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The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  15,894 ratings  ·  1,035 reviews
In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back , New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinqu ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published September 27th 2016 by Hay House, Inc.
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Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-books
Call me a skeptic, or maybe I'm just too old to be part of Gabby's target audience. In her 5th book, Bernstein is back at it calling on her "Spirit Junkies" to say "yes" to the love of the Universe, stop living a life of fear, and open themselves to love, miracles, and abundance.

Some of Bernstein's advice is sound. She advocates meditation (which science is even proving to have health benefits), cultivating an attitude of compassion, and aiming to have a positive attitude. I start to raise my ey
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Some parts felt a bit flaky. Some were seriously awesome. 4.5 stars overall, rounded UP.
This is gonna be a fav and a reread.

You Have a Hidden Power
You Are the Dreamer of Your Dream
You Are Always Being Guided. Even When It Doesn’t Feel Like It.
Your Vibes Speak Louder Than Your Words
The Universe Works Fast When You’re Having Fun!
Obstacles Are Detours in the Right Direction
Certainty Clears the Path for What You Desire
The Universe Speaks in Mysterious Ways
Oneness Sets You Free
You Are the Uni
I really like the idea of the universe having my back. I can believe it. However, this book ... I can't put my finger on it but it felt empty or lacking something, as if the author was holding back the real "meat" (i.e., full truth) behind the premise behind the book. The examples felt shallow and I highly doubt the author is shallow, so that's why I say there is something behind the scenes not fully in the light. The book has a premature birth vibe and prob could have taken more time to let div ...more
Riva Sciuto
Oct 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: the-worst
Call me a cynic, but absolutely nothing about this book resonated with me. Prompted by her mid-yoga anxiety attack, Gabrielle Bernstein's superficial advice ignores the deeper and more meaningful aspects of suffering and the growth that can come as a result of it. She fails to acknowledge that it's OK to be sad, fearful, doubtful or angry sometimes -- in fact, not only is it part of life; it's often where we experience the most growth.

Instead, she suggests we should all blindly let the universe
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Lots to take in here and plenty of ways to think about losing the fear that guides our lives, but ultimately this is a narcissistic, simple minded belief system. What about systemic racism and poverty? What about the ways that people struggle and can't manifest mountain houses? If the author addresses this, I must have missed it. ...more
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I do things that make me hate myself; one of which was buy and read this book. Everything about this title annoys me, but I’m still giving it a three and a half star review.

First, the title: unless you’re an animist or pantheist, the universe isn’t a sentient being with an intention or direction for us, but “The Universe” has become a safe little catch-all word for a higher power when talking to people who’s faith you don’t know (like, people who might buy your book) and to whom religion has all
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basically a book about herself - no new pearls of wisdom

I was eager to read this book and got few reminders from it but was unimpressed. It is more of a book for beginners to "enlightenment". I've read so many books over the years with far more substantial material and thoughtful insight as well as better quality writing. I immediately got the impression that the author was more about promoting herself. Maybe it was the writing style but I felt like I was reading her diary. I've never had that i
Laurie Noel
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
I was hesitant after reading the introduction to this book. Twice in the course of the intro, the author essentially states that if the methods taught in don't work, then it's the readers own fault for not wanting it bad enough. After that I checked the author bio, to see what sort of credentials she had. I found a list of awards and appearances, and nothing more about the author than she lived in New York.

The rest of the text fell rather flat for me. Many of the instructional lessons were lift
Yelda Basar Moers
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it is not cruel or playing tricks on you. I have to be honest with you, there were moments in my life when I questioned the benevolence of the Universe. I'm sure many of us have experienced this kind of doubt at some point. For me it was when I watched the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapse right before my eyes. I was just two blocks away a ...more
Aubree Deimler
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual
I LOVED this book. This is the first I've read from Gabby, though I've listened to her speak several times and was drawn to her energy. The core message within is to turn to love. The book is filled with exercises and meditations to help you be present, open, and surrender to the higher workings of God, the universe, however you describe it.

My favorite tidbit came from the story of the monks who were sent into a city with a lot of violence and crime. Through focused meditation the monks were ab
Sep 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I think this would have made a really good essay or podcast but there just wasn’t enough content to make a book. The central message of turning fear into love and to relinquish control to the universe and all that is really well presented. But she labours the point in bloated chapters with some weak examples. Towards the end of the book, she comes across a little privileged and self-entitled too.
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I consider myself half Scully, half Mulder. I am skeptical.

I believe that walking under a ladder is only a bad idea if it's unstable, that black cats are only unlucky if it's a panther that wants to eat you and the number 13 has no physical powers. I also believe that there's probably something out there (even if it's sea plankton), that positive thinking can improve your rate of healing, that religious buildings are nice spaces to be in; I meditate, I do yoga every day.

I used to laugh at Brid
May 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book felt like overhearing a hot pilates instructor talk to her Upper West Side brunch buddies about her botox and all her speaking gigs and chats with famous people. There was nothing of substance here, at least nothing that I could relate to. And I just do not think she's right. Maybe she was able to envision herself as a world famous author and speaker and become one, but the idea of that makes me laugh out loud, which is probably why I will never envision myself with angel wings on a st ...more
Nancy Crowley
Jan 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
Could not wait to get to the end of this book. I just never really believed any of the examples she gave of her own struggles. And so much of the writing was a chain of words strung together that had no meaning. And I hate it when writers summarize the content of each chapter - it's a means to pad the pages. Do not waste your money or time on this book. ...more
Jane Yates
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
What an incredible book! The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein came into my life at exactly the right time. It is so much more than a basic self-help book and opens you as the reader up to the endless love the universe is constantly guiding you towards.

This book has changed the way I think about my life and I now find myself choosing love over fear in any given situation and taking risks I would not have without reading this book.

To conclude, I would like to attach my favourite quote fo
Tiffany Smith
I really wanted to like this book, but, I didn’t. Something about it didn’t sit right with me. I believe most of the message she is trying to get across, but her delivery was off for me personally. There was a lot of made up religious terminology that reminded me of being in a shaming church. The writing felt judgmental, preachy, religious. It has almost a cult like feeling to it. I also had a problem with her saying to not take massive action on things, but to let it go and trust it will happen ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-help
Yet another The Secret rip off. ...more
just another rachel
I read this book cover to cover, highlighted, probably 40% of the text, and on top of that took a shit ton of hand written notes.

This book really resonated with me. It came to me in a time where I really, I mean really needed it. So I guess the universe really does have my back from the get go.

I've always been a strong believer in mindfulness, positive affirmations, meditation. I guess I always liked the idea of it more than I practiced it, but after reading this book I feel it's helped me lay
Lucy Mitchell
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have such a girl crush on this author. Her books are amazing! This is no lie - weird stuff has been happening to me since I started following her advice. Before I read her books I didn't believe in anything like the universe or spiritual connections. I am so grateful to her. This book is fab and it makes total sense. Seriously if you want to start changing your life in a positive way - read this author! ...more
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction-read
This book is more than a self-help book. It is an arsenal of Spiritual tools, when used consistently, can move your personal energy, literally, from fear to Love! I have been using the Kundalini meditations from the book in my daily practice. The energy I carry throughout the day has been life changing for me! This book, which I have well marked, tabbed and highlighted, will be a forever reference.
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing with so much good spiritual gems that I'll need to give it a second, slower read to truly soak everything in. ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Her message was fine, but I really didn't care for the author. Totally oblivious to her own privilege. Her "miracles" are actually a result of her being white, upper-class, and well-connected. ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Gabrielle Bernstein. It is a concise presentation of wisdom from many spiritual teachers: Deepak Chopra, Robert Holden, Gary Zukav to name a few, and most importantly her own journey to her Self. I appreciate that the author does not shy away from sharing her personal challenges to stay in the zone of love.

It is in the small, everyday challenges that our learning is challenged: encounters at an airport; fear of rejection by friends; trying to control what gives us happi
This book was the worst. Shallow, self-centered, conceited, entitled, condescending.
I will just briefly state why I think so here, but much of what I think has already been stated in many of the number 1 and 2 star reviews, (that I now wished I had read before buying this book and wasting my money) as many of them had the same impression as me, and explain very well why this book is so bad and not worth the time or the money (it feels like a robbery to me, and I feel bad for having in any way c
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
I really don’t understand how this book has a plethora of rave reviews - I couldn’t even get halfway through without giving up. The author doesn’t cover any new concepts and she makes spiritual journeys seem cut and dry and super simplistic. She cites surface level examples to show that the universe will answer you (ie “my friend was really negative about dating but all she did was change her attitude, trust the universe, and POOF, she was in a relationship in 4 months!”). Because her writing an ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book and unfortunately I didn't finish it. I got to chapter 4 and had to give up before my brain exploded from the mind-numbing repetitiveness and nonsense.
A previous reviewer stated she was probably out of the age bracket for this book and I have to agree. At 35, married and, a mother of two, a lot of this just seemed geared towards a much younger crowd, maybe ones who haven't experienced "real" life.
The relatable stories she used were just stupid (I didn't get an
Oct 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
I tried to take on what this book was saying but a big part of me was screaming very loudly that unconditional love is about loving a person or a group of people despite the fact that their thoughts aren't always positive, loving or perfect. If the universe really has my back it will support me when I am crying in desperation and hopelessness when I need love and help the most. The universe also is not human and ascribing this trait to the universe doesn't make sense. People are the ones who tur ...more
Iona  Stewart
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
This is basically an excellent book; I just had difficulty in getting through it, and had to give it up.

The author, Gabby, tells her story and then presents us with a series of “universal lessons”. One such lesson is: “When we surrender our will to the power of the universe, we receive miracles.” We are also given a few prayers in connection with some of the lessons.

Another universal lesson is “Limitless guidance is available to you when you surrender to receive it.”

She refers constantly to “A C
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Are you an angry peace activist or a lightworker? Well, after reading this book you will definitely find an answer. If you feel that you are loosing your life, many things scare you and start experiencing panic attacks, you have chosen a right book to bring peace back. The 'moto' of the book is that your fear cannot co-exist in the presence of love. Therefore, Gabrielle gives us tipps how to find love within yourself, accept the light which is inside and light up the world. As we are all intertw ...more
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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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