The Messy Joys of Being Human by Helen Rosenau: A Book Review

About the book: Feeling stuck? You’re not alone. Whether you’re in or out of a relationship, job hunting or retiring, making a life transition, or wrestling with Big Questions, a joyful life can feel elusive. After nearly two decades as a life coach, offering motivation, inspiration, support, and problem-solving in her Ask Your Jewish Fairy Godmother column, Helen Rosenau embraces the deeper, more complex struggles of fellow messy humans to help you get unstuck and find your joy.
This book is for anyone who wants to be happier. Amidst stories plucked from her life and thousands of advice columns, plus insights, writing prompts, coaching, and cheerleading, Rosenau walks the walk towards self-knowing with you. She’ll help you toss old crap that keeps you from making progress, get brave enough to risk change, and create greater authenticity and happiness in your life.

You deserve joy. The Messy Joys of Being Human offers you tools to discover it—because life will always be a glorious mess and you will always be beautifully human. Are you ready?

My take: The thing about self-help books is that they do not offer the quick fix. Some readers take it to be instant redemption, but rather, they are just a nudge in a direction that when pursued could bring about change.

I highlighted this book so much that I believe it’s got to be the most highlighted book in my Kindle Library.

The author looks at why we worry, how we feel, how negative perceptions can cause us to think and feel less about ourselves. She also explores faith drawing from experience and literature to share insights.

The writing is simple and makes for easy reading.

I loved the take-away questions at the end of every chapter that make you pause to reflect on your life in relation to the chapter you’ve read.

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I am glad that I got to read this book courtesy of Netgalley and hope it’d be a nudge in the right direction for other readers.





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