Friday, August 17, 2012

"Quest, Inc." by Justin Cohen Book Review

Remember my promotional post for Quest Inc.?  I now have read it, and you can read my review below.

Quest, Inc.Quest, Inc. by Justin Cohen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the beginning, this book drew me in.  Since weight loss is close to my heart (I am a former obese girl who has kept it off for several years), I was quite intrigued to read about Robert.  I was on the edge of my seat in those first few pages to see if he made the right decision.  No spoilers on that part from me.

There are many characters and intricate stories in this well-written tale about the self-help movement.  Can people truly change?  Will the change be lasting?  I would say that this book would speak to anyone who has ever tried to change behaviors and lifestyles.  And it is so easy to look at leaders in those movements and criticize their failures.

I was glad to read that this book dealt with more than weight loss.  It deals with racism, job issues, dreams, nightmares, and living and dying.  I would say that everyone can find someone with whom to identify in this book.  And regardless, the principles are the same no matter what you are trying to change about yourself.

I was impressed how the author dealt with these issues of changing one's life.  Since it was a secular book, it made perfect sense that one important element was missing--the spiritual element.  Once in a while, God was alluded to, but this book took the normal secular view, and most of the time without God, true, lasting change is impossible.  I would have loved to have seen the author put a Christian in the book even if that person were ridiculed because most self-help gurus do say the spiritual element is important.

There was some profanity, but there was thankfully no sex.  I was glad to see that some of what the organization had done did help people.  There were some great changes, and you could only hope those changes will continue.

The most interesting part of the book was the last few pages.  I say that because the author threw a little wrench into the work that I don't think anyone saw coming.  It made me very glad to see that the author is coming out with a second book in the series.  I would recommend this book to just about anyone.  Though not a true story, it is very realistic and speaks to contemporary issues.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I was not financially compensated.

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  1. Ruth, thanks for the review, and for sharing your personal connection to it. Glad you enjoyed Justin's novel.

  2. Thank you for your very interesting feedback Ruth. You may recall that one of the main characters Dr. Carter King is a Christian. In future books I will be exploring how her faith influences her personal transformation work. You are right, spirituality plays a prominent role in the personal development field. There are many great Christians such as Dr. John Maxwell who have made a tremendous contribution both to their faith and the human potential movement. Thank you for reminding me.


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