Review: “Stutterer Interrupted – The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen”

Stutterer Interrupted –
The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen

Author: Nina G
She Writes Press
2019
ISBN #978-1-63152-643-5

“Stutterer Interrupted – The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen” addresses the disability of stuttering. Okay, that is a given. That it is written from a first-person perspective and addresses real-life experiences, is impressive. Nina G is indeed a comedian, but she is also a professional speaker and Disability advocate, and a counselor for students with disabilities at a California Community College.

This is a very interesting book, in that it is written as a series of stories reflecting Nina G’s life and experiences. You find things out, like the fact that she comes from a traditional Italian family, and that there are other disabilities within her family (her father has a hearing loss, as did his father, and his father’s mother). Also, Nina G has a second disability, in that she is dyslexic.

One warning that I would have about this book is that it does contain some strong language. However, having said that, the language is part of who Nina G is, and not an attempt to shock her readers or appear to be this big, bad person.

One of the first things noted is that those who stutter are often interrupted by people who want to supply a word or finish a sentence. I have seen this happen, and it is not right. Have patience, and be respectful, people!

There is also the fact that stutterers are treated differently from everyone else. And everyone wants to give them advice on how to stop stuttering. I can tell you that I would not handle that well!

Through her stories we see the world through Nina G’s eyes. It is hard being the “weird” person. It is hard trying to fit in. It is hard when one of your worst stuttering moments happens when you have to introduce yourself. Which may explain why she is a huge Howard Stern fan! Or not.

It is an interesting journey to watch, as Nina G goes through college, makes the decision to go into comedy, and begins to work with organizations that address disabilities. She is finding herself in many different ways. (And she marries a fellow comedian.)

At the end of the book are chapter notes, and a list of resources for the stuttering community.

There is a lot of back and forth between mini-rants and solid intellectual presentation. All in all, this is a serious subject addressed in a straightforward manner.

© May 2019 Bonne Cehovet
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Review: The Adventures of Bang Bang Man

The Adventures of Bang Bang Man

Author: Philip Nork
Self-published
2019
ISBN #978-1095329665

Author Philip Nork has written a very interesting series of books dealing with life, and the choices that we all make. Each of his characters is very personable, and deals with life’s eccentricities in their own way. In his latest book, “The Adventures of Bang Bang Man”, we follow along with Matthew Davis, a divorced thirty-something father addicted to betting on the horses, and using food as his own personal path of self-destruction.

The book opens with a post-divorce (twenty-five year post-divorce) Davis, trying to deal with his issues with the help of his psychologist, Dr. Darla. Part of his history consists of selling his business twenty-five years ago and going into gaming full time (betting on the horses). Oh, and by the way – Davis in the ensuing twenty-five years has eaten his way close to six hundred pounds. Perhaps that had a part in his recent heart attack. Now things get interesting – Dr. Darla is going to be gone for a month, so she leaves Davis with a journal to write his thoughts in.

Davis starts out by noting how he went from living in a beautiful 3,600 square foot, five- bedroom home to living in a one bedroom condominium in a bad part of town. His condo is filled with references to horses, and with actual horseshoes. His clutter is to say “unique”. That and the plethora of racing forms, of course. His TV is set to a cable horse racing network. (Really!) He notes that he is a loner, and that all the friends he has are online. He feels as if he is a lost person. Having written all this down he rips the pages out of the notebook, crumples them up, and tosses them on the floor.

Davis decides to take back his notes and continue on. It is through his journal that we go back into his past, back to his parent’s divorce, back to why he always pushed people away. Back to his devastating relationship with food and solitude. It is quite interesting to see how Davis deals with his own self-confidence, or lack thereof, and how the world is to blame when things don’t work out. Where and how he looks for recognition is very telling.

As I continued reading this book, I could not help but see that there were parallels with my life. (I think that most, if not all readers would also see a parallel of some sort with their own lives.) It is engrossing to read about someone who’s life is an epic fail, for obvious reasons. And how they interact with other people. The reader is watching Davis’s entire life play out in the pages of the journal.

“The Adventures of Bang Bang Man” is well written, has a cohesive storyline, exhibits humor and passion, and walks between two different worlds – the world of Davis’ youth, and his world as a fifty-something adult. There is so much really interesting information here about horses, racing, the Internet, how people view money, how we attempt to maintain control in our lives, and so much more! It is a veritable “How To” on relationships, how we view them, and how we can best interact in them.

This is a book well worth reading – for the pleasure of reading, and to see how things may not really be as we think they are.

© April 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: Plotting Your Novel With The Plot Clock

Plotting Your Novel With The Plot Clock

Author: Joyce Sweeney, Jamie Morris, Tia Levings
Giantess Press
2019
ISBN #978-0-578-47780-0

“Plotting Your Novel With The Plot Clock” is a short (70 page) book that packs a wallop! It addresses the issue of how to handle the plot for a story in a manner that moves the story forward in a manner that keeps readers hanging in there. In his foreword, Ryan G. Van Cleave, Head of Creative Writing, Ringling College of Art and Design, notes that one of the biggest challenges aspiring fiction writers face is that of effectively handling plot. I find this type of plotting interesting, although I personally am a “pantser” – my stories are written by the seat of my pants, without a lot of intricate pre-planning.

The first thing that caught my attention with this book was that there were three co-authors. Duh! The reason that it caught my attention is that I have co-authored two books myself (with writer/coach Brad Tesh), and I know that it can be difficult to present more than one point of view. Do you present in different sections? Do you cover different topics? Do you comment on a section that your co-author wrote? I like the way it was handled in this book – all three co-authors express their opinions and tell their stories in every chapter. Specifically, the authors see their collaboration as weaving their voices into a braid, with Joyce voicing the central skeleton of the Plot Clock structure, Jaimie guiding insights into plot twists, and Tia woven in as student action – a writer applying these elements to a story being actively plotted as the book progresses.

The interesting thing about the Plot Clock is that, by definition, it is circular, rather than linear. Points around the clock include: Starting Point, Ordinary World, Inciting Event, Binding Point, Tests & Challenges Failed, Low Point, The Change, Tests & Challenges Won, Turning Point, Climax, and Denouement.

Each chapter includes a discussion of the process of the Plot Clock points, with wisdom from each of the co-authors.  Included are chapters on Stories & Plot, The Hands of Time, The Depths of Story Time, Case Study, Q&A, Templates, and Resources and Acknowledgments. I particularly liked the templates, because they included a Basic Pot Clock, a Complex Clock Plot, Tragedy on the Plot Clock, a Clock Plot with four basic points, and a blank Plot Clock. This allows a pantser like me to make use of this structure without being completely enmeshed in it.

I recommend this book to both pantsers and plotters – there is something here for everyone!

© April 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: Behind The Fortune Teller’s Tent

Behind The Fortune Teller’s Tent –
A Complete Guide to Fortune Telling
At Parties And Events

Author: Jay DeForest
Foreword: Carrie Paris
Living Magick Publishing
2019
ISBN #978-1-7336651-1-7

Behind The Fortune Teller's Tent

This is a book that has needed to be written for a long time now. It is one that I wish had been available when I first started as a professional reader. Fortune Telling (working with the Tarot, Runes, Palmistry, and other modalities) as defined in the author’s note is the reader’s ability to use their own tools, skills, and intuition to help their client examine their present circumstances, reflect on what got them there, and consider their options for moving forward. This is a profession, and takes professional skills and know how.

I was very pleased to see that one of the most creative lights in the world of cartomancy (fortune telling) wrote the foreword. Through a lovely personal story, she makes the point that we are all born to our calling. If we feel uncomfortable in whatever field we are working in, perhaps we need to look elsewhere for our true path. She makes a major point when she notes that a professional Fortune Teller must be able to balance magick with business.

Before I talk about the book, I want to talk for a moment about the author. I know Jay personally, and he and his wife Jadzia are stand up people. Together they have written many books and created a wide array of teaching material. They read locally (in the Portland, OR area) on all levels (privately for individuals and parties, at fairs, and at corporate events. Jay owns and operates a company (Portlandia Fortune Tellers) that employs a large team of readers that cover events throughout the year. He and Jadzia founded the yearly Northwest Tarot Symposium (NWTS), which is in its fifth year in 2019.

I love the tone of this book – it is that of personal story, of personal experience. And it works! I felt immediately at one with the material, and could not put the book down! Jay talks about skills, mindset, and ethics – and the willingness to put in the work. It is work in a business sense, and it is work in an ethical sense in that there is still stigma attached to doing readings of any kind, and anyone who wants to be a reader needs to know how to get past that. Jay also notes that before getting licensed as a Fortune Teller (using this explicit terminology), check out the laws in your area. It may well be that if you want to call yourself a Fortune Teller that you may face more legal restrictions than if you simply called yourself a reader.

The book starts at the beginning … literally! The reader is asked to look at whether this occupation is right for them. They need to understand that they will be working and that they have to respond to the questions that are being asked. And that they may be doing “cold readings”, where no questions are being asked.

I loved the story about the Portland Women’s Expo! Jay and Jadzia were booked the entire day, and came away with the wisdom that it is important for a reader to take care of themselves: to keep water and/or juice handy, as well as snacks, and to take frequent, quick breaks.

Jay also goes into the role of the reader at an event. He points out that the reader has been hired to cover a certain number of hours, and that they need to be there to do just that the entire time. It is also important to understand and follow the rules that the event organizer(s) have set down. I do not do events myself, but I have friends who do, and they emphasize asking questions up front, rather than assuming anything.

Jay spends an entire section of this book describing different kinds of events so that an individual that wants to read professionally can determine what their personal niche might be. This will save a lot of time and angst! Bottom line here – be open to business opportunities!

When I first started looking at reading professionally, I had no clue where to begin as far as setting up a business, local licensing, etc. Quite frankly, I was scared to death! Also (whispers) … the Internet was just getting started, and I did not have the resources that are available now. The chapter on setting up a business (including a business bank account) is a must read for anyone wanting to become a professional reader.  Included is information on setting up a professional website (you do not want to know what my first website looked like!). There is more – items like “booking agreements” (contracts), insurance, and what to charge.

Now that you are in business, how do you stay in business, as well as grow your business? Jay talks about having a vision for your business, being dedicated to succeeding, and being resilient. He addresses marketing and advertising (usually not easy modalities for any of us), how to attract clients, how to manage bookings (as in remembering to show up for them!), keeping your accounting straight (and getting paid), and finding fairs and festivals to read at.

There is an entire section devoted to you as a reader and your attitude about yourself. You need to be confident, dress the part (not necessarily in costume), knowing your place (you have been hired to do a job), understanding what different events want from you, and getting “in the zone” for doing readings. Important things that we may not think about are setting boundaries around our reading area when doing an event,  and how to deal with people like drunks, skeptics, deniers and more.

If you are someone who has not done fairs or events before, then the section on tools of your trade will be an important one for you. Here Jay discusses how to develop what he terms a “reader kit”, including such things as a tablecloth, a reading cloth, a set cushion, promotional materials, tissues, and pen and notebook.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is at the beginning of their journey as a professional reader, as well as to those already walking the path. There is something here for everyone!

© March 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: Fresh Eyes Upon The World – Making Life A Spectacular Journey

Fresh Eyes Upon The World –
Making Life A Spectacular Journey

Author: Neal Grace
Grizzly Peak Press
2019
ISBN #978-0-9988310-4-6

Fresh Eyes Upon The World

Neal Grace is a global traveler, a psychic healer, a leader of personal growth workshops, publisher of fourteen books, 2,500 poems, and two librettos. In “Fresh Eyes Upon The World” he is asking the reader to open their mind, to ask the questions that need asking, to look at their own personal assumptions, and to think outside of the box.

The book is broken down into five sections:

  • Section One: Self-empowerment & Relationships
  • Section Two: Hotly Debates Issues
  • Section Three: The World & Nature
  • Section Four: Spirituality & Philosophy
  • Section Five: Other Subjects

In each section, questions are asked, and Grace expounds for 2-4 pages on his thoughts, garnered from his life experiences. Nothing is gone into in depth – the aim of this book is to lead the reader to question themselves, to look at issues that are meaningful to them, and to come up with their own responses. The journey that this book represents is a conscious journey, one that leads to awakened thinking.

Each chapter is presented with a question, a quote, and 2-4 pages of Grace’s thoughts. The great thing here is that in reading Grace’s thoughts, the reader will start to formulate their own. His work kick starts the reader’s thinking process.

Questions in Section One include:

  • How can I be more receptive to new ideas?
  • What inspires creativity in people?
  • How can I be my authentic self?
  • How can I become a positive person?

Things that stood out for me here were opening your heart to other people, shifting ones understanding from an external to an internal one,  and that the path to freedom and authenticity is a conscious one.

Questions in Section Two include:

  • Why do people hold on to hurt and disappointment for so long?
  • What are your thoughts about gun control?
  • Why do people lie?
  • Why do so many people struggle with work?

Things that stood out for me here were why people hang on to misery, why we are so entrenched in fear of change, that it is a challenge to cope with negativity, that when we have a safe inner world, lying is contrary to our true self.

Questions in Section Three include:

  • How can we find peace with aging?
  • How do we heal our bodies?
  • Why is there so much violence in the world?
  • Is there anything that I can personally do to make the world a better place?

Things that stood out for me here were if we are to survive as a species, we need to be in harmony with the earth, how we treat our bodies is a reflection of how we respect ourselves, people who cheat and steal are self-serving, we need to live our lives in peace.

Questions in Section Four include:

  • What is the nature of traditional religions?
  • What are your thoughts about heaven and hell?
  • How does one become more spiritual and access the divine?
  • What is death?

Things that stood out for me here were that we are our own caretaker, that a great religion has no doctrines, that our mind wants to control us, and that when we choose to live in harmony, we are not easily thrown off course.

Questions in Section Five include:

  • What is art, and what is its function?
  • Why are some people mean to others?
  • Why is music so universally loved?
  • How do I become a better writer?

Things that stood out for me here include art being an attempt to explain the mystery of life, that art is a link to higher consciousness, that human nature gravitates towards that which is comfortable, that the food we eat shapes us physically, energetically, and spiritually, that music is the language of the spirit of life, and that the best thing for a writer to do is to write for themselves.

This is a wonderful book that acts as a starting point for readers to ask themselves questions and answer them. It is a great way to connect with self! Grace does not go into depth about anything, but he says enough to get the reader thinking. This is the kind of book that we can go back to time and time again, reading over specific questions, and starting our own journey of discovery for answers.

© February 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Interview With Barbara Berger

Interview With Barbara Berger

barbara berger

Barbara Berger is the internationally acclaimed author of 15 self-empowerment books. American born, she has lived and worked in Denmark for most of her adult life. Her work combines the fields of psychology, spirituality, and the science of the mind. She currently gives workshops and coaches clients in the art of controlling the power of their own mind to create the life that they want.

Mary Nale and I first interviewed Barbara many years ago on “Sessions – Attune Magazine Radio” (Blog Talk Radio). What came through then, and what comes through now, is Barbara’s dedication to helping people lead a fulfilling life that they feel in charge of. Let’s see what Barbara has to say!

BC: Barbara, you have 15 self-empowerment books to your credit, including “The Road To Power-Fast Food For The Soul”, “Are You Happy Now?”, “Find And Follow Your Inner Compass”, “The Awakening Human Being”, and “The Spiritual Pathway”. What led you to place your professional focus on self-empowerment?

BB: Suffering! Ha ha! Isn’t that what drives us all? We all want to be happy, we all want to experience peace of mind and joy, we all want to experience a sense of ease and flow in our lives. We all want to find a way out of suffering…  That is what has motivated me right from the beginning and since an early age I have been a seeker. All my work and my books are based on my search to find a way out of suffering. My quest has led me to explore many different pathways and approaches – mental, physical, metaphysical, psychological and spiritual. After leaving the US in the mid-60s in protest against the Vietnam War and settling in Scandinavia, I continued my quest in the 1970s with a passionate interest in the role of food in our mental and physical well-being. And then when I discovered in the early 1980s that health foods and diet were not enough to ensure true wellbeing, I began to study the science of the mind, the nature of consciousness, metaphysics, and finally traditional spirituality and psychology.

BC: How does the art of setting boundaries fit into your work?

BB: Well, I’ve also discovered in my quest that most of our problems are people problems! Most of our discomfort, confusion, and anguish arises in and because of our relationships with our partners, families, and friends. Which is something most of us have discovered. And as you know, I am a coach and a therapist so for many, many years now I have been talking to people from all around the world, listening to their problems and issues and challenges and trying to help them find practical and constructive ways of living together in harmony with the people in their lives. And this is where having what I call “healthy boundaries” is so important. Healthy boundaries are based on the principle that each one of us has a right to be here and to be who we are… but how does this play out in our interactions with other people? Is there a way to navigate wisely in a reality where everyone is different?

In my quest to find answers to this question, I discovered there is a lot of confusion about boundaries. As a result, I have also discovered that it is very helpful to be able to define and identify what healthy boundaries actually are. So to help people look at their own relationships, I have made a list of the most common boundary violations. You can see the list in my short article here:  https://bestselfmedia.com/how-to-avoid-common-boundary-violations/

For those who are interested, there is a lot more about constructive communications, being assertive, and having healthy boundaries in my books “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life” (Chapter 3) and “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass” (Part Two).

BC: How important is self-care in attaining our ideal life?

BB: Very important. See my answer to this question below for my thoughts about this.

BC: How does your work help people fit into the real world?

BB: Most of the people I work with are people who are interested in spirituality, alternative lifestyles, healthy living, etc. They are all people who have a high level of integrity and are evolving rapidly, but at the same time, they are often very challenged in their daily lives and in their relationships. And often also when it comes to making money and their career paths. So I have found that my coaching and therapy is most effective when it is an “enlightened” combination of the spiritual and the psychological. And this is because when it comes to finding a way out of suffering, there are strengths and weaknesses to both a spiritual approach and a psychological/therapeutic approach.

In brief, I’ve discovered the following. On the one hand, there are people who follow traditional spiritual teachings based on the old wisdom teachings and daily spiritual practice such as meditation. These people often make great strides in their understanding of the nature of reality and in raising their level of consciousness. But despite their spiritual growth, many continue to have great difficulties when it comes to taking care of themselves and dealing with the challenges of everyday life in the modern world. Often because they haven’t learned basic people skills like how to set limits, communicate skillfully and be assertive.  And then, on the other hand, there are the people who go the therapeutic/psychological route to learn to deal with suffering and the difficulties they meet in daily life (in terms of family, relationships, work, etc.). In their case, they often make great strides in dealing with the problems of everyday life but fail to find real, lasting satisfaction and a way out of suffering because the therapeutic approach does not take into consideration and deal with the basic existential nature of this thing called life. And without a deeper understanding of the eternal verities and the nature of existence, most psychological and therapeutic solutions (though effective in the short term) cannot provide real, long-term satisfaction when it comes to the great questions in life – and in the final analysis true liberation from suffering.

So this is why I believe in an enlightened combination of these two approaches – the spiritual/metaphysical and the therapeutic/psychological.

BC: In “Find And Follow Your Inner Compass” you talk about how to make good decisions, and how to navigate life. Can you talk a bit about that?

BB: Another one of the big challenges people are facing today is how to make wise decisions and navigate through life when we are being bombarded constantly from morning to evening with information and advice from all sides thanks to social media, etc. Because of this massive input, people are finding it more and more difficult to get in touch with the guidance, wisdom, and knowledge that lies within. So this book is an attempt to help people understand what’s going on and learn how to tune into their internal guidance system.

I know this is possible because I’ve discovered that every person alive has an Inner Compass! And by this, I mean that every person alive has his or her own unique, personal, internal guidance system – which is working at all times and which is each individual’s direct connection to the Great Universal Intelligence that created each one of us and all of Life. So I wrote this book to explain how we can find, understand and use this internal guidance system – which I call the “Inner Compass”– to live happier, more fulfilling, exciting and wonderful lives.

In the book, I explain that the key to using our Inner Compass is to understand the true significance of our emotions because our emotions are the way in which our Inner Compass guides us and gives us information. So in the book, I explain the mechanism in detail. And why our emotions are so important and such significant indicators of whether or not we are in alignment with who we really are and the Great Universal Intelligence that has created all of us.

BC: I recently finished reading your latest book, “The Road To Power-Fast Food For The Soul”. This is an updated version of a book that was originally published in 1995/1996. How did this update come about, and how does it fit in with the rest of your work?

BB: The thing about this book is that it never goes out of date because the message of the book is timeless and so important. In brief, “The Road to Power” is a book about how we can take our power back by understanding the way our minds work and by learning to use the amazing power of our minds to create better, happier and more fulfilling lives for ourselves right here and now. People just love this book because it’s so practical – every chapter is packed with concrete advice and exercises which people can start using and practicing right this very minute. It’s been so amazing and heart-warming how many people from all around the world (the book is published in 30 languages) have told me and are still telling me that this is the book which changed their lives. So if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up and an easy to use reminder of how to take your power back right now – you will probably love this book.

BC: Barbara, do you have any last words that you would like to share?

BB: Yes – In my experience, nothing is more exciting than self-empowerment. Nothing is more thrilling, fun, or more rewarding than finding out that yes, we can do it for ourselves. That we – yes you and I – are truly the masters of our fate and that we can change our destiny by working with our minds and by doing the inner work. How do I know that working with our minds and doing inner work can change your life? I know because it has changed mine! But don’t believe me – try it for yourself and see what happens! Blessings to you wherever you are!

BC: I want to thank Barbara for taking the time to do this interview. Below is Barbara’s contact information, as well as a sample of some of the audio interviews and YouTube interviews that she has done. I also want to note that Barbara offers a free e-book, “The Mental Laws – Understanding How The Mind Works” on her site, http://beamteam.com/index_en.html.

About “The Road to Power-Fast Food for the Soul” (radio):

http://prn.fm/energy-stew-learn-use-mind-become-powerful-life/

Same interview on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-vmmyN5tQ8&t=683s

About “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=gvqmOt5LCzQ

About my life and “The Awakening Human Being” on Buddha at the Gas Pump:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojd_HeRD33c

Other good radio shows:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/attunemagazineradio/2014/10/13/sessions-barbara-berger-listening-to-our-inner-guidance

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/attunemagazineradio/2014/05/26/sessions-the-secret-of-good-relationships-with-barbara-berger

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/attunemagazineradio/2014/02/12/the-adventures-of-pebble-beach-barbara-berger-on-sessions

© January 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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Review: The Road To Power – Fast Food For the Soul

The Road To Power –
Fast Food For The Soul

Author: Barbara Berger
O-Books
2018
ISBN: 978-1-78535-814-2
Original Copyright 1995 & 1996 Barbara Weitzen Berger
BeamTeam Books

the road to power

We are what we think.
We become what we believe.
Our life is what we visualize.
Our life is what we say it is.

We can change our lives
by changing our thoughts.
From Book 1, Chapter 1

I have followed Barbara Berger’s work for many years now. I have even had the pleasure of doing an audio interview with her. I am impressed with her authenticity, and with the fact that as a counsellor she gifts her readers with tools that they can use to take action in their lives.

“The Road To Power – Fast Food For The Soul” is two books in one. The power that she is talking about is the power of the mind, the power to take back our lives, and to create the life that we really want. Bottom line – we can change our lives by changing our thinking. We have the ability to change any area of our life that we want to – we just need to take responsibility, and put the effort in.

I feel that Barbara’s books, and her work, can benefit all people, from all walks of life. Included amongst her writing are “Are You Happy Now? 10 Ways to Live a Happy Life”, “The Awakening Human Being – A Guide to the Power of Mind”, and “Find and Follow Your Inner Compass – Instant Guidance in an Age of Information Overload”. Each book addresses something that we can do to live a better, more balanced life.

The focus in this book is on our mind, and how we create our lives through the power of thoughts and words. Negative thinking creates a negative life, positive thinking creates a positive life. (Apropos of nothing – 2019 is a number three year, which relates to creativity and personal power. What a great year to put the message this book carries to good use!)

Decide on the life you want, visualize it, affirm it, decree it, focus on it, believe it, have faith in it, and you will find yourself living this life much sooner and much faster than you ever dreamed possible.
From Book 1, Chapter 1

Barbara points out that we are victims of our own thinking, as if we are part of some cosmic joke. She make a very important point when she says that the outside world is simply a manifestation of what we choose to think about it. Power is an inside job! We need to do the work required on ourselves, the inner work. As our thoughts change, our outer world changes. Each chapter of this book presents specific techniques that the reader can use to control their life, and create the future that they want. Each chapter is a “stand alone”, so that the reader can go to whichever chapter they need most at any given time (for example – The Power of Focus, The Power of Money, The Power of Silence, The Power of Joy and Laughter, The Power of Vision).

The reader is presented with such concepts as a higher power, or force, and the need not to resist this force, releasing negativity on all levels, living in reality, the ability to make choices, and setting clear goals.

The reader is presented with tools such as affirmations, statements, the power of “no”, visualization, mental acceptance, entering the alpha state, guided meditation, the healing power of nature, the power of focus, working with lists, keeping things to yourself, the power of giving, the power of love, blessing people and situations, the power of silence, seeing auras, the gift of movement, living in reality, contemplation, connecting with our subconscious, and paying attention to thought patterns.

Each chapter is written in clear, straightforward language. Each tool is presented in a manner in which the reader will be able to implement it in their life. I loved the fact that Barbara mentions other well-known individuals in this book, and describes the work that they are doing. It is a “who’s who” of working on yourself! At the end of the book, there is a listing of these teachers, and their books.

This book is easy to read, and easy for the reader to implement in their life. I recommend it for all ages, and all backgrounds.

© January 2019 Bonnie Cehovet
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