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I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2023
‘Why We Make Bad Choices’ is a non-fiction book that improves the reader’s mind and life. It takes references from themes and characters of Genesis 1-3 but also discusses behaviors and trains of thought that emphasize humans misbehave and make bad choices.
I found the approach so novel, which excited me as I read through the passages. The author has a unique perspective on things and uses the self-help book to teach us a thing or two.
The literature is written well and is to the point. It is organized and well put together. The book is religiously inclined, so if you are into books that use spirituality and psychology to self-teach, this one is for you.
I recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author.
Reviewed in India on December 4th 2023
In "Why We Make Bad Choices," Maria Liviero delves deep into the labyrinth of the human psyche, exploring the intricate relationship between our sense of self and our propensity for unhealthy choices. This thought-provoking journey, inspired by the symbolic themes of Genesis 1–3, offers a unique and profound perspective on understanding and confronting our inner selves.
The narrative is skillfully woven around a character named Eve, who embarks on a journey through a parallel universe that bridges the biblical past with the modern day. Liviero's use of Eve as a conduit to explore the darker aspects of human nature is both innovative and insightful. As Eve encounters various facets of the human condition, the reader is invited to reflect on the duality of good and evil within themselves. This exploration is not only enlightening but also deeply relatable, making the book a compelling read for anyone on a quest for self-understanding.
One of the most striking aspects of Liviero's work is her ability to seamlessly blend complex theological concepts with practical self-help guidance. The book doesn't shy away from challenging the reader to confront their 'false self' - the source of many unhealthy decisions. The journey is an intricate blend of self-discovery and introspection, providing readers with valuable insights into how they can identify and alter destructive thinking patterns.
Liviero's writing style is engaging, making complex concepts accessible without oversimplifying them. Her approach to the creation story of Genesis as a metaphor for the human experience of grappling with good and evil is both innovative and enlightening...
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2023
Uncover the mysteries of religion and psychology in Maria Liviero's captivating book, "Why We Make Bad Choices: The God's Labyrinth of Good and Evil Encountering the Self." Dive into a thought-provoking journey of self-discovery, presented in a clear and practical format. Prepare to be intrigued as Liviero explores the depths of the human psyche, providing answers to life's perplexing questions. With its engaging writing style, this book is a must-read that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
Thanks so much for an advance review copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving a review of my personal opinion.
Look into yourself
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2023
"This academic book uses a fictional story to illustrate how you can analyze your choices. It guides you through this journey using two often diametrically opposite points of view: religion (Christianity) and science (Jungian psychology).
A relationship with your God can help. So can psychology. In both, acceptance of yourself can help you to love others.
We all have unresolved traumas, known and subconscious, but to be fully free, you must realize what they are and face them. Self-help questions after each chapter can help with this process of learning about yourself.
You should know that this book is not a pop-psychology slogan fest. It’s deep, thoughtful, and insightful, much like the journey it will take you on to discover your real self. Well worth a read!"
Reviewed in the United States July 7, 2023
"We are a Christian family and my daughter also loves psychology so this book is great since it combines both aspects. I really like how it tells about why we have a tendency of doing bad things based on Genesis."
Thoughtful and Memorable Approach to Religion and Psychology...A Must-Read!
Reviewed in the United States May 26, 2023
"This was a unique and powerful read. The author’s ability to write in a way that felt both educational yet relatable to everyone was a great use of voice and tone, and the philosophical discussions that the author’s work brings up help to bridge the gap between religion and psychology as a whole new way, allowing for the reader to really take the time to explore their own lives and the impact that one’s faith and morality can impact their lives directly.
For me, the connection the author formed between religion and psychology was such an impactful writing and philosophy tool. The symbolism and creativity that the author used in showcasing the story of Eve and her experiences throughout the book of Genesis, and how the author was able to relay that information to our own understanding of the universe as a whole and our place in it in regards to our own identity and psyche was amazing to see come to life."
This book is a bridge between psychology and Biblical study
N. N. Light
Reviewed in the United States March 30, 2023
"The book attempts to be a bridge between the worlds of Bible study and psychology. Structured in a workable format. Each chapter has a set of self-help questions you can answer to see how well you are grasping the chapter.
While the use of Jungian philosophy is an interesting approach, there is a caution here. To better fully grasp that aspect, it would be better for people to have at least a cursory grasp of Jung. My six weeks of undergrad psych didn't seem to do the trick.
A questionable basis for fact is to put too much emphasis on the work of someone who has 'won' an Erratic Boulder award twice. If there was a clear definition of who ‘Eve’ represents, the book would be a lot more relatable.
While this is an admirable approach, it may not work. It is largely unlikely that a dedicated person who studies the Bible will be open to the myriad psych concepts. In the same way, a psych maven will not be open to the lengthy discourse about Genesis.
More likely to appeal to people with a very strong understanding of psychology. People of strong religious belief may have trouble grasping the concepts presented. Verbose and often vague, the book lacks a certain clarity. At times the self-help questions are almost too complicated for simple understanding.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the author in the hopes I'd review it.
My Rating: 4.25 stars"