Tom Cladis discusses the power of the mind, the human spirit and how simply changing your mindset can completely reshape the way you live your life. The book is uplifting, but not in a preachy, self-help fashion and Cladis fills the text with inspirational quotes, historical facts and personal anecdotes that make the book both educational and fun. How to Lift Cars Off Your Face will teach not only how to reshape your way of thinking in order to benefit yourself, but will also make you look at how you currently think and act. The book is interesting because it may point out habits, thought processes or attitudes that the reader may possess without even realizing. Cladis forces the need for a step back and encourages a reorganization of thoughts, behaviors and even goals. The push from the book may be something that has been sought out for a very long time or something that will awaken an idea or inspire someone to make changes; professionally, personally or spiritually.
Humans are creatures of habits and in many cases, we fall prey to habits or routines that while they may “work”, they actually hurt or hinder. Cladis invites the reader to look beyond these routines and begin to take a look at what may be actually going on. He also provides practical tips and reasoning on how to change and better situations. There is a good blend of history, science, religion, pop culture and philosophy throughout the book which allows for it to connect on so many levels for a wider range of readers. For example, if a particular section about religion does not strike a chord, there is sure to be another aspect to provide inspiration or guidance in its place. The chapters are broken into various concepts, such as “Focus” or “Harmony” and each provide a lesson within. How to Lift Cars Off Your Face is not meant to be a guide for those seeking god-like immortality, but rather a guide to open your mind to the possibilities of creating and living the life you really want and ultimately deserve.
The main message Cladis presents, to open and clear your mind in order to focus and reshape your life is obvious, but there are so many other simple lessons within the book. Even if you are not looking for a major life overhaul, there are lessons on simplicity, self-confidence and more to help implement small changes as well. Cladis is an excellent writer who is able to keep the book from reading like a cold lecture and instead maintains a bright interaction with the reader that is conversational, uplifting, motivating and warm.
Lauren Cannavino is a graduate student, freelance writer, wine lover, and avid reader. Random musings can be found over at www.goldiesays.com.
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