Following on from Part 1, my quest to read 100 books in 2018 continues.

 

As of 22nd March, 10 down 90 to go

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6/100 – Love Life, Live Life: How to have happiness and success beyond your wildest expectations – Sue Stone [kindle]

What the book blurb says: “Sue Stone’s life hit rock bottom in the late 1990s, both emotionally and financially. She was desperately unhappy and on the verge of losing everything. Not accepting that this was going to be ‘it’, she set about researching ways to improve her life.
She learnt about the incredible power of our thoughts, our subconscious mind and the astonishing power of our feelings. This power is within every single one of us but so few have any real understanding of it.

Sue has transformed her life to one of complete happiness, inner peace and financial abundance, a far cry from her state of depression.

In this inspiring, easy to read and practical book, Sue educates, empowers and motivates the reader by sharing all that she has learnt. She includes solid content and practical life transforming techniques that can be put to use immediately at home and at work and contains inspiring advice for anyone facing difficult times, including relationship breakdown and insolvency.

What I say: Loved it! It was one of those books that I will dip into again and again from time to time to help raise my vibrations and remind me that you can live a life you love. It’s a book I wish I’d wrote.

Best bits:

  • Quantum Physics Chapter
  • Goal Setting Chapter
  • Neural Pathway Regeneration

Amazon Affiliate Link to buy: http://amzn.to/2FgIe95

7/100 – The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer [paperback]

What the book blurb says: 

Who are you? When you start to explore this question, you find out how elusive it really is. Are you a physical body? A collection of experiences and memories? A partner to relationships? Each time you consider aspects of yourself, you realize that there is much more to you than any of these can define. In this book, spiritual teacher Michael Singer explores the question of who we are and arrives at the conclusion that our identity is to be found in our consciousness, the fact of our ability to observe ourselves and the world around us. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, Singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.

Divided into five parts, the book offers a frank and friendly discussion of consciousness and how we can develop it. In part one, he examines the notion of self and the inner dialogue that all of us live with. Part two examines the experience of energy as it flows through us and works to show readers how to open their hearts to the energy of experience that permeates their lives. Ways to overcome tendencies to close down to the rest of the world are the subject of part three. Enlightenment and the embrace of universal consciousness are the subject of part four. And finally, in part five, Singer returns to daily life and the pursuit of “unconditional happiness.” Throughout, the book maintains a light and engaging tone, free from heavy dogma and prescriptive religious references. The easy exercises that figure in each chapter help readers experience the ideas that Singer presents.”

What I say: This book was like a lovesong for the soul. It felt like the author was speaking directly to me; understanding the struggles I – and many women – have regarding confidence and past beliefs encroaching on our future success. Beautifully written. If you’re suffering from anxiety or self-doubt then this is the book for you.

Best Bits:

  • The Secrets of the Spiritual Heart
  • Samskara
  • The Secret of the Middle Way

Amazon Affliate link to buy: http://amzn.to/2tm4cC5

8/100 – Rushing Woman’s Syndrome – Dr Libby Weaver [paperback]

What the book blurb says: 

Do you often feel overwhelmed, and in a daily battle to keep up? That you rarely get on top of your to-do list, and at times feel out of control and unable to cope? If so, you may be experiencing the first signs of Rushing Woman’s Syndrome…

Never before have women been in such a hurry to do so many things and be there for so many people. The pace of modern life has drastically increased – but even though our minds can go faster and technology allows us to get more done, our bodies still have cavewoman-like biology – which means they cannot respond healthily to the new and constant pressures we experience. In this book, nutritional biochemist Dr Libby Weaver explains how a stressful, fast-paced lifestyle can have dangerous effects on all areas of a woman’s health, including:

– Nervous system – how an imbalanced nervous system may be causing you to gain weight and disrupting your sleep
– Adrenal glands – why adrenal fatigue may be making you feel tired but wired
– Reproductive system – how your daily stresses may be affecting your menstrual cycle or fertility
– Digestive system – why stress could be at the heart of your bloating, cravings or unpredictable appetite
– Emotions – how your emotional landscape holds the key to leading a fulfilling life without the need to rush

Inspired by Dr Libby’s clinical experiences and her empathy for women and the many roles they now juggle, this book offers real solutions to restore your health, so that you can stay both productive and healthy.”

What I say: I LOVED IT! After reading this book I feel so empowered to make changes in my life. I’ve started breathing properly and I know that sounds weird – of course I breathe already – but now I’m doing it consciously with a view to activating my Parasympathetic Nervous System and help my digestion.

If you were on my mailing list towards the end of 2016 you’ll be aware of some of the health issues I was facing. The medical professionals just wanted to treat the symptoms, not solve the cause but this book has made me look at things differently and see that what I thought was the problem may not have been … obviously I’ll not be ignoring my Drs advices but this book proves to be an extra tool to add to my arsenal. Some of the stuff I knew but it’s always good to have your knowledge endorsed by a “professional” and explained more technically – I love my science!

If you’re a woman juggling a home, kids, a business etc then you NEED this book. If you’re a “rushing woman” it’ll will help you stop. If you’re not, it will help you avoid getting to that stage.

Best bits

  • The advice that “women’s issues” may be common but they are not normal!
  • The explanation of the nervous system
  • Biochemistry, beliefs and femininity

Amazon Affiliate link to buy: http://amzn.to/2tjaEdb

9/100 – Judgement Detox- Gabrielle Bernstein [paperback]

What the book blurb says: “Judgement – both being judged and judging others – is at the core of our discomfort and the root of many of our life blocks. When we judge others, we get a quick hit of self-righteousness. Judgement can get us through when we feel hurt, insecure or vulnerable. But inevitably this feeling of righteousness fades and judgement causes our energy to weaken and our thoughts to darken.
Spiritual thought leader Gabrielle Bernstein made the commitment to heal her own relationship to judgement and changed her life in profound ways. She found that becoming more aware of her judgements made her a more mindful and conscious person. Her willingness to revise these perceptions has set her free. Here Gabrielle shares the process she used to liberate herself – a six-step interactive programme that calls on spiritual principles from A Course in Miracles, Kundalini Yoga, meditation and other metaphysical and healing teachings. When you follow the process and become willing to let go, judgement, pain and suffering will begin to dissolve.”

 

“When you shift your energy from defensive judgements to free-flowing love, your life gets awesome. You’ll attract exactly what you need, your relationships will heal, your health will improve and you’ll feel safer and more secure. One loving thought at a time creates a miracle. Follow these steps to clear all blocks, spread more love and live a miraculous life” ~ Gabrielle Bernstein

What I say: Love is all there is and as soon as you realise that your perspective on life changes. Choosing to focus on this rather than negatively judge, has made a huge difference to my relationships.

I loved how Gabrielle acknowledged that it can be “scary and disorienting to let get of judgement, because it’s a pattern we’ve grown to rely on” and the final paragraph really stood out for me:

“We are living in a time that requires us to wake up. It is our birthright to feel connected, and we’re called to return to that truth. We must live this truth in every corner of our lives to heal the state of the world. This is why we’re here; to go on a journey of unlearning and remembering love. When one person remembers their true nature, they light up the world.”

Best bits

  • The six steps approach – easy to follow
  • The meditations (when I remembered to do them!)

Amazon Affiliate link to buy: http://amzn.to/2ucAkIJ

10/100 – Five Minutes’ Peace (Large Family) – Jill Murphy

What the book blurb says: “A stunning 25th anniversary edition of an award-winning picture book favourite, this is the story of Mrs Large the elephant – who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her boisterous children! So, taking refuge in the bathroom, she fills herself a hot, foamy bubble bath and takes in a tray of her favourite breakfast and the morning paper. But there’s never a dull moment with the Larges, and it soon becomes clear that mum’s quiet time is to be very short-lived! Family life is beautifully observed in this warm and funny modern classic from Jill Murphy, one of Britain’s most treasured author-illustrators. With the jacket of this edition revealing an exclusive height chart, this is the perfect gift for mums and little ones alike.

What I say: Haha a bit of a cheat this one but I enjoyed reading it with my neice. A great book to read with the kids. They’ll enjoy it and you’ll be rolling your eyes in dogged, yet resigned, agreement.

Best bits

  • Where’s dad?
  • And why doesn’t the little one have a name?

Amazon Affiliate link to buy: http://amzn.to/2FW3uRZ