If you look beyond the commercial nature of Rebecca Harwin's "PCOS expert" enterprise (here I'm thinkin of the constant ads for her website, free gift...moreIf you look beyond the commercial nature of Rebecca Harwin's "PCOS expert" enterprise (here I'm thinkin of the constant ads for her website, free gifts, special bonuses and VIP access etc) she does present some good information, but given the hype she creates around the book, I hardly think it lives up to its reputation. In fact, I thought quite a bit of the information was quite commonsense (eat organically, reduce toxins in your environment, exercise etc) and at times vague, and as such not as groundbreaking as the author would like to have us think. Having said that, I can't agree more with her overall message: PCOS sufferers don't have to blindly accept the dogma of the medical profession, and can take their health into their own hands instead.This is such an empowering idea for readers and I think is the best aspect of the book. My recommendation: if you are new to the idea of a more natural, toxin-free lifestyle and the body-mind connection, then this book will certainly give you a push in the right direction. However, if you consider yourself somewhat an aficionado of holistic health, you might find yourself skipping over entire sections of this book.(less)
I was looking for a straightforward, concise book on the world's main religions, but this didn't end up being it. While the historical information pro...moreI was looking for a straightforward, concise book on the world's main religions, but this didn't end up being it. While the historical information provided seemed okay, what really bothered me was the authors' general vagueness on everything and avoidance of making conclusive statements about anything. Everything was apparently very problematic, difficult to define or simply "out of the scope of this book". I wanted simple facts, not mumblings about how complex and intricate religion is and the difficulty encountered in making concrete statements about it. The authors' "myth busting" attempts didn't do anything for me, either. I was pretty disappointed when their response to the myth "Islam oppresses women" was basically "It doesn't, ask a Muslim woman" accompanied by an anonymous poem. To me, this was a wholly inadequate response. Such a myth deserves analysis backed by legitimate sources on the debate (for example, quotes from both activists and critics, information on social and governmental reform etc.), not vague conclusions "just because".(less)
If you are a complete Saganophile like me, you are in for a real treat, for it is in this experimental novel that Sagan's own voice shines through - l...moreIf you are a complete Saganophile like me, you are in for a real treat, for it is in this experimental novel that Sagan's own voice shines through - literally. The hedonistic van Milhelms' story - replete with love affairs, long Paris nights and plenty of whisky (what more could we expect?) - is punctuated by Sagan's own musings on life, authorship and the novel itself. Her interruptions are tangential, poetic and captivating - at times wistful and solemn, and at others highly amusing and absurd. My advice to the prospective reader: if you are new to Sagan, delve into some of her other works before you try this one to get a feel for her style; that way, your experience of her narrative will be more intimate and this fabulous novella will be even more enjoyable.(less)
This is a wonderful Spanish language version of an abridged version of 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay. The audio book is about 3.5 hours in du...moreThis is a wonderful Spanish language version of an abridged version of 'You Can Heal Your Life' by Louise Hay. The audio book is about 3.5 hours in duration. It is beautifully narrated with a neutral South American accent. In this book Louise Hay explains her philosophy - that our thoughts create our reality - and its application in several areas of our lives, such as relationships, finances and employment.(less)
This is a very interesting book, and it has plenty of content which will keep you intrigued for hours on end, regardless of whether you agree with Dav...moreThis is a very interesting book, and it has plenty of content which will keep you intrigued for hours on end, regardless of whether you agree with David Wolfe's complex food philosophy or not. As for me, I agree with some arguments he puts forward; others, not so much. I do not agree with a 100% raw diet. After perusing the various menu plans in this book, my observation is that the diet Wolfe proposes is full of salads and copious quantities of fruit and fruit juices, resulting in adequate caloric intake but minimal protein intake. The results of this could be disastrous. Of course I agree that protein should be of the plant-based variety, but Wolfe goes so far as to trivialise the importance of protein in the human diet, instead arguing that daily protein recommendations are overestimated, causing an acidic state in the body. Actually, lack of protein leads to hunger and tiredness (among other issues), and severe development problems in children.
I do agree, however, that the consumption of raw foods such as green leafy vegetables, spirulina and coconut can be invaluable to one's health when combined with a balanced vegetarian or vegan diet which contains cooked food. If one is going to follow a rawfood diet, however, I would certainly recommend this book as I don't doubt that it contains the best information possible for those people.
Another aspect of this book which I did not like was - if I may say so - the egotism surrounding its philosophy. I think Wolfe sees rawfoodism as some sort of church over which he presides with inalienable authority. The book is complete with mystical New Age language and theories, scripture-like poetry and pictures of Wolfe himself (preaching, laughing joyfully etc). Hmm.. (less)