Reviews by hhreviewer2Read hhreviewer2's Blog
The Numerology Guidebook by Michelle Buchanan is an incredibly informative and easy to use numerology book that walks its readers step-by-step through the process of not only discovering one's Life Path number, but Destiny, Soul, Personality, Maturity, Birth Day, Current Name, and Karmic Lesson numbers as well as forecasts for oneself. She presents both the Western and Chaldean system. At the end of each section, the author provides in-depth descriptions for what that particular number means for that number type.
While I have always been very interested in numerology, I do not consider myself an 'expert' or well-read in this area. I found Michelle Buchanan's guidebook, however, to be the most comprehensive book on numerology that I have ever read personally. It is laid out in a way that actually makes it fun to discover your numbers as well as how they work together for greater understanding of the self. It is truly incredible how accurate the descriptions are.
The Numerology Guidebook by Michelle Buchanan is a book that I will probably come back to time and again.
This is my review of The Numerology Guidebook by Michelle Buchanan. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
What sets apart Second Firsts by Christina Rasmussen from other books, or self-help books, on grief is that the author shares her very personal tragedy of losing her husband to cancer in their thirties, and the real-life solutions that she developed and that helped her out of her own grief toward "second firsts".
An interesting tidbit about the author is that although she'd been a grief counselor before this terrible tragedy in her own life, she realized through her own experience afterward that when you're grief stricken yourself, help can feel very hollow when it comes from a person who has never experienced such intense grief in their own lives.
Similar to Elizabeth Kubler-Ross' five stages of grief, Christina Rasmussen's five stages of "Life Re-entry" are: Get Real, Plug In, Shift, Discover, and Re-enter Life. In Second Firsts, the author walks the reader through each stage, but also gives background from her own journey on why each stage is so important.
I believe that anyone who has experienced any kind of grief, not just the loss of a loved one, could benefit from these stages of "Life Re-entry". However, it would be beneficial to those who are in the "Waiting Room" - Christina Rasmussen explains this as when a person reaches a point at which they are at least considering the idea of change - rather than someone who is newly grieved. The concepts in the book might feel far too shocking to someone who has just gone through a tremendous loss, at least that is my opinion based on my own experience.
Otherwise, Second Firsts by Christina Rasmussen is a book about grief from a woman who not only has experienced it firsthand, but who gently guides you on your journey through your own "second firsts".
This is my review of Second Firsts by Christina Rasmussen. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Love Your Enemies by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman is guide for tackling your "enemies" using tools made popular by Buddhist tradition such as lovingkindess, but also simple acts like forgiveness and patience. "Enemies" may be outer enemies such as environmental stimuli or a person doing something either directly or indirectly. Or "enemies" can be inner enemies - three to be exact: inner enemies such as emotions, secret enemies such as self-centeredness, or super secret enemies such as deep, unconscious thoughts and emotions we may not even be aware of.
Tenzin Robert Thurman is one of the first Western Buddhist Monks and a co-author of Love Your Enemies. There are many Buddhist principles presented to help deal with any and all "enemies" but even individuals unfamiliar with Buddhism would be comfortable with the simple principles as mentioned above - kindness, patience, and forgiveness for oneself and for others. In his introduction to the book, Thurman points out that we are and can often be the cause of a problem as well as its solution.
Love Your Enemies is brimming with uplifting stories and examples of how people have overcome each one of these "enemies". Near the end of the book is a very basic meditation to help the reader how to focus on their breath and bring their awareness into the here and now. Also are exercises for working with outer and inner "enemies" that expand upon the concepts from all earlier chapters. The book itself is full of information that anyone new to mindfulness based work would easily benefit from.
This is my review of Love Your Enemies by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Pillars Of Health by John Pierre is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of health and well-being from the physical to the mental/emotional to the spiritual. It is a whole person approach. In fact, I am very pleased that the author took the time to explore areas of nutrition, the mind, movement, and compassion so thoroughly. Too often the term "health" refers only to the physical despite that it encompasses much more than that.
Like another reviewer mentioned, there are a few contentions that I have to make regarding Pillars Of Health. While I heartily agree with the whole food movement, I do not agree with the author that vegetarianism is the best dietary choice for all humans. We are individuals and need to find what works best for us. However, that said, John Pierre does a superb job addressing issues of avoiding processed foods and choosing whole foods whenever possible. The chapter on diet is most enlightening.
The following chapters are then on the mind, movement, and compassion. Each of these cover the ways in which we can exercise our brain, our body, and our spirit by providing exercises for each of these systems. Even though the physical body is, of course, very important when it comes to health, these other components can be just as vital to our wellness.
I would recommend Pillars Of Health by John Pierre to individuals in search of a more holistic approach to health and wellness, with the caveat that a person must find the foods that work best for their own body rather than following the most recent fads.
This is my review of Pillars Of Health by John Pierre. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Play Your Bigger Game by Rick Tamlyn is about shaking your whole life up and making a change, whether big or small. Rick Tamlyn is a highly enthusiastic, upbeat author who clearly loves his work and loves helping people to achieve great success in their lives. The system he has created is savvy yet simple.
In Play Your Bigger Game, the author first outlines the game card that the reader will use to play the "Bigger Game". Then Rick clearly explains each square on the card to aid in determining where the reader is in their life right now, and where they want to be. It is a great concept, especially for people who learn visually or kinetically. Rick also invites everyone to create their own squares for themselves, if the ones he's already presented don't quite fit, which makes it very customizable.
My one caveat perhaps is that this approach may not be for everyone, but that shouldn't take away from the value of the "Bigger Game". For instance, I personally am not motivated by an enthusiastic coach or uplifting stories of individuals who are natural "game players", although most people are. I believe that anyone with a more external locus of control or who responds to a passionate coach or inspiring stories would greatly benefit from Play Your Bigger Game. It was a very enjoyable read.
This is my review of Play Your Bigger Game by Rick Tamlyn. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Entangled In Darkness Seeking The Light by Deborah King is not the kind of book that will please everybody. It takes a certain set of beliefs in the existence of lightness and darkness, for instance, to get through it. While I myself believe in energies, I waffle on whether I believe that true evil exists in the world. Anybody who has read Deborah King's books before, however, as I have, will be familiar with the concepts presented here.
Even though I don't always agree with everything that Deborah King writes, nor do I have to, I still find her to be a refreshing author. It is clear that she comes from a place of truth and never shies away from admitting her own failings or those that she has seen in author well-known self-help authors and healers. We are all human after all. That quality is something that I greatly appreciate when reading one of her books.
Entangled In Darkness Seeking The Light in particular tackles the topic of the dark, how and where to find it, and how to combat it with behaviors that bring in the light. As stated above, it either takes a firm belief in these concepts as true, or a great deal of suspended belief on the part of the reader. Either way, there are a many lessons to be found here in how to be a good person and to live an authentic life that is true for you. They may not be new ideas to anybody who has read Deborah's or other self-help books, but I like how she approaches the subject.
If nothing else, Entangled In Darkness Seeking The Light is a strong contribution by Deborah King to readers of self-help books and to energy healers.
This is my review of Entangled In Darkness Seeking The Light by Deborah King. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Money A Love Story by Kate Northrup is a book about finances like no other. While the author provides solid advice about slowly digging your way out of debt, the real purpose of the book is to guide the reader in their relationship to and with money. This is done through, first, a short but eye-opening quiz that helps to pinpoint your thoughts and feelings surrounding money. There are then journal exercises that allow for the reader to go deeper into understanding their own money story.
The author also shares her own experiences. She, like all of us at one point in our lives or another, had a less than ideal relationship with money. Debt and overspending was as real to her as it is to those of us picking up this book because we're seeking help. I found that Kate's viewpoint and approach was particularly positive and uplifting. There is absolutely no shaming her. Only the acknowledgment that we need to make changes if we want to change our relationship to money.
I would recommend Money A Love Story by Kate Northrup to anyone not only wishing to change their money problems, but wanting to overhaul their relationship to abundance and money as well.
This is my review of Money A Love Story by Kate Northrup. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Tune In by Sonia Choquette is an easy step-by-step book that walks the reader through how to access one's intuition which, as other reviewers point out, can be difficult to do with even the best intentions. The great thing about Sonia is her gentle, down-to-earth approach to getting in touch your inner self, your spirit.
The author walks the reader through the four steps of "tuning in": waking up, digging deep, taking the leap, and entering the flow. Reading through each chapter is like taking a pleasant journey toward deeper self knowledge. Sprinkled throughout are other stories of Sonia's own experience and the experience of her clients that serve to enhance and demonstrate each of the steps.
Following intuition is actually a rather important aspect of everyday living. Like other reviewers have mentioned, not following your own intuition, or perhaps even going against it as I have done, can often result in rather unpleasant experiences. Honing the talent of tuning into spirit is one of the best things we can do for ourselves.
In general, Sonia Choquette is a wonderful author and I would highly recommend any one of her books to those who are interesting in getting to know themselves better.
The Heart of the Matter by Darren Weissman and Cate Montana introduces the reader to Weissman's See Hear Feel Challenge which is a simple, step-by-step format for an individual to, as the title suggests, get down to the "heart of the matter". It is, in a way, a condensed and simplified version of the author's LifeLine technique.
While I don't believe that a person could heal some of the more truly deep hurts that a person can experience in their lives, it is a great way to slowly peel away layers to start getting closer to what my actually be the issue.
All of us, at various times, have acted irrationally or unexpectedly. Yet it is often due to that we are reacting to a situation that has little or nothing to do with what's going on right then and there, thanks to association. I believe that the See Hear Feel Challenge is particularly helpful for discovering associations that may not exactly be hidden, but that we may not be fully aware of either.
The Heart of the Matter itself is well written by the authors and an enjoyable read. Those familiar with or who read a lot of self help books may not find anything new, but it is a different technique to try if one's feeling stuck using affirmations, oracles, tapping, etc. It is always a great idea to switch things up every once in a while. Darren Weissman and Cate Montana have certainly added to the plethora of tools that are out there for us to use.
This is my review of The Heart of the Matter by Darren Weissman and Cate Montana. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Stress Free In 30 Days by Charles Linden outlines the differences between stress, anxiety, and depression, and then tackles all the areas in a person's life that could be affected by stress, as well as various ways one could beat stress. At first all of the suggestions may seem overwhelming to someone who is experiencing stress, unless the reader understands that all of these are simply that - guidelines for overcoming stress.
Charles Linden discusses topics as simple as dietary changes that could be made to meditation and taking time out for yourself on a regular basis. Stress Free In 30 Days is a wonderful resource for anyone in with any kind of stress in their lives and who is looking for a way to help them cope, even if it is not a stressor that could be overcome. I believe that someone who might already be familiar with most stress coping strategies may find something new to discover in Charles Linden's book. The bonus CD compliments the book very well, particularly the section on meditation.
I was not familiar with Charles Linden before receiving this book, although I had heard about the Linden Method for anxiety. His style of writing is very down-to-earth. I will continue to turn to Stress Free In 30 Days time and again whenever I need a strategy for coping with any life stressor that comes and goes.
This is my review of Stress Free In 30 Days by Charles Linden. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
The Inside-Out Revolution by Michael Neill begins with a great deal of hype suggesting that it is the only thing anyone would ever need to know to change their lives and themselves for the better. Admittedly, I was very curious as to what it was all about. What message could possibly change my life for the better? The author goes on to say, in the beginning of the book, that there will be no activities to do nor steps to implement either. That the information itself will have a profound effect just by reading the book.
The Inside-Out Revolution addresses in detail three universal principles tied into Sydney Bank's work: Mind, Consciousness, and Thought. The message is that our thoughts determine our reality and inform our emotions. However, the twist on this message is not to use affirmations or positive thinking to necessarily change our thoughts. It is to simply acknowledge that, not only do we create our own thoughts, but that our thoughts do not reflect reality. They are merely a construct. The sooner we can recognize that our thoughts aren't real, the sooner we can be free of the suffering our thoughts cause. And our emotions will follow.
The Inside-Out Revolution is very short, quick read and Michael Neill is incredibly engaging as an author. The stories he tells which support his message and also outline how George Pransky's work changed his life are, in my opinion, the most interesting compared to the message itself. I can honestly say that I finished the book a week ago and don't know if I feel any different as far as absorbing the message without "doing" anything. Perhaps only time will tell.
This is my review of The Inside-Out Revolution by Michael Neill. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Directing Your Destiny by Jennifer Grace is a book that takes the Law of Attraction and details a four-week step-by-step guide that absolutely anyone can use and benefit from. In fact, Jennifer adds the Law of Attention and Law of Action because, as she points out, the Law of Attraction is more than just sitting around thinking positive thoughts. You also have to be aware of your own internal dialogue, believe and feel that positivity, and take action.
There is nothing new in Directing Your Destiny, of course, but this is a great book for somebody who wants to manifest things in their own life but doesn't know where to start. Jennifer's process may be simple but it is not simplistic. She outlines tools for meditation, affirmations, and good old fashioned imagination to help the reader discover their own dreams. I highly recommend doing all of the practices that suggests because it will bring greater clarity to one's own process.
Directing Your Destiny by Jennifer Grace is a fun and very lighthearted approach to the Law of Attraction, manifestation, and achieving one's dreams.
This is my review of Directing Your Destiny by Jennifer Grace. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Solomon Speaks On Reconnecting Your Life by Eric Pearl and Frederick Ponzlov is a book containing the writings of Solomon and Aaron - entities that speak through Frederick Ponzlov that had been, in a way, fully realized by interactions with chiropractor Dr. Eric Pearl. While I am familiar with the concept of channeling, and have occasionally run across such work, I have never specifically booked up a book with that knowledge in mind beforehand.
No matter if a reader believes in channeling or not, or what their beliefs about it otherwise might be, the conversations here contain useful and important information nonetheless. However, I cannot compare this channeling work with anything else because is the first book of its kind that I've read.
For me, I found it easier to find the overall message of Solomon Speaks On Reconnecting Your Life as a whole rather than piece by piece. While I read it I felt better served by letting the words flow through me rather than trying to process and analyze what as being said. Because I'm so unfamiliar with reading channeling work, this seemed the best way for me to approach it and get something out of it.
Reviewing Solomon Speaks On Reconnecting Your Life by Eric Pearl and Frederick Ponzlov has been a bit difficult only because I have nothing else I can compare it to. But I found that the messages within are very similar to what can be found in many of new spiritual and self-help books that are out - live with love, not fear. It is a message that bears repeating.
This is my review of Solomon Speaks On Reconnecting Your Life by Eric Pearl and Frederick Ponzlov. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
As most people, before reading From My Heart And Hands, I had been familiar with Craniosacral Therapy (CST) only as a term but didn't know what it was exactly. The author Kate Mackinnon does a tremendous job outlining the principles behind CST as well as how it works. She writes the medical sections of the book in a way that is highly understandable. It is very much accessible and not at all bloated with technical jargon.
From My Heart And Hands is mostly an overview of CST for people who might be interested in finding a craniosacral therapist but who wish to know more beforehand. It is not a how-to book, although the author writes in detail what to expect from a CST session.
There is a very short chapter on some of the Upledger ShareCare techniques but I found that I wanted to know more about how to apply it to myself rather than to someone else. It isn't easy to translate to self what one would do on someone else.
From My Heart And Hands by Kate Mackinnon has sparked an interest in me to try CST for myself and I am utilizing the resources in the back of the book to locate a therapist. Overall I believe this is a great book for anyone looking for a simple explanation of CST.
This is my review of From My Heart And Hands by Kate Mackinnon. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone by Michael Chase is a wonderfully uplifting book by "The Kindness Guy". It, at it's simplest, is about the practice of loving kindness through the eyes of his Standard Poodle Mollie and how us humans have a lot to learn from dogs. Anyone who is either a dog lover or interested in learning more about being kind, or both, would thoroughly benefit from reading this book.
The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone builds upon the principles of Michael Chase's previous book Am I Being Kind. The author truly is just like the rest of us - overcoming the obstacles of a family history that lacked the education and experiences one would need to learn about how to be kind, let alone the very best version of self. Michael's approach to writing is humorous and down-to-earth without negating his message.
As Michael Chase said, none of these ideas are new but he is merely reminding us that which we already know. I believe that he does it in a way that is lighthearted and from a perspective that is unique. The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone is a book that could easily be enjoyed by everyone.
This is my review of The Radical Practice of Loving Everyone by Michael Chase. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Life's Operating Manual by Tom Shadyac is a book that rips away the veil and forces the reader to face the truth: that everything Western society believes - the Amercian Dream, the empty promises of money and success - is all a myth. A terrible myth that may very well be destroying us at the soul level.
After I finished Life's Operating Manual I felt as though I had just experienced something so incredibly profound. I don't know that my world view was necessarily shaken, but much of what I have becoming to know as truth on my own was painfully and wondrously validated. The author, however, leaves you with, after the knowing, what do you do about it?
If anybody is looking to find answers at the end of Life's Operating Manual they most likely will not find them. Instead, Tom Shadyac has posed questions, weaving them throughout. More than likely you will be filled with more questions than answers but, as the author points out, it is our path to make for ourselves. Nobody else can guide us on our own journey but us.
What I probably found most comforting was that he pointed out that it took him 10 to 15 years after the knowing to finally reach where he is today. It is a slow path to enlightenment.
The book itself is a relatively short, easy read broken out into chapters which include quotes, an expansion on Tom Shadyac's ideas, and dialogue between his own truth and fear. The author suggests that it is fear which keeps so many of us from knowing and acknowledging the truth.
I can't express enough how life changing this book truly is. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to take a step further into their knowing of the truth about life.
This is my review of Life's Operating Manual by Tom Shadyac. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Dr. Lissa Rankin and her new book Mind Over Medicine is continuing and furthering the important work of turning the beliefs of Western medicine and health care on its head.
As I read Mind Over Medicine, I couldn't help but feel that it was the start of something earth shattering and life changing, not only for its readers but for the healthcare system at large. Dr. Rankin is one of the visionaries, like Christiane Northrup and Marcelle Pick, who not only sees the flaws in the system, but who has the solutions for how to heal it. Solutions that need to be listened to and heard.
Every chapter in Mind Over Medicine is remarkable and eye opening. What I probably found most profound, though, was Dr. Rankin reiterating that there is sometimes a difference between healing and curing. Very touching was her story about her father's own struggle with illness and how, although he had been healed, he had not been cured.
This is a book that I believe that absolutely everyone should read, but readers should also allow themselves the time to process all of the information it contains. I foresee that Dr. Lissa Rankin's Mind Over Medicine is only the start of broad global changes across all healthcare systems.
This is my review of Mind Over Medicine by Dr. Lissa Rankin. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
I believe that, like most Americans, I've heard of Feng Shui and maybe even had a general idea of what it was, but never really delved deep enough to learn its principles and what it was really about. Feng Shui Simply by Cheryl Grace is a book that not only details applying Feng Shui to external spaces, but to internal spaces as well - a concept that I had never considered before.
The author succeeds in explaining all the aspects and elements that make up Feng Shui in a way that truly is simple. Each area of a living space is oriented by the position of the front door, and a Bagua map is provided to help the reader to orient their own space. The nine sections, or gua, represent aspects of one's life such as money or relationships. The purpose is to enhance or balance these areas using Ying and Yang and all five Chinese elements - water, fire, etc. which are represented by materials as well as colors. For those who might not be artistically minded, such as myself, it may take reading through the chapter a few times before the possibility of applying it to one's own living space. Especially if your living space is in building with other living spaces and has a highly irregular shape.
At first, the chapters on internal Feng Shui might not be new information for a reader, particularly for those already familiar with other Hay House authors. But repetition about conscious change, meditation, affirmations, gratitude, and considering one's viewpoint always serves as a great reminder when we need one. The author's mention of her personal use of I Ching was of great interest to me. I am familiar with Oracle cards, Tarot, and Runes, but know very little about I Ching. Then Cheryl's Inner Wisdom Bagua transforms the map from an external environment to an internal landscape exceedingly well.
The second half of the book focuses on each of the guas with examples from Chery's own Feng Shui redecorating business. In these chapters the author successfully draws the connection between the external and the internal - how one affects the other. All of the explanations were very helpful considering that I, like I said, am not artistically minded.
It should also be mentioned that Cheryl Grace's website has a few great articles that enhances her book, one of them being her Inner Wisdom Bagua map. While I had not been aware of the author before reading this book, I am now rather interested in following her work. I would highly recommend Feng Shui Simply by Cheryl Grace to anyone new to Feng Shui and who is looking for a simple yet thorough introduction.
This is my review of Feng Shui Simply by Cheryl Grace. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
The Kinslow System by Frank Kinslow is a very informative read that outlines, in depth, Kinslow's Quantum Entrainment. It is the culmination of all of his previous books on the system. Although the book itself is very dense because of all that it contains, the author writes in a style that is fluid and easy to understand.
Quantum Entrainment, based on my perception after reading The Kinslow System, is similar to mindfulness and some forms of meditation in that the focus is on "pure awareness". However, don't be fooled into thinking that merely paying attention is easy to do. Particularly when implementing Kinslow's Pure Awareness technique, I found it sometimes difficult to hone in on each suggestion without my mind wandering. But as I repeated the technique, it did get easier.
Kinslow's Quantum Entrainment is more than simple mindfulness. It is about letting go and allowing nothing which, as the author points out, is hard for those of us living in a Western society to do. He even goes deeper into this by explaining his Triangulation and Refined techniques for physical or emotional healing which are amazing.
What I found most poignant, though, was Kinslow's chapter on the Solution to Suffering. It is a sobering look at the frailty of our lives and well-being when so much importance is placed upon our desires and obtaining them.
Step by step, chapter by chapter, Frank Kinslow painstakingly explains how The Kinslow System can help a person heal not only physically and emotionally, but how to obtain healthy wealth, relationships, and well-being that isn't driven by intense desires but by Eufeeling.
This is my review of The Kinslow System by Frank Kinslow. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
Miraval is a luxurious spa retreat in Tuscon Arizona and Mindful Living is the second book they have released. Visually the book is absolutely gorgeous with rich, lush photography on every page. The chapter follows the calendar year where each chapter addresses a topic that corresponds with a particular month. January is about new beginnings, February is about exercise, and so on. In addition, spa treatments, recipes, meditations, and other lovely tidbits can be found in the chapters as well.
I especially enjoyed how mindfulness is brought into the topics not only on meditation but exercise as well. I found Mindful Living to be a simply stunning book that is probably best read slowly. Either by picking a chapter at random, or following the months of the year. That way mindfulness is brought to the act of reading Mindful Living as well.
This is my review of Mindful Living by Miraval. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.