BOOK REVIEW: Saddle Up Your Own White Horse by Sandra Pelletier

16 October, 2008


Waiting for Prince Charming to ride up on his white horse and make you happy? Don’t waste your time. You hold the reins of your own happiness.

You don’t need a knight in shining armour to live happily ever after. But if he arrives, you’ll be ready to ride by his side.

We women have all the power, knowledge and confidence necessary to create the life we want – without relying on a man to do it for us. We just need to learn to use our innate gifts and start living deliberately today.

The last sentence sets this book apart from the typical “feministic” self-helps that encourage and incite (even!) women to be the best they can be, minus a man by their side.

A happily-married woman and a mother herself, Saundra talks through 5 principles that focus on
- being “deliberate creators”,
- calling on women’s uniquely feminine talents e.g. multitasking and intuition,
- leading the way in our relationships with men,
- creating a “cavalry” of other women and
- finally, mastering the 3 Cs of “confidence”, “credit” (not credit cards!) and embracing “comfort with success”.

I was glued to this book because she draws on her personal experiences as a corporate vice president, a global franchise leader at Fortune 500 companies like GD Searle and Monsanto, and a board member for global pharmaceutical companies.

Women (and men) may find the relationship section that asks the question “Sex: How Much Is Enough?” particularly interesting.

Anecdotes, jokes, quotes by successful women and also stories from other women she’d met make the book easier to read.

Given that Saundra is a life coach and professional speaker, she includes bits of self-promotion e.g. recommending that women attend a life seminar as personal reward.

I also found the “A Woman’s Declaration” a bit too ya-ya for me, which came across as flaky after the deep, soul-searching and insightful discussion throughout the book.

Finally, I was a disappointed that Saundra didn’t discuss more money management, which is the keystone to a woman’s (especially mothers, married or single) happiness and security.

Still, I’d strongly recommend this book to any woman who’s unhappy with her life, feels like she’s going nowhere or simply wants to energize herself with a dash of self-motivation.

Stop being a victim or a martyr – you CAN do something to change things and lead happiness right to your doorstep :-)

Click here to get a copy of “Saddle Up Your Own White Horse: 5 Principles Every Woman Needs to Know by Saundra Pelletier”

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