Book Review: The Entitlement Cure: Finding Success in Doing Hard Things the Right Way {by Dr. John Townsend}

Bah! There's hardly a more relevant book on the market right now -- I seriously loved this book. Read more on sydneyelizabeth.blogHardly could there be a more relevant book on the market right now. Dr. Townsend hits the nail so squarely on the head I wanted to go back and begin it all over again when I finished the last page. Anyone with much awareness of our culture can relate to and learn from this book.

“You have never received a winner’s trophy before playing in the championship game. You have never been offered a promotion before you excelled in your job. Your parents never instructed you to make sure you ate your dessert first and not worry about the vegetables, since they would take care of themselves.

Why did none of these things happen? Because that’s not how successful lives work. It makes no sense to earn trophies before you win games, get a promotion before you perform well, or eat sweets before you consume your dinner. An attitude of entitlement, though, tells us that it can and should be this way: ‘You can have it all. Do what is easy and comfortable first, and you’ll be rewarded with a lot of amazing things.’

It’s a lie.

The entitlement disease’s insistence that you leave the hard stuff till later (or never) results in disaster.”

The introductory chapters draw a captivating picture of the “disease” (entitlement) with funny-yet-sad examples and descriptions of the various faces of entitlement. With each subsequent section, Dr. Townsend expounds on various aspects of entitlement with intense clarity and captivation. Though each chapter had me thinking of specific people in my life that fall into a certain category or another, almost every part had me realizing issues in my own life I hadn’t fully, clearly realized existed.

“All of us exhibit some level of entitled attitudes, even highly responsible and giving people. It’s just part of the human condition.”

He repeatedly, especially in one chapter, wrote from the perspective of helping those in your life that live an entitled lifestyle and that you, in love, would like to help. At first, I thought that was all the book was going to be about and I wasn’t particularly looking to help someone specifically. However, it ended it up being much, much more than that.

“…Entitlement has become a serious problem in our society, and it’s not getting better. It is impossible to calculate its cost in lack of company productivity, family success, relational love, emotional health, and spiritual vibrancy. Our world suffers greatly from a culture that supports entitlement.”

One of the best parts of the book is that the author is a courageous Christian and doesn’t shy away from mentioning the very heart of the matter:

“Ultimately, entitlement fails us. We don’t develop the character abilities and relationships necessary to become the people God intended us to be. We won’t be able to love those who can love us well. We can’t succeed in the tasks and missions God has prepared for us.”

Dr. Townsend helps the reader understand what God intended for us, why we have (and should embrace) difficulties and how to become more Christlike in our behavior and mentalities. Entitlement is a serious issue, a mindset that is often extremely difficult to overcome. This book, if followed and listened to, provides a pathway toward success.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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