I want more!! What a relief there is 4 more books planned (this is the first 2) and the third one is right around the corner, 2014 sometime, hopefully....moreI want more!! What a relief there is 4 more books planned (this is the first 2) and the third one is right around the corner, 2014 sometime, hopefully. I cant wait! :)
This book was a combination of so many things that fascinate, interest and entertain me. The story, the characters and the journey and growth throughout the book really held me captive.
Ill admit the writing didnt blow my mind, and was actually a little too clichee for my taste at places, mostly in some of the romantic dialogues. But in this case it didnt bother me or really matter because there was so many other things that just made me fall head over heels in love with it. It wasnt JUST a lovestory, it was also a story about growing and learning and changing and finding and losing and seeing and knowing and forgetting and feeling and sensing. About power and weakness, will, strength, want, desire, loss, hope, dreams, attraction, rejection, bewilderment, wonder. And so much more. The themes of reincarnation, soul connections and tasks, Atlantis, choices and conflicts, ego and soul, darkness and light, the after and in-between lives, mental or astral powers, the Earths journey and time now are all themes I find fascinating and interesting and that is very much a part of my own beliefs - so to find them in a book, weaved together like this, was like coming home.
This book is taking place in America/Canada but written in danish and (so far) isn't translated. But I really hope it will be, someday (hopefully soon), so many more people will be able to enjoy it!! I know, Im hooked ;)(less)
This book portrays several clairvoyants and healers and describe their lives and doings. It was interesting, sure, and nice to know more of danish clai...moreThis book portrays several clairvoyants and healers and describe their lives and doings. It was interesting, sure, and nice to know more of danish clairvoyants, but i wasnt all that engaged.
a few quotes I liked:
"At turde gøre mig sårbar ved at træde frem med al min egen usikkerhed og risikere ikke at blive mødt - blive forkastet. Den der med at sige: 'her er jeg: Elsk mig - eller lad være' ('here i am: lov me - or dont')" - Steen Kofoed
"Ånd er stærkere end det fysiske" - Gunver Juul
"Senere fandt jeg ud af, at man ikke kan bringe folk videre, end de er kommet i deres udvikling. Nogle gange skal de bare have lov til at vade rundt i suppedasen, indtil de selv ændre adfærd. Man kan vejlede folk, men det er op til dem selv, om de vil tage i mod - eller fortsætte deres selvdestruktive adfærd." -Ole Kåre Føli(less)
It's theme is divorce and the effects it can have on the kids caught in the middle. This book is not a recipe of 'what...moreThis is a really important book.
It's theme is divorce and the effects it can have on the kids caught in the middle. This book is not a recipe of 'what to do' to sail smoothly through the stormy waters. It is more of an attention guide, what to consider, what to be careful of, how to do your best under the circumstances.
It contains personal as wells professional perspectives and stories, opening up the subject that is so common in our modern time, that maybe we have forgotten just how much it can affect and shatter the worlds of the small and big ones involved. This books aim is not to fix, or to take away the pain, but more to direct attention to that that pain might be inevitable, and how to attend to its wounds and create foundations for healing. The book manages to create a bigger awareness of dilemmas, feelings, actions, responsibilities involved for all parties.
I feel like i have come out the other side of this book with a bigger understanding of how to be of better help when I meet kids and parents dealing with divorce of split families in my work as a psychologist - something I do very often.
I am very greatful for the emotional and practical insights this book gave grounds to. (less)
Granted, the title can sound a bit audacious, maybe even offensive to some people.
Behind the bold words is hiding the message, that c...moreInteresting book!
Granted, the title can sound a bit audacious, maybe even offensive to some people.
Behind the bold words is hiding the message, that cancer is a symptom of an underlying sickness that the body is trying to cure itself off, via cancer. Kind of like getting a fever is a symptom of a flu, and not the cause of it or a disease in itself.
And so the message of the book, and the wording of the title, is not an attempt to discount the effects of cancer on a persons life, on the contrary. It's trying to say cancer didnt develop trying to kill you, it developed trying to prevent you from dying, or at least make you live longer. The thing about cancer cells (besides that they spread) is that they are anaerobic (as opposed to normal aerobic cells), meaning they can convert energy without the need of oxygen. And Moritz' (and others') point is that they mutate due to an environment short of oxygen, to survive instead of dying, at least for a while. That is also why the body is not attack cancer cells, and why they sometimes spread to other parts of the body, or keep coming back, even after a person has been 'cured'( of the symptom, not the cause, in Moritz' point of view). This is the basic premise of the book, but it involves many more aspects, research, critiques and suggestions that Im not going to go into detail with.
There are a lot of really interesting points and useful things in this book, a lot of what I believe to be true.
And if you are willing to question standard beliefs, interested in alternative medicine, and want to get inspired or challenged to look at standard medical practice, the farmaceutical industry, health and of course cancer, Id definately recommend this book. But I suggest you read it with an open mind, and use it as a platform to investigate your own position on things and how you want to live and treat your body, in sickness and in health.
I actually really liked this book, and in many ways it reminded me of as well as pointed out things I (almost) forgot. It's a compilation of quotes on...moreI actually really liked this book, and in many ways it reminded me of as well as pointed out things I (almost) forgot. It's a compilation of quotes on subjects she has dealt with in more detail in other books, but my first read of hers.
Byron Katie's overall message is that it is not reality that is our problem or what brings us suffering it is our rejection of reality, of what is, that does and our thoughts, beliefs and stories about reality, ourselves, others, and what it all should be like. That is a powerfull message.
Byron Katie is known for 4 questions intended on exploring our thoughts and dissolving the pain connected to them, 4 questions also referred to as 'The Work'. They are as follows: 1) Is that true? 2) Can you really know that it is true? 3) Hw do you react when you believe in that thought? 4) Who would you be without that thought?
One of the weaknesses of this book, in my opinion, is the way Katie refers to these questions as if they are Salvation, and sometimes the only way to it. I dont like preaching, and I dont believe in one way to peace of mind and heart (and one way only). I dont doubt these questions works for Katie and many other people, but I also believe that for some people these questions wont work that same magic, and yet they can still get to a point of freedom, love and lightness, though their road might be different and it takes something else to open their eyes.
These 4 questions are Katies referencepoint and how she handles problems, and how she believes we can all move beoynd them. To me though, it wasn't these questions that stood out as powerfull, but the whole thought concept and approach to life that Katie has, the way she looks at life, love and problems, and the examples she gives us on how it is also possible to live life.
The message of loving and accepting reality, regardless of what it looks like, knowing it is right, because it is, what is , is strong and powerful, and one i believe too, to be an essential step in ridding us of painful thoughts and emotions. Katie asks several times "how can I know that x/y/Z is right for me? Because that is, how it is."
Now that is something I will take with me and genourously apply to everything I encounter :)
This is a book about narrative therapy, in danish, and the thoughtprocesses, practises and some therapy dialogue from a narrative practioner, Anette H...moreThis is a book about narrative therapy, in danish, and the thoughtprocesses, practises and some therapy dialogue from a narrative practioner, Anette Holmgren.
As a psychologist myself, I find it both fascinating as well as inspirering and educating, to get a glimpse into the work of someone as skilled as Anette.
She weaves together theory and practice in a meaningful and well-structured way. I need to own this book, so i can mark out my favourite passages and just randomly open it, when I need inspiration.
My only wish was that the book would have been longer. But I'm holding out hope that Anette decides to write another one :)(less)
This is an extremely well-written book, in which Humes manages to show us the humans behind...moreThis book broke my heart. Over and over
This is an extremely well-written book, in which Humes manages to show us the humans behind the label 'criminal'. He shows us the inside and the backdrop of their lives, how they rationalise, think, what they want and how they feel, and how they are (and have been) treated by caregivers, society and the system, and finally how the many chance factors that play into how their fate is decided in court. The books aim isnt to relieve the youngsters of the responsibility of their actions, but more to debate the whole way the system works and to pose the central question: 'okay, so we have young people committing crime... now what do we do about it ?' Do we dare take the chance on rehabilitation or do we pursue justice, a (false) sense of security and punishment for the actions comitted? What responsibility does society have for it's citizens, all of them, and the chances it provides them? The book manages to show us all the different ways these questions can be anwsered, and all the different angles that weigh in on how they are anwsered, making it clear, that this is not an easy topic, for anybody involved. Leaving you to ponder for yourself, where you stand on the matters. The book shows us how different people in the system, judges, probation officers, attorneys, politicians, a nun and several others think on the matter, based on their experiences. It shows us their frustrations with the system, the hopes they have and the reasons for the actions they take, that sometimes from the outside can seem incomprehensible.
this is an important book because it is a book where many voices, we usually dont get a chance to listen to, is heard. this is a book, where you are shown how they feel, and you can't help feel with them. This is a book that leaves you with the feeling that something is not right and that something must be done. The what is up to you to decide.
The only critique I have of this book is that it can sometimes be hard to follow all of the different people playing a part in this book, and that maybe it could have been benefitted from some overarching structure (if there was one, I didnt get it. The chapters seemed not to have any particular order, but be somewhat randomly put together), or at least an explanation of why it was put together the way it was. Also, here and there, there is a little too much 'lawtalk' and beaurocratic formality and institutional history pasages, that I dont think are entirely necessary, and could just as easily be handled (as it also is) to only the most important and central aspects and facts and making them part of the different stories/cases, and leaving out the longer 'fact monolouges'. That would also make the book less entrenched in the american system only, making it more universal, since I think the problems and debates are important to any one society, because we all most decide how we deal with crime offenders, especially the young ones, who has so much life left in them. The facts of the system are important, but even so it is the cases and the voices of these people that is the books strongest point and the most compelling read, and the facts would be better told if in direct relevance to the cases at hand. A small matter (that can be handled by skimming over it, if it doesnt have your interest), that does not take away from the book being both important and so so wellcrafted . I have much respect for what Edward Humes did here, both as a researcher and as a writer. (less)
This book was EVERYTHING and more. It has left my brain stunned at it's utter genious, which is why this review probably wont be very co...moreOH. MY. GOD.
This book was EVERYTHING and more. It has left my brain stunned at it's utter genious, which is why this review probably wont be very coherent, but who am I kidding? there is no way I could caption this brilliance that is this book anyway.
So I wont say much I will just say this:
From the very first pages I was encaptured by this book - loving the writing, and intrigued by the story. And as the story moved along, spinning pieces together, I just fell in love with it. Madly. Deeply.
THE CHARACTERS Felt real to me. They werent flawless, they made mistakes, had regrets, and they grew . I could very much relate to them, and both Lucy and Daniel had my respect and support. I felt I was loving, learning and agonising right along side with them.
THE ROMANCE Well-built, realistic and not overly romantised. Lucy and Daniel hasnt met or hooked up in every life, and there are a lot of conflicted feelings involved. But it still swept me off my feet.
THE PLOT/STORY Very well-crafted. I found Daniels perceptions about reincarnation, life and death very inspirering and resonant, and again the whole world and the people in it - BEN!! :) Joaquim :( - just all rang true for me, reeling me in. On this note I'll just mention the ending which has been a frustration to many. This book has a very open ending, leaving you thinking there will/should be a sequel. And I think that's how Ann Brashares originally planned it. Whether it is going to happen, still seems to be up in the air, from what I can gather from google. Something about approval from the publishers play into it, it seems. So it's not a lack of will. As much as I wish there was a guarantee of a sequel, the open ending, didnt ruin the experience for me. Couldn't. It was too good. I wouldnt have missed out on this book for the world. And I dont think any of you guys should let it discourage you either. Just know that all strings wont be ties up in the end, and you will be left begging for more, and that if we are lucky, our wish might be granted! I sure hope so, 'cause I am addicted, to this story, these characters and this world Ann Brashares has build. GIMME MORE!
THE WRITING Wonderful. Made me feel, see and hear everything that was going on inside and outside the characters and this world and made it all very relatable. I kept hearing Adele's 'Dont you remember' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkM6Uq... over and over in my head while reading this, the lyrics are like scarily on point, and it's such an emotional song, that just really embodies how I imagine Daniel is feeling. I dont think I'll ever be able to listen to that song without thinking of this book. Which I dont mind, at all :)