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The Honeymoon Effect

Apr 26, 2013


I didn't know what to expect from The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton when receiving but it has proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable read. The main focus is on how attract certain kinds of relationships and the way in which we can change not only what we attract, but our experience of them. But, as the author explains, it's not only about relationships but about ourselves as well.

What I appreciate most is Bruce Lipton acknowledges that all forms of loving relationships are valid whether they be opposite-sex, same-sex, child-filled, or child-free. It is refreshing, especially in a book about relationships, not being hit over the head with a heternormative, procreative view on what a "real" relationship is.

The author, a scientist himself, not only explains the biological background behind relationships, and as it is grounded in physics, but sprinkles in many personal anecdotes. I especially liked one story about intuition and trusting one's instincts or vibes. How many of us have simply ignored our bad feelings about something simply because it was the "polite" thing to do? Or done things that we weren't proud of or weren't in our best interests?

The Honeymoon Effect is a relatively easy read that is chock-full of information and science. The final chapter is all about the author and his wife Margaret's relationship which I found particularly enlightening. Overall I believe that Bruce Lipton's The Honeymoon Effect tells it like it is but also gives the reader tools we need to have the kind of relationships that we desire.

This is my review of The Honeymoon Effect by Bruce Lipton. 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.

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Your Hidden Symmetry

Apr 22, 2013


Jean Haner is mostly known for her books on Chinese face reading, both of which I find to be utterly fascinating. Her recent endeavor, Your Hidden Symmetry, is based on the ancient Chinese Nine Star Ki system that uncovers your personality based on your birthday. Your three numbers go beyond basic personality, however. The numbers also reveal your emotional self, life challenges, and the year that you are experiencing or will be experiencing. There is no calculation needed either as the author provides a handy chart where you can simply look up your numbers.

I found the book to be a great deal of fun and highly informative. Jean writes in such a simple and conversational way. And it truly is uncanny how accurate the descriptions are for each of the numbers. At least they were for myself and my family.

As an added bonus, there is an entire chapter of affirmations from the wonderful Louise Hay for each of the numbers. When I had heard that Louise and Jean were going to be collaborating on a book, I wondered what it might contain - and now I know! Every book where Louise collaborates with another Hay House author has been such a treat.

If you're looking for a light read, and have an interest subjects such as astrology and numerology, Jean Haner's Your Hidden Symmetry is thoroughly enjoyable.

This is my review of Your Hidden Symmetry by Jean Haner. 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.

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You Are More Than That

Apr 11, 2013


You Are More Than That by Rajiv Juneja, at its core, is a book about finding authenticity through identifying your true self and what thoughts or behaviors may be stemming from the past. The author's writing style is almost conversational. He uses not only personal anecdotes but stories from others throughout his life and even clients he has worked with in his psychiatric practice.

I particularly enjoyed the author's insights and commentary which often resulted in "A-ha!" moments of my own. One of the best stories was that of George, a patient who helped him to understand that we are all both human (physical) and being (spiritual). It was a story that clearly conveyed the concept of self in a beautiful way.

I also enjoyed the question that he asks himself and his clients - "Are you being reactive?" It stems from the idea that people can react from a place that has little to do with the actual moment or experience, but that it actually has more to do with something from the past. That oftentimes the issue is not really about that particular issue, but about a wound or trauma suffered as a child.

You Are More Than That touches on every aspect of a person's life from the past to self, work, relationships, family, etc. The book is very well-rounded and an enjoyable to read. Sprinkled throughout are exercises that support that chapter's topic, which are simple and even a bit fun to do. The tone isn't exactly lighthearted but the subject itself isn't presented in so heavy a manner, therefore it is is pleasurable read. It contains just the right amount of seriousness for the concepts within.

The main take-home message of You Are More Than That really is "You are enough." It is a wonderful message to be left with.

This is my review of You Are More Than That by Rajiv Juneja. 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.

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Do Not Go Quietly

Apr 10, 2013


Do Not Go Quietly by George and Sedena Cappannelli is an extremely well written book and quite apt for those of us in the latter half of our lives. In the introduction, the authors warn that the book will not provide a few easy steps to the life you've always wanted. That it will offer truth and honesty, not sugar coating. While that certainly wasn't what I expected, and while it could surely be an empowering read, at times I found it to be a bit depressing. That is not a value judgement on the book itself, however, because the authors say a lot of great, important things. Perhaps those who are a little more sensitive to the state of world may wish to brace themselves for the reality.

What I most enjoyed about the book were the stories of people in the latter half of their years accomplishing tremendous things. These things could be as simple as making beautiful drawings or lighting up the world with their mere presence, rather than what Western society would consider accomplished such as financial success. I also enjoyed that each section includes a Life Rule which is an enlightening quote, a Life Achievement which is a brief mention of a famous person's golden accomplishments, or a Life Tool which is a little nugget of information. Each of these helps the reader along the way by further solidifying the purpose of each section.

Although the book is for those of us in our forties and beyond, I believe that Boomers and Elders may gain more from the book than GenXers such as myself. Although it makes you as the really hard questions, makes you delve really deep into areas that may be painful, which I think anyone at any age can benefit from.

I would recommend Do Not Go Quietly by George and Sedena Cappannelli to anyone willing to do the hard work and who does not want any form of sugar coating with their self help. Unfortunately it may not be as accessible to people like myself who are sensitive and prefer or appreciate a down-to-earth approach on the level of Robert Holden instead.

This is my review of Do Not Go Quietly by George and Sedena Cappannelli. 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.

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The Tapping Solution

Apr 09, 2013


The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner is so much more than I expected it to be. Thanks to lovely inspirational leaders like Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, I had heard about Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) before. I even followed along with a video once or twice. My expectation of Tapping was that it mostly could help with calming oneself during a stressful situation or help with anxiety. I didn't, however, expect EFT to be able to help with so much more than that.

Chapter 3 alone is worth the price of the book. It is in this chapter that Nick introduces the Tapping process and walks the reader through several Tapping exercises, such as overcoming resistance to change. If a reader reads no other chapter in the book but this one, it will change their life for the better as long as they practice the EFT technique provided. The rest of the chapters in The Tapping Solution are even more profound - exploring subjects such as childhood trauma, physical ailments, money issues, and weight loss.

Although I was sold on Tapping while reading through the book, my scientific side still demanded proof. The other day when I felt a raging headache coming on, I tapped through it using the very simple guidelines in the book. I was amazed at how quickly the headache dissipated. Then very recently I was experiencing a high anxiety inducing event that could normally send me into a panic, or at least affect my mood for a few days or more. I tapped my way through it and immediately began to feel calmer. It took a couple of hours but my mood improved as well and I didn't carry the weight of that previous anxiety with me.

The great thing about Nick's EFT technique is that it's foolproof. He gives the reader several ways with which to approach Tapping and every way is just as effective as the other ways. The reader is invited to use the wording or approach that works best for them in that moment, whether it be following the set scripts, including choice statements, or just speaking freely about what's real and true for you right then.

Now after having read The Tapping Solution, I have nothing but respect for the amazing work that Nick Ortner and others are doing in the field of EFT. I am utterly amazed at how life changing Tapping really is.

This is my review of The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner. 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.

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Being of Power

Apr 04, 2013


Baron Baptiste is an author with an interesting background. His parents were the founders of Baptiste Yoga. Not only has he had a near life-long yoga practice himself and now teaches others, but he has met many influential people beginning at a young age. Baron has made a name for himself in his own right as well, receiving much deserved praise for his work.

Being of Power presents the reader with nine practices (notice that these are not merely steps) toward living a more authentic life. Baron Baptiste is surely one of the best people to learn from, not only because of what he has accomplished, but because he has a real understanding of the relationship people have to fear. He also knows how to get you to look right into the heart of that fear, knows the questions that you must ask yourself.

Each chapter of the book discusses in depth these nine practices such as "Be A Yes" and "Let It Be". In addition are stories from his own life and those he has trained that support each practice. The are practices for going deep into yourself in order to release those things that limit you from being the best version of yourself. What I appreciate most about Baron Baptiste's approach is that he cuts right to the heart of the matter. Yet he does so in a way that makes you feel guided along the way, rather than pushed or abandoned.

Before reading this book I knew nothing of Baron Baptiste and, in a way, felt there might not be much more for me to learn about this subject. I was wrong, however, and took that practice, or lesson, to heart. That we should be open to experiences even when we think we might know the outcome because, really, we don't know what's going to happen or what new thing we might get out of it.

Being of Power truly is an empowering read and I recommend it to anyone, as we all could use a push in the right direction from time to time.

This is my review of Being of Power by Baron Baptiste. 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.

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Apr 02, 2013


Let me start off by saying that as soon as I started reading Reveal by Meggan Watterson, I could not put it down. It is magnificent and poignant, and nothing like anything I have read before. Every woman should read this book regardless of their religious or spiritual preferences. It is potent and brutally honest in a way that very few books on the subject are. She invites us to get naked with our spirituality just as she does throughout the pages of this book.

In Reveal, the author Meggan Watterson discusses the Divine Feminine in religion and spirituality both as a theologian but also personally as a woman searching, just like so many of us are. Time and again she finds Divine Love only to have it slip away from her once more. It is through daily practice and support of other women that she eventually is able to maintain its presence in her life.

Meggan's experiences are so universal to all women that I felt, many times, I was reading my own stories, my own thoughts and deep-down secrets. Not only is Reveal full of truths, the author is a tremendous storyteller. Her words are rich; she brings you right into the tale she weaves without you even realizing. I felt and feared right along with her. And was drawn into the great power of the Divine Feminine that is most assuredly missing from our lives right now.

While many authors and books are extolling the belief that our only real choice in life is love or fear, Meggan writes in such a way as to make you see the raw truth of that fact in her own life. Reveal is so much more than the story of one woman's personal spiritual journey thus far. It is an invitation to join her, to start or continue on a journey of your own. And to embrace the Divine Feminine in every aspect of our lives.

I wish I could give this book more than five stars.

This is my review of Reveal by Meggan Watterson. 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.

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The Importance of Being Extraordinary

Apr 01, 2013


This is my review of The Importance of Being Extraordinary by Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle. 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 Importance of Being Extraordinary by Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle is an absolute treat to listen to. Inspiring and uplifting, the two men discuss deep, serious questions both personal and universal with humor and lightheartedness. This two-CD set contains a little more than two hours worth of conversation by these two modern philosophers.

To anyone who follows the work of Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle, the content probably won't be new, but the messages are best repeated and heard time and time again. Most especially the importance of being present in the moment and consciously aware.

Personally, I enjoy Eckhart Tolle's work more than Wayne Dyer's, but they are similar enough to one another that listening to their conversation doesn't feel at all disjointed. It is actually a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours relaxing or even driving while listening. Given that their discussion was recorded in Hawaii, that alone makes me wish it was a DVD-set instead only for the gorgeous views I would hope to glimpse.

Overall The Importance of Being Extraordinary by Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle is a wonderfully inspiring read.
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Beautiful Girl

Mar 20, 2013


Beautiful Girl by Christiane Northrup is visually stunning with bright, beautiful colors and dream-like illustrations depicting young girls, butterflies, and even fairy tale creatures. Although I chose the e-book version rather than the physical book, the visuals were not at all lost and could be enjoyed on any e-reader device with one's child. That said, I would imagine that the illustrations may be even more beautiful in person.

The content itself flows smoothly and uses incredibly clever terms to describe the virtues of womanhood, such as referring to a womb as a nest. All topics of womanhood are touched upon, but most particularly, that a woman's body is beautiful, unique, and her own. Not many children's books out there express the point that a girl's/woman's body is hers. It is a message that many young girls need to hear again and again given the contrary messages put forth by media and society.

Beautiful Girl would probably be best suited for very young or naive girls. This isn't a book for "the talk" but for the earlier stages leading up to that. There isn't a story to follow which might result in some toddlers possibly losing interest. However, most children respond well to illustrations and it really is the message underlying the words that is most important. I applaud Christiane Northrup for creating something so beautiful and much needed for young girls.

This is my review of Beautiful Girl by Christiane 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.

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Activate Your Goodness

Mar 20, 2013


Activate Your Goodness is a book about choice. In this case, choosing goodness. Choosing to think, act, and speak with intention and authenticity. Shari Arison is a philanthropist who has had her fair share of highs and lows just like the rest of us. But even when life was going well, Shari felt that something was missing - an authentic life filled with intention.

Although Activate Your Goodness is perhaps a bit simplistic in scope, its message is actually very powerful and not at all as easy to achieve as one might think. Shari invites the reader to ask themselves the hard questions and to delve deep into any thoughts or behaviors that may no longer serve nor offer "goodness". It may be a case where it is time to take that thought, action, situation, or even person and "let go with love".

Another aspect of Shari's message has to do with how you wish to be remembered, whether that means doing good for your family and community or for the entire world. She offers many examples of how regular, everyday people have achieved "doing good" for others which was incredibly inspiring to read. Especially the chapter on Good Deeds Day that the author started in Israel that has since grown worldwide.

Doing good is not only good for others, but good for you, too. It makes you feel good and feel good about yourself.

Activate Your Goodness is an easy book to read, and an enjoyable read as well. It is perfect for those times when inspiration is needed, or there is only enough time to read a short chapter, or curling up on a cold day with a mug of tea to read through it in its entirety.

This is my review of Activate Your Goodness by Shari Arison. 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.

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Is It Me or My Hormones?

Mar 20, 2013


Marcelle Pick and Women to Women are a true pioneers in the field of women's health. Marcelle's most recent book, Is It Me Or My Hormones, tackles the very real symptoms of hormone imbalance. It is laid out similarly to her previous books Is It Me Or My Adrenals (formerly Are You Tired And Wired), which focuses on adrenal fatigue, and Core Balance Diet. After providing the details of what's going on in the physical body, a program is outlined to address these issues through changes in the areas of diet, sleep, exercise, and supplements. The author points out that adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalance can go hand-in-hand. Fortunately, their programs are similar enough with relatively few differences that both issues could be resolved.

What I appreciate most about Marcelle's approach is that it is simple and can be taken step-by-step if making too many changes at one time feels too overwhelming. There are a great number of things that I like about this book and the author's work in general. Marcelle Pick listens to women and understands what it feels like when hormones are out of balance. Unlike Western medicine which attempts to put a band-aid over our issues with birth control pills and antidepressants. I was just one such victim for many years, in fact.

One mention that I found most exciting, because it mirrors my personal experiences, is that our bodies can actually metabolizes estrogen differently from one another. The liver is very important in this process. I would have liked to see more on this topic. A whole chapter, actually, but the information is still relatively new in the functional medicine community. Discovering this connection in my own body has finally begun to free me from the ravages of hormone imbalance. Liver and gallbladder health are of utmost importance for those of us with less than optimum estrogen metabolism.

Diet is one of the most important factors in hormonal health and is prominently featured in Is It Me Or My Hormones. The recommended diet is healthy and the recipes appear simple and sound delicious. While it is gluten free, don't be fooled into thinking that the diet suggested is low carb/high protein. It is actually based on moderation - moderate carbs in the form of whole grains, moderate lean protein sources, and moderate fat.

Based on personal experience, attempting to eat low carb/high protein caused my hormonal balance to become worse due to the liver/gallbladder and estrogen connection. While some may do well on low carb, it is not for everyone. I think that Dr. Mark Liponis' work on the Hunter/Farmer diet is probably a great companion to Marcelle Pick's recommendations for doing what's right for you and your body.

I also agree with Marcelle Pick that one cannot heal hormone imbalance or adrenal fatigue with vegetarianism/veganism. I was a hardcore, low carb vegetarian/vegan for many years and I believe that it helped to crash my adrenals in the first place. Where I disagree with the book is soy is on the list of protein sources. Soy is a phytoestrogen and endocrine disruptor which shouldn't be consumed, especially by anyone with estrogen metabolism issues. However, I understand why it would be included because it might be helpful to women with estrogen deficiency.

Exercise is yet another important aspect of the program where, again, Marcelle Pick's recommendations are wonderfully simple. Her suggestions include strength training and aerobic exercise but not for nearly as long or as often as one might think. If a person has adrenal fatigue, they will need to be extra cautious about not overdoing it while they heal, as I myself learned the hard way. For me, rather than get more exercise, I needed to cut back on overexercising which, at first, was hard to do. A little weight was gained in the beginning but, following Women to Women's dietary suggestions for the program, I have actually started losing weight with less and the right kind of exercise.

Lastly, supplements may be an aspect some people overlook but they really are just as important as diet, exercise, and sleep. I follow Marcelle Pick's recommendations for most of the supplements for those with hormonal imbalance caused by less optimal estrogen metabolism and adrenal fatigue. I really see a difference, choosing to purchase high quality supplements that I personally have researched. The great thing about Marcelle that sets her apart from some authors, like Donna Gates for instance, is that even though Women to Women offers programs and supplements for these issues, the author doesn't use her book to promote or sell either of these.

I would recommend Marcelle Pick's Is It Me Or My Hormones to every woman struggling with hormonal imbalance. It is insightful and cutting edge, yet the program is simple and easy to implement.

This is my review of Is It Me Or My Hormones by Marcelle Pick. 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.

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Mar 18, 2013


I am a huge fan of Robert Holden's work and his new book, Loveability, is no exception. One of the most endearing qualities of the author is his down-to-earth, no-nonsense style. His approach is always practical and based in reality. Yet there is a sweet and gentle quality to him as well that not every inspirational author possesses.

Loveability's message is simple: All you need is love. We can either live in love or live in fear. Why not choose love? And why not choose real love rather than the "love" our society tells us is love that really isn't. The great thing about Robert is that he inherently understands the true essence of love. And that no matter how simple the message or even the goal, it is still hard to make those changes and transitions to accept love into yourself and your life. That's where Loveability comes in.

Robert's book takes you through each step slowly and methodically, explaining the fundamental elements of love and then giving the reader ways in which love can easily be incorporated. It is with this book that each of us can successfully traverse our journey toward accepting and being more loveable. Starting, most importantly, with oneself but then building upon that to include those close to us and in the world at large.

There is no single audience I could recommend Loveability to because this book is one that I believe absolutely every one should read. If we all did then this world would surely be a more loving place thanks to Robert Holden's kind and timeless wisdom. I can't recommend Loveability, or Robert Holden, highly enough.

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E Squared

Mar 01, 2013


E Squared by Pam Grout is a fun book that takes the principles of manifesting the things that you want - most people are familiar with the concept of The Secret - and conducting personal experiments to prove that we really can manipulate the world around us.

The author spends the first couple of chapters outlining these concepts in addition to the required elements of a scientific experimentation. All nine of these experiments can easily be done with a turnaround time of no more than 48 hours. For me, though, manifestation occurred sooner. It was a lot of fun to see the proof of my energy on that of the universe.

E Squared by Pam Grout is a light and easy read, but don't let that fool you into believing that what you achieve through the experiments isn't powerful. I think that this book would be particularly great for those who are more scientifically minded, such as myself, but who also have an interest in the power of manifestation.

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Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure

Feb 27, 2013


Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure by Evelyn Resh is a refreshing read along the same lines as Barbara Carrellas' Ecstasy Is Necessary. The author Evelyn Resh explores women's sexuality as a whole and possible causes for common issues such as lack of desire or dissatisfaction.

The key that the author has found in lack of desire in women otherwise able to enjoy a satisfying sex life ties into a lack of pleasure. Often a lack of pleasure in their lives overall, or at least not enough of it. What I found to be most helpful, in addition to examples of how to recapture pleasure in our own lives, was the real life accounts of clients that she has counseled in her practice.

Unlike many similar books I have read in the past on this very subject, Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure does not suffer from a heteronormative perspective of women's sexuality. In fact, Evelyn Resh is a bisexual in a long-term same-sex relationship. She is also a regular who enjoys her full-figured body and a satisfying sex life, all the while experiencing the same pitfalls to pleasure that we all do.

The only very small annoyance I had was the author's mention of being a "midwife and sexuality counselor" numerous times. However, once I accepted its presence and considered the chapters could be conceivably read stand-alone, I noticed it much less. It does not detract from the quality or the message of the book.

A frank and open conversation about women and their sexuality needs to be had in American society. It is authors like Evelyn Resh with books like Women, Sex, Power, and Pleasure which may just be the catalyst for such discussions to occur.

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You Can Trust Your Life DVD Set

Feb 22, 2013


I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the You Can Trust Your Life 4-DVD set by the incomparable Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. I have long been a fan of these two incredible ladies but have never had a chance to see them in person. The six hours of live footage in this DVD made me feel like I was there in the audience of this two-day conference!

One of the most wonderful aspects of this DVD set is the pure joy that radiates between Louise and Cheryl. It is very clear to see how close and in tune with one another these women are. It's truly spectacular to watch, especially considering we live in a society - in America anyway - where women are encouraged to compete with each other rather than collaborate.

Anyone familiar with Louise and Cheryl's work, whether only of one of these remarkable women or both, may not learn entirely new concepts in this DVD but I believe that hearing it directly from them rather than reading it in a book makes it that much more powerful. It also provides much needed reminders about the importance continuing the practice of mirror work, affirmations, thoughts, and self care.

I feel blessed for watching this DVD. It makes me want to work that much harder to hopefully have the chance to see the amazing Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson speak together in person someday, hopefully in the near future.

This is my review of You Can Trust Your Life by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. 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.

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Take 2

Feb 09, 2013


Take 2 by Leeza Gibbons is a highly empowering book for any woman wanting to change any aspect in her own life. With honesty and integrity, the author gives all women a guidebook for how she herself made changes in her own life, the trials and tribulations that she herself faced and overcame. Although many may think that celebrities have the perfect life or that money can buy you everything, Leeza proves that we are all only just human.

Similar to other authors like Cheryl Richardson and Marianne Williamson, Leeza Gibbons emphasizes the importance of women not only taking charge of their own life, but accepting responsibility for putting themselves first before others. Each chapter is a short read but packed full of personal stories and lessons learned. As well as the ways we can make changes to see a dramatic difference in our life. Her advice is both gentle and realistic.

To women looking to make a change - whether big or small - and who don't know where to start, Take 2 by Leeza Gibbons is a great book to help you get started on your new journey.

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IS: Your Authentic Spirituality Unleashed

Feb 06, 2013


IS refers to Infinite Source which is the representation of who or what you perceive as Source, whether it be God, the Universe, or any other phrase you use to reference that which "is". There are for components of IS which are made up of internal and external, universe and self. The author outlines each of these and then all of the ways that they can be manifested and appreciated.

IS by Faith Freed is a great book for individuals who are not satisfied with only one religion. Who perhaps have tried out many religions and found something they like in each of them. People who are beginning to carve out their own path of spirituality but who may be looking for guidance on how they might be able to achieve that for themselves. They would surely find that guidance in IS. For those such as myself who have already been through this process, although continuing to find something new to incorporate all the time, it may be less helpful.

One of the issues I had with IS was the language and tone that Faith Freed adopted was a bit to "hip". I'm not necessarily sure if I would call it too "new age" but it tries almost too hard to be modern. I think that some of the great ideas and messages lose something because of that. Although at first it was jarring to read, after a while I could ignore it and focus on what was being conveyed rather than how it was being conveyed. While I believe that spirituality can be fun, it was a level that seemed overly silly to me. However, with that said, I have many spiritual friends who would probably love that aspect of the book in particular.

IS was a delightful read and not at all heavy despite it being about the deeper, more profound subject of spirituality.

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Feb 05, 2013


In Hungry, the author Robin Smith describes her feelings of "hunger" and "dying to be be" that had plagued her all her life. With the main message being that authenticity is the only way to live. Yet if it were so simple to do then there wouldn't be so many of us striving to tell our truth. And there wouldn't be so many of us seeking out books like this to help us on our journey.

I very much wanted to like the book more than I did. Unfortunately, I don't think that it resonated with me, but I imagine that it would probably resonate with many others out there. I really appreciate the way in which Robin is so open and honest about her own struggles, and how she still can struggle with it now.

Going into the book, I think I was expecting more as far as how we as human beings can lead a more authentic life. Instead the majority of it - at least two-thirds - is Robin's story, and those of friends and clients and strangers. Even though that didn't connect with me personally, I could see that others might be inspired by reading others' stories.

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The Looneyspoons Collection

Feb 04, 2013


The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski is one of the best cookbooks I have come across in a long time. Unlike most cookbooks that I've purchase over the years, the recipes are simple and easy using ingredients that could be found in any and every grocery store. Most recipes also need very few ingredients, another feature that I enjoy.

The Podleskis have separated the cookbook into sections for appetizers, desserts, etc. but there is also a very thorough index in the back if you wish to find a particular recipe. Each page is of thick stock, which means the cookbook should hold up to much use. The photos of every recipe are beautiful and simply scrumptious looking.

The recipes themselves are well thought out and delicious. In my family, we're always on the lookout for new yet easy dishes to make for dinner. That is certainly the case here. While all of the recipe names are cutesy, don't let that fool you to how good they really are. We have particularly liked the chicken and side dishes so far.

There are also fun food-related tidbits and tips liberally sprinkled throughout The Looneyspoons Collection which actually makes for a fun read. Before this I wasn't familiar with the cookbooks of Janet and Greta Podleski, now I look forward to more cookbooks from then in future. It should be mentioned that for those who already have previous cookbooks from the authors, that many of the recipes come from those but have been redesigned with the new thoughts on healthy diets in mind.

Lastly, for those who are gluten free in particular, you'll find plenty of recipes in here as well. For the pasta dishes, gluten free pasta is easily substituted for wheat pasta.

I would highly recommend The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski to anyone who is looking for recipes that are simple and delicious.

This is my review of The Looneyspoons Collection by Janet and Greta Podleski. 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.

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The Body Ecology's Guide to Growing Younger

Jan 28, 2013


Anyone familiar with the newest edition of Donna Gates' Body Ecology Diet may not find much new information in this book. However, someone particularly new to the diet would receive a very thorough overview of the diet's principles. The difference between the two books is that The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger really is a guide, whereas the Body Ecology Diet goes into greater detail of the diet itself. I believe that they complement one another very well.

I agree with other reviewers that, at times, the author's reference to the products that her Body Ecology website sells can feel almost like shameless plugs. However, I believe that we also must recognize that it is a business. Donna Gates recommends these products, of course, but also provides enough information so that a person can obtain similar products through alternate routes, or make them themselves in some cases.The beauty about the Body Ecology diet is that you tailor it to fit your needs. The author even states that we are "an experiment of one" and encourages readers to try things out for themselves. There is no one-size-fits-all.

Another point that I appreciated in The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger was how the light that was shed on the more popular diets out there right now (high protein, vegan) and why such diets may not work for most people. She stresses the importance of vegetables but also of getting the right type and amount of protein for your body, which is something I wish I had known during the several years I was vegetarian. Donna Gates also explains the difference between fermented soy products and the soy products that have become popular, which can actually disrupt and damage the endocrine system. Yet another lesson I personally learned the hard way and am still healing from.

There are, of course, things that I do not necessarily agree with the author on, such as the importance of colonics. As I said before, that's the great thing about Body Ecology - you take from it what you need at the time that you need it. For the most part, Donna Gates provides sound evidence backing up much of the information that she presents. It is actually similar to Paleo or modified Paleo that is becoming increasingly popular which, I believe anyway, is a healthier approach to food and eating.

In general, I could see that to someone still following a strict Standard American Diet, the Body Ecology principles might come as a shock. But if you can get through it and make one little change at a time that you feel comfortable making, you're better and healthier off for it.

This is my review of The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger by Donna Gates. 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.

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