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Book Review: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures

Book Review: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures

Book Details:   Title: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures Author: Advait Series: Mudra Healing Series Book 1 Genre: Self-help Publication Date: May 18th, 2015   My Thoughts on the Book While I am somewhat aware of the concept […]

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Review: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life

Book Details:    Book Title: The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life Author: Clare Hudson Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation Publishing Date: December 19, 2016 Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   My Thoughts:  30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just […]

Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 – A Little, Yet Powerfully Positive Book

Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 – A Little, Yet Powerfully Positive Book

Are you looking for a little book filled with happiness? Then let me introduce you to Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 by Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon

Bite Size Happiness is filled with tiny nuggets of beautiful wisdom, that range from profound to simply kind, but all are positive and uplifting in nature. Yes, we may all have heard these titbits before in some form or another, but this book gives you the opportunity to incorporate this wisdom into your daily routine if you let it into your heart and mind.

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It does what it promises with elegance – sharing a simple note, that can make you happy if you take the advice to heart.

Here is an example of a typical entry, and my personal thoughts on it:

“Two people can encounter the same situation, have totally different experiences, and both believe that their own version is accurate. That’s because outer circumstances don’t create your experience, your beliefs do. You’re free to change those if you want.

Free will.”

This entry specifically spoke to me, as I am reading this, because this happens to be one day after having a confirmed diagnosis of a rare genetic chronic illness. I could have considered this devastating news – even if it only confirmed my suspicions – but instead, I looked at it as an empowering opportunity to resolve to make the best out of my life, and my broken body from this moment on, no matter what.

That was my choice.

Someone else could have the same diagnosis, and look at it as something that would break them, something that would make them less.

I think it simply makes me different.

Here are some of the other topics covered in this book:

  • The Alchemy of Difference
  • Giving Enriches
  • Thoughts Give Birth
  • Be Grateful Now
  • Deliberate Mastery
  • Adapt with Flexibility
  • The Peaceful Present
  • Internal Consistency

and many more.

While not meant as a journal, I can absolutely see how these pages could be easily used as journal prompts, and with that, opportunities to dig deeper, and find ways to implement these little practices into your day.

From the moment, I started reading Bite Size Happiness, to its last page, it made me smile. It is a book, that I will revisit again.

Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

Book Details:

Authors: Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon

Genre: Self-Help, Positive Thinking

Publication Date: April 5th, 2015

Publisher: Infinite Monkey Publishing

Acquired via personal purchase

 

Book Summary:

Dear Beautiful Human,

Bite Size Happiness is a compilation of our daily meditations that we distilled down into short, simple ideas.
Why? They’re easier to follow and more fun to practice.
What can you achieve by reading Bite Size Happiness?

– Understand… The connection between your thoughts and feelings in order to change how you handle life.

– Energize… Yourself so you walk through life with presence and joy.

– Train… Yourself to focus your attention on what you want to manifest as well as who you want to become.

– Attract… The energy, harmony, and people you deserve to have in your life.
We hope you enjoy reading these bite size nuggets as much as we enjoyed writing them.

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How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal

How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal

Welcome to my review of How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal by Detlef Beeker One aspect of reading self-help books, whether they are in the realm of general living, or even in business and productivity, is that the subject of Gratitude and […]

Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review

Choose To Be Happy: Happier Human – A Book Review

Welcome to my review of Happier Human   Title: Happier Human Author: S. J. Scott Publication Date: February 27th, 2019 Genre: Self-help   Can you really choose to be happy, make a conscious choice, that no matter what your circumstances are, you can achieve happiness? […]

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine – A Review

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine – A Review

Law Of Attraction Secrets: How to Be Your Own Genie by Radleigh Valentine - A ReviewBook Details:

Title: How to Be Your Own Genie

Author: Radleigh Valentine

Genre: Law of Attraction, New Age, Self-Help

Publication Date: November 28th, 2017

Publisher: Hay House

Welcome to my review of Law of Attraction Secrets: How To Be Your Own Genie by popular HayHouse Author, Radleigh Valentine.

Do you want a magical life? One that does not include daily worry, or constant self-doubt? So do I, which is one of the reasons why I picked up this positive self-help book and why I fell in love with it. I am always looking to find some more Law of Attraction techniques and secrets, that can help me on my journey to reaching my potential, and I want the same for you, which is why I wanted to share How To Be Your Own Genie with you today.

Now, let me tell you from the start – even though, I have mentioned this before, on this blog – this book (and any other in the self-help or Law of Attraction category) will only be as good as the actions you are willing to put in it. If you are willing to follow along – and there are plenty of lessons and exercise for you to actively participate in your transformation process – then you will indeed be able to read all of the benefits that the Author intended to share with you.

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Radleigh Valentine wants all of us to have a good life, that is apparent in the tone of the writing throughout, but more importantly, is the question if he can deliver on this premise?

I believe that he did!

With actionable lessons, in each chapter, that is meant to be worked through in due time – not in a rush to get to the other end – this book turns the reader into a believer, and more importantly into a believer that is willing to do something about changing his or her life.

  • It shows you techniques to become aware of your negative thinking patterns, and give you an opportunity to change them
  • helps you discover what holds you back – and assist you in breaking through those patterns, and behaviors
  • Introduces you to your magical helpers – yes, you do have those, you may just not be aware of them!
  • and gives you tips, that even when you have already applied some of the techniques, the magic does not seem to flow right.

This is not a book about Witchcraft (so no worries for those of you who are opposed to such a topic) , however, it is a book that helps you apply some tools to make you aware that you are already living a quite magical life, and how to make it even more magical than it already is.

What I enjoyed the most about this book:

I am someone who is not looking for stories and anecdotes when reading any self-help or transformational book. I personally prefer actionable non-fiction books, and the Author has managed to keep the tone friendly and happy, while providing plenty of workable exercises, that anyone can follow along, no matter where you are on your self-help or spiritual journey. I appreciated that most of this book. I am really not a fan of fluff, and fillers, when I am looking for information!

Here is a little interview with Radleigh Valentine for you to enjoy (keep reading below the video for the rest of the review!)

While How To Be Your Own Genie talks about abundance, it does not focus on just material abundance, but the overall feeling and well being of living magically. Of course, I am always looking to increase my income (I cannot feed 2 kids and 4 animals on love alone), but this book covers the importance of paying attention to every aspect of our daily lives.

What I did not like about this book

As much as I am trying to find something that I could improve on this non-fiction book, I could not find anything. After reading it, and working through some of the exercises (I am planning on working my way through all of them, one at a time), I already felt more at peace, and more in control of my self-talk. So, in the end, I have nothing negative to say here.

I highly recommend this book!

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Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars

About the Author

An internationally known spiritual teacher and author, Radleigh Valentine has spoken at more than 70 events in 10 countries since 2012. He is a regular participant of the annual Hay House World Summit and a frequent speaker at the Angel World Summit in London and Engelkongress in Germany and Austria. He has a popular Hay House Radio show, Magical Things with Radleigh Valentine, and a weekly video show, Ask Rad!, that streams on Facebook and Instagram.
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Book Review: Self-Discipline For Writers – A Quick And Motivational Book Writing Guide

Book Review: Self-Discipline For Writers – A Quick And Motivational Book Writing Guide

Book Details: Title: Self-Discipline For Writers Author: Martin Meadows Publication Date: May 1st, 2019 Genre: creative self-help, writing Publisher: Amazon Digital Services   No matter if you are a novelist, write non-fiction, or are a blogger, lacking the motivation to write as much as we […]

Book Review: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee by Leslie North – A Contemporary Romance Novel

Book Review: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee by Leslie North – A Contemporary Romance Novel

Book Details: Book Title: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee Author: Leslie North Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Amazon Digital Services Publication Date: Sept. 24th, 2018 Warning: This is not a clean novel, but it is not erotica either   Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!   Why […]

Book Review: Building Celebration House by Annette Drake – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Review: Building Celebration House by Annette Drake – A Paranormal Romance Novel

Book Details

Title: Building Celebration House

Author: Annette Drake

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publication Date: March 1st, 2017

Publisher: Baskethound Books

My Thoughts

I love anything paranormal, which is why I picked up this Building Celebration House,  after reading the blurb, even though I never thought that this book would have had a  deep ghostly bend,  especially judging from looking at the cover and just hearing the title.

The main character, a young dying woman (her new “second” heart is failing), who also happens to be a Nurse with a specialty in Cardiology, is the center person of this book, but she is by far not the only character that is easy to fall in love with. But, to get to the part where all of the main characters are introduced, the reader has to move through the quite dry and wooden first part of the book, that left me not as connected to the story as I wished it to be.

However, once Carrie arrived at her newly purchased home – The Celebration House – as she would call it later – the most interesting part of the story began. It is there, where we begin to learn about the history of the building, and its residents – dead, but very lively residents, with strong opinions, and a depth, that I loved – and get to experience the charming (mostly, lol)  interactions between them and the new owner.

While no part of this story is particularly heart-stopping, it is this smoothly paced, well planned out section of the book, that made me wish it would go on forever, or at least for a long while. The budding romance between Tom – a ghostly soldier who treats Carrie with the respect and tenderness she deserves – is for me the most important part of the entire story, because it drives toward the – somewhat predictable ending, but  it was charming and heart-warming enough, to make me overlook the predictability of that part of the story.

Sadly, once we arrived at the conclusion – and I will not spoil it by naming what actually happens – we are only treated to a very short experience of this so very important plot point of this book, a very short part that barely received more than a side note, and was somewhat disregarded, as if it was not as significant as it actually was. What a let down, after such a build up! It would not have taken much, to extend this part of the book to turn it from a somewhat disappointment to an epic novel, I would have had no problem recommending to anyone.

To be fair, I did enjoy the center of the story enough to say that it was somewhat worth the abruptness, and carelessness of the Author at the end. Overall, this book left me conflicted and wishing that Annette Drake would have given some aspects of the novel more attention, instead of only focusing on the middle part.

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My Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary

Carrie Hansen delights in seeing others happy, the deep down kind of happy from falling in love or being with family. Well, okay, not her family. But she knows happiness exists, and she wants to surround herself with it before she runs out of time.
With her recent heart transplant a failure, Carrie purchases an antebellum mansion, the perfect venue for weddings and parties, and the perfect place to spend the rest of her days, watching others enjoy life. She just never expected to find love. Why, oh why, now? Much less with a ghost.
Maj. Thomas Gentry is a Civil War soldier who died in battle in 1861. While he’s not the only spirit Carrie encounters at the aging plantation, he’s certainly the most handsome. As restorations on the mansion progress, Carrie’s health declines, yet her relationship with Tom grows stronger. She discovers an inner strength and happiness she’s never known.
When renovation problems arise, Carrie doubts she can finish Celebration House in time. Even if she does, how can she plan a future with this man from the past?

About the Author

Annette Drake is a multi-genre author whose work is character-driven and celebrates the law of unintended consequences. She is currently polishing the last book in her Celebration House Trilogy, Return to Celebration House.
Annette makes her home in Washington state. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she loves ferry rides, basset hounds and bakeries. She does not camp.

What you should read next

If you like books who’s storyline entails a little longer timeframe, but come to a satisfying well-paced solution, you should read Emily March’s Eternity Springs Series. The books in this series can all be read as stand-alone novels, and it is not important to start at the beginning to understand what is going on in each individual novel. However, after reading one, I am sure you will fall in love with the series, as much as I have, and start devouring all of them!


This series also has a small amount of otherworldly feel, but not from the presence of ghosts, but more from the presence of a very central, very living part of the town in which it plays in.

Enjoy!

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New Book Alert + Giveaway: Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn – A New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel

New Book Alert + Giveaway: Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn – A New Adult Urban Fantasy Novel

Are you in need for a little magic? I surely am, which is why I am looking forward to the release of Enchantress Undercover by A.C. Spahn, a new Urban Fantasy Novel, that already has me hooked after reading the excerpt, I was kindly provided […]