When it comes to self-help books, I’m leery, especially ones that have titles like Think and Make It Happen. Wow, it’s that easy? This book by Dr. Augusto Cury claims to be the breakthrough book for “conquering anxiety, overcoming negative thoughts, and discovering your true potential” or so says the cover. Unfortunately, Dr. Cury is merely regurgitating cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques for the Christian community.
However, his book has some merit. In each chapter, he discusses one of the following 12 principles–be the author of your own story; direct your thoughts; manage your emotions; protect your memory; learn to listen and dialogue; learn the art of self-dialogue; contemplate beauty; unleash creativity; be restored in your sleep; live an enterprising lifestyle; think existentially; and turn life into a celebration.
I like these principles. I would seriously consider hanging the list on my wall to remind me to “unleash creativity” daily. Besides these 12 steps, I mean, principles, the meat of Dr. Cury’s programs comes through use of DCD (doubt, criticize, determine) technique, which calls readers to re-determine past events to make new and positive outcomes.
Sounds good, right? It’s good, but it’s nothing new. It’s a mix of post-modernity, cognitive behavioral therapy and modern thought all wrapped up 240 pages complete with cover. The book’s terminology may be too cumbersome for those not schooled in psychology and too simple for those who are!