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: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively

Book Review: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively Review by Dawn Thomas 295 Pages Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC Self-Help, Personal Health, Aging The secondary title of the book is “Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.” I have read several of Ms. Cameron’s books and thought this one was timed perfectly for me. At 54, I was wondering what I should do with myself since graduating from the University of Florida in 2014. Her advice that it is never too late to begin again gave me the confidence I needed to pursue other creative projects. The book is designed to be read over the course of twelve weeks. Each week is dedicated to reigniting a sense of something. There are several tasks to be completed during each week that continue throughout the course. These are Morning Pages, Memoir, Artist Dates, and Walking. The description for Morning Pages is to write three pages as soon as you wake up in the morning. There are no instructions or directions. She just recommends writing whatever pops into your head. I find this idea intriguing. When I first wake up I usually wonder what the day…

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: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively

Book Review: It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron, Emma Lively Review by Dawn Thomas 295 Pages Publisher: Penguin Random House LLC Self-Help, Personal Health, Aging The secondary title of the book is “Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond.” I have read several of Ms. Cameron’s books and thought this one was timed perfectly for me. At 54, I was wondering what I should do with myself since graduating from the University of Florida in 2014. Her advice that it is never too late to begin again gave me the confidence I needed to pursue other creative projects. The book is designed to be read over the course of twelve weeks. Each week is dedicated to reigniting a sense of something. There are several tasks to be completed during each week that continue throughout the course. These are Morning Pages, Memoir, Artist Dates, and Walking. The description for Morning Pages is to write three pages as soon as you wake up in the morning. There are no instructions or directions. She just recommends writing whatever pops into your head. I found this idea intriguing. When I first wake up I usually wonder what the day…

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…