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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,709 ratings  ·  323 reviews
How does a New York City publicist and party girl turn into a go to guide for the next generation? In her new book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein shares the story of how she transformed her life, offering her spiritual journey as a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and creating a life you’re psyched to wake ...more
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Published September 18th 2012 by Harmony (first published 2011)
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From the very first page of Spirit Junkie I wanted to reject the book. I found the language a too "Gabbified" with it's "far outs", "trippy's", and pop psychology which assigns the root of all our problems to the "ego", which is quite a different sort of construct to the Freudian notion of that part of ourselves which serves as a mediator between the id and the superego, forming intellectual synthesis. The pragmatist in me found the book irritating, and reminiscent of the floppy "Ashram-think" I ...more
Anna Bez
Dec 07, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever wanted someone to explain Marianne Williamson's writings to you using a flippant attitude and valley girl speak, this is your book! The book also serves as a promotional platform for Bernstein's previous title. I never was able to get a solid read on whether Bernstein actually believes what she is saying. A book like this needs to be bolstered by a confident tone from the author.

PS. I got so sick of her overuse of the term "~ing"
I was prepared to give this book 1 star, but I'm glad I waited to review it after my book club discussed it. I'm familiar with A Course in Miracles (ACIM), and I believe its message is a good one. Marianne Williamson (who can write) told Gabby to write a book for her generation after Gabby healed from ACIM and Williamson as her mentor. Sadly, if this is what this generation deserves for a book, then I pity them. The message is good - forgive others, eliminate fear which destroys you and your tru ...more
As I began this book, I wasn't that into it. Or rather, I *tried* not to be that into it! There was even a part of me that WANTED to dislike it... but it became apparent to me very quickly that this was my own internal RESISTANCE to Gabby's message of love. Something in me KNEW that this book was going to cause my life to change, bigtime, and the fearful part of me did NOT want that change to happen! Thankfully I didn't let the resistance get to me, because this book has brought about huge growt ...more
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my second reading of Spirit Junkie and is a good example of getting different things out of the same material when read at different times. I gave the book a five star rating when I read it last year (before my GR days), but on the second reading I am a bit more critical. It's not that I don't believe Gabby's sincerity or knowledge but I just feel that there is too much self publicity in a lot of what she does and this doesn't sit well with ACIM principles. She does acknowledge herself t ...more
Meryl Landau
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
I really enjoyed this book. Bernstein is very much a younger version of Marianne Williamson, with the same focus on the Course in Miracles. I appreciated her honesty about her own failings and issues, which she used the Course to resolve. A fast, easy read with a lot of pragmatic suggestions for connecting with spirit.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever heard of the book A Course In Miracles (A.C.I.M)? "Spirit Junkie" is a lovely, meaningful, true account of a 30 year old woman's struggle (and then triumph over) addiction by finding A Course In Miracles. Gabrielle lovingly and open-heartedly touches on some of the beautiful 365 lessons in the book (yes, one lesson per day for a year), and shares her thoughts on how you can apply them to your life if you are so moved. (If you are interested in spirituality as opposed to religion, ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
I felt very drawn to reading this book and intuitively knew that it could be a help on my journey inwards. But, curiously, I experienced some strong internal resistance at certain points while I was reading it. I realised after a while that it was the fearful side of me that was trying to put up a fight. Spirit Junkie made me look inwards and shine a very bright spotlight on some things that had hidden in the ‘inner shadows’ for too long: things that needed to be confronted, but that the fearful ...more
April Dawn
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fierce, fabulous, & funny spiritual sage and girl guru Gabrielle Bernstein has a new mantra for the modern generation: “Make shift happen!” Her latest book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles, is all about making miracles- and making love- to yourself. In times when we all want something to believe in, Gabrielle gives us something to believe in: ourselves.

“A decade ago, young women like Ms. Bernstein might have been expected to chase the lifestyle of high heels a
When the mind is ready, the right book appears. Such was the case with this book.
I first learned about Gabby through her show on Immediately, I was skeptical. I bristle at anyone marketed as "the new ___ for a generation." But, something stuck with me and I kept listening to her. Listening to her eventually lead to me reserving "Spirit Junkie" from my local library. And let me tell you all, when Gabby states that your "~ing" leads you what you need, it's true.

Due to its high
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Gabrielle Bernstein will join Diana Cooper & Doreen Virtue: authors I may read and enjoy every book for without taking them THAT seriously.. I really wanted to like this book but it' really trying way too hard to be what it's not! I appreciate what Gabrielle is trying to do but it's not right (~ing, ~ingTervene, ~ingWrite! Really! -_-) That being said, certain chapters like "Spirit Became my Boyfriend" and "Relationships are Assignments" were five stars for me personally although she did ...more
What the author calls "ing," the church I grew up in called the holy ghost/spirit. Love, Jesus, God, Holy Spirit, inner voice, wisdom... it seems this book and a lot of the new age (for lack of a better term) spirituality books I've read carry the same messages as the Christian church I grew up in. That's fine by me. There are many paths up the mountain.
Mar 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE: A while back I gave this book 5 stars and called it life chaning in a positive way, and at the time I really felt like it was. However, now I know that the author and Marianne Williamson, and all those who teach "A Course in Miracles" are really Bomphat worshipers. The "spirit" they call the holy spirit or Ing is just another name for this illuminati demon. Please do your research. A course in miracles is not a christian book. It just uses christian terminology but denies the deity of Je ...more
Sarah Iwanusa
3? 3.5?

I like gabby. I respect the work that she does and I think it's great she has helped to create a shift in making meditation, spiritually and prayer more accessible and more mainstream, I suppose.

This book has some great things to take away from it, that can be summed up with: do all things with love.

I appreciate her effort to make what I guess you could call a primer to ACIM for, as she says, the next generation, but I found that in her effort to do so, it almost comes off unpolished a
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Talk about being led to (or away from) the right book at the right time! I started this one about 9 months ago when I finished May Cause Miracles, but for some reason, I just couldn't stick with it and ended up putting it back on the shelf. Fast forward to a few days ago when a shipment of my belongings (including books) showed up in my new city of residence, and I had the strongest intuition to pick this book up again. Everything I needed to hear right now was addressed in Spirit Junkie - I mea ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So, the author basically dumbed down a book that she found inspiring. I couldn't relate to any of the, "I need a man to make me whole stories." Not what I was looking for, but may resonate with others. Skimmed through the last half. Unfortunately, she continues to try to be cool and hip in her writing. Didn't work for me at all.
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
A little bit quicker and easy to read than the Marianne Williamson books, which was what I needed at the moment. Must give major props to Gabby Bernstein for putting herself out there like she does. Looking forward to digging into another one of hers soon.
Jennifer Lahotski
I loved loved loved this book. Gabrielle tells her story of finding self love and sobriety! A great and quick read... if you are looking for change, this is your book for the fall!
Nov 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of the books that changed my life. It's marketed to girls around my age. Read it, read it again, live it, become empowered, empower others! It's a life-changer.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life and set me on a new path. Really started the healing process for me and gave me the courage to go after what I want. Changed my mindset for the positive.
Omar Taufik
This book was an awesome read, an absolutely wonderful book !
This book is based on the teachings of the famous spiritual inspiration book " A Course in Miracles " where the author with great talent, depth and simplicity passes on the message in her own words and way linking it to her own life story with all it's ups and downs depression experience and then her transformation finally reaching her current status as a " Miracle Worker ".
At the same time, while telling her story under the highlight
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say that my life will never be the same again after having read this book is to say nothing. Gabrielle, thank you so much for such a frank narrating. While reading, It feels like you are having a talk with your friend who has gone through all you are going through, who is giving you priceless advice, calming you down and does not let you forget that we are all have each other's back and the back of the Universe ;)

'My F word - Forgiveness'

'Don't c
Jul 17, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent read. A little too “new age” for me but anything that teaches me to live life more positively (high vibrational thinking) and love more is always a good thing and a much needed reminder.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir, spiritual
Ironically self-congratulatory. This was my first Berstein book and maybe not the best to start with. I did benefit from her insights into A Course in Miracles, but I don't recommend the audio book. Her voice is flat and monotone and it was difficult to get excited about what she offered.
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabrielle Bernstein admits this description of her personal journey to peace and enlightenment is very solidly based on the earlier A Course in Miracles, an earlier study also referenced in a book by Marianne Williamson. (Williamson wrote the preface to Bernstein’s book, and quotes from A Course in Miracles are found at the beginnings of each of Bernstein’s chapters are frequently referenced in her text). However, Bernstein still manages a fun and personal touch in this self-help memoir. The aut ...more
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Mar 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Tap Your Inner Rock Star, by Spirit Junkie Gaby Bernstein

How does a New York City publicist and party girl turn into a go-to guide for the next generation? In her book, Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles, Gabrielle Bernstein shares the story of how she transformed her life, offering her spiritual journey as a guidebook for overcoming fear, changing perceptions, and creating a life you’re psyched to wake up for. Here, she helps us tap our inner rock star.

Have you ever
Diana Nagy
Wow...what a book! This one I flew through. While I read other books during the time I was reading this one, I found myself picking this one up again rather than another, as I would generally do. I found a few things that resonated with me in her story because she had a bit in common with me. In another aspect, there were a few parts of the story that did not resonate with me (thankfully I haven't experienced the problems with addiction and love as she did) but they still were enjoyable and I wa ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I will be the first one to admit that I enjoy reading self-improvement books, and that I was very excited to investigate Gabrielle Bernstein's ideas.

I will also admit to being a teensy bit disappointed.

In this book, Bernstein talks about her life changes and experiences as a result of her work in "A Course in Miracles." I think she tried just a bit too hard to be hip and cutesy with her own take on the work, frankly. Referring to her inner guide as ~ing wasn't so bad, but the constant puns (e.g.
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the principles and teachings of another book - A Course In Miracles. It doesn't matter at all if you haven't read it, in fact it would have helped me understand ACIM better if I'd read this one first.

I saw someone mention this book on facebook and before I knew it, I'd ordered it on Amazon. I consider myself a Spirit Junkie, so I couldn't resist it. When the book arrived, I must admit, I was put off by the cover, it seemed to shout 'this book is for young people'. But I put
Jan 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This should have been a 3 page blog post, not a book.

Choose love and light, forgive those that have harmed you. Allow your inner guide to lead you.

It was repetitive and light and shallow.
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Gabrielle Bernstein has been labeled by the New York Times as the next-generation guru. A motivational speaker, life coach, and author, she is expanding the lexicon for the seekers of today and tomorrow. She gives talks and leads seminars throughout the country, is on the Forbes list of the 20 Best Branded Women, and has been featured in media outlets such as Oprah Radio, Marie Claire, Health, Sel ...more

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