Self-Help

Book reviews on books dealing with self-help.

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    "Breakaway: How I Survived Abuse" is the inspirational story of how one woman overcame her fear and low self-esteem to provide for her family and fulfill her dreams. Nadia Sahari’s memoir provides hope to anyone suffering from abuse. Nadia recently stated, “I am still learning to fly away from my abuse; now that I have learned to fly I don't look behind me, I only look forward. Remember, it's easy to step on a worm, but hard to catch a butterfly.” "Breakaway" is a perfect example of how anyone can overcome hardship and soar to new heights.

    We are living in a time where betrayal abounds. Tragically, most of know or know of someone who has been scarred by the betrayal bandit. In whatever form it takes (financial, political, personal, social, legal, environmental, cultural, etc.), no one is immune from the infectious waves of betrayal moving through our society. "Breaking Through Betrayal" by Holli Kenley is for any individual who has experienced or is experiencing betrayal, who carries the wounds or scars of betrayal injury, and who is struggling to break through its bonds. Betrayal has known us far longer than we have known it; it is time to change that.

    We all have had our ups and downs in our lives, some more than others. But, how we end up in the end, determines how we actually see the storms. The storms help us to change to a better and stronger person. Resisting change can make the obstacles, the hindrances and the storms become even more unbearable. However, if we choose to view them in a different light, change can move us into a bigger and better job, or a more rewarding, loving relationship -it indeed can make us better. The affirmations presented in "Transformations: Give Up the Struggle" by author Renee Wiggins can be a turning point in your life.

    Are We Happy Yet? We are used to psychologists, psychiatrists, and other "experts" offering advice about how to be happy and how to live a fulfilling life. Even though the books by these experts can be helpful, sometimes the best way to learn about life is from true stories. Although "Love Each Day" by Gail Bernice Holland doesn't specifically tell people how to live a wonderful life, the authentic true stories nevertheless offer timeless lessons about enjoying life. The tapestry of true stories in our lives will always be invaluable. From these stories we not only learn how people from different walks of life live, but also what is important to these individuals. Ultimately, this book inspires readers to spend time treasuring what really matters.

    The contributors to "Audacious Aging" give us the science of aging (we program our cells to age, says biologist Bruce Lipton, for example), dispel the myths that have until now ruled how we age, and offer us the new paradigm of body, mind, and spirit health throughout life. Alternately personal and global, practical and transportive, the chapters in this anthology are on the forward edge of this amazing revolution: the transformation of elderhood. As with all revolutions, the aging revolution involves changing the language. The very way we speak of aging is in the process of shifting. Here are some of the new terms that reflect the change in how we view aging: creative aging, sage-ing, spiritual eldering, aging as a path to spiritual awakening, lifelong learning, elder adventure, conscious aging, the third age, the second journey, mitigated aging, new elderhood, and positive elderhood.

    In "Requiem of the Human Soul" by author Jeremy Lent, the reader faces challenging questions about spirituality, history and society: Could our race evolve itself to a higher plane? At what cost and benefit? If we lost what is now the human race as a result, would that be so bad, given our sordid and shameful history? On the other hand, is there something special, our soul, worth keeping at any price? Ultimately, the novel forces the reader to grapple with the fundamental question: what does it mean to be human?

    "How To Fight For Your Goals" by Avi Schneider is a detailed look at Social Combat Theory; the revolutionary tool which combines the ancient combat wisdom of the Martial Arts with modern social/behavioral training techniques. Mastering this discipline will help you prevail in the most critical conflicts, competitions and negotiations you will face in your professional and even personal life. Unlike other theoretical comparisons of martial strategy, this is a hands (and feet) on training system which breaks the barrier between the theoretical and real life-real time application. Social Combat Theory is the book that will serve at once as your sword, your shield, your guide and your traveling companion on your journey to fulfill your life's true potential.

    We are used to psychologists, psychiatrists, and other "experts" offering advice about how to be happy and how to live a fulfilling life. Even though the books by these experts can be helpful, sometimes the best way to learn about life is from true stories. Although "Love Each Day" by author Gail Bernice Holland doesn't specifically tell people how to live a wonderful life, the authentic true stories nevertheless offer timeless lessons about enjoying life. The tapestry of true stories in our lives will always be invaluable. From these stories we not only learn how people from different walks of life live, but also what is important to these individuals. Ultimately, this book inspires readers to spend time treasuring what really matters.

    If you're a survivor, it's important to take one day at a time. Let "101 Tips for Survivors of Sexual Abuse" be your companion in healing and you'll be reminded of the strength and wisdom that's already inside you. This book will help you celebrate the good days and develop solid coping strategies for the bad times. Most importantly, this book will remind that you're not alone and it was never your fault. Amy Barth's background is in social work and she founded the Safe Girls Strong Girls in 2005. SGSG is a nonprofit committed to breaking the silence of Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) and giving girls their voices back. One SGSG project is Camp CADI, a one- of-a kind camp where girls can heal and just be girls again.

    People are obsessed with their weight and appearance, trying to gain perfect Hollywood bodies. Many people, however, get depressed just trying. Diet after diet has failed them. People starve themselves, skipping meals only later to binge. Author and Mind-Body Wellness expert Kathy Balland knows achieving optimal weight isn't about counting calories. The root of the problem lies in what drives people to eat what they eat. While most diet books focus on calories, nutrients and exercise-Balland goes a step farther by looking at the reasons we eat. She suggests readers keep a diary of their emotions when they have cravings. She provides written exercises to explore our subconscious motives for eating, and she demonstrates how through meditation and affirmation, we can change how we think about ourselves. By teaching people how to connect with their Higher Power-be it God, family, friends, or a higher calling-Balland shows them how to get back in touch with their bodies and souls. People's feelings about themselves affect how they treat their bodies. "Lose the Diet" demonstrates how to love the body by loving oneself.

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