Personal Development

The Power of Breaking Fear by Tim S Marshall


Disclaimer: This book was not on my original reading list. This book was gifted to me in order to produce a review. That doesn’t guarantee it 5-stars and all reviews remain 100% my own honest opinion.

Design & Layout

When I opened this book, the first thing I noticed was the large font and spacing. So, even though it looks like a big read, it’s actually shorter and less time-consuming than you may think. 

Also, because of this large font and spacing, you move from page to page rather quickly which gives you a nice sense of momentum; You’re never stuck stagnating on one page for too long.

When I first started reading, however, the large font came across as a bit condescending – as though I was reading a children’s book. But the more I read, the more I got accustomed to it, and the more I liked it.

What is the book about? 

The whole gist of the book revolves around the successful mindset.

The author, Tim Marshall, is trying to give you the lesson and equipment that you need to manage and develop your way of thinking.

As you move through the book, you’ll notice many shaded boxes that include lessons summed up in a sentence or two, such as:

  • “Do the research or accept the fact that you don’t want any control over your future.”
  • “Practicing an open mind allows you to realize that positive activity will bring positive thoughts and behavior.”
  • “When you practice being less fearful of your vulnerabilities you will be able to focus on the positive and not the negatives.”
  • “I dare you to live your dreams and discover your hidden talents.”

Is this a good book or a not-so-good book?

In all honesty, the answer to that question depends on how you read it.

Let me explain.

When I first got the book, I did what every other reader does; I opened it up and started on page 1 and planned to read the book in consecutive order for 30 minutes to 1 hour. 

However, reading the book in that way – page after page in one sitting – I found the content of the book to be weak and forgettable. 

I then started to use the book as what I like to call a ‘breakfast book’.

A breakfast book is exactly what the name suggests – a book that you read at breakfast – and because the chapters in The Power of Breaking Fear are quite short (taking no more than 5-10min to read) it suited this role perfectly.

So, to get the most out of this book, I recommend that you read only one chapter each morning as you’re having your breakfast. The next morning, you read the following chapter, and so on.

This allows you to absorb a small positive message to help prepare you for the day. It also becomes easier to remember the information that you have learned and also gives you time to think about how you will go about implementing it. 

My overall thoughts 

Sadly, I would have to say that as a standard sit-down-and-read book, it’s a pretty average read and not one to get excited about. 

However, if you read it as a breakfast book as I described above, then this book completely comes into its own and, I believe, becomes more valuable.

Have you read The Power of Breaking Fear?

This book review is my personal opinion and experience of The Power of Breaking Fear. 

If you’ve read this book, share your thoughts in the comments section, and don’t forget to leave your own review in the box below. 

Roseanna x

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As a standard sit-down-and-read book, I would rate this book as pretty average. However, if you read it as a breakfast book as I described above, then this book completely comes into its own and, I believe, becomes a lot more valuable.

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Roseanna
Currently winging my way through life and putting most of it on the internet. This is my personal website where I share my business book reviews, my adventure tips and stories, and my general musings on life as a solo entrepreneur.

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