Take Control of Your Life

Rescue Yourself and Live the Life You Deserve

Non-Fiction - Self Help
336 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Take Control of Your Life: Rescue Yourself and Live the Life You Deserve by J. Paul Nadeau is a self-help book that gives readers the insights and tools they need to reclaim their lives and experience the power of inner freedom. Written by a trained investigator, hostage negotiator, and international peacekeeper, who brings a lot of experience into the writing, this book articulates brilliantly on a variety of topics and helps readers define their path to inner freedom. Some of the topics include self-examination, dealing with our real enemies, and the importance of crafting a plan, transitioning from choices to action, and a lot more. In these pages, readers find tips, insights, and deep truths that will liberate them from the clutches of victimhood and allow them to prevent any form of abuse taking control of their lives.

In the opening pages of the book J. Paul Nadeau writes: “My goal in writing this book was to help you identify the cause(s) that might lead you to hold yourself hostage or allow yourself to be held hostage to a personal or professional relationship, a career, a thought or series of thoughts, or any of the many other life situations and circumstances that can promote this syndrome…” The central theme of this book is taking control and I loved how the author explains the many ways we can hold our lives hostage. He shows readers that they have the key to their freedom — real inner freedom — and shows them where to find this key and how to use it. The writing is confident and filled with personal and real-life experiences with lessons for readers. Take Control of Your Life: Rescue Yourself and Live the Life You Deserve offers the guidance I was looking for, in a language that is accessible and a tone that is both authoritative and compassionate.

Fred Thorsen

I have never been too fond of self-help books; for the most part, I feel like they all look and feel the same. One way or another, they relay the same core messages—just in slightly different ways.

But there are times when you might simply want to find some fresh new words of wisdom to inspire you through life's challenges. You pick a book, and cross your fingers that you'll find something new in the pages.

I stumbled across this book, and thought I'd give it a shot.

It was life-changing.

I read the author's bio, started reading. No offence whatsoever to authors who are trained mental health professionals, but for me it was time to read the words of someone who wasn't a traditional academic. Here I discovered a former cop, hostage negotiator, international peacekeeper; what could be more be compelling than that?

J. Paul Nadeau instantly came across as a unique, one-of-a-kind individual who had come to his own conclusions through his extraordinary life experiences. He had bled, personally and professionally, his entire life and came through the other side with truly inspiring observations and useful, practical words to live by.

I soon forgot that I was reading a self-help book. It's a beautifully written compendium of true stories that draw you in, like a compelling crime novel. The stories are the vehicles through which Nadeau's life lessons are imparted, and therein lies the true value of this book: you are entertained and enlightened by Nadeau's jaw-dropping law enforcement experiences, then primed to hear the conclusions he has drawn from those experiences.

And that's where the 'self help' comes in: you are left receptive to Nadeau's well-earned words of wisdom to inspire you through life's challenges.

Personally, I feel more inspired and invigorated than by any other book I have ever read, and am grateful for the experience. Give it a read. You'll be glad you did.