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Book Review of “Angel Detox” by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves, N.D.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.

“Angel Detox” by Doreen Virtue and Robert Reeves, N.D. explores natural health and how to feel your best through lifestyle choices like eating organic food, using natural household cleaning products and incorporating cold-pressed extra-virgin coconut oil into your body care regimen.

It’s called “Angel Detox” because the authors credit spiritual/metaphysical sources for providing the guidance towards greater healthy living. All the references to angels being the source of information shared in the book kind of threw me off, and I definitely felt skeptical about that aspect of the book.

However, I really embraced the healthy living ideas (ie. nutrition, making more organic/natural/vegetarian choices, reducing one’s exposure to potentially toxic chemicals like BPA in plastic bottles and leaching from plastic containers/bags/wrap into food).

I actually made a lot of real-life changes thanks to what I read about in this book, so angels or no angels, I learned valuable things that I’ve actually been using to improve my health, energy levels and quality of life. I’m more aware of choices that I make and different options that I have that I didn’t know about before.

The book talks about ways to detox from addictions to alcohol, drugs, cigarettes and sugar. It goes into releasing things that no longer serve you, but doing it in ways that are gentle, safe and effective. It’s all about being kinder to yourself, as well as the places and people around you.

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Book Review of “Power Words” by Sharon Anne Klingler

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.

“Power Words” by Sharon Anne Klingler talks about how the way we talk to ourselves and other people shapes our lives. Day in and day out, we usually don’t even think about or realize just the amount of power our words hold – but their influence on our overall well-being is huge. We take actions based on the beliefs we have, and the beliefs we have are molded and reinforced by what we say.

I actually found using power words to be helpful! When I’m powering through a tough part of a workout, I might think, “Peace, peace, peace”. Just repeating it to myself and really imagining that feeling of peace completely through my whole body and the situation. And it helps me stay with the workout rather than give up. I helped my body and mind to relax.

Klingler encourages the use of power words for all kinds of situations. Whatever we need in a particular moment, we can help ourselves by using a word or phrase that fits the situation. Everyone will respond and connect to different words in their own way, so it’s all about finding what works for you.

I liked this book because I found it to be really helpful in my real life – and it’s so easy to use. I can use what I learned at any time and the results have been immediate and pretty powerful for me.

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Book Review of “Play Your Bigger Game” by Rick Tamlyn

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.

In “Play Your Bigger Game”, Rick Tamlyn describes how he first played his own bigger game. As a teenager, he was the senior youth group leader at his church. Both of his older brothers had had the same role, and while he was following in their footsteps, he also wanted to do something that had never been done before.

He wanted to make a lasting and significant impact, so he brainstormed with the adults at his church. After a few days, he decided on his big project: to fund raise and organize a trip for thirty six people to go visit an Appalachian community, where one of their mission churches was located. While he had no idea how to go about making it happen, he had a sense of passion, purpose and focus, as well as plenty of supporters who also shared his vision of contributing to the lives of others.

And they made it happen! They were able to travel over 500 miles to visit this community, and once they were there, they found many activities to do that benefited and made life easier for the people of Annville, Kentucky. Rick Tamlyn describes this as a pivotal experience for him, as he felt a powerful sense of fulfillment that he had never felt before. He had brought a dream to life that had once just been an idea in his head.

The rest of the book is filled with stories of people playing their “bigger games”, fueled by a compelling purpose and commitment to a goal, regardless of whether or not they knew how to achieve it… and often times, they didn’t know the “how”. Rick Tamlyn emphasizes that we do not need to know the “how” right off the bat.

When we have the drive, vision and emotional investment in a goal, we end up figuring it out along the way. The many examples from the business and non-profit sectors, as well as uniquely personal stories from individuals, in the book illustrate just this concept.

What I really liked about this book is that it reminds me to think bigger, because if you shoot low, you’ll probably hit your target but you won’t be happy long-term.

The book is also a great reminder for me to think about the reasons why I do things. When I have the right motivation (the compelling purpose Rick Tamlyn talks about, or the huge passion and devotion to a larger-perspective vision), I will be able to stick with the direction that I’m headed in and the things that I’m doing because it’s not just about me but about something bigger that goes beyond myself.

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Book Review of “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing” by Roz Savage

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.

In “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing”, Roz Savage tells us about her ocean rowing adventures. She became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean, and this book chronicles her time alone on the waves.

It’s inspiring to see what humans are capable of doing! Before she took on this adventure, she had worked as a management consultant. She was financially successful and had everything that would look like the perfect life from the outside: a husband, big house, nice car, vacations to exotic destinations every now and then. But she wasn’t happy.

The catalyst was when she wrote down two different versions of her own obituary. If she kept living the way that she was, she would end up with a dull obituary – one that lacked meaning and happiness for her. When she wrote the obituary that she wanted to have, describing a full life lived with immense bravery and purpose, she knew things had to change.

She combined her personal goal of getting to the other side of the ocean with a larger goal of bringing attention to environmental issues through her adventures. With all the media attention she was receiving for her ocean rowing feats, as well as speaking and writing opportunities that arose, she had a platform to educate and inspire people to take care of our home, planet Earth.

The book really opened my eyes to new possibilities. It made me more aware of how I choose to lead my life, because I have the power to change it. If I decide to, I can make it more meaningful and fulfilling. “Stop Drifting, Start Rowing” also gave me a greater understanding of current environmental issues, since Roz described them throughout the book.

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Book Review of “One Mind” by Larry Dossey, M.D.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.

“One Mind” by Larry Dossey, M.D. explores the subject of shared consciousness.

“One Mind” is thorough in its dissection of the topic, with chapters going into near-death experiences, savants, twins, premonitions/intuition,  dreams and nonverbal communication/connection between animals and humans.

There’s something that connects us all, that we can tap into and use to gain insight, direction or knowledge – without using our normal senses.

Although it sounds super New Age-y and out there, the author cites a large breadth of scientific studies and support for this idea from researchers, scientists, doctors and professors. I was skeptical about some of the stories, but for the most part, the details of the cases shared were compelling.

Shared-death experiences were something new to me. They can happen to individuals who are near a dying loved one.

Dr. Jamieson, a female faculty member at the Medical College of Georgia, was visiting her mother in the hospital when she had a shared-death experience. When her mother went into cardiac arrest, she tried performing CPR – but it was too late and her mother passed away. All of a sudden, she was outside of her body looking down on the scene.

She saw light pouring in. When she looked to her side, her mother was there, and her mother’s friends who had already passed away were also in the light.

Each chapter is filled with numerous stories like this one. I thought this book was a pretty good eye-opener to what’s possible.

So many people around the world are having experiences like these and there are striking similarities between them. The idea of a shared consciousness that goes beyond physical limits helps to explain how it happens.

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Book Review of “Love Your Enemies” by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Hay House for review purposes. The following are my personal and honest opinions.

“Love Your Enemies” by Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman explores the concept of unconditional love and practical ways to try it in our lives. It also goes into reasons why we should consider trying it. Depending on your perspective, you might think that it sounds sweet or foolish.

Either way, the authors take us through four chapters explaining why and how we can use unconditional love if we want to.

This book really made me think about the barriers that I put up and made me more aware of my judging, negative and harsh thoughts while I have them. I’ve learned some different ways of processing what I go through. Instead of feeling even more down when we catch ourselves being negative, the book encourages us to realize that it’s perfectly okay.

Life is about ups and downs, pleasant and unpleasant feelings/situations/experiences, good days and bad days, times when we’re proud of ourselves and other times when we’re frustrated or overwhelmed. All of it is part of life, and these are natural. It’s the human experience and EVERYONE goes through the whole slew of emotions (disappointed, furious, grief-stricken, relaxed, lighthearted, delighted).

The authors say that wherever we are is the perfect place to start and that finding meaning in what we go through can help us feel more at peace.

I recommend this book if you wonder what to do about the “not so pretty” side of yourself – the habits, biases, etc. that put up walls between you and other people. All those things you do that contribute to your isolation/alienation/disenchantment and diminish your ability to have real connections with other people.

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