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Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller Book Review

Just Get Up: And Manifest Your Inner Genius by Isaac Samuel Miller is non-fiction, self help book with a pinch of religion, all about achieving greatness in your life.

This book starts off with many chapters all about Isaac’s life. We learn about a young boy who has big dreams to be in the NBA. This little boy sparks so much enthusiasm for how he can achieve his dreams even when life isn’t going his way. As life goes on, he steers away from his NBA dreams and into becoming a personal trainer. He has many other gifts he talks about that he has woven into his life, like writing poetry and writing books. His focus on following your dreams and achieving your goals is a memorable and respectful one. He gives many great tips on how you can pull the strength together to be the person you want to be in life.

This book wasn’t exactly what I thought it was, which isn’t a bad thing at all. There are great sets of wisdom and suggestions in this book to help people pull themselves up by the boot straps and get going. It’s a very straight-forward book with the messaging – think of the Nike “Just Do It” but instead it’s “Just Get Up.” There’s a lot of stress on making sure you work hard every day and do the right things, with the help of God’s blessing.

Now, you do need to be aware there is a lot of religion in this book. I stand neither here nor there on religion in my books, but this will definitely be a trigger or a “do not read” banner for some readers – which is perfectly okay! Isaac does stress that God’s blessing and believing in God help you get the job done, but that is his personal opinion. It was easy enough for me to see the writing on this as how Isaac got to his dreams, but not everyone is going to take that route. That being said, this book might be better for those with religious ties as the religion piece is mentioned several times throughout the book and is a very big and important part. I wouldn’t want anyone going into this book looking for non-religious inspiration and coming across the interesting statements of the metaphorical you wanting to be an ICU Nurse but God had other plans for you to be a charge nurse. It’s an interesting take that not everyone will agree with.

So, you might be thinking, what are Briar’s thoughts on this book? Well, it wasn’t my favourite. I love a great self-help, you can do it, don’t give up, etc., sort of book. After many years, I pulled myself up and went back to school to do what I wanted to do. So, like anyone else who’s pulled through tough times, I LOVE seeing people preach about how we are capable with the right mixture of luck, time, and money. This book? It was very preach-y (no pun intended). Isaac often stressed about how he always did the right thing, which made him seem very self-righteous. I’m glad Isaac has such a high sense of self-esteem, but at times it was very annoying. That’s how I personally read it – as if Isaac could do no wrong. There were comments about him being selfish and deciding to go to college instead of helping pay his parents’ mortgage. I didn’t see that as “selfish”, but the wording made it seem like he was actually doing something really big and being the better person by paying bills. It always came off like he was better than everybody else. The wording frustrated me over and over again. “I worked out the same day my brother was killed” really struck me. It was the wording that got me because I know very well from my life experience that everyone grieves differently. Time and time again, it was the wording that made me scratch my head. I think I know what Isaac was saying, but it wasn’t worded right.

The hustle culture of this book left me so disappointed. Not everyone can make a schedule where they only sleep four hours and be extremely successful as Isaac says he is. We all have lives with kids or struggles or two jobs – we don’t have the time that Isaac has. The preaching of making sure you think and work on your dreams every single day is a tough one for many people. We all don’t have the luck, time, or money to do what Isaac did, and I think it’s important to stress that you need to do you. The day I was in the hospital and needed two days for recovery I was definitely not thinking about my career goals, I was focusing on recovery. That time my Dad died or my dog died or my mentor or friends died? Yep, no thinking about the career goals, only grieving and healing. I think it’s important to stress that not every day we will work on our goals because sometimes we just need to focus on us.

Tie that in with how the book rambles on and on about certain subjects… And some grammar issues I found (I have an ARC so these may not be in the final copy – I hope)… The book missed the mark with me as a reader.

Overall, this book has some very memorable and important messages but it missed the mark for me. I think many people will love this book because it is very straight to the point. It gives exercises and examples that readers will benefit from. I personally didn’t enjoy it all that much, but I do think it is a fabulous read and it will find its niche audience.

Two out of five stars.

I received this book for free from the author, Isaac Samuel Miller, in exchange for an honest review.

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Do you love non-fiction? Do you need more books to pile onto your never-ending TBR? Well, I can help with that! My blog has many fantastic reads that fall into the non-fiction, self-help. and fact book categories. Check out some of my top book recommendations below:
#BookReview Unmuted: Stories of Courage and Resilience from the GenPRIDE Community by Steven Knipp et al.
#BookRecommendation Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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