Four Word Self Help by Patti Digh – A Review

by Dani Fake Webb on September 30, 2010

Four Word Self Help - Blog Tour 2010People who live from their authentic self amaze me.

People who stand boldly and vocally for what they believe in amaze me.

People who can make me laugh amaze me.

People who know how to make an idea come to fruition amaze me.

Patti Digh, author of the award winning (and amazing) blog 37 days, amazes me.

Patti is a woman who lives passionately from her authentic self, stands up for what she believes, has a wicked dry sense of humor, and has found a way to take a little rant on twitter and turn it into an quick but inspirational read packed with punch.

Four Word Self Help is a book of “simple wisdom for complex lives.” The best part of the book is – well – its simplicity. Four words. Self help. That’s it.

Some of my favorites:

“Drink your coffee black.” (I started doing this a few months ago. Little thing. Big simplicity.)

“Give up toxic people.” (A life-long journey this will be. But such good, simple advice.)

“Stop all your whining.” (Period.)

“Be happy in advance.” (This phrase helps me almost every day, reminding me that I am, as Patti says, ALWAYS at choice.)

“Say what you can’t.” (This one hit me like a knife in the heart. My husband will understand why.)

“Keep fresh flowers nearby.” (A simple reminder to live in the moment and appreciate the little things.)

“Always assume positive intent.” (MY FAVORITE CONCEPT EVER! I’ve tried to live by this for years, when I first heard my own three-word phrase, “See the innocence.” It makes life so much more pleasant.)

“Pick up after yourself.” (Convicted.)

Four Word Self Help is more than just a book of four word phrases. Lucky for us readers, Patti has divided the book into 12 sections, with topics such as community, love, soul, wellness, children. Each section starts with a story. Patti is such a fabulous story teller that these little essays alone make the book well worth reading. But add the four word phrases, the simple wisdom? Pure genius.

Oh, and, to top it off??  The book contains beautiful art work done by her readers.

Bring a little peace, a little centering, a little zip into your life. Check out Four Word Self Help. You’ll be glad you did.

You can thank me later. 😉

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