It’s a “tell-it-like-it-is,” down to earth, concise yet readable book which persuades th...moreOriginal review posted at Layer of Thought.
4.5 stars actually.
It’s a “tell-it-like-it-is,” down to earth, concise yet readable book which persuades the reader into accepting the true nature of our world (it’s brutal out there) and then choosing a “turning point” to create a happier life.
About: Written primarily by Dr. Balasa Prasad, a practicing psychiatrist who has developed his Turning Point Plan over 30 plus years. In the book he highlights the human burdens of stress on our physical bodies and our emotional lives; then examines the origins of stress and the importance for us to accept the unchanging “laws of nature”. He also talks about the link between addictions and stress, and PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and stress. He then moves onto the importance of realizing one’s place in the world, and the responsibility and courage for making changes in our lives. At the end of the book there is a special and insightful section (by Dr. Preetham Grandhi – a child psychiatrist and Prasad’s son in law) on stress in children.
Also an anesthesiologist, Dr. Prasad has cured many of his patients, including those with phobias and addictions. Interestingly he gets to the root of the problem quickly within a few sessions questioning each individual about their past, even administering a “truth serum” which helps them to reveal hidden experiences, traumas, and beliefs. He then suggests in a clearheaded way - logical solutions which amount to choices by the patient so that he/she can move forward and enjoy a less stressful life.
Thoughts: This is a terrific book (and I’ve read A LOT of self help books). It’s clear and easy to read, and it’s written by two experts in the field. Even better is that it’s slim and accessible, and jammed packed with thoughtful truths about our natures and our world. Also included are case studies and personal examples. In my opinion Dr. Prasad is very grounded and has a extremely clear view of what life is about.
Granted the book may look like many of those fluffy self-help books on the market (with its typical sounding alliteration in the title), however, this book does exactly what it promises. My only negative thought about The Turning Point is that I’m not sure everyone will be able to recognize their own dilemmas - those that are so easy for Dr. Prasad to observe and which are showcased in his book. But hopefully reading his book will push those in need into finding help? I think that if Dr. Prasad and Dr. Grandhi included several sessions using the Turning Point Method with the purchase of the book (I could use a session or two) the book would be perfect!
If you’re going to read a recent book on bettering your life (or give one to a needy, faltering friend or loved one) I think this may be it. It’s direct and packs a punch that may push lost individuals back on track. Highly recommended for looking toward the new year and making significant and important changes for a happier life. This is a 4.5 stars in my opinion.(less)
A self published children’s book that gives some insight into issues kids may be facing with their parents t...moreOriginal review post at Layers of Thought.
A self published children’s book that gives some insight into issues kids may be facing with their parents today, especially when it concerns a step parent - an often difficult relationship for children. It has sweet and fun color illustrations.
About: Billy and Susan have been living with grandma and grandpa for the past year while dad has been away fighting for their country. They miss him a lot and their mom too, who has recently passed away. Their newest concern is that Daddy has remarried. They now have a new mom – a stepmother. They have heard all the bad things about stepmothers from stories and both are scared. As they imagine all the horrible things this new evil stepmother will do to them, they become even more uncomfortable at the prospect of meeting their new mom.
But when they meet Daddy’s new wife they find that she is pretty, and it turns out she is also very nice. When she meets both children she promises to try and be a terrific stepmother and get to know them better so that maybe some day they will love her as much as their dad does.
Thoughts: An important short story for boys and girls to help them transition into a new family arrangement in a positive way. It has a thoughtful introduction for the adults at the beginning to assist parents to in turn help their children understand the stereotypes and scary thoughts that may be concerning them about a new and different parent - a relationship which often holds much angst and tension.
The book has 30 colorful pages, sweet illustrations, and meaningful and important text for small children to read. Not all stepmothers are evil or wicked, even though there are many stories which tell them that they are. Like most of William’s books it has a creative and cute twist at the end which is fun and intriguing, and a listing of Bill’s other wonderful children’s books is also at the end of the book. Highly recommended, it’s a 4 star read that is helpful for growing and changing families in understanding a complex and often difficult relationship.(less)
This is a good book on how to dress so that you look slimmer - and what woman/girl could not use that? She has a great number of excellent suggestions...more This is a good book on how to dress so that you look slimmer - and what woman/girl could not use that? She has a great number of excellent suggestions and is very firm on what she believes works, and from my experience do.
She include pictures and examples where one can skim a few sections and start to implement the ideas (immediately) for specific figure flaws. I love before and after pictures... and the models are not waifs. This is a definite plus!
Being in the beauty industry for years I enjoy reading the lasted books based on keeping oneself looking and feeling good, as well as implementing the suggestions. This is a great skim through or in depth read and should be available at your local library - which I would do before purchasing.
All in all - I preferred her first book "How Not to Look Old" - which has similar advice only it felt easier and is a complete beauty guide rather than just clothing. (less)
Domestic violence is not an easy topic, but it is nevertheless a very real and important one.
My Review: This is a wonderful little children’s book with illustrations that are both sweet and sad. It tells the story of two children who, after a very noisy night, find that their mommy has a black eye when they come home from school.
As Mommy talks with the two children, a boy and a girl, in a realistic tone, she tells them how they are not responsible for this problem and that she and Daddy both love them. She tells them that things will be different for a while, and that Daddy will not be staying with them for the time being.
All these elements are important for children to see and hear when faced with a difficult event such as this.
This book ends on a positive note when Mommy stands her ground by setting limits with her partner, requiring him to leave the household and to get badly needed counseling. This is not always the case. Women are often caught up in a cycle and return to their abuser, where more often than not the violence escalates. This can be lethal for women and innocent children; at times some loose their lives. This book deserves a 4.5 star rating. Highly recommended.(less)
This is a short book that I read in two sittings. What is really nice about this book is that the author has included her own story about her "paranor...moreThis is a short book that I read in two sittings. What is really nice about this book is that the author has included her own story about her "paranormal experiences" in the first part of the book, which is very brave (just think about the title - "out of the closet"). Kudos to Toby!
In the second part of the book she includes an organized list of different kinds of experiences which she defines, as well as a list of books the reader can further use to find out more about these phenomena. What is very respectable is that in a section about hearing voices she gives the recommendation to find a qualified medical professional, in case the experience may be a mental illness.
I could tell that she's more comfortable giving readers information than telling her own story, which is understandable as she is a trained and experienced educator. It is also comforting to read about her experiences knowing that they have happened to someone who is logical, educated, and professionally established.
There is some interesting stuff included in this book. I would recommend it for anyone experiencing a paranormal event and wanting to find out more; also for writers/authors who may want to expand their own creative repertoire within the genres of paranormal or the speculative. (less)
This is not a self help book. That Wednesday Martin has a Ph.D in comparative literature helps the reader understand the methodology used within the w...more This is not a self help book. That Wednesday Martin has a Ph.D in comparative literature helps the reader understand the methodology used within the writing of Stepmonster. Where she does just that – compares literature from various sources. This provides the reader with a virtually seamless and multidisciplinary book about step mothering. It is a myth busting mélange of information to help the reader understand this complex and misunderstood relationship.
Examining fairy tales from all over the world about step mothers, including Hansel and Gretel and Snow White, Wednesday addresses some of the beliefs we hold in our cultural consciousness from the retelling of these stories – they are not the best. In addition she enlightens the reader through referencing data collected from sociobiology, anthropology, and psychology. All supporting the notion that step parenting is a challenge regardless of country or culture and in the animal kingdom as well. She reveals that there is an array of misinformation surrounding the relationship even with psychologists, and those whose job it is to help with the relationship. Where it becomes apparent that within our culture’s current child centered rearing practices it is often the stepmother whom is the least sympathized with and understood.
Warning: It is not an easy read. Several times is became esoteric due to scientific data (which also solidify the book’s concepts), as well as the fact that it addresses difficult emotional content. Ultimately, Stepmonster is enlightening. I truly believe it to be an absolute must read for every step mother, any woman considering being seriously involved with a man whom has children, and a recommended read for step children. (less)
I certainly hate to give poor ratings... actually 1.5 stars.
I tried more than several times to like this book but it just did not happen. I also rarel...more I certainly hate to give poor ratings... actually 1.5 stars.
I tried more than several times to like this book but it just did not happen. I also rarely rate any book this low.
The book is tiny and has an adorable cover. A great concept. It has some decent key ideas. Its just that they are surrounded by information that is unclear and is organized poorly. It also has information which conflicts. I do not recommend this for women who need help in their relationships. I believe it will only confuse a reader more, whom in most cases needs more clarity not less. A good therapist and/or and older woman (or a man for that matter) whom has had successful relationships would be my choice.
If you want a few decent books on relationships and with helping one choose the right partner I suggest the following:
Mini Synopsis: This is a user friendly book with out any new age “mumbo jumbo”. It systematically and realistically addresses the issues a person will...more Mini Synopsis: This is a user friendly book with out any new age “mumbo jumbo”. It systematically and realistically addresses the issues a person will invariably have when they are confronted with the inevitable occurrence of a life’s disruption. With the subsequent need to make rational and realistic decisions when faced with loss of a job, divorce, death of a partner, or just plain old dissatisfaction with life it is a useful resource which is relevant during these unstable economic times. This book addresses the issues and questions through direction, real life examples, important questions, and activities at the end of each progressive section. For a few examples, ask yourself what you hate about your life, the importance of letting go of the past, and referral to a psychologist if issues cannot be addressed within the series of questions and activities in the book. There are further references which are helpful in the back which give more information on resources such as starting a business, inspiration, and for making contact with the author or another life coach and more. My Thoughts: Myself being no stranger to life’s disruptions, various career changes, quandaries of various natures around which direction to take in my life, and one who has searched a great deal for ways to find more meaning in it, I have read a bit on the subject. I have taken career counseling courses at both the junior college and the university level. I am no expert but am familiar with the subject and the path, and yet still do not know what I want to be when I grow up. Perhaps a life coach would be the answer? ;) My personal opinion is that this is an organized over view of a logical process. A starting place to make a move toward a change. I think it will help the seeker see many of the elements which will be needed for a logical quest which the author is suggesting. I however feel that if this books is your only resource, a commitment to following the path outlined in this book will be difficult. Hence the importance of the ability to contact the author or another life counselor or coach. From reading the book I would say she is an excellent option. (less)