Helping Me Help Myself: One Skeptic, Ten Self-Help Gurus, and a Year on the Brink of the Comfort Zone

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Grappling with her lifelong phobia of anything slick, cheesy, or remotely claiming to provide self-empowerment, Beth Lisick wakes up on New Year's Day 2006 with an unprecedented feeling. She is finally able to admit to herself that she's grown tired of embracing the same old set of nagging problems year after year. She has no savings account. Her house feels unorganized and chaotic. She and her husband never hang out together. The last time she exercised regularly was as a member of her high school track team almost twenty years ago.
Instead of turning to advice from the abundant pool of local life coaches, therapists, and healers readily available on her home turf of northern California, Beth confronts her fears head-on. She consults the multimillion-dollar-earning pros and national experts, not only reading their bestselling books but also attending their seminars and classes. In Chicago, she gets proactive with The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In Atlanta, she tries to get a handle on exactly why "women are from Venus," and in a highly comedic bout on the high seas of the Caribbean, she gamely sweats to the oldies on a weeklong Cruise to Lose with Richard Simmons.
Throughout this yearlong experiment, Beth tries extremely hard to maintain her wry sense of humor and easygoing nature, even as she starts to fall prey to some of the experts' ideas, ideas she thought she'd spent her whole life rejecting. Beth doesn't think of herself as the typical self-help victim. But is she?

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (January 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061143960
  • ASIN: B001PO6AXQ
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Thought provoking and fun!

 on November 29, 2016
By Kindle Customer
I enjoyed reading this journey through the self-help world. Not cynical, but pleasantly skeptical, the author choses some interesting standards o f the self-help world and lets us tag along and listen to her insights.


 on November 28, 2016
By Lathkeen
Witty, insightful description of the author’s life and the role the experiences during her chosen self-help year contributed to change in the way she viewed, reacted to and experienced everyday life.

Enjoyable and entertaining. A lighthearted satirical journey through a …

 on January 2, 2016
By Dana, New Zealand
Enjoyable and entertaining. A lighthearted satirical journey through a year of self help, and a ‘must read’ for anyone contemplating self-help books, classes or courses, or anyone who has ever tried more than one round of self-help (I think that is most of us).

Beth Lisick Is amazing this one of the funniest books ever written

 on September 21, 2015
By michael f mccullough
Beth Lisick Is amazing


 on November 23, 2012
By K. Fell
Great book, entertaining and very help. I didn’t feel like I was the only one with these problems and concerns

Very funny

 on November 1, 2011
By Ginger Grey
I loved this book, though I see it got a lot of lukewarm reviews. You really have to share her sense of humor. But if you do, this book is a treasure.

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