Book review :Normal gets you nowhere by Kelly-Cutrone

There were a few things I liked about this book. Cutrone encourages readers to be extraordinary with compassion to make a difference in their communities.  She justifiably has no tolerance for those who ignore the suffering of others when they have the power and resources to help.

There were a few things I liked about this book. Cutrone encourages readers to be extraordinary with compassion to make a difference in their communities.

She justifiably has no tolerance for those who ignore the suffering of others when they have the power and resources to help.

She writes about loyalty and surrounding ourselves with true friends who love us unconditionally and stick with us even if we behave badly at times, and to be that kind of friend as well. Cutrone shares about the deaths of her father and grandparents and in doing so shows us a glimpse of the kinder, gentler person she is behind the tough exterior.

Cutrone uses the Merriam-Webster definition of normal (according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle; conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern; of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development.) to make the case that anyone fitting that description must certainly be dull and incapable of having real success or fulfillment in life.

The frequent use of the "f-word" was personally offensive and distracting. I'm not sure who is "normal" - me for being offended or her for not. Her disdain for Judeo-Christian values comes through as she preaches her self-made anything goes religion of self and goddess
worship with references to her spiritual mentor, a Hindu goddess she calls The Universal Mother, page after page.

The basic positive message of needing to do something different if "normal" isn't getting us where we want to be is a good one but for me, it got lost in the author's angst and delivery.

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