"Books can be dangerous. The best ones should be labeled 'This could change your life.' " ~Helen Exley
Read the following Amazon reviews to find out what readers think about The Imposter
"The Imposter is a book that I can honestly say has changed my life forever. The way I now look at life, my past, the present and my future started after sharing with Kip Kreiling a bit of my time while reading his honest story.
This book is a combination of the author's memoirs with the philosophies or principles that have guided him towards a complete reformation in life. What I love about these principles is that they can be applied in many ways. Whether you are seeking a life saving transformation, success in business, struggling to lose weight, dealing with family and work challenges, the principles that Kip Kreiling shares with us in his book will inspire and motivate you.
The book is structured as a guide for describing the eight principles of transformation that helped Kip Kreiling reform his life; and that can help anyone who has embarked on their own journey of personal or organizational change.
I won't bore you with too much more details. All I can say is that you have nothing to lose by reading this book, and so much to gain. I personally thank Kip Kreiling for sharing this with me. I am a different person today, and am set on my own journey as I seek to finally reach my goals in many aspects of my life. And in great part most, if not all of these eight principals, have inspired me and are guiding me as they did him."
"This book read like a novel but actually was a biography, a man's journey through the lows and highs. How someones life can be so crazy and sad to start with, and with the help of hope and love turned into a real transformation. Overcoming personal addictions and how to transform one's life was really the message I got out of this novel. One of the principles that I quote and remember quite often is " By transforming your environment, you can transform who you are". The book was all about how a environment affects a person, and how you can change the environment you are currently in, if you need help. A awesome read!"
You can Buy The Imposter on this website,
at Amazon, or at Deseret Book
Not just a book, November 7, 2009
"I have been a book printer by profession for more than 25 years. I have seen most every kind of book on most every subject that has ever been talked about.
Most books make you pause and think. Some books entertain. Some books inform. Some books teach. And then on rare occasions there comes a book that does it all and then simply makes you want to be a better person. Such is the case with Kip Kreiling's THE IMPOSTER.
The author gets personal in a gritty way. Then he graciously offers what he has learned from his experiences in life. These experiences have qualified him to help others. The result - nobody can read this book and be quite the same person again."
Mike Carver (Draper, UT)
"Kip's life story is a testament to me that change is possible! When I first became acquainted with Kip in 1980, he was still using drugs, a high school dropout, and lived in shambles. His life appeared to have very little meaning and direction. His long term drug addictions had taken a toll on his body; his teeth were yellow and his hair was unkept. At seventeen, he had an 8th grade vocabulary, poor writing skills, and struggled to read. It was obvious that Kip had reached the bottom in his life. Few individuals could have looked at this young man and believed change was even remotely possible.
People may wonder if the "rags to riches" transformations can still occur. Kip provides a powerful example that it can. Kip successfully reached down deep and entirely changed his life. The Imposter is a roadmap on how he did it. I was so intrigued with this book that I could not put it down - I read it in two nights."
Cynthia Sue Larson "www.realityshifters.com" (San Francisco bay area, CA USA)
"The Imposter" tells the true life story of a runaway teenage delinquent who successfully turned his life completely around over the period of several years. Author Kip Kreiling describes aspects of his early life which are far from flattering in unflinching detail, such as being arrested fourteen times for a variety of reasons including violence and using and selling drugs. This story is grittily real, yet written straight from the heart.
With a passion for helping others find ways to transform their lives, Kreiling shares tips he has personally found most beneficial for living a successful life which he shares with readers so we can transform ourselves, our relationships, our families, our businesses, our communities and our world. Not only did Kreiling extricate himself from an addiction to crack cocaine (among other things), he also completed college and got a graduate degree in business. While still attending classes, Kreiling began what became a non-profit foundation called Transformation Help, to teach transformational skills to prison inmates.
I especially enjoyed reading about ways that Kreiling learned to trust his intuition and a sense of inner knowingness regarding the best course of actions to take, even when sometimes following his intuition led him to feel others would not understand the choices he had made. While Kreiling includes mention of many cutting edge scientific studies to support his recommended approach to transformation, recent studies in 2010 support the overall approach he embodies by his example of looking back at how his life would have gone had he not made the changes he has made... this kind of "counterfactual reflection" is now considered to be extraordinarily instrumental in helping people feel the strongest sense of appreciation and commitment to the path they are now on which they feel is clearly better than where they would have been.
"The Imposter" is an excellent book for anyone who is starting to realize that their life could be much more than it is, yet feels hopeless or trapped due to unfortunate circumstances, poor decisions, various failures or pessimism. Kreiling shares the steps he took to overcome all those problems to attain success in business, romance, family, and with friends. Kreiling's story of personal and professional transformation is a riveting and memorable page-turner that inspires us to make the most of our lives, and take a look at whether we like the direction we are currently headed -- and if not, what we can start doing today to end up in a better place.
A breath of fresh air, May 6, 2010
Eric Slay "www.paperwhitephotography.com" (Orange County, CA)
I am an avid reader of self-help books. In a genre with so many authors that are psychologists or slick seminar-speakers, it is a breath of fresh air to read a book that is a memoir from someone who has actually lived through the types of struggles he aims to enlighten you with.
The main idea of The Imposter? is ones ability to change. Through a combination of personal life stories and anecdotes from historical figures, Kreiling illustrates how BIG change can occur. While this may sound almost cliché, the author does a fantastic job of breaking down common stumbling blocks and mindsets that keep us from making positive changes in our lives.
While Kip presents many insightful viewpoints on making change, for me the most profound came towards the end of the book. At the risk of over-simplifying, the argument is presented that the most effective way to make change in your life is not to continually try to fix the negatives (like most of us do), but instead create positives. The reasoning is that these positives not only bring us happiness, but will eventually minimize or eliminate the negatives. I find this message to be both practical and sublime.
Of special interest to educators:
I am a teacher in a public school in the heart of a low-income area. Like many teachers, every few years I get a child in my class that seems beyond my ability to help. As an unexpected benefit of reading this book, I feel more confident in my effectiveness in making a positive impact on these students. After seeing the amazing change that Kip went through and then reading the touching Acknowledgements section at the end of the book, I have a better understanding of how my efforts do actually impact these childrens lives. As the author states, all the people that didn't give up on him long after he had given up on himself had a tremendous role in his metamorphosis - even though they couldn't actually see the results for many years.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
Michael D. Adams (Jeffersonville, IN USA)
Let's face it; there are hundreds of "self-help" books out there. Everywhere you turn, some "expert" wants to tell you how to improve your life. Want to lose weight? Quit smoking? Drinking problem? No sweat. For a low-low price of $29.99, you can learn how to break your bad habits, become an instant millionaire, learn how to be a better husband/wife/lover/parent/friend, and even learn the secrets to the universe that only the ancient Chinese knew and that have been hidden from us for thousands of years.
Let me tell you, The Imposter is NOT that book.
Foremost, Kip Krieling is one of the most candid and open authors I have ever met. And I say "met" because we have exchanged emails regarding his book. Yes, he has been successful in both business and life. But it hasn't always been that way for him, and that is clearly conveyed in his writing. Kip holds no illusions with regard to the reader's station in life. He does not assume that you are looking for help overcoming addiction, weight loss, smoking, abuse, etc. He also does not assume that we are all out to get rich or famous. Instead, he simply tells his life story. He shares with readers what many in his position would try to keep under wraps. Kip experienced more heartache and trials by age 13 than many folks will find in a lifetime. His hope is that you, the reader, will be able to learn, through his experience, how to improve your own situation. And to reinforce his personal experiences, Kip provides insightful stories relative to some of history's greatest minds. We learn that we are not alone in our struggles, and even those whom we now regard as "great" had to struggle to reach that pinnacle.
And Kip is on to something. If you are someone who is seeking a turning point in your life, and especially if you are in a situation where you feel the world is against you and things are only getting worse, then you need to read this book NOW. I believe this book would be a fantastic gift to a young adult who may be on a destructive path, because sometimes all you need to know is that someone else has been there and that you are not alone in your experiences. Will you instantly be a "better" person? Will you be more organized, focused, and ready to take on the world when you turn the last page? It depends on your frame of mind. This book may take a little while to "sink in". But at least you will have an honest perspective on the steps necessary to improve your life. Through the telling of his story, Kip lays out some major principles that will inspire you to change those things you feel are holding you back. And while Kip gives due credit to God and His role in his transformation, he does not over-focus on it. Yes, God played a major role in Kip's success. But inevitably it was up to Kip to take the wheel and drive the bus.
Too many people sit idly by and wait for the world to change around them. If you are open to it, The Imposter will show you how to change your world.
Emotionally stirring and mesmerizing, this book lifted my spirits!, February 4, 2010
Steph "booklover" (California)
The Imposter should really be called the Transformer! This book is an insightful and inspiring look into the human heart. It is a poignant semi-autobiography of a remarkable man and the 8 principles he used to change his life into the success he is today, not only in business but in all aspects of his life.
I found this book easy to read and I quickly became invested in the author's candor, as he openly and honestly documents his struggles living in a poor, depressed environment of violence with little hope for success. He uses his life as an example with many intriguing insights to effectively prove his principles of change.
The first thing I noticed while reading this story is how it drew me emotionally. It has a quiet intensity and I was mesmerized by the glimpses of the author's life to the extent I slowly began to feel as if I really knew him. As a result, there is an almost intimate quality as if the author is there with you and advising you as a caring friend/mentor. Sharing the knowledge/secrets he has gained through adversity.
The best thing I noticed about this book is how it lifted my spirits. I have taken these principles to heart because they make such 'simple' yet profound sense and I wonder why I didn't think of some of them myself! Many books try to help people but I have often found myself hopelessly confused or put off by their lengthy explanations, overly verbose style, or extreme religious preaching. And although I did find some of his principles familiar to other books I have read. I found his explanations clearer and more personally moving because he uses his own life as examples so effectively. This book clarified my thoughts and changed my perspectives of how I think. I do believe his 8 principles can change your life if you are willing to take that leap of faith. In yourself. I have already started using his principles myself. I think this the perfect book for the new year or anyone who has a real resolution to really change.
The only difficulty I did have with this book was that the author does provide many examples of his life to illustrate key points in his novel along with examples of other people interspersed. But since his personal examples are not in a linear time frame I did have a little difficulty orienting myself in certain sections. Sometimes I forgot that this book is not strictly an autobiography but instead he uses his life to demonstrate his ideas. (Would love to read an autobiography!) As a result I found some of the flashbacks to his old life made reading some a bit choppy.
Emotionally stirring and mesmerizing. This book is clearly a labor of love, and one that I highly recommend. Everyone should have the opportunity to read the Imposter!
Shawn Kovacich "Author of the Achieving Kicki... (The Greatest Little City in the World)
I have had an autographed copy of this book for quite some time now and have attempted to sit down and write a review several times. Each time I did I just couldn't seem to convey the importance this book has to anyone who wishes to change their lives for the better. There are not a lot of books like this out there, honest and forthright in his approach, the author doesn't hold back in narrating the story of his life as a juvenile delinquent and criminal to a successful businessman and shining example of what a human being is capable of achieving.
How can I possibly put into words what the author has so eloquently done already? I can't, nor should I even try.
If you haven't read this book, you should. If you have, you need to recommend it to everyone you know whom you care about, and even those that you may not. Who knows, your recommendation may be all that is needed to help change another human beings life for the better, and that is always a good thing!
Martial Artist/Krav Maga Instructor
Author of the Achieving Kicking Excellence book and DVD series.
Mark K. Mcdonough "Mark McDonough" (Reston, VA USA)
I will admit that I had to be coaxed to read this book. Over the years, I've read a number of books that fall into the category of "how I transformed my horrible life and became a success, and how you can do it to!" Usually, they're written by egomaniacs and packed with cliches and are forgotten 5 minutes after you turn the last page. Often, they're the written thoughts of the "motivational speakers" who plague the business speaking circuit. Even I, the world's biggest skeptic, am moved to enthusiasm by such speakers, but 99% of the time, there is little of value to take away other than a fleeting burst of energy.
This book is different. Shakespeare he's not. The book is a little raggedly organized, and while the writing is compelling and literate, it won't blow you away with its eloquence. But that same "fault" is also at the heart of why it's worth reading. These are not the polished platitudes of a rubber-chicken orator. They're some very honest thoughts from a person who has struggled through some very tough times, achieved some success and happiness, and worked hard to reflect on the meaning of it all. When I finished the book rather than thinking "well, that was nice, what's on TV?" I found myself thinking that I wanted to re-read a couple of chapters that seemed to speak to things I have struggled with, and to go on to read some of the books he recommends.
One unifying theme in the book that I found helpful and inspiring is his message that people can - and do - change. Most of us tend to focus on the people we know who don't change much - the jerks who remain jerks, the drunks and addicts who relapse over and over. But reading the book made me think about the flip side. I have known people who have changed dramatically for the better - sometimes slowly, but just as often quite suddenly and shockingly. His chapter on optimism and pessimism really made me think as well. I am a notorious pessimist - to a degree that's almost comic. Mr. Kreiling's book made me think very seriously about the costs of pessimism, and provided some solid suggestions on how and why to overcome it.
I don't think Mr. Kreiling has all the answers (nor would he claim to) but it's a book that makes you think deeply and ask good questions of yourself. And if he doesn't have all the answers, he certainly has some very good suggestions. This is a very worthwhile book.
I read a lot of self-improvement books, not because I'm ambitious or work in a challenging field, but because I had a weird upbringing and have a lot of physical problems, so I have to use the best possible techniques of success and efficiency in order to function in a relatively normal way.
I was happy to take advantage of the chance to read "The Impostor" because it sounded like just the sort of book I like, along with adding a new twist to the category -- being written by someone who became successful after a very troubled youth.
The book opens with the author at a swanky private club, about to receive an award for exemplary work. Kip contrasts the luxurious surroundings with memories of his violent, impoverished childhood. Yet on the way to the club, a colleague declared that it was impossible for people to change. Really? How could he be here, then?
There are seven chapters, each one based on a principle which Kip both demonstrates through his own life, and explains how to implement in your situation. Some of the principles aren't especially ground-breaking, but even familiar ideas like "By changing what you believe, you change who you are" (Chapter 3) are presented with vigor and fresh insight, making them compelling.
Some of the ideas were even new to me, and will be extremely helpful.
Overall, "The Impostor" is touching, honest, and inspiring, while being very practical. I wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone. Even if, for some strange reason, you're not particularly interested in the self-improvement aspects, the memoir portions were fascinating. Really, I had no idea the issues facing an up-and-coming young drug dealer, nor what an overdose might feel like!
Christopher R. Travers "Einhverfr" (Chelan, WA)
Kip Kreiling ran away from home at 13, did a lot of drugs, committed a lot of crimes, and was actually briefly incarcerated briefly in a Denver juvenile detention center. He seemed to have no real future: it seemed he would end up dead or in jail from an early age. Yet through a lot of hard work and some divine inspiration, he somehow turned his life around and became a successful businessman. Kip doesn't seem to believe that he is extraordinary, and is intent on sharing his thoughts behind how this transformation was accomplished. Indeed one thing which comes across in the book is a great deal of humility. He seems to say, "I am not special. You can change your life too." He then sets out to illustrate how such changes can be made. He illustrates a set of broad principles which he claims can be used to transform your own life.
The book is a thrilling read. The book is filled with pain, conflict, despair, hope, and triumph.
While my view on some of these principles is somewhat different, this is illustrative of what he actually talks about in one chapter ("Reality Slicing") and the differences are part semantics and part perspective (rather than disagreements of substance). Thus even my disagreements with some details illustrate his points and perspective, and validates them. Further I remember reading the section on inspiration getting an eerie sensation, like I was reading exactly what I had come to conclude.
The market is flooded with drug-recovery-and-religious-experience memoires, and it would be a mistake to put the book in that category. Instead the book is fundamentally humanist in outlook, and sets forth the argument that the lessons he learned through his struggles are widely applicable. He further argues that they can be used to allow any one of us to succeed, regardless of religious belief. Indeed, more than a memoir, this is a manual on how to change your own life, illustrated by the author's experiences and some scientific and historical works.
The book is a tribute to the human spirit, but the author is not making it a tribute to himself but rather to what each one of us can accomplish. I sincerely hope it opens many doors for many people.
As a side note, besides books recommended by the author in the notes section, I would recommend reading Psychosynthesis: A Collection of Basic Writings by Roberto Assagioli.
Diana de Avila "Gkygrl" (Malta, NY USA)
Kip Kreiling's Transformational memoir is both inspiring and challenging. Woven throughout the story of very tough beginnings are lessons that teach transformation through principles found in many positive psychology tomes. The difference here is that Kip shares his own life experiences and teaches a theoretical flavor that only Kip can share because he has truly experienced transformation. He has created his own theory and language that is easy to follow and definitely screams for an adjunctive workbook that could be used by a reader to track life transformations. (Kip, please consider it :)
Kip brings in stories about his own life but also shares some psychological principles such as operant conditioning and behavioral modification that are accessible to the reader and challenge the reader to learn about them and apply these principles in their own life. He learns that change and complete transformation is possible. He feels that if it can happen in his life, it can happen in mine and yours. He's right.
This is not just another feel good book about positive thinking and making things happen just because you think they can. This is a book about true grit and experience, feeling, doing and putting intention and inspiration into the mix. It's not a book about relying on oneself for transformation but rather relying on others as well to help us transform and provide pieces of reality ("reality slicing") which can add depth to our own living experience.
Whether desiring a transformation from a strong addiction like drugs or sex or you just want to lose some weight Kip's principles are sound and can be put to good use. With discipline, time and the willingness to take the time to read and "do" what is outlined and illustrated so well from Kip's own life experiences, a reader can experience change. He has made the choice to see the glass "half full" and encourages and guides readers on how to do the same.
Citizen John (Washington, DC)
The editorial reviews, product description and reviews prepared me to expect a good book about personal transformation. Even so, I was surprised by the emotional impact Kip's story had on me.
The memoir itself and research included about Kip's principles made this book impossible to put down once I started. The font size is fairly large, making this book easy from a physical standpoint. One never knows what to expect in this regard, so I often include this element of product description in my reviews.
Whereas the principles could be stated in one short sentence each, Kip's life journey along with his research into historical and scientific bases for his principles gives them real meaning. As each principle is revealed along the way, I had what is commonly called an `aha' moment. I think anybody reading this book would have a similar experience.
This book convinced me there is enough knowledge available about the human condition and how people can make decisions to dramatically increase one's chances for living a healthy and happy life. Apparently, given the dramatic circumstances in Kip's life, he sensed this and was able to figure out by doing a lot of research how this can be done systematically.
I look forward to reading any other books that Kip may be inspired to write. He knows about personal transformation firsthand. Additionally, it would be great to get a list of recommended books from this author.
Martin A Hogan "Marty From SF" (San Francisco, CA. (Hercules))
`A Transformational Memoir' is the perfect subtitle for this autobiography. Well presented and easily read, the story is heart-breaking and heart-mending with stinging visceral tales of hardship and hopelessness transformed into impossible success. Kip Kreiling describes his youth in Denver, surviving a broken home, drug abuse, child abuse, thievery, incarceration, multiple arrests, anger and self-destruction. Sometimes the descriptions are enough to make you ill. As the author suggests, he should have died long before adulthood. Living a drug fueled life as a dealer and user with no real family, it seems that it would simply be a matter of time before this individual runs into irreparable harm. In fact, the description of one particular overdose is so positively descriptive and frightening, it will alarm you.
Mr. Kreiling discovers eight principles of transformation that he shares with the reader. These are not necessarily placed forward as general self-help suggestions, but merely what he discovered along his path that helped him survive and thrive. It isn't magic. Its perspective. Carefully balancing viewpoints to avoid being pigeon holed into one belief, the author touches upon his experiences with religion, non-belief in God and personal inspiration. Initially it might appear as if he will dive into detail about how the Mormons and his `missions' might be the answer, but that is placed in perspective along with his personal spirituality and choices. A telling quote: "If I had to choose between believing in a God, and an associated religion, and believing in my mind, then the choice was clear to me: I had to believe in my mind". He also makes it clear that his mind is the receptacle of intelligence and not the source. There is no room solely for religious prothelytizing.
Discovering this positive mind-set and trusting in his own personal instincts, Kip Kreiling advances in his personal world and business world with remarkable success. Often he still doubts himself, but maintains that positive inspirational outlook that has served him so well. The reader is also caught possibly being manipulated or in disbelief only to discover that the stories and results are not that difficult to realize. Mixing descriptive past stories with what he has learned is a nice format, but Kreiling goes further to analyze what instincts, and inspirations were necessary to reach the positive ends. Many famous people's stories are included, but one stands out more than others. Abraham Lincoln invited all his enemies to the White House for dinner. When asked by a northern woman why he was inviting them to dinner instead of destroying them, Lincoln responded, "Madam, don't I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?" I had to think about that comment a while. It's perfect.
John M. Sullivan "Jack Sullivan" (Northbrook, IL)
"When I began reading The Imposter, I expected an entertaining story that would give me a vision of an unfamiliar world. What I did not expect was that the lessons the author learned from the street would have such a deep and profound affect on my entire being, despite the chasm between our experiences.
The Imposter touched me so profoundly that I feel that no review could come close to conveying the experience I had from the first chapter to the last. The author overcame obstacles in his life that would have killed most of us, and should have killed him. Not only did he survive them, but he was able to siphon off and communicate fundamental principles of life; principles not just for a juvenile criminal trying to turn his life around, but principles that will help each and every one of us lead more complete and fulfilling lives.
My recommendation is that you read this book once to take in the story of the author's life and the incredible circumstances of his childhood, then reread it at least once more to really absorb each principle that is outlined in the book and learn to apply these principle in your life. This is what I did, and I plan to read it again as I attempt to improve my life."
L. Power "nlp trainer" (San Francisco)
I finished reading this book about a week ago, and have been thinking about it ever since and wondering how I could write a review that would do it justice.
The author has written a book that's a compelling mixture of memoir and metaphors about making a change in your life.
The woman in the book says: 'People don't change,' yet Kip did change from being the worst delinquent headed on a path to self destruction or death, to being the 'turnaround guy,' who has become a productive member of society, and now works as a turnaround consultant.
It used to be that no one could climb Everest or run a four minute mile, yet these are now routine occurences.
So when he explains the first principle, 'you can change,' it's a liberating idea, yet it needs a succession of other ideas to make it happen, such as 'burning boats,' and 'the fire precedes the bloom.' My favorite one of all was reality slicing, and he demonstrates how you can enlarge your understanding, and the bigger the slice you can make, the better your life will be.
I liked particularly reading about East Berlin before the wall fell, because I visited there, and saw what it was like, and heard the propaganda while on a tour bus.
If you look beyond the actual principles, there are many more ideas that contribute to turning his story from a tragedy to a success, including his study of the success of his nephew, and others such as Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln, and Doctor Seligman, on changing focus.
Our lives are governed by invisible principles. Once we understand what these are, we gain power in the world.
If you wish to understand these principles, I invite you to get the book. Hope this was useful.
Marianne Allen (Washington DC)
"Kip worked for me in 2005 and 2006. In one assignment, Kip took over a team that was in shambles: the processes that would enable success were either broken or non-existent, the team was understaffed and underpaid, morale was poor and turnover was going up. Kip turned the team around in record time and did so in an extremely difficult political environment. One of the most amazing things Kip did was giving up his own raise so that his team members could get higher raises, a level of compassion that I rarely see in corporate America. Kip is not just a business turnaround expert he is an inspiration to me and to those who have worked for him.
When Kip told me he had written a book, I immediately wanted to read it. The book completely shocked me for two reasons. The first, the transformation that has occurred in his life is one of the most inspiring I have been close to. The second, I was completely surprised by the quality of the writing, the depth of the ideas and how broadly the ideas can be applied. The book is so good that I have purchased copies for several of my best friends and for a person I am mentoring. I am purchasing several more including one for my family Priest.
Thank you Kip for pouring your heart out for the benefit of us all."
C. Hemby (Missouri)
"I'm not the type of person to read a self help book, but I honestly could not put The Imposter down! It was such a pleasant surprise. Perhaps it was because it didn't seem like a self help book, simply Kip writing an honest account of the awfulness that was his youth, and sharing how he turned his life around. He wrote about addiction recovery, personal growth and faith, and it's the most inspiring book I've read in a very long time!
Usually, after reading a book, I do one of two things:
* If it is good I pass it on to a family member, who in turn passes it on, who in turn passes it on, etc...
* If it's not so good I stick it on the bookshelf and forget it exists until I do spring/fall cleaning and donate a bunch to our local thrift store.
However, I won't be doing either with The Imposter. After reading it I added it to the stack of important papers on my computer desk, so I can read it again and again myself. The principals Kip shares, and the way he explains to apply them to our own lives, just makes sense. I think that anyone looking to change things within their own life or even just looking for a good book to read, should definitely pick up a copy of The Imposter."
Marilyn Dalrymple "MaLing" (Lancaster, CA United States)
The Imposter: How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded in Business and Life, falls into several categories. It is an autobiography, a how-to-succeed book, a memoir and a motivational and inspirational book. That's quite a lot of area for one 284-page paperback to cover. The contents, do indeed, however, fulfill all the genres mentioned above.
Kip Kreiling has written a book that is hard to put down once one starts reading it. He tells of his struggles with drugs and rebellion as a young person and how certain events transforms his life. He describes a fall back into chaos, and then, like the Phoenix, his rise from the ashes. He tells an amazing story.
The Imposter should be a must read for every youth who feels they have been cheated in life and are owed a better life. It should be a must read in every correctional institution; for every person who thinks they have been cheated out of a good life, and that nothing can be done about it.
As I read, my most frequent thought was how amazing the human body and spirit are. No matter how much we are battered and abused, we have the capability to pull ourselves up and out of dire circumstances whether the circumstances we find ourselves in are of our own making or not. That, I think is the most valuable lesson this book teaches - each has the power to make our life whatever we want. It isn't easy, it isn't always pleasant (we have to take responsibility for our part in how our lives are going), but it an be done.
Kreiling doesn't just verbalize his beliefs, he gives facts and examples to support his convictions. For instance, Kreiling explains, in Chapter 4, "Mind to Muscle to Metamorphosis," how science has proven that what takes place in our minds can lead to profound changes in our actions and beliefs. "The deeper the research went, the more we found out that our decisions, associated actions, even our beliefs can profoundly change the chemistry in our heads - Mind to Muscle to Metamorphosis," he says. Kreiling then gives examples of this phenomenon.
I like the stories, facts and examples Kreiling uses to make his point. These make the book enlightening and interesting. I appreciate the honesty in which Kreiling shares his story. The mention of his realization that there were people in his life who tried to help him during his toughest struggles says he has reviewed his life with honesty and insightfulness; that he practices forgiveness and understanding, and appreciation for those who were there for him.
This book has the ability to change lives, I believe. It just needs to be in the right hands at the right time - the time when someone is ready to change.
Margaret H. Desmond "Margi Desmond" (Colorado Springs, CO)
"The Imposter is a must-read for anyone wanting to facilitate change in their lives. People young and old, of every religious affiliation, financial status, or family background can benefit from the true account of Kip's successes and the transformation philosophy he shares with readers. I worked with Kip at Ingenix, and when his name was mentioned, every single person who knew him said nothing but wonderful things. When I was told I would be working with him on the rebranding project, I was told that he was a phenomenal person. He had the reputation of coming into situations in dire need of help and completely transforming them. When I eventually met him, it was his personality that impressed me the most. I was a low level worker, and he was a very high level executive. However, he talked to me as if I was his peer. He never made me feel ignorant or that I was below him.
Impressed with his work, I sent a copy of The Imposter to my father, a retired SVP in the banking industry. He stayed up late into the night reading the book, unable to put it down. He said Kip was able to express in words what he wasn't able to express. He said the reality splicing was extraordinarily insightful. The book explains an awful lot about life and is expressed simply and well. He indicated he would make it required reading for his employees."
"The Imposter was a pleasant surprise. This book is a must-read for any individual who would like to make improvements in their life or their organization. The Imposter was recommended by a trusted peer, so I expected the life-improvement content. What I did not expect was the novel-like enjoyment the book delivered. I was slammed at work this week and found myself staying up until 2 AM reading the Imposter. I also caught myself implementing concepts from The Imposter in an attempt to improve my business. As soon as I arrived home from a business trip I gave the book to my 17-year-old son. I am a successful business and family man; my son is a straight A high school athlete; and I know we can both learn and grow from the concepts and insights delivered by The Imposter."
"I just could not put it down. This is a sincere, real, honest story about how Kip turned a miserable life into true happiness. Kip could have fallen into the same sort of misery that traps most addicts, yet, he was able to not only survive but thrive and find his own way to being really happy. I have known Kip for three years and he is one of the happiest persons around. Now he shares his painful and troubled story with us. There are real lessons in this book. Lessons that we can learn from Kip. Lessons that we can learn and apply without having to go through all the pain and suffering. This is a true gift. Thank you Kip."
|By||Brian Griffith (Toronto, Canada)|
Kreiling tells his journey from outraged runaway street kid, to arrogant drug dealer, and through a series of realizations that are both humiliating and liberating. His writing is direct, clear, and obviously honest. The way he talks is equally appropriate for his conferences with corporate executives or his seminars with prison inmates. He tells his story, not chronologically, but in jumps between mental links, which naturally connect the dots of anguish, reflection, and insight. Some moments you'll never forget. It's stunning how inner realizations can hit so hard, and the quest for insight can be so consuming. If I compare this book to "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," this is more dramatic, more emotional, and intellectually it's more focused. It's not great literature, but it's effective for it's purpose. I'd like to see this in every library. I'd like to see it as a text for psychology students, to stimulate real discussion of how people want to change themselves.
A remarkable story of redemption, October 24, 2009
Benjamin Geslison (Cambridge, MA)
"Mr. Kreiling's life demonstrates how completely a person can change. This book is more than a self-help book. It is a gripping story of a young person seemingly destined for either a life in prison or an early death. The account of his descent into near madness and his subsequent triumph over physical and mental abuse, learning disabilities, criminal compulsions and chemical dependence will enthrall readers. And his synthesis of the concrete principals that enabled his dramatic change provides a roadmap for others struggling with seemingly insurmountable challenges. This is, above all, a story of hope and redemption."
Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man "Jimmy Moore" (Spartanburg, SC)
Kip Kreiling knows a thing or two about strife. A troubled kid having been arrested MULTIPLE times before he became a teenager, he was constantly finding himself at odds with the criminal justice system. What looked like a hopeless cause and a life of committing crime after crime no doubt brought on by the stress of being uprooted more often than most of us do in a lifetime, Kip proved all the naysayers wrong. DEAD WRONG!
The bruised and battered child grew up to become a highly successful businessman working in some of America's largest and most well-known companies. No doubt he uses the lessons from his tumultuous past to give him the confidence and serenity to make the best possible decisions for the companies he consults. He went on to become the founder of an organization dedicated to helping others overcome just like he did.
From the very beginning of this page-turner, you'll get inside Kreiling's head to catch a glimpse of what his world is REALLY like. He lets you see in vivid detail what an addictive personality looks, thinks, and smells like nothing you've ever read before. Painfully personal for much of the book, you can't really tell if you want to cheer for Kreiling or scream at him to stop. It's the beauty of this story that you'll just have to read to believe. What a journey!
Susan Schenck "Author of The Live Food Factor... (San Diego, CA)
In this riveting true story, the author takes us back and forth from his cruel and painful childhood to his life as a successful corporate leader. Some say that people basically don't change. But this incredibly inspiring true story--which really should be made into a movie!--will make you realize anything is possible. As a young man, Kip Kreiling was arrested three times before he was 10 and 11 times before age 14. He left home at the age of 13 and made a living by selling drugs, living with a stripper, and hanging out with the "bad" crowd.
I spent 20 years as a teacher in inner city schools, and even I found myself incredulous that any kid could be so...well, so bad! Yet Kip, who never even finished high school, went on to receive an MBA at Indiana University and become a hugely successful business leader.
When I got to the part where Kip totally transformed himself, I was astounded to discover that Kip was alone for several of the catalytic events in his life. There were no mentors, no teachers, no parents with him during these events. This is a real testimony to the power of the inner guidance and strength in each one of us, if we just chose to listen. Kip believes that there are powers (assistance) at our fingertips, if we chose to use those powers.
Kip lived in a neighborhood where if he didn't get revenge, people would abuse him even more. Nonetheless, he learned to forgive and let go...with no one teaching him but his own inner voice! (Not that we shouldn't take advantage of help from outside voices; in fact, one of Kip's lessons is to accept assistance when it is available.)
Throughout this story we get a clear picture of the author's life in the streets, and even some of his journeys abroad. (He travelled to 22 countries.) My favorite is when he describes life behind the Berlin wall, right before it went down. And when you come to chapter six, your jaw will drop when you discover the opportunity of a lifetime that Kip turns down...a decision based solely on his still inner voice. Who among us would have rejected this "lottery ticket" based on a mere hunch?
Throughout the book, we are given deep insights Kip learned along life's way. He sprinkles in psychology experiments or lessons and anecdotes of historical figures (such as Ben Franklin and President Lincoln). One of the lessons I especially liked was about how a rat study showed that isolation leads to addiction. The rats which were alone got addicted to drugs, whereas if they had companions, they were drug free. So if you have an addiction, you must change your environment to a more supportive one. The transformation principle here is "By transforming your environment, you can transform who you are."
Kip teaches us: "This may be one of the greatest paradoxes associated with human nature: we have an almost unlimited capacity to change, but we cannot take advantage of that capacity until we choose to... If my life is a testimony to any principle, it is a testimony to the true principle that people can change, and they can change in very profound ways, and those changes are almost always caused by a change in their ideas. "
Allan C. Nichols (Chicago, IL USA)
"I attended Indiana University with Kip and had several investing classes with him. I also competed against him in several competitions, which he usually won, including the one he refers to in chapter 6 of The Imposter. I was at the party he describes at Nick's. I had also heard he had been offered a job at Strong Capital Management and never understood why he didn't take the job until reading The Imposter. I had forgotten how rough Kip's life had been and what he had to overcome in order to get to Indiana. His story is inspiring and shows we can change. It also provides hope for parents of troubled children as well as sound advice on how to change. I found the book useful enough that I've ordered three more copies to give to friends where they or their children have issues and I think The Imposter can help them and provide needed hope."
S. Kay Murphy "Heretic" (Mt. Baldy, CA USA)
This book was difficult to rate. For passion and compelling story, it deserves six stars out of five. Rarely have I read a memoir that has kept me up late turning pages as this one did. This book has an honest, raw edge, much like James Brown's The Los Angeles Diaries. Most folks writing about their personal lives tend to rationalize or gloss over the unattractive, unflattering spots. Kreiling has painted a realistic picture with his words, but though some images are hard to take, in the end he gives us every reason to keep reading. I absolutely love the wisdom in this book.
The editing (always a stickler with me, I admit) would earn this book four stars. But since the story is so engaging, I think I can average it to a five star recommendation. I just hope that, when Mr. Kreiling writes his next book, he will allow a professional publisher to take over the project and wave the editor's magic wand over the manuscript.
Bottom line, if you're looking for a memoir that pulls you in immediately and keeps you hooked, here's a great one. Moreover, if you know anyone who is struggling to overcome barriers that seem impossible to conquer, buy him this book. Kreiling will explain just how it's done.
We hear the stories over and over on the news, young children committing crimes, drugs overtaking our society, homes breaking up by the thousands each day and although it troubles us, we really do not know how to make a difference in these lives. Perhaps this book will help.
In this work by author, Kip Kreiling, we travel through his life, from a small child to an adult as he struggles with an inward demon that keeps him on the path of destruction. Abuse, misguided love, wrong choices, all lead Kip down a dark and lonely road. Kip is frank and honest with his experiences during these times, he is open with his emotions, his fears and his anger. Kip shares the desperate cries for help that were muffled and intertwined, hidden, yet desperately trying to surface that screams from his spirit and the well-intentional help from some that although were often from the heart, could not penetrate the hurting soul.
Kip came to a point where he finally found help and peace and turned his life around. This story is open and point blank, from the hurts to the victories - you will travel with him sharing his life, thoughts, dreams, broken promises until you come to the new day. Well written and certainly would be a true blessing to share with others who are facing the same dilemma's in their lives and to those who are desperately trying to help. A heartfelt story that will touch many. Well done.
For addition Amazon reader reviews, click this link: