Book Review: Quest, Inc. by Justin Cohen

Book Details:

File Size: 393 KB
Print Length: 284 pages
Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC
Publication Date: March 19, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

The World ‘s #1 Personal Development Agency . . . has to prove it. What if you brought together five top personal development experts equipped with virtually everything we know about unleashing human potential and gave them some lives to change? Could they really coach anyone to lose fifty pounds, fix a broken relationship, or get rich? What would they do for a homeless person, or a pro-golfer trailing at the back of her league? How about taking the racism out of a racist, or turning a hellish employee into a ray of sunshine? Welcome to Quest, Inc. They say they can change your life. Now, as they re followed by an investigative journalist from one of the world ‘s leading news publications, they have to prove it or be damned as charlatans. Based on real life peak performance and transformational strategies, you ll see the highs and lows everyone faces on the road to self-realization especially the experts. Get ready for breakthrough . . . or breakdown.

About the Author:

Justin Cohen is the author of four books and seven audiobooks. He produced and hosted a television talk show in which he interviewed some of the world’s top experts on success. As a leading authority on personal development, with an honors degree in Psychology, Justin Cohen speaks, trains and writes in the fields of motivation, sales, service and leadership. Justin’s latest book is Quest, Inc, an inspirational novel.

For more information about the author go to: www.justinpresents.com

Book Review:

Quest, Inc. is a self-help book posing as contemporary fiction. The Celestine Prophecy was the template for many books in which authors promoted their beliefs and values using a fictional narrative. But what James Redfield’s book lacked in terms of plot and storytelling, author Justin Cohen was able to make his story fun and interesting as well as enlightening.

The story starts off with a bang. Robert Riviera, America’s former favorite health and fitness expert, has succumbed to obesity. Because of his downward spiral, he’s literally lost everything: wife, home, money, business . . . the whole shebang . . . all because of his pesky food addiction which he can’t seem to shake on his own, despite once being the country’s foremost authority on health, fitness, and weight loss.

Robert’s personal struggles become the impetus for his former personal development compadres to get the band back together, help their friend who has fallen on hard times, and use his renewed success story to launch a personal development agency to help others in their pursuit of personal freedom, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

This is a good book with lots of great advice. It risks being a little preachy, but Cohen balances the messages within his book with interesting and diverse characters. His personal development experts are flawed in much the same way as are the clients they’re committed to help.

Quest, Inc. is a great example of authority figures teaching what they most need to learn themselves. And yet their obvious flaws do not diminish the powerful messages of the story. To the contrary, the imperfections of Carter King (relationships), Jay Lazerus (emotional well being), Alexia Redmond (image makeovers), Robert Riviera (health and fitness), and Mickey Prodi (money and finance) make the drama of the story more believable and fun.

A minor complaint is that the various client stories suffer a little from the “Dr. Phil Syndrome” which means that all of the problems the personal development experts are enlisted to assess and resolve can’t possibly be dispensed so quickly, including Robert Riveria’s food addiction issue. Perhaps fewer characters and more story development might have been practical given that the author has chosen a novel as the format, not a non-fiction self-help book.

The main crisis of the novel is an aggressive reporter intent on writing an exposé on the self-help experts. I didn’t think this element generated a lot of excitement or angst, but I thought it was a clever device for bringing up an obvious issue which is that a lot of people just don’t believe in self-help gurus.

I liked the presence of the reporter and her role in the novel. It’s a good reminder that the self-help movement isn’t really about the experts as much as it’s about learning to help yourself. My favorite scene in the book is when the reporter learns this lesson for herself.

Quest, Inc. is an unconventional novel that is well written, edited, and digitally formatted. It has some shortcomings as a novel, but the story does flow well and it’s packed with lots of great content. So in that respect, the author was smart in setting his book apart by using a fictional narrative; otherwise, this important content could have gotten lost in a sea of traditional self-help books.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.

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