Book Review: Surviving Your Serengeti

22 Nov

I haven’t done a book review in a while, but wanted to share this book I just finished last night. It is called Surviving Your Serengeti by Stefan Swanepoel and it was a pretty quick read. Below is my review that I submitted to Booksneeze. What’s that you ask? Why, it’s where I get FREE, yes I said free books to review. Rules are simple, you must provide a review before you receive your next free book, and that’s about it!

Surviving Your Serengeti was an overall good read. Parts of the book were a bit cheesy for me and the book probably could have been half as long (even though it already was a quick read), but otherwise it was great.

The story follows Sean and Ashley Spencer, a husband and wife, as they take a trip to the Serengeti and what they learn while touring the area. One of the locals, Zachariah shows them 7 animals in their natural habitat and through each animal he highlights a strength that the animal portrays. These 7 strengths can then be applied to humans as well as animals as far as character traits are concerned.

Although this book felt a little to self-help-y to me, the message is positive and clear. By observing the wildebeest, lion, crocodile, cheetah, giraffe, mongoose, and elephant and how they survive in the Serengeti, the Spencer’s learn the importance of endurance, strategy, enterprise, efficiency, grace, communication, and risk-taking in the setting of each particular animal. The Spencer’s are then able to take what they have learned and apply it to their lives.

One quote from the book I wanted to share was as follows:

The seven skills, provide exceptional insight into surviving and thriving. Not because we’re animals, and not because we should strive to be like them. But in the harsh reality of the Serengeti, life and death dramas have accentuated their unique survival skills in a way that allows us to learn from them. Often, our comfortable existence lets us become complacent – and we fail to identify or grow our skills.

This book is thought provoking and encourages self reflection which I enjoyed. I would recommend this book.

I review for BookSneeze®

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