BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

THE LITTLE BOOK ON RELATIONSHIP
How to Guide Your Life with Meaning, Purpose and Power
By John English

The power of our relationships is an opportunity for us to explore our potential. This book will teach you how to change your relationships from being sources of negativity, turning them into gateways for infinite power and knowledge. This knowledge can result in a purposeful life filled with peace and understanding.

Author John English, teacher, speaker and shamanic healer, uses his own life experiences, conveying to us his story and how he deals with each situation he discusses. We begin by laying the foundation for our relationships by identifying our fears. Situations in your life can be used to face stress and anxiety, developing into tools that will keep you alert to what is really going on inside of you.

Next, the author tells us that we should not refuse to engage others to obtain help. When you experience strife, reaching out to others dissipates the negative energy. English also offers us some advice on how to navigate the unknown by contemplating our preconceived behaviors, realizing them, and addressing them with a spirit toward resolution.

By learning to work with the power of relationship, you will get a glimpse of how the universe works. Strength that may have been illusive will suddenly become abundant, clear and useable. By using the practical and simple information in this book you will find the pathway back to your authentic self.

Published by Dreamtime, LLC, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.mydreamtimellc.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

CHOOSING ME BEFORE WE
Every Woman's Guide to Life and Love
By Christine Arylo

Two hours before the engagement party, author Christine Arylo's fiance ended their relationship. Now a life coach, although devastated at first by the event, she was inspired to reach out to women and dare them to first learn about themselves, then find the courage to pursue what has true meaning for them, and not someone else.

Being "you" is never easy, especially when you don't know who "me" is. Turning a deaf ear to your inner voice in order to deal with uncertainty doesn't solve much of anything. In fact, it creates more confusion. And, this type of action limits all of your possibilities for a happy and love-fulfilled life.

This book is designed to take you on an adventure that will help you create a healthier and more fulfilling life by discovering and embracing more of what is the true you. You are invited to know, be honest with and trust yourself, as well as love yourself, without ever "settling" for anything less than what your heart and soul desires.

Arylo guides us through the process of first being honest with ourselves and embracing our intuition. Four key aspects are discussed at length which provide tools for intention setting and manifestations, when we decide to look for our life partner. Finally, there is insight on what constitutes a healthy connection as opposed to an unhealthy attraction.

Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore or at www.newworldlibrary.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

BLAST OFF
The Surefire Success Plan to Launch Your Dreams into Reality
By Allison
Maslan, HHP, CCH
"Blastation" is the process by which you can basically get out of your own way and become successful ‹ financially, spiritually and healthfully. Maslan, a life coach and homeopathic physician, has come up with a methodology which can help you find your life path and work it to your success.

The main book introduces us to the basic points of the program, like bringing "spark" to your life. Included are daily launch tools to keep you motivated. There are several sections where tips such as imagining the tank of energy and accepting it, along with ideas on how to make our dreams come true.

There is a special section on balancing exercises and career dreams ‹ actual dreams we may have ‹ as well as the art of actualization to turn the dreams into reality. Maslan teaches us the art making our dreams unfold, by facing our fears instead of ignoring them, and going for the ultimate purpose and what she calls our right path. Finally, we also get tips on breathing and what the author calls limitless living.

This is a truly motivational book, along with a companion workbook including specific questions, challenges and forms to help you create your plan. Each morning you can "launch" your direction with positive and abundant thinking instead of negativity by using "rocket words" and performing mini-feats to bring us closer to our larger goals and objectives.

Each section contains helpful tips and a summary of the concepts, to enforce the ideas and tools presented. Ending with many ways to launch your ultimate life, this is truly an inspirational piece designed to fire up your ego and get you going onto your true life path.

Published by Rees House Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.myblastoff.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

OUT OF THE CANYON
A True Story of Loss and Love
By Art & Allison Daily

Dreams ended abruptly for a family of four as a boulder loosened from its ledge of countless years and bounded onto an interstate highway and into a car. The driver of the car, co-author Art Daily, suddenly experienced what was to be the utmost shattering moment of his life. Even though he escaped the tragic accident unharmed, his wife and two sons were killed.

The story of those first few moments following the accident, as well as the following first few days and weeks are recounted, the author sharing with us all the questions often encountered within the grieving process. He opens up to family, shares with them his grief and remembers the ones he has lost. After his family and friends return to their lives, he realizes that he must move forward, absorbing the collective energy of well-wishers and their thoughts and sentiments.

Upon returning from her grandfather's funeral, co-author Allison Daily, also grieving the loss of her older brother, feels compelled to write a letter to the man who lost his family, simply signed from "a friend."  The man responds and from there develops a relationship of mutual caring, sharing and healing as well as documenting the memoir of their mutual tragedies.

In a dual narrative, the couple shares their feelings, experiences and lessons for dealing with pain and tragedy to emerging once again as whole beings. From this process comes the strength to build new lives together.

Published by Harmony Books, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.crownpublishing.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

INFINITY'S FLOWER
A Tale of 2012 and the Great Shift of the Ages
By Jack Allis

The version of history provided to us by mainstream media, according to the author, is a monumental lie. It is a virtual certainty that ancient civilizations, with highly-advanced knowledge, existed on this planet far before what we are told was the actual beginning.

So begins this tale of "fiction based on fact" along with a request to keep an open mind before jumping into the rabbit hole of truth. We are introduced first to a shamanic, extraordinary couple who are waiting for a message in the year before 2012, only to have an encounter with beings with whom they communicate perfectly, mind to mind.

The couple moves through time and space, from village to cosmopolitan city, studying the human race, battling good and evil, encountering forces of light, spirituality and earth changes. The Great Shift of Ages has arrived and this is the epic story of how it unfolds.

The author, who has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a personal growth and spiritual teacher, weaves a tale of adventure pared with the forces of our divine spirit within a living universe. Trusting ultimately in the earth and in ourselves, the ending is a good one. If we're going to create a new paradigm, it is essential that sufficient numbers of us open our hearts and minds, reclaim our spirits and take responsibility for our future.

Published by Mayfair Books, this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at www.mayfairbooks.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

ZEN WRAPPED IN KARMA DIPPED IN CHOCOLATE
A Trip through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma
By Brad Warner

Ex-punk bass player and author, Brad Warner, gives us his "take" on Buddhism in the West by sharing with us his experiences of a year spent visiting leading retreat centers across the U.S. After losing his job, his mother and grandmother, he took on the teachings of Buddhism in order to heal. Dealing with the true pitfalls of life, Warner takes a very down-to-earth view of spiritualism. He tells us Zen activity can occur even through life's most difficult times and he tells us, in very blunt terms, exactly how it goes.

Demystifying Buddha is the core of this piece. The idea that we can be mystical and spiritual without the mystique is what I believe the author is trying to show us. It's a short book and a rather fast read as the style is quite fluid. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to embark on the Zen wagon, this is the tome that will tell it to you straight.

Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore or at www.newworldlibrary.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

HONOR YOURSELF
The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving
By Patricia Spadaro

Having the ability to balance the needs of life, family and a career are always a challenge. This book shows us how to embrace our feelings, recognize the paradox of life and embrace the acceptance and support that is all around us. By giving as well as receiving, we can find balance, grow to meet what life faces us and release our inner spirit and creativity.

According to the author, life beckons us to master the art of balance. We have a duty to honor ourselves and others. There are seven steps for staying in balance, to help you to get in touch with how you feel, as well as eliminating negative thinking. We are also taught how to establish boundaries and stop living dangerously.

The real key to this book is the creation of balance in our lives, recognizing the difference between myth and reality. We are asked to stop limiting ourselves to our perceived reality so that we can let go and really soar. Money and material items are not negatives, they are tools, but we need to block the bad attitude and accept abundance as a true gift of nature.

Published by Three Wings Press, this book is available at your local bookstore or at www.threewingspress.com.
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

 

WISDOM RISING
A Self-Help Guide to Personal Transformation, Spirituality and Mind/Body/Spirit Holistic Living
By Vaishali

Vaishali makes her very popular weekly radio shows, lectures and first book, You Are What You Love, fun and easy to comprehend. In Wisdom Rising, a stand-out among books in the self-help, transformational category, she further expands on the laws of attraction and how to change our thinking to allow for fulfillment of our life purposes.

Within eight short sections designed for easy learning, one can absorb a lot about spiritual law, universal truths and its holistic application in healing our own lives. Vaishali says this needs to be repeated to retain the concept that we do not have love, we are love.

Most impressive is her own account of how she applied the spiritual laws and unconventional wisdom on herself to overcome personal devastation and successfully heal from two terminal illnesses.

For reinforcement, she describes unknown facts about the lives of her sources of inspiration, the 18th century Swedish mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, Frank Capra, Edgar Cayce, Oscar Wilde, and comedians Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks, whom she holds in high esteem as "stand-up spiritual teachers" in disguise.

For more information about books, other products and appearances, visit: www.purplev.com

Published by the Purple Haze Press, this book is available at your local bookstores and at amazon.com
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis

 

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: DIVORCE AND RECOVERY
101 Stories about Surviving and Thriving after Divorce
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen

Chicken Soup books are full of stories about real people in real situations. Exploring the subject of divorce and recovering, the contributions are heartwarming, and some heart-wrenching.

This book will be a comfort to all those going through a difficult time in their lives. It will bring a sense of "I can get through this" and "I am not alone," which is critical when facing the emotional strain of divorce. It will also provide a perspective of the "big picture" which is sometimes hard to see while in the process of divorce.

Broken into nine sections, the stories focus on:
* Is this the end, or beginning?
* Forgiving and letting go
* The marriage is over, but we're still friends
* A family is broken, but our hearts are not
* Special moments and everyday miracles
* "It's all about me!"
* Dating after divorce
* Blended families
* New ideas and wisdom

The sections offer the reader support for shock, complications, children's needs, self-reliance, recovery, dating, and remarriage. Experiences of both young and adult children of divorced parents are included. The reader will learn about the world of dating after many years of marriage, and how others made peace with their spouses.

Published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publications, LLC, this book is available in paperback at all bookstores and amazon.com.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis

 


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