BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Happy to Crappy
Small Steps to Big Happiness  
By Randy Peyser
This book is quite a scream! Endorsed by everyone from Gerald Jampolsky, Arielle Ford and Swami Beyondananda, Peyser (Former Editor-in-Chief of Catalyst Magazine) has brought 158 on-target, yet hysterical pearls of wisdom, to all of us who have been thinking our way into misery!

With true accounts from her own amazingly interesting and sometimes quasi non-conventional life, Peyser weeds out the “crap” and finds the pot of gold we are all striving for, yet rarely attain.

Where does she find it? Sometimes at the end of the rainbow and sometimes in the middle of a car fix-it garage — she finds it everywhere she chooses to and that’s the point. As soon as we focus on the good around us we will be more grateful, happy people, and when we choose to focus on the sh-t, then sh-t happens!

This book should be required reading for every high school graduate as a manual for how to do life. You will find within these pages simple wisdom at its finest, and get a laugh or two while you’re at it. It’s the book I wish I would have written first! Well done Randy! Published by Red Wheel Press, this book is available at your local bookstore, at www.crappytohappy.com  and www.amazon.com 
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley

 

The Shifting Shroud
By Cynthia Whitehouse
Finally there is an author with the talent and foresight to write fiction for people with interests other than the run-of-the mill romance-type novel. So, move over James Redfield, as Cynthia White-houses’s latest masterpiece, “The Shifting Shroud,” a brilliant mystical journey, has hit the shelves and will stay there as it moves up to the top of the best-seller lists!

“The Shifting Shroud” is a page-turner that this book reviewer could not put down. This is metaphysical fiction at its absolute best. Extremely well written, enticing, and inspiring, here is a story with a strong female character whose greatest secret is that she is half-human and half merlite. Ginger deals with life in an unconventional way, as she lives between two worlds, the astral and the physical planes.

Her mission? Ginger knows she has one, but doesn’t even know what until it’s almost too late! This enthralling book, which keeps you on the edge of your chair, is based on well-researched facts that author Cynthia White-house painstakingly recorded as she delves into themes from quantum physics to the prophecies of Nostradamus.

I love this book; it is the best fiction I have read all year!

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

 

The Heart of the Soul
Emotional Awareness
By Gary Zukav and Linda Francis
How does one top the phenomenal success of a masterpiece like “Seat of the Soul”? Well, New York Times bestseller/Oprah guest star Gary Zukav has teamed up with his spiritual partner, Linda Francis, to co-create their best work yet.

In “The Heart of the Soul,” we learn how to put into practice the themes discussed in “Seat of the Soul.” In a brilliant way, Zukav and Francis bring authentic awareness to the power of emotional integration, and how we might acquire emotional health in our own lives.

Starting with the fundamentals of emotional awareness, Zukav and Francis take you on a journey that will explore topics such as: people pleasing, anger, drug and alcohol abuse, sex, power struggles, and how to process it all. Life is too important to sit by and not delve into the deepest parts of our emotional experience.

“The Heart of the Soul” is definitely a great way to become intimate with being a fallible, vulnerable human being. You will gather so many excellent tools that you will no longer have to wear a “Fragile — Handle with Care” stamp on yourself!”

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

 

Attitudes of Gratitude in Love
Creating More Joy in Your Relationship
By M.J. Ryan
Due to the popular demand of Ryan’s “Attitudes of Gratitude,” she has put together an even better companion, entitled “Attitudes of Gratitude in Love.” This could be the gift you have been searching for to give your significant other this holiday season.

Ryan uses experiences from her own life in a form that would make you almost blush as she lays it all on the table. With the richness of truth explored here, simple yet powerful answers to our problems in relationships boil down to this — grateful people are happy people, ungrateful people are well, let’s just say they aren’t happy and definitely aren’t much fun to be around!

Ryan’s intimacy reveals love’s place in relationship, myths of relationship that hold you back,  many gifts that come from looking at your relationship through rose colored glasses, and how to actually practice an attitude of gratitude within your relationship.

A quick read with immense insight, I highly recommend this book — even if you are not in a relationship; you never know when cupid might strike his love- filled arrows, so be prepared!

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

 

How long do you choose to live?
A question of a lifetime
By Peter Ragnar
According to Hal Wilson, who wrote the forward to Peter Ragnar’s latest book and video tape series, “How Long Do You Choose to Live? A Question of A Lifetime,” Ragnar is a “magic man” who can literally and quite easily read minds, break Olympic records, and live in such a focused, healthy way that he is actually getting younger and stronger as he gains in numeric years.

After spending time with his fascinating 500-page book and four video cassettes, I am inspired and convinced that we ALL have the capacity to turn our lives around 180% towards an actual attainable fountain of youth, while utilizing our mental and psychic brainpower the way it was designed to be used.

His extremely informative book, which along with the videos, include how to practice self- healing techniques such as  QiGong and a myriad of other techniques and suggestions that Ragnar has personally put to the test and had amazing results with. He believes our bodies were designed to live to be at least 120 years old, and through the steps taken in his videos and book, you can reverse the aging process and heal yourself of debilitating and unnecessary diseases that seem to be plaguing baby boomers today!  

Doesn’t it seem that just about everybody you know has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, migraines, thyroid disorder, heartburn, lupus, MS, chronic fatigue syndrome, skin and breast cancer, hepatitis B and C, obesity, and all sorts of rare autoimmune deficiency diseases?

Why is that happening to us in the so-called “prime years” of our lives? Peter Ragnar has so generously and thoroughly put together a wealth of information that has worked miracles for himself and countless students of his.  Ragnar encourages us to get back to basics and he shows us step-by-step how we can reclaim our health, live longer and more fulfilling lives, free from pain and disease.

Finally we may have found a true fountain of youth, and I thank you Mr. Peter Ragnar for pioneering this trek, allowing us to follow along your footsteps to health, wealth and wellbeing.

To order the book and tapes now, call (800) 491-7141 or www.roaringlionpublishing.com
Reviewed by Dr. Maryel McKinley

 

Consider the Butterfly
Transforming Your Life through Meaningful Coincidence
By Carol Lynn Pearson
Carol Lynn Pearson discusses the subject of coincidences — is it pure happenstance or synchronicity? How many times a day do amazing events occur to millions of people totally by chance?

This celebrated author takes the question of coincidence a step further. Is there something “hidden” in those everyday events that we should be examining for deeper meaning? Should we be studying those seemingly random occurrences for life lessons, spiritual clues, even divine messages?

Pearson writes that everyone has at some point experienced the phenomenon of synchronicity, defined by Carl Jung this way:  “Where it is plain that no causal connection can be demonstrated between two events, but where a meaningful relationship nevertheless exists between them, a wholly different type of principal is likely to be operating, this is synchronicity.”

Pearson seems well qualified to write this book and assemble the stories within as she has been tracking her own synchronistic experiences for years, cataloging and analyzing them for deeper meaning. Her findings form the basis of this intriguing and moving book in which she asserts through her own compelling stories, that learning the language of synchronicity can help anyone to see the events of daily life not as random happenings but special messages that offer helpful clues on life’s journey.

After reading this book I believe that synchronicity and intuition go together and neither should be easily dismissed. Pure pragmatists might argue that this is all a desperate attempt to find meaning where none exists. With “Consider the Butterfly” you might feel challenged to take a closer look at your own experiences and contemplate what, if any, meaning can be culled from them and what they may be trying to tell you.

Published by Gibbs Smith, this book is available at your local bookstore.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis


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