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You Can Heal Your Heart

Louise L. Hay, David Kessler

Affirmations, Self Improvement, Empowerment, Relationships


In You Can Heal Your Heart, self-help luminary Louise Hay and renowned grief and loss expert David Kessler, the protege of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, have come together to start a conversation on healing grief.

This remarkable book discusses the emotions that occur when a relationship leaves you brokenhearted, a marriage ends in divorce, or a loved one dies. It will also foster awareness and compassion, providing you with the courage to face many other types of losses and challenges, such as saying good-bye to a beloved pet, losing your job, coming to terms with a life-threatening illness or disease, and much more. With a perfect blend of Louise's teachings and affirmations on personal growth and transformation and David's many years of working with those in grief, this empowering book will inspire an extraordinary new way of thinking, bringing hope and fresh insights into your life and even your current and future relationships. You will not only learn how to help heal your grief, but you will also discover that, yes, you can heal your heart.
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Feb 17, 2014 KariF
You Can Heal Your Heart is written by Louise Hay and David Kessler. I have had a ton of positive experience with Louise Hay. However, David Kessler is not someone I had read before (but I will definitely be reading more from).

The book is full of personal stories, which I easily related to and, more importantly, learned from. The stories show how people were able to overcome their loss through various methods, and many of them had me in tears because they were so detailed and easy to relate to.

The Book Covers All Kinds Of Loss

I was surprised at the types of loss that were mentioned in this book. When you think of loss, you think mostly of death. But, as I realized in this book, there is a lot more to loss than just death.

The book even discusses a type of loss that you can't fully express because you fear that others will judge you for being so emotional over something so silly. For instance, many people are scared to openly grieve their pets in front of other people because some people are quick to say, "It's just an animal, get over it!" I've seen this time and time again with my friends and family.

As I read through the book I could relate to each and every loss in some way. Even losses discussed in the book that had not happened directly to me had happened to my friends or family.

If you have dealt with any kind of loss, such as the loss of a job, lover, marriage, or even the loss of the life you expected, then this book will help you look at that loss in a brand new way through some insightful information and positive affirmations.

If You Are Struggling With A Particular Area Of Loss, Then 'You Can Heal Your Heart' Will Resonate With You

One thing I noticed was that as I read the chapters about break and divorce, I found the information interesting and useful, but it didn't resonate with me in the moment. I write a lot about breaking up and surviving heartbreak, and I have personally done a lot of breaking up and surviving heartbreak, so those topics didn't hit an emotional button for me.

But when I got to the chapter about the death of a loved one, I broke down crying just from the title of the chapter. The chapter helped me look at my grandparent's death in a different way and helped me to face the future death of my parents and other loved ones in a new light.

Therefore, I think that if you are going through a breakup or divorce, then those chapters will resonate with you as strongly as the chapters regarding death did with me.

I suppose if you are not going through any loss and you have dealt with the losses in your life, then you may not resonate strongly with any chapters. You may have a good handle on dealing with loss right, and the book may not be as valuable to you as it would be to others.

In the end, You Can Heal Your Heart gives us a new way to look at loss and replace the common negative things we tell ourselves with something more empowering. That ultimately helps us to move forward with love, and live our lives in the moment, instead of being stuck in a negative state.

Interested? Read more reviews and find the book on Amazon here: You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death

I received this book from Hay House to review as a part of the Book Nook blogger program. I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. As per my disclosure, the links to the book are my affiliate links.
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Feb 20, 2014 timlarison
Everyone experiences loss in this life, whether it be the breakup of a relationship, the death of a loved one, or something else. If you are like me who sometimes find loss hard to take, authors David Kessler and Louise Hay can help. They have created a wonderful new book on the subject – You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce, or Death.

On the cover of this month’s Unity Magazine Kessler is called “America’s Leading Grief Expert”. I love how the book mixes Kessler’s expertise with Hay’s affirmation techniques. “Grieving is challenging, but it is our thoughts that often add suffering to our pain,” the authors write in the first few pages. Kessler knows all about grief, Hay knows all about positive thoughts. It’s a powerful combination.

You Can Heal Your Heart is a book that gives readers hope, even in the most dire of circumstances. “Although it’s natural to forget your power after you lose a loved one, the truth is that after a breakup, divorce, or death, there remains an ability within you to create a new reality,” they say. The most common causes of grief are covered in different chapters: a broken romantic relationship, divorce, death of a loved one, even death of a pet. One chapter is devoted to other types of losses, such as losing a job. Regardless of the loss, there is light on the other side according to Kessler and Hay. “Our ultimate wish is for you to discover that no matter what you’re facing, you can heal your heart. You deserve a loving, peaceful life.”

Reading You Can Heal Your Heart caused me to take a fresh look at some of my past losses, and to appreciate the lessons learned through those events. “Life is always moving toward healing,” say the authors. One story that touched me was of Candy Lightner, who lost her first grade son Jesse in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. Mrs. Lightner encourages us to “change an angry thought into a loving one, each and every day.” The book is full of other inspiring stories of people who have dealt with loss and have come out on the other side with a positive outlook on life.

“We deeply believe in the affirmation Life loves us, although you may wonder how that applies in loss,” the authors conclude. “It doesn’t mean that you won’t experience loss—but depending on how you hold, perceive, and think about that loss, life can be there for you, even cradling you through your toughest times.” This is a book to read if you are having difficulty with a loss of your own, or to give to a friend or family member going through a similar ordeal.
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Feb 26, 2014 essvagon
Relief of Grief From Any Type of Loss!

In typical Louise Hay fashion, this book does not disappoint. The collaboration between grief counseling expert David Kessler and metaphysician Louise Hay brings about a wonderful book with intelligent insight into the behavior associated with grief. Louise guides the reader to analyze their thinking. Most likely it will contain negative affirming thoughts that hinder the healing process. She advises positive affirmations to change the thought processes which are the first step to overcoming grief. When grief incapacitates ones life to the point they can not move forward, they need to re-evaluate their thinking as well as their behavior.

David Kessler brings his expertise in dealing with grief and how to handle it. Both of them agree it should not be suppressed in order to move on, as it will only re-emerge with a vengeance later on. They cite examples in story form that allow the reader to see the alternatives to thinking negatively and the possibilities with the changes.

The beauty of this book is that it does not only deal with grief of death. Grief is an emotion that is felt at any loss. Although the principals could be attributed to seemingly simple losses its main focus is life-altering loss such as relationship break-ups, divorce and death. There is also a chapter on other losses such as miscarriage, job loss, lost dreams/achievements and so on.

Divorce or Break-ups do not have to be a war between the parties involved. With respect, both parties can heal their hearts and honor what was between them, what brought them together in the first place and what they will continue to carry with them as they separate.
The lessons within are beautiful and if followed will lead to a more nurturing society based on respect and honor rather than competition of victimized thinking.

If you have a family member or friend dealing with a loss, this book can help them to heal. They would have to be open to move past the trough of grief and anguish, but it would lift them toward a path of recovery. Beautiful insight, beautiful nourishment for the soul!

FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title by Hay House Publishing for review purposes only, no other compensation was awarded.

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