keep calm and ask on book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As each of us go through our day to day lives, we look around us and notice. Some people are the “haves” and some are the “have-nots.” Some people live the American dream and some people just sit around and daydream. What makes one successful and the other not? How can someone turn those dreams into reality? In his book, Keep Calm and Ask On: A No-Nonsense Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams, Michael Samuels addresses our wishes and wants and how to make them come true.

Samuels encourages each one of us to think about what we want…and then write it down. He suggests that we analyze why we want it, as dreams of a selfish nature won’t really make us happy and that is what this is all about. In his upbeat manner, he gives the reader a pep talk regarding the “hows” and “whys” of fulfilling dreams. He includes advice on how to get motivated and what to do when life isn’t working the way you hope. He insists that no matter what, we laugh despite the inevitable obstacles. Most of what is included is typical of a “how to be happy and successful” style of book. It is upbeat and encouraging. But, his final chapter is unique. After discussing wants and success, he says, “in order to be content with what you have, you technically have all you need.” That thought brings the idea of wants full circle to its completion in  choosing contentment.

The opinions expressed in this book would make for great dinner conversation or a light philosophy discussion. There are lots of little ideas to think on. The only unusual thing is the way Samuels defers to and gives praise to the Universe. I realize this book is in a series of other books about the Universe but the premise rings a little odd. Consider the following quote: “What you have to do is set your wishes, your goals and your wants correctly. You have to know that although you don’t have that particular thing now, your subconscious and the Universe will work hand in hand to materialize it for you.” That theme of asking and receiving from the Universe continues through the book. The advice he gives is good but then he gives credit for the positive changes to the Universe. Despite that, there are some good ideas here and I enjoyed it as a quick, motivation read.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Red Feather Publishing. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.