“This was OK. Recomended by a friend. had interesting moments, but was uneven, expected more”SproutMoose G wrote this review Wednesday, May 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An excellent books. I had read his previous memoir, Lucky Man, and it was really good. I didn't realize until this book that he didn't have someone co-author with him. He is a really good writer, and a good story teller.
The book is divided into four parts - work, politics, faith and family - instead of being linear. But it works - the format allows him to tell stories and explain what has been important to him in the last decade and how he has been involved and committed on all four levels.
“This book is written in four sections: Work, Politics, Faith, and Family.
Work: My favorite section! Talks about the events and people which initiated his PD Fundation. It was very interesting to see where his inspirations were from and how so many pieces were always there in his life waiting for this to happen.
Politics: I don't have a lot of interest in this anyways, so it didn't really do much for me. Mostly its about how Bush impeded research of stem cells dispite MJF's efforts to lobby and campaign against.
Faith: Didn't enjoy. His "religion" is based losely on pick-and-chose morals. Though not by him, there are a few Christian-bashing stories that made this section upsetting to me.
Family: He finished with a good section. He shares a lot of stories about the ways PD has made his family closer rather than pulling them apart. Funny stories!
In general, a good book. But if you're looking for something "Optimistic and Inspiring" then LUCKY ONE is probably a better choice.
“MUCH better than the first book!”Robynd wrote this review Saturday, May 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What a wonderfully amazing, inspirational book! As a childhood cancer survivor it makes me so thankful that while my ordeal was difficult, it is for the most part, over. I don't have to deal with it's symptoms everyday for the rest of my life. Even more awe-inspririting is the incredibly positive look Michael has on his life and it's struggles, and his fight not to "spur" a cure, to make sure it happens.
If you love any of MJF's screen work--or even if you don't, this is a great look into the life of someone who knows how blessed he really is. And how he is using these gifts and blessings to make a difference and help others. ”
“I just read a fellow Shelfarian's review of this that said the book didn't hold her interest. This makes me question if this woman has a heart. Michael J. Fox explores four areas of his life--work, politics, faith, & family--where optimism plays a major role. His discussion on faith and family particularly touched me, because there are many people in my life who, like him, respect the faith of others but haven't quite found theirs yet. And, also like him, these people in my life are some of the best, "goodest" people I know. His straight-forward talk about his time with Parkinson's is the most uplifting part, because he has chosen not to run away from this disease but meet it head on. If I'm ever afflicted with cancer or any other disease in my life, I'll turn to his words first for inspiration and a way to keep keepin' on in the face of adversity.”Amanda M wrote this review Monday, May 18, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very uplifting. ”April D wrote this review Wednesday, May 13, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I didn't finish it - although I highly respect Michael J. Foxx, the book couldn't hold my interest.”Sue Scheff wrote this review Monday, May 11, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While I do like Michael J. Fox, this book was disappointing. Lucky Man was very good, but this was very boring. It just seemed disjointed and dragged on and on, especially the political section. Unfortunate.”Bardha wrote this review Friday, May 8, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't even finish this book. It was so boring. It was marketed as an inspirational work, but in reality it is just a rehashing of what has been going on in MJF's life these past few years. ”Crissy wrote this review Wednesday, May 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No