The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose

Reviewed by: Connor Salter, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: The Greatest You: Face Reality, Release Negativity, and Live Your Purpose

Author: Trent Shelton with Lou Aronica

Publisher: Nelson Books (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.)

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Length: 240 pages


“Ten years ago, I was in a very dark place,” Shelton states in this book’s first chapter. He then spends the rest of the book outlining the factors that led him into that dark place and the principles that helped him get out of it. Along the way, he relates the principles to stories by other people who’ve been inspired by his RehabTime motivational videos.

Shelton openly considers the mistakes he made and his advice on how to overcome personal struggles is certainly helpful. At the same time, the principles he describes – such as how forgiveness frees people to be more emotionally healthy – have been covered by plenty of other writers. However, he does summarize these ideas in an inspiring, coherent way. A solid primer on finding the motivation to begin life anew.


Rating (1 to 5 stars)

3 stars

Suggested Audience

Readers seeking self-development tips.

Christian Impact

This book will certainly encourage readers to face their particular trials and embrace forgiveness, reconciliation and new freedom. Although Shelton doesn’t draw spiritual explanations for these ideas, the book opens the door for conversations about how those ideas relate to Christianity.



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