Reviews for Simeon Johnson Books
SUMMARY OF REVIEWS
"[E]very man or woman, no matter what their occupation, is a worthwhile person in more ways than a million." - US BOOK REVIEWS
The media today bombards the American public with images
of the rich and famous—people living charmed lives and supposedly achieving
great things. U.S. society worships such individuals, and countless research
studies have pointed out that envy and dissatisfaction are commonplace
emotions for a vast majority of people. However, in this collection, Johnson
takes the time to remind readers that this is not the whole story. What the
media offers is a skewed and deeply flawed picture that fails to celebrate the
ordinary men and women who help make the world go round. This compilation
offers up stories drawn from the lives of such common people—bus drivers,
baggage handlers, hairdressers, fishmongers—as they help keep New York City
ticking along. Each story is not only a deeply entertaining glimpse into a
fascinating life but also a reminder that everyone is interconnected, and each
life is special, important, and unique.
Johnson’s compilation is a beautiful volume in so many ways. The stories
themselves are heartwarming, reminding readers that the people and
experiences many people disparage and take for granted are complex, joyful,
and fascinating. At the same time, Johnson’s message is critical. There is so
much research demonstrating that striving for unattainable perfection is
detrimental to mental health and happiness. The author’s book encourages
readers to break that trend, embrace satisfaction, and celebrate themselves.
The stories are also beautifully written, with lively prose that gives life to the
myriad characters. Overall, this is an outstanding collection and well worth
Pacific Book Reviews
You rarely have a chance to read an incomparable book. I’m not sure that it fits a genre
besides the most basic descriptor of non-fiction. It is not entirely clear if the stories in
this book are non-fiction or entirely a figment of the author’s imagination but they are
detailed in a way that leads one to believe they are true. Either way, this is an exciting
book that you will want to know more about.
You’re a Worthwhile Person in More Ways than a Million’s structure is incredibly
intriguing to me because it works, and it is clear and concise, but it is not linear in any
way. The author tells stories in every chapter about everyday people whose lives make
a difference. At the end of the chapter, the people in the stories are also compared to
others in similar fields to remind us how vital everyone is in our community. The book
also celebrates black inventors, which was eye-opening. It was surprising and
refreshing to learn that black scientists and inventors invented many items that we use
every day. Each chapter also begins and ends with famous quotes from notable people
The angles that are taken in this book to show the importance of everyone’s worth are
enlightening. It is great to see blue collar workers celebrated in the same way we
celebrate doctors, lawyers, and politicians. It is like the author, Simeon Johnson, can
feel the heartbeat of America and what makes the whole country tick. This book oozes
with empathy and will automatically tap into your soul with that hopeful energy.
Simeon W. Johnson is an accomplished author, and it shows in this polished piece of
work. It takes someone of extraordinary talent to combine three books into one and
make it flow as well as this one does. The book is short but, that is fantastic because it
is the kind of book that you will want to read multiple times. The positivity that Mr.
Johnson brings with this book seems to be sorely missing in our world right now.
It is my sincere hope that this book sees mass circulation. It needs to be read by
everyone across the country, from high schools to the capital, to remind everyone that
we all have a purpose in this world, and not one of us is better than the next. I can’t
endorse this book enough, and I know that I am a better person for reading it.
“Worthwhile to Read!”
I gave several copies of this book to a local teen group home. The kids really found it helpful and inspirational. One said it made her feel positive about things. Easy to pick up and start reading.
“Take this book to heart!”
I’ve not been a student for a very long time and read Chris Korb’s book just to see how it’s observations compared with my personal experience as someone who occasionally entertains residents of eldercare facilities. Everything I’ve seen, and been astonished by, happens over and over again as the wonder of music helps lift people out of depression, restores (at least for a while) memory and memories and brings joy to people who are often very lonely, sad and confused. I don’t play guitar or piano but do sing and join with a local jazz duo to visit and entertain these beautiful elderly people. When we begin to sing they come alive! They sing along as words come back to them to songs they’ve got tucked away inside. Those of you who are considering making careers in music therapy will be doing terrific, meaningful work. Go for it!
“ Inspirational - A Great Book to Read and Pass On to Others”
This book highlights what too often gets overlooked in society: the work that the ‘little guy’ does. It reminds you to give credit to people that don’t receive recognition, that may be on the lower rungs. These people form the fabric of our society and our lives would be much worse, if not completely unmanageable, without their help. In sum, treat everyone with respect.
I highly recommend this book to everyone. Buy it for yourself or as a gift – you won’t regret it!
This book provides a journey through life and still showing up powerful. Thank you Simeon for sharing your story!
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