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 of hope and possibilities, even for those who seem to have thrown it all away.
Kreiling's childhood was not an easy one. With a stepfather who was physically abusive, Kreiling spent much of his time on his own and away from any close personal contact with parental or adult guidance. This led to early (and repeated) episodes of crime, failures in school, and addictions to just about every drug you could find on the streets. Even during low points when he wanted to turn things around, it didn't take long before he found himself back in the same patterns, unable to break out of the cycles that he found himself locked into. This all changed around the age of 16 when he had a massive overdose of a new drug he had never used before. After eight hours of unrelenting physical and emotional torment, he cried out to God (as he knew him then) to plead for his life. When he finally came down off the drugs, he started his transformation and began working through the changes that would take him from where he was then to what he is today... a successful businessman, happily married with kids, who helps others overcome the major obstacles in their own lives.
His transformation principles are simple, but can carry you past the road blocks that are there in front of you. #1 - You can completely change. #2 - Turn your transformation goal into an imperative - turn it into a compelling desire. #3 - By changing what you believe, you change who you are. #4 - By changing your actions, you can change who you are - Mind to Muscle to Metamorphosis. #5 - By transforming your environment, you can transform who you are - The Fire Precedes the Bloom. #6 - Do not make major changes in your life on your own, get resources to help you, such as time, people, experts, and sometimes money. #7 - Focus on creating positives and eliminating negatives. #8 - Optimism is essential to moving forward. In and of themselves, these principles don't sound groundbreaking, but when you see them in action against the author's life, seeing how they changed him from someone who should have died before the age of 20 to what he is today, you realize that there is hope and possibility beyond where you are currently.
The Imposter is a great motivational read regardless of where you are. It helps you to realize that where you are at this point in your life is not where you have to be tomorrow.
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, … more
"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 … more
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, … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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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 ...