Reviewed By Asher Syed for Readers’ Favorite
Which Wolf Will You Feed? How to Change Your Life by Changing Your Thoughts by Michael Stribling is a self-help book that covers the mental and emotional wellbeing by and from the experience of a seasoned psychotherapist. Stribling harnesses a combination of New Age thinking and historical holistics to assist in readers understanding their challenges and channeling that energy into positive outlets. He also employs well-known verses, such as how we reap what we sow, that have a genuine place in our thoughts and actions, alongside new nuggets of wisdom such as "Avoid spending time in Chernobyl," a nod to the Ukrainian nuclear reactor meltdown in the parallel with toxic, negative people in our lives. He also offers authentic case examples and reflective exercises at the end of each chapter. The book is broken down into five different sections, with a conclusion and appendixes as guides to use with his thoughtful, meaningful exercises.
Michael Stribling opens by letting the reader know that what he's presenting in Which Wolf Will You Feed? isn't a re-invention of the wheel. Still, as a reader, I am able to recognize that what he is presenting in its entirety is relevant, and the first time I have seen as many foundational exercises compiled in the same volume. This is what made the book a stand-out to me, particularly in the sense that the directives he provides can be initiated almost immediately. My favorite was in the section titled The Importance of Critical Thinking. Having grown up in a third-world country, I find that so much of my understanding of things is based almost exclusively on tradition instead of facts, and ideas that were ingrained in my mind from a very early age through rote repetition and the unwavering belief of everyone around me. How much it felt like Stribling was speaking to me directly as he pulled the cover off indoctrination, a veil that has taken me a very, very long time to push beyond so that I do not pass this on to my children. This is an excellent book and I believe there is good in it for everyone.