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Reviewed by Frances Deborah Kerr-Phillips for Readers' Favorite
How to be Happy on Mondays by Bruce McCombs is an intriguingly curious mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary which is what makes it so enjoyable. Whilst on the one hand McCombs traces his life’s journey in an autobiographical style, on the other, he punctuates his life account with powerful thoughts and ideas which make a significant impact on the reader. Blighted from his early years by constantly being told by his grandmother that he’d never amount to anything, just like his father, McCombs had very low self-esteem as a youngster. Often, inadvertently, he got entangled in trouble, whilst the exuberance of youth led him inexorably closer to going off the rails. But McCombs’ mother’s drive and commitment inspired him to push onward and upward.
The very title of McCombs’ book, How to be Happy on Mondays, was what drew me to pick it up. I was not disappointed. McCombs is disarmingly frank, and he has no qualms with being honest about himself. His style is personal as if he is chatting to the reader which leads to an authentic reading experience. The short punchy chapter titles arouse the reader’s interest, whilst the intermittent quotations give a pause for thought. McCombs’ dogged determination, inspired by his never-complaining mother and other powerful influencers in his life, led him from self-centered indulgence to living completely for others. This makes the book ultimately one of inspiration and upliftment. McCombs’ book will motivate, encourage, and renew your passion for life.