Book Review: Gratitude by Dani Di Pirro
Health , Mind & Body , Self-Help , Uncategorized , Watkins / September 10, 2016

Book Review: Gratitude by Dani Di Pirro Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Watkins Publishing Self-Help, Health, Mind & Body This is a short book discussing the attitude of gratitude. It begins with a definition of the word. The first section shows the reader how to recognize, appreciate and rejoice gratitude. There are affirmations in each section. The first affirmation is “Today I am grateful for what I have right now.” The second section asks the reader to tell people how grateful you are. This is followed by another affirmation and quotes. The next section addressed appreciation followed by a task to write down a memory. The author asks the reader to find wonderment in everyday experiences.  She also advises to look for the positive instead of the negative and appreciate life. This an uplifting book. Although it is small, there are many quotes throughout the book that make the reader take notice and feel good about the small things in life that are often overlooked. She discusses the importance of courtesy and giving back. At the end of the book, there are several top ten lists of ways to be grateful. This is a book that can be…

Book Review: Living in the Moment by Dani DiPirro

Book Review: Living in the Moment by Dani DiPirro Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Watkins Publishing Self-Help, Health, Mind & Body This is the second in a series by Ms. DiPirro. Like her first book in the series, Gratitude, this is a short book about being mindful. She begins the book with a couple of definitions of living in the moment. One quote in the book states that forever is composed of nows by Emily Dickinson. I found that to speak volumes. Everyone that rushes through life does not realize they need to live for the now. She tells the reader why it is important to praise yourself and have self-confidence. I liked her advice not to dwell in the past or have regrets. The author gives readers an assignment to do something that your future self will thank you for doing. There is a quote by Benjamin Franklin not to squander your life away. The author advises the reader to make the most of each day and evaluate how you spend your time. I believe her statement to learn how to say no is very important. This is something many people have trouble doing. I know I…

Book Review: Gratitude by Dani Di Pirro

Book Review: Gratitude by Dani Di Pirro Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Watkins Publishing Self-Help, Health, Mind & Body This is a short book discussing the attitude of gratitude. It begins with a definition of the word. The first section shows the reader how to recognize, appreciate and rejoice gratitude. There are affirmations in each section. The first affirmation is “Today I am grateful for what I have right now.” The second section asks the reader to tell people how grateful you are. This is followed by another affirmation and quotes. The next section addresses appreciation followed by a task of writing down a memory. The author asks the reader to find wonderment in everyday experiences.  She also advises to look for the positive instead of the negative and appreciate life. This an uplifting book. Although it is small, there are many quotes throughout the book that make the reader take notice and feel good about the small things in life that are often overlooked. She discusses the importance of courtesy and giving back. At the end of the book, there are several top ten lists of ways to be grateful. This is a book that can be…

Book Review Herbs for Long-Lasting Health by Rosemary Gladstar

Book Review Herbs for Long-Lasting Health by Rosemary Gladstar Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Storey Basics 128 Pages Health, Mind & Body  Chapter one: Perspectives on Aging Rosemary tells stories about a couple of her mentors. She also tells the story of Master Li Ch’ing Yuen, a Chinese herbalist that lived to be 252 years old. I was pleased to read that her daughters had a different perspective on aging. They see aging for what it is – a part of life – and not something to fear or avoid. Although she believes genetics is important for longevity, she also believes herbs and a healthy lifestyle are also important. Ms. Gladstar discusses the claims from cosmetic companies on how to look younger. Chapter two: The herbal home medicine chest This chapter discusses different types of herbs and their qualities. Ms. Gladstar goes into the history of herbalism and its connection with witchcraft. She includes specific herbs with their beneficial properties and ways to use them. Chapter three: how to create long-lasting good health The author explains foods that support well-being and long life. Vitamins and supplements are included, along with their benefits. Chapter four: recipes for longevity and well-being Ms….

Book Review Herbs for Stress & Anxiety by Rosemary Gladstar

Book Review Herbs for Stress & Anxiety by Rosemary Gladstar Review by Dawn Thomas 128 Pages Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC Publication Date: April 16, 2014 Health, Mind & Body I thought this book was perfect for this time of year. It is not always easy to stay sane during the holidays. Ms. Gladstar provides ways for us to do just that. The introduction asks readers when the last time they were peaceful. I thought that was a good question and an excellent beginning. In chapter one, the author explains the nervous system and its functions. She discusses how the brain interprets different signals. I like the analog she uses showing pain as a signal and a smoke detector. You would not turn off a smoke detector without finding the source of the alarm so why not find the source of the pain. I thought this was a powerful statement. The chapter continues with the use and benefits of natural therapies. Chapter two discusses natural remedies. The remedies she talks about are the use of herbs and flower essences. There are recipes for tinctures and teas. The chamomile tisane sounds very soothing. The author continues with depression, headaches, herpes, insomnia, seasonal…

Book Review: Clearing the Clutter by Alexandra Chauran

Book Review Clearing Clutter by Alexandra Chauran Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd 240 Pages Self-Help, Health, Mind & Body This book surprised me. I thought it was a book telling me how to remove clutter from my home. I was so wrong. It goes so much further than that. The author explains how important it is to remove mental clutter as well as physical clutter. She recommends that you simplify, harmonize and reflect as you go through the process. Sometimes when you are working on a decluttering project it can be overwhelming. She breaks down the process into small bits so it is easier to face the task at hand. She believes that clutter not only exists in our physical space but in our mental states as well. This was a new concept for me and I can see how her clearing clutter tips can help clean my mental and emotional states. She includes many clearing clutter tips throughout the book. With these tips she shows us how we can look at our lives and see what needs to be cleaned or removed and what should stay. She tells us not to go too far too…

Book Review: Complete Back Workbook by Stella Weller

Book Review: Complete Back Workbook by Stella Weller A practical approach to healing common back ailments Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Pavilion Books Health, Mind & Body, Self-Help I was in a car accident when I was 17 and have lived most of my life with chronic back pain. I have searched for nonsurgical treatments. I was excited to find this book and jumped right into it. Chapter 1 discusses the background on the spine, the bones and supporting muscles. The author describes the curves of the spine and the vertebra. The list includes all the various bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments and each purpose. In chapter 2, we learn what can go wrong and diagnostic tests. There is a list of red flags for conditions that could be caused by serious disorders. There is also a chart with spinal components and conditions. The chapter ends with the list of diagnostic tests available to rule out and assist with diagnosis. Chapter 3 includes way to cope with pain. This chapter describes the difference types of pain and how pain develops. There are a variety of physical therapies listed depending on the type of symptoms and conditions. Some of the therapies…

Book Review: We Walk Beside You Always by Bridget Benson
Health , Mind & Body , Self-Help , Uncategorized / December 19, 2014

Book Review We Walk Beside You Always by Bridget Benson Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd Health, Mind & Body, Self-Help   This book was not what I expected. This is a personal account by Bridget Benson, an Irish clairvoyant. She goes into detail on visits she receives from loved ones that have passed on. She also tells stories of people she met and how the encounter changed both of their lives. Bridget is a speaker and attends gatherings, some as large as theatres to pass on information. She said sometimes it is difficult to pass on the information because she knows it will cause them pain. Messages she receives usually involve the health of a family member and to seek medical assistance. I found one story of a man to be very sad. He was distraught of the passing of his mother. He sought information about his mother who had passed on. He later took his own life to be with her. The message of this book that Bridget wants to share is our loved ones are always with us even if we cannot hear them or see them.

Book Review Clairvoyant Psychotherapy by Susan Feinbloom
Health , Mind & Body , Self-Help , Uncategorized / November 2, 2014

Book Review Clairvoyant Psychotherapy by Susan Feinbloom Review by Dawn Thomas Smith Publicity ISBN 9781492963042 Health, Mind & Body, Self-Help I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. I found several statements to be very powerful. One is “We are responsible for our own reality.” She talks about emotional wounds not being the same age. When we get defensive about something the wound reacts at that age level. We have to break through this wounded pattern in order to move on with our lives. She also states, “There is no blame.” This is another powerful statement. Another is “Healing begins when we are willing to look at ourselves without defensive eyes.” Section One introduces the reader to mediation, grounding and energy. The author believes meditation is the foundation of psychic psychotherapy. She also believes clearing the chakras will remove static energy that has built up in our bodies and open up to movement. In clairvoyant psychotherapy she looks at core beliefs, fear, original pain pictures, defensiveness, and the holding on to old energy of past imprints. Ms. Feinbloom discusses the process she uses while working with clients. She correlates the pain or fear with the static in…

Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal

Book Review Incense Crafting & Use of Magickal Scents by Carl F. Neal Review by Dawn Thomas Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. ISBN: 9780738741550 Health, mind & body, non-fiction (adult) This is the second edition and has been expanded and updated. I had not read the original edition and was very interested in this book. I had not made incense before but it has been on my “wishlist.” The directions and recommendations the author gives are very easy to understand and follow. The author goes into detail on the different types of incense. I was familiar with cone incense since we use them in smokers (wooden figurines with open mouths that blow smoke rings).  I have some stick incense and always wondered how it was made. I remembered I had a small incense kit. The kit has small joss sticks and a ceramic stone with a hole in the middle. These small sticks, about two inches long, burn for about 30 minutes. I like the versatility and flexibility from the different types of incense. After reading this book I can tell the difference between the three kinds and don’t feel intimidated by it. I had to giggle at the author’s telling of…