April B. Jones
The Life You Crave: The Business of You is a self-help book penned by April B. Jones, aimed at helping readers achieve their goals. In it, Jones helps her readers visualize their wildest dreams for the future and plan a way to conquer them little by little, using “stepping stones, not leaping stones.” Through each step, Jones guides her readers as they rid themselves of naysayers, take responsibility for their own lives, and create their own success. She also provides journal questions and note pages so that, upon completion, readers know exactly what they will do to achieve the life they crave.
The Life You Crave is an interesting self-help book, largely because it relies heavily on the “self” aspect of that. There is plenty of advice to be found, sure, but April B. Jones’s approach is one more about encouragement than supplying answers. She prompts the readers with straightforward questions and guides them as they brainstorm solutions to their own problems. The Life You Crave is open-ended enough to apply to everyone who reads it, while still being personal in its scope.
The exercises and writing prompts are also a lovely inclusion. This is not a book for the idle reader; rather, it encourages readers to get involved and stay involved as they read. April B. Jones has given her readers a wonderful tool with which to shape their own lives, without ever presuming that she can magically solve everything for them. It is a book about finding one’s own strength and determination to solve their problems on their own, which again, sets it apart from many other members of the self-help genre. Paired with a conversational narrative and theme of friendly advice, The Life You Crave: The Business of You is a great read for anyone looking to make some positive changes in their life – so, in truth, everyone.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.