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All Is Well

Jan 25, 2013

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I found All Is Well by Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Shulz to provide that missing puzzle piece in how best to heal oneself. One item of note that I particularly appreciated was that the authors stressed the importance of healing occurring not from affirmations or Western medicine or even alternative medicine alone, but from a combination of all these things together. That is once misconception I have often found when someone unfamiliar with Louise Hay's work picks up her first book - You Can Heal Your Life. The assumption they make is that the affirmations will miraculously heal you but they are missing the other pieces of the puzzle.

Another aspect I liked was how dis-ease and illness in the body was correctly tied into the chakras, or as they're referred to in All Is Well, the emotional centers of the body. As a person who has feet in both Western and alternative medicine, I found this to be a great way to introduce chakras to individuals who may not know or understand them. It also helped me to gain a deeper comprehension of how illness can occur in regards to these areas of the body.

Generally, All Is Well by Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Shulz is a great introduction to another way of looking at health and illness while not entirely dismissing Western medicine entirely.

This is my review of All Is Well by Louise Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Shulz. 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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Joining Forces

Jan 20, 2013

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Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin is one of the most profound and poignant books out there on the subject of sexual victimization, particularly of males, with focus on abuse occuring during childhood, adolescence, and/or adulthood. The author should be commended on his approach which is compassionate but also realistic.

The book itself is very well laid out as it seamlessly interweaves stories of survivors and their spouses/partners with suggestions from Dr. Fradkin. It takes the reader on a journey from the occurrence of the abuse to consequences of abuse and behaviors that may present themselves, then to all the ways in which a person may cope in healthy, productive ways.

Joining Forces is truly life changing. Although Dr. Fradkin intends it mostly for male survivors of sexual victimization, there is an entire chapter dedicate to those who love or care about a survivor. Additionally, because many effects of sexual abuse can be universal, female survivors would find much in this book that resonates as well.

I would give Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin more than five stars if I could because it is that superbly exceptional.

This is my review of Joining Forces by Dr. Howard Fradkin. 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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Integrative Wellness Rules

Jan 14, 2013

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In the realm of self-help books, or self-growth rather, most have a very similar message to one another. The key is to find one that speaks to you. Integrative Wellness Rules by Dr. James Nicolai resonated very deeply with me. The way in which the author writes is almost conversational, and very down-to-earth. As though he is a good friend passing along some advice.

While a lot of the information I had already read elsewhere, I felt that it bore repeating all the same. In fact, I actually learned a couple of new things that I could incorporate into my own life. It also helped that Dr. Nicolai wrote so openly about his own life - obstacles, limitations, even what his typical day is like. For instance, it helped reading that even though he is a morning person, he still can have difficulty getting up in the morning and achieving one of his hard things for the day which is exercise. The author came across as very human and just like the rest of us.

I would highly recommend Integrative Wellness Rules by Dr. James Nicolai because it has so many wonderful tips for overall healthy living, especially for a reader not knowing where to start. But also for someone like myself who may know most of these things already. The chapters are very short so that a person could easily spend a couple minutes reading the book and then setting it aside again until later. Integrative Wellness Rules was highly enjoyable and informational.

This is my review of Integrative Wellness Rules by Dr. James Nicolai. 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 Your Life Mapped Out?

Jan 04, 2013

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Although by now many people are familiar with the concept of the Law of Attraction, David Hamilton provides extensive evidence as to how this is possible. The author delves in-depth into the details regarding interconnectedness not just among humans or the planet, but to the whole of the universe. Additionally, he sites research that proves influence of future as well as past events.

The research studies mentioned and scientific discussion throughout the chapters are an utterly fascinating read, and would be to anyone who enjoys figuring out the 'why' of things. The author also includes personal anecdotes which I believe softens and grounds his work, making it that much easier to resonate with.

One of the most important points that David Hamilton reiterates is that in order for the Law of Attraction to work, there must be an action. Visioning and even planning are well and good, but a person has to be willing to act on them as well.

Is Your Life Mapped Out? is probably not for everyone but I greatly appreciated the exploration of the scientific side of this universal law.

This is my review of Is Your Life Mapped Out? by David Hamilton. 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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Archetypes

Jan 03, 2013

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Having read Sacred Contracts by Caroline Myss, I was intrigued by the concept of her new book Archetypes. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Also, I found it to be a fresh, modern take on the definition of archetypes such as those provided by Jung, for instance.

Strangely, the book focuses mostly on women. The reason for this, I can only assume, is Caroline Myss' mention in one of the chapters in the book where she discusses how women most often attend workshops, conferences, read self-help books, etc. Each archetype, however, does include its masculine counterpart, if there is a difference, that is.

Another interesting aspect that makes it feel more modern is its connection to the ArchetypeMe website. It is actually a great link to check out, especially if one is having difficulty typing themselves, because there is an interactive quiz.

Overall, I believe that any person who may be interested in archetypes, but who found books such as Sacred Contacts a bit too daunting, would gain from reading Archetypes by Caroline Myss.

This is my review of Archetypes by Caroline Myss. 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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F**K It Therapy

Dec 20, 2012

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While I have read many, many books that emphasize the importance of living in the moment, F**k It Therapy is unlike most books. The author, John C. Parkin, presents the information in a way that uses language which is down-to-earth and accessible. It is like speaking with a friend who "tells it like it is". This makes F**k It Therapy a rather refreshing to read due to its lack of pretension.

The most poignant point expressed by the author is the idea that keeping ourselves locked away in a prison may protect us, but it does not allow us to live life to the fullest. Whether or not this is the only life we get, it's worth being present in the here and now without any worry or concern for the past or future. It is easier said than done, of course, but F**k It Therapy is a resource to reach for when struggling.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the slightly irreverent tone and the realistic quality of F**k It Therapy. I would highly recommend the book to anyone who, like myself, prefer authenticity from authors rather than sugar coating.

This is my review of F**k It Therapy by John C. Parkin. 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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Intuitive Studies

Nov 20, 2012

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Although I am mostly interested in developing intuition, the subject of mediums and healers has always been of interest. The author of Intuitive Studies, Gordon Smith, presents the step-by-step process of how he developed his own abilities as well as helped students and others. The process is not something that can be done on one's own, however. Unless a person has at least one other who is interested in helping them to develop their skills, only some of the steps will be of use for a lone practitioner.

Still, there is a lot of great information that can be taken away from the book. One thing worth mentioning is how Gordon Smith expresses his concern for the way that some mediums and healers are taught to develop too quickly. Instead Smith's approach is based on that the slow way is the best way. Intuitive ability takes time, commitment, and effort - as does anything work doing. I like that the author didn't tout the "quick fix" so to speak.

While I'm not sure how much I got out of it as far as developing my own intuition in particular - beyond the importance of meditation - it was a very interesting read and I enjoyed reading about the process someone might go through to become a medium or healer.

This is my review of Intuitive Studies by Gordon Smith. 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 Only Thing That Matters

Nov 14, 2012

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This is my review of The Only Thing That Matters by Neale Donald Walsch. 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.

First and most importantly, I have never read a book quite like this. Although I am familiar with Neale Donald Walsch, I have not read his Conversation series books before. I think that for many, myself included, The Only Thing That Matters conveys a lot of concepts that could be considered mind-blowing, yet the content itself is really nothing new. At least not for a person who reads self-help and is familiar with gratititude, forgiveness, etcetera.

The book itself is very easy to read and written in a stream of consciousness type style. In fact, I read the entirety of it in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down. The chapters are short, though, meaning a person could take their time reading The Only Thing That Matters to full absorb everything that it has said. I did find myself needing to pause every so often to really take in what was written.

Again, while the content itself isn't exactly new information, Neale Donald Walsch presents it in a way that is new and innovative. For such deep topics, The Only Thing That Matters is actually an incredibly easy read.
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Self-Hypnosis And Subliminal Technology

Nov 11, 2012

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This is my review of Self-Hypnosis and Subliminal Technology by Eldon Taylor. 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.

Eldon Taylor approaches the subject of self-hypnosis and subliminal technology scientifically yet writes in a way that, I believe, a layperson can easily follow and grasp. In fact, I find his explanation of the subject to be utterly fascinating.

He discusses and elaborates on each key component of hypnosis, the history of its use, as well as misconceptions. The applications that he suggests are also practical and well explained. For example, affirmations can be yet another form of subliminal message that we ourselves create.

Although I have not read many books on the subject before, nor attempted self-hypnosis prior to this, Eldon Taylor does a fantastic job belaying any questions or concerns a person might have about attempting hypnosis because it is, as he points out, a state that is a natural human occurrence.
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Secrets of Meditation

Oct 25, 2012

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This is my review of Secrets of Meditation by davidji. 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.

Secrets of Meditation by davidji is a truly tremendous resource for anyone interested in meditation, whether they are already experienced in one form of meditation or another, or are a beginner just wishing to learn more. The author, davidji, has a writing style that feels accessible and makes meditation seem possible.

Before reading this book, I myself was mostly familiar with mindfulness meditation. I very much enjoyed the detailed explanations of every type and subtype of meditation that exists, from yoga to mantra. Enough so that I have become interested in trying other forms.

davidji's introduction for how he himself first found meditation, what forms he liked when and why, as well as those he didn't resonate with for whatever reason, was an enlightening read.

Overall, I honestly recommend this book to anyone with even the slightest interest in meditation, or to those who are looking for a resource detailing all the various forms that are out there. Secrets of Meditation really is great book and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Meals That Heal Inflammation

Oct 07, 2012

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This is my review of Meals That Heal Inflammation by Julie Daniluk. First let me 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 of the product.

I will be honest in saying that I have been having some difficulty writing this review. Julie Daniluk has a lot of really great information in the book yet, as some others have pointed out, this book probably isn't going to be for everyone.

Personally, I have been trying to heal my own health issues through diet for several years so much of the information in this book isn't new to me. In fact, the diet that I most closely followed for much of that time was similar to the one found in the book.

That being said, it didn't work for me. I believe that sometimes health issues cannot be healed through food alone. Although Meals That Heal Inflammation has a really great message about finding the diet that is right for you, it cannot be denied that Julie Daniluk advocates for a particular type of diet.

For anyone with multiple food allergies or who is interested in restricting their own diet by avoiding nearly all allergens, this may be the book for you.
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Great Sex, Naturally

Aug 10, 2012

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My first Hay House book review is of Great Sex, Naturally by Alex Steelsmith and Dr. Laurie Steelsmith. I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

Great Sex, Naturally is a tremendous resource of invaluable information for women who are looking to enhance their lives, not just sexually. It starts with the very basics of the anatomy of female sexual organs in particular, the role hormones play in our sexuality, and then progresses further into how our physical and emotional selves affect our sexual selves. This book may be particularly helpful for women who are just discovering this connection or who may need guidance in that area.

My one main contention regarding Great Sex, Naturally, however, is that it is heterocentric. Although the Steelsmiths use the term partner very often, whenever a pronoun is needed it is always male. Additionally, the discussion of sexuality in the book is heternormative - penetrative sex between a man and a woman.

While I wasn't expecting an in-depth overview of sex, I think it does a great disservice to assume that all of the women who may be experiencing sexual dissatisfaction are heterosexual women, and that the ultimate goal to achieve is penetrative sex. I would have liked to see the authors embrace a broader scope of female sexuality.

Overall, Great Sex, Naturally is a great resource for women to turn to who haven't taken the first step toward taking control of their own sexual satisfaction because it does contain a lot of information in one book.
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