By Carol Weisman, MSW, CSP, MOM
The lack of balance between give and take and the fear of raising self-centered children is what led author, Carol Weisman to write “Raising Charitable Children”. In this short but information-packed book, she shares real-life stories of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers, scout leaders, friends, and her own family, either initiating or supporting ways of teaching children how to give back to those in need.

But she doesn’t stop there. After each of the stories Weisman offers specific steps to help anyone translate these ideas into action. She offers models anyone can use on children to start making a difference right now.

This book provides lots of tips for sharing the gifts of generosity, selflessness and compassion with the children of all ages and from all backgrounds. Adults who might have little time or money, or have a lot of both and want to make a positive difference in a child’s life, will find the advice they need. Great for instilling cherished values and creating new family traditions, such as vacations where the whole family volunteers to help the needy.

Published by F.E. Robbins & Sons Press, this book is available in bookstores nationwide, from online bookstores and at
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis

A Lazy Person’s Manifesto for Wealth and Fulfillment
By Marc Allen
According to author Marc Allen, you can have your heart’s desires and become wealthy and prosperous without having to be a workaholic. He explains in his newest intriguing book, “A Lazy Person’s Manifesto for Wealth and Fulfillment”, how the work ethic we were raised to believe is not the only tried and true path to success.

This book is about his own personal experiment trying to be successful on his own terms the “lazy” way, which he has accomplished. He is a self-made millionaire who was once struggling and impoverished, a best-selling author of several books, and he owns his own publishing company that is dedicated to personal growth and spirituality.

Marc tells us how to make definite, positive changes in an easy and relaxed manner and in a healthy and positive way. Even for those who believe in this approach, and aren’t lazy, there are simple tools to benefit everyone the Type Z way. The most amazing thing is that he wants to pass his secrets for creating abundance on to you. 

So, if a Type A lifestyle and approach is no longer your desire and you are open to the Type Z approach, this book offers a simple four-step program that if followed, can lead to success… even if you are lazy, inexperienced, overwhelmed or broke.  It is clear that he has done it himself and so can anyone.

Published by New World Library, this book is available at your local bookstore and at  Visit the website for a free chapter from the book and  to hear an audio track.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis

A Five-Step Process for Total Wellness and Abundance
By Margaret Ruby
Few of us know, or would even consider, that our DNA might get some credit for the way our lives turn out. The same DNA determining our appearance and physiology through what we have inherited from our ancestors also determines our emotional and mental patterns and beliefs.

Margaret Ruby’s groundbreaking book states that we have inherited the emotional patterns and beliefs of our ancestors, all of which powerfully impact our health, wealth and relationships. Despite our intense quests for so-called breakthroughs promised by the latest seminars and hundreds of self-help books, this is why we continue to lead unfulfilled lives and can not overcome the past.

Ruby tells us that evenso, we are not victims of our genetic code. We all have the power to change the stories written in our genes, and therefore change our lives even beyond what we ever thought possible. Her cutting-edge book reveals the scientific discoveries, research and real-life experiences leading up to this book.

She describes the 5-step self-healing process that works at the energetic, emotional and vibrational levels helping to release limiting beliefs encoded in our DNA that are at the core of our imbalances. This concept has tremendous ramifications that are explored.

This unique self-help book, backed by a lot of research, is recommended for those seeking a breakthrough in their thought patterns with lasting results. For more information about the DNA of Healing, Margaret Ruby’s school, and her work, please visit

Published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company, this book is available in bookstores now.
Reviewed by Kathy DeSantis

By Ariel & Shya Kane
The Kanes have been married for more than 20 years, yet their relationship still feels new, fresh and more intimate than ever. It was not always that way. Over the years they have discovered what it takes to have a healthy relationship. Here, they share how to sustain and rekindle our fires.

Using their own personal experiences and drawing examples from their life together as a cou ple, this book offers a transformational approach to success. You will discover how to recognize and bypass the pitfalls to having a happy and satisfying relationship.

In this book you will learn the three simple Principles of Transformation: anything you resist will continue to dominate, no two things can occupy the same space at the same time, and anything you allow to simply “be” will complete itself. Understanding these principles will enable you to create a relationship that surpasses your dreams.

This book is about discovering a new way of looking at yourself, your life and your relationships. Transformation is what happens when you discover how to live in the moment, and once you have learned how to bring awareness into your life. It Is not about “fixing yourself” but rather about simply being the way you are.

The Kanes have outlined their unique perspective and how it will allow you to begin the process of working toward a better relationship, almost immediately. At the end of each chapter there are simple exercises and relationship-building tools you can also use to counteract the “wear and tear” of daily living.

Published by ASK Productions, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

Secrets of a Love Master
By Dr. Scott Peck & Shannon Peck
Each of us is capable of being a Love Master — a person who is highly skilled in loving.  Specifically, this is someone who demonstrates a high level of love awareness and expertise in creating love through a multitude of love skills such as alignment, love of self, intimacy and peace. Loving yourself allows you to receive all love has in store for you.

In this book, you will learn about sixty love skills that will take your life into an entirely new dimension. Each of the skills stands alone. Known as “The Love Team”, the authors suggest you can read the book from start to finish or simply pick a random skill and use it as inspiration for the day. Each short chapter contains a mini-love skills quiz to reinforce what you have just learned. There is a score assessment at the end. You can identify your weakest skill and learn to become an expert with it.

Among other wisdoms, you will learn how to love yourself, love others, listen with empathy, create unity, express joy, create interdependence, and create openings for peace, forgiveness, assurance and healing.

To facilitate continuous learning and development, you will benefit from using any one of the sixty inspirational affirmation cards on a daily basis. These can also be used to develop your love skills by concentrating on those where you have scored the lowest. By practicing each skill, your ‘love self’ will become activated. Each card is designed with beautiful scenery and a thought to carry you through the day.

Published by Lifepath Publishing, this book is available at your local bookstore or at:
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

Using the Energy of Desire to Manifest Your Highest Vision, Power and Purpose
By Rick Jarow, Ph.D.
The program in this book is about recognizing and realizing abundance in our lives, while working on creating the pathways needed to participate fully and consciously. Through guided explorations and working with a zodiacal mandala, your dreams will fuse with the practical. You will understand and experience your own unique ability to generate well-being in every aspect of your life. And, you will have the ability to share this with others.

Patience, perseverance and persistence are the key qualities that help you move from dreams to action. The proper respect for your current reality will lead you to accept situations and see them through to completion. Once fully grounded in reality, the techniques and explorations of this program will help you to experience and express successful progress.

The author, an internationally acclaimed “Anti-Career” counselor, promises you will find yourself more deeply engaged with the natural elements, cycles of the seasons, and realize the riches existing right here, today, in your life. This is the realm of abundance.

Published by Sounds True, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or on the website at
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

Living from the Source of Lasting Happiness
By Deepak Chopra

This book is divided into three sections: The Problem, The Prescription and The Practice. “Problems” include answers to such questions as who we are, what we want, and how we participate in creating our reality. “Prescriptions” ask what the key is to lasting happiness and where we go when we die. Finally, “Practice” explains attainment of power, freedom and grace.

The paradigm shift starts with going from materialism to a field of pure consciousness. Whereas we may feel we are separate from our source and one from another, our belief shift says we are connected instead. Happiness seems to be our primary goal in life; however, people seek happiness in a roundabout way, usually starting from a materialistic state. We want to feel safe and to express ourselves freely, but instead of dealing with this as a primary, we surround ourselves with “things” in order to attain happiness.

If you have lost touch with your internal source of joy, happiness will be illusive. It is a state of consciousness within us covered up by distractions. We can learn to rise above the clouds of conditioning and rediscover the source of joy deep within us.

Published by Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or at
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

Resolving the Heart of Conflict
By The Arbinger Institute
Inspired by actual events and conflict scenarios, and using stories of a group of adults who attend a workshop on learning how to heal relationships with their families, this book is based on real problems and issues in our lives. There is a way to overcome conflict such as anger, distrust and disrespect, since all of these issues have a root cause. Once people learn to recognize the signs, symptoms and developments, they can begin to work on finding the resolution to this self-deception of inception.

The lead authors for this piece are Jim Ferrell, J.D., a teacher and consultant, and Duane Boyce, PhD., a developmental psychologist. They are both members of the Arbinger Institute, a worldwide organization that offers public consulting and coaching services to individuals, as well as the largest institutions in the world.

This book examines the ways people create restrictive mindsets that block their ability to be truthful with themselves. Their mindsets cause them to justify their thoughts and actions by viewing conflict in a way that establishes fault. Once the mindset is broken, healing can begin.

Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., this book is available at your local bookstore or at
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

The Making of a Thought Leader
By Jan Phillips
The true leaders of our time are the ones who not only imagine or hope for a new dispensation to arrive, but actively bring it into existence.

Originality is a practice that can be learned with a certain amount of attention and surrender. Originality in thinking and being requires a heightened state of alertness and a willingness to forfeit the known for the unknown. It requires the deep trust of letting go.

The premise of this book calls for new insights through a specific three-step process that involves releasing the past, embracing the present and creating the future. It will guide you on a journey into your own thought patterns and processes, and help free you from obstacles to original thinking. Once you begin to think from your genuine center, you experience your own pure uncontaminated thoughts. This will enable you to take your place as a thought leader and catalyst for creative action.

This book attempts to awaken, in each of us, the memory of our vocation and our purpose — that we are here to advance life and transform every experience into one that is unique. This enables each of us to be a truly inspirational leader.

Published by the 9th Element Press, this book is available at your local bookstore or at:
Reviewed by Sonia von Matt Stoddard

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