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“Unstoppable: A Recipe for Success in Business and Life” Book Review

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. All opinions remain my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

Have you ever been tempted to give up on your dreams because you’re too sick to get up every morning?

Did you believe that somehow your past defines your future?

No formal education? Have a learning disorder? Limited resources? No connections?

Have you ever doubted that you have what it takes to succeed?

What if I told you that it’s possible not only to survive but to thrive and be unstoppable? It does not matter who you were, where you’ve been, or where you are right now. It does not matter if you’re fighting a battle that no one can see. You can start to make it happen, right here, right now.

Sound too good to be true?

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Betsy’s Been There and Done That (Book Summary)

Betsy Craig

Betsy Craig had a very rough childhood. Her mother fought a mental illness and her father was an alcoholic. She experienced verbal, physical and emotional abuse growing up. She was also molested by two young boys in middle school. She filled the gaping hole of her heart with drugs and alcohol.

Her life turned around when she got sober at the age of 20. For the first time in her life, she met wonderful people who loved her unconditionally. They helped her put the broken pieces of her life back together. 

She was given another shot at life. She got a good job, paid all her debts, had a beautiful daughter and married the man of her dreams.

Everything was perfect. Until…

At the age of 39, she was diagnosed with Scleroderma. She was terminal. Scleroderma (skleer-oh-DUR-muh) is a group of rare diseases that involve the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues — the fibers that provide the framework and support for your body.”

As Betsy described it, “My hands felt like immobile claws. I couldn't unbutton or zip up my own pants. My face was so tight that my ears were pulling away at the earlobe and blood would drip down the sides of my face daily. I walked around feeling like a leper. Not being able to hug my daughter or husband without it causing excruciating pain devastated me. I desperately wanted to give up but knew if I did that, I'd be dead."

She went through risky and intense procedures and swallowed strong pills. But she made it. She is now the CEO of her million-dollar company, MenuTrinfo, LLC. She helps protect lives and health through nutrition and food safety training.

In her new book, she shares her 10 guiding principles on how she rose above her challenges and became unstoppable.

Did the Book Deliver on Its Promise?

When I got the opportunity to review this book, I said ‘yes’ in a heartbeat. Just the summary of Betsy’s story captivated me. Betsy wrote this book with you and me in her mind. She aims to “inspire others with an idea or passion to know that they too can do and become anything they want, to build a business, to overcome challenges, and to never give up.” She wants to “provide hope, strength, and other tools to help on your journey.”

This book blew me away. It was hard to put it down. It never felt like I was reading a business book. It was like a one-on-one, heart to heart talk with a girlfriend. Betsy presented the big lessons in digestible chunks with lots of flavorful and encouraging stories.

Most importantly, it’s a book that I can pick up and read over and over again. The lessons are timeless, practical and applicable to every area of my life.

How the Book Impacted Me

The 10 guiding principles that Betsy shared were not new to me and most likely, not to you as well. Everyone knows that they are essential to success. They are no secret at all. But for me, what made this book compelling and unique is its stories. Betsy revealed it all. She walked me through her journey in every roadblock, victory, defeat, pain, the good and the ugly. She took me with her through her stories. I laughed and cried with her, got scared and nervous for her. I rooted for her.

She showed me that if she did it, I can do it, too. She reminded me of what I’m capable of despite chronic illness and major life setbacks. She awakened my deepest dreams that I almost gave up.

Quick story…

Last week, I received a message from a former client that I had not heard from for almost a year. He wanted me to do a project for him. I was like, “Oh, I don’t want to do this. I’d rather do something else.” Deep inside me, I knew I was being unreasonable so I decided to wait and think about the offer.

I was playing out the scene in my head how I’d sugarcoat the rejection message when Betsy’s lesson about gratitude crossed my mind. I also remembered her stories of how she went out of her way and overdelivered to serve her clients. I was embarrassed about the way I reacted when I got the project proposal. I told my client I could do it and made some arrangements to accommodate the project. I almost lost $200 and the opportunity to serve my client again. I am very grateful! (I even got a raving review from him. Yay!)

The “Food for Thought” at the end of every chapter has shifted my attitude and given me the chance to re-examine myself and my goals. They made me think deeply and redirect my energy, strengths and weaknesses.

My Favorite Quotes From the Book

I would like to share with you the quotes that I read over and over again. The lines and sentences that jumped out of the pages. They made me stop and gave me those ‘ah-ha’ moments. I decided to hand letter them so I could post them on my journal and on my home-office wall.

Click the images to get a closer look.

I’m Doing A Betsy

*Giveaway is CLOSED*

(Sorry, but you have to read the book to know what that meant.)

Betsy loves to pay it forward and she inspired me to do so as well in this review post.
I will give away a Kindle copy of this book to ONE WINNER. 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Answer the question, “What are you grateful for today?”
  2. Click here and comment your answer with the hashtag #BetsyCraigUnstoppable

It’s that easy!

One winner will be picked randomly. Giveaway closes on June 25th, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Since the prize is a Kindle version, this contest is open worldwide.


I highly recommend this book and I hope you pick up your copy. It’s so worth it!

But wait! There’s more!

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Unstoppable will be donated to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation.

How cool is that?

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Unstoppable A Recipe for Success in Business and Life
Mary Gutierrez

I help women with chronic illness thrive by sharing natural healing success stories, tools, programs and tips that focus on real food.

  • Sheryl says:

    Sounds like a good read, and never knew you are so good at calligraphy!

    • Mary Gutierrez says:

      Thank you, Sheryl! Calligraphy has helped me through all the bad days. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment.

  • Poe says:

    Thank you for sharing this book. It’s always humbling to be reminded that my problems are minor compared to all the things that can go wrong. And I love that she chose to learn and grow from her experience and had the bravery to share it with the world.

  • Wow! Lovely read. I’m already inspired by Betsy’s journey to success. Thanks for sharing her book with us.

    • Mary Gutierrez says:

      You’re welcome, Jennifer! Betsy’s story encourages me, too, especially when I feel like giving up. Thank you for dropping by. 🙂

  • Mascha says:

    Great post! I hope many people will read it and find strength in it!
    When I met my husband he was clean for a month. It’s 10 years now without even thinking about drugs 🙂
    Betsy’s story shows that anything is possible.
    Thanks for sharing

    • Mary Gutierrez says:

      Thank you for sharing your story, Mascha. Betsy is a very inspiring person. I’m sure you’re very grateful for your husband every day. All the best!

  • Katie Scott says:

    Hi there! Thank you for this review and recommendation! I’m always looking to discover new inspiring stories, and this sounds like it’s right up my alley. Also, I love the idea of recording favorite quotes in a journal using calligraphy! That’s such a fun way to creatively collect words, I think I’ll give that a shot! 🙂

    • Mary Gutierrez says:

      Hey Katie. I’m certain you’ll love Betsy’s story. She’s such a beautiful soul.
      Calligraphy relaxes me and it makes the words more meaningful. 🙂
      I appreciate you taking the time to drop by and share your thoughts. Have a great day!

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