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Co-creating at Its Best

Mar 23, 2015


Co-creating at Its Best is an enlightening and inspiring conversation between spiritual powerhouses Wayne Dyer and Abraham (as channeled by Esther Hicks).

A transcript from a 2013 live Hay House event, this book is a natural conversation with a cadence that is highly engaging and easy to read. Chapters are organized by Wayne's free-flowing question topics as they arise, and Abraham's resolute responses provide a gentle and strong theme throughout. I am appreciative of Wayne's student perspective, Abraham's teaching standpoint, and am receptive to the wisdom gleaned from both.

If you simply can't get enough of Wayne Dyer, Abraham/Esther, or both, you must add this to your reading list--immediately. If you are at all familiar with either, you will absolutely enjoy reading along with their exchanges. And, if this is your first encounter with either teacher, this book will be a fantastic introduction for you. A quick must-read, for every situation.

There is great humor, insight, and love for you here.

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it, as part of their Book Nook blogger program.
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Goddesses Never Age

Mar 16, 2015


Dr. Christiane Northrup's newest book is a Goddesses Never Agefantastic women's manual for living agelessly. The foundation is set with "Age is just a number, and agelessness means not buying into the idea that a number determines everything from your state of health to your attractiveness to your value." Each chapter addresses specific areas of life and how we can embody them in a positive, healthy, healing, empowering, and supportive way. Creativity and joy are crucial components to nurture, in every context!

I love how this approach to health includes our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. The approach is also driven by health support, rather than search-and-destroy missions of seeking problems to fix. Modern medicine is embraced and celebrated in conjunction with tuning into and honoring individual inner wisdom. The author's wit, knowledge, and grace make this a flowing and enjoyable read.

Anyone interested in any form of health will appreciate this book, especially women. I am now empowered with a new life formula, as shared by the author's quote of Esther Hicks and Abraham--"happy, healthy, dead."

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Happy, healthy, read! :)
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The Fourth Rule of Ten

Feb 25, 2015


I love this Dharma Detective series by Gay Hendricks and Tinker Lindsay, and this newest mystery continues to shine! (There are three previous stories about this character.) Anyone who enjoys mystery stories, enlightenment, or both, will thoroughly enjoy this book, The Fourth Rule of Ten.

Tenzing Norbu: ex-monk, ex-LAPD, private detective, hugely likable character. His fourth rule is about letting go of expectations, and his cases and relationships provide opportunities for practice. A conglomerate teaser of story elements includes:

Human trafficking
A shocking development with his longtime friends
A foreign country
Missing persons
A developing network of personal support
The return of a person important in his past
And of course, the detailed cars, guns, and lunches are still present, as is the purring Tank. Also, he still appreciates a good beer.

It’s good to know some things are constant, even as we let go of expectations and outcomes.

This book was given to me in exchange for my honest opinion of it, through the Hay House Book Nook blogger program.
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Your Year for Change

Feb 10, 2015


This book by Bonnie Ware is a wonderful presentation of writings, each one to be savored. I love the concept of embracing one a week (since there are 52)...but they are so enjoyable that I couldn't wait that long! After appreciating them in their entirety, I now look forward to enjoying them again in a slower, more evolutionary manner.

There's no wrong way to read this book. The author's thoughts on living an authentic life, colored by stories of her work with the dying and based on her experiences of living, is inspirational. The tender insights you gain are warm reflections of your soul. (No wonder I read it straight through!)
Anyone who enjoys collections of essays, inspirational writings, or spirituality and self-improvement will enjoy reading this. In addition, those who appreciate reflection and authenticity will not want to miss this book.

I was not financially compensated for this review, simply given the book in exchange for my opinion of it. Participating in the gift economy. ;)
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The Top Ten Things Dead People Want to Tell YOU

Jan 21, 2015


The Top 10 Things Dead People Want to Tell You is Mike Dooley’s guide to living an intended life.

Each chapter is an expansion on different nuggets of wisdom as seen from a perspective of objective and loving understanding. They are to be directly applied to our existence, now. In doing so, we will experience the love, the connection, and the Divine. There’s no need to wait to begin tapping into this, and there’s no need to die in order to do so, either!!

There is unending encouragement, hope, support, success, love, creation, happiness for each of us–right where we are. This book helps readers tap into that source.

After enjoying Conversations With History by Susan Lander, I searched both in the book and online for Mike Dooley’s mediumship credentials. Or at least a reference to communicating with dead people, as the title suggests. There’s no such reference of any kind, anywhere.

Ya know what? It matters not! This book’s message is so transcendent that external authentication is not important. Think about it–even if the author completely dreamed this stuff up, it still is life-changing and life-celebrating. So there. :) Enjoy fully.

Readers who are drawn to the Law of Attraction will appreciate the similarities here. Anyone who enjoys reading encouraging and empowering subjects needs a copy of this in their hands. Anyone wondering about loved ones who have passed on will be reassured when reading this book.

I was not financially compensated for this review, I received the book from Hay House in exchange for my thoughts about it. A fine deal, if you ask me
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The Motivation Manifesto

Dec 28, 2014


This book by Brendon Burchard is a handbook for achieving personal power. Powerfully inspiring, it is written in a Revolutionary and declarative style. It’s empowering, supportive, and encouraging–as if you’re remembering all over again who you really are, yet you know you’ve never left yourself.

The book opens with a declaration of personal power, providing clarity to desired outcomes. Next are explorations of the human natures of freedom, fear, and motivation. Finally, 9 Declarations are experienced–some examples of which are meeting life with full presence and power, advancing with abandon, amplifying love, inspiring greatness, and others.

This book is unapologetic in its descriptions and concepts, courageous in its conviction. It is also inspirational in its grace toward people and attitudes who would oppose our direction, reminding me of a description my Mom taught me: “Go in peace, but go.” It is all about individual freedom to choose–and this book is a guide to choosing higher, if a reader is interested. Without allowing oneself to be swayed by the naysayers, the fearful, and the threatened.

Anyone who could use a shot of inspiration will benefit from reading this book. Anyone who feels pretty on top of things in their life will gain a surprising second wind, a bouying seventh wave. You have every reason to read this book, and no reason not to.

I was not financially compensated for this review–I received a copy in exchange for my opinion of it, in accordance with Hay House’s Book Nook blogger program. The author himself is giving away free copies on his website, take a look.
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E Cubed

Nov 30, 2014


As if E-Squared wasn't enough, E-Cubed is Pam Grout's follow-up book on daily applications of proving to ourselves that we do, in fact, create our own reality each and every day. Yep, that's right: that's actually my own self I am talking to, literally, when I say, "Go ahead...make my day."

In E-Cubed, there are nine more experiments to easily play with that prove we are each individual manifestation mavens. They are simple yet profound, and you will feel your individual power, universal connection, and inherent cosmic value just as you are. You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

Each chapter is Manifestation 201 to the previous book's Manifestation 101. This time there are again helpful lab sheets to help you prove, track, and understand your experience. There are also a ton of nifty quotes, which are helpful, connecting, and applicable. With the addition of anecdotal stories from the general population's sharing of their first book's experiences, the reader gets a broader perspective of just what can happen for their own self.

It's not necessary to have read the first book before reading this one -- but you would really be missing out on some other amazing stuff, so I encourage you to read both. Pam's writing style is personable and engaging. After reading this book, I want to hang out with her even more, and together turn water into wine.

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Honestly, when this title became available I was so excited that I could barely stay inside my own skin! And it did not disappoint. Thanks, Pam. Thanks, Hay House.
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The Power of No

Nov 17, 2014


This book is Basic Training for fully realizing our right to health, happiness, and abundance. The Power of No, by James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher is a flowing read that simultaneously gives permission to and reminds readers that choosing yourself is not at others' expense.

Every No is actually a Yes: saying no to what does not serve you says yes to your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.  This in turn supports your core personal power, which you are then able to unleash on the world for its betterment.  Just by existing.

In an unnamed comparison to the chakras, the chapters are arranged in seven levels of No: from very whole energies of protecting our bodies and lives, to subtle energies cultivating love and compassion, to uppermost wisdom coming from authenticity.  Each chapter includes the voices of each author as well as exercises to healthfully strengthen our No muscle.

Anyone who breathes will benefit from reading this book--especially naturally giving breathers.  But, you are indeed free to say No.

This book was given to me by Hay House in exchange for my thoughts after reading it, as part of their Book No-ok blogger program.
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The Big Book of Angel Tarot

Oct 22, 2014


The Big Book of Angel Tarot, by Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine, is a fabulous compendium of the Angel Tarot Cards.

I'll be honest--I already had this lovely deck, and I dragged my feet on looking at this book because I thought the descriptions printed on the individual cards were more than sufficient. Okay, it's true that they are, but WOW is this book an amazing companion to the cards! My understanding of what each card signifies as well as how to interpret them has expanded tremendously from reading this guide.

I appreciate the given background of Tarot, and how the authors arrived at creating this deck. The description of a person on a journey and how the card meanings then apply was especially enlightening for me, and it made the learning stick. Support for how to give readings and use various spreads is encouraging and uplifting. This guide will help those who are interested in Angel Tarot as a profession, as well as anyone who is interested in it personally.

An aspect of this book that I especially appreciate is the nitty gritty of what each individual card has to say. Along with the big-picture processes, this book is an in-depth reference tool for every single card in the deck. I will come back to this book again and again for deeper personal understanding.

Anyone who has even a passing interest in either Tarot, Angels, or intuitive guidance will benefit from this book (and deck). If you have the cards, go get this book right now! If you don't have the deck, I highly recommend getting one along with this book. (The holidays are coming, treat yourself to a gift!)

You don't need to begin your Dreamer's Journey, you are already on one. This book will help you understand yourself and others along the way.

I received this book from Hay House in a fair exchange of my honest opinion for it, as part of their Book Nook blogger program.
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Conversations with History

Oct 17, 2014


Conversations with History by Susan Lander is a unique glimpse into historical personalities, messages from the other side, and modern-day meduimship.

The author shares twenty-two individual interviews with a wide variety of personas, all of whom have a drive to share their hugely relevant insights for those of us in the here and now.

The book is a fascinating read with a wonderful flow. I felt as if I was sitting right there with the author as she visited with each person, in my own living room. Along with the interview, each chapter includes background information as well as further reading for each historical figure--and all are incredibly interesting and varied. I was familiar with some, but not all, of the characters, and after reading this book I have incredible respect for each of them.
Every interviewee's message is truly relevant to our lives today, both specifically and as a whole. Personally, there were direct reminders and messages that spoke to exact situations that I am currently experiencing. To those souls, and to the author, I say thank you--messages received and greatly appreciated!

Not everyone Susan Lander wanted to interview made it into this first book--and I look forward to more volumes! I wondered about the reasoning of selecting 22, and if it had any relation to numerology. (Mr. Poe, I very much look forward to reading your interview soon!) Hopefully this is the beginning of many such published collaborations between the author and historical figures.
It does not matter whether you believe this work of authorship to be a true accounting or complete and total fiction, you will both benefit and be positively changed by reading it. The messages transcend your acceptance of the format: why not give it a whirl?
I was not financially compensated for this review. Hay House gifted me my choice of this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it, through their Book Nook blogger program.
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Tapping Solution for Weight Loss & Body Confidence

Sep 17, 2014


This book by Jessica Ortner is a further exploration of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), as also described in her brother Nick Ortner's book. It is written specifically for women who wish to use tapping to lose weight. And it sneaks in how to lower your stress and appreciate yourself more!

The concept behind EFT is to tap on specific body energy meridians while consciously identifying current emotions and feelings about a particular issue (such as weight loss). Doing so through the steps taught in this book calms the body and rewires the brain--which results in restoring energy and balancing health.

I have to admit, I'm not a regular tapper. But honestly, I experience results when I do tap! Because of that, I am expanding my use from headache relief and stress detox to now also include weight management topics. This book is very helpful with that expansion.

If you've never tried tapping, now is the time. If you've experienced tapping, this will be a supportive read. This book is for anyone who is interested in including the emotional aspect of their physical health--regardless of weight!

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it, as part of their Book Nook blogger program.
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Beyond Past Lives

Aug 21, 2014


Beyond Past Lives, by Mira Kelley, is an exciting exploration of self-awareness through the concept of parallel lives. Not only a fabulous spiritual growth read, this book rocked my perception with two specific to the book on Amazon

You are likely familiar with the thoughts that we create our own reality, and that everything really occurs in the present moment. With that in mind, the idea is that each choice we make (both large and small), creates the life that we are in–and that the choices not made also create our ongoing parallel lives. And that all of these lives continue to unfold further and further with each subsequent choice.

Think of a ginormous and beautiful tree, as it expands from a single trunk into a myriad of tertiary branches–and that each of those branches is constantly growing new leaves.

Now picture yourself as one of those leaves, and trace back through all the branches to the trunk coming out of the ground. Notice all the other branchings-out along the way, the other choices you could have made but seemingly didn’t. The thing is, you are each of those leaves–not just the one you are aware of right now.

Each leaf of the tree is you, each branch-path is a parallel life, and they all exist at the same time. The author declares that all lives are simultaneous, all are present moment. “Thus, each life is both still unfolding and has already been completed in the present moment.” (Kelley, Loc 535 of 3587, Kindle version.)

Yep, that’s the feel of a mind-blowing concept.

The really cool thing about this is the benevolent and loving exploration of self that comes with it. It’s all about learning and growing. As the author supports, “Allow yourself to know your magnificence.” (Kelley, Loc 1971 of 3587, Kindle version)

The other new idea for me when reading this book is a new way of looking at memory and the past. The author explores these not as fixed events (in any parallel life), but rather as a present thought about a possible past. She asks us to consider that “the past does not create the present. The present creates the past and the future.” (Kelley, Loc 2203, Kindle version) Sooo, my memories are not so much changing and fading, but rather my past is presently being created! And the more I grow and become in the present, that actually affects my past–which is then reflected in what I call my memories.

There’s that feel again, another mind-blower. Let me catch my breath.

Mira Kelley’s book is a must-have for anyone’s spiritual library. Its groundbreaking approach has something for everyone, whether this is your first foray into such topics or if you are accomplished in the field. Her writing style is flowing, it simply feels like you are having a conversation.

Hay House graciously gave me this book in return for my thoughts about it. I’m going to now visit my parallel lives where I didn’t choose this book, and encourage myself to go ahead and read it!
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Holy Shift!

Jul 11, 2014


Holy Shift! by Robert Holden is a daily meditation guide from A Course In Miracles. By nature, this is meant to be a supportive supplement that enhances a person's spiritual process. And it does.

The introduction is well worth reading, as it gives a quick background of ACIM as well as an overview of its guiding principles. And then it jumps right into the meat of the matter with daily guides for the calendar year.

Each day's guide is a beautiful, poetic rendition of a particular line or lines from ACIM. They are short & sweet, easily digestible. The reference is also given per meditation, for ease of looking up the original words. (Don't let what might be a new format become a roadblock; how to use the reference is user-friendly and explained in the introduction.)

The language of each meditation makes it understandable and personal.

You do not have to have read A Course In Miracles to get the most out of this book. If you have read it, you will still find this companion book to be inspirational.

Anyone who likes daily guides needs to have this book for their use.

Hay House has gifted me with this book in exchange for my honest opinion of it.
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Strong Winds From Nowhere

Jun 23, 2014


Strong Winds From Nowhere is a fiction story by Ronit Galapo. It is the story of Tasha, a young girl who is beautiful and wise beyond her years, and her journey to both discover her humanity and embrace the challenge of her destiny.

The story is inspiring and empowering through weaving fantasy, wisdom, and courage. It tells as a parable, in order to show a Truth. I can't help but feel like I am on the edge of understanding as I read the book, but that I just couldn't quite catch the full message. Perhaps this is a story to be read and re-read, with each encounter opening the door a bit broader to understanding.

The story is a quick read which flows very well and captured me; in many areas I found myself wondering more about the characters and events. However, parables seem to be pointed and economical with words, and such is the same for this story.

Hay House gifted me this book of my choice in exchange for my thoughts about it, as part of the Book Nook Blogger program.
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Quantum Creativity

Jun 06, 2014


Quantum Creativity is a wonderful balance of science and philosophy by Amit Goswami, Ph.D. Dr. Goswami is a theoretical quantum physicist, so this book has a scientific background and explanation for the concept that we create our own reality. Yet at the same time the author's voice is quite human and easy to relate to.

I especially appreciated the author's focus on creativity, and its energetic interrelationship. This is a fresh, new exploration within quantum physics for me, and I am simultaneously condensed and expanded. (A downward causation concurrently showcasing the field of potentiality?? Ha ha)

In reading this book, I finally discovered my concise response to use when asked in physics conversations. (Yes, I actually have these.) When replying to Newtonian counterparts with the comment of, "I'm actually more of a quantum physics gal," I would invariably be asked to explain. I would attempt to share the idea of creating reality, the Law of Attraction, and the universal field, only to watch scientific minds find my explanation to be amusing and then dismissed.
However, after reading this book I now have a simplified, common-language response to use that will enable minds to remain open to further conversation:

Newtonian physics = everything is made of matter.

Quantum physics = everything is made of energy.

Anyone who is interested in the language of energy will appreciate this book, whether you are science-minded or not. If you are drawn in any way, no matter how remotely, to a scientific aspect as well, you will be particularly glad you picked this one up.

Hay House gifted me my choice of this book through their Book Nook blogger program, in exchange only for my honest opinion of it.
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May 15, 2014


Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino has crafted a very creative and inspiring book. She explores the corollary of self-improvement strategies through the fresh analogy of coffee:

Allow for change to brew
Choose a bolder brew
Create your own best blend
Grow from bean to brew
Brew strength
Expresso yourself
Chillax and have an iced coffee
Buy the next round
Percolate peace

The author is the creator of The Best Ever You Network online community and radio show. She has used her experiences of "thrive and survive" to inspire and empower others.

"Percolate" is the author's metaphor for "how you can move forward with growing awareness, live in the present moment, and experience greater joy and peace." She encourages readers to "never give up on living your best life every day."

This book presents helpful, inspirational, supportive guidance in a brand-new way. New seekers will gain from this material; seasoned journey-makers will be tickled at the fresh approach. The author's voice is engaging, her style is welcoming, and her humor is infectious.

"Smiles are infectious; frowns are, too. Which infection do you want?" --Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

I was not paid to endorse this book, whether monetarily or with coffee. Hay House gifted me the book in exchange for my honest opinion of it. Love of coffee not required for love of this book.

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Miracles Now

May 07, 2014


Miracles Now is an easily assimilated approach to improving your life. Gabrielle Bernstein has laid out “108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose.” She’s right; they work. It’s worth your time.

For many readers these shared concepts are not new–and yet you will find them to be supportive, helpful reminders of action you can take to help you on your path, right where you are. Short. Sweet. Immediate. Ahh.

Each of the 108 tools is presented in the same pattern, and is easily broken down into a bite-sized nugget of wisdom: it opens with a descriptive title, continues with an entry of exploration and understanding, and closes with a Tweetable message. If you choose to follow and add to Twitter, simply use #MiraclesNow as suggested with each Tweetable. If not, enjoy the synopsis message to carry in your heart!

This book can be used in a variety of ways. Although I began using it as a daily meditation, I quickly decided I couldn’t wait 108 days to finish! A few a day, when I created a moment to enjoy, was incredibly fulfilling for me. Now, I will go back and use the table of contents to revisit whichever topic jumps out at me for that day.

Gabrielle’s writing style is wonderful to read–it’s as if you and she are sitting on your own couch with your feet tucked under you, simply visiting.

This book makes a necessary addition to anyone’s spiritual supplemental reading, and is a no-brainer as a gift to give as well.

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it. No paid endorsements here, just sharing the love!
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How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

Apr 15, 2014


Sophia Stuart has created a beautifully "modern book of hours to soothe the soul." Her gorgeous photographs punctuate the wisdom she shares from her experience with stillness born of illness.

This firm yet gentle reminder that Life is bigger than--yet made of--our daily life is a tool to help us re-balance. Both in the small and larger pictures it creates. She leads readers to proactive self-care, rather than her own experience in reaction to serious illness.

Recognizing that my own monkey mind has lately been wearing out my mental hamster wheel, I am grateful for the soothing, savoring, and surrounding quality I become when I read her words and view her photographs.

This book is a lovely touchstone for anyone who could use the gift of an uplift. Both the author's images and words are a balm for the soul.

I did not receive monetary compensation for my review of this book. However, the spiritual compensation I receive is immeasurable. Thank you to the authors who participate in the Book Nook Blogger program, as well as Hay House for making it possible. Books & blogging--it doesn't get much better than that! :)
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Angel Astrology 101

Mar 31, 2014


This is a wonderful introduction to connecting astrological signs with Archangels. Each are insightful self-awareness tools; combined they are an entirely new supportive way to learn about and accept oneself.

I especially like the fact that each Archangel is not exclusive to a particular astrological sign–they are there for anyone to call upon, regardless of similar traits to a given sign. I also appreciated that the astrological aspect goes beyond simply the sun sign–the moon, rising, Mercury, Venus, and Mars aspects are also explored. This book goes beyond a simple pairing of an astrological sign and an Archangel.

First off, go to the website given to cast your birth chart:

This will give you all of the above astrological aspects needed to help you discover your angel-astrological connections throughout the book. In fact, this natal chart gives even more astrological information than what is covered in the book! I’m hoping there will be another release that explains and connects the given charted information about Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto as well. I found this new idea of Archangels combined with astrology to be so interesting that I wanted to know more!

Anyone interested in self-discovery will appreciate this book. Those who are intrigued by a new way of looking at previous ideas will also enjoy the combination of these two concepts. Beautiful, gorgeous artwork abounds–it is also worth taking a look at for the images alone. No matter how approached, this book is full of new ideas, helpful self-awareness, and exploratory learning.

Angel Astrology 101 by Doreen Virtue and Yasmin Boland was given to me by Hay House in exchange for my review of it, as part of their Book Nook blogger program.

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I Can See Clearly Now

Mar 19, 2014


Wayne Dyer’s inspirational memoir is a beautiful, divine expression. Having read other books by this spiritual guide, I knew I would appreciate this piece as well. I looked forward to his teaching, but I was surprised by how much I also enjoyed the autobiography aspect.

I love the format of this book: each of the 58 chronological chapters contains a short story of a particular event in Wayne’s life, followed by his reflections on what he now can see as the lesson it taught him.

As a memoir, I appreciate the insight into the person. As a spiritual teaching tool, I appreciate the down-to-Earth guidance to see situations with a higher inner vision. The lessons he has learned and shares with the reader are universal truths, and are easily recognizable in my own situations. I believe they will resonate with you, too.

This book is a must-read for those interested in either the man or personal guidance–or both. Whether you have read any of his other books or this is your first, you will find it easy to be with and difficult to put down.

Hay House graciously gave me this book of choice simply in exchange for my honest thoughts about it, as part of their Book Nook blogger program.
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