In this book, the author and her husband travel from one town to the next, to visit haunted hotels. Readers get the history of each hotel, info about the haunting, and then the author’s evidence (or lack of evidence, if they don’t get any during their investigation) for the haunting. I enjoyed that they included their own experience, and that they did research about the locations. A travelling guide for people who enjoy the paranormal....more
When I started reading Haunted Bridges, I was really curious. I had thought the book would tell stories of the hauntings related to the bridges, focus on the background/history of the bridge, tell readers the location of the bridge, and ideally also provide some witness accounts, or the author’s first hand experiences.
Uhm, not so much. First, the book is really quite ambitious. It focuses on more than 300 bridges, but only shares a page at most about each bridge. The stories are repetitive and boring, so much so that it would be better if the author focused on 2-3 bridges per chapter, and then just added in a paragraph along the lines of “(insert numerous other bridges) share a similar story. You can visit them at (insert locations)” or something like that. Now, it’s basically the same after the discussion of a bridge or two, and I found myself skipping entire pages.
The book has zero thrill factor. It’s actually quite boring. The information is short, and you scarcely find more than you would have found by a quick Google search. More information on a smaller number of bridges would be a lot more interesting.
This book is an example of where the author chose quantity over quality, providing the reader with a dry run-down of haunted bridges that makes for a dry, dull read. I didn’t finish this one, just skimmed through it....more
When I saw Nessie on Netgalley, I was intrigued. I read Nick Redfern’s previous books Chupacabra Road Trip, and gave it 4 stars. In that book, I thought the author did an admirable job of getting to the bottom of the mystery, providing both plausible, scientific and less plausible, supernatural, explanations for the origins of the Chupacabra. I also really enjoyed reading about the author’s own investigation visiting the “crime scenes” where the chupacabra had hurt animals, and talking to locals.
I expected something similar from Nessie. A run-down of historical research, the author’s own investigation on site, talking to the locals and some other Nessie specialists, and offering a wide range of explanations, from the plausible to the less plausible.
Unfortunately, the author lost me almost right from the start. He focuses on the regular explanations (Nessie being a dinosaur, some type of unknown animal, and so on) for a very brief timespan, maybe a chapter at most, and then jumps straight into the supernatural. It’s not even that I mind the supernatural as an explanation for Nessie – it’s that I doubt it’s the only possible one. Also, the book goes into so many different directions, always jumping back to names mentioned chapters prior, and telling stories that have little, or nothing to do with Nessie.
For example, the author devotes several chapters to Alastair Crowley, who spent some time in a house near Loch Ness, yet only said one or two things about Nessie – yet the author thinks this warrants a lot of page time, in regards to the Nessie investigation. There’s also mention of several other wizards/ warlocks, similar to Crowley, who may or may not have had anything to do with Loch Ness.
The author likes to explain everything away by blaming it on the supernatural. You can’t take a decent photograph of Nessie? Must be paranormal. Nessie appears different to several people? Must be a) there’s several Nessies and b) it’s paranormal. The list goes on and on. The author also refers to high-strangeness, and to how some people’s lifes were forever influenced after they investigated Nessie, as if something paranormal warned them to stay away.
Then there’s also a chapter on UFO’s, men in black, and really, there’s no end to all the strangeness mentioned in the book. It was over the top. Is Nessie paranormal now, or is she an alien?
I expected this book would debunk some theories regarding Nessie, and investigate some other theories, or the author’s own theory, but it focuses primarily on the paranormal theory, and hardly tries to debunk the others. After reading it, I don’t know much more than I did before – I still don’t know what Nessie is, but my money is still on a prehistoric monster / animal we simply haven’t encountered yet, rather than a paranormal shape-shifting kelpie....more
A recounting of some of the infamous, and less well known murders haunting California in the last thirty years. Some of the cases were intriguing, but the information was short and not as extensive as I had hoped. It did lead me to find out more about the cases that intrigued me the most, and it’s a fairly decent guide. I would’ve preferred more details on the crimes, and less history of California, though. ...more
One of the most over-the-top, exaggerated, implausible paranormal cases I’ve ever read about. Sure, give me a ghost. Give me a demon. But don’t give me ghosts, demons, aliens, and even death itself dropping by for a visit. It’s like the author’s imagination just went completely wild, and there’s no reason at all why I would believe the author’s claims in this book. It’s just not realistic, and too over the top. Also, the writing is bland, and it’s too obvious the majority of this book is fiction....more
As a huge ‘missing persons’ buff (seriously, one of my more macabre and less known hobbies is searching the internet and browsing through various forums on the topic), I just had to read True Crime Addict. Like James Renner, the author, I’m a bit of an addict too. Heck, I studied criminology because I find crime, cold cases and missing people fascinating. So the author and I had a lot in common, and the disappearance of Maura Murray definitely was no new topic for me. However, it never became an obsession, not the way it did for James Renner, who spent the better part of several years trying to find out what happened to this young woman.
One night, Maura Murray’s car got into an accident. No one got hurt, a neighbor saw it happen, briefly talked to Maura, and went inside to call the police. It was snowing, but despite that, the police arrived in minutes. But when the police arrived, Maura was gone. No one has heard or seen her since. In this true crime memoir, James Renner investigates the case and tries to find out what happened to her.
The case was intriguing, and I’ve made up my mind about what happened to Maura. It may not be the truth, but based on Renner’s investigation, it seems the most likely thing. If you want to read my thoughts, scroll down to the bottom of the review (I don’t want to spoil it for potential readers). The author’s writing is funny and intelligent, and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Can’t wait to read his other ones.
My opinion: I think, since there were no hints of struggle or foul play, and with the problems she had with her father, Maura decided to start a new life somewhere. The family’s reluctance to talk to anyone about the case also tells me this. That, or something happened at the party Maura went to earlier that night, since everyone is deliberately vague on that....more
ales of the Possessed wasn’t quite what I expected. I expected an in-depth account of several demonic possessions, including some real life experience or at least an interview with a person who claimed to be possessed. However, the book is more of a historical account. It focuses on several famous possessions that happened over the centuries, such as the stories that inspired The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and the history of the nuns who got demonically possessed back in the seventeenth century, supposedly by a priest – I’m sure if you’ve read a few articles about exorcisms, you’ve come across the Loudun Possessions already.
However, the book is short. Too short. The information in its pages is far from new for anyone with an inkling of interest in the subject. The research is not satisfactory – most of what I found in the book could be lifted right form the Wikipedia page – I’m not saying that’s what happened, but I didn’t find any information there that I couldn’t find just by browsing Wikipedia on the subject. I had expected at least some more research, something that wasn’t readily available online.
More than anything, the book reads like an overview of cases without going in too much detail of what really happened. It prompted me to read up on several of the cases, but I found the book lacked a lot of information and only briefly touched the surface of the history of demonic possession....more
In The Productivity Book, 30 professionals give tips for time management. Put together by the CEO of Doodle, one of the experts on time management, this is definitely an intriguing read. As an entrepreuneur, author, blogger, editor and publicist, I’ve often struggled with managing time – and finding some time for spare time activities! I even have to book in time for spare time activities nowadays.
The interviews definitely give a lot of materials to think about. Some tools sounded like they could help me, others didn’t apply so much to my situation but I’m sure will help others. The author did a great job compiling all the information in this book and making it easily accessible. I won’t implement all the tips, but I’ll certainly try some of them....more
Having never heard of this theater or the ghosts that haunt it, I was intrigued to learn more. However, the story involved a lot more around the author and her thoughts, feelings and perceptions than it did around the ghost stories. The actual history and research of the ghost sightings was also not extensive enough, as if the author just briefly glanced over it. The writing wasn’t stellar either....more
An interesting account of Sarah Soderlund, Paranormal Sarah as she’s nicknamed, her gift to see spirits and her experience with the supernatural. She talks about the things she went through growing up in a haunted home, and then her experiences afterward – and she sure has a lot of experience. The book was an easy, quik read, but entertaining nevertheless....more
A young boy falls prey to a mysterious illness, and is put into a home for people with disabilities. He’s trapped inside his own body, and it takes years before a friendly nurse figures out he can communicate, and is a lot more intelligent than they gave him credit for. The book is harsh too, and not just a hopeful story. There’s rape and horrible abuse, all in one boy – and then man’s – fight against darkness. A heart-wrenching story that I’ll never forget....more
An okay read of true haunting tales, but not a lot of details on them, and no references or investigation into any of the hauntings. Most interesting were the stories that did come with witness interviews, and the ones the author personally experienced....more
An okay read, but very wordy, and a little over the top for my tastes. I find it hard to believe some of the things the author experiences. I can live with spirits and demons, but werewolves? Witchdoctors? I was skeptic, and the book didn’t convince me to change my view....more
I read The Uber Author Planner mostly because well, I’m an author and while I think I’m fairly organized, there’s always room for improvement. I’m a blogger too, and while I manage to keep up with I Heart Reading, my author website ends up weeks without posts because of my hectic schedule sometimes, and I want to change that. So I turned to this planner, and I believe author Hazel Butler succeeded in offering a planner for just about every other.
First of all, the planner is comprehensive, easy to understand, and there are several different planners. There’s the yearly planner, a daily/weekly planner, a writing planner, a blogging planner, and a planner that allows to track character templates, locations, and so on. The planners are bright and colorful and entice you to work with them. Some of them have cute illustrations added. My favorites had to be the yearly planned and 30 day novel planner, though.
I plan to start actively using these in January, with the new year (count this as one of my New Years resolutions). If you’re an author struggling with deadlines, keeping up with blogging, finding time to write and all that (and honestly, what author doesn’t?) then I highly recommend this....more
Losing a child is the most terrible thing imaginable. Losing two sounds even worse. It can’t be described, so I wouldn’t even dare to begin trying. But that’s exactly what Beth and Rick Olsen went through when a druk driver plowed through a red light, hit their car and thus killed both their children.
It hurts to read this book, because it’s real. It’s not fiction. It details what this family went through. It hurts just to write this review because it makes me think about the tragedy they’ve experienced, and I wish things like that didn’t happen in life. That people didn’t have to go through these kinds of losses. But they do and it’s horrible. And the book is raw too, filled with emotion, about the hardships, about the tragedy, about how tough it is to go on living after that.
There’s some hope though. The Olsens go through the usual healing methods, like counseling, which doesn’t help. Deciding to go the non-traditional route, they end up on a journey to Peru, where they finally start healing, and start understanding everything happens for a reason. They also grow convinced – and for me, this was the sweetest part of the book, the part that completely ripped my heart out yet still made me smile – their children are still with them. This gives me hope.
Anyone who lost a kid, or someone else close to you, like a parent, grandparent…read this. Just do it. You’ll probably cry (I ended up filling half a bucket) and the loss Beth and Rick Olsen went through is devastating for sure, but this book also has a hopeful message. You can heal. You can recover....more
In Sexual Confessional: Confidential Admissions from Social Media, Nicole Delacroix uses social media to ask questions about sex, people’s fantasies, and all our darkest secrets. In this book, she describes the question, answers giving anonymously by people through social media, and then discusses it.
The questions made me think about my own answers, and how they would relate to the answers given. Some of the answere are borderline weird, but at least people are being honest, and I think honesty is great. It’s hard to be honest nowadays with everything being out in the open on social media, and that honesty refreshing, although sometimes the answers are a little freaky (like taboo fantasy, when some guy answered he’d like to dismember a girl, and that was his fantasy…) but overall, it’s good to see an honest account and know you’re not alone in thinking some things (although I’m pretty certain that guy sits alone in a corner…at least, I want to believe that).
So overall, a refreshing, honest insight into what people think about sex....more
Having gone through several loss events already, I know how tough it is to deal with that loss, to heal from it, to let go of all the conflicting emotions you feel connected to it. Reading Post Traumatic De-Stress felt like reading the book I should’ve read when I first went through something like this. I needed this book right then, but unfortunately I didn’t have access to it yet. People going through loss, suffering from anger, depression, and all the emotions that follow a loss event, should definitely read this one.
What I enjoyed the most was how the book was written from the POV of a Loss Survivor. It reads a little like a journal/diary while at the same time providing insight. Recovering from loss is a tough journey, and I do feel this book can help if you’re going through this....more
In Search of the Paranormal is an interesting book. It wasn’t as scary as some of the accounts I’ve read of other ghost hunters or mediums, but to me, that made it sound more realistic. I’m willing to buy a lot of things but when a book sounds like a mesh-up of The Exorcism and Poltergeist and claims all those events are real, then I start questioning the author’s mental state. However, that’s not the case here at all. Mr. Estep tells us about the hauntings in a very down to earth way, and even though he goes out investigating a lot himself, the accounts of the events appear realistic and not over the top. You don’t get more than a few shadows and strange noises during his descriptions, and that makes the book more believable.
That the cases don’t seem exaggerated is a huge bonus. In some cases, the author even admitted they found nothing. From my own experience, it’s often the case that one finds nothing during a ghost hunt. Another good addition was how the background and history of the place was described before the author went into detail about the investigation. I particularly enjoyed reading about the history of the Tower of London – I have visited the place too, and knew some of the history already, but it was great to catch up and be reminded of those little tidbits.
Although not fear-inducing or spine-chilling, the book reads like an honest account of what ghost-hunting is truly like, without exaggerating or embellishing things, and I have to give the author a lot of credit for that. The writing was a little wonky here and there, and some of the explanations of how the devices worked were repetitive, but overall, this was an enjoyable read. If you want to know what ghost-hunting is really like, I recommend this book....more
Although an avid fan of monsters, hauntings, and just about anything paranormal, I have to admit my knowledge of the chupacabra has always been limited. So when I was presented with the opportunity to read and review a book focusing on this mysterious beast, I immediately jumped at the opportunity.
Nick Redfern starred in several TV shows and documentaries and has now written a book about the chupacabra. He spent over ten years looking for the creature, and collected several eye witness accounts for documentaries, as well as investigated several theories. Since reading the book I’ve been planning to look up some of his documentaries but didn’t get around to it yet. Either way, the writing style is fluent and easy to read. The author details ten years of investigation chronologically and then expands upon several theories. Is the chupacabra an alien? A mythological creature? A diseased version of an animal we know? A dinosaur that survived? A genetic mutation by the government? A genetic mutation that happened purely by accident? Or is it something else? All theories are explored and investigated.
The author also provided some photographs, and makes the distinction between the Texas chupacabra and the Puerto Rico chupacabra, which I thought was a good insight. Chupacabra Road Trip had some humor too, and overall it was a pleasant read on the topic and I learned a lot about chupacabras (maybe even more than I had ever hoped to learn!)....more
Ghosts of Lincoln mixes the historical with the paranormal. After Abraham Lincoln’s dead, there have been many sightings of his ghosts. The book describes some of those sightings, but also dives deep into the life of Lincoln, from his birth to his childhood years to early adulthood, adulthood and eventually his death. It focuses on his visions of his premature death, how the paranormal influenced his life, his proclaimed presence at various séances, as well as the sightings of his spirit after his passing.
I previously read The Ghosts of Chicago by Adam Selzer, and so I looked forward to reading more by this author. Well, first off, the mix of a historical biography of one of the United States’ greatest presidents and the paranormal worked well. I was a bit surprised at how well it worked, to be honest. Adam Selzer has an interesting writing voice and although the book contains a lot of information, it’s never presented in a dull way.
The author obviously did a lot of research into Lincoln’s life prior to writing this book, and it shows. I already knew some things about Abraham Lincoln but not being an American myself, I probably didn’t know as much as the average American. Either way , I learned a lot through reading this book. When some sources are not exactly reputable, Selzer is not afraid to mention that, leaving it up to the reader to decide whether they believe the account or not.
An interesting, witty read, and highly recommended if you want to learn more about Lincoln, especially the paranormal aspects of his life....more
Karri Willoughby seemed like a normal person, who loved her family, was a devout Christian, worked as a nurse, and who seemed the perfect woman in almost every way. At least, that was how she appeared to her faithful and loyal followers on her blog. In The Bad Nurse, author Sheila Johnson tells the real story.
Enigmatic and sympathetic Karri Willoughby killed her stepfather, Billy Shaw, over a money dispute, giving him a lethal dose of medication she brought along from the place she worked at. For months, she tried to convince her friends and online followers of her innocence, right until she walked into the court room and plead guilty. The author investigates Karri’s motives, her behavior prior to pleading guilty in court, how the murder happened, and communication between Karri and other inmates that betray she’s not the person she pretended to be at all.
While the book was an entertaining read, and it did focus a lot on the manipulative aspects of Karri’s personality, it came across as repetitive – repeating the same passage and/or sentiment several times. It also didn’t seem that well-researched. It does show communication between Karri and other inmates, some snippets of what people had to say about Karri, and so on, but it doesn’t really mention much about the toxicology rapport and the forensics of the murder. It’s mentioned but not detailed enough for my liking. Rather than on the murder, the book focused on the aftermath, and Karri’s manipulative ways.
Not bad at all, and definitely an interesting read, but I generally prefer books that focus more on the crime itself....more
Why Women Cheat offers an interesting insight into why women would cheat, and why they’re easy prey for pick-up artists. It’s not the case for everyone, though, but it was intriguing to see what kind of ingredients were needed to make a woman fall for a pick-up artist.
The book also focuses on describing techniques these pick-up artists use, both in explaining more about the techniques and in helping women warn about them. And then on top of that, the book also offers some insight in how ordinary men can use the tactics on their own wives / girlfriends / and so on.
This book was an all right read, quite enjoyable even and definitely informative. I was worried that with such sensitive subject matter, it might come across as sexist, but that wasn’t the case at all....more
This book, by Daniel J. Baum, focuses primarily on Canadian law, and as such does a good job explaining the rights of police officers, how they go about investigating crimes, and what they’re limitations are. I mostly picked this up because I’m a law school student and criminology student, and I wanted to compare the law and rules of across the globe with those in my own country, Belgium. The book did teach me a few things. It’s informative without ever being boring, and a must-read for people interested in learning more about police investigations, especially in Canada....more
When I requested this review copy (and part two, of eight parts), I was hoping the other parts would be put up for review as well. Alas, no, so I’m left having read half a book, and I’m tempted to buy the full book so I can read the rest of it. Anyway, we’ve all heard of the Manson Murders – seven people got shot one night on two different locations back in 1969 in Los Angeles. The two murders seemed to have no connection, until police traced it all back to Charles Manson and his followers. The book’s true strength is how detailed it is. Obviously, a lot of research went into it. This is the first installment, so it touches in detail on the murders, and only mentions Charles Mansion in passing. The book works chronologically, establishing a time line starting with the murders, and then linking it to possible suspects. It’s a bit of a slow read (hence the 4 stars) but overall, definitely intriguing enough to make me want to pick up the sequel....more
As the title of this second installment suggests, here we get to meet the killers: Charles Manson and his cult. Some connections between Manson and the murders are revealed, and the readers gets to follow the police’s way of thinking as they cross out other suspects and start building their case. Some witness testimonies are included too. So far, this book is one of the most detailed and best researched true crime books I’ve read. The most interesting parts about these books is that they’re written by a prosecutor, so by someone with good knowledge of how the system works and how these cases are investigated. Great writing too. I’ll pick up the third installment as soon as I can, but I might choose to paperback (with all eight parts) instead....more
In Haunted Plantations of the South, author Richard Southall describes various plantations from the south (as the title suggests), and the ghost stories connected to them. The book first describes various building styles, which I thought was interesting and a nice touch, and then the book is divided in chapters, a chapter per state: South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and so on. Each chapter focuses on a handful of plantations, in short describing the history (who built it, who bought it after, what happened to the plantation during the Civil War), and then on a few of the ghost stories connected with the plantation. The book reads more like a summary than anything else, a rundown of potentially-haunted places. Each plantation gets a page or two, some a little more, some a little less. None of the information is very memorable, and in fact, the book is quite boring and bland. It reads too clynical, like a history book.
It feels like the author tried to focus on too much at once, without giving enough details. Had he focused on four or five plantations, really done his research about them (and with that, I mean also actual ghost hunting research, as in visiting the plantations, listening for EVPs, and conducting his own investigation), then it would be much more interesting. Now the book reads like a boring travel guide.
Also, what’s annoying is that occasionally the book mentions “oh yeah, someone took a great picture of a ghost here”. Great. Now show it. But the book has no images (except one or two at the start), so it doesn’t really say much if you casually mention a great picture exists of a ghost but then you don’t show it. Also, pictures of the plantations would’ve been great too – even if it’s nothing but a ruin.
Usually when I read these types of books, I get a chill, here, I got bored. After a while, even the ghost stories start to sound similar. The writing is as dispassionate as the rest of the book. Not a memorable book, I’m afraid. ...more
Learning to Float is a memoir that focuses on the lives of Allan and Deloris Ament. Allan used to be a criminal defense attorney, but after his wife Deloris suffers from a stroke, he becomes her primary caregiver. Next to the household chores, he also needs to take care of Deloris. In his memoir, he tells of how his wife’s illness changed his life and hers, their spiritual growth, the ups and downs, how it brought them even closer, and more.
Sometimes, the book is hard to read. It touches upon tough subjects, like illness, taking care of others and having others depend on you. At some point, Allan describes his anger at his wife’s illness – which is an understandable emotion, but it also shows how much pain he was in at the moment, and it’s emotional reading. There are a lot of emotional scenes throughout the books, and if you keep your eyes dry throughout, well, good luck with that. I certainly couldn’t.
Yet at the same time, the book offers humor and hope, and shows that even in dire situations, people can learn to adapt and change, and make the best of it. Truly inspiring....more
Seachange @ Work offers an interesting take on how to create more energy, how to rejuvenate the work environment, and how to change your workplace so you can gain more energy while working. Since I mostly work at home, where I set my own hours, my own routine, and where no one checks up on my progress, I often struggle finding sufficient energy to work, or to complete all my chores for the day. I can see some of the techniques described in this book working for me, while others, I’m skeptical about, but willing to give a shot anyway.
The book also mentions chakras, gemstones and crystals, and while I’m usually quite skeptical about that kind of things, I wouldn’t mind giving it a try anyway. I particularly liked the exercises the book offers, as I’m a practical person, and I rather put theory to practise.
It’s an interesting, well-written book with a lot of practical uses, and it inspired me to try some of the tips myself....more
How to Write a Book (even if you never have) is, like the title suggests, a book about writing books. It’s actually a very thorough book, focusing on different aspects of writing, finding various strategies to come up with ideas, to develop a plot, work on your characters, find a theme/genre for your book, making sure your book isn’t a cliché, and so on. For newbie writers, it’s an invaluable resource.
However – I’m not a newbie writer. I’ve written ten books and counting (although, admittingly, a few shorter children’s books), so the challenge was, for me, if this book would be interesting, or if it was aimed solely at newbies, as most books of this kind are. This book proved a pleasant surprise though. Even for an author who knows the drill, the book manages to inspire, offer some new ideas and fresh ways to come up with plots and characters. What I thought was particularly interesting was chapter seven, which focuses on motivation and discipline. That’s probably the most important chapter for me – I always find some way to convince myself I don’t have time to write. Staying motivated is tough, but the strategies in the book sound solid. I might have to try them out.
The book also offers self-publishing advice, which is awesome too. I especially liked the article about distributing self-published books, and on how to make money from your book. With so many new books out there every day, it’s tough to stand out from the crowd and this book offers some great pointers.
If you’re a newbie writer or a veteran, you’ll find something useful within the pages of this book, I guarantee it. The writing style is fluent and to the point, and it makes an engaging read....more
I was a little surprised by Ghost Writers. I wasn’t sure to expect from the premise, and even from the introduction. It’s a self-help book, but the book combines fiction and non-fiction and proves to be quite unique in that concept. The author has received knowledge from the spirit world to write the book, and wants to pass that information on to the readers. By the time the introduction was finished, I was intrigued, but at the same time, a little confused. So I read on. The first chapter focuses on materialism. It has an interesting intro, and then the author (or one of the spiritual authors who came up with the chapter? I’m not sure if they’re only the source of the fiction stories, or of more) starts to investigate materialism, why all of us (or at least most of us) suffer from it, where it comes from, and more. The author offers valuable insight, and the chapter definitely made me rethink a few things.
Here and there, the author puts a few gems in the book like: However, once you dine at the table of Caligula, you may never again wish to cook in the kitchen of humility. I love that sentence. It’s a vivid description, and oh so true.
Then the author ends the chapter with a short, fictional story about materialism, the story of Sasha and his dog. It’s a heart-warming story and fits in nicely with the theme.
The same set up is repeated in chapter two, forgiveness. We get an introduction, the author offers insight, and then we get a short, fictional story. By then, I figured out the set up of the book, and I started to like it. The short stories were my favorite because they managed to underline the author’s point. In forgiveness, the author mentions Nelson Mandela – who forgave his captors after years in prison. I’ve always found that so inspiring, and it was good to see the same sentiment repeated here. Gandhi and King are mentioned as well.
Chapter three focuses on fearlessness. This was my favorite chapter. I found so much of myself, and my own struggles, mentioned here. While the chapter is serious, there was also time for a few jokes here and there. Here’s an example: I know what you’re now probably thinking – knives and spears are dangerous and just like patterned wallpaper can seriously hurt someone if they are not used for their true appropriation. I actually laughed out loud at that one! The story added to this chapter was truly chilling though. This chapter was my favorite because it also focused on past lives, and our fear for past lives. I’ve always wanted to find out more about my past lives, but have been scared to take the step.
The book goes on like that, talking about self-belief, education, tolerance, acceptance, and more. All of the topics were interesting, and each time the author touches some valuable points and then illustrates them with a short story.
Overall, this was an enjoyable, thought-provoking read. The stories were good entertainment, the non-fiction part made me realize a few things I hadn’t thought about before. The writing style was excellent, down-to-earth and often humorous. If you’re looking for a different type of self help book, I would recommend trying this one....more