How to Be Free by Joe Blow

How to Be Free

By Joe Blow

  • Release Date: 2011-09-13
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4
From 1,179 Ratings
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How can we free ourselves from mental suffering? How can we unlock what the poet William Blake referred to as “the mind-forged manacles” - those unhelpful, unfounded and inflexible habits of thought which keep us from reaching our true creative potential?

This book provides practical advice on how to achieve this.

But it also offers an imaginative holistic theoretical framework for an understanding of the nature of the universe, the psychological history of the human race and the meaning of life.

What Readers Have Said About "How to Be Free" :

"I just wanted to thank you for publishing 'How to Be Free'. It helped me through many hard times that have recently occurred. My self-esteem has been raised because of you."

"This is a book that is full of insight and as a psychology major, I would highly recommend this book for all open minds."

"Opened my eyes and changed my life."

" f*****g changed my life."

"This book is dark, deep and brilliantly written. I'm very moved by the author's candidness about mental illnesses, a subject that has become extinct in our conversations and dealings. Here is a person who reached deep inside himself and spilled his soul out onto each page... and he did it so eloquently. I applaud him for bringing me to tears."

"Really loved the book. It made me think, self reflect and take a deeper look at my own self."

"I found your book particularly helpful at a low point in my life... You have given me new hope..."

"Your book has made me a happier person already!"

" awesome book..."


  • Good

    By MorganBrown123
    I think this was a great book pointed out lots of factual points in which I would keep in my mind.
  • A good read

    By britpull
    If you want to unlock the deepest parts of your brain...a book worth reading.
  • Phenomenal

    By Felix_ The Great
    Incredible.. and a spectacular book that I adamantly recommend to everyone to read!!!
  • Great book

    By ryebread411
    I’ve had some of these ideals before even reading the book, I feel like every young person should read this to open their eyes and get rid of all sadness so humanity can some day live in loving unity.
  • Very insightful

    By Linsze
    I like how this book exposes the way people think and become so stuck in the brainwashing of society and media. This book reminds me of me... Thanks for writing out what many of us think and feel.
  • I found a missing piece of myself

    By Arghbmb
    Thank you
  • Insteresting

    By Lillybell.0
    I would definitely recommend this read, but I found myself a bit disappointed by a few perspectives and topics discussed. If I do refer this book I’d have to throw in my two cents before praising it. I felt there was a lot of underdeveloped commentary. Many things I felt the in-depth thought process halted far too soon when it could have dove much deeper. Overall it was a good read and I felt like I took plenty from this text I can’t complain too much. It’s a perfect read if you want to get some gears moving when thinking of your place in life. Definitely took out a few quotes I really found helpful and freeing. . . . Lastly, I felt compelled to leave this side note due to other reviews upset by the author not believing in God. His personal beliefs in God is so trivial to the rest of the text you can easily still believe in God and see where his perspective is coming from. It’s a shame to toss such a book to the side it only feeds into the narrative discussed. Give it a read and challenge yourself to be ok with reading the thoughts of someone who thinks differently. It’s eye opening in itself and doesn’t have to be anger driven or upsetting.
  • Somethings are worth reading in this book

    By LiveFastDieYoung39
    Happy I didn't act on the first impulse to abandon reading this book. Towards the end, there were parts truly worth reading. The author's brain has been illuminated by flashes of insanity and having read his words, I feel a bit insane too, in a positive, nonconformist kind of way. One note to the author about dogma and religion and the acts of violence in name of a religion: It's good to be able to distinguish between one's understanding of a faith and the faith itself. Both Christianity and Islam have beautiful teachings to enhance our human experience and the fact that relatively small groups in these religions chose to commit atrocities in their name does not change their essence as religions that changed the world.
  • Liberating

    By Canoe ski
    To say the least this book takes a hard look at the mind,and what makes it tick and I connected with it and it has become a priceless piece of literature.
  • Wow

    By Ito3391
    Haven't read a book so honest in a long time. Definitely recommend it. I'm amazed by how many things the author has been thru and can still see the world from this amazing point of view. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️