Friday, July 27, 2012

Review # 200: Anger Mastery - Get Angry, Get Happy by Kevin B. Burk

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     Good morning. This is your wake-up call. Your life is a constant struggle. No matter how hard you work, things aren't improving. You're not happy. You haven't been happy for so long that you don't know what happy is anymore. And worst of all, you don't have enough energy to do anything about it, because other people are stealing it from you. This energy is more vital and more useful than gas or electricity: it's anger. When you learn how to master your anger, you can avoid ever being a victim again. Your anger can help you to get everything you want. Ultimately, your anger can help you to become truly happy. But first, you have to learn to master your anger. If you don't master your anger, it will master you, and you will continue to be victimized and manipulated. You will waste more energy, and feel less happy. In other words, your life will continue exactly as it is now. But it doesn't have to be that way. Follow the three-step Anger Mastery Process to: Take control of your life and stop being a victim. Reclaim your energy and use it to create the life you deserve. Protect yourself from the pain of loss by becoming truly Safe. Stop wasting your time on distractions and focus on what really matters to you. Become completely happy.


    Everybody deals with anger in their own way - some try to take it out on inanimate objects, others hold it in until it explodes, and then there are the people who simply simmer in a boiling pot of anger year-round. These methods may work for some individuals, but in most cases anger is just beneath the surface, ready to erupt at the slightest provocation; I speak from experience. I approached Kevin B. Burk's Anger Mastery hoping for answers to my top three questions about anger: Why am I angry?, Why do I take my anger out on others?, and How can I tame/stop my anger?. My goal was to at least find some suitable methods to control my inner dragon, (attitudes, actions, and language), in order to change my overall mood; and I definitely found some worthwhile tips. However, parts of the book did not appeal to me, particularly the repetitive nature of the text and the sporadic comma/punctuation usage. Yes, misspellings and grammatical errors make me very angry, but the use of an editor would make me very, very happy. I also did not enjoy the first couple of chapters which included rants on the Rich, the Central Bank of the Federal Reserve and the Government. I may not like everything that these groups/organizations do, but that does not mean that everything they do is underhanded or unnecessary. On the other hand, I did like the set-up of Burk's self-help guide, the size wasn't overwhelming (120 pages), the diagrams were quite interesting, and the Phases (1-3) were doable for most individuals - not easy, but as the author infers, nothing remunerative ever is. The section on the F-word was one of my favorites, as was the chapter on victim consciousness - I appreciated the level of humor and the down-to-earth, (get your butt moving), tone. It is clear that the author knows what he is talking about, but I felt that the chapters could have held more actual anger-beating techniques than they did. I am surprised by Burk's background, but some of his experience as a astrological counselor really played into his Anger Mastery Phases. Overall, this book has some great tips on mastering anger and is recommended for adults seeking help with anger issues, or those who are curious about taming them.

Rating: Bounty's Out (3/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Pump Up Your Book) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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About the Author:

     Kevin B. Burk has been helping people around the world to improve their lives and relationships since 1996 through his astrological counseling and relationship coaching practice. His humor, wisdom and compassion are always present, in his books (ten so far, including Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart, The Relationship Handbook: How to Understand and Improve Every Relationship in Your Life, and his newest book, Anger Mastery: Get Angry, Get Happy), his classes and workshops, and his interactions with his clients and students. Kevin’s focus is always on the practical, exploring how we can actually use astrology and spiritual practice on a daily basis to transform our lives.

     In the astrology world, he is best known for making Classical Astrology accessible to everyone, taking complex and abstract concepts and showing how they can be used to create concrete, specific and practical interpretations. Kevin’s website, The Real Astrology with Kevin B. Burk is one of the premiere astrology resources on the Internet. His book, Astrology: Understanding the Birth Chart is a textbook used at Kepler University in their Undergraduate Astrology Degree program, and has been translated into Russian, and is currently being translated into Bulgarian. Kevin’s articles have appeared in The Mountain Astrologer, the Australian publication,Well Being Astrology, and in Llewellyn’s Moon Sign books.

     In the non-astrology world, Kevin is best known for his unique approach to understanding and improving all human relationships through The Relationship Handbook andThe Relationship Workshops.

     Kevin has released a series of DVDs of his Law of Attraction workshops: the self-contained Prosperity & The Law of Attraction, and Astrology & The Law of Attraction, a series of 7 DVDs recorded live in Houston, TX at a weekend workshop for the Gulf Coast Chapter of NCGR.

     Kevin has developed a revolutionary program for spiritual growth called Archetypal Astrology: The Hero’s Journey. This intensive program guides participants through the process of meeting and moving into Right Relationship with each of the seven Astrological Archetypes (you may know them as the seven personal planets).

     Kevin is currently synthesizing astrology and spirituality into his next series of books: Astrology & The Law of Attraction, Prosperity & The Law of Attraction andRelationships & The Law of Attraction.

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