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101. The Fat Flush Fitness Plan
by Ann LouiseGittleman, JoanieGreggains
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Catlog: Book (2003-11-21)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Sales Rank: 26585
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Fat Flush Fitness Plan, written by a powerhouse team, offers Joanie Greggains' detailed exercise program, designed to complement Ann Louise Gittleman'sThe Fat Flush Plan. Gittleman is a high-profile nutritionist, frequently featured in the media. Veteran fitness expert Greggains, author of Fit Happens, hosted television's long-running "Morning Stretch" and leads 15 workout videos. Greggains emphasizes low-impact aerobics, weight training, stretching, more sleep, and calmer living. The eating program (you'll need Gittleman's other books for the details) hinges on Gittleman's premise that "cleansing the liver and the lymphatic system is absolutely crucial for physical health, weight loss, and an overall sense of well-being." This isn't a quick-fix program, but a long-term, lifestyle change including yoga, walking or rebounding, strength training with a weighted ball, stretching, lymphatic massage, and aromatherapy baths. Start with Phase 1: "Detox, Start Moving--and Relax"; add strength training in Phase 2: "Build Lean Muscle Mass"; increase cardio and change the strength routine in Phase 3: "Lymph-Fit/Compound Strength and Stretching Plan." All phases present a step-by-step, clearly illustrated exercise program. The book is nicely designed, with clear photographs, boxed tips, write-in questionnaires, pledges, and a sample journal.--Joan Price ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars If you HATE to exercise, this book's for YOU!
Ya hafta love a book (Fat Flush Fitness Plan) that advises you to take a long, scented, therapeutic bath three times a week as an aid to appetite suppression! (I'm sooooooooo there!)(page 165)
And dry skin brushing! I mean, who knew?! Since starting this regimen, my skin is soft as silk AND I have the added smug knowledge that this routine aids the lymphatic system in flushing fat!
Add to these activities some yoga, stretching, rebounding, and cardio workout and you have a varied, supportive exercise regimen that seems more like fun than a chore. (Let's face it, there's no such thing as a too tight [rear]!)
Bottom line: this is a smart book. You NEED this book! You WANT this book! You DESERVE this book!5-0 out of 5 stars Not only the best fitness book but gives you so much more!
This book was well written and easy to read. Finally a fitness plan that works in harmony with your body and your total overall health. I like that the book not only goes in detail (including pictures ) about the fitness plan but also includes important information about cleansing our lymphatic system, reducing stress, eating well and giving us the knowledge and tools to create a healthy body from within as well as being fit on the outside. It complements my other book the fat flush plan,lost 45 lbs. Thanks for turning my size 14 body to size 5!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally an exercise book that makes sense!
As a fan and successful follower of the Fat Flush Plan, I've been awaiting this new fitness book, with trepidation. Exercise doesn't come easy for me but this plan is sensible, measured, balanced and totally do-able.

What I really appreciate are the detailed explanations of why certain types of exercise work best with the plan. There are also good descriptions of the exercises, with illustrations. I won't go into detail about what's in the book, as the descriptions above cover that.

I look forward to adding this to my eating plan to continue with my weight loss and unbelievable health improvements. ... Read more


102. The Carbohydrate Addict's Cookbook: 250 All-New Low-Carb Recipes That Will Cut Your Cravings and Keep You Slim for Life
by Rachael F. Heller
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Richard and Rachael Heller, both research scientists and professors, have taken the dieting world by storm with their bestselling Carbohydrate Addict's Diet and Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program. Now there's a companion cookbook, which adherents to their carbohydrate-cutting regimen can use from sunup to sundown without fear of straying from their dietary objectives. With only a short introduction on the basic goal of the diet--to limit insulin intake in order to lessen carbohydrate cravings and thereby lose weight--this cookbook presents 250 easy recipes that range from appetizers and breakfasts to meat, seafood, and vegetarian entrées and snacks.

Those who have not already read The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet or related titles and are not familiar with the program's strategy may at first find the many high-fat recipes included here counterintuitive to the notion of a diet. But the idea is simple: eliminate the foods that trigger overeating--starches, snack foods, and sweets--and replace them with protein-rich, fibrous meals that help to normalize blood-sugar levels and curb the impulse to binge. Such an approach allows for higher fat consumption--the body metabolizes fat more efficiently when there is less insulin in the blood stream--and even has the psychologically beneficial side effect of permitting a certain amount of indulgence. People usually leery of diets because they don't want to give up their weekly cheeseburger will be awed by recipes such as the egg- and cream-augmented Left Bank Burgers. Likewise, the Herbed Cheese Dip with cheddar, cream cheese, and sour cream is a startlingly deluxe accompaniment for the normally ascetic plate of raw veggies; the Crustless Spinach Pie entices with its rich mix of feta, Parmesan, eggs, herbs, and olive oil.

The Hellers' approach to cooking is by no means highbrow and their recipes are often simply no-starch variations on standard fare (Steak in a Blanket replaces the dough with romaine lettuce, for example). An unspecified teriyaki sauce is a staple in their kitchen, and experienced cooks may wonder if they really mean tamari or soy sauce. People who have health restrictions on salt and alcohol (a few recipes call for wine) will want to have the original Carbohydrate Addict's Diet book handy in order to look up suitable alternatives--they are not included with this cookbook. That inconvenience aside, dieters will have no qualms about these tasteful recipes as they eat their way toward a slimmer, healthier future. --Rebecca Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous and Fun Cooking
After being on the Hellers Lifespan program now for over 5 months I anxiously awaited a cookbook with easy to follow and easy to cook recipes. Well, boy I found it. The meals are quick and tasty and not boring. These meals are easily incorporated into a balanced carbohydrate meal or just as a craving reducing meal. Since this is not a diet and a way of life for me I wanted variety in my plan and flavor in my plan and I got it. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a balanced carbohydrate plan with no cravings and lots of variety. Such a great job the Drs. Heller did on this book. Bravo.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, Easy Cookbook for Those of Us with Insulin Problems
Anyone who claims this diet is "dangerous" obviously knows nothing about hyperinsulinemia or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). For women with PCOS, this diet is a godsend, as it a life-saving way for us to finally control the extremely excessive amounts of insulin that are constantly being poured into our systems. Any doctor who treats PCOS, which affects 6-10% of all women, will tell you that this diet, or a few others such as Sugar Busters, will ward off the Type II diabetes that we are almost certain of getting by age 40 if our excess insulin isn't regulated. Thus, low-carb (the more carbs you eat, the more insulin your body creates) is the only way to go. Anyone who doesn't understand all the intricacies of insulin resistance has no right calling this diet dangerous. End of rant!

This cookbook was easy to follow and had some great ideas. To someone like me, who for health reasons has to adopt this diet as a way of life, rather than simply a quick weight-loss tool, this book is especially valuable. Many of the recipes are so palatable that my husband enjoys them as well, and I entirely avoid that feeling of deprivation that so often accompanies other diets. I found myself looking forward to my low-carb meals more, rather than just as something to get through because I needed to eat. I especially enjoyed the seafood section as I've been wanting to incorporate more seafood into my diet. Once again, the Hellers have extended a lifeline to those of us who need to adopt this way of eating for life.

A final note: one of the best things about the CAD is that carbs are NOT eliminated from the diet; you simply must follow certain guidelines as far as when they can be eaten. Also, fatty meats are not encouraged; there is much more emphasis on vegetables. My cholesterol has been lowered significantly since I began this diet, not to mention my weight!

5-0 out of 5 stars Easy And Delicious Low-Carb Recipes!
This was the first low-carb cookbook that I bought after choosing to lessen the carbs in my diet. It provides 250 new low-carb recipes, as well as guidelines on how to incorporate Health Agency Recommendations and American Heart Association's Recommendations into the Carbohydrate Addict's Program. After these recommendations, the book delves right into delicious low-carb recipes!

The recipes are divided in 12 sections:

Appetizers and Soups A few recipes from this section include Marinated Thai Chicken, Aromatic Shrimp Soup, Herbed Cheese Dip, and Holiday Meatball Appetizer.

Breakfasts Hearty Breakfast Quiche, Salmon Rolls With Cream Cheese, Savory Spinach Omelet, and Breakfast Pockets are but a few of the easy, mouth-watering recipes in this section.

Dips, Dressings, And Sauces Delcious recipes include Cucumber Cloud Supreme, Feta Vinaigrette, Creamy Clam and Crab Dip, and Roasted Green Pepper Sauce.

Beef and Veal Veal Marsala Burgers, Beef Provencal Stuffed With Mushrooms, Spicy Olive Burgers, and Peking Stir-fry Beef are but a few tasty dishes!

Lamb Recipes include Meditteranean Shish Kebob, Tarragon Lamb, and Herbed Leg of Lamb.

Pork Sumptuous Pork Salad, Roasted Pork With Rosemary and Garlic, Shanghai Pork Roast, and Paprika Pork Chops are just a few of the pork fare!

Poultry Crustless Chicken Potpie, Peppery Chicken Salad, Chicken Wings With Spicy Mustard Topping, and Christmas Hens are among the easy recipes featured in this section.

Seafood Classic Shrimp Scampi, Barnacle Bill's Scallops, Savory Fish With Vegetables, Steamed Mussels Peppercorn, and Broiled Swordfish With Cilantro Oil, are just a few of the many seafood recipes!

Salads California Greek Salad, Christmas Christmas Cabbage Salad, Taco Spinach Salad, and Tangy Cauliflower Salad are among the fresh fare in this section.

Vegetables Creamy Veggie Supreme, Super Stuffed Mushrooms, Asparagus-Egg-Mushroom Casserole, and Three Green Garlic Toss are several of the vegetable dishes featured in this section.

Vegetarian Alternatives Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, Asparagus Parmesan Soup, Stir-Fried Vegetable Special, and Cheesy Breakfast "Sausages" and Tofu Stir-Fry are some of the vegetarian alternatives shared in this inventive section.

Quick Fix Dishes and Snacks Poached Salmon Northwest, Low-Carb Mushroom Soup, Baked Flounder Italiano, and Creamy Asian-Style Scallops are but a few of the delectable recipes that are a snap to make.

What I love about this cookbook is that all of the dishes are easy to make, none of the recipes call for exotic food items that may be hard to find, and most of the dishes can be put together very quickly. Best of all, they're all low-carb and but high on taste!

1-0 out of 5 stars The Carbohydrate Addicts Cookbook
Don't waste your money!! I would give it a zero if I could.

2-0 out of 5 stars They call this a cookbook?
Ok, well maybe I'm a cookbook snob, but I couldn't fathom some of these "recipes". Baked Brie? I mean come on... who needs a recipe to put a wheel of Brie into the oven?? Or putting sausage in the oven with mustard slathered all over it, or rolling up some chicken and mustard in a lettuce leaf. These are more IDEAS but RECIPES??? I will admit to loving Bon Appetit and Jacques and Julia, so you'll need to relate there to get me. Plus, most of their recipes call for "teriyaki sauce"??? It's like my grandma making hundreds of recipe that call for Mrs. Dash. What do they mean "teriyaki sauce"? If they really mean that , it has sugar or corn syrup in it. If not, is this meaning soy sauce? If so, why is it in EVERYTHING??? I love low carb food, but this cookbook did not help me come to that love. ... Read more


103. The Breastfeeding Book : Everything You Need to Know About Nursing Your Child from Birth Through Weaning
by Martha Sears, William Sears
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Asin: 0316779245
Catlog: Book (2000-03-02)
Publisher: Little, Brown
Sales Rank: 5627
Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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"How would you like to give your baby a gift that could raise his IQ by 10 points; cut medical bills; make your baby's eyes, heart, intestines, and nearly every other organ work better; reduce the risk of life-shortening, debilitating diseases, such as diabetes; and help your baby avoid many of the common complaints of infancy, such as ear infections, tummy upsets, even diaper rash? Whats the magic gift that can do all these things? Your milk!.... Breastfeeding will make it easier to care for your baby, and it will make it easier for you to know and understand your baby. It will affect the way you listen to your child, the way you communicate, the way you respond for many years to come....In the early days of learning to breastfeed, there may be times when you feel like tossing in the nursing bra and reaching for a bottle. You may be tempted to believe those advisers who suggest that formula feeding is easier, or just as good. Or, you may worry that you're "not the type" of mother who succeeds at breastfeeding. Yet, when you remember how breastfeeding benefits your baby, your family, and yourself, you will find the determination you need to overcome any obstacles and master the womanly art of breastfeeding. From America's foremost baby and childcare experts--the new breastfeeding biblefor nursing mothers. In recent years there has been a tremendous resurgence of interest in breastfeeding as American women have discovered its unparalleled benefits to both mother and child. Yet first-time mothers often lack the support and the knowledge they need to breastfeed successfully. And books on breastfeeding frequently fail to address the practical challenges that confront many women (especially women who work outside the home)when they choose to breastfeed. For today's nursing mothers, The Breastfeeding Book is a godsend--with comprehensive, reassuring, authoritative information on: how to get started, with illustrated tips for getting your baby latched on properly
increasing your milk supply
making nurturing more comfortable
breastfeeding in absentia
pumps and the new technology associated with breastfeeding
making sure your nursing baby gets the proper nutrition
breast milk vs. formula
breastfeeding and fertility
nutrition and fitness while breastfeeding
nighttime breastfeeding
the father's role in breastfeeding
and much more

Taking a realistic, contemporary approach, the Searses bring an age-old practice completely up to date. Their encyclopedic guide to the art and science of breastfeeding enables all women to experience and enjoy one of natures most rewarding relationships." ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars love-hate relationship with this book
Breastfeeding went horribly for my first child, so I approached it with some trepidation with number two. Luckily, it has gone pretty smoothly (he's now 6 weeks old). This book is loaded with useful information and re-reading it this time was helpful (Dr. Sears said I could have caffeine! Hooray! Fire up the Starbucks!) and answered a lot of questions I was having.

HOWEVER...as someone who bottle fed her first child after giving breastfeeding my all (even the lactation consultant said I'd done my best, go to formula) I did find Dr. Sears's attitude toward bottle feeding and bottle feeding mothers really appalling. He has a sidebar on page 48 where he refers to "Mothers of the bottle-feeding set" and makes them sound completely neurotic with sterilizing and preparing formula and counting ounces. On pages 7-8 he refers to the "stinky stools" of the formula fed baby and how the parent changing the child will have a look on their face of "mild aversion to downright disgust" and how the breastfed child will see "happiness rather than disgust...perhaps a perk for building self-esteem." Give me a break. His AP philosophy has some very good points to it, but making a child's self esteem dependent on a parent's cheerful demeanor during diaper changes is ridiculous.

So I'd say this book is helpful if you just look up what you need in the detailed index, go right to that page and read what you need. It's fine to have the opinion that breastfeeding is best and everyone should at least try it, but I think his obvious disdain for bottle-feeding mothers (who may have no other choice, who may be giving breastfeeding another try)is unfortunate. I feel sorry for any mothers of children in his practice who, like me, were unable to breastfeed a child.

5-0 out of 5 stars Recommended for every pregnant woman
I purchased this book because "What To Expect" didn't answer alot of my questions regarding breastfeeding and my own OB/GYN, while supportive of the idea, simply didn't know. Dr. Sears and his wife have nursed eight children, so their book comes not only from medical knowledge but also from personal experience. The book discusses nutritional information (both what to eat and what your baby is getting from your breastmilk), 'how-to's (..latch baby on, ..continue working and nursing, ..get daddy involved), pros and cons of nursing, weaning, and formula, tips on just about everything, and most of all, offers information so that you and your partner can make intelligent, loving choices for your child. I recommend this book for every woman who is pregnant, whether you're planning to nurse or not.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not completely won over
This book has great tips for breastfeeding. However, I am not so sure I like the Sears' attitude. I am not a fan of co-sleeping and think they hit it a little hard. I agree with some other reviewers that they are too negative regarding bottle-feeding. I have been lucky with breastfeeding my baby girl, but have many friends that have had problems and the rigid outlook of the Sears is not very helpful. Take their advice with a grain of salt - you are the mother, do what you think is best.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "Can't live without" book for every breastfeeding mother..
I purchased this book during my pregnancy so that I could research the option of breastfeeding. It not only helped me make my decision but I continue to use it for a reference. Any woman who is breastfeeding must have a copy on hand to answer the many questions they will have throughout their breastfeeding months. It teaches you how to recognize problems before they need medical attention. It truly helps you appreciate the wonderful bonding period you will have with your baby.

5-0 out of 5 stars I made it thanks to this book!
Breastfeeding was very very challenging for me and this book gave me all the information I needed to thrive, now my baby is 2 months old and I can say I am enjoying nursing, what I doubted the first 5 weeks. I highly recommend this to everyone, but try to read it before you have your baby so you get all the valuable information in advance. ... Read more


104. Dr. Atkins' Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook : Companion to Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution
by Veronica Atkins, Robert C. Atkins
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Catlog: Book (2004-01-06)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 14055
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Great taste in no time -- the Atkins way!

Since its original publication, Dr. Atkins' Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook has sold more than one million copies.Based on the bestselling Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution, the recipes in this completely revised edition will let you eat the most up-to-date Atkins way, whether you're just beginning to slim down or want to maintain your goal weight and enhance your health and well-being. The new edition will make it easier than ever to follow the controlled carbohydrate lifestyle pioneered by Dr. Atkins. Highlights include:

  • 50 entirely new recipes
  • recipes for breakfast
  • updated favorites
  • new nutritional data, including Net Carbs


    Designed for healthy eating and simplepreparation, the controlled carb recipes in this must-have new edition of a perennially favorite cookbook will help you every day to produce delectable meals that will be the key to a whole new you. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE FOR THOSE ON ATKINS OR OTHER LOW CARB DIETS!
    I've been following the Atkins diet for a short time and decided to buy this to save time preparing meals. This is just a great help in following the Atkins way of eating. The recipes truly are "quick and easy" and delicious. Another plus is that the book isn't overmelmingly long (not one of those "1,000 mouth watering recipes")! There are several recipes for each section (ie; beef, poultry, appetizers, seafood, desserts, etc.) - just enough to give you varied menu ideas but not overwelm you with decisions.
    This is good eating even for those who are not dieting. ... Read more


  • 105. Perfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, Revised and Updated Edition
    by Deepak Chopra
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    Asin: 0609806947
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-20)
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    Sales Rank: 10858
    Average Customer Review: 4.22 out of 5 stars
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    A decade ago, Deepak Chopra, M.D., wrote Perfect Health, the first practical guide to harnessing the healing power of the mind, which became a national bestseller. The book described how breakthroughs in physics and medicine were underscoring the validity of a 5,000-year-old medical system from ancient India known as Ayurveda ("the knowledge of life span" in Sanskrit). Perfect Health went on to describe how to apply the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda to everyday life. In celebration of this classic work we have created this new edition, revised and updated to include the latest medical research.

    Although we experience our bodies as solid, they are in fact more like fires that are constantly being consumed and renewed. We grow new stomach linings every five days, for instance. Our skin is new every five weeks. Each year, fully 98 percent of the total number of atoms in our bodies is replaced. Ayurveda gives us the tools to intervene at this quantum level, where we are being created anew each day. Ayurveda tells us that freedom from sickness depends on contacting our own awareness, bringing it into balance, and then extending that balance to the body.

    Perfect Health provides a complete step-by-step program of mind body medicine tailored to individual needs. A quiz identifies the reader's mind body type: thin, restless Vata; enterprising, efficient Pitta; tranquil, steady Kapha; or any combination of these three. This body type becomes the basis for a specific Ayurvedic program of diet, stress reduction, neuromuscular integration, exercise, and daily routines. The result is a total plan, tailor-made for each individual, to reestablish the body's essential balance with nature; to strengthen the mind body connection; and to use the power of quantum healing to transcend the ordinary limitations of disease and aging--in short, for achieving Perfect Health.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars An interesting perspective on health and vitality
    For one of the reviewers who commented that Dr. Chopra is "on the heavier side," I have this to say: that is exactly the author's point. Looks are deceiving, everyone has a different body type. Thin doesn't necessarily mean healthy and vice versa. We live in a materialistic society yet this book enlightens your mind, body and soul. It makes you realize that there is another angle to life. We live with nature so we are part of nature. The book simply illustrates this viewpoint and uses ancient Ayurvedic methods to eat, sleep and breathe side by side with nature. Following these practices will heal you. However, everyone is different. If this approach doesn't work for you the least it will do for you is enlighten you. What more can you ask for?

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT! A NEW WAY OF LIFE!
    In all of Deepak Chopra's books, I've admired his extraordinary compassion for his fellow man. This book is no exception. In it, Chopra recognizes the basic differences among body types and he offers us a lifestyle plan for maximizing the health of each, based of the ancient Indian tradition of Ayuveda. Recognizing the fact that you can't fit a square peg into a round hole, Chopra doesn't make the mistake of suggesting that we all strive for the severely anorexic look that is destroying the health of so many today. A few of the previous reviewers have attacked Chopra, saying he is overweight. I've never noticed that and I've seen him many times. Even if he were, his weight should not be an issue here. And isn't it time that SOMEONE put wellness before superficiality? Besides, what could be more stunning than glowing, radiant health?

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction to Ancient Medicine System of Ayurveda
    This book which describes the methodology of Ancient life science of India, called Ayurveda is a good reading as it gives newer meaning (very different from Wersten Medical System's own interpretation of these issues) to things realted to mental and physical health of human beings.

    What has been practised in India for many centuries and forgotten by us Indians thereafter for many centuries has been brought to lime light in this book, which seem to be a result of demand in the west to understand Indian science of health and healing.

    The explaination of various concepts of Ayurveda, namely body types and their highlights and drawbacks, concept of Doshas and their balancing and also a thing or two about every thing related to Ayurveda e.g. meditation, Yoga etc have been done in a scientific but simple manner. Coming from an MD, That Dr Chopra is, it also sounds very convencing, though there are occasions where you feel that some of the results quoted in the book are beyond the relms of reality (as percived with current contemperory understanding of medicines).

    But for the recommendations for his own or Maharshi products (well, I think when the book was published, there might not have been any other outlets selling Ayurveda products in US), which a reader is any way at a libirty to disregard, this is one facinating book on ancient life science from the ancient country called india. Even if one does not believe in what is said in it, one should still read it to learn about a different perspective on healing and well being.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Quantum view of the body
    Chopra has an interesting, quantum view of the body. Instead of considering it as something solid, he sees the boy as interweaving systems of energies that are constantly being consumed and renewed. Ayurvedic medicine gives us the tools to intervene at the quantum level where we are being recreated every day.

    This book provides an exhaustive step-by-step programme of mind-body medicine adapted to individual needs, based on the person's mind-body type. This typology forms the basis of a focused Ayurvedic program of stress reduction, diet, neuromuscular integration, exercise and daily routines.

    Part I, A Place Called Perfect Health, explains these various body types.

    Part II, The Quantum Mechanical Body, explains the channels of healing via meditation, healing sounds, marma -, music - and aromatherapy.

    Part III, Living In Tune With Nature, deals with diet, exercise and a seasonal routine that fits your type.

    The book concludes with an appendix, glossary, bibliography and index.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Health: At What Cost?
    Perfect Health offers a good introduction to Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of healing introduced to the larger American audience by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1970's and popularized by Chopra himself. Chopra presents the ancient healing art in a modern idiom, blending insights from the ancient Ayurvedic sages with modern-day information on quantum physics, diet, and lifestyle. He presents a perfectly accessible tool for any reader who is interested in learning more about Ayurvedic methods for influencing health. A body-type questionnaire in the beginning of the book sets the stage for the information that follows. By following the listed recommendations for your body-type (including exercise and diet) Chopra believes you will improve your health dramatically.

    My only concern with this book, and Chopra's books in general, is the subtle way he blends advertisements for Maharishi Ayurvedic services and products in with the information. He presents the benefits of Transcendental Meditation, for example, without offering any insights on how to perform the meditation. Want to learn? Chopra advises you to call your local Maharishi Ayurveda clinic. It maybe true that TM has to be taught face to face, but Chopra's veiled advertisements extend to almost every suggested healing exercise in the book, from aromatherapy to primordial sound techniques, to specific herbs that can be mail-ordered from the Maharishi Ayurveda center. To be fair, he does offer helpful diagrams on yoga postures as well as very specific diet techniques, but after reading the inspiring book, Quantum Healing and now Perfect Health, I have to admit: I am a little disappointed in Chopra's style. But I guess I should have known, perfect health, like most things in life, is not free. ... Read more


    106. Neanderthin : Eat Like a Caveman to Achieve a Lean, Strong, Healthy Body
    by Ray Audette, Troy Gilchrist, Raymond V. Audette, Michael R. Eades
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    Asin: 0312975910
    Catlog: Book (2000-12-15)
    Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
    Sales Rank: 43128
    Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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    Discover the diet that's been worth for thousands of years!

    In a revolutionary approach to weight loss and improved health, author Ray Audette presents his groundbreaking "caveman" diet--an eating program that stems from the notion that what we ate before agriculture and technology evolved is still what our bodies need to function effectively, stave off disease, and stay lean and healthy.

    Read NeaderThin and you'll discover:

    How to become a modern-day Hunter-Gatherer and give up the addictive foods and habits that have kept you unhealthy and overweight
    How a high-calorie, high-fat diet can actually make you leaner
    Tips for getting started on the NeanderThin Diet, sticking with it, keeping a food diary, and more
    Becoming Neander-Fit, a five-week exercise plan to complement your new diet
    Dozens of delicious, easy-to-prepare NeanderThin recipes, including Chili, Cold Shrimp-Stuff Avocados, Lemon Thyme Pesto Chicken, and Coconut Ice Cream
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Freedom!
    Every dieter can be sure of one thing, each diet book that comes out promises to be THE book, that changes your life for ever. Well, all of those books are gathering dust on my lengthy diet book shelf--THE book that changed my life, forever is "Neanderthin."

    The premise is simple, eat like your ancestors, get trim and strong and never go hungry. By ancestors, I'm speaking way back, about our Paleolithic forebears. In case you're foggy on this topic, these were the hunter-gatherer people. The diet is somewhat akin to Dr. Atkins' but you don't go into ketosis. "Neanderthin" touts natural whole food, preferably organic. Nuts and seeds; berries and other fruits; veggies, olive & flaxseed oil, plenty of water and a ton of meat round out the offerings. The author encourages folks to reach out of the ordinary supermarket meats, to try ostrich, buffalo, venison and a variety of eggs.

    Like one of the other reviewers I lost a lot, quickly--12 pounds in the first week. Naturally, the weight has slowed yet it continues each week. I have no intentions of ever going back to a carb-based diet. I've curbed the sugar demons and wheat bloat that I use to suffer from. This diet is a sweet ticket to freedom for all of the sugar and carb addicts out there!

    I took off 1 star because I've been able to work the diet, which is based on a low glycemic index, to include safe grains and a tiny bit of diary without slowing my weight-loss or increasing cravings. Most people will also probably end up trying to add a smidgen of each but will not suffer ill effects.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Neanderthin Diet: the Big Picture
    I became interested in the Paleolithic Diet after starting Atkins. I lost weight quickly and easily by cutting carbohydrates. There really was something to this low-carb stuff!

    I began reading other diet books like Protein Power and scoured the Internet. There were a lot of online references to something called the Paleolithic Diet. One book was mentioned time and time again, Neanderthin, by Ray Audette.

    I got ahold of the new edition and became a convert. The book tells that while our diet has changed since the advent of agriculture, our genes have not had time to adapt. We still have the old hunter-gatherer DNA. The grains, refined sugars and carbohydrates in our diet today are making us sick. Our bodies can't handle this new stuff.

    The book tells you what foods to eat and what to avoid. Well written with an extensive bibliography.

    Very highly recommended. The book has changed my life.

    Bob Hodgen

    5-0 out of 5 stars Eat healthfully for the first time in your life
    I'm a low-carb dieter who lost 47 lbs on the Atkins diet last year. During that time I felt great, slept better, skin cleared up, had wonderful energy and also experienced other little side benefits to the weight loss that are too numerous to get into here. However, after several months I plateaued at about 25 lbs above my ideal, and of course I wanted to jump-start my weight loss again. So, I did a little investigating, discovered the Neanderthin diet and decided to give it a try.

    A brief summary of the basics of this diet: eat no technology-dependant foods. By that, author Ray Audette meant that if a food needs technology beyond a sharp stick or stone to process it to become edible, or to exist in its present form, it was never a natural part of our human diet, which had its origins with hunter-gatherer societies. What foods absolutely must be processed and/or cooked are: grains, including wheat, rice and most others; starchy vegetables like potatoes and yams; legumes, including peanuts, beans and peas. Refined sugars and artificial sweeteners are absolutely unnatural, although a small bit of honey is fine. Modern fruits are okay but must be eaten sparingly due to the fact that they have been altered over thousands of years to barely resemble the wild originals that our ancestors snacked on, usually much larger and with a much higher sugar content. Fermented foods are of course absent without our technology, so that excludes cheeses, vinegars and alcohols. Dairy products are also absent from the lives of hunter gatherers for obvious reasons. That leaves us with meats, fish/seafood, eggs, nuts, most vegetables, greens, and small amounts of fruits and berries.

    I tried the hunter-gatherer diet for about one month. Just as with Atkins, I felt wonderful and had all of the other side benefits of the low-carb diet, but my weight loss was still stalled. You see, the allowance of fruits on this diet was too great a temptation and I overdid it there. Longtime dieters may be familiar with the term "trigger", which is anything that causes your cravings to resurface. Some people like me have carb triggers so sensitive that even fruits can activate them. So, reluctantly I concluded that I would have to replace the Neanderthin diet with a low-carb diet that forbid me to have any fruit, at least during the weight loss phase. When I am finished and at my goal weight, however, I will return to the Neanderthin diet to maintain my excellent health, as I can't imagine a life entirely without strawberries, peaches and melons!

    I should note here that the authors Audette and Gilchrist do not advocate this diet as an aid to weight loss per se, but for reversing health problems and improving overall fitness. They theorize that diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity and many other curses of civilization are the byproducts of an immune system response to unnatural foods like grains: they show how you can trace the origins and progression of these conditions from the time grains and other technology-dependant foods were introduced into a culture. Examples in our European culture point to the Industrial Revolution as the biggest health problem of our history, when steam powered mills made refined white flours and sugars commonly available and cheap to the masses. Until then heart disease and diabetes (just to pick two examples) were so rare as to be unheard of; now they are epidemic in the USA, which by the way consumes more refined flour and sugar per person than any nation in the world.

    Audette's theories and explanations make perfect sense to me, a non-scientist. They may partly explain why other low-carb diets are successful for weight loss. I can also see the sense in removing refined and processed foods from my diet, along with all the chemicals and trans fats that come with them. It's just too bad that a hunter-gatherer diet has a built in flaw, namely that the diet food industry can't cash in on it (remember, no artificial sweeteners or processed foods), and therefore it won't get the kind of publicity that diets like Atkins and Protein Power have had. Hopefully, the good word of mouth from satisfied dieters will spread and eventually get Audette nd Gilchrist the acclaim they deserve for helping so many people get back their health and quality of life.
    -Andrea, aka Merribelle

    5-0 out of 5 stars Food Poisoning
    This book will change your life as it has done for many. NeanderThin is not the Atkins Diet
    NeanderThin primarily advocates a Technology Free Diet. The basic premise as stated somewhat whimsically but 'Dead Serious' by Ray Audette in NeanderThin is: "Never eat anything that you cannot get naked, armed with only a sharp stick."

    What does this mean?
    First of all NeanderThin does not recommend the Atkins and other cookie cutter diets. Mr. Audette's IQ is above sea level. He understands that each person's metabolism is different due to the individual's genetic make up. Add to that the fact that instead of addressing individuals who from birth have only eaten technologically created foods, the people that are seeking help are ones that have already reached a point in their lives where they have health issues, which are impacting their lives, often quite severely.

    Bringing people back from the edge of disaster is not easily accomplished. Unlike those, who after years of self abuse and sins find salvation in their spirit, the flesh that has been corrupted will never fully recover from the damage inflicted by years of poisons that were willingly ingested.

    Ignorance is far from blissful.
    A mother would never voluntarily poison her children by feeding them arsenic laced foods. Yet in looking back, the health and obesity crisis in America, which is spreading like a virus into the rest of the world, started at home. Parents are waking up in droves to the fact that indeed, they are the cause of their children's auto-immune diseases and dietary habits that lead to their early demise and disabilities. Because of course we, (as I am among those parents, and so are you, and so were your grandparents; we only had the best intentions in rearing our children) cannot easily accept that we have poisoned our children's bodies and minds, we look for blame in corporate and government conspiracies and other delusional; places.

    The road to Hell on Earth is paved with loving good intentions.
    A mother sits by her 40 year old son's hospital bed. Her son weighs 230 pounds and is dying. The diagnosis is clear. Her son will die soon. She is looking for the cause. She is told that her son is dying because of the accumulation of plaque in his arteries and failure of his liver and immune system. She also is confronted with the fact that the root causes go back to childhood and continued into adulthood/ His illness is caused by the dietary pattern that he followed, This is why he finds himself about to have major surgery. The surgery, which will cost more than his income of several years, may only expedite his demise or if the operation is successful, may result in a few more years of survival in a less than pleasant state of being.
    Is it too late for ME?
    Unfortunately, many who ask this question must accept the fact that indeed, it is too late. After a certain threshold is exceeded, at best there will be some improvement but the damage will not be undone. Early detection and Prevention are an option only before the effects of what was ingested over many years of ignorance results in what we are observing today. This is true in cancers, aids, and virtually all the preventable instances diseases and illnesses that are caused by ingestion of substances that for all practical purposes have turned out to be time release poisons. I use the word poison only because a poison under any other name is still a poison.

    Save the Children

    It may be too late for you but you can still Save the Children. Once you understand and accept that 'you are what you eat and what you are eating has eaten, and the results for you are less than positive, how you in good conscience can continue to poison your children? The Unhappy Meals at the fast food establishment, the family sized bags of ground and fried grains, the greasy death fries that you adore are from the same class of poisons. They make you feel good at the moment of ingestion yet will slowly cause the debilitating illness that will either kill you or force you to live in misery. All this while paying hundreds, if not thousands of dollars for each day that you prolong the agony while family and friends pay and pray for your recovery. Drug abuse can be stopped and will not have the same long term negative effects as abusing one's body by poisoning it every day with harmful substances sold without even a warning label.
    Regardless what stage of un-health you find yourself in you will improve, even if you cannot undo all the damage done. Starting today: "Never eat anything that you cannot get naked, armed with only a sharp stick."

    Teach Your Children Well!
    Teach your children this same simple principle and you will avoid the fights at the grocery store and restaurant. "Never eat anything that you cannot get naked, armed with only a sharp stick." Instead of making up some reason that even you do not understand reiterate the teaching. With all the peer pressure, TV and print advertising and promotions they are exposed to it will not be easy, but they will thank you later. They will thank you as they watch their friends suffer years later and loose them by outliving them by years and even decades. So instead of trying to win the parental popularity contest, be kind to them and do not poison them or allow them to poison themselves.
    This is what I Learned from this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy, Borrow or Steal a copy of this book!!!
    Excellent, this book will change your life if you follow it. It is very logical in its arguments and it all makes perfect sense. I used to suffer from acne and eczema but now that I've changed to a paleolithic diet my skin skin look great. I feel better as well and lost a bit of excess weight around the tummy.

    This book will put you on the road to healthy living, follow it and you'll see.

    The book advises eating more green vegetables but I don't like to eat them but I have a shot of wheatgrass juice everyday which is equal to 2kg of green vegetables. Lucky for me.

    Other books i can recommend to compliment this is "Power of Juicing" by Ray Kordich for those who don't like eating vegetables and "Beyond Brawn" by Stuart McRobert for those who wish to buff up. ... Read more


    107. The Successful Child: What Parents Can Do to Help Kids Turn Out Well
    by Martha Sears, William Sears, Elizabeth Pantley
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    Catlog: Book (2002-03-27)
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    Just what does it take to raise a responsible, compassionate child in asociety whose overbearing media celebrates and encourages violence, promiscuity,and gluttonous materialism? Dr. William Sears and his wife, Martha, a nurse,understand that instilling a moral code in one's children is among the mostdaunting, yet vital, of all parenting tasks. In The Successful Child,they've marvelously distilled 34 years' experience parenting their eightchildren and treating thousands of kids in their pediatric office--along withfacts from recent scientific studies--into this collection of constructive,reassuring guidelines for nurturing children into healthy, well-adjusted youngadults.

    As Dr. Sears told his children, "Your success in life ... will not be measuredby the money you make or the degrees you earn, but rather by the number ofpersons whose lives are better because of what you did." To that end, Searsadvocates what he has coined "attachment parenting," or AP, the practice oflistening to your parenting instincts and being sensitive to your baby's needs(such as by quickly responding to cries; by breastfeeding on cue, notbottle-feeding on a schedule; and by co-sleeping). By having his needs metimmediately, Sears says the child learns to trust adults, and he in turn mirrorsthis behavior by acting sensitively to the needs of others later on.

    Sears says, "It's never too late to try the AP approach with a child," butThe Successful Child definitely will be most useful to parents who'veraised their child according to AP guidelines through infancy and toddlerhood.Those who haven't may shudder when Sears writes that the developmental stagefrom birth to one year most influences a child's future success "because that'swhen caregivers leave the most lasting impressions on a child's brain."Nevertheless, the Searses have packed in a plethora of sensible tips here forall parents, including 16 ways to teach children how to make wise choices, 12strategies for guiding spiritual development, seven questions to ponder when ateen wants to start working part-time, and a dozen ways to boost your child'sintellectual abilities, such as by offering a diet high in brain-buildingomega-3 fatty acids. But the most important thing parents can do for their kids,the Searses say, is to hold high expectations: "Let her know that you expect herto do her best, no less and no more, and that you will love her no matter what."--Erica Jorgensen ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Sears does it again! (m)
    This is another really well done book by Dr. and Mrs. Sears. Maybe much of this information is available in his other books, but if you haven't read "The Discipline Book", "The Baby Book" or "The Attachment Parenting Book", I could see this as being a really exciting and thought provoking work.

    I just had to comment on the negative reviewer's obnoxious remark to the effect that simply having children does not make you an expert. Dr. Sears raised his children to adulthood, and they are now successful and happy people. Two or three of his children actually are physicians who practice pediatrics with him. One of them is even starting to take over some of the media responsibilities by appearing on shows such as Good Morning America.

    In a world where so many kids are estranged from their parents, this is really really nice to see. Anyone that can raise kids to be adults like that has some good advice to offer the rest of us.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful Advice for Parents and Child Care Pros
    I bought this book and "The Child Whisperer" by Matt Pasquinilli on the advice of a professional. I was having difficulty getting my child to listen and follow through with simple tasks. It was affecting her school too. She is such a wonderful child, so kind and caring.

    The problem was that she gets distracted easily, and daydreams too much. "The Child Whisperer" was so profound in its simplicity. It created a foundation of basic skills that changed my relationship with my child.

    The man who recommended these two books suggested I read and reread "The Child Whisperer" first, then after trying the techniques within it for a few weeks, I was supposed to start reading "The Successful Child:What Parents Can Do to Help Their Kids Turn Out Well." Fantastic advice!!! "The Successful Child" is chock full of easy to use advice and insights that will build your child's confidence and esteem.

    All children are wonderful and start out completely innocent. As parents, we can use all the help we can get to raise happy and healthy kids. This book helps!

    2-0 out of 5 stars If You've Read One, You've Read Them All
    This book contains a lot of practical advice on how to foster desirable, pleasant behaviors and attitudes in children, which naturally contribute to their success in life. However, it has several fundamental flaws in its execution. The first and biggest is that, as many other reviewers have noted, the entire book is little more than a propaganda piece for attachment parenting. Because of this, there is never a moment in the book where he addresses ANY of the challenges his theories have faced. It is also filled with endless gross generalizations such as "The connected child will do what's right because doing what's wrong makes him FEEL wrong." ["Connected child" is his term for children who are raised according to his dictates. If you disagree with any of his tactics, you're in danger of raising a "disconnected" i.e. sociopathic failure of a child.) And "Children who are on the receiving end of sensitive parenting become sensitive themselves." Ad nauseum. Literally.

    The book is filled with obsequious overgeneralizations. There are dozens of little "interviews" from, I guess we're supposed to believe, patients (although the speakers are NEVER identified, making it very confusing when the sidebar refer to "our son Matthew" while knowing Dr. Sears has a son Matthew too). These "interviews" produce hysterically unbelievable and melodramatic accounts of miraculously empathic (and boy howdy, ARTICULATE!) 2 year olds, shrewd psychological insight imparted by kindergarteners, etc. Oh, and of course, the book is riddled with obliquely validating comments such as "Research has shown," yet the book fails to have a bibliography or reference section. One eventually has to question why the book ends up seeming more like a sales pitch for attachment parenting than any real compilation of advice.

    As the parent of a 6yo child with high-functioning autism who DID/does practice many of the things the Sears deem as "attachment parenting" to the letter, I can tell you that while I don't disagree that his child-sensitive approach to parenting does engender trust and emotional intimacy between parent and child, it is in NO way a blueprint for raising "successful" children, nor is it a recipe for producing any kinds of desirable traits in your children. There is little room for variables in Dr. Sears' tract, if any. I don't think following these practices would hurt any child, but I think that the claims Dr. Sears makes are, at best, spurious, and should be questioned and challenged a lot more than they currently are.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent - The Science Behind Well Rounded Children!
    I've read quite a lot of Dr. & Martha Sears' books and agree with some previous reviewers who have said that some of their most recent releases are just rehashes of old stuff [something I began to find very frustrating!]. However, this book was well worth my money!

    I was pleasantly surprised to find a well organized book taking a "bird's eye view" of childrearing - not getting so bogged down in babyhood, but looking at the long term goals and results. I found the research quoted throughout fascinating and really enjoyed their synthesis of scientific study. I liked seeing their logic on how their suggestions for raising babies, preschoolers, and elementary age kids on up are likely to result in the attributes I want for my own children.

    I particularly enjoyed the chapters on Siblings [something they are obviously experts at after 8 children!], Raising Moral and Responsible Children, and Sexuality; as well as the numerous suggestions and ideas for raising older children. This book is an excellent follow up to "The Baby Book" - what to do when the baby isn't a baby any more!

    Even if you are not the least bit inclined towards Attachment Parenting, this book would be an interesting read just as a counterpoint to your own philosophy. I'm very excited to have found such a useful book!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't be a Dr. Sears Clone!!
    The first Dr. Sears book I read was "The Baby Book", which I found helpful and somewhat insightful as many other parents that are gentle in raising their children. But I became very turned off by this book and the entire Dr. Sears following that has thousands of parents looking to him as the guru of child care. This book, like all the others in the "Sears library" of books is a carbon copy of his other books and reiterates the same beliefs. He uses this book as a medium to promote his attachment parenting beliefs and uses the title "the successful child" to make parents believe that his parenting beliefs are the rule rather than the exception. Yes, I know that Dr. Sears has eight kids and is a well renowned pediatrician, but that doesn't make him the authority on parenting and child development and other issues that he has written books on including family nutrition, pregnancy, and childbirth, and to suggest so would make his books utterly self-congratulatory other than proven techniques that work across the board. I hope the parents of his patients don't feel that they have to conform to his beliefs in terms of how they choose to raise their children. It is good to take what is useful to you as a parent from various sources such as this book; but I refuse to see Dr. Sears as an authority on my child's development and on my role as a parent just because he has written dozens of books that are regurgitations of each other. As a parent, you must learn to think for yourself as well as seek out information from other sources. ... Read more


    108. You Can Feel Good Again: Common-Sense Therapy for Releasing Depression and Changing Your Life
    by Richard Carlson
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    Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Average Customer Review: 4.87 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Should clearly be a 5-star book, except for one thing....
    I have read all the other reviews. They are right on target; essentially this is a 5+ star book. However, like nearly all self-help books, the author repeats and repeats and repeats simple concepts (new maybe, revolutionary to the field, perhaps, but simple to understand).

    The basic premise is that one's thinking when it is askew gets one into trouble with depression, etc. Simple, true, great explantions, but the book could clearly have been half the size.

    The case studies are informative and break the monotony.

    I highly recommend this book, but you can skip through most of it, and more importantly start practicing the principles.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you've lost your smile you'll find it here!
    After a bad break-up, when I was stuck in the "I-Can't-stop-thinking-about-him" mindset, I picked up this book. After 3 months of crying, this book was like a breath of fresh air. It makes complete sense and helped me find my smile again. Now it does sort of say the same thing about 9 different ways, but this is why it works! It really works and must be read cover to cover. I've even bought this book for friends when they were low. I still use the ideas from this book everyday, and haven't lost my smile since.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read this book and keep on re-reading it
    Dr Carlson has written many self-help books aimed at helping us to find the stable state of happiness that naturally exists within us all. He has now written this book specifically for those of us who suffer from depression. The book contains practical truths that are so obvious that most of us miss them or at least bypass them in the rush of our everyday lives. If you are suffering from depression this book will help immensely. Richard Carlson will show you how your state of depression is as much perpetuated by your own thinking as it is by any chemical imbalance that may or may not exist. I have read this book at the same time as receiving treatment with an SSRI anti-depressant (Cipralex). While I am unsure if the SSRI has benefited me at all after 6 weeks, I am certain that this book has changed my outlook completely after two weeks and that it continues to do so more and more with each re-reading. If I allow myself to slip back into my old ways of thinking, the severity of my depression rapidly returns. The good news is that it just as rapidly alleviates when I get back on track with my thinking. The book is simple to read and may seem repetitious. However, if you are one of Dr Carlson's target audience of sufferers from depression you should read this book and keep on re-reading it. You will find that on each re-reading something will leap out at you with greater meaning than it did before. I have highlighted many sentences so that I can rapidly re-read them, and have noted down the keywords on the title page. This way I can pull myself back on track quickly. The approach takes some work to put into practice but there is nothing as hard work as being in a depressed state. The hard work, by the way, is only in terms of changing your habitual modes of thinking, it does not involve making lists and analysing things as do many cognitive (i.e. thinking) approaches such as that found in Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns. I have found Dr Burns's book to be of some use also, mainly because it has helped me to identify particular types of cognitive distortion that help perpetuate depressive illness. This enables me to more accurately recognise when I should dismiss my thoughts, as Dr Carlson recommends in his approach. If you are depressed, low, angry, resentful, dissatisfied, unfulfilled, stressed, hurried, fearful or just not happy most of the time then read this book and keep re-reading it. I only wish this book had been available when I was aged twenty rather than forty.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for the depressed, but for anyone who thinks...
    This is a life changing book. It shows how our thoughts create our perception of life. Our perception of life is our experience of life. It doesn't go overboard and claim their is no objective reality outside our thoughts, as some new age teachings do. However, it does say that it's not the circumstances of our lives, but our reactions to them. It does repeat it's central ideas several times, but sometimes it takes a while for something to sink in. I really liked the chapter on wisdom. My only problem with this book is the subtitle, because I read this book when I wasn't depressed and still got tons out of it. It could be read by anyone who wants to think optimally and discover happiness in life. I am only writing this review, because I have the hope that someone might read it and get solid info about living a better life. Carlson is influenced in his writing by a school of psychology called Psychology of Mind. Psychology of Mind is based on the concepts originally presented by Sydney Banks. I think this is the most clearly written of the Psychology of Mind books. However, if you read this book and like it I would reccomend any of the books from the Psychology of Mind authors (e.g Wisdom Within by Roger Mills, Divorce Is Not The Answer by George Pransky). Also check out Sydney Banks website and books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!
    Never has something I've read had such an impact on my life as this book has. In fact, I would never have imagined that a book could have this much impact on my life! ... Read more


    109. The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet : The Powerful Foods, Supplements, and Drugs That Can Save Your Life
    by Dr. Bob Arnot
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    Asin: 0316051098
    Catlog: Book (1999-09-16)
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    "From one of the most visible and highly respected figures in medical journalism comes a book that can literally save lives.

    During the past several years, doctors at leading institutions across the nation have been investigating the relationship between breast cancer and diet. The recent flood of medical studies confirm that what a woman eats can have a dramatic impact on whether or not she contracts the disease. In The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet, Dr. Bob Arnot, in his unique, expert fashion, has synthesized this research into an eating program that finally enables women to fight back.

    The breast cancer prevention diet is designed with all women in mind; whether you want to guard yourself against the onset of breast cancer, or protect yourself from recurrence, the diet offers valuable information that will address your particular needs, including plans for:

    -women with high estrogen, who are therefore at a higher risk -postmenopausal women with lower estrogen levels -breast cancer survivors -women with a familial history of breast cancer

    -young women who want to take precautionary measures.

    Back again with his simple yet enormously powerful premise, Dr. Arnot encourages you to think of foods as drugs -- without the side effects. Although you can't single out specific foods or toxins that initiate breast cancer, you can still take charge of your diet -- and in the long run, your life. There are certain foods that can significantly decrease your risk. With a clear overview of the biology of the breast and information about the way in which cancer spreads, Dr. Arnot offers helpful, practical guidelines that will allow you to incorporate these powerful foods into your diet. The Breast Cancer Prevention Diet is easy to follow, complete with delicious menu suggestions, cooking techniques, and the general information women need to make significant dietary choices that could ultimately save their lives. " ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Self-help without the hype...it makes sense to me!
    As a lawyer, I am very skeptical of wild claims. Dr. Bob has done a good job explaining the significance of new research in the field, providing balanced advice concerning the advantages and disadvantages of various dietary strategies, and creating the framework for a lifelong cancer prevention program. At times, he misstates the exact findings or methodologies of certain studies, but in general the punch line is correct. Carbohydrate selection is only part of the prescription, but for anyone who has considered a carbohydrate restriction diet (Sugar Busters, Zone, Protein Power, Atkins, etc., or McDougall Maximum Weight Loss) but held back because weight loss or heart health was not enough reason to switch, here is yet another voice in support of glucose control as a crucial determinant of health. The book's most glaring omission, as others have mentioned, is the absence of recipes in the menu plans; also, some of the glycemic index tables appear to be redundant and/or contradictory. Overall, I recommend this book highly.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for those who want to lower their risk.
    On the eve of my Mother's 3rd anniversary of dying from Breast Cancer, I decided to read this book and try to make sense of it all. I have watched 2 great Aunts, 1 Aunt and my Mother die from this disease, and often wonder when it is my turn. Instead of waiting for it to happen, I bought the book, (and one for my sister also). Finally, someone trying to lower the risk before it happens. I liked the way he explained the risk factors we here of so often, and the way they are related to diet (which nobody ever really has explained yet). The only thing I didn't like about the book, was that there are no recipes to follow. In reading reviews on his other book, about losing weight, people said the same thing. DIDN'T HE LEARN FROM THE FIRST BOOK!!! To follow a mediterrian or asian diet, people need recipes. I couldn't put the book down, but think he should follow up with a cookbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Better now, than later...
    First, every woman I care about, my friends, sisters, mom, etc., will be getting a copy of this book as their next gift from me! Dr. Arnot gives example after example of medical research PLUS lifestyles of women all over the world showing better health than most Americans, revealing what scientists believe attribute to it! Unless every word and Doctor, or school referenced are all liars, this book is a LIFESAVE. Scientist have come a long way. They don't just say "don't eat this, but eat that" and you'll be fine. That's too simple. They know much more than that now and we need to take advantage of that. If they say breakfast is important, always eat SOMETHING, than that's what we should do! If you want a fiction book, or an easy fix, or if you want to ramble about how research in mice has little to do with humans, than keep fooling yourself. I'll take all the help a reputable doctor or scientist or medical college wants to give to prolong my life AND give me GOOD HEALTH at the same time. Many of us ae having our children late in life. My youngest was born when I was 38. I've got to live a long time to be there for her. My mother had me at 18! She's 70 now and I love having her around. I trust there is nothing in Dr. Bob's book that will hurt me -- but that will only help me. Should I still go to the doctor? OF COURSE!!! I have been getting yearly mamograms for 15 years, and only this year did I have a a small spot. I'm to get another exam in May 2002. I'm worried. They think it's nothing and say MOST OF THEM ARE BENIGN. What if i'm one of those woman not so lucky? I am not sure about Soy Isoflavones (the dosage) although Dr. Bob talks about it. Thanks, and KEEP READING!! ...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not till I find out more about Lillian Thompson!
    I was all set to get this book, really...Till it came to my attention that I alreasy HAVE a book that cites Lillian Thompson's research at The Univerity of Toronto with flax seeds on breast cancer in mice (or rats, whichever-- except that its NOT whichever, it's bloody mice! and they don't always get the same results in both!) and it says that she is going one step further and, in a pilot study, is giving flaxseeds to women recently diagnosed with the disease. Now there is a review right here written in December, 1998, about the hardcover edition of this book that says that Dr. Arnot failed to make clear that the results Lillian Thompson obtained were for mice. The book I bought was published in hardcover in 1998 and in paperback in 1999, and I just got it in 2000. So I though maybe since then Lillian Thompson had published something in which she had given flaxseeds to human subjects diagnosed with breast cancer. Since the government has granted free poblic access to Medline, I looked up her reasearh on it. She hasn't done recent research on any human subjects unless you count one experiment done a few years ago in which she gave various doses of of raw flaxseeds and processed (as in cooked: in bread and muffins) flaxseeds to healthy human subjects to see if what (no I don't know what--but it was what it was supposed to be) was excreted would be excreted in a dose dependant manner and if it would be affected by processing ( raw vs. processed): it was excreted in a dose dependant manner and this was regardless of whether the flaxseeds were raw or processed in muffins and bread. But on Medline I could find no experiments of hers on human subjects with breast cancer going back as far as 1993. It's not that her experiments on mice aren't encouraging , but one wonders what happened to the human subjects that were recently diagnosed with breast cancer who were going to get the flax seeds. It may not even be that she hasn't done that and published it too--it's just that as of now, if she has, I can't find it on Medline and I can find this other stuff of hers. I don't intend to stop using flaxseeds, but I'm also not getting this book yet. Also to be consdered, possibly, that I do not know about: another reveiewer said that some of the scientists whose work was cited in the book have disassociated themselves from it. One might want to know why. I do think that diet and some cancers are related and that it is worth one's while to find out what one can and try to reduce one's risk. However, I ,too, live on a budget, I have other needs too, and i'm not ready for this book yet.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I have breast cancer
    I remember watching Dr. Bob on the Oprah show and I was hopeful because my diet and exercise routine (in addition to the suppliments I take) closely matched his anti-breast cancer book. I managed stress. I wasn't in a high-risk group.

    Well...I'm getting ready for my second round of chemotherapy. People PLEASE DON'T BE FOOLED. Anyone is at risk and there isn't much you can do to stop this horrible disease before it hits you. ... Read more


    110. Living Through the Meantime : Learning to Break the Patterns of the Past and Begin the Healing Process
    by Iyanla Vanzant
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    The "meantime," according to best-selling author and inspirationalspeaker Iyanla Vanzant, is that in-between stage of life when you're gatheringup strength, evaluating past mishaps, and preparing for the next chapter. Usingthe metaphor of psyche as house, Vanzant believes that the meantime offers aperfect opportunity for tackling a rigorous cleaning. "We are going to gothrough every inch of your emotional and spiritual house and clean up the mess,clear out the debris, fix the leaks, stop the squeaks, and reveal and repair anydamage we can find," she promises in this workbook. Readers who felt soothed andinspired by Vanzant's In theMeantime will probably appreciate this floor-by-floor companionworkbook. Every chapter of Living Through the Meantime contains anassortment of "Caring Exercises," ranging from affirmations, such as "I nowplace my faith in the power and presence of God's love" to quasi-therapeuticfill-in-the-blanks statements. (For example, "My earliest experience of feelingbetrayed was ___.") Vanzant is not the most eloquent or sophisticated ofwriters, but she does seem to touch people's hearts and crack them open. Hermain agendas are self-reflection and trust in God. Fans who are ready to tacklea hefty self-improvement project will not be disappointed with this workbook. Newcomers should check out her earlier book before committing to this one. -- Gail Hudson ... Read more


    111. What You Feel You Can Heal: A Guide to Enriching Relationships
    by John Gray, John, Ph.D. Gray
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    Asin: 0931269016
    Catlog: Book (1994-04-01)
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    The need for love begins with your need to love yourself.

    Consciously or unconsciously, everyone is trying to enrich and improve their relationships in some way. Enriching our relationships is an art and a science. For this enrichment to happen'even before we can find and accept love'we have to love ourselves.

    Through his experience in working with others to heal their pain, Dr. Gray has found patterns and messages that many of us received while growing up. These messages can keep us from loving ourselves'and from loving and receiving love from others. By exploring how these messages became ingrained in us while we were young and how we are using them today, we can change old patterns and thoughts about ourselves and others as well as create long-lasting, fulfilling relationships.

    John Gray tells us that “Loving yourself in the presence of others means being able to express your inner gifts and talents without fear. When you don't love yourself and mask your real self, the cycle works in the opposite direction'decreasing love and true self expression.”

    Read by the author.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Very Good
    This book is very helpful in understanding yourself and your partner. It is a very easy read and could be mistaken as too "simple" - but the beauty of this book is that it has taken some of the most complex feelings and reduced it to bite size ideas and adorable cartoons. I am a highly educated person and thought the cartoons were brilliant (BS, MS, JD) - some reviewers did not like them? Read this book more than once and learn a lot about relationships. I am really hoping to (educationally smart - relationship dummy).

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT!!
    This book is fabulous! It has very easy-to-understand examples and simple illustrations. I highly recommend this book to both men and women!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Simple, but insightful
    While the cartoons can sometimes seem a little patronizing, the book actually has very good content. There are a lot of good suggestions for strengthening relationships. It is most helpful if both partners read the book.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Before John Gray became an idiot
    This book shows real insight into human emotion and interpersonal dynamics, presented in a very gentle, simple way. Why he gave up and became the gender stereotyper from hell, I don't know. I guess because it sold better. Too bad, because this is the better approach. He discusses the dynamics of emotional connection without resorting to "men do this, women do that" by showing that when one partner, regardless of gender, behaves a certain way, the other will respond accordingly.

    The tone of this book, again, is simple, almost childish, but gets the points across. "The Two Step", is the grown-up version.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    A must read!!! It is written in a simple and "fun" format but with extremely profound principles. ... Read more


    112. Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them
    by Angeles Arrien
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    Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
    Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
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    "The soul never thinks without an image," claimed Aristotle. Indeed, as Angeles Arrien displays in this reissued edition of Signs of Life, shapes have significant psychological and mythological meanings embedded in our minds. Understanding the messages they convey and our attraction to them opens up a door to the secret workings of our inner selves and to a fuller appreciation of the art itself.As in her widely popular The Tarot Handbook, Arrien applies her background as a cultural anthropologist to the import human beings attribute to shapes. Examining her results, she has developed an effective tool to determine the connection between a person's preferences for certain shapes and the same person's inner, subjective states. In the course of using Arrien's book, individuals, parents, teachers, and therapists will experience the universal processes of growth embodied in images and myths.

    Life, we discover, is art, and through Arrien's fascinating journey in Signs of Life, we gain a new perception of the omnipresent patterns and symbols that surround us.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Uses for the Five Universal Shapes
    I recommend this book to artists who are interested in finding out ways to express their personal vision. Expanding on Arien's initial exercise of arranging the five shapes, one can develop images that come from the center of one's life rather than from outside influences. It goes without saying that a person feels better when he/she understands why he/she feel more comfortable (or uneasy)with certain aspects of their lives. This simple book can help a person to know and understand where they are in life and how they might have gotten there. I go back to it every few months and use it in teaching art classes and in art retreats.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Angeles Arrien is a gifted teacher.
    Once again Angeles inspires and soothes my soul with her beautiful and powerful writing. This book is a treasure and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in the language of the Universe.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very thought provoking book.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who is in process of self examination. The simplicity of the use belies the depth of the information that can be extracted from Ms Arrein's analysis. Her use of "universal" symbols clears away much of the overburden of intellectual understanding and cultural training that colors our perceptions of the world. The work in this book cuts through to base emotions and drives. This book will improve your understanding of your motivations in all aspects of your life.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A book you'll come back to again and again
    This was one of the books that picked me instead of me picking it. I feel like it was my fate to posess this book. It helps me view my soul as if I was looking through spiritual glasses. And of course being creatures of change, what we see is different from time, even within ourselves. This book remarkably brings to the reader knowledge or information that is not commonly found in this society. Very reflective and definately a great tool when on path to personal enlightment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starting point for making art from the inside.
    As an art teacher, I encourage adult students to read this book so as to begin to understand how to express through art what is inside them. This is in contrast to making art by looking at something in the outside world and duplicating it in some way. I have found that most students respond favorably to the shapes assay. They are intigued by how close the shape preferences do actually mirror where they are in their lives. A great book! I recommend it highly. ... Read more


    113. The Four-Fold Way : Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary
    by Angeles Arrien
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    Asin: 0062500597
    Catlog: Book (1993-02-26)
    Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
    Sales Rank: 33738
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    A leading expert on native spirituality and shamanism reveals the four archetypal principles of the Native American medicine wheel and how they can lead us to a higher spirituality and a better world. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not very good at all
    My main problem with the book was that there just wasn't much to it, both in terms of the writing (very wishy-washy) to the ideas. The author descibes 4 paths but does not do a good job of telling a person how to incorporate the concepts into daily life. Some other reviewers had much that was positive to say but I would argue that this book was like a cheerleading manual than a thoughtful guide.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting philosophy but not good for Shamanism
    This book claims to teach you to walk the paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary.

    This book teaches four different kinds of meditation.

    This book places the elements in other directions than I do, but if this technique speaks to you, by all means use it. The fact that you honor the elements, and treat them with respect is more important than the directions you associate them with.

    This book describes the four brainwave frequencies beta, alpha, theta, and delta, but the frequencies are wrong.

    delta (deep sleep) 4-7 HTZ

    theta (light sleep) 7-11 HTZ

    alpha (most meditation occurs here) 11-17 HTZ

    beta (Wakeful consciousness) 17-21 HTZ

    Appendix E was VERY informative. It described where the author has some people listen to Shamanic drumming tapes (3.5-4 beats per second)without telling them any thing in advance, then getting their experieces afterward...

    If you want to learn Shamanism, I would recommend these books in this order.

    "Shamanic Experience" Kenneth Meadows

    "Shamanism: As A Spiritual Practise For Daily Life" Tom Cowan

    "Shamanism" Gordon MacLellan

    "The Way of the Shaman" Michael Harner

    "Secrets Of Shamanism: Tapping the Spirit Power Within You" Jose and Lena Stevens

    "Rainbow Medicine: A Visionary Guide to Native American Shamanism" Wolf Moondance

    ...Two Bears

    Wah doh Ogedoda

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good!
    This book was a wonderful overview of many traditions with simple yet powerful exercises in the tradition of the medicine wheel. A great introduction to the subject - you will want to read and learn more!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book is alive, it is an event.
    I have found this book to be one of the most empowering, insightful books for the journey of self discovery. Since I started reading my friends copy, I have come to a fuller way of life, and able to absorbe, release, and transmit beauty, healing and energy. I find this is not a book one can read like a manual, put it down and practise it's content. Rather it encourages one to look within one's self first, and through ones lived experience, enter the mystery of this beautifull book. The world becomes a better place to live in.

    Much thanks and appreciation to Angeles Arren.

    I hope to purchase my own copy soon.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful tool to develop conscious living and learning.
    1) Show Up 2) Pay Attention to What has Heart and Meaning 3) Tell the Truth without Blame or Judgement 4) Be Open yet Unattached to Outcome.

    This is the Four-Fold Way. Simple, yes. Easy, no. But a very powerful model for living each of our lives to the fullest.

    I have read the book multiple times, and it continues to offer me insights for improved living. I use the methodology to assist me in maximizing my own potential. I also use it in my work as a Human Resources Professional to help me assist others and the organization achieve theirs.

    I have studied with Angeles and respect her work, her teaching, and her being. I recommend this book to anyone who desires bringing their personal gifts forward and a tool for lifelong learning. ... Read more


    114. Fire in the Soul : A New Psychology of Spiritual optimism
    by Joan Borysenko
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    Asin: 0446670154
    Catlog: Book (1994-07-01)
    Publisher: Warner Books
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    4-0 out of 5 stars This book helped during a very difficult time
    I read this book during the recent hospitalization and subsequent passing of my wife. In the course of dealing with death and dying, I experienced what I would call a spiritual awakening. This book helped provide a context for some of what I was experiencing and was actually a source of incredible comfort. I'm in the process of re-reading this book now & again find it helpful and affirming for the spiritual path I now find myself to be on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Imperfect but still useful spiritual guide.
    Much of what J. Borysenko writes is, for me, too "out there" to be accessible (e.g., her chapter on past lives). However, much of what is written here is also extraordinarily helpful to those of us seeking practical steps toward creating a more compassionate relationship with ourselves and with others. If you can read this book with a view to skipping over the more fantastic claims and discussions, then I suspect you will find some profoundly excellent guidance.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended
    Friends have been telling me for years that I am entirely too pessimistic. With an eye toward changing, I searched the local bookstore shelves a book that presents a balanced spiritual optimism. FIRE IN THE SOUL by Joan Borysenko, Ph.D seemed to meet my needs exactly. Certainly the concept that every difficult experience provides an opportunity for soul growth is not new to me. But Borysenko has a gift for presenting familiar material in a way that is refreshing and revitalizing as she points to the paths that allow the pain of soul making to lead to deep healing.

    One of the most profound concepts of FIRE IN THE SOUL is that it is the stories that we tell ourselves that determine how we recover from painful experiences. Pessimism, believing that we have done bad things for bad things to happen, leads to depression and powerlessness. Optimism, accepting that bad things happen to good people but present an opportunity for growth, leads to deep healing. Like one woman in the book states, "This is the role I've been given to play. I'm going to do it as consciously and gracefully as I can."

    Personal anecdotes, case histories, and various spiritual readings combine in a powerful tool for healing in FIRE IN THE SOUL. I began working my way through the book several months ago as I underwent a terrible spiritual crisis. As the fires of transformation have burned their ways through my life, Borysenko's confirmation of spiritual truths that I have long held has provided the lifeline needed to endure and even flourish despite profound challenges. Certainly it is an imperfect book, with an over abundance of references aimed to encourage the reader to buy Borysenko's previous book. And many of the concepts are quite familiar. Yet Borysenko's gift for weaving text that speaks to the soul and inspires transformation makes FIRE IN THE SOUL a powerful spiritual tool. FIRE IN THE SOUL comes very highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Purification for the Soul
    This book is correctly named. It is an excellent book for those who find themselves feeling sad, depressed or just out of sorts and they can't seem to figure out why. It is helpful for looking at our own shadows and dealing with them in an effective and healing manner.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Meditation
    Insightful book which does an excellent job of teaching spiritual optimism. I particularly enjoyed the chaper on meditation and the mind. Book also contains an excellent resource list as well. ... Read more


    115. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff for Women : Simple and Practical Ways to Do What Matters Most and Find Time for You
    by Kristine Carlson
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    Asin: 0786886021
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-17)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Protecting Yourself From the Irritations of Life
    How do women become so wise and resilient? And why do we sweat the small stuff so much? Is there some balance, some moment when you realize that most of it is all small stuff?

    Kristine Carlson is married to Richard Carlson and together they show great insight into the everyday life. Their books can seriously start to change your life if you use the principles they present in these easy-to-read compact books. I especially like their "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love" book and I think it helped me improve my own relationship considerably by making me realize that one of the most important needs humans have is to be listened to. I had never really thought about what the other person needed in conversation, always so busy jabbering on. Wow, that was quite a revelation to me and it changed my entire view of conversation.

    Expect real revelations from these books. They are more than enlightening. Sometimes a simple awareness of an issue can trigger an entire thinking pattern that will help you make changes. When reading this book a highlighter is essential!

    Kristine discusses why you should set aside time every morning to reflect. See, that is a good excuse to spend a little time in the morning chatting online? Right? Ok, well I think that she actually meant spending time alone thinking about your day.

    As you move into your day, you try to get organized and at times the entire day feels like it is falling apart. Have you noticed that if you pick up the house in the morning, the entire day is more enjoyable? Kristine gives herself an hour each morning to clear the path of her day. She spends time each morning organizing her life. I loved her thought about laundry. A gentleman she met makes folding clothes a Zen meditation. Ok, so I am not burning candles while I fold towels, but I try not to be as stressed about it all.

    Some of her ideas include:

    Make Peace with The Mundane - Sometimes life just IS.
    Ground Your Energy in Nature - Take a walk in the evening.
    Protect Your Inner Flame - Nurture yourself.

    Plan an Inspiration Flow Day - Just go with the flow...oh, what fun this type of day is. It is very freeing and you do just what occurs to you. I write the most reviews on these types of days. They might include reading a great book, watching a movie, sitting outside with the cats, making dinner, writing in a journal, exercising. On other days, you might feel like just leaving the house for most of the day and forgetting about that load of laundry, those dishes, etc. Just escaping can be most freeing.

    Walk Through Open Doors - A positive attitude shows you more open doors.

    Let Go of "Perfect" Plans - have a sense of humor when things don't work instead of crying your eyes out. Dissapointment is so hard to take when you have very high expectations.

    Climb Your Mountain One Step at a Time - set goals, but take it one step at a time.

    Save Pot Stirring for Cooking Dinner (I really liked that one!)
    Gather and Let Go
    Define Your Small Stuff

    This is a collection of essays that will inspire you and you will learn to appreciate people in your life, swallow your anger, take time for yourself and nurture your friendships.

    Use this as a way to make your own list of things you want to change in your life.

    Then:

    Go run in a rain puddle
    Light Candles while you watch a movie
    Think about Beautiful Moments
    Start a Journal
    Say something inspirational to a friend
    Tell someone in your life you love them
    Let some things go, don't obsess so much (ok, but it is hard to do!)

    Define what is not really important then imagine it drifting away on a small boat, down the river in front of you. After all, who has time for all that baggage.

    Read this book to help you see the really important things in life.

    Great Insight! You might even want to buy a few copies for
    all your friends. That reminds me to add a few to my
    wish list!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Happier Women
    This cheerful book aims to make us stop and smell--if not roses--whatever is sitting in front of our noses. It is just like the other series of "Don't Sweat" books but with a women-minded twist. It offers meditations designed to make us appreciate our lives, keep our emotions in perspective, and cherish other people. I also highly recommend "Open Your Mind, Open Your Life: A Little Book of Eastern Wisdom" by Taro Gold. If we all followed the guidance in these books, we would be happier, more harmonious women.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Lightweight Advice
    Well-meaning, I suppose, but very lightweight advice. Take a hot bath. Breathe deeply. Drink decaffinated tea. Please. Nothing new here. A nice little book for someone who's pretty oblivious to the world around them. Sorry to be jaded; but nothing here that would seriously stop the sweating! Maybe it would stop mild perspiration, but not real sweat!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air!
    Do you let all the small stuff in your life make you miserable? Are you ready to look at your "issues" about cleanliness, perfection & being stoic? When you get upset, does it last forever?

    Thanks to our foremothers, we women have, for the most part, never had it so good! We have more independence, options & conveniences - so why are we sweating our way through our rich, full lives?

    As Kristine Carlson writes in her Introduction: "...when Richard asked me to write solo for the first time...part of me wanted to hightail it as fast as I could in the other direction!...I knew, after some contemplation, that this would be a challenge and a part of my own spiritual journey that I simply could not refuse..."

    It's all common sense & as we so well know, we women must have permission - Kristine Carlson gives us that in timely essays about everything imaginable from getting down & dirty to letting go of our perfect plans; from protecting our inner flame to saying no without feeling guilty. Wondering what to give this summer's Brides? This one is perfect! Enjoy the essays, connect the dots & Don't Sweat the Small Stuff! ... Read more


    116. The Hoffman Process : The World-Famous Technique That Empowers You to Forgive Your Past, Heal YourPresent, and Transform Your Future
    by TIM LAURENCE
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    Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
    This is an amazing book. Having read a lot of spiritual/self-help books over the years, this one soars on top of my list. I really liked the author's style - no pretentions and easy to understand. The exercises felt very indepth to me and extremely thought (and emotion!) provoking. I rate this book very high.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising insights on yourself
    The best I ever read for information and practical exercises to enhance and empower the quality of everyday life ... Read more


    117. The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Ursula Solom
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    Asin: 0471267570
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-22)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 11022
    Average Customer Review: 4.03 out of 5 stars
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    The revolutionary cookbook that satisfies all your comfort food cravings–from the New York Times bestselling authors of Protein Power

    When you think about low-carb diets, do you picture complicated meal plans and bland foods that leave you with cravings?Do the words comfort food make you long for scrumptious delights like pancakes, ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, or fettucine alfredo–foods you thought you could never have on a low-carb diet?

    If your answers to the above were yes and yes, you’re in for a huge surprise!You can have these foods and many more, thanks to The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook.Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades and chef Ursula Solom give you unique, easy cooking tips and more than 300 yummy low-carb recipes for foods that help you keep your weight down and fulfill your cravings.In no time at all, you’ll be on an easy-to-follow low-carb plan that will allow you to stay thin and healthy–and feel great!

    Southern fried chicken with pan gravy • Elegant biscuits Melt-in-your-mouth pancakes• Deluxe low-carb macaroni and cheese • Beef and mushroom crepes • Spicy corn chips Soft crust pizza • Low-carb beef stroganoff • Raisin rollsBreaded sole • Fettucine alfredo • Low-carb lasagna • Super banana bread • Low-carb tacos • Bean and cheese burritos • Best garlic bread • Eggplant parmigiana • Rich low-carb pound cake • Scrumptious low-carb cheesecake • Apple brown betty • Cheddar cheese waffles • Chocolate ice cream • Key lime pie • Sublime truffles ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious recipes with effective carb count shown
    There are thousands of delicious meals you can eat on a low carb diet, but sometimes you CRAVE those carbs. It might be pizza, or mashed potatoes, or other carb-rich foods. Here are ways to make low carb substitutions that are really tasty.

    The book has 300 recipes, and in hardcover format is a bit hard to keep open and use. So I use this in conjunction with 500 Low Carb Recipes, which is my main cookbook

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The introduction clearly states that all carb numbers in this book are for CARBS THAT COUNT so they explicitly state that the fiber numbers are ALREADY DEDUCTED. People on Atkins and other diets can rest assured that these numbers are the "real" carbs in each dish.

    Comfort Foods fills in the gaps with the things you crave. There are lots of bread recipes, pancakes, crepes, mock mashed potatoes, eggplant parmigiana, low carb cheesecake, and much more. There are meals that fit the needs for those on the super-low-carb induction diet, as well as many meals that are great for those on a lifetime maintenance of their health and weight.

    Since most of what we eat are fresh vegetables and meats, we don't usually need the comfort recipes in this book. But it is DEFINITELY good to have on the shelf, so that if we really decide we want to have pancakes or fresh bread or something "like" mashed potatoes to go with our turkey dinner, the solution is right there, easy to make and healthy too!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yummy cooking!
    Well, it's been a month since I to got this for Xmas and I really love this cook book. It's my favorite of the 4 low-carb cookbooks I have. The pound cake is better than the real thing. The pancakes were good, but all the recipes I've made seem to be a bit bland (maybe lacking salt), nothing a nice pat of butter doesn't fix. The baking power biskets were quite good even if I messed up the hollandaise sauce for Eggs Benidict. I can't wait to try more of the recipes in this book.

    The opening chapters do a great job of explaining the unfamiliar ingredients. I found all the flour replacements in a local health food store, Whole Foods (soy power, protein whey power, vital wheat gluten flour, whole wheat flour, etc.). I learned about the low-carb Black Soy Bean and made a wonderful chili (bean soup next?). This is a great book for us low-carb folks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good Cookbook
    The coconut macaroon cookies, sugar cookies, and the chocolate chip cookies are reason enough to buy the book! I do substitute other sweeteners (mostly bulk Splenda and brown or crystal maltitol) for their little bits of real sugar and the recipes still turn out great. I chop up low carb chocolate bars or get low carb chocolate chips, sometimes increase the sweetener to my taste, add more/different extracts, whatever. I use a tsp of lemon and a tsp of coconut extract for the lemon peel in the macaroons--and pineapple extract is good to sub for one of the tsp of vanilla. King Arthur Flour has good unsweetened coconut for this recipe.
    Sometimes you do have to order online ingredients for many of the low carb cookbooks, depending on where you live and what is available. So? Almond flour (which is much healthier)is not as available as white flour in most supermarkets--yet. Same for some other low carb ingredients. This is a low carb cookbook. If you want to use regular flour, buy a regular cookbook.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too Far Left
    When I bought this I though it would help with family snacks & "comfort food". We live in a very rural area, and most of the supplies they use to prepare these foods are not available nearby. I have hit an "insulin resistance" stage of my life, with diabetes running in my family lineage. I am about 20 lbs overweight. I just thought this book was horrible. I want ways to improve our foods, not totally change them from things on our farm or found locally. The layout of the book was also bad from my view. When I get a cookbook I want a simple layout, with this there is too much chatter mixed with the recipe. Also they talk in the first chapter that you can substitute things - ie real sugar for splenda - yet not a single recipe shows conversions or how you would change their recipe. I have been limited to 50 grams of sugar per day - and I hate sugar substitutes (including splenda). To me this book was a total waste of my money & time. If you are into some health kick and want all the expense & time of these recipes then fine. But if you are looking for changes due to hitting a 'pre-diabetic' stage in your life stay away from this book!

    4-0 out of 5 stars One of 3 Low Carb Cookbooks I Count on
    I highly recommend this cookbook. The desert and candy sections are very good. I didn't like the breads very much, but the main course dishes have been great. I really like that the carbs are listed for each ingredient in the recipe. That is so useful when I change the amount of an ingredient in a recipe to lower the carb count or adjust the recipe to our tastes. I bought it for the baking ideas, but really like it for the other recipes. I keep this cookbook handy along with "500 Low-Carb Recipes: 500 Recipes from Snacks to Dessert, That the Whole Family Will Love" and the Atkins "Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook". ... Read more


    118. Don't Give It Away! : A Workbook of Self-Awareness and Self-Affirmations for Young Women
    by Iyanla Vanzant
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    Asin: 0684869837
    Catlog: Book (1999-07-06)
    Publisher: Fireside
    Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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    You are special.
    You are precious.
    You are It!

    Today, Iyanla Vanzant is a bestselling author with her own business and a loving family. But it wasn't so long ago that she was a teenager -- a sixteen-year-old mother and high school dropout on welfare. Iyanla knows that a young woman's journey can be lonely and hard. She remembers how difficult it is to put into words the way you feel, how it feels to want to be loved.

    In Don't Give It Away!, Iyanla presents a workbook in which you can write your feelings and express your thoughts about the things that matter to you -- your family, your friends, your body, and your love life. Problems at home and at school are a natural part of every young woman's life, but understanding what to do with how you feel about your problems is the key to growing up. Iyanla Vanzant shows you that the love you seek is the love that you are. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy!
    *****I can think of no better word to describe this book than "neat." I picked up "Don't Give It Away" at the airport because the cover caught my eye. Don't be fooled! Though it looks as though it is a book for teens, at age 31, I couldn't put it down. Since then, I've bought four additional copies to give to all the teen girls I know and love. This book is an incredible tool for all women, regardless of age. However, if you are not interested in getting to know yourself don't buy the book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS A EYE CATCHER
    I THINK I.V. IS AN EXCELLENT WRITER! ONE DAY JUST LOOKING THROGH THE BOOK LIST OF TEENAGE BOOKS I STUMBLED UPON A BOOK THAT CAUGHT MY EYE WHEN I TOLD MY MOM THE TITLE DON'T GIVE IT AWAY. THAT NIGHT WE WENT TO THE BOOK STORE AND PURCHASED THE BOOK. AS I STARTED TO READ,IT MADE ME FEEL LIKE A STRONG BLACK 12 YEAR OLD GIRL IT ALSO GAVE ME MORE SELF-CONFIDENCE. I THINK THAT MS.VANZANT IS AN SUPER,SUPER WRITER NOT ONLY FOR TEENS BUT ALSO FOR ADULTS. WHEN I GOT TO THE PART ABOUT THE DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES TO EXPRESS YOUR CERTAIN FEELINGS IT GOT MORE AND MORE INTERESTING. I THINK GUYS SHOULD ALSO READ THIS BOOK FOR TWO REASONS, IT IS INSPIRATIONAL ANDIT CAN TURN YOUR LIFE AROUND. HOPE TO SEE ANOTHER BOOK FOR US TEENS IN YEAR 2000.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
    Iyanla is a very influential and inspirational author. She would be a top five person to talk to in my lifetime. I reccommend everything she has to write or say.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WOW
    This book changed the way I viewed myself in this world. It really helped me change from a depressed teen to someone who sees themself as a smart, beautiful and loving person. I did a presentation of this book and the presentation actually changed lives. A must for teen girls!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening
    I found this book to be very helpful to me as to how to better understand myself as well as my teenage daughter. This is a great reccomendation for all teenage girls who are becoming women. ... Read more


    119. The Afterlife Experiments : Breakthrough Scientific Evidence of Life After Death
    by Gary E. Schwartz
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    Asin: 0743436598
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-18)
    Publisher: Atria
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    Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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    John Edward, Suzane Northrup, and George Anderson are just a few of the prominent American mediums who have been accused of being frauds. But what if a respected scientist challenged them to make contact with the beyond under controlled laboratory conditions? What if the results not only stunned a skeptical scientist but also offered astonishing answers to a timeless question: Is there life after death?

    THE AFTERLIFE EXPERIMENTS

    Risking his academic reputation, Dr. Gary E. Schwartz asked well-known mediums to become part of a series of experiments to prove, or disprove, the existence of an afterlife. This riveting narrative, with electrifying transcripts, documents stringently monitored experiments in which mediums attempted to contact dead friends and relatives of "sitters" who were masked from view and never spoke, depriving the mediums of any cues.

    Here are the results that awed sitters and researchers alike: a revelation about a son's suicide, what a deceased father wanted to say about his last days in a coma, the transformation of a man's lifelong doubts about the afterlife, and, most amazing of all, a forecast of a beloved spouse's death. Forced by data to abandon skepticism, Schwartz presents this amazing account of his groundbreaking work, compelling from first page to last. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book on Psychic Mediums
    The Afterlife Experiments is a fabulous and very well written book. I have probably read hundreds of books on the subject. This unique book is by far my favorite (I have read it twice already!). Pay no mind to the negative reviews as I cannot fathom how one can rate this fascinating book poorly. As you read the book you get the feeling that the author has tremendous integrity. Gary Schwartz goes to great lengths to eliminate any possibility of fraud in testing the mediums under very controlled conditions in a laboratory setting. In my opinion this book provides very compelling evidence for the legitimacy of psychic mediumship. Some of the information the mediums bring forward is truly mind-boggling! Does this prove definitively that there is an afterlife? Probably not - but the "living soul hypothesis" as discussed by the author seems to be the best explanation. I have absolutely no doubt that the famous mediums tested by Gary Schwartz are the real deal. The greatest tricksters or magicians in the world clearly cannot do what these mediums have done. Read this wonderful book and decide for yourself.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The Soul Hypothesis
    The Afterlife Experiments is an interesting depiction of scientific data collected from various experiments involving the life after death hypothesis.
    Schwartz presents the reader with a baffling premise; Is there a survival of consciousness after the deterioration of our physical bodies? He dared strive beyond public humiliation to investigate this hypothesis. However, can this evidence be completely plausible?
    Schwartz begins his acclaimed soul studies by examining the existence of well-known mediums. Experiments are carefully documented; the first requiring the presence of unknown sitters. In this first experiment, mediums were allowed yes and no answers. Of Course, this process seems very skeptical. Mediums could easily read information that the sitter subconsciously conveys by answering a simple "yes" or "no". Realizing this could be possible, Schwartz turned to more complex methods of experiments, in which mediums did not see the sitter and the sitter remained silent for a certain period as well. Interestingly enough, mediums received less correct information during silent period.
    These experiments seemed legitimate enough but there seems to be a few flaws. First of all, how exactly does the existence of mediums prove the soul or life after death hypothesis? I realize that mediums supposedly talk to dead people, but I find this hard to swallow. In the various experiments, Schwartz claims that data revealed proved telepathy and other methods such as cold reading false. But in order to rule out these possibilities, shouldn't these methods be thoroughly examined as well? The sitters in the experiment honestly reported the results of correct or incorrect information. But how do we know if these sitters are entirely truthful? It almost seems as if the author commits a certain fallacy; appeal to authority. How do we know these personal experiences are truthful and legitimate? Is the author clouded by belief, and because of this is willing to let this belief guide his thinking? The development of a scientific hypothesis requires looking for evidence that disproves the theory as well. However, it appears that the evidence proving the hypothesis was taken in more consideration that the evidence disproving the theory.
    Throughout the whole novel, my interest level was high, for the mediums did reveal some compelling information, and I am in awe on how. Did Gary Schwartz really satisfy the scientific audience with his compelling evidence? You be the judge, but for now we can dream.

    1-0 out of 5 stars No Science in These Experiments
    The book is not evidence of an afterlife nor of telepathy. Those two phenomena may well exist, but this book does nothing to evince it.

    For detailed reviews, I suggest the Skeptical Inquirer (sorry, I don't know which volume off the top of my head), skepticreport.com, or the Forum at randi.org. For a quick list of flaws, though, I'll give it a shot:

    -There is no hypothesis put forth which the experiment attempts to demonstrate or falsify.

    -The protocols are ludicrously porous; Schwartz claims that cheating is not possible but a reading of the book reveals myriad opportunities for cheating by the medium and for cold reading (for instance, and this is not the worst of it: Schwartz says the sitters give no feedback, but they consistently do

    -Schwartz's statistical analysis contains sophomoric errors, particularly where he averages "accuracy"

    -The "control" survey done is not a control at all and is instituted after and differently than the actual experiments

    -Schwartz refuses to say how he turns a subjective sitter determination of accuracy (on a scale of -3 to +3) into a percentage accuracy; he just does it

    -Only one complete transcript is shown (and that's not really complete in that it leaves out the "mood setting" introduction by medium George Anderson); only snippets of some others are shown; the vast majority are not referenced at all

    -One John Edward is missing with the sitter, Schwartz takes the sitter's place and counts the information as hits for him

    There's plenty more, but the holes in this book are huge. It is not remotely science. You can determine that by noting that Schwartz does not publish it in scientific journals; he publishes it in the media. He then refuses to share the actual data with anyone.

    The experiments are worthless. Schwartz demonstrates nothing.

    Buy the book if you are interested in how people deceive themselves and others by donning the trappings of science while avoiding its rigors, but do not buy it if you want actual science demonstrated.

    And, yes, I have communicated my thoughts to Schwartz.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read for the Truly Objective
    Gary Schwartz' After Life Experiments may not be the best book I've ever read, but it certainly may be one of the most important. Schwartz' willingness to stake his professional career and academic credentials in pursuit of the question of whether human consciousness survives death is nothing if not courageous, and his book echoes that daring approach to a subject "real" science has chosen to consistently ignore. This book, I believe, will be remembered as the forerunner of a host of similar works in the future, and may be looked upon by future generations as a watershed work in the field of parapsychology.

    That being said, I will not do another chapter by chapter critique of the book, for the contents have been well covered by other reviewers. What I do want to discuss is how it is being reviewed. I find it most curious that it either consistently receives five stars and high praise (often by apparently cogent, intelligent reviewers) or one star and some turgid two sentence review to the effect "this is all nonsense." There's almost nothing in between these two extremes. Obviously, it has hit a few raw nerves and is being set up as the biggest challenge for the skeptical community to date. It's fascinating to observe to what extent debunkers will go in their efforts to silence an author's work, and wonder if that's a sign of their intellectual superiority or evidence of some deep seated fear. I really don't know, but I find it an interesting phenomenon in any case.

    As for the book, I strongly advise anyone with even a modicum of objectivity to read it. It may not change your life, but it's certain to change a few minds or, at very least, get you thinking. A nice read.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Undeniable evidence of telepathy, but not of afterlife
    This book is well written and seems to have good intentions, but fails in its main purpose. Its method of research proves only the existence of telepathy, not life after death. ... Read more


    120. Fire in the Heart : A Spiritual Guide for Teens (Chopra, Deepak)
    by Deepak Chopra
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    Asin: 0689862164
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
    Sales Rank: 25304
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    A fifteen-year-old boy is walking through a swirling fog on his way to school when a voice calls out, "Come here. We need to talk." Out of the mist emerges an old man with a white beard. He is a fantastic figure, as wizardly as Merlin, as wise as Socrates, as peaceful as Buddha. Whoever he is, the old man has appeared on that very day to change the boy's life.

    "You are old enough to learn about things," he says mysteriously. "And who is going to teach you but me?"

    The old man gives the boy four days of "soul training," a time of riddles, tricks, parables, and fantastic twists that bring out surprising answers to each of four burning questions about spirituality:

    Do I have a soul?
    How do wishes come true?
    What is the supreme force in the universe?
    How can I change the world?

    The boy was Deepak Chopra, who grew up to become an acclaimed writer and teacher about the same invisible things that the old man had taught him. Fire in the Heart is Dr. Chopra's first book for young adults. Its aim is to pass on this soul training to young readers.

    "The old man with the white beard showed me the spiritual side of life," writes the author, "where real passion and excitement come from. So before you begin, take a deep breath. This story could turn out to be yours."

    "[Spirit is] everywhere, making sure that everything is connected. The light from a star billions of light years away is the same light that makes plants grow here on earth. The plants give food; the food has allowed you to develop in your mother's womb; and today you look at that star with the eyes that the stars gave you. There's the cosmic connection."

    -- from Fire in the Heart ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A treasure!
    Deepak Chopra's new book for teens is filled with wonderful stories, beautifully told! It conveys profound spiritual teachings that resonate with wisdom and truth. I bought several copies - one for each of the teens in my life! Thanks, Deepak; this is just what the world needs right now! ... Read more


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