Shelf Help is a book club and community dedicated to self-help and self-development.
Each month, founder Toni Jones, a wellbeing journalist and self-help geek, highlights a book that has changed her life for the better. She also shares content and wisdom from the titles on the Shelf Help Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as holding IRL meetups and author events.
October Book of the Month:
Help Me! By Marianne Power
ABOUT HELP ME!
Marianne Power was stuck in a rut. Then one day she wondered: could self-help books help her find the elusive perfect life?
She decided to test one book a month for a year, following their advice to the letter.
What would happen if she followed the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People? Really felt The Power of Now? Could she unearth The Secret to making her dreams come true?
What begins as a clever experiment becomes an achingly poignant story. Because self-help can change your life – but not always for the better…
Toni says: “I love this book because it’s a brilliant introduction to self-help, including references, exercises and examples from all of the big authors and gurus including Tony Robbins, Brené Brown and Eckhart Tolle. It’s a bit like a self-help selection box. It’s also funny and real and raw – Marianne really throws herself into the experiment, from being (voluntarily) rejected daily to posing naked for a life-drawing class, walking on hot coals and chatting up strangers on the tube, and the results make for endearing and inspirational reading.”
WHY DID MARIANNE WRITE HELP ME?
Marianne says: “I started my crazy self-help experiment because I was unhappy and lost and I wanted to figure out how to change that. I hope my book will resonate with anyone who has felt that way.”
BIGGEST TAKEAWAY FROM THE BOOK?
SPOLIER ALERT! Marianne doesn’t turn into Buddha. Or even Beyoncé. But that’s OK, actually.
Because the biggest and best learning from Help Me! is that we are fine, just as we are.
Marianne says: “I want people to read this book and know that they are not alone, we all struggle sometimes and that, yes, do all the affirmations and make improvements to your life, but remember that you are OK the way you are just now. You really are. You are not broken and you do not need to be fixed.”