How to Be Free by Joe Blow Book Summary
How can we free ourselves from mental suffering? How can we unlock what the poet William Blake referred to as “the mind-forged manacles” - those unhelpful, unfounded and inflexible habits of thought which keep us from reaching our true creative potential?
This book provides practical advice on how to achieve this.
But it also offers an imaginative holistic theoretical framework for an understanding of the nature of the universe, the psychological history of the human race and the meaning of life.
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How to Be Free (Joe Blow) Book Reviews
Wow’dI was attracted by this book in a state of which it really benefited me to read...2 hours later ... I’m thrilled even better than if I would’ve walked out of my therapist office. I related to the Authors shared sense of therapeutic relief coming from discussions in this perspective. Most definitely will be reading again..Score: 5/5
Great readAn interesting prospective on everyday thought and approaches to life.Score: 5/5
Complicated styleI can’t ignore the fact that I learned something from this book. However, I have to admit it’s language and terms are hard. I didn’t enjoy it, but taught me something..Score: 2/5
Surely will interest many people!Very open minded book, interesting read..Score: 4/5
Perfect timingThank you! Oh what a read. Especially with everything that’s going on my life... I thought I was happy, suffering through the amour. Definitely going to read it again. It saved my life. Thank you again!.Score: 5/5
Don’t botherThis book was pure drivel. It’s written by someone who believes that he is un-important and nobody as he states but his book can save the world. He has no historical data psychological data or scientific data to back anything stayed. He downplays Christianity and Jesus Christ while quoting Him saying that he’s inspiring. Both can’t be true. These were but the ramblings of someone who what’s self justification for being an ting the the way they do..Score: 1/5
MotivatingThis book made me realize that I am normal just as I am. I’ve learned to let my thoughts be. Don’t be afraid because that will be what you attract..Score: 5/5
✡️Most relatable book I have ever read, “spooked” me a bit, assisted in belief of connection between me and the author, all love!🤍🙏🏽✡️ 10/10 book!.Score: 5/5
Absolutely no senseA guy tells you about his tough life and then tries to tell you how to live your life because he thinks he better than you..Score: 1/5
How To Be FreeInsightful.Score: 4/5
Benae and mom BoobieMy name is Benae and I’m eight years old My mom is 30 years old and Boobie is 31 years old at my school we did a lot of work and I did good I do get grades then tomorrow we have to go on field trip and I love filters in science and PE and I everything I love is reading to alone I don’t really I can’t wait alone is that iPad is in now I can read a little bit.Score: 3/5
Great bookVery good book to free yourself of things that you thought yourself couldn’t control entirely before..Score: 5/5
Provokes introspectionNot the most casual reading for me, as I read in many short bursts across a few weeks when had the time so the comfort and continuity of reading felt off, but did bring about lots of thought about myself and others around me in regards to how much we may restrict ourselves as well as what may be done to solve that. Will likely read again in fewer, longer sessions..Score: 4/5
MehRite on. Still prefer stall wall scripture..Score: 5/5
How To Be Free: A great start from an unexpected sourceThis was a very informative and insightful read. Highly recommended to anyone who feels like maybe something is missing from their life or world..Score: 4/5
Thought ProvokingInteresting. It is exactly as it claims. Neither a text book or professional how to. Made me think and consider my own experiences and observations. As for views on God, the writer is entitled to their opinion. Question to all of the angry Christians - aren’t you all supposed to love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek and not demonstrate hate? Maybe you are the ones who should review your Christian faith. Fake Christians are NOT godly..Score: 5/5
Thank you author, for an amazing book!I found this book enjoyable. It made me question the way I look at myself, others, and the world I live in. I got lost in thought often, and I had to reread multiple pages because of it. I definitely recommend this book..Score: 4/5
NonsensicalHighly subjective, uninformative.Score: 1/5
Decent.Good read. A little unorganized but the summary was good..Score: 4/5
*** NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK ***Horrible read. I have learned a lot from books based on personal experiences but this is NOT that. This is a book based on a mans personal views on evolution, religion and sexuality. Author / publishers should be proud they got away with exploiting venerable people. What there doing is dangerous!!.Score: 1/5
LoveThis book give me a break down of life.Score: 5/5
Freedom is possibleI enjoyed reading this book because it allowed me to see that there is a path to freedom within myself. Also that the most important part is acceptance and letting go to find your own enter peace n love. Thank you so much keep up the writing..Score: 5/5
Ehh..I’m about half-way through and It’s a well- written book but some of the thinking seems out-dated . The author references past times a lot but not so much today’s modern world. Also speaks mostly for the masculine/ man thoughts & actions vs speaking for all human beings. Worth a read because it’s free but I wouldn’t really recommend it as a guide to be “free”..Score: 3/5
How to be freeI never finished the book. How dare you try to take someone’s belief in God and try to tell them he doesn’t exists. That’s your opinion. It is not your place to put your views of the world on our backs. You need to seriously think of the harm your doing to people in the name of being free.You have no god because you don’t believe. Go back to school and write something real and stop projecting your crap onto others in the name of money. Money seems to be your God. I do not recommend this book..Score: 1/5
A lamp shining in the darkness"Joe Blow" does an excellent job describing where and why we are the way we are. He does a very good job explaining the self-acceptance required to become individually and collectively happier and healthier. He does very little to explain the possible techniques of changing ourselves. So his ideas are a lamp shining in the dark. He theories why the dark is dark and why we may want to become the light. The journey to become the lamp is up to us..Score: 4/5
The Title Is KeyI am complex thinker, a lot of self conjured ideas are talked about and explained in this book. Free ya mind.Score: 4/5
Magnificent book..I chose a good book to be my first book to read..Score: 5/5
Don’t get the rape sprinkled inGood read, very thought provoking. Great job of addressing the ‘why’ if the issues, which is so important. I just didn’t quite get why the author kept sticking the word ‘rape’ in there - everything else was congruent and free-flowing, it seemed like these rape mentions were hastily jammed in there without context, which now that I think about it, kind of sounds just the way rape is. No I didnt rate this four stars just for the rape stuff..Score: 4/5
Opens DoorsThe capacity to unlock more than 10% of the Brain escalated to about 99.98% unlocking whilst read!.Score: 5/5
Seriously ??This was a waste of my afternoon..Score: 1/5
Great approach to a lengthly themeThis was a conscious compact way to cover few topics about the main idea addressed. Definitely worth reading, sharing and soaking information and knowledge from. Thank you for sharing !.Score: 5/5
❤️I love everything about this book. It makes you see life from a whole different perspective. Opens part of your mind you’ve never knew you had before..Score: 5/5
AmazingVery informative and interesting ideas!.Score: 5/5
WowAn absolute must read ! The way this author displays free thought and breaks down their perspective is amazing . Although I don’t agree with everything , I appreciate everything that has been said ..Score: 5/5
Amazing !This book is amazing. Really illustrated thoughts I’ve had for years. Really nice to not feel alone in some of the ways I’ve thought. I’ve found personal guidance through this book and have recommended to several friends..Score: 5/5
Very intriguing!As a psychology major, this book was very thought provoking for me. I’ll definitely be sharing it with friends!.Score: 4/5
“Joe Blow”Came for the amazing name stayed for the nonsensicality and typos 😊.Score: 5/5
Definitely Worth ItI’m about to read through this for the second time. I have been battling with depression for nearly 6 years now, and this book was one of the few things that has helped me. I am finally beginning to feel whole again.Score: 5/5
This not where I found freedomEven though some of the advices are good and helpful, it tends to be general and presumptive. Don’t waste your time..Score: 2/5
Helping to break the mental chainsThank you Mr Blow. This book has helped me to continue to move more towards my higher self. To keep in mind I am only a part of the whole and to never try to force change through harsh words only through loving actions..Score: 4/5
Waste of timePointless.Score: 1/5
IdekThis book kinda flew off the rails for me at the intro, a little misleading considering the title of the book and the content inside of it.Score: 1/5
How to be FreeThis book is a solid introduction for individuals who are at an all time low with themselves or rather their thoughts. While it does present interesting ideas, the perspective here is what matters. None of these ideas are meant to be revolutionary. It is meant to be a foundation to begin a healing process. Not the best work I have read, but definitely worth reading for a life long process of healing deeply burned wounds..Score: 3/5
TripeWhat is this tripe and how did it ever get in my library?.Score: 1/5
Highly recommend for the open-mindedThis book is 5 stars, it gives you a whole another impact or perspective on life or even your mindset. I’m not that into book but this one is very different from the rest it’s not like the other read and you be inspired book. It’s the read and you will learn a life lesson on it. When a book impacts a young persons life it changes your perspective in a lot of different ways. I can’t explain what I’ve experienced reading this but I will say, once you read the first couple of lines you can’t stop. It’s like a black hole and you sucked in the vortex and not even the strongest thing could pull you out. You focus on what your reading and stop once you want to and that’s my motivation for now on..Score: 5/5
Eye openingGreat information!.Score: 5/5
Not Accurate.Great writing, great ideas, but absolutely no help psychologically and not really much to do with the title at all. “how to be free” but there’s literally not one piece of advice in here. just a cluster of random ideas and theories for why we think the way we do..Score: 2/5
Not GoodI really wanted to like this book, I enjoyed it up until the author started going into the nature of sex in animals. It turned into more of a rant of the author putting their personal feelings into the subject matter rather than actual helpful information for others. The writing is all over the place at times, skipping back and forth from meaningful information to incoherent nonsense. None of which is backed by anything except the author perception of how things seem, based on quick research they probably did on whatever they were talking about. I will not be finishing this..Score: 2/5
AccomplishGreat life lessons. Great job.Score: 5/5
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A good self learning book.I love this book! Definitely recommend this quick easy to read insightful ebook! Thank you for the information and knowledge shared in this book! Good job!.Score: 5/5
Super knowledgeableExcellent reading, super easy of understanding all the writing of the author, top! Thanks for putting it out for free, no doubt one of my best readings of the month..Score: 5/5
The 1000 Yard StareWritten from a logical, pragmatic viewpoint illustrating the realities and associated rationale, giving extended pause for thought and dissection. Given my proclivity for experiencing grand mal epileptic seizures, your words and thoughts take on an entirely new meaning. Hence the extenda-stares. Times for thought and periods of self-realization. Superb. Bravo. What's next?.Score: 5/5
Just okay- it's free.It was okay. I expected it to be more of his experiences and recovery. Too much sex talk, I did not find that interesting especially when it is combined with chapters regarding God..Score: 2/5
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Loved it!A different more positive way of looking at yourself comes from reading this book. It all makes sense and if you think it is wrong, then you don't understand it. Everyone should read!!.Score: 5/5
Break out of the ArmourThis book really helped me understand that how we protect ourselves and yet hurt ourself with armouring .. How fear creates fear and how accepting and honouring ourselves creates peace ... I could not put this book down - a real insight in to how we can be happier .. Thanks JB.Score: 5/5
HopelessThis book is hopeless the author doesn't even make sense. This will not solve any of your problems it will only confuse you more.Score: 1/5
How to be freeI haven't read it yet but it Looks ok I'll go reid it :).Score: 3/5
Brilliant book!Loved this book! Really made me think and well written by an everyday person for everyday people.Score: 5/5
Spot on!Instantly accessible, easy to follow practical advice on how to live a happy fulfilling existence. A most helpful self-help book, and an absolute pleasure to read. The author is refreshingly candid and writes with such honesty and lack of pretence that his words are instantly captivating... like listening to a kind friend who's been to hell and back share his vast insight and wisdom. Joe Blow, it seems, is just like you and me. Thanks for sharing this wonderful book and helping me find my way back to the playground of my mind. My lifelong journey in and out of depression and addictions led me to read many (unhelpful) self-help books that often left me feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. Now I'm finally feeling connected again...empowered, inspired, and so much more optimistic about this crazy world we live in:-)!.Score: 5/5
FabulousThis book is the best so far and congratulations to the author for being brilliant and don’t listen to the people who dislike your book.Score: 5/5
Surprisingly amazingBrilliant..Score: 5/5
Good readA very entertaining and enlightening book which I was able to relate with. I highly recommend this book for anyone struggling with anxiety or depression disorders particularly PTSD..Score: 4/5
Really good stuffThis book says the things that should be said and no one does.Score: 5/5
Couldnt put it down! Eyes hurtNo, really - in one go. Its 3am. I also highlighted half the book while reading lol. You're gonna love it! if youre not a very religious fanatic of a person, so have an open mind. Cause in order to b happy we need to understand how we really work The best free book i read so far!!!.Score: 5/5
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ExcellentExcellent job👌🏻one of my favourits.Score: 5/5
BrilliantTruly helpful for anybody with more questions than answers.Score: 5/5
Deep, compelling and accurateExpressed so many ideas that run through my mind daily. Absolutely must read.. great work Joe! 💪🏾.Score: 5/5
Eye openingExcellently raw-written book, as well as factual. If like myself ,before completing this wonderful book, you are having trouble getting to grips with your persona/self esteem due to the whatever reason, then this book is exactly what you need to remind yourself how much of a special being you actually are, as long as you’re truly ready to let go of your “society built Ego”, would highly recommend!.Score: 4/5
Good readWas a very interesting read and taught me a few ways to stop thinking negatively about how I feel towards myself and how to cope with bad thoughts too..Score: 4/5
WowWoke me up like the fresh crisp morning breeze. Things started to make a whole lot of simple sense. I can not explain in simple words. Unconditional warmth, light and love flooding me. But felt I already knew this but couldn’t understand it... crazy but real!.Score: 4/5
How to be freeVery interesting read, i found the authors openness about his experiences refreshing. I also enjoyed his ways of thinking... I have also found this book has opened my way of thinking!!! Thank you.Score: 5/5
All i wanted to readStarted the book not really knowing what i was reading, couldn’t put it down once i started. made so much sense.Score: 5/5
Psychology and ReligionThe author talks about how a breakdown can sometimes be a breakthrough to a new consciousness and way of relating to the world. Having had some similar experiences to the author, I wholeheartedly agree with him. His new theory of the world can be neatly summed up by the quote "Pleasure is healing.". Doesn't sound like very much, but I found the full exposition of this quite profound. Late in the book the author connects his theory to the teachings of Jesus. As a Christian, I found this a very helpful interpretation of what Jesus had to say. It can be very hard to grasp fully what Jesus was saying not least because it was told in stories that were for a culture that existed two thousand years ago. I think that the author describes in more up-to-date literal language (although still difficult) some of the broad features that the New Testament tried to describe. Heartily recommended for those who are Christians, are recovering from a breakdown or are interested in psychology (the more practical kind, not academic)..Score: 5/5
😋I love how they show their own life and feelings,and that they are confident to express themselves freely.Score: 5/5
10/10 would read again to my mole ratMy pet Chinese mole rat really found this helpful! Thanks so much 👞.Score: 5/5
CleverLoved it!.Score: 5/5
Must readReally interesting points and plenty food for thought. Well worth a read..Score: 5/5
An excellent read!I really enjoyed this book. It's quite wide ranging but all fits together well. The pace is steady but never slow and the author's style engaging. I found his honesty refreshing and his research interesting too (having studied psychology for two years as part of my degree and being a fan of Jung also). I'm just returning to give this book a second read, having read it in only three hours the first time because I was incapable if putting it down. I only hope I will enjoy the second reading as much as I enjoyed the first..Score: 5/5
Made me feel human again!The best book I have ever read. It usually takes me weeks to finish a book but any spare second I had, this was in my hands. It's incredible! I had so many 'mind blown' moments whilst reading it because it put fact behind so many thoughts I have always had. It has given me natural positivity, it has swept away a lot of ill feeling I had about myself due to having 'bad thoughts' and giving into 'guilty' pleasures. It's made me a lot more open, more understanding and even more assertive! It is an absolute must read for anyone that gets wrapped up in what they feel is expected of them from the world and what they actually want to do in the world! I'm off to read it again :).Score: 5/5
Very goodI like it very descriptive.Score: 4/5
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