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Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Author Patti Leith begins "Judge not.." with a quote from the New Testament’s book of Matthew that prompts a person to look at himself or herself before judging others. She tells of the four Nils children, Jennifer, Judith, Liam and Lance, and how their different personalities came into play when four year old Lance was badly injured. Leith writes: "our method of adaptation will always require us to reach out and meet each other somewhere in the middle." In Chapter Four, she discusses insight and how it is needed to "read a person, situation or yourself" and offers simple, easy-to-use steps in dealing with someone whose way of thinking is different from what we know. Leith defines the detail-oriented, organized person as an "Evergreen" and the person who talks in bigger pictures as the "Changing Leaf". She also writes of people who are considered a tree, others who are more or less a forest, those who are cautious and those who are direct. She then reminds readers to get along with others who are different from us and build relationships to get what we all need.
"Judge Not...: A Guide to Influence People Who Think Differently" is a well-written, easy to read and use book that should be in the library of every business, big, small or in-between. Patti Leith offers step-by-step practical advice for people to learn how to work together despite differences. As she states, "Forgive, move on, and value the differences held by the people in your life, both personal and work-related. It will change your life." This is a good book for a modern world where people often forget to think beyond themselves.