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Achieving A Life of Hope

  • Jun 6, 2010
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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 to define what measure of success defines a successful person, very few of them -- at least, so far as I've read or are aware of -- have lived a life like Kip Kreiling, experienced the highs and lows of his youth and teens years, and have been able to muster the courage to confront that past in his present in the form of a book designed to help others achieve personal success.

Kreiling's THE IMPOSTER is a bold read. While no doubt most of us lack the courage to discuss even a few dubious choices we've made in our 'reckless youth' (much less possess the willingness to put it down in black & white and share it with family, friends, AND total strangers), Kreiling embraces his past -- from his days essentially running wild without the guidance of adult role models, from his life & times experimenting and dealing various mind-altering substances, from his involvement with sellers and dealers and crooks and criminals of every element. While other writers who've embraced writing about such lifestyles have either deliberately or inadvertantly glamorized it for readers, Kreiling never retreats from discussing his own responsibility contributing to the choices he made. He willingly balances the pros and cons of decisions he made, all through the skillful process of exploring a life -- where he started, where he went, and where he is today -- with hope of demonstrating for others how to reach toward effective self-awareness step-by-step.

What I admired most about THE IMPOSTER is the fact that -- whether intentionally or not -- Kreiling demonstrates to me that true life-altering change is precisely an all-or-nothing proposition. Any person can choose to reach for a quality destination; any person can make steps incrementally closer and closer to the goal of choice; but only a person of clear, unshakable, well-founded commitment will reach a position of happiness-of-self. In other words, most "seven best steps" books can be adapted to essentially any career (i.e. becoming an effective leader, becoming an effective assistant, becoming an effective subordinate) ... but does that make you an effective 'person' if you're not entirely happy with yourself? Does it mean anything if you're the best you can be at work but less-than-stellar around the house? Kreiling's focus is on the heart, the soul, the matters of where one is in one's own universe.

On those strengths, I felt I connected with THE IMPOSTER's tale. On those merits, I think it succeeds. Simply, I need not have been involved in crime or drugs to benefit from the author's observations, confessions, and ultimate triumph over a life that has been. Kreiling took me there, showed me what I needed to see, and taught me what I needed to know.

Of course, I can see from the reviews of others that Kreiling's experiences have meant different things to each them, and, to me, that demonstrates the effectiveness of the author's ability to reach out and 'touch' a broader audience. Businesspeople have benefited from his story and advice. People of faith have met his message and embraced it. No doubt, the book is probably of tremendous praise from people in social work and crime prevention. It's a personal tale about an immensely personal journey, and I think it deserves to be read for that reason alone. Will you take something different from it? Possibly, yes. Are Kreiling's steps adaptable to other lifestyles? Maybe a bit more than most. Will it touch me personally? Well, now ... there's the rub. It did for me, and I think it could for you, too.

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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
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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 . 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
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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
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I just received your published book in the mail. Thank you. Your dedication to your mother brought tears to my eyes, which caused me to turn to your acknowledgement section. It affected me so strongly I had to leave my desk and go to a back room to finish reading it; tears were streaming down my cheeks. Your mother's love for you overwhelmed me. And you keeping the erector set that John gave you for all those years so touching.

I thought your story was truly amazing as you shared bits and pieces of it with me when we worked together at Tomax. Then, when I read your transcript, before your book was published, I was flabbergasted, for lack of a better word. Having read your acknowledgements section today it touched me so deeply. It really testifies that God knows every single one of his children and what their needs are and brings people into our lives to help us when we need it most. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing!.

Lastly, I truly hope your books gains the kind of momentum so that someone like Oprah picks it up. Your story needs and deserves a national audience. People need to know that it is possible to triumph over the most hideous of circumstances and how to do that. And, another reason the world needs to know your story is so the John's, Mr. Fosters, and Sims' of the world won't give up and will provide as much help as a hurting boy will allow them to give at that time with the hope that, even though it may seem futile at the moment, a ...
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ISBN-10: 0615320554
ISBN-13: 978-0615320557
Author: Kip Kreiling
Genre: Biography
Publisher: TransformationHelp Press
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