certainly want to put in the work and answer the handful of questions after each chapter to get the most out of it. Anyone who has been focusing on the wrong things in life and wondered why they aren't happy, anyone who wants a stronger relationship with God, and anyone who needs to be reminded of what's truly important will get a lot out of this book. However, I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't Christian. My rating of the book is 4 out of 4 stars, and I can't think of a single negative thing to say about it aside from the three grammatical errors I found.
Simple Man Simple Message
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