I have been a fan of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s for twenty years. I was delighted to see that he had written a memoir. This is an exceptional memoir and it has...moreI have been a fan of Dr. Wayne Dyer’s for twenty years. I was delighted to see that he had written a memoir. This is an exceptional memoir and it has exceeded my expectations.
Dr. Dyer takes us through all the stages of his life. Not only do we travel through his physical life from childhood until recent times, but we travel through his spiritual growth. He expounds on how each stage of his life brought him to new insights and new ways of looking at the world. Each pivotal point has made him the person he is today.
There are things in this book that his fans would know; however, there are some stories that I had not known and now I have a greater appreciation for him. I did not know much about his formal education and how the paths he decided to take, led him to where he is today.
Dr. Dyer has written many books throughout his life and he is generous with his information and knowledge. This book is both entertaining and inspirational.
Although this is a memoir, his writing style is still soothing and uplifting. A lot of memoirs I’ve read have either been braggadocios or depressing, this one is neither. Every sentence was well thought out and well crafted.
I have recommended this book to many of my friends. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product. (less)
Okay…when I read the synopsis of this book I was intrigued. A Jewish man who becomes a transgender woman who was a member of the church of scientology...moreOkay…when I read the synopsis of this book I was intrigued. A Jewish man who becomes a transgender woman who was a member of the church of scientology and enjoys sadomasochism. Sounds interesting … right? This book started out well enough. The first few chapters spoke about her and her upbringing, pretty typical stuff. Then she starts talking about her experience with the church of scientology. This went on for chapters and chapters. It is more than half the book. It was mostly interesting stuff about her time in the church, but after a while, I wanted to move on. Once she finished talking about her tenure there, the story picked back up.
The over emphasis on the scientology aspect of her life didn’t make it a bad book; however, I wish I would have known, because I might have not read it. (less)
Imperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness singing with Others by Stacy Horn
This is a LibraryThing Early Review.
Imperfect Harmony is a non-fiction book that...moreImperfect Harmony: Finding Happiness singing with Others by Stacy Horn
This is a LibraryThing Early Review.
Imperfect Harmony is a non-fiction book that marries a memoir a musical education. Stacy Horn entertains and educates us with the inner workings of a church choir as well as the history of some of the world’s most important musical pieces.
Stacy takes us on her journey which starts with her joining the choir and the reasons behind it. We travel through her years and all the politics behind a church choir that most people, who have never belonged to a church choir, don’t know.
I was able to relate to a lot of the inner workings of her church choir as mine has similar situations happen. I especially liked the part where she said:
“I tried to catch the eye of everyone around me who wasn’t a soprano I. I get it. First sopranos don’t feel this. You hear it, but you don’t feel it. You don’t know that those lowly peasants making a nice vocal cushion for you to step on had parts that were every bit as rapturous as yours”
This rings very true. Many sopranos tend to feel superior, when in truth, all the parts are necessary in the choir. Of course this is something that one who is not in a choir, may not know.
I loved her stories of the people she sang with. Also being a New Yorker, and dealing with very similar personalities, I couldn’t help but to smile.
Another pretty cool thing I learned from this book was that: “…hearing loss starts at high frequencies and slowly progresses downward.”
Now I understand why the older women in my choir are always off key.
I thought this was a wonderful peek inside the life of one woman and her choir. It also opened my eyes to a lot of music I never heard. After reading this, I searched around for many of the music she commented on in this book.
The world is full of beautiful music. Stacy Horn makes it a little easier to find. (less)
I really enjoyed this book. I've been a Megadeth fan since 1986, and I was pleased to see Dave wrote a memoir. I thought I knew all there was to know...moreI really enjoyed this book. I've been a Megadeth fan since 1986, and I was pleased to see Dave wrote a memoir. I thought I knew all there was to know about this man, boy was I wrong. I knew the earlier stuff and up until his arm problems, but I didn't know all the details of his childhood nor did I know much about his life after 1995. It was nice to learn that he has matured and found his way. I will not give away how he does this. I am still hoping he and the guys in the 'Other Band' will finally have a smooth, non-bitter relationship. I had always liked Mustaine, but after reading this book, I am in awe, he is a fighter and I am proud to be a fan.(less)