Friday, January 31, 2014

Book Review - Returning To The Lakota Way by George M. Marshall III



I absolutely adored reading this book and I am sure that you will too!  The timeless tales of the Lakota Sioux are expertly recounted by George Marshall in this well- crafted book.  


Each of the 8 chapters are devoted to a single revered Lakota story covering the aspects of Silence, Tolerance/Acceptance, Faith, Selflessness, Patience, Knowledge, Peace and Wisdom. 
Each character depicted is well defined and tied in with an anecdotal story from George’s experience of growing up on a reservation in the 1950's.  I am pleasantly surprised how these ancient tales are still so very relevant to us today.


Whether you have an avid interest in Native American culture or simply love a good story, I encourage you to pick up a copy. George Marshall has proved himself as a Master StoryTeller. These beautiful lessons are presented in an easy to read fashion and this book is sure to become a favorite in your personal library.


FTC disclosure: I acknowledge that I received this book free of charge from Hay House in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.



Friday, January 10, 2014

Book Review -Love Your Enemies by Sharon Saltzberg and Robert Thurmin

Written from a Buddhist point of view, “Love Your Enemies -How To Break The Anger Habit & Be A Whole Lot Happier” revolves around the belief that when we express anger towards another we are only hurting ourselves. It can be a difficult concept to wrap your mind around especially when you are feeling wronged or victimized by someone or simply reacting to the anger that another is showing to you.


There was one example of how to deal with conflict that I really resonated with it tells you that you should remember to equate anger with suffering. That simple. When someone is expressing anger they are really suffering inside. You may choose to engage in angry exchange or simply refuse to participate. It is your choice whether you want to accept that suffering and make it your own. 

We all know the damage that anger can do mentally, physically and spiritually but most of us are called to it more than we would like to admit. This book has many jewels of wisdom to share on dealing with the anger we feel from perceived enemies internal and external.  Learning to let go and love our enemies is conquering the first major roadblock on the path to spiritual growth.

FTC disclosure: I received my copy from Hay House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Purchase Your Copy


Monday, December 30, 2013

Book Review- Ministering To Problem People In Your Church by Marshall Shelley

I really enjoyed reading this book. Marshall Shelley covers a difficult topic and one that I have faced myself … battling well-intentioned dragons!



 At one time or another in our in spiritual home, be it church, temple or meeting hall, we are bound to encounter a person that challenges us to our core. How to keep your spiritual balance while being attacked can be a daunting task. Marshall Shelley draws on his own experience as well as the myriad experiences of others in a Pastoral position that have dealt with difficult people.


Like others in my position as a teacher, I tend to blame myself when I find myself confronted. It’s common to think that you have somehow failed to get through to this person.  I have gained several new insights from reading this book and I feel better equipped to deal with any future dragons that come my way.


FTC disclosure: I received my copy from Bethany House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Book Review- Entangled In Darkness by Deborah King

This is the first book by Deborah King that I have read so I was really looking forward to receiving this title. There is a lot of hype around the author right now and it caught my interest. Deborah is former attorney that abandoned the corporate world to find her calling as a Spiritual Teacher and Master Healer. 


This book deals with the delicate balance between Light and Dark that we all face as we journey towards spiritual enlightenment. Deborah speaks from her personal experience as she has conquered alcohol and drug abuse and the fallout from an abusive childhood. I did find the book a bit repetitive and believe it could be edited to about half its pages.

 Some of the topics covered are The Forces of Darkness, Possession and Falling from Grace. The author gives tips on staying in Light thru nutrition, sleep, nature, meditation and consciousness practices, companionship, protecting your mind from darkness and laughter. To me this was the best part of the book. 

This book is a good read for beginners and novices in spiritual practice. Adepts may find it too repetitive. I do intend to read other titles by this author.

FTC disclosure: I received my copy from Hay House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.


Purchase your copy


Friday, November 29, 2013

Book Review – Tune In: Let Your Intuition Guide You To Fulfillment And Flow by Sonia Choquette

Follow your gut. We all know the answer to any major dilemma in our lives is to follow our gut. In fact, that seems to be the “pat” answer we are given when we ask our friends and family for advice … just follow your gut.  But how many of us are actually in tune enough with our own gut intuition to be able to put it in practice? 

Sonia Choquette has written a mini workshop-in-a-book that teaches us how to connect to

our internal source of guidance in 4 steps.  Sonia poses some insightful questions for personal reflection that really get you thinking. Also, I really liked the concept of having a personal altar set up to recharge your energies and help you connect.

This book is an easy read (with pauses for reflection) and full of anecdotal stories from Sonia’s life and practice that make it quite relatable. This book is appropriate for all, regardless of your stage of spiritual development. Author Sonia Choquette holds a PhD in Metaphysics and is world renowned as a teacher and intuitive guide.


FTC disclosure: I received my copy from Hay House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

Purchase your copy 

Monday, November 11, 2013

Book Review: Cultured Food For Life

I just finished reading “Cultured Food For Life” by Donna Schwenk and am feeling inspired to add more fermented foods to my family’s diet.  This book focusses on the benefits of adding probiotics (good bacteria) to your diet for immune support as well as decreasing the symptoms of disease such as High Blood Pressure, Asthma and Diabetes, etc.  Donna covers the basics of making your own cultures of Kefir and Kombucha at home and also explains the method of sprouting grains to make probiotic flour for baking. Included are recipes that look quite delicious.

I have experience with making Kombucha Tea and yoghurt at home with good results and I’m looking forward to giving
Kefir a whirl but the grain sprouting for flour requires a mill and looks a bit more complicated than I had expected.

The one concern I have is that the negative effects of home fermentation were not covered.  A contaminated culture can make you very ill and can even result in death. I saw no cautions or warnings given. Also, the print quality could have been a bit better. 

All in all, it’s a good book. A great place to start for those beginning to add probiotics to their diets.


FTC disclosure: I received my copy from Hay House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my 
experience.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Review - How To Heal A Grieving Heart

I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my copy of “How To Heal A Grieving Heart” by Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh. I was expecting to read a typical narrative on death

and grief. To my delight this lovely little book is written in a way that allows you to open to any page and begin reading. 

Each concept is contained on one page in easy to understand words accompanied by colorful graphics. The advice is practical and words comforting. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right words to comfort a friend or family member that is grieving from loss of a loved one; this book fills that void and is perfect to give as a gift.  

The flip format also is useful for asking for messages from spirit.  In fact, I think that this book is great for anyone feeling down or going through a difficult period in life whether they have lost someone to death or not. 

On a personal note … I had intended to read this book strictly for review but as the universe works in mysterious ways … the day after I finished reading it I was introduced to a couple grieving the loss of their son and I realized where the book was intended to go. 

FTC disclosure: I received my copy from Hay House for review purposes and was not financially compensated for this review. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.