Saturday, September 18, 2010

Review: Book of Goddess by The Beautiful Kind

It's fair to say that most of us bloggers are gratuitous self-publicists (I know I certainly am) but very few of us every successfully elevate our online presence to that of a 'brand.'

One of the few who has is The Beautiful Kind, whose blog actually resembles an online sex magazine more than just a regular blog.

One of the things I only recently noticed on The Beautiful Kind is her online eBook: The Book of Goddess.

Since I'm in the writing and publishing industry myself, I gave it a look and here's what I thought:

The Book of Goddess: Elevating your Desirability to Mythic Proportions
by The Beautiful Kind

Let me lay my cards right on the table - I was prepared to judge this eBook by it's virtual cover.

Although I'm wildly impressed with The Beautiful Kind's online presence, she'd made a few inopportune comments on her Twitter feed that had given me the impression that she was a little superficial, narcissistic and full of herself - and at first glance, this book might reinforce that impression.
"I’ve had many women approach me, asking, “TBK, how do you do it? You’re always busy, you have an endless string of admirers, you’ve got young guys, older gentlemen, single men, married men, all wrapped around your finger…how do you seduce them? How do you get them hooked? How do you get them to say things like ‘I’d give my left arm just to taste your sweet ass.’ –"

Book of Goddess, Page 11
But I persevered - and I'm glad I did.

Because once you get past the bluster and the hyperbole, The Beautiful Kind's how-to guide to unleashing a woman's inner Goddess actually turns out to be more than just well-written - it contains an awful lot of pertinent, ponderable advice.

It's all unleashed in a 'stream of consciousness' style - like she decided to write a book, and just sat down and did it rather than planning, plotting or organizing her thoughts in advance.

It's also very singular in its voice - her 'advice' is merely what worked for her, and what she assumes will work for other women, but she fails to make that distinction and therefore there are going to be a significant number of readers for whom the applicable advice wildly misses the mark.

But the fact is there's gold in her advice - and something more valuable than that.

The Book of Goddess is written in a beautifully positive, affirmative tone that empowers its reader - so even if some of the specific advice might not be applicable to all (like her advice to "Get pregnant. Pregnant women are never bored") the overall attitude encourages readers to take control of their own life and their own happiness and that's really priceless advice.

In fact, ultimately the reason the book resonated with me was because of that 'can do' attitude and the fact that The Beautiful Kind advocates action over excuses - in so much self-help literature written by women, there's this push to 'pass the buck' and offer excuses to justify your situation, rather than actions to overcome it. The Book of Goddess, even as it hints at aspects of spirituality and magic, ultimately relies on purely pragmatic advice that actually promises real results. That you can't help but admire.

And there's a lot of advice in this book that you can similarly admire:
"Stop watching TV. TV controls your thoughts, influences you, steals your time away from better things."

"So many women allow themselves to be chosen instead of choosing a partner for themselves."

"As long as you have food in your belly, a roof over your head, and people who love you, you’re good to go. That’s all you need."

"If you are mentally unstable, a Negative Nancy, or a drama queen, you run the risk of being an energy vampire, which people tend to avoid."
And my most favorite piece of advice:
"Suck cock on a regular basis."
I won't go into any more of the advice she offers - although there's something incredibly pertinent she raises regarding women on birth control - but I will say that it's worth a read.

The Beautiful Kind's eBook is free to download and this is one of those rare occasions in which something free is worth far more than you paid for it.

I'll admit that I'd been a bit cagey around The Beautiful Kind after she said some incredibly inopportune and blase things on her twitter feed - but ultimately this ebook suggests that's just the kind of attitude she has.

She's blunt and unapologetic and goes around offending people unintentionally and unknowingly - but in many ways that's preferable to the dreary types who spend their entire time censoring themselves so as to be palletable to every outraged minority.

She's just her - and seems to have embraced that for better and for worse - which, to a certain extent, is the message of The Book of Goddess (and a very admirable one.)

Download it now.