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121. Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives
by DEEPAK CHOPRA, DAVID MD SIMON, David Simon, Vicki Abrams
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Asin: 0517702207
Catlog: Book (2005-03-22)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
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Deepak Chopra's many books have become international bestsellers and classic texts of health and spirituality. Dr. Chopra is founder of the Chopra Center for Well Being in Carlsbad, California.

David Simon, M.D., is the cofounder and medical director of the Chopra Center, and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on holistic health care. He is the author of Vital Energy and Return to Wholeness.

Vicki Abrams, C.C.E., I.B.L.C., is the director of the childbirth and yoga programs at the Chopra Center. She is an international board-certified lactation consultant, childbirth educator, doula, and yoga instructor.


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5-0 out of 5 stars Rich and nourishing
Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is a deeply nourishing and inspiring book for expectant mothers, their partners and attendants.

Drawing on the centuries-old philosophies of Ayurveda and yoga, Deepak Chopra and his Chopra center colleagues David Simon MD and Vicki Abrams (who runs the Magical Beginnings birth education programme) have created a rich blend of mind-body medicine for pregnancy and childbirth that recognises childbearing as a spiritual, as well as a physical, process.

Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is both beautifully written and practical, offering excellent information on nutrition (from an Ayurvedic perspective), alternative remedies for pregnancy complaints and a simple pregnancy yoga routine. Chopra and co also emphasize the many benefits of meditation during pregnancy. Throughout, there is a gentle emphasis on slowing down, being mindful and paying attention to our internal signals.

As a family physician, writer on pregnancy birth and mothering, and mother of four (with a large collection of pregnancy and birth books!) I particularly welcomed the chapter for fathers and the advice on changing relationships, which are not often covered. Chopra et al advocate Dr Marshall Rosenberg's nonviolent communication (NVC) techniques which are wonderful tools to enhance conscious communications.

I also relished the philosophy, woven all through this enlightening book, of respect for mother and baby and for the amazing changes that happen over the months of pregnancy and birth.

New insights in mind-body medicine are confirming the traditional wisdom that a mother's mental and emotional state in pregnancy can have long-lasting effects on the well-being of her child. Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives provides the tools and insights to help us all to nourish our babies and ourselves at this important time. As the authors conclude,`The souls of our children are the potential for tomorrow's world.' ... Read more


122. Somersize Desserts
by SUZANNE SOMERS
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Catlog: Book (2001-10-23)
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Average Customer Review: 3.43 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Somersize Desserts
I have been Somersizing since January of this year, and have seen incredible results. I bought all three of Suzanne's books and would recommened them to you all. The recipes are easy and clear and are delicious and satisfying. The desserts are sinfully wonderful. The best part is knowing you can eat them and still lose the weight.
I therefore was excited to hear of this new book, just filled with desserts, yet after looking through the book I was left disappointed. Some of the recipes you can not substitute her Somersweet product with saccharin, which could be a problem if you can not afford to buy Somersweet. There are not many Level One desserts, unless you enjoy her cheesecake, which she gives two new variations.
I understand that to make a dessert fit into the Somersize program can be difficult, but compared to her other projects I feel this one falls short.
I would though recommend this book to all who Somersize or those who are trying to maintain their weight.

5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious, sugar-free, low-carb desserts!
Somers' diet plan is very much in keeping with all the various low-carb and sugar-free programs out there such as the Zone, Protein Power, Atkins and Sugarbusters. I myself follow Atkins and very much enjoy sweets, so this dessert cookbook is a happy find for me.

The recipes in this book are almost gourmet, calling for fancy, often expensive ingredients and special cooking pans, but the recipes are all relatively simple, without a huge list of ingredients or elaborate preparation requirements, and the results are extremely tasty. Examples of the recipes include: decaf coffee granta, crème brulee, orange souffle, raspberry sorbet, New York-style cheesecake, caramel cheesecake, steamed chocolate pudding. All of the recipes call for Somers' expensive new sweetener, Somersweet, which is sold on her website. However, since her cookbook indicates substitutions for it, you don't have to use it. She doesn't list Splenda as a substitute for Somersweet, but it works well in recipes like pudding, sorbet and cheesecake. (I don't recommend it in cakes and cookies--they get really dry.)

In addition to the excellent contents, this 75-page book is gorgeous, with beautiful photos, glossy paper and a lovely layout design. As such, it would make a great gift.

3-0 out of 5 stars Delicious but Expensive Desserts!
Somercize Desserts is a slim volume of 30 desserts accompanied by sumptious photographs! These are not diet desserts. They are made with full fat cream cheese, heavy cream, egg yolks, and chocolate. However, if the desserts are eaten according to the Sommercize rules of food combining you can enjoy them and lose weight! If they are eaten whenever, you could gain weight.
The rules of combining are explained in Suzannes other books, Eat Great Lose Weight, Eat Cheat and Lose and Get Skinny on Fabulous Food. The rules are not explained in the Somercize Desserts book. She does however indicate, to those familiar with Somercizing which desserts are Level One and which are Level Two.

The book includes both new treats and desserts previously published in her other books. Most of the recipes include a sugar substitute Suzanne has developed called SommerSweet. She also gives substitutions using real sugar or saccharin. The SommerSweet product is available from her website and is quite pricey. Two small cans with shipping runs $24 plus.

One of the recipes in her book is for Truffles. She also sells the Truffles at her website for around $20 plus shipping. I purchased the Truffles from her site and enjoyed them. My husband who appreciates very fine chocolate found them to have an aftertaste. No one felt they were as good as a real truffle with sugar. But you can't have it all I guess. I decided to make the truffles with her book and found the recipe easy to follow but the end result was not as tasty as the ones she sells.

Aside from the Sommersweet, other recipes call for ingredients including whole vanilla bean, wonton skins, phyllo dough, and whole wheat PASTRY flour. These items are not always easy to find. In addition one recipe calls for a springform pan and several call for an ice cream maker.
By the time I purchased her book, the springform pan and the ingredients to make the chocolate layer cake, I figure I had about $75 invested!

Other recipes in the book include, peach sorbet (ice cream maker needed) orange souffle, decaf coffee granita, creme brulee, steamed chocolate pudding, and asian napoleons.

The directions are easy to follow and the ingredients are clearly listed along with the serving size. Fats, fiber, calories, and carbohydrate information is not included. Book lies flat for cooking ease.

The book is lovely with the tempting color photographs and the recipes I have tried all turned out well. BUT considering the hard to find ingredients and the fact that the book contains only 30 recipes, its one pricey piece of cake!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great with a little help.
I have tried a couple of desserts and they worked great. I used Splenda as sweetner with no problem. I also substituted lower fat dairy products. I love this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for those who know what they want!
This book is great for those who know what they want, that is, desserts that fit into their Somersizing way of eating, as well as a love for baking. If you have given up sugar and are no longer craving the sickening sweet things you previously ate, then these recipes are perfect. The creme brulee is rich and creamy and just sweet enough. After all, aren't we supposed to be adjusting to a healthier lifestyle? If what you want is a rich ice cream sundae that makes your teeth ache, then this book isn't for you. But if you have given up sweets, and find the sweetness of natural fruit to be sweet enough and have a love of baking and cooking, then these recipes will do the trick. My family loved them, too. ... Read more


123. The Preferential Shapes Test
by Angeles Arrien
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124. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff in Love
by Kristine Carlson, Kristine Carlson
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-18)
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Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
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Now available in paperback!The New York Times bestselling authors show readers how to feel like newlyweds every day.

He's helped 12 million people reduce the stress at home and at work. Now the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson with Kristine, his wife of 14 years bring us a simple, stress-free approach to love. While depression, heartache, and anger are associated with love relationships, stress is rarely identified as a problem. Yet we all have concerns about our most important relationships. In one hundred brief, beautifully written essays, the authors show readers how not to overreact to a loved one's criticism, how to appreciate your spouse in new ways, how to get past old angers, and many other ways to improve and increase the joy and pleasure that can and should be part of any relationship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Conflict Resolution Tactics 101
Normally I don't go in for touchy-feely books like this. However my current relationship started off pretty rocky, with reincarnations of the problems I'd had in other relationships. I was getting tired of running into the same walls with the women in my life over and over again. It then occured to me that even though I was a nice/polite guy and all, I might need a change in my approach/tactics to conflict resolution and stuff like that, in terms of relationships. I tripped across this book, and decided 'oh, what the hell' and read it. Amazing stuff.

This book isn't about "how to put up with your partner's crap." Instead, it really helped me with "tactics" in dealing with an argumentative/difficult partner (not abusive, just difficult)... but not in a way that was hostile, or where I was trying to 'win' or have 'control' or whatever. No, rather, it showed me ways that I could modify my own behavior and attitudes to come out with a win/win for both of us. I'm really happy I read it.

The chapters written by Kristine Carlson weren't nearly as helpful to me as those written by Richard Carlson. These chapters seem to have a more 'for the ladies' slant to them, but they aren't very numerous (I'd say that overall the book is 80% written by Richard Carlson), and they do bring a bit of a different perspective at least.

After reading this, I went back and read it AGAIN. The second time I took out a highlighter and highlighted 1-6 lines in each chapter that were, what I perceived to be, the 'main message' of each. Now whenever I find myself feeling impatient or annoyed with my relationship, I pick up the book, scan through the highlights, and I'm quickly reminded about how to handle the relationship in a loving/responsible way. Huge return on money/time investment with this one!

5-0 out of 5 stars This Covers So Many Topics
This book is fantastic, buy it! The topics cover everything from how to keep workday stress from affecting your marriage to making the "fresh start commitment." Whether there is something that you feels needs to be fixed or you just want to read something positive, this book covers it. I'm going to get some of the other books in the series because of this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Read it!
This book helped me turn around a dying relationship...I had been making mistakes and causing destruction that I never realized...doing everything else except simply being a loving and pleasant partner...now things are more amazing than they ever were and all I had to do was change my perspective and my priorities. Reading it and seeing the results of applying the advice has inspired me to seek personal growth in all arenas of my life.

I only regret not having read it sooner.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book and series
My husband and I started with the first book Don't sweat the small stuff because both of our jobs were the kind were all we did was listen to other people complain and it really gets into your relationship. We loved this book especially. We sit in bed and each read a chapter and then talk about it. Not only are we spending quiet time together but we get to talk about things that you might not ordinarily bring up but you will let build up. I highly recommend it and the other's in the series.

4-0 out of 5 stars No sweat, but not all sweetness either.
My favorite chapter: Don't Continue Doing the Same Things and Expect a Different Result. Need I say more about the valuable stuff in this book?

This is possibly the best of the "Don't Sweat" series and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone, young or old, in a relationship or out of one. It's eye-opening truth. Thanks, Dr. Carlson. ... Read more


125. Living Beauty Detox Program : The Revolutionary Diet for Each and Every Season of a Woman's Life
by Ann Louise Gittleman
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Asin: 0062516280
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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SPRING -- time to rejuvenate. Leafy green vegetables, dandelion root tea, dill, mint, and chlorophyll-rich parsley cleanse the system, balance energy, and aid digestion.

SUMMER -- an active season. Rose hips tea, garlic, cayenne pepper, and oregano, along with the Living Beauty Elixir, promote vitality, make the heart strong, and increase nutrient absorption.

AUTUMN -- time for inward reflection and preparation for the darkness of winter. Fenugreek tea and warming foods and spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg protect the lungs, aid in elimination, and boost the immune system, leaving you with vibrant skin.

WINTER -- a season of stillness and rest. Getting enough sleep and eating cooked or warm foods spiced with ginger sustains body heat and immunity.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Time for Living Beautifully!
I read The Living Beauty Detox Program and began the outlined programs approximately two months ago. I start every day with the "Living Beauty Elixer" and fiber cleanse supplement recommended in the book. This book establishes specific detox and diet programs for every season as well as an overall system detox called the Fat Flush. This program has been extremely successful for me and I continue to feel better every day without any major detoxification side effects! The Living Beauty Detox Program is an excellent read and is complete in its recommendations and how-tos. A definite MUST READ for anyone concerned with their well-being and overall health.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Living Beauty Detox Program
What a valuable and exciting book to learn how to have beauty from the inside out. There are so many helpful ideas to look prettier and become healthier at the same time. I love the simplicity of the detox diet plans. I have started the one for Spring and I already look five years younger. I have had the opportunity to meet Ann Louise on several occasions and she is a living example of this program - she has flawless skin and looks about 25 years old. Ann Louise is a gifted author with a knack for finding the latest and best information to help me stay healthy. This book is a must read and must do. I am telling all my friends about it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This is not a detox plan! I am very disappointed in this book, I gave up reading half way through, so my comments do not relate to chapter 8 onwards.

My main concern with this book is I cannot see how a detox plan could include eating meat and eggs, that being one of the main causes of heart disease and possibly linked to cancers such as colon cancer. Yes, of course everyone needs to eat the correct amount of protein every day but does everyone need that high dose of cholesterol found in all meat/poulty? (...)I believe that the author's concern is that a diet low in animal protein would not contain enough zinc (to counteract high estrogen levels) - it is perfectly possible to get enough zinc from a no animal protein diet, eat plenty of asparagus, collards, corn, mushrooms, okra, peas, spinach, aduki beans, etc. (...)I believe the reason this book is popular are that the author has cleverly tailored her detox diets to suit everyone without them having to make too many radical changes - she makes you think you are detoxing, I think the results you will see will be largely psychological.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I tried this book in an effort to get back on track. There is a diet for each season and a fat flush diet. I lost inches in weeks on the fat flush. Believe me and try it, I have no reason to lie this book truly worked for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars You'll Never Go Back
I found "The Living Beauty Detox Program" while searching for another detox book that my friend recommended. In the spirit of seasonal detox-ing, I purchased this book in lieu of the other. I was only planning on going through a program during the month of March since, according to some nutritionists, spring is the ultimate time for detoxification. Ann Louise, however, has introduced us to detoxification for *every* season, ie each season has its own appropriate diet. I've been on this program for 3 weeks (2 weeks detox, 1 week maintenance) and have never felt better. I'll be perfectly honest and tell you that I have not followed this diet to a "t" -- that simply is NOT my style! I'm a Pisces! I did feel sluggish at first during times when I would normally hit the sugar. So, I have allowed myself one half cup of black tea every day. Also, instead of the dandelion root tea (blech), I take dandelion root pills. Ann Louise doesn't hit you over the head with recipes and planners -- you are in charge. I'm not very familiar with the Pritikin diet, but the author has extensive background with it and I suspect much of her ideas carry over from Pritiken. I liken it to the caveman diet: lot's of protein, greens, and fruit. Say goodbye to pasta and cheese. To be honest, I can't even look at cooked cheese anymore, it makes me so sick. That's a good thing. ... Read more


126. The Path to Love : Spiritual Strategies for Healing
by DEEPAK CHOPRA
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Asin: 060980135X
Catlog: Book (1998-01-12)
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Sales Rank: 28338
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Join Deepak Chopra on a wondrous journey. . . "The Path to Love." Philosophical, inspiring, and ultimately very practical, The Path to Love is a book that can change lives as it invites the spirit to work its wonders on the most complex and richly rewarding terrain of all: the human heart. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Comments from the spiritual reviewer
Chopra tells us "there is a fundamental mystery to the soul, that its integrity is not violated by merging with another person. The blending of two spirits brings more to the union than each person started with." (pg 158) This idea is thousands of years old, predictable, and still very popular. But if spirit is already whole, perfect, and needing nothing, how could it be made more perfect by merging with another? Chopra further asserts that "when they are fully committed in love, the husband sees God in the wife and the wife sees God in the husband." (Pg 160) Yet for many people romantic relationships distract from and substitute for God. This fundamental problem is not addressed.

Even more importantly, Chopra does not directly explain how to deal with the presence of hate in the mind. As we all know from our own first-hand experience, there is nothing quite like a close personal relationship to bring out disillusionment and hatefulness. From a spiritual perspective, the path to love must be strategically and relentlessly concerned with the undoing of hate in the mind that we all hold for self and others. It is only by transcending or transmuting hate that we are able to know self as a loving being and to extend unshakeable love for others.

The bottom line: Chopra presents a complicated and confusing message about love which makes it difficult to get reading traction. The Spiritual Reviewer gives it an overall score of 3.4 on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high).

5-0 out of 5 stars Full of insights about the Self, Love, and relationships
Being unfamiliar with the writings of Deepak Chopra when I first got this book, I didn't think, judging by the size of it, that it would take me that long to read, or that I would have any trouble understanding some of the concepts that were presented to me. Boy, was I wrong. This book is so full of knowledge that you will have to read it a couple of times to get the full understanding of what the author is saying. Not that this is by any means a bad thing. I have been reading the Conversations with God series on and off for about five years now, and every time I read it I learn something new. It is quite similiar with this book. Like anything, though, you have to approach it with an open mind, otherwise the overall message of the book will be lost. Still, it provides many unique insights into what love actually is, how to attain bliss within a relationship, and several meditations that will help you achieve what the author is talking about at the present time. For instance, when talking about how the ego influences needs within a relationship, a meditation will be presented to you whose purpose is to try to chip away at the ego.

Again, this book is full of information, and will probably keep you busy for a while. Learning these concepts takes a while, but once you get them, you will most likely see a change in your life, relationships, and viewpoint of what love actually is. I know I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars The East-West path to Love
A wonderfully healing book combining Western psychological insight and Eastern spiritual wisdom to unlock and unblock the heart and overcome the mental and emotional obstacles to manifesting soulful, spiritually loving relationships and sustained passionate romance that can last a lifetime.

Good exercises and step-by-step guidance to discovering and unblocking your true feelings and looking within your own heart and soul to find your "Path to Love".

~Harusami

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Revelational
Chopra takes you on a journey into the heart and soul of human existence. He shares how we are each motivated by love to create the world we are born into each moment. In so doing, we are reminded in THE PATH TO LOVE that living the life of our highest aspirations requires a surrendering of our whole self into unconditional love. -- Samuel Oliver, author of, WHAT THE DYING TEACH US: LESSONS ON LIVING.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deepak instills a sense of compassion we should all have.
Any book written onthe subject of human spirituality and compassion, that can get the message accross easily to the average reader, is a great book. This book takes you by the hand, and guides you through the process of learning how to appreciate yourself as well as others. I have reread this book more than twice and have referred it to other friends. Deepak gives you a sense of compassion we all should strive to attain. This book brings a smile to my face.......... ... Read more


127. Caroline Myss' Essential Guide for Healers
by Caroline Myss
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If you are a healer – or know someone who is – then you are probably well aware of the enormous challenges of this life path. Choosing to be a healer, teaches Caroline Myss, comes with serious spiritual and energetic demands – and it is crucial to understand and prepare for them. With Caroline Myss’ Essential Guide for Healers, the bestselling author of Sacred Contracts shares her most valuable insights and recommendations for health care professionals, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, and anyone serving to heal others. Drawing on her own experience as a medical intuitive (one who discerns illness and its root causes in the body), Caroline Myss listeners to explore: the healer archetype: Which specific healing arts are you meant to practice?, how the cosmos trains healers, and ways to open yourself to its lessons, understanding psychic exhaustion, contamination, and other dangers – and how to protect yourself, and how your "appointment" to help others changes as your own inner evolution unfolds, and much more. ... Read more


128. The Premature Baby Book : Everything You Need to Know About Your Premature Baby from Birth to Age One (Sears, William, Sears Parenting Library.)
by James Sears, Martha Sears, Robert Sears, William Sears
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
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129. Nighttime Parenting: How to Get Your Baby and Child to Sleep (La Leche League International Book)
by William Sears, William, MD Sears
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Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Plume Books
Average Customer Review: 3.42 out of 5 stars
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Why do some families have fewer sleep problems than others? What works for most parents most of the time and why?

Parenting is a full-time, twenty-four-hour-a-day job. Nighttime Parenting was written to make that job easier and to help the whole family--mother, father, baby--sleep better. It helps parents understand why babies sleep differently than adults, offers solutions to nighttime problems, and even describes how certain styles of nighttime parenting can aid in child spacing and lower the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears helps you find a solution to your baby's sleepless nights and offers comprehensive, caring advice on issues such as:

* Where babies should sleep
* What foods help children sleep
* Tips for single parents
* Getting children to bed without a struggle

This newly-revised edition incorporates the latest research on SIDS and its prevention, and is truly a must-have volume for all parents.

"This book belongs on the shelf right next to The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. It will help all new parents raise happier and more secure children."--Mary White, founding mother, La Leche League (r) International
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dr. Sears
The second night after my baby was born, the nurses in the hospital brought him to me sometime after midnight because "they couldn't make him stop crying." They lay him next to me and he nursed and promptly fell sound asleep. The first night I got home, baby did the same thing -- he would scream if left in his basinet -- but would snuggle down and sleep quietly if lying next to me. Lying next to him and nursing him to sleep thus seemed the natural thing to do -- and it helped all of us get as much sleep as possible -- but I felt guilty and uncertain aoubt it until I read Dr. Sears' advice. Thank you, Dr. Sears, for recommending this approach to "nighttime parenting," and letting me know that this is how mothers around the world care for their babies during the night. I'm pleased to report that after three months, I naturally began transitioning baby to his basinet for longer and longer stretches. Now, he sleeps there all night, and joins my husband and me in bed in the morning when we wake up and it's time to nurse.

1-0 out of 5 stars If all else fails, DRUG your baby!!!
My gosh! ANY Dr. that tells his readers to drug their baby if all "natural methods of nighttime parenting" fails is a complete QUACK. I know some drs suggest the use of Benadryl, an over-the-counter drug. What does Dr. Sears suggest? The strong hypnotic prescription drug chloral hydrate to knock your child out!! Since he repeatedly states that CIO is not an option, I am under the assumption that he considers that unnatural. Why would a dr recommend drugging your child over trying other methods?
As for the family bed, most cultures do practice this, but did you know that studies in the US suggest that the family bed may encourage a variety of emotional stresses within a child? I suppose with anything, you find what works for you and you choose to believe the studies that support what you are doing. Sad that parents need this sort of information in order to "feel good" about how they parent. I just hope no one takes the extreme and drugs their child in order to get some sleep.

1-0 out of 5 stars Supportive of one parenting style ONLY
This book is focused on breast feeding and co-sleeping. It starts out by advising parents to experiment to find the sleeping arrangement that works best for their family - an idea I agree with. However, it becomes increasingly narrow-mided and judgmental and refers to putting a baby in a crib as putting a baby in a lonely cage in the dark. It also suggests that if you were a GOOD mother, you wouldn't mind staying up all night with your baby. As you will see from the positive reviews, if you are already committed to the parenting style recommended by the book, you will find it supportive,but if you have a different style, it will seem critical and judgmental. It has little value for non-breastfeeding or non-co-sleeping parents or dads. As a pediatrician and a mom, I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone other than a strict breast-feeding and co-sleeping stay-at-home mom, but for that person it would be great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think about it...
Those that rate this book poorly, have issue with sleeping with thier children. Mostly due to the lack of knowledge they have for this type of parenting. Or some sad intolerance or selfishness-either trained or advised by others "It is astounding how thousands of generations of knowledge and expereince can be wiped out by one generation of ignorance." I heard this quote resently, and it definaelty applies to anti-cosleepers!
CO-sleeping is natural and comfortable, fuss free, and overall a wonderful expereince. My first son, we stopped too soon, guilted by public opinion, and guilt over this simple pleasure. I have since gotten reinforcement for my attachment parenting habits, and I embrace my co-sleeping, and know now from expereince that it is the way to go. My first son would have slept about anywhere, so little was lost, but my second son, welll, I am glad I embrace this method. We sleep soundly, and share an intamacy. I am better rested, because I rarely wake fully to care for my infant. We come togther naturally to breastfeed, and continue to co-exist naturally in sleep. There is a wonderfully fulfilling feeling of contentment, parenting this way. I watch others who "container" parent. They are generally fussier babies, and in the end, as the children get older, the conections are rarely the same. Sometimes the differnces are subtle. Most times not. The benefits are there. If you bother to be a parent, bother to do what is right and comfortable. Dr. Sears, you are a champ!

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book!! Needed it sooner!!
I think a lot of the negative reviews came from parents who are unwilling to change their daily schedules to include their new additions into their families. Making a family shouldn't be just about scheduling time to have sex, then setting aside time 9 months later to have a baby, and going back to work once you're feeling *up-to-it* So what if you're tired? I stay at home and i'm tired too! Why wouldn't you want to cosleep if you're away from your baby all day? If you're so sick of your child you don't want to be around it at all why'd you have children in the first place??

RE: cosleeping having negative results i'll give you one, my 2 yr old couldn't fall asleep without my husband or I laying down with him. We moved him into his own bed (w/o ANY problems, no crying to sleep, no fussing about being in his room) and he falls asleep now w/o issues, we found out he started having a hard time falling asleep while we were there, but if we weren't there he'd get up and play. Now that he has his own room it's ok if he's awake for a little while reading or such, he can't make a mess. Other than that my now almost 3 yr old does everything by himself, he plays well alone, and he plays well with other children. He doesn't cling, he doesn't have troubles sleeping by himself, and he's just as emotionally stable (if not more so) than his crib slept friends. What I taught him from birth was that his needs and feelings were just as important to me as mine.

I learned to schedule time for myself around his nap and bedtimes, and with help from my husband (or friend) I found joy in knowing my son was safe because I could always see him, hear him, and feel him. And my husband loved it because working outside the home it was the only true cuddle/solo time he got with our son.

We're using it again with our newborn and it's the ONLY thing that gets us both sleep at night. I'd recommend this to anyone. ... Read more


130. You Can Go to the Potty (Sears Children Library)
by Martha Sears, William Sears, Christie Watts Kelly
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heads Above the Rest
Everything you need to know about potty training (oops! I mean potty LEARNING as per Dr. Sears) is contained in this 32-page picture book. The first three pages have helpful notes to parents and caregivers. The story itself includes sidebars, or blocks of supplemental material, designed to answer the persistent questions (Why? Why? Why?) of curious children. The last page provides details about attachment parenting, a responsive style of raising children, and a list of various Internet, textbook, and organizational resources. The special bonus? A pull-out poster with seven simple steps to hang in the bathroom.

Renowned pediatrician Dr. William Sears and his R.N. wife Martha team up with writer Christie Watts Kelly to produce a book that stands heads above the rest. Impressive credentials, comprehensive content...but does it pass the read-aloud test?

I didn't discover this book until late in the game. My girls had already graduated to big-girl underwear and pull-ups. But I read it to them anyway. The cartoon illustrations rendered by Renee Andriani captured their attention - for awhile. Then they lost interest. Too wordy? Or just too late? My third child is due next year. When the time comes, I'll try this book again to teach the fundamentals. When s/he understands what to do, but needs extra time to do it, we'll read potty books I find more entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Really good!
My son (2 1/2) loves this book. I found that it really helps with explaining the process and motivating him to use the potty. The poster is nice too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another great parenting book by Dr. Sears!
This book is excellent for parents who practice Attachment Parenting. It starts by explaining that when the child was a baby, their parents did everything for them. This shows a mother breastfeeding, parents and baby co-sleeping, and a father "wearing" the baby in a sling. It then talks about diapers and how as children get older, they use the potty like their parents. There are lots of parent tips that appear in the margins, encouraging further discussion and customizing things to suit your family's needs and preferences. As always, Dr. Sears encourages you to follow your instincts.

The story itself isn't much different from the one you'd find in The Potty Book or other training books. It follows a child through potty training, buying underwear, etc. The narrative uses language a child can understand, but sometimes it seemed a bit too babyish for me. ("poo-poo goes bye-bye"). I don't think you have to talk down to kids to get them to understand. But, that small complaint aside, the book is informative and positive. It's a wonderful teaching tool, and perfectly suited for Attachment families.

5-0 out of 5 stars best potty learning book out there
We have purchased many books in this genre :-) and are delighted with this book by childcare experts William and Martha Sears. The book starts with a three-page introduction for parents, discussing readiness and approach. The text for children is comforting and informative -- letting kids know that there was a time that parents did everything for them but now they are growing up, and using the toilet is another aspect of their growth, like dressing or feeding themselves. Cartoon pictures show a little boy using a potty seat and his older siblings using the adult toilet seat. An older boy urinates standing up, and handwashing is shown. Sidebars on most pages address questions that children might ask with suggested answers. The process is emphatically positive though constipation and accidents are also mentioned. The book concludes with a page about attachment parenting.

The only thing I didn't like was the use of the terms "pee-pee" and "poo-poo" but that's easy enough to change as you read. The message is comforting at the same time the text is informative for kids, discussing the mechanics of the process as well as the benefits.

There is also a pull-out poster that shows the steps involved, and this can be placed on the bathroom wall or maybe in a spot your youngster tends to seek out when s/he feels the need to go potty.

Excellent.

5-0 out of 5 stars great philo
The philosophy of all of the work that CWK and the Sears' have done together really embraces the attachment parenting, and this book is no exception. The provision of parent guide is really a nice touch. I highly recommend. ... Read more


131. A Woman's Spiritual Retreat: Teaching, Meditations, and Rituals to Celebrate Your Authentic FeminineWisdom
by Joan Borysenko
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Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. (bestselling author of Minding the Body, Mending the Mind) has led thousands of women in spiritual retreats over the past fifteen years, helping them understand the unique path of a woman’s spiritual journey. What started out as a few women getting together has become integral to Dr. Borysenko’s career as an international teacher and speaker. On A Woman’s Spiritual Retreat, she brings along her years of research as a cellular biologist and clinical psychologist to examine the difference between a woman’s spiritual needs and a man’s, and gives women ways to create their own feminine spiritual practices in a bold step toward a "universal spirituality" that honors the feminine in both men and women.

Listeners will join Dr. Borysenko in a full retreat they can experience anywhere, where they explore:

· The importance of mindfulness in a woman¹s life
· Maiden, Mother, Guardian, and Crone: discovering the source of power in each stage of being a woman
· More than eight hours of meditations, rituals, and guided imagery to honor women¹s own spiritual paths, and much more. ... Read more


132. Love and Survival : The Scientific Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy
by Dean Ornish
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Catlog: Book (1999-03-01)
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The Medical Basis for the Healing Power of Intimacy

We all know that intimacy improves the quality of our lives. Yet most people don't realize how much it can increase the quality of our lives -- our survival.

In this New York Timesworld-renowned physician Dean Ornish, M.D., writes, "I am not aware of any other factor in medicine that has a greater impact on our survival than the healing power of love and intimacy. Not diet, not smoking, not exercise, not stress, not genetics, not drugs, not surgery."

He reveals that the real epidemic in modern culture is not only physical heart disease but also what he calls spiritual heart disease: loneliness, isolation, alienation, and depression. He shows how the very defenses that we think protect us from emotional pain are often the same ones that actually heighten our pain and threaten our survival. Dr. Ornish outlines eight pathways to intimacy and healing that have made a profound difference in his life and in the life of millions of others in turning sadness into happiness, suffering into joy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Amazing book
Before reading this book I was familiar with Dr. Ornish's work with diet and exercise reversing heart disease. From that exposure he came off as being slightly fanatical and rigid to me.

Well, was this book ever a surprise! Having done a lot of work on myself emotionally and spiritually a lot of the book was already known to me, but the way Dr. Ornish ties this all together with the scientific evidence blew me away, reinforcing a lot of what I had already suspected. In addition, in my personal life it has helped my spouse and I refocus ourselves into what is important in life. It is especially interesting because as an MD we would expect Dr. Ornish to take the stance that most of us have experienced with the medical profession i.e pushing the latest pills and technical wonders and leaving the emotions and spirituality to "others" (often with a sneer).

I highly recommend this book as it can jumpstart a lot if my case is any indication. It is funny, in the book Dr. Ornish quotes the old expression "when the student is ready, the teacher will appear". This book helped both my spouse and I recognize a teacher like that in our lives and I suspect it might help others see the teacher or teachers around themselves as well:)

Especially in these days of heartache and pain after 9/11 this book is a valuable tool into healing and hope as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Dr. Ornish is best known for his research which showed the revolutionary result that diet and lifestyle changes
could lead to a reversal in the progression of heart disease. He has extended his body of work to highlight the
critical importance of social factors (relationships, community, friendship, support groups, lines of communication,
love) in both avoiding and recovering from life-threatening illness. He cites a large volume of scientific studies
which support his claims, and he divulges personal information about his own journey through life, shedding light
on his motivation and intentions. I highly recommend this book. It stands out in its class as unique and refreshingly
constructive.

5-0 out of 5 stars Points the way to better health and greater happiness.
One of the biggest chapters in this book summarizes the studies showing how closeness to other people is good for your health. Ornish runs a clinic for people who have had a heart attack. And his clinic was the first to show that heart disease can actually be reversed. Doctors used to believe, up until very recently, that you can't reverse heart disease. You may be able to slow it down a little, but once your arteries were clogged, it was gospel that you couldn't unclog them. Ornish showed that you can. They use diet and exercise and...teaching people how to become closer to the people they love. And that increased closeness is a big part of the patient's improvement in health.

These men (usually) have a heart attack and their doctor tells them they don't have long to live. They're scared, of course. They come to Ornish's clinic and he tells them they need to learn to be close to people or they're going to die! For the first time in their lives, these men become interested in relationships!

I read Love and Survival right after reading the book, Brain Sex, where I discovered that men aren't naturally as interested in relationships as women. Even two- or three-day old babies show this difference. A female baby will look much longer at a human face than at an object. A baby boy is equally interested in objects and people. Extend that interest out over a lifetime and you have women whose lives are relationship-centered and men who don't have time for relationships because they're busy with other things. Then I read in Ornish's book what it takes for men to finally become interested in getting closer to people: The threat of death! So they get interested, and they improve their relationships, and they learn how to become close to people. Some time later they come back to Ornish and report that they are happier than they've ever been. Of course. We all know being close to people is the most important thing in the world and it's the one thing that can't be peeled away. When people are dying, on the battlefield or deathbed or in some survival situation, and they know they are going to die, the one thing people say is, "Tell my wife I love her." Or husband. Kids. The people who are close to you are what really matter. And getting close to them.

This book struck me like a revelation. I have been interested in how to get along with people and how to get people to like me and how to persuade people to my point of view, but I had never realized the value of really being close to people. I knew relationships were important but I had missed the point! This book has totally changed the way I've been interacting with people, and you know what? I've never been happier! Seriously.

Ornish gives you some good ideas about HOW to get closer to people. He gives you some practical steps to take. I'm the author of the book, Self-Help Stuff That Works, and I'll tell you something: Ornish's book contains quite a bit of stuff that works to bring you closer to the people you love.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book but editing would help some
Dr. Ornish has rightly received international acclaim for his research and his publications about reversing heart disease. He has published three best selling books on this subject. He, as usual, is ahead of his field.

This book, Love and Survival, addresses the importance of the social side of heart disease. He outlines five main points about surviving heart disease without undergoing invasive medical procedures. These points are (from page 7): · Rediscovering inner sources of peace, joy, and well-being · Learning how to communicate in ways that enhanced (sic) intimacy with loved ones · Creating a healthy community of friends and loved ones · Developing more compassion and empathy for themselves and others · Experiencing directly the transcendent interconnectedness of life.

It is Dr. Ornish' reputation that compels us to buy this book. There are interesting points in the many studies he references, although a bit disjointed, nevertheless, the reader is informed and inspired.

5-0 out of 5 stars A prescription for the heart!
Dr. Dean Ornish's prescription for overall health and well-being includes a dose of diet, exercise, meditation, and communication. He first began formulating his Open Your Heart program while he was a medical student at Baylor college of Medicine in Texas in the 70's. He truly believes that heart disease can be reversed. In this new book he takes on "emotional and spiritual" issues.

His actual diet recommends avoiding all meats, avocados, olives, nuts, seeds, dairy products (other than egg whites and nonfat dairy products), sugar and simple sugar derivatives (honey, corn syrup, high fructose syrup), alcohol and coffee. He recommends eating beans, legumes, fruits, grains and vegetables.

The main reason he wrote Love & Survival was to show that love also has the power to heal. He doesn't believe we value love and relationships enough in our society. He says: "When you look at the scientific data, the need for love and intimacy is as important and basic as eating, breathing and sleeping."

Everyone knows love and intimacy are great, but not many people realize how important they are to our well-being and our basic survival. He recommends spending time with friends and family (and I recommend giving them all a hug every time you see them :).

He also recommends that we find a place where we can feel a connection to our community. I think Amazon is a great community, but he is talking about the real world. This could be a community center, a church or synagogue or anyplace where people meet on a regular basis, e.g. clubs, leagues, games. People who don't draw strength from their religious faith or are not a member of a group of people who meet on a regular basis have seven times the death rate, when compared to those that did. Now, that is something to think about if you want to extend your life. ... Read more


133. The Complete Book of Christian Parenting & Child Care: A Medical & Moral Guide to Raising Happy, Healthy Children
by William Sears, Martha Sears, William, M.D. Sears
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Asin: 0805461981
Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Broadman & Holman Publishers
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book is a real blessing!
I am so thankful I discovered this book! After being given the "Babywise" books before I had my first child, I quickly realized, especially after he was born, that there must be another way, something that was right for our family and for my child. So often as I've read this book, I find myself saying "That is so true," as the Sears' statements echo my own heart in raising my children., i.e., that we have a responsibility to be "God with skin on" to our children so that eventually they will seek the God that we reflect to them. I think what I appreciate most about this book, aside from the Sears' obvious love for God and for children, is that they are not dogmatic about their advice. Yes, they advocate certain parenting practices, but they never claim that theirs is the only way, or even "God's way." They acknowledge that others may be led to do things differently and that while they may not agree (e.g. about spanking), that leading can be valid. They continually reaffirm parents' abilities to discover what's right for their own children by learning their children and by following the leading the Lord gives them, regardless of what "everyone else" seems to be doing. Reading this book will remind you of why you became a parent -- I recommend it before your children are even born, if possible!

5-0 out of 5 stars Biblically Based, Excellent Book on Christian Parenting
This book is simply fantastic! The authors provide a very Bible-based and scripturally backed method of childrearing. We found this book absolutely indispensible as Christian parents.

The authors encourage parents to work with the nature of the baby/child God gave them [which only makes sense - God created babies the way they are for very good reasons!]. I felt very comfortable using their parenting and child care recommendations and I truly found their ideas in harmony with my faith. We feel that using the suggestions in this book has helped us to become the parents that God wants us to be [well, on our good days at least! :) ]. We are also very pleased with the way our children are turning out.

This book provides a very interesting counterpoint to another "Christian" system of child rearing that was recommended to us - Gary Ezzo's "Growing Kids God's Way" [and the secular version "Baby Wise"]. For us, the Sears book was clearly more in line with our Christian faith and our beliefs about our divine calling as parents to God's own precious children. I would recommend any Christian family read this book as a balance to the Ezzo books - regardless of which method you choose, you will benefit from understanding both sides of the issue!

2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I am a big fan of the Sears' books and am feeling a bit guilty for giving this book a low rating! I own The Baby Book and The Breastfeeding Book and cannot write enough good things about both publications.

I purchased this book recently and was disappointed. I was hoping for a book that would help guide my husband and I in raising our son in a Christian manner. However, the majority of this book is dedicated to pregnancy and childbirth. Since my son is already 5 months old, I didn't really need this information. Very little of the book is dedicated to infancy, toddlerhood and the issues that come about during these stages.

The book is well written, but much of the information regarding nutrition, health, discipline, as well as many other questions/concerns/issues is better covered in The Baby Book.

1-0 out of 5 stars A voice of dissention
I received this book as a gift from someone whose parenting style I don't agree with, and will try to return it for something that is more suitable for my instinctual parenting style. After reading the first 2 chapters, I am convinced that attachment parenting is not for me, nor my husband. I don't agree with the opinion it states that the mother is more responsible for the baby's care than the father in the first few years, and that the father's instincts can't be relied on as much as the mother's. This method of child-rearing takes control out of the father's hands and rests it solely on the mother's shoulders. Apparently, if two parents have differing opinions on something, the mother's opinion, accordng to this book, is always right!

The story of Barry and Susan in the beginning was especially troubling to me. It gave the impression that anyone who doesn't follow the advice of the book is a drone looking for the easy way out of parenting. It tells the story of an expectant couple, trying to discern the best child-rearing method. In the story, anyone who does not follow the attachment parenting method is painted as cold and DETACHED from their child. They discuss everything with their obstetrician/pediatrician, "Dr. Joan" (I don't refer to either of my doctors by first name.) This is definitely not the style for me, and I'm a little resentful of the implication that if I don't follow this method, I am detached from my child.

I would not reccommend this book for anyone who is not a proponent of attachment parenting. Do some more research, and buy a book more suited to your instincts.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW, WOW, WOW!
This book is awesome. The Sears share how AP is a Christian approach to child rearing. It debunks the myths that the Ezzo's and Pearl's twist into "facts".

This book is one I give to all my friends who are expecting. ... Read more


134. Keep the Connection : Choices for a Better Body and a Healthier Life
by Bob Greene
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-05)
Publisher: Hyperion
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Bob Greene is best known as Oprah Winfrey's personal trainer and coauthor of their bestselling Make the Connection, which is about taking your first steps to fitness and weight loss. Now he's back with the next phase: elevating your fitness program, staying motivated, and creating permanent change. "You create yourself through choice," says Greene, and the way to overcome old habits or laziness is to make every choice conscious, whether you're opening the refrigerator door or deciding whether to skip your workout because it's raining. Keep the Connection is, as you'd expect, full of exercises--but many of the exercises are mental. Greene holds that you can't change until you understand yourself, so he offers several mental exercises to help you become more self-aware. After you've had your mental workout, Greene describes the four components of fitness: flexibility (with photos of stretches), cardiovascular power and endurance, abdominal and back fitness (with photos of a variety of crunches), and muscular strength and endurance (illustrated using Cybex machines). Greene also outlines a sensible nutrition plan based on the food pyramid, and gives 18 recipes.

The book is filled with anecdotes about the people Greene has trained. (Judging from the number of his clients, this man must never sleep!) If you're ready to make changes that will improve your body and enhance your life, this book will help you do it. --Joan Price ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
This book is written by an exercise physiologist who knows what he is doing.It is an extremely effective one and gives you advice on what to eat, when to eat, when to exercise and so on.It even tells you the connection between alcohol and weight loss.

Since I have been on this diet, all the cravings for junk food have gone. I was someone who lived for sugar and now I do not want any of it. I use to crave coffee in the morning as well but realized I didn't want that wired up feeling & acid stomach. I switched over to a caffeine-free coffee substitute made from soyabeans I found on the net at www.
S o y c o f f e e.c om. It so easy for someone to tell you to eat less, but if you are craving bad foods, eventually you will fail. In the first five days I was on this diet all the craving ceased and I was already 8 lbs down. If you were like me and cannot wait for your next slice of cake and at the same time really want to change your lifestyle, Try this.

5-0 out of 5 stars You CAN make the connection!
Thats what this book should have been titled!I disagree.It's not just the same as make the connection.I found Make the connection just plain ole' diet info.Great info, but nothing new.This book's section on motivation was astounding!What an eye opener for someone who has struggled with the mental part of making the decision to finally change my life.This book is definately something to pick up for anyone who has had it with diets.There's so much more to it!Life changing!

5-0 out of 5 stars a perfect completion to "Make the connection"
It is true that the steps towards weight loss are no different than in "Make the connection". But I think this book complements the first one perfectly. For the chapters on motivation alone, this book is worth buying. It explains the motivation issues of certain typres of people and why it can be damaging to your self-esteem to attempt dieting when you are not ready in your mind. This book also helped me to stay motivated whenever I had a low, and to keep going. I haven't regretted for one second that I bought this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I disagree with the bad reviews....
Like the others, I read MTC several times.Yes, if you just want instruction on the 10 steps, you don't need this book.However, if you've tried tofollow them but just can seem to stick to the program, this bookis for you.

His 'exercises' on self-awareness was written for me and wasonly hinted in the first book.It literally changed my life.For once, Ihave been able to stick to the 10 steps for 7 months now, have lost 30pounds and am a much happier person in general.Oprah's story was nice,but I often wish I had Bob around to talk about ME for a change.This bookdoes that.

Like I said, if you just want instruction and already haveMTC, don't bother.But if you can't seem to stick to the program and can'tfigure out why, buy this book!You may learn something about yourself!

1-0 out of 5 stars I have to agree with the other low reviews
Making the Connction was terrific, and when I read Keeping the Connection, it was a few days after re-reading MTC. Literally 1/3 to 1/2 the book was a copy of the first. I was extremely disappointed. It is a fair book on itsown, but do not bother to buy both. And besides, Oprah's story in MTC isreally wonderful. Buy something by Suzanne Schlosberg instead. ... Read more


135. Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom Healing Cards: Healing Cards
by Christiane Northrup
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Asin: 1401901441
Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: Hay House
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom cards were created by Christiane Northrup, M.D., to help women reach clarity, fulfillment, and success in each of five major life areas: Fertility and Creativity, Partnership, Self-Expression, Self-Care and Nurturance, and the development of an Enlightened Mind and Heart. The deck comes with an instruction booklet that offers a variety of practical ways to access intuitive, grounded information on a number of issues. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Cards to Stimulate Your Own Intuitive Knowing
"Thoughts collide in the activity of expression, and the dance goes on with meanings that are beyond rational perception." ~Dancing in the Mirror by Bryan Walton

First, I must say that these cards are quite beautiful and the edges are smooth and golden. Each card shows art that was chosen purely for its archetypal quality and classical style. The interpretation of the images are meant to encourage your own intuitive wisdom.

The 50-card deck and small booklet are all you need to get started. The cards are divided into five key life areas: Fertility & Creativity, Partnership, Nurturance/Self-Care, Self-Expression, Enlightened Heart & Mind. These areas are clearly marked at the top of each card and the cards are color coded into pastel green, pink, yellow, blue and violet.

Each life area is divided into developmental steps which are represented on the ten different cards.

To use the cards you look at the image and then refer to the booklet for additional information as needed.

Of course I was a little freaked out when the first card I picked was the "Risk vs. Safety" card which might have something to do with all the messages floating my way in books and here we find someone jumping out into the unknown. I set out the "How to use your creativity optimally" reading. The first card is supposed to tell me what I've learned about myself so far. I picked Fertility & Creativity VI Risk vs. Safety. Then, the second card is about what you are learning now and I found Nurturance/Self-Care V. Perfection vs. Imperfection. Then Card three is about your next step and that said: "Channel clearly." Then, onward to card 4 where it speaks of how I can create value for myself and others: "Prepare." The last card is supposed to show my Highest purpose and it says: "Complete and Move On."

Then, you can look in the booklet to see the deeper meanings of the images on the cards. All the artwork is rather beautiful and the cards are in themselves works of art. I was very pleased to find the "Art Credits" because otherwise I would have been eternally wondering who painted each picture, etc.

From the cards I picked out I started to understand more about birthing new projects and seeing if creations will fly on their own. Am I being told that I am supposed to jump out into the unknown in some way? The third card was quite meaningful in that it explored the possibility of creating something of value for others that uplifts and assists them in their daily life. The fourth card seems to be saying I should make more time for exercise. The last card shows a woman sitting and reading beautiful books and is a painting by Bernardino Pinturicchio.

The entire process of being inspired by the cards is a highly personal one and all the cards really seem to do is bring elements to the surface of your mind. I found that it was very easy to figure out what the cards were saying because the booklet was helpful and the pictures made complete sense. Basically you are using the cards as mirrors to reflect unconscious patterns to your conscious mind. I was very impressed with the first results of using this card set, although they were a bit too accurate. ;)

You also get an education in art while you are being playful and intuitive.

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136. Faith in the Valley : Lessons for Women on the Journey to Peace
by Iyanla Vanzant
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Asin: 0684850486
Catlog: Book (1998-05-04)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Sales Rank: 146628
Average Customer Review: 4.96 out of 5 stars
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Beloved friend,

When this little book was first published many years ago, it became a beacon of light for many people who found themselves time and time again in one valley or another. Valleys are nothing new for any of us. Some of you may be in a valley right now, or, since you never know what's around the corner, you may be on the brink of tottering into yet another valley. Or maybe you've just survived a valley that you swear you'll never revisit -- but guess what? That's precisely the valley you'll probably see again. And again.

Being in a valley can be a lonely and bewildering experience. This book was written to help you feel less lonely by reminding you that you really aren't ever alone since God is always by your side, but more important, you are always by your own side. No matter how dire the situation may seem, no matter how dark and bleak the valley may be, you have all you need within you to survive the valley -- any valley. Even though you may not know how you got into the valley in the first place, you do know, deep inside yourself, how to get through and out and free. You just need a little faith in yourself and a little guidance to find that faith within yourself.

When you are at your wit's end, take this little book and let it guide you toward the ever-present but often elusive light at the end of the tunnel. Faith in the Valley is designed to help you find the light when you need it most -- when you're in that damn tunnel. When you're most confused and in the dark and clueless as to how you got there (again!) and when you're trying to figure out not just how to get out, but stay out. For good.

Faith in the Valley has helped so many through so much that we felt it only fitting to issue this lovely gift edition to acknowledge the special place it holds in many hearts. Please share it with a friend who has served as your beacon in the past, or offer it to yourself as a reminder of the strength and wisdom you possess and can offer to others.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Faith In The valley by Iyanla Vanzant is truly a book to help us on our journey toward peace. Ms. Vanzant imparts words of wisdom and encouragement. She is reminding us of some of the day to day things we take for granted. We sometimes forget to be thankful for what we have; good health, a job and a place to live. You will not regret reading this book. As Ms. vanzant writes, "What a blessing! I am so thankful" that I read this book. Go get yourself a copy of "Faith in The valley".

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent! A must read for women of all ethnicities.
This book is targeted towards African-American women, but I don't believe that African-American are the only women who experience "life in the valley." This book offers healing, inspiration and guidance to all who read it

5-0 out of 5 stars GET THIS and GIVE THIS to your favorite women:)
This is my FAVORITE book by Iyanla Vanzant because of: It's size(small enough for your tiny purse), its lack of preach-i-ness and how the index is organized by subject. I feel its a synopsis of all the subjects covered in her other books. I also feel the book is applicable to women of ALL cultures. You can use it as a daily guide or you can use the index to find a subject for which you could use guidance.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book for daily reflection
I can not express how insightful and helpful this book is! It really makes you look deep into the reason(s) why you thought you needed a book of affirmations in the first place. This book is perfect for those "why me" and "I really can't take any more" moments when you feel like life, and everything in it, needs to give you a break. If you're a woman experiencing a lot of change in your life and it seems like you just can't handle another crisis (or is it a crisis afterall?), this is the book for you. I carry it in my purse!

5-0 out of 5 stars Touches a Point
Each time my spirt is down, or I'm going through a situation, I turn to this book. I hold the book in my right hand by its spine, fan the pages with my left hand to stop at randum. The passages I've read, I have felt its deep spirtual feeling and I understand its meaning. Then I reflect on my situation and the passage fits. It helps me to understanding whats going on. It uplifts my spirit to deal with my situation. It give me insight to view my problem from a different angle. It also assures me that what I am currently going through will end. I will get through it. In my view, its a powerfull book. I have read several other books by Iyanla, even watched her talk show (sorry that went off the air), but like the bible, I keep Faith In The Valley near by. ... Read more


137. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind : The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old
by Deepak Chopra
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Asin: 0517882124
Catlog: Book (1994-12-27)
Publisher: Harmony
Sales Rank: 9453
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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There is nothing inevitable about aging--that is the inspiring message from Dr. Deepak Chopra. "Once again Dr. Chopra presents us with information that can help us live long, healthy lives. For all those interested in a long, full life, this book is a valuable resource."--Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Love, Medicine and Miracles Over 1.5 million copies sold. National bestseller. Line drawings. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Another expert can't follow his own advice.
While I think the book has potential and clearly his concepts seem to have merit the big missing piece is not just knowing good concepts but practicing them. Have you seen this guy lately? Is he the embodiment of health? He is overweight and moves slowly. Advice that can't be practiced by the giver is weak advice. Enough of Deepak and Dr. Phil telling us to how to live healthy when they can't seem to do that themselves.

1-0 out of 5 stars Why Follow an 'Anti-Aging' Guru who's Growing Old?
As the New York Times pointed out, Deepak Chopra is aging at the same rate as you. So why model yourself after an 'anti-aging' guru who's growing Old? Why not model yourself after an anti-aging guru who is "the only anti-aging guru who has actually stayed young"?

This is what Investor's Business Daily's Marilyn Much says about the anti-aging guru Elixxir.

If you want to stay young, The Elixxir Program is your best bet. It is based on the only scientific way to dramatically retard, even reverse, aging. And extend your maximum lifespan.

The book you want to read to introduce you to the anti-aging philosophy behind The Elixxir Program is The ImmorTalist Manifesto by Elixxir. Available on Amazon.

It is an incredible read. An Eureka experience. After that, search for Elixxir's website and find how to get the Executive Memo about The Elixxir Program.

The stakes are too high if you really want to fight off Old Age and Death. You cannot afford to listen to Chopra who claims that yoga and meditation can do the trick. They cannot. And you will grow old -- and overweight -- like Chopra.

I tried Chopra. Did not work. I tried The Elixxir Program. It works. I slimmed down to my college weight! They all wanted to kill me at my class reunion. And my blood works is that of a 21 year old.

Elixxir is the anti-aging guru to "the pampered set." But you can get The Elixxir Program by reading first The ImmorTalist Manifesto and then the Executive Memo about it.

The only scientific way to stay young. The only way!

3-0 out of 5 stars Science, Science & All Science............
First of all I got intrested in this book because i liked " 7 Spiritual Laws 0f Success".I got dissapointed when i finished this one.

Though the information was very good,But i think its more useful to some science student.Everyone is not M.D Like Him (Deepak Chopra ).

If you are beginner or Dont believe in concept of Ageless body then sure read it for science backing.

If you are common guy like me then Read 'Physical Immortality' Section from Linda Goodmans "Star Signs".

5-0 out of 5 stars Best available scientific secrets to look and feel young
Hi Guys,

In India I have seen people teach, and write on complex subjects as matematics in the age of 80s and 90s. Though India is nowhere in high life expectancy ranking. Some people I have noticed are so precise in their discernment and communication skills in 80s. These people are invariably spiritual. They observe weekly fasts etc. They are respected for their knowledge.

As Deepak points out the attitude of "I'm more responsible and progressing in wisdom" has made these people commited to groom their knowledge and teach them clearly to young people in a way that they love and respect them. These people are also so kind at heart. Deepak declares "Love is the ultimate Truth" in his teachings.

In this book the aging process is scienticifically explained so clearly. I was astounded to read the passage about Ayurveda, especially "Ayurveda is not focussed on healing, but to defeat death and open up the possibility of immortality". The facts about organ renewal, hormones of aging, metabolizing time are very informative.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good information but poor presentation
Deepak Chopra is normally a very good instructor and I have enjoyed some of his other works a great deal. This program had good information however the presentation was monotone and made me tired. I tried to listen to it a few times before I made it all the way through. The rythum that he speaks with on this tape is almost hypnotic and I could hardly stay awake. The information was good and thought provoking. If this is a program you really want, you may want to get the book and avoid the tape or CD. Overall Deepak Chopra is great, this one didn't meet his normal mark. Try his (Seven Laws) CD, it's fantastic. ... Read more


138. The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Counter
by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades
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Asin: 0446608246
Catlog: Book (2000-01-15)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 119164
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars limited, but easy to use
I am still looking for a really good complete carb counter for home cooking. Because I would use it mostly at home, I am not so concerned with the size, but more with the ease of use (meaning that I can find the info I want quickly) and having a large variety of the basic forms of foods listed.

So far I find the The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Counter to be the easiest book of its kind to use.

Also, there are even not-so-common varieties of fruits, vegetables, and nuts listed. In my ideal book I would like more, especially in more forms and quantities, though this is good here for a small book.

One good aspect is that in addition to carb counts the Eads book lists Omega 6 & 3 values, and has special, easily found, pages on particularly desirable foods (such as high vitamin C, magnesium, E, and biggest bang for the buck foods). I appreciate those extras when planning meals ahead, including deciding what to buy at the grocery store.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beats the Atkins Version
Although the Eades take the liberty of removing the fiber column from the Nuts section (carbs are removed from Meat, but that's a no-brainer), this book(let) has replaced my Atkins gram counter as the first reference I check. It has five times the number of listings (perhaps a little too redundant here, as they dumbed it down to list multiple portion sizes of the same items - duh, I can multiply by two) but, most importantly, it is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH BETTER ORGANIZED; major sections, not just the items within as in Atkins, are alphabetized. I always found it strange, in the Atkins pocketbook, that sections lacked logic sequence.

Both books are good, but THIS ONE is a Cadillac and Atkins is a Chevrolet (a Malibu, not a Corvette, with no disrepect to you Malibu owners out there).

That (above) was yesterday, but "What have you done for me today?" Well, sir (or madame), let me tell you: I'VE MADE IT!!!

This morning, I weighed-in at 160 POUNDS! THAT'S EXACTLY 100 POUNDS LOST SINCE JANUARY 27, 2003!! AND IT ALL STARTED, AFTER MY DOCTOR'S "PRESCRIPTION" TO DO THE ATKINS DIET, BY BUYING THE THREE-BOOK ATKINS SET LAST DECEMBER, RIGHT HERE ON AMAZON.COM. THANKS, DOC; THANKS, DR. ATKINS; THANKS, AMAZON.COM!!!

3-0 out of 5 stars Handy carb counter but has some drawbacks.
The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Conter is designed to be a companion to the Protein Power Lifeplan book by the Eades. However, it can be useful with any low carb diet.

The book does not go into detail on the Eades diet, for that you would want to refer to one of their other books. This book is a simple resource, designed to make you aware of the carbohydrate, protein and fat counts in different food items.

Pull out this book and at your fingertips you have the counts of a variety of foods. The book has a numerous listings including Breads, Cereals and Grains; Dairy Products; Fish, Seafood and Shellfish; and more.

When carb count is given the ECC is used. The ECC or effective carb count is found by deducting the fiber from the total carbohydrate of a food item. Most nutrition books list the fiber and carb count separately. But for carb counters, the ECC is all you need to count. So this booklet saves you from doing the math. Very handy!

There are two drawbacks to the booklet. One is the size. Though it is smaller than a standard paperback, it's still larger, 6.75 x 4.05 than other pocketsized gram counters. This makes it bulkier to tote.

The major drawback though is the manner in which the Eades decided to list counts. For protein foods they do not list the carbohydrates. The Eades feel that since these foods are primarily protein, the carb count is too small to be concerned with. But this is not true. For many folks on a carbohydrate restricted diet, all carbs count.
If you are limited to say 20 grams of carbs per day, you will want to count the carbs in the eggs, seafood and other carbohydrate containing protein foods that you eat. It adds up. And if you go over, you may not achieve the health goals you are after.

Yes, the Eades book is handy to have for a quick reference, but my preference is for the Atkins gram counter which is smaller in size and lists net carb counts for all the foods, including protein.

4-0 out of 5 stars GOOD LITTLE REFERENCE
EASY TO READ, SMALL SIZE, ACCESSIBLE FOR ON THE SPOT CHECKS OF WHAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO EAT..

4-0 out of 5 stars Portable companion guide to ideas in Protein Power Lifeplan
Protein Power Lifeplan graham counter

The Protein Power Lifeplan Gram Counter is a companion to Dr. Michael Eades' and Mary Dan Eades', M.D.'s recent "Protein Power Lifeplan," a follow-up to their popular "Protein Power" which was published in 1995. The Eades are a husband-and-wife team that has a joint practice where they dish out the same advice as in their books - that of a restricted carbohydrate diet. But unlike the much more popular Dr. Atkins Diet, the Eades concentrate much more on gaining the best nutritional bang for your buck on the few (at least on the initial phase of the diet) carbohydrates you can have on their diet. The gram counter is helpful as it counts not only carbohydrates, but also fiber, protein and the breakdown of different fats that make up their nutritional philosophy.

This gram counter does not go into the philosophy behind their diet, so I'll try to summarize it here: it is not fat that makes us fat, gives us diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, etc. Rather it is sugar. Starches, since they are basically the same thing as sugar (just chained together and easily broken into their component sugars in the digestive process), are counted as well. The body produces the hormone insulin when carbs are ingested. The more carbs we have in our diet, the more insulin is produced. Insulin is used by the body to remove sugar from the bloodstream, where it can cause harm. Unfortunately, according to the Eades, the insulin that removes it can also cause devastating harm, including all the above-mentioned ailments and then some. In addition, when exposed to these large amounts of insulin, the body slowly becomes more and more resistant to the hormone and the body has to produce more of it to have the same effect, so it is a vicious cycle. The end of this cycle results when the body is so resistant that it simply can't produce enough and adult onset diabetes occurs.

Of course the Eades are quick to point out that this is a theory that has not been proven via huge double blind scientific studies, but rather hinted at by smaller studies indicating the validity of components of the theory. However, they also point out that the whole idea behind fat causing all these health problems in the first place is also just that - an IDEA. It is a hypothesis that the whole medical industry latched onto 25 or 30 years ago, because it made some logical sense at the time, and has only recently started to let go on the edges despite there being absolutely no proof that low fat diets are conducive to health, and many that indicate the exact opposite.

The carbohydrates listed are based on the "Effective Carbohydrate Count" or ECC, which subtracts the amount of grams of fiber from the total carbohydrate count to give a more accurate nutritional picture, since the normal digestive process does not absorb fiber.

As far as the fat breakdown in the gram counter goes, they break fats down into mono-unsaturated fats and saturated fats, as well as both Omega-6 fatty acids and Omega-3 fatty acids. The media and medical communities have concentrated on saturated versus unsaturated fats, missing many finer points that the Eades contend are important in terms of fat consumption. According to them, the body needs all types of fat and can actually saturate and desaturate dietary fat when needed. What is more important to look at, they say, is whether the fat is one containing primarily Omega-6 fatty acids as opposed to Omega-3's. Most people get way too much Omega-6 compared to Omega-3 because most of the polyunsaturated vegetable oils used for cooking both commercially and in the home contain mostly Omega-6. Omega-3's are found in fairly less common items like some fish like sardines, salmon, tuna, and cod-liver-oil. Though they do not specify these in the gram counter, in the main book, they do continually stress the importance of avoiding "trans-fats" which are fats (primarily soybean but also other vegetable oils) that have been synthetically altered in order to stay solid at room temperatures. These are in most processed foods (look for the words "partially hydrogenated"), plus just about all mayonnaise and margarine. The body does not know what to do with these fats because they aren't natural, so it just uses them in its cells like all other fat, and this can cause many health problems. The Eades suggest using only butter (also clarified butter), olive oil, and nut oils for cooking, sauces, etc., canola-oil mayonnaise, and avoiding foods that contain anything other than these oils, and especially anything with trans fats.

Basically, the book is not of much use without the underlying theories behind it, but as long as you understand these, it is of enormous help. I would have preferred some sort of indication of trans-fats and perhaps a rating of how good a particular food was in terms of its anti-oxidant content, but I guess you can't have everything! Adding these other readings might have added too much bulk to the book. Right now it is slightly smaller than most small soft cover books, and is less than half an inch thick, yet covers all food groups in good detail. It is organized well and it does not take you a couple of minutes to sort through all the myriad varieties of different foods, the way some of the more comprehensive food counters do. I guess it depends on what you're looking for - portability or thoroughness, though even the most thorough of the other food counters do not break foods down into Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids. ... Read more


139. Intuitive Power: Your Natural Resoruce
by Caroline Myss
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Join Caroline Myss, a renowned intuitive practitioner and teacher, for this special presentation on how to tap in to your intuition for health, healing, and life guidance. We all have intuitive gifts; the magic comes in realizing how to trust their natural guidance. In this CD program, you’ll learn how to tune in to the wisdom of your bodies, sense subtle energies and chakras, and make decisions based on your deepest sense of inner authority and power.

Caroline discusses the mystical nature of intuition and offers instruction on intuiting your sacred contracts by recognizing your archetypes. Archetypes are energetic companions that coordinate the experiences and opportunities you agreed to prior to your birth and which serve the integration of your spirit. Your psychological and emotional patterns are clues to your archetypal patterns and to their mythic nature, continually manifesting in subtle ways in your life. Your individual spiritual life is carved around these subtle and extremely present cosmic companions. Coming to know these interior forces brings into focus the many sacred contracts of your life, offering you profound insight and direction in terms of making life choices based upon the needs of your spirit rather than the demands of your personality. ... Read more


140. Until Today! : Daily Devotions for Spiritual Growth and Peace of Mind
by Iyanla Vanzant
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Catlog: Book (2001-08-14)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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If there are situations, circumstances, or perhaps relationships in your life that you have been struggling to overcome, trying to work through, or doing your best to work around, throw your head back and declare to the universe, "Until Today!"

Whatever has been going on in your mind, your life, or your heart can stop -- right now, if that is truly what you desire. However, you must be willing to "do a new thing." You must spend a little time, each day, in devotion to the truth about yourself and your life. You must make a conscious approach to what you think, what you feel, and what you do. Devotion will clear up misconceptions that may have obscured your vision until today!

Bestselling author Iyanla Vanzant presents a new book of devotions for anyone on the path to spiritual empowerment. These daily devotions will create powerful changes in the circumstances of your life that have held you back and will place you on the road to personal strength and peace of mind. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Speaks Directly To You
Vanzant's latest book is in a day-to-day devotional format. Having devoured everything else she has written, I didn't hesitate to pick this up. Well, get ready to be smacked hard upside your head every single day.

The author seems to have the view of a seer, and every single piece is directly related to what's happening in life at exactly that moment. Each devotion ends with the phrase, "Until today..." and a statement like "you may have been feeling as if you were about to break down. Just for today, call forth the strength, courage, wisdom, insight, power and love of the spirit of life. Ask that you be guided through the next minute, hour or day to a place of peace." (January 31)

Each month has a focus - life, love, awareness, acknowledgment, acceptance forgiveness, etc. Each day's reading focuses on internal personal and spiritual growth, self-acceptance, change and producing peace in your life.

It is an excellent book for those who have thrown out all the other daily devotional books including those for "Women Who Do Too Much." I expect to wear the pages of this book out over the next years.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spiritual Growth
I am writing this review, in the hopes that Iyanla herself may read this. Last year, my daughter started a book club, and chose this book. We began with eleven, and at the end it was only four faithful members, which was alright. When Iyanla came to the Convention Center, in Philadelphia we well fortunate to hear her speak,we enjoyed her emensely. Anyway, the first couple of month, we struggled with the consistency, understanding, and the meaning. Suddenly the light bulb came on,we became persistent, steadfast in our reading,meditation,and self evaluation. We were awakening to the changes God was making in our lives, inwardly, outwardly, and between eachother. The following months proved to be more spiritual, and we experienced God power in our lives. December was the most powerful of them all. At the last meeting, we all cried, cried, cried tears of joy and thanks for bringing us this far. And a thankful heart to Iyanla, for providing the tool we needed, to help get us through this past year, her book Until Today. We didn't realize it until today, that the person, who brought us together for the book club, was the person whom needed to bring closure to things in her life, which she was able to do. We all have deceided to start a journal for this year. Some of us are going to continue to read the daily devotions again. It certainly was a very spiritually growing process for all of us, we will be forever changed from this experience with eachother, we are closer now,we respect, admire, appreciate one another for the beautiful person that God made. Sincerely,
Renee Scott

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, validating, & affirming!
This gem of a book is one of Vanzant's best works yet!

The book is broken down into twelve sections that each deal with a spiritual principal. (Example: January deals with Life, July deals with Understanding, September with Trust, etc.) The readings for each day are truly inspirational, validating, and affirming for all of God's children! At the end of the reading is an affirmation or thought/Meditation that you can focus on throughout the day!! (I usually write about it in my own personal spiritual journal, once in the morning and once at night....to see how I fared!)

If you are interested in growing as a person and a spiritual being, then this is the book for you! An excellent read that I have and will continue to recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everyday Meditation
I really enjoyed "Until Today." My first exposure to it was in a yoga class where the instructor would read it to us during final relaxation. Some of the daily meditations are a bit long and have LOTS of references to God which I personally don't have any problem with. Overall, a great gift along with some "plinky" music.

5-0 out of 5 stars As always, Iyanla "Does the Damn Thing!"
The only words that can describe this sistah, is "Heaven Sent!"
From the moment I picked this book up, there was such a calm that enveloped my soul that mere words could not explain it. If one is truly looking to become more Peaceful, more Centered, more Focused, more Honest and more Spiritual, the daily meditations in this one will do that and more. Iyanla, May whatever you choose to worship continue to BLESS YOU because of your trials, tribulations and the courage to share you with the rest of the world, you are HEALING so many wounded SOULS, mine included. Excellent Job! Excellent Book! I think everyone should have one. Man, Woman, Black, White, Blue or Purple! Be Blessed My Sistah! ... Read more


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