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For most of this book, Dr. Richard Shoup explains the mysterious forces that cause people to believe that they don’t control their own lives. He defines chaos, luck, and karma, and gives readers strategies they can use to exert control over these life forces. These descriptions are interesting, but the most useful section is the seven-step action plan for taking control of your life at the back of the book. This simple guide is useful for anyone making a significant life change, from losing weight to taking up a new career. Shoup cites many examples and clearly believes anyone can change. He is upbeat but realistic about the challenges that change presents. The book offers a process, not a "quick fix," but if you or someone close to you is on the cusp of a serious change or needs encouragement to take control, getAbstract recommends this book to you.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to take your life in your own hands with a seven-step action plan;
  • What you can do to set and pursue your goals; and
  • Why chaos is a part of life that disappears only temporarily.

About the Author

Dr. Richard Shoup is a psychotherapist and a Presbyterian minister. He is an authority on bringing a new perspective to career transitions, human relationships, and life changes. He is cofounder of the Vocare Group, which offers seminars on career transformation using spiritual and psychological tools.



Forces that Affect Your Life
If you want to take control of your life, first you have to understand the forces that affect you: chaos, luck, "flow," and karma. If you can understand chaos, you can thrive on it. Expect chaos. Things are always going to happen that force you to...

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