Eat Pretty Every Day: 365 Daily Inspirations for Nourishing Beauty, Inside and Out
We all need a little inspiration in our lives. And to find a book that is full of wonderful tips for making one’s life a little better is a treat. Everything in the book is set up with some kind of inspiration — how to create a sleep sanctuary, reduce stress and improve digestion, consider your most beautifying foods, create moments for beauty, discover the surprising beauty benefits of bitters, strength-train your relaxation muscles. Well, you get the idea. With one hint for every day of the year, this is a real treasure trove for your mind, body, and spirit. Some entries are recipes for healthy dishes that will put the pep back in your step or help you to shine up that inner glow. Cinnamon-Pear Crumble anyone? Some are simple tips that will simply make your daily living a little easier or better. You will be wowed by how wonderful turmeric can be. This little tome is arranged by seasons with specialized hints for each season. And each page is visually pleasing, with gentle colors and fun fonts and decoration. This is a lovely book any woman would enjoy.
Purpose-Centered Public Speaking: How to Develop and Deliver Purposeful Talks, Speeches, and Presentations with Less Fear and More Confidence
Purpose-Centered Public Speaking: How to Develop and Deliver Purposeful Talks, Speeches, and Presentations is a long fancy title for a book that is basically Relax! Now Try This. The book is a combination of workbook, pep talk, and resources that anyone can use, whether they are a seasoned speaker before thousands of people or just preparing to speak up at the weekly meeting for management in their department. The book is full of examples of speeches by author Dr. Gary Rodriguez and others–both the successful ones and the ones that were disasters. Both are equally helpful in illustrating his tips on creating a successful speaker. By applying the tips to your own speech or speaking style you can notice your flaws(and hopefully your strengths).
Rodriguez addresses everything from choosing a subject to plagiarism to arranging your notes to the way you stand. So many times he brings up aspects of public speaking that most people probably never even thought about before. How closely do you analyze your audience? Do you consider how your audience will actually remember your information? What about the familiar “eye contact?” Rodriguez shows us the difference between “making eye contact” and “wish you would stop staring at me.” This isn’t just the old tired advice packaged into a book. Many times, the advice given is an eye opener.
Occasionally, it felt as if Purpose-Centered Speaking would benefit from a bit of humor to lighten the mood or that there was repetition of information, but overall, this book was a grand success. Not only should everyone who has to speak in public (and who doesn’t?) read it, but they should keep it on their book shelf to reread before each engagement both to help them refine their speech and to give them that little boost of confidence we all need.
Trauma Bond: An Inquiry into the Nature of Evil
In a very motivated and noble feat, Trauma Bond tailspins into a personal and social telling of aggression and evil, and the implicit/explicit differences thereof, as it stems from interchangeability and internalization of invasive, perturbed experiences. Lawrence Swaim presents collective data from films, historical events like the Holocaust and Slavery, military observations and basic trainings, news minutiae, political movements (Communist, Fascism, Zionism and Nationalism, etc.), case studies and psychological experiments like Stockholm and Milgram, and brilliant, spot-on literary references like the great Stephen King; he even goes as far as discussing gender and patriarchal worldview that are usually unmentionables in the mainstream equation and falls wayward in comparison to the other aforementioned issues. But opening up these cans of worms is tricky when it’s followed by “women in the military are often acting out something very close to pure patriarchy,” which raises the age-old, gender scrutiny that undermines the feminist movement. However, the author makes sure to fully flush out the gender arguments and, in doing so, tries to keep a neutral stance; though not always clear. Using these concrete examples from popular culture of American society and global civilization, the author presents a substantial, meaty fodder for reviving the long-holding debate between nature versus nurture, biological makeup versus environmental factors to dissect the tendencies for evil in humanity. More so, Swaim’s twenty-five years as a counselor in psych-socio rehab enlightens the book with actuality and practice; his ruminations and grandiosity fuels the book with succinctness, cohesiveness and poignancy. Many brainy enthusiasts can appreciate the evidentiary support that Trauma Bond not just overwhelmingly establishes but to boot, the extent in which it goes to ambitiously expel an investigation about “the fundamental emotional orientation of a universally-applied psychology of being” that informs the human race and the implications thereby in the whole individual (free from the stop-and-go of psychological and physical violence) or the other, fragmented entity still in the traumatic relationship.
Trauma Bond moves in a sing-song of intellect and drive with secondary sources and incredibly, rewarding citations—in particular the insertion of various schools of psychology and sociology. At several points though, the author’s subjectivity clouds the argument and his critical tone proves bias and pessimist, “The belief in progress is false: evil and aggression rule the world;” his foregone conclusion toward the “ancient problem of good and evil” is troublesome when he compares psychoanalysis and psychotherapy with the counselor-client dynamic at a residential program, saying “such a process would help you see yourself much more quickly than years of psychoanalysis.” Swaim quickly makes up for these slighted views, when he talks about incorporating the aforementioned approach into the latter, rehab fieldwork. Ultimately, this highly indicative text does what it exactly sets out to do: inquire. Swaim attempts a ceasefire, when he concludes: “Our weapons are words, our struggle is justice, and our dream is a safe place…for all the world’s children.”
Tame Your Inner Critic
Tame Your Inner Critic: Find Peace & Contentment to Live Your Life on Purpose is a book about finding peace from within and letting it affect the you that you should be. While really a meditation book in disguise, Temple’s book is a must-read. Correction, Temple’s book should be implemented in everyone’s daily life. She clearly outlines what we need to find and maintain a healthy mind, a healthy life, and a healthy future. Part 1: Taming Your Inner Critic, teaches us to focus and create positive energy. Even a beginner can follow along, as she explains the basics of energetic and psychic healing. Certain tips, like saying no with a smile, can be implemented immediately, with immediate results. Part 2: Living Your Life with Purpose, is really helpful for those of us in the state of self discovery. Temple combines her understanding of chakras with simple exercises; even if not actually performed, simply reading her words helps in deciphering what we want, how to get it, and how we can live a life of purpose, a life of joy. Temple’s insight on how most people live their life is simple yet ingenious. She tells us to stop choosing a negative reality, “change your thoughts and feelings and watch what happens to your reality.” Everyday, we have the option to have a good day or have a bad day, perspective and havingness allow us to accept our lives and see the happiness in every moment and every life event. “The more attention we place on the positive aspects of any situation, the more we magnetize to us similar thoughts, feelings, and circumstances.” Certainly there may be instances where this would not be true, but any reader need only try for them to see the power of positivity.
Travel Forward is undeniably a book of the times! Its part-instruction manual, part-workbook finesse is packed with an appealing amount of useful, everyday advice for leading a happier and more fulfilling existence. Not only a how-to guide for the daily perusal but a fill-in bank for all what makes you you in your 20s, 30s, 40s, and straight through a lifetime. Indeed the era of self-help connoisseurship, Travel Forward delivers a loaded punch into this already booming mix and is, from top to bottom, an inviting contender of wellness coaching and exhibition. The book is comprised of canny exercises for the literal and figurative traveling forward to actual destinations and also into a personal place of peace and accepted wisdom by which the author then adds real oomph with many genius quotes, such as one from Ella Maillart, “one of the main points about travelling is to develop in us a feeling of solidarity, of that oneness without which no better world is possible.” And the notable list goes on. There are quotations from world-renowned speakers from every walk of life, such as Mark Twain, Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Martin Luther King Jr., Ben Affleck, Sir Winston Churchill, Flannery O’ Connor, and Albert Einstein, John Lennon, all the way to the Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh. Readers can flip to any page and almost instantly absorb a far-reaching message from the weighty material.
Travel Forward leaves a lasting impression with each turn of the page; combining the concrete and abstract processes of the human condition and its path, Murphy outlines five hefty chapters titled Integrity, Love and Gratitude, Lifetime of Learning, Self-Determination and Oneness, including ample sections dedicated to illuminating stories from important thinkers, their rousing dialogue, and talking points, to walk away with for personal growth and contemplation. And to get started right on this journey of authenticity and the greater self, the nifty list piling and special work in the book piques “five things that you would like to explore,” “think about the ways you have given,” “forgiveness and compassion stories,” “think of several people or causes that inspire you and ways you can pay it forward,” “daily moments,” “simple things that you can do for great pleasure,” “10 words or phrases that best describe you,” “to find and develop passion” and “write a letter to yourself in order to explore feelings and present life.” Travel Forward is a record-keeping of individual journey; a tome to carry onward, in the moment of change and in the livelihood of a progressive, full being, for generations to come.
To Hold The Sun
A struggling reporter has reluctantly agreed to help his editor, a self-help enthusiast, with a personal project. The reporter’s assignment – interview Paul, a little known motivational speaker, with no pay and no perks. He only agrees to the assignment after learning the unconventional philosopher lives on Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands of the Honduras, a dream destination for any passionate SCUBA diver. A bit skeptical, the reporter embarks on the interview of the enigmatic subject, unexpectedly discovering more about himself than the man he intended to write about.
As someone who is also interested in self-improvement, I loved this book! The realistic characters and dialog of the story add to the authenticity of the location and details of genuine local establishments, and the story is entertaining. I found myself wishing that the story was more than a fictional account and that it were possible to meet the sagacious Paul. The author created this fictional story for his children as a guide for them as they left home to undertake their own journeys. My son is currently participating in a leadership class, which teaches youth “leaders first lead themselves,” and the foundational principles covered in this book would supplement and perfect reinforce what my son is learning in that class. This book would make an excellent graduation gift.
I highly recommend this book to others, youth and adults. Normally, my respect for books makes me reluctant to mark them in any way, but in reading this book, I found myself highlighting favorite quotes and passages and writing notes in the margins. It’s definitely a keeper to add to our own library. This book is not just to be read; it should be pondered, absorbed, practiced, shared, and discussed. I plan to re-read it with my own son and do just that. The author is working on a second book, Return to Roatan, and I am eagerly looking forward to reading that one as well.