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project personal freedom book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Project Personal Freedom: Tips and Tools for a Liberated Life – a chunky, pocket-sized book by Kingsley Gallup – gives important directions for each day of the year. If you want to read an idea a day, this book is for you. Project Personal Freedom is like those calendars that have a quote and a nice thought for each day–only in book form, which makes it is easier to go back and review the advice again and again. The book is a devotional of sorts and offers plenty of advice, some of which you’ve likely heard before. However, the advice is backed up with content that does make the reader think and meditate on the questions, answers and observations of the author.

As readers we get to choose whether or not to follow the missives in the book, but they are appealing either way. Among other things, the book suggests to hold out for love, live a successful life, manage and create your own reality, learn from mistakes, review your beliefs, forget the past, live a big fat life–you get the picture. Each statement is given a day number (from 1-365), with corresponding text and a famous quote for the reader to ponder.

I particularly liked the section on understand how you want to feel and acting in a way that will get you there. I also appreciated the section on refining yourself. Of course we are hardened by the world, but yes, we can change our identity to suit our needs today. Some of the advice is repetitive and some does piggyback on other sections. It is hard to come up with 365 original thoughts, but the author does do a good job of it in this book.

I also liked the sections on living a genuine life; it offered reminders to continue to look for a bright side and to find the bright side in others. The book would definitely make a good gift for those interested in self-improvement.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelley and Hall Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.