The Winner’s Bible: Rewire Your Brain for Permanent Change
Dr. Kerry Spackman
Greenleaf Book Group Press (2009)
Reviewed by Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson for Reader Views (8/09)
Self-help books on how to become a “better you” abound nowadays. Every single one of them promises the reader who would faithfully follow the recommendations to become a more successful, richer, happier, better looking and altogether improved version of oneself, usually in a short period of time. With the overabundance of those books it is sometimes difficult to pick a true winner among the multitude, yet I do think “The Winner’s Bible” by Dr. Kerry Spackman might just be one of them.
The author’s approach to changing your life is extremely practical, and described step by step. Rather than just giving you a set of goals, the author explains how our brains work, and exactly what needs to be rewired in them, as well as how to achieve that. I’ve really liked the detailed explanation of the processes going on in the brain, and author’s statement that we are not like a computer. The part that I found particularly informative, and really relevant, was the importance of the hidden unconscious modules. To quote Dr. Spackman, “In many cases the secret agendas of those modules explain why you frequently do the wrong things even when you ‘know’ exactly what you should do. Sometimes even being highly motivated and wanting to do the right thing still isn’t enough. Your unconscious modules are somehow still controlling your behavior against your best intentions. Unless you know how to reprogram those hidden modules, you will be doomed to failure, despite having all the best thoughts and ideas in the world.” Armed with those basic truths, the reader will be well equipped to start “training,” which seems like a good term to use in view of the fact that Dr. Spackman’s program seems to be oftentimes used by elite athletes.
Written in an easy-to-follow format and a no-nonsense style, the numerous examples of step-by-step changes required as well as the real-life stories will definitely be inspirational to anybody desiring change. The unique visual and audio stimuli suggested by the author should make the progress much faster and the journey more enjoyable. Overall I found “The Winner’s Bible” by Dr. Kerry Spackman absorbing, motivating and enlightening, and I can definitely see it being widely used by those who truly desire change and are willing to work on achieving it. It would make a good gift for somebody who is in dire need of some motivation and change, as well as a good gift to yourself. You deserve to be a winner too.