I have read a number of books on health and diet over the years. I am no expert but one gets a feel for which are good and those containing junk or ju...more I have read a number of books on health and diet over the years. I am no expert but one gets a feel for which are good and those containing junk or just fluff. The SuperStress Solution is of the good sort. It is both logical and comprehensive.
The SuperStress Solution is broad in scope, and almost exhausts the options for remedies to consider when you are under, as Dr. Lee terms it - SuperStress. It is intelligent, well written and its advice is from a medical doctor. She is also trained at Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine in AZ. Both of these facts are very comforting in a world where medical advice and prescriptions are dispensed randomly and often casually.
The Superstress Solution has natural suggestions to support and change stressful behaviors. As well as a plan to move away from uber-busy lives into a healthier state. Dr. Lee includes subject matter such as pathways to peace, healing foods, mindfulness, and connecting with others. She also has programs specific for each individual stress profile, which is determined by a diagnostic questionnaire. This assesses an individual’s level and type of stress. By asking questions it determines what your SuperStress type is, where in your body does the stress manifest itself, and an individual’s resilience to SuperStress. It also includes a list to determine your personal level of stress in relation to current life events. All elements combine to create a personal profile so that focus can be on the areas where it is needed the most.
My only thought is that because the scope of the book is so broad there is very little room to go into depth for each recommendation. Therefore I would say that The SuperStress Solution can be seen as a beginning place for exploring personal stress levels, and for considering the options available for caring for oneself in a reasonable and holistic way.(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)
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 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)