Practical Book Review
Cloud’s Nine Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life.
Presented to Dr. Robyn Simmons
In partial fulfillment of the requirements of
Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary
23 June 2013
From beginning to end, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to SUCCEED in LOVE and LIFE is Dr. Henry Cloud’s take of how we will be successful in life and love. His findings are not an absolute but his opinions based on his experience as a psychologist. Dr. Cloud has been successful in helping clients and audiences through seminars, connect the dots, see what you usually have trouble seeing or didn’t know existed. Throughout the book, he refers to these successful people as “déjà vu people”, and brings out there commonalities through simple words and caricatures. Déjà vu people as referred to by Dr. Cloud, are people who “given certain circumstances, always face and resolve situations in the same way” (Cloud 2004, 2). Each person that he was encountering were not the same person as had earlier rationed but people of different backgrounds, lives, personalities, abilities, and economic circumstances. However, they were all similar in the fact that their reaction to business situations, tragedy, or simply life’s circumstances is very similar in that the response and response time was almost duplicate to each other. Something that sticks out from all of the different scenarios and stories that Dr. Cloud presents, is the realness of each character; each situation. For instance, under the sub-title, “Principle 3: Play the Movie”, he illustrates that déjà vu people will analyze a situation or event before making any decision (Cloud, 71). They don’t just do it for large matters but for small ones too. Basically, successful people know that one scene’s connection to the next is important for “the film’s good end” to take place. The...
References: Cloud, Dr. Henry. 9 Things You Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004.
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