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The Meaning of Truth: embrace your truth. create your life.

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  274 ratings  ·  30 reviews
There is a cure for chronic pain. If you suffer from pain or conditions which serve to limit your life and cultivate your fear, read this book and become awakened to a new world pf possibilities. The tools to heal yourself are here, and they are real and enduring. It is within your power to reclaim the aspects of your life which you have long relinquished due to illness an ...more
Kindle Edition, 196 pages
Published June 22nd 2016 (first published January 10th 2013)
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it

I have mixed feelings about this book. I was inspired, enlightened and encouraged. I believe what the author is writing about. The writing was the problem for me. Not concise, too many rants, too much cheerleading cliche stuff. The author clearly wanted to be known and I like her but she just pushed it. Clear and concise writing with some cheerleading and jokes would be fine. It was difficult too read at times through the endless pages of cheerleading. BUT I did get a lot out of it and I do
Amy Crehore
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Two stars for the actual writing, but five stars for the ideas/practice behind it about the mind-body connection.

For anyone experiencing chronic pain or discomfort, including IBS, I’d highly recommend watching Nicole Sachs’ youtube videos, listening to her podcast, and reading this book if you want to know the “how.”

“Journalspeak” is fascinating, and the few times I’ve tried it, I’ve felt an immediate release. It’s really freeing to know it’s not my diet that is causing me discomfort, but rath
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Is this book worth the purchase for your needs? My review will help you decide.

For me, it was almost a complete waste of money. All I bought it for was to learn how to do "JournalSpeak," and the actual instruction, such as it was, came 85% into the book. It was also aggravatingly vague and not appreciably different from what is in The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders. Some examples were given of "JournalSpeak," and in the absence of any actual directions, what I was able to glean
Margot Note
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The beauty of truth without judgment is striking, as it is only through this lens that we can be forgiven. You can be forgiven. And it's such a relief. We all, simply, just want to be forgiven" (9).

"Often a less than idyllic childhood can cause you to hold even more tightly to these perceived expectations, in place of the security you wished to have had. Most likely, you don't allow yourself to be wholly aware of how devastating it is that many of your most cherished expectations fall short" (
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
While I liked the overall message, this book needed an editor. It isn't very well written, I read it because I like her podcast, but I didn't feel I learned anything new from it, having heard her podcast. ...more
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021
I'm won over, but I needed a bit more "how to" than winning over. ...more
Elizabeth Good
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help, healing
Interesting book. I am not sure if there is a way to give half-star ratings here; I’m rounding up but would go more for 3.5 than the 4 I gave it. I believe she is passionate and sincere in wanting to help sufferers, and her style is indeed compelling; thus I gave the good rating. At times her prose is soaring and so motivating. But it can also be rambling, obtuse, and unclear what her point is. She does give some instructive “how to do this thing” info, but not much. I’m exploring her videos and ...more
Lauren Rogers-Perrault
Jul 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I would give this book 5 stars for the principle and the amazing insight and healing that can be found in it. But I would give the writing a 3.5 because it just felt…a bit all over the place. I can’t really explain it but the flow is off and the desperation to get you to listen is palpable. I get it—it’s a weird premise in current times but if someone is interested enough to buy this book, I think you can assume a certain level of belief/interest. If you are interested in this topic, please star ...more
Erica Barkei
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Repetitive, lots of white space, and took nearly the entire book to get to the point. Once there, it didn't go much into detail, nor did it have much data to back up the premise. I don't doubt coming to realize the real truths in your life will help you heal and could reduce pain, but I would have liked more substance to lead me in that direction. ...more
Aug 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-helpish, pain
First off, the title of this book is terrible. I never would have come across this if it weren't for other books, articles, videos, interviews, podcasts, lectures, etc. that set me down the path to understanding chronic pain as a manifestation of emotions that are difficult to process. The style of her writing can be irritating, but I do appreciate her message and the heart behind it. ...more
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Truth will set you free

I am convinced that there is not one single person alive today that cannot be impacted by this book. Thank you Nicole for your raw honesty and bottomless hope.
fantastic, inspiring and helpful.
Jamie Sikor
Jun 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I picked up this book after listening to Nicole’s podcast “The Cure for Chronic Pain” and am glad I did. Other reviews have commented on the writing style and many “cheerleading cliches” and they are not wrong; it’s not your typical book. It’s VERY much in her voice and true to her personal style, though, which was comforting to me. Being the perfectionist I am (I am 100% defined within the pages of this book), I did catch several typos, but that’s life. I read this to get started with attemptin ...more
Linda Heinsohn
Aug 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Sachs’ recipe for writing out bad memories, traumatic events, dislikes about yourself then tearing them up immediately to flush them from your psyche is the takeaway gem from this book. I employ her technique often for healing physical or emotional pain and it’s a habit worth keeping. Her book is based on Bessel Van Der Koch’s books about how to heal stubborn or chronic pain for which there seems to be no clear cause. The majority of Sachs’ writing here I s about her own journey (regrettably NOT ...more
Tami Winbush
Sep 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
She had me at “…you can tell me fuck off.”

You can feel the passion that Nicole has for her work and for human kind.

Do I fully believe? No. But because she seems to believe enough for both of us I’ll try. If only I could be her client. Her diagnoses mirror my own (though not in severity - you’re a stronger woman than I) and make her more approachable, more real.

If you’re looking for the answers, they might be here. If nothing else then you’ll enjoy the book and find a way to look deeper, but I
Denise Hlavka
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Nicole Sachs is outspoken, brash, and definitely committed to healing her readers, whether mentally, physically or both. Being familiar with her podcast and YouTube vignettes, and her 28 day journaling challenges, I did know what to expect. Reading it in print, solidified its effect. For anyone on a healing journey, especially focusing on mind-body approach, this would be a good addition and modality to check out.
AnnMarie Sportiello
Jan 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
I started listening to Nicole’s podcast, The Cure for Chronic Pain, and really enjoy it. So my SIL gifted this book to me. I definitely got a better understanding of what the author teaches and her theories behind chronic issues. Her voice and personality REALLY come through in this book and it got a little annoying. I wouldn’t spend full price on this book. Buy it used to borrow from the library is my advice. Overall it was really good.
Apr 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
A much deeper approach on emotions for people dealing with chronic pain and anxiety. She has a particular style but that's what makes it more enjoyable to read. Journaling definetely helps much more what it can hurt so it's good to give it a try.

Her podcast is also a great recommendation that's helped me a lot in hard times. Listesting to success stories of people with similar personalities seems to relax the mind a lot and makes the concepts get deeper into your beliefs.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Essential message is well-meaning. The author suggests using a specifically organized journal to deal with major mental health issues. However Sachs is overly redundant as well as attempting to use a personalized conversational tone which feels patronizing and exaggerated.
Noah Letner
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Well worth a try if you are suffering from chronic pain.
Why not? You have nothing to lose.
Very interesting take on self-healing. I've started working the program following the author's suggestions.
Cady North
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicole thanks for having the courage to share you story which has touched so many. The brain/body connection is so powerful and more people need to know about its application to curing chronic pain.
Karen Gowler-Mincolla
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can you love a person you don't know? If so, I love Nicole. She is honest. This book beautifully conveys how much she cares about the work of healing chronic illness. It also gives you a practical plan to follow. Help yourself heal. Thank you for writing this Truth. ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help
Nicole has transformed my relationship to my chronic pain. She has a Youtube channel, an amazing podcast, and this book that are like therapy and healing. She worked with Dr. Sarno and has helped 1000's heal TMS pain. If you have pain or anxiety of any kind, check this out. ...more
Laura Boyd
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great stuff.
I’ve done a lot of work like this in various 12 step programs, but ready to give this a try to be free of back pain and more honest with myself about everything.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nicole Sachs LCSW connects the dots

Nicole Sachs gives us a methodology to connect the dots in our own lives so that we can finally see the hidden picture and be set free.
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
amazing. changed my life.
Oct 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
thank you

Thank you for helping me and my wife.I have read and followed Dr Sarno for 20 years but this book really opened my eyes.


Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't ever recall writing a fan letter to an author after just finishing a book they had written, but I did just that after reading Nicole Sachs' "The Meaning of Truth". I have read scores of "self-help" (God, do I hate that term) books and most of them are either redundant, superfluous, padded or pontifical, but Nichole's ( I feel comfortable calling her that) is the real deal. The knock on most therapists is their reluctance to divulge anything about themselves, but this author lays her life ...more
Phylameana Desy
Sep 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the past couple of weeks I've been gobbling up all the books I can get my hands on about TMS and the Mindbody. I cannot say The Meaning of Truth would be my first recommendation to anyone wanting to learn about TMS ... but this book is different. I appreciate the "human" and "honest" approach of getting closer to the pain (uncovering the painful truths) and dislodging it from your unconscious.

First, read John E. Sarno's book The Mindbody Prescription then if you are ready for a meatier/relat
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: healing
This book changed my life. If you are in chronic pain.... please read it!
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