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Book Review: Make Space by Regina Wong – A Minimalist Guide with Flaws

Book Review: Make Space by Regina Wong – A Minimalist Guide with Flaws

Book Details: Title: Make Space – A Minimalist’s Guide To The Good And Extraordinary Author: Regina Wong Genre: Home, Organization, Self-help Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Publication Date: August 15th, 2017 Note: I have received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley in return for […]

Book Review: Writing As A Path To Awakening by Albert Flynn DeSilver

Book Review: Writing As A Path To Awakening by Albert Flynn DeSilver

Book Details: Title: Writing As A Path To Awakening Author: Albert Flynn DeSilver Publisher: Sounds True Publishing Publication Date: Sept. 1st, 2017 Genre: Self-Help, Writing My Review: I received an ARC of this book for free in return for an honest review. Writing As A […]

Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman – A Engaging, Practical Self-Help Memoir

Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman – A Engaging, Practical Self-Help Memoir

Book Review: The Joy Plan by Kaia RomanBook Details:

Title: The Joy Plan

Author: Kaia Roman

Genre: Self-Help, Memoir

Publisher: Sourcebooks

Publication Date: July 14th, 2017

Note:

I received a copy of this book for free in return for an honest review.

 

My thoughts on the book:

I have been surprised by a lot of books this year, more so than over the last few years, and I hope this will be a continuous trend, as – in my opinion, books, no matter what genre or subject – should make you grow from the experience of having read them. The Joy Plan by Kaia Roman is on that ever growing list.

This quick to read self-help book is a raw, emotional read that is a lot more practical than what I first envisioned it to be. I can relate to her sentiment of finding it liberating to discover one’s true nature hidden under a heap of accumulated trash. Been there, done that – hope to have learned that lesson, as much as the Author of this book has. Her journey from anxiety and depression toward a positive, and happy person was moving, and inspirational. I am not usually a fan of “memoir” style books but this book asks you to take action, and not just merely read a story of the Author’s life, which makes it probably the most practical memoir I have ever read.

Her take on practicing mindfulness using her senses, specifically taste, was nicely confirming what I have found true and valuable in my own daily practice. What brought this book home for me most, was the practical exercises that allowed the reader to create their own joy plan. It was very action-oriented, detailed and positive.

The Joy Plan is a very inspirational (and entertaining) self-help book, which I am unlikely to forget.

Book Rating:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

As a mother, a wife, and a businesswoman, Kaia Roman always had a plan. But when her biggest plan, the business she co-founded, collapsed, Kaia found herself crushed by depression. And what felt even worse was that, with a husband and two kids relying on her to get out of bed, she didn’t have a plan to move forward.

Determined to turn her life around and put her ingrained habits of stress and anxiety behind her, Kaia decided to put everything else on hold and dedicate thirty days to the singular pursuit of joy. The results were astonishing-and lasted much longer than the initial month long project.

In this uplifting and eye-opening memoir, Kaia uses her business savvy to create a concrete Joy Plan to get back on her feet fast. Using scientific research on hormones, neurotransmitters, and mindfulness, along with the daily dedication to creating a more joyful existence, Kaia teaches readers how to move past temporary happiness and succeed in creating joy that lasts.

Complete with advice, exercises, and key takeaways, The Joy Plan is Kaia’s step-by-step guide to how she, and everyone else, can ditch the negative and plan for the joy in their lives.

 

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Book Review: Neuromuscular Massage Therapy: Skill Development by Malini Chaudhri

Book Review: Neuromuscular Massage Therapy: Skill Development by Malini Chaudhri

Book Details: Title: Neuromuscular Massage Therapy: Skill Development Author: Malini Chaudhri PhD. Publisher: Createspace Publication Date: October 23rd, 2016 Genre: Health, Fitness, Alternative Medicine   My thoughts: With an impressive resume as Malini Chaudhri has, my expectations for Neuromuscular Massage Therapy were very high. Thankfully […]

Book Review: How To Be a Hepburn In A Kardashian World by Jordan Christy

Book Review: How To Be a Hepburn In A Kardashian World by Jordan Christy

Book Details: Title: How To Be A Hepburn In A Kardashian World Author: Jordan Christy Publisher: Center Street Publication Date: April 4th, 2017 Genre: Self-Help, Guides, And Advice I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review My […]

The Power Of Broke by Daymond John – A Book Review

The Power Of Broke by Daymond John – A Book Review

Book Details:

Title: The Power Of Broke

Author: Daymond John

Publisher: Crown Business

Publication Date: January 19th, 2016

Genre: Business

 

Book Rating:

3 out of 5 Stars

 

I was excited when I had the opportunity to receive a free copy of The Power Of Broke by Daymond John, directly from the publisher. I have watched (well, I have listened to Shark Tank shouting through the living room, as my husband watched the show, while I was working on my own dream) over the last few years, and there were moments I was intrigued and even motivated by what I saw, especially when he put added advice, stemming from his years of extensive experience.

But, I am a lot less motivated by this book.  Essentially it is a collection of anecdotes, Daymond sharing stories that he collected and spoke about with various entrepreneurs. I am only familiar two of them: Tim Ferriss – because of his own legendary book “The 4 Hour Work Week” and various other project, as well as Mark Burnett – via his connection to Donald Trump, which pretty much means, I am less inclined to take anything he says seriously, due to my moral and ethical problems with any Trump associations.

But I did not receive a book written by Mark Burnett, I have received a book that I thought was supposed to be filled with wisdom from the successful man Daymond John himself, yet I was disappointed in the small amount of his (or any) wisdom that was actually presented.

Each chapter, besides personal stories, includes powerpoints and short conclusions, which represent the entire piece of knowledge one can get from each chapter, within a few summarized sentences. If you do happen to read this book, save yourself some time, and flip through to those points, and summaries, and skip over the rest.

However, if you have time to waste, and are into stories, rather than instructions, or inspirations on how to make money yourself, by all means, enjoy the various descriptive encounters most of the book is filled with.

For me, pressed in time, working on my own business ventures, I rather have the short, to the point information, so I can learn, take action and move on.

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Crystal Mindfulness by Judy Hall

Book Review: Crystal Mindfulness by Judy Hall

Title: Crystal Mindfulness  Author: Judy Hall Publisher: Watkins Publishing Publication Date: November 22nd, 2016 Genre: New Age, Spirituality, Religion I have been a Judy Hall fan for a while now, owning several copies of her works, including but not limited to 101 Power Crystals and […]

Book Review: Ninja Selling by Larry Kendall

Book Review: Ninja Selling by Larry Kendall

If you are going to find Ninja Selling useful, quite depends on what kind of book you are looking for. If you expect to find a book to focus on the positive aspects of approaching any subject, including selling, that sounds more like a self-help […]

Book Review: Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars

Book Review: Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars

It is Hot Tea Month! Perfect for this cold weather we are having here, so today, I wanted to share with you fitting of this months theme:

Tea book, non-fiction review, book reviewIf you like hot tea (or any type of tea, actually), then I highly recommend this delightful tea book called Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars.
While it is a short read, I truly enjoyed the details and heart that was put into this book, giving the reader not just tea recipes that are easy to create at home, but also additional details such as brewing times for the individual types of tea, and their health benefit. Actually, every tea recipe within this little book includes a quick introduction to the type of tea itself and any notable benefits of each. So this is not just a mere tea recipe book, but a gentle reminder why we all should include more of this wonderful beverage in our diet.

My favorite recipes of this book are:

Dark Chocolate Chai Latte
Rosemary Energy Green Tea
White Orange Iced tea

Each one of those – as well as the many others that I have tried from this book – is flavorful, easy to follow and
healthy, which fits perfectly in my families lifestyle.

 

Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook by Jenna Mars is available on Amazon right now! 

Book Details:

Title: Tea: A Recipe And Guidebook
Author: Jenna Mars
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: January 31st, 2014
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Book Rating:

4 out of 5 Stars

Book Summary:

This is the ultimate book of tea that will help you do just that. We’ll begin our journey with the history of tea and its benefits before moving on to special guidelines to help you brew the best cup of tea possible. In addition to the recipes that will follow, you’ll also learn about taking care of tea – keeping it fresh and flavorful, always – and growing your own tea garden! Although these teas have roots all around the world, the ingredients used for the recipes can be easily obtained in local supermarkets.

From this book you’ll get:
•a collection of delicious recipes for the major types of tea that are prepared with easily available ingredients
•basic understanding of the history of tea and why it is so good for your health
•a basic introduction of the different types of tea, the benefits of each, and how they are processed
•guidelines to brew the best tea
•guidelines to preserve tea

A glance at few of the health benefits of tea consumption:
•Tea helps in keeping the arteries clear of residue and hence reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
•Tea helps in maintaining stronger bones, courtesy of the phytochemicals present in it.
•Fluoride and tannins contained in tea help prevent the plaque formation, which in turn helps improve dental health.
•Antioxidants present in tea help to protect the body against cancer and the aging process.
•Tea contains less caffeine than coffee. Coffee usually contains two or three times caffeine as compared to the tea.

Are you ready for a cup?

Check out my recommendations on what you need to make the perfect cup of tea!

Happy Reading!

Claudia

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