Dying to Be Me

 

Dying To Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing

Dying to Be Me
by Anita Moorjani
Hay House
Retail Price $15.00
Amazon Price: $12.33

 

 

Book Description:

In this truly inspirational memoir, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down—overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience where she realized her inherent worth…. and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks—without a trace of cancer in her body! Within these pages, Anita recounts stories of her childhood in Hong Kong, her challenge to establish her career and find true love, as well as how she eventually ended up in that hospital bed where she defied all medical knowledge. As part of a traditional Hindu family residing in a largely Chinese and British society, Anita had been pushed and pulled by cultural and religious customs since she was a little girl. After years of struggling to forge her own path while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations, she had the realization, as a result of her epiphany on the other side, that she had the power to heal herself . . . and that there are miracles in the Universe that she’d never even imagined. In Dying to Be Me, Anita freely shares all she has learned about illness, healing, fear, “being love,” and the true magnificence of each and every human being! This is a book that definitely makes the case that we are spiritual beings having a human experience . . . and that we are all One!

 

Review

The story of this author’s life is truly inspirational. I myself have overcome cancer and going through that experience really changes you. In this book Anita not only recounts her life story, but the lasting affects that cancer had on her life…the good, the bad, and the ugly. As she shares her life’s journey, she will inspire you to look at your own life with fresh eyes and help you to find meaning and substance in your own life. This book gives the reader hope for the future as well as helping you find contentment in the life we currently lead.

~Reviewed by Elaine W.

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    Sacred Success

    Sacred Success
    by Barbara Stanny
    BenBella
    Retail Price $24.95
    Amazon Price: $18.04

    Book Description: 

    Barbara Stanny, the leading expert on women and money, has helped women take control of their finances for two decades—and she knows there is much more to success than how much you earn. In her work with powerful, successful women over the last 20 years, bestselling author and financial educator Stanny has found that most women’s problems with money have little to do with money itself, but rather with their fear of, or ambivalence toward, power. Instead of pushing women to pursue financial success in the traditional fashion, Sacred Success seeks to redefine power from a feminine perspective.

    More than a financial guide, Sacred Success is a primer on power for women—a tutorial for taking charge of your life by taking charge of your finances, and not only growing your money but creating a deeper, richer, and more meaningful life. Best described as “A Course in Miracles meets the Wall Street Journal,” Sacred Success gives you a proven process that uniquely blends the practical, psychological, and spiritual work of wealth.

    You can be financially successful without sacrificing your soul or compromising your values. You can create wealth and exercise power by staying true to your authentic self and personal mission.

    Review

    Most book that I have read on how women can become successful have focused on how to make money, how to climb to the top of the corporate ladder, and how to be a leader in your field.  This is how these books define success.  In this book author Barbara Stanny paints quite a different picture of success and then give us the tools to help us achieve the success we are looking for in our individual lives.  She reminds us that success is not all about money and power for power’s sake.  It is about knowing what is important to us and giving our all to achieve it and then paying it forward to inspire others.  This book is full of sage advice on personal growth and how to avoid pit falls along your journey as you stay true to yourself and become the woman you desire to be.

    ~Reviewed by Monica P.

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      Finding Zoe

      Finding Zoe
      by Brandi Rarus and Marlee Matlin
      BenBella
      Retail Price $22.00
      Amazon Price: $17.14

      Book Description

      At just a few months old, Zoe was gradually losing her hearing. Her adoptive parents loved her—yet agonized—feeling they couldn’t handle raising a Deaf child. Would Zoe go back into the welfare system and spend her childhood hoping to find parents willing to adopt her? Or, would she be the long-sought answer to a mother’s prayers?

      Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing.

      In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university’s first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years.

      Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing. She didn’t know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life.

      Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles.

      Review

       

      This is an inspirational story of love and determination to make a difference. It was not only very interesting, but very enlightening.  It sheds light not only on deaf culture, but teen pregnancy and adoption as well.   I learned a lot about deaf culture that I never knew before and about adoption and the foster care system.  It was a heartwarming, feel-good read, spurring you on to make a difference in your own sphere of influence.

      ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

       

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        Jumping into the Parade

        Jumping into the Parade
        by Tim Brown
        BenBella
        Retail Price $19.95
        Amazon Price: $15.16

        Book Description

        After overcoming a difficult childhood in a dysfunctional family rife with drugs and alcohol, he became a millionaire by age 30 and had a beautiful wife and young son, a deep commitment to the community, and a big house where he could entertain friends and clients. But all was not as it appeared. Behind closed doors, Tim’s life was like a cracking windshield, splintering further day by day, on the verge of shattering.

        One November night while on an important business trip, he found himself at a New York hotel contemplating ending his life. He spotted a place on the roof where he could end the pain. In his early 40s, his marriage was struggling, his businesses were collapsing, and his health was hanging in the balance. He was being pushed to the edge, forced to face the darkness and shame of his past.

        But from that darkness, Tim found the strength to reshape and rebuild his life. His faith gave him the courage to “jump into the parade,” a phrase his former father-in-law coined to mean truly living, taking chances, and being who you really want to be—not who others expect you to be. Jumping into the Parade is his honest and candid memoir, detailing how personal struggles and flaws led him to reframe and embrace his life on his own terms. Tim’s raw and humbling story will inspire you to find the meaning in your life, wherever you are on your journey.

        Jumping into the Parade is a memoir that illuminates why embracing the edges, owning the traumatic events that shape us, and facing the stress that life can throw our way allow us to transcend our circumstances and live authentic lives in alignment with our own values—not the values others believe we should hold. Tim’s raw and humbling story provides inspiration, thought-provoking insight, and, most important, hope. Hope for those who, like Tim, want to overcome their personal struggles and flaws to reframe and embrace life on their own terms.

        Review

        This book was not only thought-provoking but truly inspiring.   Author Tim Brown shares his life with us, the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Not just for interesting reading, but in hopes that his struggles, failures, and successes will help us build the life we always wanted.  While his past was very dysfunctional, he seemingly overcame it, becoming successful in personal life and business.  Yet, never fully dealing with that past caught up with him and seeped into his life, killing his joy.  In this book he tells us how he overcame that past and went on to rebuild a life based on his present and future, not his past.  Brown is a fantastic storyteller and I became very involved in his story.  And he had plenty of life lessons and take-away value.  This is an inspiring and life-changing read.

        ~Reviewed by Dave H.

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          Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude

           

          Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and GratitudeSunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe and Gratitude
          By Kim Weiss
          HCI
          Retail Price $10.95
          Amazon Price: $9.86

          Book Description: 

          The same vista.  Never the same sun. Much like life, the stage changes even when our vantage point doesn’t.  And so it is with the rising and setting sun, no two are ever the same. Every picture tells another color, shape and shadow story . . . whatever unfolds each day reveals the diversity and beauty of life. Birds, insects, reptiles, trees, sandy shores—all thrive under the majesty of the sun.Weiss offers all of this as a show of gratitude, a tribute to the awe of each new day. Sunrise Sunset is replete with glorious photographs of different days and different suns captured from the very same vantage point, the very same terrace.

          Complementing her photographs are meditations, passages, poetry, reflections and contemplations from some of the bestknown and loved inspirational leaders of our time: Jack Canfield, Marci Shimoff, M.J. Rose, Arielle Ford, Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr., Richard Bandler, Lisa McCourt, Betsey Chasse and many more.

          This is the ultimate gift book for saying ‘thank you’, sharing a blessing or offering an oasis for spiritual awakening. From sunrise to sunset, this will be a perennial bestseller.

          Review

          This was an enjoyable book that helped me to focus on the good things in life.  We all have so much to be thankful for, yet we often get bogged down in the negative that we overlook the positive.  The author uses some stunning photography and thought provoking reflections to remind us that everyday brings things to be grateful for.  I loved the way she used the imagery of sunrises and sunsets to get her point across.  Kudos!

          ~Reviewed by Allie B.

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            Not It: An Approach to Life

            Not It:  An Approach to Life
            By Lori Rehnelt
            Beaver’s Pond Press
            Retail Price $19.95
            Amazon Price: $16.40

            Book Description: 

            Remember playing the childhood game of ”not it”? While we can no longer simply shout to avoid what we don’t want, identifying and discarding the paths that no longer serve us is key to personal fulfillment and professional success. Life is a series of choices, and oftentimes determining what we don’t want is just as important as clarifying what we do.In Not It: An Approach to Life, author Lori Rehnelt draws upon her professional experience as a business advisor and life coach to help you cut the clutter, avoid analysis paralysis, and focus on achieving the life of your dreams. Stop sleepwalking through life and find the courage to declare ”not it!” to anything less than exceptional.

            Review

             

            The author does a fantastic job of helping you to look at your life and getting motivated to organize and change the things you need to change.  She offers ideas and systems that will help you put your ideas into actions.  As with most self-help books, you will need to take what applies to you and leave the rest, but there were lots of good ideas and suggestions and I am sure there is something in here for everyone.  It is well worth the read and the effort it will take to make valid changes.

            ~Reviewed by Jen W.

             

             

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              YogaLean

              YogaLean
              by Beth Shaw
              Ballantine Books
              Retail Price $18.00
              Amazon Price: $12.48

              Book Description: 

              Forget diets and guilt and judgments! Achieve your optimal weight by developing what internationally recognized yoga and fitness expert Beth Shaw calls Lean Consciousness. The ultimate path to weight loss, weight management, and whole-life wellness, Lean Consciousness grows out of filling your mind with good intentions, fueling your body with good food, and then moving your body intentionally. Combining the latest nutrition and exercise science with yogic wisdom and principles, YogaLean offers an easy-to-follow and inspiring holistic lifestyle program:

              • fully illustrated yoga poses that promote a lean physique, strengthen your core, increase energy, improve balance, boost metabolism, and enhance confidence
              • a menu of cardio and weight-training workouts that complement your yoga, refine your physical strength, and ward off disease
              • easy recipes (gluten-free!) and simple suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks that will help you burn fat more efficiently
              • stress-reducing and clarity-enhancing daily meditations
              • breathing exercises to fortify your immune system
              • strategies for clearing clutter from your space in order to clear barriers from your life
              • a one-week jumpstart plan outlining precisely what to eat and how to exercise your body and mind!

              Review

              The concepts in this book are not really new, but the author does a great job of pulling it all together to create a holistic weight loss program that will not only heal your body but enhance your mind as well.  Shaw gives us some delicious recipes to follow, suggestions on food combinations, exercises to build strength and reduce stress, and ways to use yoga to benefit both mind and body.   I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to start practicing yoga as a beginner. It is  packed with useful information.

              ~Reviewed by Jessie M.

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                Drops of Awesome

                Product DetailsDrops of Awesome
                By Kathryn Thompson
                Familius
                Retail Price $14.95
                Amazon Price: $12.66

                Book Description: 

                If you aren’t rooting for yourself, who will? Drops of Awesome is that unique discovery journal about celebrating the amazingness of you. Based on the viral blog Drops of Awesome, this book helps you become your own biggest cheerleader and tells your inner critic to stick a sock in it.What did you accomplish today? More than you currently realize or give yourself credit for. As you work through Drops of Awesome, you will start to see just how much goodness you contribute to the world and as you feel that success, you will find that you can accomplish anything. You are awesome!

                Review

                This was an extremely uplifting book/journal that will fill your thoughts of positive things you accomplish instead of dwelling on the negative.  The author gives us so many prompts that it is easy to fill this journal with all the wonderful things that we have done.  While that might seem a bit self-absorbed, it really isn’t.  We are all hit so hard in this world by the negative that we need to be our own cheerleader to help us focus on the good in life.  I bought extra to give as gifts.  I liked it that much!

                ~Reviewed by Allie B.

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                  The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook

                  The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook: Juice, Smoothie, and Plant-based Recipes Inspired by the Hit Documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

                  TheReboot With Joe Juice Diet Cookbook
                  By JoeCross
                  GreenLeaf Book Group
                  Retail Price $16.95
                  Amazon Price: $12.88

                   

                  Book Description: 

                  Since releasing his documentary, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, in 2010–which became a worldwide sensation–Joe Cross has become a tireless advocate for the power of juicing. The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet brings us his story of overcoming obesity, poor health, and bad habits and presents success stories from others whose lives he has touched.Cross–who lost a hundred pounds and discontinued all his medications by following his own plan–walks the reader through his life before juicing, candidly sharing his self-defeating attitude toward food and fitness.The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet Cookbook, the sequel to The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet, provides readers with more plant-powered recipes that they can use with the Reboot Juice Diet plans or any time for a healthy meal along with juicing and cooking information and inspiration.

                  Review

                   

                  This is a good book – full of great juicing tips and interesting recipes. Juicing is not easy. It takes a lot of time, so you need to get some inspiration. This book serves the purpose. It covers different aspects of improving your health through green juicing. I recommend it for all enthusiasts of healthy living.  I won’t lie and say every juice tastes like heaven the first time as it takes some adjustment when you are used to everything being full of sugar. Your body will thank you in ways you cannot imagine. I would recommend this book.

                  ~Reviewed by Allie B.

                   

                   

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                    Beyond Past Lives

                     Book Description: 

                    In this book, regressionist Mira Kelley shares the life-changing lessons she has learned from her clients to help you find support and understanding, and to empower you in your own growth. Mira teaches you how to connect with your Higher Self in any moment to receive guidance. You’ll come to understand how everything around you is just a reflection of yourself, why is it important to forgive, why you have the right to love yourself, and how the Universe always supports you lovingly and unconditionally.
                         The stories contained in these pages will help you discover how to heal your body, mind, and spirit as you learn about the nature of time, karma, destiny, and free will—as well as how each choice creates a new reality for you. As you read Beyond Past Lives, you’ll see how regression has helped others shift to a reality of health and well-being, and you will be guided to achieve the same for yourself. Prepare for a powerful transformation as you experience the profound lesson of your past lives!

                    Review

                    Past life regression is a technique that uses hypnosis to recover what practitioners believe are memories of past lives or incarnations. It is typically undertaken either in pursuit of a spiritual experience, or in a psychotherapeutic setting. Most advocates loosely adhere to beliefs about reincarnation. If you are interested in learning about past life regression, then this book will give you a good basic foundation without being overwhelmed with too much information. The author has included many case studies of past life regressions she has performed on clients. There are exercises that you can do at the end of each chapter as well.  The book is organized well and is easy to I read with the information clearly presented. It also has an in depth question & answer section which I found useful. I found this book fascinating and a great tool to heal your body, mind, and spirit.

                    ~Reviewed by Sandi L.

                     

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