Published by Hay House on April 14th 2014
Genres: Self Help
Is there a voice inside of you that’s urging you to seek more meaning in life? Do you feel like you’ve been searching for something better, even if you don’t know exactly what it is? If you answered yes to either of these questions, have no fear—Percolate will teach you how to uncover your best self and thrive! In this empowering, insightful book, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino will help you wake up to what’s possible, let your heart and mind simmer with fresh ideas to achieve your goals and enhance your well-being, and allow your spirit and passion to rise to the top like the foam on your latte. Elizabeth will guide you through the Percolate ProcessTM, a nine-point plan that teaches you how to implement positive, transformative, and lasting life changes. It’s simple, practical, and fun! Grab a cup of your favorite joe, put your feet up, and get ready to start percolating. Ah, can’t you just taste the magical brew as your most powerful thoughts blend together to bring the authentic, best you to the world?
I have a few problems with this book. I’m going to start with what I liked though.
I really, really enjoyed the writing. It is like I’m sitting down and talking with the author. She brings everything down to my level and explains everything in detail. Sometimes overly so, but I think for self help and self reflection, books sometimes need to get into the thick of it and really explain. It’s like cooking, if you don’t have the full ingredient list, your meal is going to flop.
I enjoyed the set ups in all of the chapters and especially enjoyed the section about saying “No”. I have overwhelmed myself countless times by not feeling like I could say no to someone. This is definitely something I’m incorporating into my life!
The beginning of this was interesting but sadly nearly 20% was all anecdote. I do learn by listening to what others have gone through but (and honestly I think it was closer to 30%) when all the book talks about is your life, maybe it’s not really so much self help?
Maybe it’s because I actually enjoy reading self help books but I felt like this should be a beginners type of book. So much of this was stuff that I’ve already read. And that can be great because everyone needs reminders, but with all the anecdotes thrown in it just seemed like almost more of a memoir with a bit of self help on the side.
I have to say, I really appreciate the thought of wanting to help people and actually putting that thought into process. In Percolate, however, I feel like something would be said to keep the reader positive, like say get the reader motivated, but then it would not fully extend that idea to how the reader could actually incorporate those ideas into their lives.
The one section I did have major problems with was the dieting section. Elizabeth talks about how good it is to treat your body well from dieting, to exercise, to watching how you think. I completely agree with this. However, in this section there is also a list of 25 things that she does for her diet to completely strike sugar from her diet. The list was frightening at the first 5 so someone that includes sugar in their diet might be completely overwhelmed by the end of this list. She has completely taken sugar out of her diet in ALL forms. From cookies and soda to not drinking coffee or adding sugar to her cereal in the morning. No white sugars in the forms of carbs, rice, potatoes, bread, etc… I think I eat pretty healthy and reading this list had ME freaking out.
So… all in all I think where there was a disconnect (for me) was that there wasn’t a fully extended idea on how to incorporate these fabulous ideas into someone’s life. A lot of these ideas are not new but telling someone that they should be excited about life and motivated to do the things they’ve always wanted to do does not help them put that motivation into practice.