The book Be the Exception: Your 7 Steps to Transformation starts out as a memoir; Annie Meehan draws you into her past when she was a child. How she grew up in a dysfunctional poverty stricken home and yet she did not let these experiences define her. How her mother’s mental illness, depression and hoarding affected both her and her sibling’s lives. How her father’s abandonment held her captive. Each chapter of this self-help memoir is outlined as steps that you need to take in order to have the opportunity to grow and have an exceptional life. Annie references her childhood experiences throughout the book and she provides personal examples and solutions to help you grow. She also gives examples of other individuals she has known who have gone through hardship and risen above it. The first chapter begins with admitting the truth to yourself about your experiences and how they affected you. This is the first step in breaking the cycle. She provides examples of lies at the end of the chapter and throughout the book. She emphasises that finding your family, where you are from, is important. As is finding emotional support through any of the following: friends, counselling, coaching, support groups and religious organizations is critical.
Annie herself is dyslexic, has had anorexia, lived in poverty and temporarily in a group home, suffered depression and has been raped. Annie decided to let go of her childhood pain and channel her emotions into helping others. Annie today is an international speaker, certified life coach and author of several books. She is a graduate of Metropolitan State University. She has been a guest on Twin Cities Live and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Annie’s gift is that she is a go-getter, a motivator and this is contagious!
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. Right at the start you identify with Annie, she opens up and tells you about her life. You immediately trust her because you realize, like you, she too has gone through hard knocks. She came from a broken place but today she has things that she is proud of. I was naturally drawn to the cover of the book. The butterfly metamorphosis goes through a life cycle and becomes beautiful. The butterfly is a symbol of transformation and so is this book. Be the Exception: Your 7 Steps to Transformation will show you how to take the suffering of your past and let it go; reconcile your past and grow from it. You will learn how to be loved, create your family, let go of anger, break the negative cycle to then enable you to find your inner peace and freedom. The back of the book has a great list of recommended resources. In fact, this self-help read has practical tips and exercises that are easy to understand, help you to evaluate yourself and learn a new perspective.
The book Be the Exception: Your 7 Steps to Transformation is available as a paperback and in ebook format. You can learn more about Annie Meehan and her writing by going to her website, Amazon and other retailers .