This is a beautifully written book that tells of the author's personal experience with God. His God is an intimate, loving God, not the God of punishment or judgment. The book is filled with lovely, personal anecdotes written with heart, many of them quite poignant. It's thoughtful, well-written and digestible. While you can read all the way through, it's also a book you can pick up and turn to a random page for inspiration and food for thought.
Beyond Human could be just another "think positive" Law of Attraction self-help book. Thankfully, it goes "beyond" simple "just think good thoughts" advice and provides some innovative tools and ways of approaching things that you might not have heard of before.
Right off the bat, the author, Jaden Rose Phoenix, sets herself apart by commenting on the lack of "out of the box" thinking that traps so many people in mediocrity. If more people took her advice on just trying new things to solve problems, the world would probably be a better place.
Doing Virtuous Business is about how the best businesses utilize spiritual principles to not only achieve success but make the world a better place. It's a compelling idea and one that we should, as a culture, explore further. The author comes at the subject as a devout Christian, and so much of the theory is based in Christian principles and ideals; however, he does endeavor to expand the playing field to other faiths.
Same Life, New Story by Jan Silvious is billed as a “10-Week Bible Study for Women” covering stories of women in the Bible and how they apply to life for women today. It’s not so much as a Bible study as it is a self-help coaching book for Christian women. It could also be used by spiritual-but-not-religious women who may be interested in applying Christian concepts to their personal growth.
I went to church weekly as a child but never really knew much about women in the Bible. I guess our church never covered them that much, for whatever the reason. So I was interested in this book because of its focus on women in the Bible. I was curious to read their stories and hear how they might apply to me today. Would women of the Bible be inspiring to me? I wanted to find out.
The Final Summit by Andy Andrews is a self-help parable that seeks to answer the question: "What does humanity need to do, individually and collectively, to restore itself to the pathway toward successful civilization?" It attempts to do so through a fictional character who finds himself at a heavenly “summit” of time “travelers” who have been brought there by the Archangel Gabriel. Most of the “travelers” are famous people who are known for great accomplishments, except for the hero of our story, a normal man who found wealth and prosperity by learning life secrets through his previous time travels.
This leads us to the first problem with this book: It's actually a sequel, apparently, to a previous book. So it took me a little while to figure out what this whole “traveler” business was about. I left the book still not quite sure what the travelers were actually doing in traveling, or how it all worked, but I got the basic gist of it.
What Will Happen to Me? is a poignant little book that shares the stories of children whose parents are in prison. As expected, the first-person accounts from the children are touching and sometimes heart-breaking. The book also provides tips for caregivers of these children, and looks into ways to break the pattern of aggression that leads to children of prisoners becoming prisoners themselves.
Tapping the Source is one of those nice books that provides a reasonable, heartfelt approach to the idea of positive thinking. It is based on the teachings of one of the original positive thinking gurus, Charles Haanel, who first outlined the ideas in his Master Key System almost 100 years ago.
Co-written by three authors, the bulk of the book is written by John Selby, who is truly the heart of this work. Using elements of his own spiritual approach, Selby takes you through a complete meditative process based on Haanel's philosophy. He does this, step-by-step, by teaching a group of "Focus Phrases" that you can use to get into a state of interior peace, whereby you can connect to your "Source" for inspiration and manifestation.
I've been meaning to share this book: Eat Your Way to Happiness by Elizabeth Somer. While the book says it will help you "keep the pounds off," this is a great nutrition book for everyone. It is also especially helpful for anyone who has mood problems, because the author goes into great detail about how food affects our mood.
I liked the book because she made things easy to implement and doable. Rather than feeling like you had to go on a restrictive diet to the point of throwing out anything halfway yummy, the approach here is about adding better foods but also giving yourself a treat once in a while. You don't have to become vegan or a raw foodist or learn how to make your own tofu in order to benefit from her suggestions.
I've implemented a few of the suggestions in the book and found I do have more energy. Specifically, I make a point of eating whole grains every morning to give myself a continual source of energy during the day.
I rarely buy jewelry for myself, so getting some as a gift is always an extra treat! Recently, Hargobind Khalsa at Spirit Voyage held a little contest. His sister makes beautiful hand-made jewelry through the brand "Darshan Jewelry," but she had yet to quit her day job. The contest was for the best advice or encouragement for her posted to Facebook, and the winner would receive a free necklace!
I'll confess, the odds of winning were in my favor due to the low response, but I'm still happy to say I won the necklace! (Amazing, considering how many times I get myself into trouble for my Facebook comments!) I thought it was only fair in return to give a shout-out here to Darshan Jewelry on my blog.