I know the idea of “self-help” can cause some people to get a little twitchy but “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” is one of those rare gems that can tI know the idea of “self-help” can cause some people to get a little twitchy but “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” is one of those rare gems that can truly change your perspective and in turn, change your life.
It’s not a cure-all for all fears (I don’t even want to cure my fear of spiders!) - in fact the “secret” behind the life-changing and affirming philosophy is that we all feel fear. The point is not to overcome it / suffocate it / stifle it but to not let it stop you from living a full life. Fortunately for us, Susan Jeffers then explains, chapter-by-chapter, how exactly to do this and much more.
She speaks about: • win-win decisions (it’s true!) • reviewing and balancing your life (whose life couldn’t do with more balance?!) • the benefits of positive thinking (what’s so real about thinking the worst in every situation) • and much, much more.
This isn’t some “Pollyanna”, clichéd, pop psychology dribble but concise chapters with clear instruction and examples.
If you want to live a bigger life, I highly recommend it. ...more
Brené Brown is a Shame Researcher. Yes, you read right. Shame. Researcher. So when her name first popped up, I didn't think it would be my cup of tea.Brené Brown is a Shame Researcher. Yes, you read right. Shame. Researcher. So when her name first popped up, I didn't think it would be my cup of tea. First mistake. Yet, I kept stumbling upon Brené's name: in magazines, her TED Talk and Amazon recommendations. So I acquiesced and started The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. I expected a lot of data about shame and quite a dry read. Second mistake.
Firstly shame, why we all suffer shame and how we cope and should cope is riveting reading. Really! Secondly, dry and Brené do NOT go together. Brené's writing style is warm, engaging, hilarious and soon a reluctant read becomes unputdownable! I would go as far to say this book, any book by Brené, is a must-read. It's not just life-changing... it's soul-changing!...more
I already thought Oscar Pistorius was exceptional, talented, inspirational and rare. Then I read “Blade Runner”. Everything I thought was magnifiedI already thought Oscar Pistorius was exceptional, talented, inspirational and rare. Then I read “Blade Runner”. Everything I thought was magnified – his quiet, affable demeanour belies a life of tragedy and struggle and his determination to not only overcome them but to rise above and scrape the best from each heartbreak is truly inspiring.
The story of his life and the challenges that face a professional athlete (“disabled” or not) make for incredible reading. What made it a page-turner was his wonderfully captivating writing style. An exceptionally eloquent young man, his life, his journey and now this book will continue to inspire generations.
5 star adoration. Will read again – no doubt! ...more
I think I must be part Elf because I am a sucker for anything with a Christmas theme. A sucker!
So we were already off to a good start with "Paper AngI think I must be part Elf because I am a sucker for anything with a Christmas theme. A sucker!
So we were already off to a good start with "Paper Angels" by Jimmy Wayne and Travis Thrasher. Next delight was that rare moment of "book kismet" that I seldom get when reading. This took the form of the book being set in one of my all-time favourite small towns in the US ... home to one of my closest friends. *Sigh*
With a Christmas theme, book kismet and a slight crush on the author (had I not mentioned that?) you'd think this would be a 5 star no-brainer before I got started.
It's true, I did love it. But it doesn't get 5 stars that easily. No siree.
Despite the gay abandon in which I love all things Christmas, I am also slightly wary about coming-of-age, overcoming adversity, holiday reads. They CAN be cliché, saccharine and truth be told, painful. Throw in my skittish reaction to any mention of religion (thanks to previous bad experiences) and I did pick up this book with some reservation.
What was I worried about?
Dynamic, multi-dimensional characters. A poignant, heart-wrenching and almost bruising story that didn’t follow a predictable path or wrap everything up with a neat, disappointing bow. A writing style that was engaging and easy to read. (I’d go as far as say it was the perfect book to pick up and put down .... although personally, I couldn’t put it down!) And despite everything – the pain, the anguish and struggles of the characters, there was hope and inspiration; again not in some cookie-cutter formula that can often leave you nauseous. This leads me to the religious element of the book. Being “sensitive” to this dynamic in any book, I thought it authors Jimmy Wayne and Travis Thrasher tackled this beautifully. Quite simply, there is an art to weaving faith, God and a spiritual message into a story without sounding preachy and that is exactly what ”Paper Angels” achieved. Hurrah!
One final thing I will say about this book that added to the depth of the emotions I experienced when reading this. As with any story of struggle, you know someone, somewhere has lived or is living it. This was especially poignant as I could see the echoes, memories and influences from Jimmy Wayne’s childhood in the foster system. Truth be told, I found it often heart-breaking to read. Which was all the more reason why I kept reading. Someone out there is waiting for their paper angel right now.
100 short but meaningful suggestions to simplify your life with the aim of squeezing more joy, fulfilment and love out ofSimply, what a gem of a book!
100 short but meaningful suggestions to simplify your life with the aim of squeezing more joy, fulfilment and love out of your life.
These dip in, dip out chapters are further split into several sections:
1/. Things you'll *want* to do 2/. Easy things to *think* about doing 3/. More difficult things to think about doing 4/. The hard stuff 5/. Some fun stuff
You can read it in any order you wish but I started at the beginning and worked my way through it only stopping to refer to the reading list or to google further information on a suggestion. I purposely didn't "rush" through as I wanted to savour the suggestions.
I gained a lot from this book and have a sneaking suspicion that it's the type of book that will bring something new to me every time I read it.
The biggest complaint readers have with "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson is that it is filled with simple, antedotal remedies for reduThe biggest complaint readers have with "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson is that it is filled with simple, antedotal remedies for reducing stress in your life. However, for me, that was the beauty of it.
The gems of this book include the super short chapters (easy to dip in and out of) and simple, unpreachy suggestions. Simple, common-sense approaches mean that these suggestions are easy to implement (if need be).
What can be wrong about a book that wishes to lower stress and negativity in your life and increase joy and happiness. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it....more
Quite simply, I adored The Bounce Back Book by Karen Salmansohn. In fact I don’t think words exist for how I feel about this book. It’s a hug in bookQuite simply, I adored The Bounce Back Book by Karen Salmansohn. In fact I don’t think words exist for how I feel about this book. It’s a hug in book form.
I’m all for self-improvement and making the most of our time here but I’m not overly-keen on “self-help” books: pages and pages AND PAGES of dreary and mind-numbing research. No thank you. I’d rather stay in an emotional mire!
So why did I then pick up The Bounce Back Book? Thanks to a mistaken Google search, I ended up on Salmansohn’s website, www.notsalmon.com , and instantly and categorically fell in love with her joie de vivre. So much so, I found myself on Amazon and ordered the book.
It surpassed my expectations and finding it so delightful, I paused a third of the way through and thanks to the app on my ‘phone, ordered two copies for two friends there and then.
With everything going on in the world today - so much sadness, tragedy and violence - I love how there's this one woman tour de force on a mission to spread as much peace, joy, contentment, happiness and healing as possible.
“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” John F Kennedy
You can easily read this book in one sitting but I guarantee you will go back to it time and time again. Fantastic, five star and well worth buying! ...more
After reading this book, I'm a little reluctant to be completely honest about it. I don't want to put 'negativity' out there (feels like it defeats thAfter reading this book, I'm a little reluctant to be completely honest about it. I don't want to put 'negativity' out there (feels like it defeats the purpose of reading a book called "The Art of Happiness") but I was a little disappointed!
It must be said that I adored every snippet, sentence, reading and philosophical thought by the Dalai Lama within this book. I also loved the idea of then re-interpreting these musings to relate to the Western world and non-Buddhists. However, sadly, somewhere along the way, it lost some of its impact. At times I found the book to be more about Cutler than the actual art of happiness. As a result, I laboured to finish it.
I can't help but relate to Joel Osteen's message as 'The Secret' (or Law of Attraction) with a spiritual twist.
He is labelled a 'prosperity preacher'I can't help but relate to Joel Osteen's message as 'The Secret' (or Law of Attraction) with a spiritual twist.
He is labelled a 'prosperity preacher' and criticised for encouraging people to believe for the best and have faith but that's just the type of message I want to hear right now.
I 'read' an audio-version of this book in my car, to and from work, and found it easy to listen to, with a clear message. He backs up his message with examples, (both Biblical and personal) without falling into the trap of becoming 'preachy'....more
The version I "read" was an audio book. Louise Hay is a best-selling author, founder of Hay House, Inc., and the international leader in inspirationalThe version I "read" was an audio book. Louise Hay is a best-selling author, founder of Hay House, Inc., and the international leader in inspirational and self-help publishing. At times her views can be seen as radical and definately unorthodox.
This (audio) book was interesting and had some really "empowering" advice, thoughts and antedotes but I didn't enjoy it as much as I have her other work.
As with any "self-help" book, I would recommend keeping an open mind and retaining only those things that resonate with you....more
"Change and Transition" is a one hour audio book from best-selling author, founder of Hay House, Inc. and arguably the international leader in inspira"Change and Transition" is a one hour audio book from best-selling author, founder of Hay House, Inc. and arguably the international leader in inspirational and self-help publishing, Louise Hay.
Although I don't often refer to audio books (as I prefer paper-based books), this was a nice depature from the norm for me. It flowed well and easily kept my attention. "Change and Transition" is a talk Louise gave to a live audience and you quickly feel part of the crowd. She gives antedotes and wisdom and there are questions from the audience.
I found it to be entertaining, informative and ultimately helpful....more
"What About the Big Stuff?" is by Don't Sweat the Small Stuff author, Richard Carlson.
Broken up into bite-size chunks, "What About the Big Stuff?" ta"What About the Big Stuff?" is by Don't Sweat the Small Stuff author, Richard Carlson.
Broken up into bite-size chunks, "What About the Big Stuff?" tackles the big questions such as divorce, moving house, retirement and grief but also manages to apply the same principles to "small stuff" encountered every day.
The author readily admits his flaws (he doesn't always practice what he preaches) which gives it an authenticity. Moreover I couldn't help but reflect on the authors sudden passing in 2006 as I read the advice to live fully every day.
If you want to live a better, healthier and fuller life, I recommend delving into "What About the Big Stuff?"....more