By far, the most welcome book this year has been Arianna Huffington's On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life. Ms. Huffington is a bestselling author, Internet entrepreneur, journalist, mother, and at one time a candidate for governor for the state of California. Obviously, Ms. Huffington is not a fearless person because she explains in her book how she educated herself to overcome those fears that threatened her ambitions every step of the way.
Arianna Huffington writes clearly and concisely about the fears that grip women. She chose strong and fearless women to write the afterwords to the chapters.
I particularly found the afterwords by Diane Keaton and Sherry Lansing most appealing. Ms, Keaton is a Hollywood actress who explains how fear grips someone who is maturing in the film industry. Sherry Lansing's afterword expresses the fears of a woman who is a giant in the business end of the Hollywood movie industry.
In On Becoming Fearless, Ms. Huffington speaks to every woman who has ever been in love! She says, "the fear of being alone underlies all other love related fears." This thought is key in the interchange of male-female relationships. It is also key in understanding why some women involve themselves with violent and destructive men. Many women are "pleasers" and afraid of being thwarted in a relationship. Ms. Huffington says that women must love themselves unconditionally. To summarize she says, "the most important thing is to approach our lives not out of lack and need but with fearlessness and trust.
This book is smart, truthful, and inspirational. It should be read by every one who has ever experienced sweaty palms, a racing heart, or a headache when approaching a difficult period in their life.
REVIEWED BY SANDRA PIANIN
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