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Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Fire by R. J. Prescott – The Hurricane Series Part 4

Book Blitz and Giveaway: The Fire by R. J. Prescott – The Hurricane Series Part 4

  Do you like sports? And hot romance? Then, I want to introduce you to R.J. Prescott’s newest novel The Fire – which should keep you warm throughout these upcoming cold, winter days! After reading the excerpt below, check out the giveaway at the end…

Book Review: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas

Book Review: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas

Welcome to my review of Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas! Book Details: Title: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature Author: Heather Thomas Genre: Cookbook, Vegetarian Cookbook, Mindfulness Publisher: Leaping Hare Press Publication Date: October 1st,…

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 of mudras, I am however completely new to the practice of them. Which is why, despite being drawn to this book, I decided to do a little bit of research and check out a youtube video before reading further into Mudra for Beginners.

This little video has a nice overview of the concept, in case you are just as curious but clueless as I was.

 

Sounded interesting enough – even if somewhat foreign, but I felt that I was now a little bit more qualified to read (and ultimately judge) a beginner’s level book on the subject.

I don’t Mudras for Beginners is exactly for beginners though, that are new to the healing systems and concepts of India. I am also quite unaware of the details of Ayurveda, and therefore some of what was spoken of here would have required a deeper study of the principles mentioned in this book, before actually diving into the practice of Mudras. Just like with the concept of Chakra systems, the study outlined here takes a lot more to understand than a few paragraphs. That led me to believe that, even if this book says it is geared toward beginners, it will actually only be totally useful to someone with a little deeper knowledge of the origin and background of this practice.


And my hunch was right. While this booklet (and I can not really call it a book, as it is very short) has its strong points (which I will mention in a second) it is not more in-depth than the short video I have shared with you at the beginning of this review, and to be honest, I think you can learn more from videos like this one, on the subject than you can learn from this book.

The strong points where:

  • the individual instructions were short and clear, easy to follow and to understand
  • the illustrations were clean and also clear to decipher, and therefore helpful

However, those points do not make up for the lack of depth of the material presented. If someone is actually, truly interested in the Mudras, they will be left disappointed. To me, this little book felt more like a reference or refresher book for those who are beginning to study this subject, and want a place where they can remind themselves of a simple Mudra, that they are currently practicing.

As for the accuracy of the information, I have to be fair and say that (as I mentioned above), I am in no place to judge the strength and validity of the presented information because I am new to Mudras.

 

Conclusion:

This book is too short and lacks too many details to be an actual introduction to the practice of Mudras. You are better to look for a different book on the subject or to work yourself through the many online courses and Youtube videos available.

Book Rating:

2 out of 5 Stars

Book Blurb:

(Source: Amazon)

Mudras have been in use in the East for thousands of years, invented in early Vedic Hindu culture and then practiced in Buddhism.
They have been used as a spiritual practice (and still are), as a way on the path to enlightenment.

They’re also used to cure physical ailments.

Sounds too good to be true!! But believe me, it is True!!

Do these Mudras while sitting, lying down, standing, or walking.

They can be done at any time and place while stuck in traffic, at the office, watching TV, or whenever you have to twiddle your thumbs waiting for something.

These hand postures help you –

#Cure Heart Problems

#Cure your Cold

#Increase your Concentration

#Relieve Muscle Fatigue

#Cure Diabetes

These Mudras are simple Hand Gestures that transform our hands into real “Powerhouses”.

Covering all you need to know about performing Mudras, this insightful, informative and fluff-free Beginner’s Guide will enable you to gain an understanding of a form of yoga that has already helped thousands of people across the globe.

From Building Character to Healing Emotional Pain,
From Bringing Luck to Connecting With The Divine,
Mudras can work wonders.

 

 

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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…

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…

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!

Available On Amazon Now!

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: 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…

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Details:

Book Title: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Author: Jean B. MacLeod

Genre: Non-fiction, Food, Reference

Publisher: Self-Published / Indie

Publication Date: November 6th, 2018

 

Book Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars ✩✩✩✩

For the Novice and Foodie Cooks, And Anyone Who Is On A Special Diet, such as Gluten-Free

My Review:

With many dietary restrictions, as well as vegetarian and vegan family members, our recipes often have to be adjusted to accommodate our needs and tastes to ensure that everyone can eat the same meal. This can become complicated at times so that often I am scouring the internet for substitutions.

However, The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook makes this process a lot easier. Not only does it contain a list of substitutions for ingredients that are common, but also for some not so common parts of a meal, as well as quick tips on how to make things like almond milk yourself, should you not have any on hand.

Don’t get me wrong, this book is not just for vegans and vegetarians, but also mentions gluten-free options, and makes substitutions for those of us, with a more standard diet, easier as well.

Some of the listings come with extra information – such as if an ingredient becomes more expensive when using that particular substitution or nutritional differences. Changes in texture and appearance are also often mentioned, which I particularly found informative, and important, considering that I have dysphagia (difficulty swallowing). 


The Complete Food Substitution Handbook is from now on going to be a staple in my household, that I will happily share with everyone in the family.

The only reason I did not give this book 5 stars is that it completely lacks any images. When it comes to cookbooks or food-related books, I prefer at least some images within the context of a book, as it stimulates the appetite, and just simply adds to the overall aesthetic appeal of a food-related book. Otherwise, I highly recommend this book! 

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Summary:

The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook is a comprehensive listing of thousands of ingredients from the familiar and commonplace to the exotic and hard-to-find, plus all the available substitutes for each particular entry.

Whether looking to replace a missing component, seeking a healthier or leaner equivalent, or merely wanting a cheaper alternative, you won’t be disappointed.

Are you a budding baker, recipe maker, or culinary risk taker? Look no further. There are ideas aplenty to stir the imagination. Plus, a wealth of options to satisfy your creative spirit.

Whether you have food allergies, dietary restrictions, or ethical dos and don’ts, this book has you covered. Also, it’s one you’ll turn to time and time again. Because: choosing the right swap can sometimes spell the difference between a recipe’s success and a recipe’s failure.


 

 

About the Author:

Jean B. MacLeod is a native of Liverpool, England and a writer of practical hints for the home and garden. An enthusiastic culinarian, she is a member of the Culinary Historians of Southern California and Slow Food USA. She lives in the Los Angeles area.

 

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Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Review: Twelve Months Of Awkward Moments – A Intense Contemporary Young Adult Novel

Book Details: Book Title: Twelve Months of Awkward Moments Author: Lisa Acerbo Genre: Young Adult Publication Date: August 30th, 2018 Publisher: Simon & Schuster My Thoughts I am not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this book, but I know I did…