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The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded in Business and Life

27 Ratings: 4.1
A book by Kip Kreiling

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Tags: Books, Nonfiction, Biographies, Kip Kreiling
Author: Kip Kreiling
Genre: Biography
Publisher: TransformationHelp Press
27 reviews about The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded...
review by . May 07, 2013
Insightful yet grounded without being too sanguine and didactic.
I will admit that I am not much of a reader of self-help/transformation books. The preamble for most of them starts off with, "Do you like the way things are going in your life?" Perhaps that's a cynical judgement call on my part, but I've never been wrong so far when dealing with books that fall into that category. The Imposter, however, is not like that. It is in a different league, because it possesses tidbits of the memoir genre, positive psychology, science, religious awakening, …
review by . February 11, 2010
"The Imposter" is the well-written "transformation memoir" of Kip Kreling. The author tells the dark story of his violent youth--numerous arrests,, abuse at home, drug addictions, runaways, drug dealing, robberies (both perpetrator and victim). As a young man, Kreiling was well on the way to a life in prison or bare survival on the edge of society.     But then comes the transformation, when Kreiling changed his life, quit drugs, went to college, and succeeded in business. The …
review by . January 16, 2010
Subtitled "How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded in Business and Life," "The Imposter?" takes its title from several people telling the author that people cannot really change and that if that statement is true, then he, the author, must be an imposter. The early years of Kip Kreiling's life were made up of physical abuse, crime, drug addiction, homelessness, drinking, being kicked out of school, and generally giving up on anything positive in life. His mother continually tried to reach out to him, …
review by . April 27, 2010
I have a great deal of respect for author Kip Kreiling and what he has given the world in THE IMPOSTER? He has taken us into a dark place in his own past and decided to use his experiences to help others while helping us understand what we can do to break the cycle.    There is nothing worse than feeling like you are the only one having to deal with a bad situation. Kip lets you know that regardless of what you are faced with and how bad things might appear, the one thing you …
review by . July 02, 2010
I can't really bring myself to call this a self-help book; it reads more like a cross between a memoir and a psychology book. On the other hand, it helped me greatly, so maybe it is a self-help book of sorts. It's not hard to imagine that Kip might have picked up some wisdom during his hard fought transformation from a young criminal fleeing a troubled home to a successful father and husband. You also might imagine that someone in his position would write a book filled with aphorisms about "never …
review by . June 17, 2010
Kip Kreiling contacted me and offered me a copy of The Imposter. As a reviewer, I'm a little apprehensive when it comes to books that are published outside of the traditional route. I've read some pretty rough traditionally published books and some really, really rough self-published ones. But Kip's story intrigued me. He had a rough background and extreme addictions, failed or dropped out of or was expelled from many schools. So how could he end up becoming a power player in some pretty impressive …
review by . June 06, 2010
For the last decade, it's been easily observed that there are thousands upon thousands of self-help books conceived and written around the concept of helping any individual achieve life-alerting change. Everyone -- from self-help gurus to industry-leading professionals to curious politicians -- has jumped aboard this life-shaking franchise, offering up perspective after perspective about what steps are required to reach a life of successful living. While some of these books go to great lengths …
review by . February 04, 2010
Kip Kreiling's book is an inspiration to all to show that change is not only a possibility but can be made reality by just starting with a few small steps. He draws you in immediately by relating how he is in an executive dining facility and the waitress senses he doesn't belong and Kip himself starts to feel that maybe he is a "successful" imposter. He then proceeds to tell a brief summary of how he was a juvenile criminal and a drug user.       As Kip tells his tale …
review by . March 31, 2010
Kip Kreilig had a troubled childhood and he was involved with crime, drugs and alcohol. This book is a semi-telling of his transformation into a successful professional and certain principles he has recognized as having a transformative effect on his life. Mr. Kreilig hopes that, with this book, he can inspire and/or encourage others to achieve a positive transformation.    The main issue with this book is that it alternates between memoir and a semi-self-help book. This results …
review by . March 20, 2010
Review of: "The Imposter? How A Juvenile Criminal Succeeded In Business And Life."     Kip Kreiling's memoir about his mental and spiritual transformation is mesmerizing. I have read many books ascribed as transformation accounts couched in the self-development/self-help genre which promise to illuminate the reader's "consciousness," etc. However I find Kreiling's account unique in that it appears to be very honest and lucid without commercialization. I have have read enough …
review by . March 19, 2010
When the author contacted me about doing a review of his book, I very nearly said no. I get several review requests per week, so I have been forced to get choosier about the review copies I accept. But I took a closer look at the book description and changed my mind. We don't have nearly enough books that talk honestly about the shortcomings of our juvenile justice system. Perhaps Kreiling had something new and important to add?     I was a little put off by the large print of …
review by . March 09, 2010
I was recently contacted by Kip Kreiling, the author of The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded in Business and Life, asking if I would be interested in reading and reviewing his book. The subject matter sounded interesting... basically how he overcame a *very* rough life of crime and substance abuse as a kid growing up, turning his life around with some transformational principles he learned along the way. I must say I was quite impressed with his book. It's well written with a message …
review by . March 08, 2010
I will admit that I am not much of a reader of self-help/transformation books. The preamble for most of them starts off with, "Do you like the way things are going in your life?" Perhaps that's a cynical judgement call on my part, but I've never been wrong so far when dealing with books that fall into that category. The Imposter, however, is not like that. It is in a different league, because it possesses tidbits of the memoir genre, positive psychology, science, religious awakening, recovery, business, …
review by . March 07, 2010
From an early age, Kip Kreiling stole from his family, set fires, was arrested, and ended up in juvenile detention centers. He spent time in group homes, street shelters and living with foster families and, between the ages of 11 and 26, moved 34 times among these facilities. By the time he was 16, he had been arrested 13 times and was a drug dealer and small-time crime operator. His mother was told by a counselor that Kip would most likely spend most of his life in prison and to let go of her son. …
review by . March 03, 2010
The points the author touches on really make sense and I am already weaving ways in my head at how to apply them to my life. He takes it a step further with personal stories, as well as stories of others, to show how right these steps are. Anyone can relate to his struggles, even if you haven't been at rock bottom I'm sure we've all been at lows, and he helps you to recover and overcome them. An inspiring read, one that will stay with me for years to come! I recommend it to anyone who needs to make …
review by . March 01, 2010
Kip Kreiling engaged in sometimes violent criminal activity until age 17. He was alienated from his family and robbed, became severely addicted to countless drugs, was arrested several times and was connected to organized crime. Then he changed, graduated college, secured an MBA, and obtained lucrative employment, a wife and children. In this book, he tells the eight life principle that helped him change and clarifies and dramatizes each by describing events in his life and in the life of others.  The …
review by . February 24, 2010
A personal diary, a business opportunity, a life guide , this book could be some of each of these and more. A very personal book that I could not put down and thus read in one sitting. I am sure we all know people who struggle in life and this book is written at such an open human level it could reach many of them. There are echoes of the Heath book , Switched, in that Kip references some of the same research on making change. I learned , again, that we make our own way , that everyone can change, …
review by . February 10, 2010
This autobiographical tale of personal transformation is a fast, engaging read. While the writing style isn't fully polished, that adds to the down-to-earth feel of Kip's account of his personal ordeals. Kip's story is an example for anyone who is looking for faith to change. Once you believe something is possible the door opens for it to transpire. There are a number of valuable insights that are shared as the author reveals what he learned through his own transformation and observing the lives …
review by . February 05, 2010
Kip Kreiling ran away from home at 13, did a lot of drugs, committed a lot of crimes, and was actually briefly incarcerated briefly in a Denver juvenile detention center. He seemed to have no real future: it seemed he would end up dead or in jail from an early age. Yet through a lot of hard work and some divine inspiration, he somehow turned his life around and became a successful businessman. Kip doesn't seem to believe that he is extraordinary, and is intent on sharing his thoughts behind how …
review by . January 30, 2010
This is a first person account of Kip's life, written in a plain, straightforward style, detailing his rough and rebellious youth, his drug dealing and addiction, and his self propelled ascent to success. Part autobiography, part self help guide, he tells the story of his life in an engaging way. He attributes his early success to his faith in God, but later he comes to doubt that, or to doubt religion, under the influence of Ayn Rand's writing, and he decides to attribute success in his life decisions …
review by . January 26, 2010
Kip Kreiling, a business turnaround expert, writes frankly about his troubled youth, which was filled with criminal activity and led to the question he poses in the book's title. Could someone from a troubled family who had been a dope dealer and heavy drug user actually change so much that he could now sit in the paneled dining room of an exclusive club, eating food with fancy French names, and being the recipient of an award for his work in the business world? To put it simply: Can people change?    …
review by . January 25, 2010
This book was difficult to rate. For passion and compelling story, it deserves six stars out of five. Rarely have I read a memoir that has kept me up late turning pages as this one did. This book has an honest, raw edge, much like James Brown's The Los Angeles Diaries. Most folks writing about their personal lives tend to rationalize or gloss over the unattractive, unflattering spots. Kreiling has painted a realistic picture with his words, but though some images are hard to take, in the end he …
review by . January 20, 2010
Kip Kreiling takes a different approach in writing his rather supportive book on self-improvement. He weaves his points for addressing, coping with, and achieving change in our lives by sharing his own life journey, a very rocky road from childhood crime, homeless street person, addiction and incarceration and a near death experience - all prior to the age of 16 - followed by his own story of success in becoming a highly regarded corporate executive and finding comfort in the roles of a traditional …
review by . January 18, 2010
I was contacted to read and review this book and after reading the books description I decided to take a closer look. My initial impression was not that good based on the front cover and then when I saw the larger than normal typeface used(I am not a big fan of the large typeface, I am not sure why) I started having second thoughts about reading this book. But I said I would read it, so I figured I would go through a chapter or two. By the end of the second chapter I was hooked.     The …
review by . January 17, 2010
While the author is the exception that disproves the rule about the ultimate fate of hardcore teenage criminals, the fact that he is an exception is the primary message of this book. As Kreiling admits in the acknowledgements, he should have died years ago and most of the friends of his teen years are already dead.    Kreiling was arrested many times before he was ten and in his teen years was heavy into drugs, both as a user and dealer. By his own admission, he was extremely fortunate …
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