Friday, October 21, 2011

Review # 47: The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life- How to Get Through Life's Holes Without Getting Stuck in Them by Judith A. Belmont, MS / Lora Shor, LSW

     The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life is a self-help guide to living your life to the fullest and cancelling out negativity, regret, disorganization, and imaginary "perfection". In its ten short chapters, (or "slices" as they are referred to), it explains regret, failure and success, pessimism, proactivity, spirituality, social connectivity, wellness, balance, stress, and ways to stay optimistic. Each "slice" is broken down into easy to digest sections filled with fun comics, quotes, quizzes, and instructions for assembling a metaphorical tool kit. This book teaches you to live your life, not just exist in it.
      I really enjoyed The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life both for its cheese-to-life metaphors and its simple set-up. This book proves that a self-help book does not necessarily have to be boring and mono-tonal, but can be fun and interesting to read! Judith A. Belmont and Lora Shor did an amazing job writing and formatting the material, and included fun and easy reader interaction points, (quizzes, tool box assembly, etc...). Although relating Swiss to life may seem cheesy and odd, I thought that it was a refreshing take on living and enjoying life; the Swiss Wiz and the Swiss Cheese Fairy of Life were good guides for teens and adults. I actually think that a version of this book would be good for children between 10 and 16, particularly for those who need a self-esteem boost during the middle and high school years. I loved the comics and illustrations, and I thought that the quizzes and tool kit were very helpful. Overall, I thought that The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life was well researched and full of great information for anyone in need of a little fun and a lot of great advice.

Rating: On the Run (4/5)

*** I received this book from the author(s), (Premier Publishing & Media), in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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