By Kathy DeSantis and Maryel McKinley



Why Not Start Living Your life Today
By Eric De La Barre
Wow! This amazing little book will change your life for the better, so expect to have your life rearranged for the greatest good after reading this precious jewel! “Why Not Start Living Your Life Today” is by far the most powerful and motivating book this reviewer has come across in many years.

Is there a dream you have been putting on hold, waiting for the right circumstances to change before you pursue it? Well, author Eric De La Barre suggests that we begin to live our dreams in the here and now, otherwise dreams will remain dreams rather than manifesting into a glorious new reality.

De La Barre left his position as a writer for the successful television series “Law and Order” to follow his dream. It was his desire to move away from promoting violence and move towards promoting peace and inspiration. He suggests “When you fall in love with your choices you will begin to notice that work is no longer work. So make a decision in your favor and leave behind the fear, doubt and worry of what might go wrong if you do what you love.”

Proceeds of the book go to the Boys and Girls Clubs. De La Barre also hosts a free inspirational virtual website that will blow your mind and inspire even the most jaded at

Published by Seven Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley


The HRT Solution: A Comprehensive Personalized Program
of Natural Hormone Replacement
By Marla Ahlgrimm, R.Ph. and John M. Kells with Christine Macgenn Rodgerson
Finally women can end the confusion about Hormone Replacement Therapy with the outstanding new book “The HRT Solution!” This newly-revised book contains all the latest information on how to personalize a natural hormone replacement program that will effectively relieve menopausal symptoms while restoring vitality, sexuality and health.

This book has been dedicated to every woman who has been told by her doctor “It’s all in your head.”  The authors agree that the conventional cookie-cutter style of prescribing synthetic or animal-derived hormone replacement medications is outdated and ineffective, as well as potentially causing adverse side effects.

The authors advocate the use of HRT when individualized, natural hormone replacement can be used for short-term management of menopause as well as long-term prevention of degenerative disease. This cutting-edge book contains everything you will ever need to know to survive menopause with the best information and treatment modalities available.

Published by The Penguin Group, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley


The Soul of Money Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Life
By Lynne Twist
“The Soul of Money” is a must for anyone who seeks to revolutionize and transform their relationship with money. Whether you are a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a fundraiser for a small organization, or a conscientious head of a household, this book is an absolute must. This reviewer predicts this book will set the precedent as a classic tool for future endeavors for the survival of life on this planet and the end of poverty consciousness even in third-world countries.

Lynne Twist is an extraordinary human being. Over the past few decades she has worked with her mentor, the visionary Buckminster Fuller, as well as being lead fundraiser for the Hunger Project which lead to conversations with His Holiness, The Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, and other extraordinary leaders around the globe. Ironically, her work put her in touch with some of the world’s wealthiest people, as well as some of the world’s financially poorest.

Twist literally trailblazed a new way of “consciousness” fundraising when she and her husband, a multi-billionaire, decided they were stuck in a rat race where all their money did not bring peace or happiness. Hence, Twist set about to fundraise fulltime and dedicated herself to major areas of need, including ending world hunger, preserving the rainforests, and other aspects of global sustainability, the empowerment of women and indigenous peoples.

Published by W. W. Norton and Co., this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley


The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire Harnessing the Infinite Power of Coincidence
By Deepak Chopra
Chopra is at it again, finding yet another way to share his mystical knowledge by helping us get to know ourselves better. Devotees of the best-selling author, who founded the Chopra Center for Well-Being in Carlsbad, will welcome his latest ideas on how to live a more fulfilling life.

He employs scientific theory and new-age mysticism to present a guide to harnessing what he calls synchrodestiny. According to Chopra, an important level of human existence consists of the non-local or spiritual domain. Drawing on the example of physics’ unpredictable quantum leap, when an electron unpredictably jumps from one orbit to another, he maintains that our own lives are unpredictable, and it is impossible to know what direction life will take.

However, such randomness in the universe is actually interconnected. Unpredictable coincidences are, the author maintains, important messages that can be used to achieve one’s true destiny. This process of synchro-destiny consists of connecting the individual soul to the universal soul through a number of mental exercises.

Although Chopra’s theories are written in a repetitive manner, the techniques he advocates may prove interesting to those who enjoy his humanistic approach to self-help.

I found this book easy to read and understand, as well as interesting, but that may also be due to the fact that I am so familiar with Chopra’s writings and philosophy.

Published by Harmony Books, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


Create Your Own Affirmations A Creative Visualization Kit
By Shakti Gawain
Creative Visualization is the art of using mental imagery and affirmation to produce positive change. Employing her proven method, Shakti Gawain teaches how to trust intuition and act on our inner truth as a means of both releasing and developing creativity in every area of life.

Following her books and workbooks on creative visualization, the kit offers dynamic tools for transformation: a supportive guidebook, a visualization journal, 25 printed affirmation cards, and 25 illustration-only cards for individually-customized affirmation cards, packaged in an elegant portable box.

This kit gave me a step-by-step process to make positive changes in my life. I worked the lessons and followed Shakti’s methods for visualizing my future.  I was given tools to make my own affirmations such as, “My body is slim and healthy.” I used this in conjunction with her workbook and her book “Creative Visualizations.” Although the kit can be utilized by itself, both helped me to better understand how I could take control of my life and direct my future.

Shakti’s kit is a great  tool  for those that have never done much meditation or visualization, as well as a great gift.

Published by New World Library, this is available at your local bookstores.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


Out on A Leash Exploring the Nature of Reality and Love
Shirley MacLaine
This is a charming book about relationships. Yes, it is the “voice” of her dog Terry, a cute terrier, and the author, as they explore their relationship with each other.

The book alternates between MacLaine’s own voice and that of her dog, Terry, with whom the author communicates in “humanimal,” which, she says, is a “purer, more direct form of language” than English.

Some of the topics are a bit far fetched, if you don’t know where MacLaine is coming from spiritually as  MacLaine uses Terry’s ‘voice’ to reveal their past lives together in ancient Egypt, and to articulate the opinions that “we never die” and “nothing is evil.”

In her own voice, MacLaine shares more of her belief system — an apparent combination of Nostradamus’ predictions, Hopi and Mayan prophecies, Edgar Cayce’s channelings, Egyptian mythology and the Bible.

I enjoyed reading the book and feeling the boundless love that Terry and Shirley have for each other. Of course, it helps to be an animal lover. This book would make a great gift for someone who has connected emotionally with an animal companion and can relate to the exchange of such unconditional love and its powers.

Published by Atria Books, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


Working on Your Relationship Doesn’t Work
A Transformational Approach to Creating Magical Relationships
By Ariel and Shya Kane
After reviewing the Kanes’ first best-seller “Working on Yourself Doesn’t Work,” I was so impressed that it seemed impossible they could come up with something even greater — but happily they have surpassed their own brilliance with their newest masterpiece “Working on Your Relationship doesn’t Work.”

The simple, yet profound wisdom contained in this book will truly change the way you experience relationships, and is unprecedented by any other relationship genré book this reviewer has ever come across. As a relationships counselor, I found many amazing ways to help my clients, as well as the relationships in my own personal life, including my relationship with myself.

The transforming information this book contains cuts through old ideas and past beliefs that we tend to focus on, and allows us to enter into an almost alchemical transformation in the here and now. Years of therapy cannot touch what the Kanes can do in minutes. It’s all about getting down to the truth, observing in a non-judgmental way, and learning to be honest in the present tense.

As the Kanes invite you into the magical world of their individual consulting sessions and seminars, you will hear about true case stories where people have made remarkable changes in their relationships. You will discover the key elements that will take your relationships out of the ordinary and mundane, and sky- rocket them into the realm of the miraculous — instantaneously! Once again, this reviewer gives 10 stars for this outstanding work.

Published by ASK Productions, Inc., this book is now available at  and will be at your local bookstore February 14. You may also order by calling (800) 431-1579.
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley

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