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Don't Die with Your Music Still in You

Dec 04, 2014

AndyB

Having been a reader of Dr. Wayne Dyer books' for a long time, I took an immediate interest in reading his daughter Serena's book. After all, her testimony should add a different perspective in the teachings of Dr. Dyer. How does the daughter of one of the most influential men in the world take his words to heart and to life?

Don't Die with Your Music Still in You in an inspirational book, a reading that I would recommend especially for young adults who need motivation and the courage to take a leap and find their purpose in life. Of course, that serves for every person regardless of age, as it's never too late to change course and channel into your inner core and realize what is your music.

Serena's chapters mirror one of her father's previous bestsellers, Ten Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, by giving her approach of how each of this steps helped her and her siblings while they were growing up with their spiritual parents. By telling stories, the chapters are illustrative and easy to follow, so anyone can relate and understand. The basic message is one that we all need to hear over and over again: find your passion, focus on the positive, and believe you can. Just don't die with your music still in you. The book is a refreshing take on how to achieve inner peace and success, with a positive point of view from someone that was living the message as she was growing up. Well done!

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Angels of Abundance

Jul 22, 2014

AndyB

I was thrilled to receive this book and find the teaching and messages within, and it didn't disappoint me. It's the kind of message, though, that you need to read with an open mind. Even if you don't believe in the assistance of angels, heaven and the divine, there is no harm in reading words of positivity, messages of altruism and suggestions for higher self development and improvement. After all, we're always searching for help, and help that comes from within is the best kind.

This is a delightfully written book that can be read in one sitting, however, you want to take your time to absorb the peaceful messages and indulge in these meaningful stories and testimonies of people who have received the most needed guidance by the angels. Doreen and her son Grant, who co-wrote the book with her, were able to capture a nice collection featuring 11 messages to help you manifest support, supply, and every form of abundance.
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I Can See Clearly Now

May 19, 2014

AndyB

I've been a reader of Wayne Dyer's inspirational books for quite a while. Every book he writes presents us, readers, with a small feedback of his past - everyone who reads Dyer knows he was raised in foster homes while still a child before his mother was able to gather all her sons together again, after his father left them. This story has pretty much shaped most of his adult years.

Now, in his new book "I can see clearly now", he gives us a much wider snapshot of his earlier days, from a young toddler playing happily in the snow to a teen rebelling against a biology project, growing into a young man having to obey orders in the military and achieving his goal of becoming a teacher. Every circumstance evolves into something that will ultimately fit together to complete his life puzzle. It's an eye opening memoir, showing us all that everything happens for a reason and there are no accidents. By exposing what happened to him in this memoir, he explains how he came about to be what he was meant to be and how he made it happen by believing in his dharma. A great inspirational book.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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The Rosary

Dec 18, 2013

AndyB

Nothing more adequate than a wonderful book exalting the power of prayer during this special time of year. And that's what this is, a powerful, compelling testimony of a strong human being, one that has lived through unimaginable suffering and horrors during the Rwandan genocide. I became aware of Immaculle Ilibagiza years ago when I was watching a PBS Wayne Dyer special. He introduced her to the audience and talked about the book she had just then launched, which told of the amazing ordeal she went through to survive the genocide, against all odds. I remember her immense faith when she related how she clutched to her rosary, the last and only belonging she had left, during those 3 months of agonizing imprisonment, believing in a miracle, believing in forgiveness, believing in salvation. And it came. And she credited it all to her faithful praying of the rosary.

With great satisfaction I found out she had written this book, describing in more detail her intimate relationship with praying the rosary, and how it continues to make a tremendous difference in her life. From her teenager years before the genocide, during and after her ordeal, and how it still has a great impact in strengthening her faith and easing her sorrows, it is truly amazing to read the testimony of this special person, and how she humbly devotes herself to this glorious prayer. This uplifting story, that describes her own personal experience, is a powerful motivational book that shows how prayer is still the best answer to our questions.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Money, A Love Story

Oct 18, 2013

AndyB

I really struggled with this review. At first glance, I was excited to read a book that would give me good advice on how to handle money and be debt free. I had never read a book about financial advice before, so this was something new that I wanted to try, and this book seemed promising. However, I felt that some suggestions given were not very realistic to the average population who is already struggling with debt and money issues, specifically the advice about getting help from a financial adviser. Not that the advice is not a good one, most definitely I believe it is, however it doesn't seem practical for me, for example, to spend money on a financial adviser monthly when I have real bills to pay.

The book is basically a workbook with several exercises, which I also found annoying at times. I would have preferred to read it without the interruptions of the exercises - maybe if they were at the end of the book, they would not be so distracting, in my opinion. The love money quiz at the beginning of the book was very good and an eye opener, though. I also enjoyed reading the suggestions at the end of the book about self help, seminars, sites to join, research, and the pros and cons of exploring the financial freedom freeways of residual income possibilities. Overall not a bad read, as there are really some very good suggestions and advice, but the format didn't quite work that well for me.



FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Mind Over Medicine

Sep 11, 2013

AndyB

As soon as I glimpsed this book's title, I was interested in reading it. I've always been a believer that the power of the mind can make it possible to self heal. And it was with no surprise that I found this book actually reinforces my beliefs that we can, with the right mind set and the right environment, be a catalyst in developing our own good health.

This book brings in scientific studies to prove we hold the key to improve our health; at the same token, we can make ourselves sick by believing in sickness and nurturing hopelessness. By no means Lissa Rankin suggests for us to ditch the doctors and just think healthy thoughts, but together with positive thinking, the right therapy (alternative or otherwise) and the right environment, cure is possible.

Even the wrong medical provider can sabotage a good cure. It actually happened to me. In two separate occasions, when I didn't like the doctor I was seeing (not enough caring, no good rapport), my treatment didn't yield good results. When I had to seek for a second opinion and actually had a great interaction with the new doctor, the treatment was totally successful because I believed the doctor was capable enough to cure me, and I knew it was going to be alright. Lissa highlights several similar situations in her book, and also tells her own story.

Positive thinking can improve your health, and several factors in your life are also important for your health to thrive. Great examples of health nuts whose health was not OK because they were involved in bad relationships, or unsatisfying and stressful jobs, or something else that aggravated their health no matter what they did externally, illustrates the chapters. If, internally, you're not in peace with yourself and your world, you won't reap all the benefits you could from exercise, diet, etc. Doctors, teachers and parents should read this book and apply the advice given here. It should be mandatory reading!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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The Tapping Solution

Jul 20, 2013

AndyB

I discovered tapping a couple of months ago, listening to one of Louise Hay's interviews where she mentioned the practice. Then, I searched for it on youtube and found a few interesting videos describing how to use tapping and actually started working on it myself. Nick's book came at the right time: to complement my beginner's curiosity and knowledge of this revolutionary system, as he describes it himself.

The book starts with a great story of how tapping was "discovered". I am a believer that our minds are powerful instruments, and if we believe in our energy centers and "tap" to make it come to life, we can actually cure or alleviate several symptoms or dis-eases.

Nick's book is divided into 14 chapters and he describes in each one a specific use for tapping. You can use this formula to relieve anxiety, get rid of physical pain, eliminate fears and even create or improve relationships. Nick writes in an easy to follow language, accessible to everyone, and has several examples of real cases to illustrate each specific segment. Each chapter also ends with suggested exercises and practice.

It's also interesting to note that, on the aftermath of Connecticut's tragic school shooting last year, Nick created a fundraiser to bring tapping to the community, in order to help with mental and emotional support. What a great idea and goodwill. Kudos to Nick for spreading the word about tapping.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Take 2

May 26, 2013

AndyB

I just love to pick up a book that has a positive title, read about experiences, trials, failures, successes and find out new suggestions to motivate and inspire. Take 2 by Leeza Gibbons is exactly this type of book that promotes a very positive lesson: we can always start over and be in peace with the choices we make.

The way Leeza describes her own life makes it easier for us readers to assimilate her experiences be it as a mother, a full time employee, or a wife. It's told to us in a vibrant and eloquent language, illustrated with her own strategies to cope, to transform and to be reborn. Great examples of women who had the courage to start over or put their lives on hold like Maria Shriver are also wonderful testimonies to the power we have when we decide to create our own destiny and move on with our lives fearlessly and with no apologies.

This is an empowering book for women. A book that teaches us to take charge, to change, to elevate to higher levels, to take ownership of our own lives and give ourselves permission to do what we want, to love, to make mistakes and to get up again. The subtitle says it all: it's our guide to create happy endings and new beginnings. So start now!


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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All Is Well

Apr 13, 2013

AndyB

All is well. It really is, when you read this book and feel so comfortable reciting the empowering affirmations created by Louise Hay for each body part and/or condition that is not well in your body or mind. Don't take it wrong, though: this book is not a substitute for medical care or advice, however it blends western medicine with eastern and alternative medicine and the power of affirmations to give suggestions and advice on how you should go about seeking treatment for your dis-eases. And this is what the authors do very well, combining their knowledge with real case studies where you can read about people's real stories and the solutions that were offered to them for their healing and to improve their mind and body's health.

I found the All is Well table starting on page 183 extremely helpful, as you can go through the body organs, or conditions that affect your body, and choose an affirmation to that specific area or problem. It makes a lot of sense, if you are suffering from any of these issues described. They really narrow down the pains to the areas that affect them, and it is all described in a very no nonsense way, easy to read, and broken down into the seven emotional centers. Worth reading, even if you think you're not suffering from any of these condition, and it opens your eyes to potentially avoid them in the future as well.


I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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The Importance of Being Extraordinary

Mar 04, 2013

AndyB

I've been a long time listener and reader of Dr. Wayne Dyer. His lectures and books inspire and motivate. His PBS specials are wonderful to watch and he usually brings along other extraordinary people who appear in his life, to complement his thoughts, observations, feedback and miracle stories. Although I'd heard about Eckart Tolle, I had not yet read any of his books or listened to any of his lectures or lessons. Thus, I became very curious about this 2 CD set titled The Importance of Being Extraordinary, which is basically a dialogue between these 2 very spiritual beings.

Eckhart Tolle's patient demeanor and tranquil voice accentuates an aura of peace that his words bring to the conversation. He is witty, funny at times, and in listening to him, I felt his simplicity and humbleness when discussing elaborate and complex themes such as the purpose of life. I've just became a fan!

Accordingly, Dr. Wayne Dyer validates their conversation with his humor, incredible experiences and lessons from his past. It's a conversation not to be missed. I've already listened to the CD a few times and plan on listening a couple of more times. It's a great way to commute, listening while in the car driving around or stuck in traffic. A perfect companion for the ride.

The second CD also has a section of Q&A from listeners, and both of the speakers alternate in answering, going back and forth with their very positive and enlightening way of facing life, the world and their problems. It will make you think, it will make you want to change, and for the better. Kudos to these authors for this enriching experience which will certainly improve the way we think and react. To an extraordinary life!

FTC Disclosure: I received this item for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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The Body Ecology's Guide to Growing Younger

Feb 13, 2013

AndyB

I usually don't subscribe to food or nutrition books, just plainly because there are so many different diets and approaches to food out on the market, that it's hard to pick one that makes sense for one's life style. However, I became intrigued by this book title's claim to growing younger, and decided to give it a try.

Being a vegetarian, there are certain foods that I will definitely not try, otherwise I'm open to suggestions of foods which will help not only to kill the harmful effects of certain substances but also to provide a better way to clean and keep the body well and healthy. This book is a guide - therefore, expect lots of hints and helpful information about food. This is the first time I am coming into contact with Donna Gates' body ecology principles, and I believe she has found a very interesting concept to improve the quality of life and health by giving a step by step guide that shows the benefits of eating and/or avoiding certain types of food and substances. Some myths are broken, and it's perfectly OK, after all, not everyone has the same body type or can tolerate the same amount of food or liquid in their diets. One should choose to live by what makes sense to their organism.

This is a very helpful guide to be kept handy when cooking or preparing food. The chapters about cleansing and detoxification were particularly beneficial, highlighting some information that was not new, and some which debunked some myths on how to eliminate toxins from our system. Worth trying for the sake of feeling better. My only issue was some of the recommendations for the shopping list at the end of the book. These items are not so easy to find and obviously buying everything organic can certainly put a big dent on any budget. If you can find a way to reconcile what you can do with the information and still maintain a healthy diet after reading this guide, you will definitely reap great benefits for your body.


FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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You Can Trust Your Life DVD Set

Jan 29, 2013

AndyB

This program is divided into 4 DVDs, a total of about 6 hours of live footage spanning 2 days of teaching by two extraordinary life coaches who complemented each other on the stage. During the course of two days, Louise and Cheryl coached avid learners on wonderful hints about improving your self esteem, loving, forgiving and many other techniques proven to develop a better awareness of your soul for the benefit of not only yourself, but the lives of others around you, through creating a positive environment.

With real examples of situations that happened in their own lives, these inspiring ladies transform ordinary events into positive thinking tools to help each person get back into their spiritual alignment and dissolve toxic material from their lives. It's interesting to see how the audience connects to their interaction. During some segments, the audience is invited to share their feedback, and it's very helpful to listen to what they bring into the table and how Louise and Cheryl help them improve their thinking patterns. It's eye opening, when you realize that you have so much in common with other people's lives and experiences, where you can relate and benefit from the advice and coaching given in each situation.

Mirror work seems to be specifically beneficial - and hard to do. Who has the courage to look up in the mirror every day and state confidently how much you love yourself? It can be uncomfortable at first, but with practice you learn how to be your best friend. There's also a segment that touches on the principles of "tapping". For those not familiar with it, I would suggest doing some research and start practicing it as soon as possible. I'm impressed by the technique and benefits it can promote to one's life. At the end of the 2 day live session, Louise delivers a powerful guided meditation of forgiveness. Not to be missed. A great life lesson to develop and improve, and guide yourself in the right direction to manifest your best life experience ever.


I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the set from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
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Is Your Life Mapped Out?

Jan 14, 2013

AndyB

Unravelling the mystery of destiny vs. free will. It's the subtitle of this very interesting book. This book presents an interesting point of view, based on scientific research done throughout many years in different subjects, and combining it with personal and human experience and feedback from the author. The result is a fascinating, impressive and subtle journey into another side of the law of attraction.

It is very enlightening to read some of the research described in these pages, as well as to realize we have certainly come to experience some of the very same emotions and situations that are inherently human. The clarity with which Dr. Hamilton presents his findings and conclusions brings on the perception that we have already seen it before... not necessary a "dejavu" feeling, but more of a common sense approach. After each chapter, the "key points" section summarize most of the ideas presented in the previous chapter and the "life experiments" section provides suggestions which are very interesting to try. I've tried a couple of them during my journey reading the book and they actually work well. One suggestion I have when you read this book is to keep a highlighter next to you and underline the most interesting aspects of the book, those parts that talk to you the most. And then, go back to those areas periodically and concentrate on them to improve and develop your skills and perceptions.

One of my favorite parts makes assumptions about our supposed soul mate idea. I particularly like the thought presented in the book, and it made me recall a book by Paulo Coelho, Brida, which also talks about the other "half", if it can be so described, of someone's soul searching for the perfect companion.

You should keep a very open mind while reading some of the chapters in this book. Ideas of past and present and future described can oftentimes become confusing and intertwined in an array of kaleidoscopic wavelengths which are hard to swallow. It may not seem feasible, possible and even comprehensible, but there's an appeal to the ideas and the overall message is one that will definitely make sense.

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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The Only Thing That Matters

Nov 22, 2012

AndyB

What to say about this book or how to even start reviewing it? It took me a while to sit down and try to put into words what I experienced while reading the words from Mr. Walsch. Not in a bad way at all. The message is meaningful yet puzzling, common sense yet Utopian, matter of fact yet an illusion. And it sticks. And you know it's true and you believe it.

There will be no spoil alert here. I won't describe what is the only thing that matters. You need to read it to find out, which is a message you probably already know and just need to be re-minded of. The content is different than that of any other authors who ignites in us the passion about the one subject: the law of attraction. Here, the message is being delivered in a totally casual way, as if the author is your friend and is talking to you, and in some instances, as the text implies and suggests, you feel like you are the one writing the book. It gets convoluted at times, because there's an overload of information being revealed almost all at once. But it's not discouraging. It's refreshing. It's needed. It's a spiritual voyage. You need time to absorb this message, by going back to some of the chapters and digesting it again and again. And it will make sense. And it will be the only thing that matters.

This is a book to be kept by your bedside table. And read and re-read many times until the message is clear and infused in your mind and soul like you're supposed to know. Good luck and good reading!

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Secrets of Meditation

Oct 01, 2012

AndyB

Secrets of Meditation, a practical guide to inner peace and personal transformation by davidji.

The first thing that called my attention when I received this book and started leafing through it was a comment most readers will miss: "The author donates all proceeds from this book to charity". How would you not want to read a book whose author is so caring and giving? It showed me that every page of this book is filled with hearty advice and a genuine desire to help the reader achieve a state of deep meditation and understand the benefits of this ancient practice.

The language is easy to follow, davidji is down to earth, engaging, and guides the readers in a very interesting path highlighting different types of meditation techniques and what to expect from each of the meditation styles. He tells his own story about his spiritual journey and illustrates it with many examples on how he achieved his proficiency in meditation.

It is the first time I read davidji and I'm hooked! It's not easy to follow a book about meditation, it becomes dull and boring at times, however, this book is exciting and inspiring! It's a great read and will really prompt you to try meditation. You can choose one that fits you better from the different kinds described in this volume: bodymind, visual, sound, energy, sensory, Buddhist, mantra and chanting meditation. Each is described in detail and each chapter explores the best technique on how to practice them, with very helpful hints and encouragement.

At the end of the book, davidji explores the myths around meditation and demystifies some beliefs about its practice, with accessible and easy to understand questions and answers.

This is a great book for those who want to start exploring the benefits of meditation and also for those who have been already practicing it. If you're serious about understanding what meditation is and how it can transform you, don't miss this jewel of inspiration and guidance to a better lifestyle!

http://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Meditation-Practical-Personal-Transformation/dp/1401940307/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349109336&sr=1-1&keywords=davidji

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
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Flower Therapy

Aug 28, 2012

AndyB

I had no idea what to expect when I received this book. I had read books talking about angels and alternative medicine and therapies before and was somewhat skeptical about the content of Flower Therapy - Welcome the Angels of Nature into Your Life.

Surprisingly, the book is amazingly light and fun to read, and it's also a beautiful volume, with high quality illustrations of 88 different flowers, highlighting their benefits and what they can do to help heal or improve a specific area of our lives.

The flowers are listed in alphabetical order, and the pictures help identify the type of plant. The correlation with the respective angel that is associated with the flower completes the description of the flower and how to utilize it for our benefit. There are also hints on how to make infusions with the flowers for different purposes and all to help clear the body, mind and spirit.

You don't have to believe in angels to read this book. You can still find lots of interesting information about the flowers, and how to clean and energize your house and your environment, including yourself. It is an inspirational book that providers beautiful insight into the flowers and the benefits nature can provide us!
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Wishes Fulfilled

Aug 02, 2012

AndyB

Book: Wishes Fulfilled, Dr. Wayne Dyer - read!
When I found out this book was coming out, I was immediately interested in obtaining a copy. I have read several books by Dr. Dyer and every time one of his books finds a way into my life in the exact right time, as he says, in synchronicity with the situation that I'm living.

It was with no surprise that I found Wishes Fulfilled, Mastering the Art of Manifesting, another jewel of inspiration. Full of extraordinary testimonies to the power of manifestation, the book provides fascinating insight into the law of attraction, presented in an easy to read format that flows peacefully within our minds. The examples that Dr. Dyer provides about his own life and his family's life as well as the lives of other people that come in contact with him in a synchronicity of events makes it even more interesting to relate to the teachings that are discovered in the book.

It's an enriching volume of self-discovery and we need an open mind to absorb the messages presented in this book. Wishes Fulfilled is a lesson in self-discovery, self-esteem and the magic of believing in yourself and your strength to make you create your life in the best possible way. Thanks to Dr. Dyer, it's possible to see the world in a new, encouraging and positive way. I am that I am. Believe, and manifest. Believe that with God, all things are possible.

I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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