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Encouragement from Dr. Hank – A Path to Feeling Good
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Encouragement from Dr. Hank is packed full of 120 encouraging essays where the reader is advised to read each one first thing in the morning for a full week before moving on to the next. The thought is that “You will find yourself in a better feeling place that will allow you to raise your point of attraction to that of your desires.”
I have to disclose that I am a Christian. I feel that as a human being I need to die to myself and live in and through Christ. He is my salvation. I only want what He wants for me. Reading this book was difficult because it went against what I do believe.
I found that Dr. Hank was writing along the lines of The Power of Positive Thinking or Think and Grow Rich. And while there’s nothing wrong with positive thinking or wanting to be rich, I couldn’t relate to this particular way of thinking. I do have a problem with the statement that we are our own creators, choosers, deciders, and attractors. While I takes Dr. Hank 24% to mention God, I’m not sure what god he is referring to as the Bible is pretty clear about who God is. He does say “there is only one Source and that is God”, but he doesn’t define this until a quarter of the way through the book.
This book shall take you to the path of those desires and birth new ones that will provide you the clarity, power and vision to remember the magnificent Creator in which you are. ~ Encouragement from Dr. Hank
Dr. Hank says that as the reader continues to internalize each encouragement, “the universe will hear your call and bring into your life all the things you desire.” Also, “you have your very own genie and your wish is its command.”
I believe that this book is good for someone who doesn’t have a belief in God. Because Christians believe that God is the giver of every good thing.
I do acknowledge that positive thoughts make me a better, more likeable person. But my positive thoughts alone don’t get me squat. But I don’t believe that “magical things happen when I have good thoughts.”
Dr. Hank talks about “having good relationships starts with the most important relationship of all, with yourself.” I believe that the most important relationship I can have is with my Heavenly Father, and only then, when I know who I am in Christ, can I have a better relationship with myself and others.
There are some really good things about this book. The encouragement that talks about letting go of our old, bad past and focusing on a new story. So many people are stuck living those negative stories of their past and this keeps them from moving forward to a new future.
Learning to be appreciative of everything and to be grateful is so important to living a joy-filled life. Having positive thoughts and expecting more happiness and joy makes life much easier to endure when we have hard times.
Many of the encouragements speak of having more money and more power. I find the desire for an abundance of money and power pretty shallow and not indicative of a happy, joyful life.
Another topic that stood out for me was about emotions. Dr. Hank says that “emotions tell me about my relationship and align with my Source” “my relationship with God is measured by the amount of positive emotion I have.” In my opinion, emotions are the worst indicator of my life. As extremely emotional creatures, humans tend to be emotional about the wrong things. When someone is ruled by their emotions, they tend to unhealthy and dramatic.
I found this whole section very confusing and I believe a poorly placed “not” changes the whole meaning Dr. Hank was trying to get across: “I now breathe deeply and relax into my abundance and resist not lack , I relax into happiness and resist not unhappiness, I relax into health and resist not illness, and I relax into feeling good and resist not feeling bad as I relax into love and resist not fear.” (emphasis mine)
He speaks of taking control of your thoughts and to think positively. I believe that the Bible is pretty clear about our thoughts:
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ ~ 2 Corinthians 10:5
Encouragement from Dr. Hank probably isn’t the book for someone who is a Christian. There are just too many contradictions from what the Bible teaches us. While he occasionally talks about God, I think it’s more in general, like when someone says “thank god”, but doesn’t really have any believe in Him at all. I’m all for positive thinking and positive self-talk. Those thinks help me make it through life and make me a lot more optimistic.
If you read this book as Dr. Hank suggests, you will have 120 weeks of reading. That makes this book a very good value. That’s just $0.083 an encouragement!
Who is Dr. Hank?
Dr. Hank Seitz is an International Speaker and Author, and works with Business Teams to measurably increase their business results. He has his undergraduate degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Master’s Degree in Human Behavior, and PhD in Mental Science.
He was a General Manager with Procter & Gamble for 15 years, in charge of running a billion dollar corporation, and for the past 15 years he has used his time proven process with hundreds of Corporations and thousands of business teams. Dr. Hank is a Mental Scientist, Behavioral Psychologist and Business Man.
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