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You can search eight mins and fifty-two seconds at the begin of your busy day to chant with Deva Premal a most strong Medicine Buddha healing chant "Teyata" contained on this disc; you owe it to yourself! Fill the "empty" moments of the day and stop mind-chatter with something useful and transformational. Highly recommended!
Likes most other reviewers, I became aware of Deva Premal's melody through my Yoga classes. I will only say that "Om Namo Bhagavate" is perhaps the most beautiful, melodic and haunty music I have ever heard. I have an expansive and diverse record and CD collection ( 50 years worth of material) and I have never heard a music or a voice quit like hers. While the entire CD is excellent, probably her best, Track # 2 is the stand out.I won't repeat what others have said, just this CD
I first heard this CD while in my Yoga class. As soon as the instructor told me what it was, I immediately looked it up and listened to samples. I fell in love with it immediately. It is a very relaxing CD that I use during Yoga at home, to obtain to sleep at night and anytime I just need to destress. Deva Premal has one of the most attractive voices I have ever heard!
I chose the one star rating because I was beyond disgusted by the "hero" in the story. I believe it is OK to write about flawed characters, but this was taking it too far. For some reason it is OK for the "hero" to rape his wife and doesn't express much remorse for it and in response to it, the heroine does nothing. He was vindictive, and emotionally abusive in regards to how he treated and spoke to her. This isn't quality fiction. We as women shouldn't read this crap and search any entertainment or joy out of it. Shameful characters. Shameful book.
Don't be fooled by the bodice ripper cover & pose. While I adore the genre, and that was what originally created me gravitate towards this book, bodice rippers represent a specific type of romance that a lot of may search unpalatable, and suggestive cover aside, this book is definitely not a bodice ripper at heart!Mariah Cooper grew up in Philadelphia with her seamstress mother. Her life has been difficult. She's been bullied for being not good and looking different. Since she was a young girl, her mother has abused her verbally and physically, working her like a slave and insulting her looks and making her feel like she's unworthy of ly, Mariah can't take any more, and with the support of a sympathetic aunt, she finds herself with a rail pass to a put in California called Destiny Ranch, to respond an advertisement in the classifieds looking for a housekeeper.Logan Yates is the stepson of the fierce and attractive Alanza Yates. He's a hard-working rancher, but also a hopeless slob (and a bit of a hoarder, if we're being honest). He's also a devil with the ladies and has absolutely zero intention of settling down. Few women have ever told him no, so he's flabbergasted when Mariah comes in like a whirlwind and immediately begins stirring things up. She's not above lashing him with her tongue or kicking him in the knee if he gives her trouble, STINY'S EMBRACE isn't exactly an enemies-to-lovers romance, but a lot of of the same themes are there. It's a reformed rake romance, but with a spirited, resourceful, clever heroine that will appeal to fans of Courtney Milan. Sometimes heroines are given interests that are never mentioned again and I loved that Mariah's sewing was created such an necessary aspect of her life. She was also a very powerful female hero and had a amazing sense of humor. That parade of suitors was, hands-down, my favorite part of the book. I much as I liked Mariah, my favorite hero in this book would have to be Alanza. She was so cool. I kind of hope that the author writes a prequel about her and her two husbands, because she was such a powerful woman, and I loved her relationship with her three sons, and how that translated to a willingness to accept Mariah as a surrogate daughter as well. She had a lot of love to give, that was obvious. I loved the interactions between the five of them on the e California setting was also really great, because I've actually been in Yolo County a lot of times, and I have seen the orchards it described so beautifully. I learned something fresh about the potential origin of my home state's name, too! Apparently, it is named after a mythical island of [email protected]#$% black Amazons who had battle-trained griffins. If that isn't the OG of origin stories, I don't know what is.I did have a few nitpicky issues. I thought Mariah gave into Logan too quickly, especially considering what happened to her mother. She had held steadfastly to her principles until that point, and it felt really out of hero to me. I also thought that the climax between her mother and Tillerman was a bit abrupt. I was expecting more drama, I guess. Her mother was such a horrible person...maybe I've been reading too a lot of bodice rippers with vindictive revenge schemes, but it felt like Mariah's mother got off method too easily. Also, the scenes could be beautiful cringeworthy. At one point in the narrative, Mariah's breasts are referred to, unironically, as "the twins." *cringe*Overall, DESTINY'S EMBRACE was a really amazing book. I really think fans of Courtney Milan should read Beverly Jenkins. Not only are their writing styles similar, and their heroines both full of spirit, but they both test to provide non-white perspectives in historical romance, which is something the romance genre definitely needs more of. I can't wait to read more of Jenkins' work!3.5 to 4 out of 5 stars!
The first book in Beverly Jenkins fresh historical series Destiny Embrace takes us on a journey; in Destiny we met Logan Yates who by all acc is a self-employed rancher who is stubborn, arrogant in his own method and handsome as SIN. Logan who is in need of a housekeeper gets some support from his step mother when she hires him a house keeper. Logan has had a lot of run in with the house keeper his step mother has hired and he figures this one is not riah Cooper has had an unhappy childhood from the day she was born. To grow up with a mother who couldn't stand to look at her daughter. Mariah finally took a stand versus her mother and left Philadelphia to accept a job in California. Unbeknown to Mariah she will be posing as a widow to accept the job as the fresh om the moment these two met it something else, you have to powerful minded, independent people who in there own right was stubborn. The lines has been drawn and the struggle start with them fighting there feeling for each other. They both had difference views on relationship, Mariah felt it was time for her settle down and have a baby where Logan was no where near ready or at least he didn't think he was. At night they could seen to obtain each other out of their head.I have to say that once again Beverly Jenkins on the journey of Logan & Mariah passion, it is always a delight to read Beverly Jenkins historical. This story of family, friendship will delight you it will leave you laughing, crying and cheering. The secondary characters in the book along with Logan's brother will hold you entertain. I am looking forward to Destiny's SurrenderSmoochesLouise
This is not my first Beverly Jenkins novel. If I’m remembering correctly off memory, it’s my fifth. Second one in a row where I’ve been less than enchanted. She reeled me in with Forbidden, kept me with Breathless and almost lost me with Tempest. Happened again with Winds of the Storm. Now with Destiny’s Embrace, I think I’ve officially had my fill. I really wanted to like this book. It opened with a compelling prologue, featuring Mariah and her tragic childhood. Then we obtain some interesting backstory on Alanza, Destiny Ranch and Logan. So I was excited because it was finally on par with what I loved about books like Forbidden. However, then we obtain to the actual “courting” between Mariah and Logan.Spoilers ahead....there were several alarming things about their romance that just did not sit right with me. Firstly, somewhere in the beginning, Logan kisses Mariah versus her wishes. She rightfully kicks him in the knee. I gave a pass to this interaction, because okay....the time period considered, fine, Logan was trying to “win” the argument and leave Mariah flustered and silence with the kiss. I was glad she kicked him and demonstrated her boundaries. BUT THEN, what in my opinion, should’ve been an isolated incident of violence/disregard for boundary between the two continues through the story. The next example? Our heroine chucks a ROCK at Logan’s head? Huh? I’m supposed to root for her solving an argument with violence over words? Was that supposed to be endearing? Logan winds up bleeding.We continue on, and explore that Logan is oh so sure he will obtain to bed Mariah. Okay, he’s arrogant. I obtain it. Nothing fresh to male characterization in romance, but I’ll accept it to a degree. He’s not used to being turned down. But it began to obtain borderline creepy and coercive after a point when it became clear he would literally wear her down until she gives in and says yes, you can bed me. That’s actually what’s called coercive rape, but I digress. We have him again cornering her, kissing her despite her protests, insisting she will give in repeatedly in about every stage they’re in, and her being grateful he didn’t “make love to her” while she was drunk? Is that something to be applauded for? That he didn’t take advantage of a drunk woman? After a while, the interactions between Mariah and Logan became redundant, because insread of seeing the couple bond and grow to genuinely like each other, we only ever got Logan badgering Mariah about having with him (aside from the back story sharing). At one point he pouts like a kid who didn’t obtain their fresh shiny toy and this is portrayed as amusing? What is so funny about a man being denied and then literally POUTING and being rude to the woman afterward? And she laughs it off? Huhhhh?Again, maybe I’m alone because this story has a lot of positive reviews, but I just don’t see what’s so romantic or swoon worthy about any of this? It feeds directly into male entitlement on the female body. Once again, I understand the time period we’re in, but it’s fiction....we shouldn’t push unhealthy relationships as “romantic”. I wish to feel invested in my character and heroine. I was neither with them, just annoyed and grossed out by Logan. What did he even like about Mariah anyway? Other than her gold “witch” eyes, the thrill of taking her virginity and her penchant for violent reactions to their arguments (thinly veiled as her “spit fire personality). What did Mariah even like about Logan? His blatant disregard for her wishes? Now that I think about it, I don’t even think Jenkins bothers to give a reason (other than physical attraction/lust) why Mariah likes Logan. The writing and characterization is THAT bad. Very amateur and one dimensioned.And then we obtain to the parts where I ended up quitting this novel. First, we have Mariah bathing. I knew as soon as that stage was included Logan would search her. This isn’t an original concept. I’ve seen it so a lot of times before in books, movies, television shows, etc. It’s all in how it’s written, though, and again there was nothing charming about a near naked Mariah being walked in on in the tub and having Logan refuse to leave after several requests made. Again, it borderlines creepy and showed that Logan flat out ignores anything Mariah has to say. I obtain the time period we’re in, but this is NOT romantic. It’s problematic and exactly why romance novels have the reputation they do for the troublesome, unhealthy relationships featured. But what’s Logan’s reward for his continued disrespect for Mariah and her body? She gives in! In practically the next chapter, she allows him to “teach her” about love making. I couldn’t even finish the scene. It was worse than some fanfiction I’ve read, if I’m I think I’m done with Beverly Jenkins if this is her idea of romance. I’ve only recently gone on a romance novel kick. I obtain the reputation a lot of have as “bodice rippers” and the whole tropes that go along with them, but I guess I thought I could still search some with intelligent writing. Especially with women of color featured. This was not it. Jenkins can learn a thing or two about writing a healthy, layered, intense romance between a man and a woman during this time period from the Alyssa Cole books. Plenty of natural tension and compelling interactions, with a male and female budding heads but never being flat out problematic caricatures. It’s a shame there aren’t more WOC featured in historical romance, which is why I’ve tried to like Jenkin’s creations so a lot of times. But, yeah, officially out with this one.
I really enjoyed Logan and Mariah's love story. I was heartbroken for Mariah, she really suffered as a kid and part of her adult life, but in comes Mr. Logan Yates the man who is determined he will be single forever. When Logan meets Mariah he doesn't know what hits him and he feels something he can't explain. Mariah is determined not to be the meek and mousy woman she was when she lived with her mother, but she also has no idea what's in shop for her once she meets Logan. Ms. Beverly Jenkins is really amazing at tell a romance story with at the same time teaching you about history. I was born in California and I had not hear the story of the Queen Califia. You will not be disappointed with the romance or history in the novel.
If this is your first in the Destiny Trilogy read Destiny's Surrender first which is the first in the trilogy. I will say it makes no huge difference because they are both beyond enjoyable books. I will warn that the third is not available until October. Being that these are my first Beverly Jenkins books, I did not realize that until after reading the first one. So, on that note, I can't wait to read Noah' s story. This will not hold me away. I will continue to read Beverly' s books until Noah' s story I released. So far her books ARE HARD TO PUT DOWN. PAGE TURNERS. I don't like to give spoilers, but I will say these brothers are all HOT. Very HOT. They are gentlemanly, scandalous and very respectful at the same time. These stories have powerful family ties, romance and bit of history. Oh, let's not forget the humor. It will have you laughing out loud several times. You don't wish to pass this by. MUST READ.
I am generally a Sandra Brown fan. I have read 4 of her other books and thought each of those was very good. This book was not even in the same ball park as her other books (Envy, Deadline, Rainwater, Breath of Scandal). The reviews for Sunset Embrace were so perfect that I kept reading and reading, certain that it was going to obtain better. I found the lead characters to have absolutely no depth to them. Ross really doesn't display love for Lydia. He just lusts after her body in between jealous rages. The book would be 25% shorter if the author had not detailed every act between the characters. I would have preferred a lot more story and a lot less sex. And it certainly would have helped to have a touch of charisma in the main character. I am so confused as to why so a lot of readers loved this book!
SUNSET EMBRACE by Sandra Brown is set in the 1870’s following the Civil War. The country was moving west by wagon train at the rate of 12 to 15 miles a day. The people on the trains were looking for a better life. Time passed slowly allowing them to obtain to know each other in a very unique and protective way. Attractive 20-year-old Lydia from Tennessee had recently suffered the loss of both parents and was fleeing from a cruel stepbrother, Clancy, who had impregnated her. When she could not go any farther, Lydia fell unconscious in the woods and delivered a stillborn baby. She was found bleeding and near death by a couple of young brothers, Luke and Bubba, from the wagon train. Lydia is nursed back to health by the boys’ mother, Ma Langtry, and her huge family who are heading for Texas with the train. Ross Coleman, another member of the train has lost his young wife from kid birth leaving him with an infant son. Ma arranges for Lydia, who has just given birth to wet-nurse Ross’ baby, Lee. Ross at first resents Lydia and thinks of her as trash but is soon attracted to her beauty, sensitivity and dedication to Lee. Brown develops her prime characters well and brings interesting secondary characters into the mix. The book becomes a bit boring in the middle but the ending is classic Brown—she keeps the reader on edge until the latest page. Sandra Brown has produced another unbelievable period novel. I give Sunset Embrace a 4-star rating.
An perfect historic romance by bestselling author Sandra Brown. Combined with betrayal, mistrust, loyalty, vengeance, and an overwhelming love..It's a must-read!.......Fighting for her life after being found for dead, Lydia Langston surely wanted to die but after being saved by some amazing samaritans on a wagon train bound for Texas, she was terrified that her devastating secret and her past would catch up with her. However, small did she know at the time that her life as she knew it was about to take a various direction. When she is approached by some of her fellow travelers requesting her help, Lydia makes the most necessary decision of her life and agrees to support a man who had just lost his wife in childbirth, but what she wasn't prepared for was an undying love towards a man who despised her. Although with all her secrets, lies, and devotion, it doesn't take long before she realizes, that she has fallen in love with the one man that she can never have. After losing his wife in childbirth, Ross Coleman couldn't rid himself of the demons, his fears, insecurities, and painful memories, but even more importantly, he was also running and hiding from his past. But in time, after meeting Lydia Langston, Ross was not only totally attracted to her, but he found himself, sharing his living quarters with Lydia on the wagon train. Advised by some close mates that they should marry, they found themselves spending day after day together, and in time, the tension and the attraction between them only intensified, causing constant bickering, poor attitudes, and resentment that gradually spiraled out of control effecting their marriage even though it was strictly platonic. The more Lydia spent time with Ross, the more she wanted him,knowing full well that he loathed her immensely. With his anger, resentment, and stubbornness, deep down Lydia knew for certain that the only thing that could support and save Ross, was a woman's love, but the more she tried, the more he resisted by breaking her heart in two. As time went by, Ross and Lydia couldn't foresee their future, but when their pasts finally catches up with them,they search themselves seeking solace into each other's arms,causing them of making difficult decisions, and not only will they be confronted with their past lives, but they will be forced to face their nightmares,and demons, but most importantly, risking any chances of having real happiness. As the wagon train reached its final destination, the threat of murder, betrayal, disloyalty, and mistrust is massive in their midst, but still, Ross and Lydia must choose between running away or finding warmth in each other's embraces. Will the truth save them? Or will their forbidden love finally destroy them forever?..Leave it to Sandra Brown for writing magnificent love stories!..thank you..
I have been an avid reader and fan of Ms. Jenkins' for well over a decade. Having read every one of her historical romances, each featuring not only steamy romance, gorgeous, intelligent heroines and strong, virile and loving heroes, but highlighting the true contributions to the United States of African Americans, primarily around the time of the Civil Battle through Reconstruction era, but also the Wild West and even a glimpse into the lives of Revolutionary Battle era Black American spies. (Check her bibliography for titles.) Destiny's Embrace is the begin of a fresh trilogy of historical romance, this one set in late 19th century California. Like earlier faves by Ms Jenkins, the story weaves in fascinating, small known history of resilience and ingenuity and perseverance peoples too often "othered" or flat out forgotten or ignored in other works with a sexy, engaging love story of two people swept up in a tide of passion. Highest of recommendations. Buy this book -- and the rest of Beverly Jenkins' romances. They never disappoint and they've just as satisfying on repeat reads.
I loved, loved, loved this book and these characters so much that I have read this wonderful novel twice so far, and I'm sure that I will be picking it up to read again. The characters seem so familiar to me, and their journey from brokenness and suspicion of everyone, to happiness and wholeness is just fantastic. It's what we all deserve and what God wants for us. We just have to have faith and patience that God is preparing both us and our real love so that we are ready when he causes our paths to cross. Neither knew that they were missing a part of their heart until they met. Their story reinforces my belief in real love at first sight. It makes me feel that people shouldn't settle, but instead should be begin for the one that is their destiny. I hated to see the book end.
Forget any desire you might ever have had to live in the days of the wild west and traveling across our amazing land in wagon trains and fighting off poor guys! Forget being a woman in that time!! I have read enough westerns to know the time after the Civil Battle was rough but Ms Brown paints her characters in such brilliant colors that you become one with them. To me, that is amazing writing. I ached for Lydia, felt ashamed for Colman and prayed for ose times came to life in Ms. Browns skillful hands. I never thought about crossing the Mississippi River in the Spring in a Conestoga wagon, or finding firewood out on the prairie, or what you used and cleaned for your "monthlies" if you were a woman. Very amazing read.NK
Was there anything not to like about Destiny's Embrace? No, not at all! Again, as with any of Ms. Jenkins novels this one was well written with fully developed characters and settings. As one who loves a amazing cowboy movie, this was my Black Cowboy love story and what a story it was! In the vernacular of my late husband, "they're wearing 'em low tonight, honey!" That was his method of telling me that a really amazing Western was coming on TV that with BJ's historical romance novels -this was a really amazing Western love story, replete with and bronze characters that were believable and passionate. This story takes the heroine far from the sophisticated roads of Philadelphia to the untamed and still evolving California. A mistreated seamstress meets a headstrong cattle-rancher boss, of which immediately the romance begins to simmer and eventually sizzle. This all takes put with a few verbal and fiery discussions along the way, but all done with the rising heat of you may ask - what created this story bittersweet for me? It was the topic matter that Ms. Jenkins chose to address ---parental abuse. I won't reveal the info and spoil this for those of you who have not yet read the book, but I will say that this story was so private to me that I wept several times and had to place it down for just a small while. Nevertheless, as an adult-survivor of maternal abuse, I seldom encounter writers who have the courage or interest to write about this painful ordeal, especially in fiction. Ms. Jenkins does a phenomenal job of describing the worthlessness and agony that a young woman feels and overcomes as she develops her own, self-loving personhood. This is the story of a woman who finds the fortitude to demand a healthy relationship with her suitor as she develops her inner strength. Weeping aside, I also found the signature BJ laughter and historical inferences such a treat.I enjoyed every word of Destiny's Embrace and recommend it highly! By the way, I have already pre-ordered the second Destiny book of this three-part series. If you are already a BJ fan, you will know that she often incorporates other characters from past novels. This one introduces us to brand fresh folks for us to love and claim as our own. Obtain this book, I tell ya!
Read this book the first time when I was 13. Now as an adult, I message a lot wrong with it. Ross Coleman is a jerk for nearly the first 200 pages. He rapes Lydia after he vowed he wouldn't damage her with the marriage convo. He goes on being generally unpleasant, spitting out cruel things such as calling her a sl* t and wh* re, white trash. She's mad about this because she's not any of those things. Lydia s stepbrother Clancey was physically abusive, and she even questioned if Ross was as ugly as Clancey, would she even like him? Even at the end, he believes Gentry, his dead wife's father over Lydia, whos pleading with Ross not to believe what the old man says. He goes right back to accusing her of being a wh* ey claim to love one another at the end, but I don't see how they do. Ross is such a creep, Lydia is apparently perfect, but its just lust. Just wonderful to me. I hate Ross, am glad I read he dies in second book. Two stars because though I dislike the book so much, the writing was very well done. And allow me add here that the scenes were too much, not too descriptive but were written beautifully, and it goes on for pages. After awhile I just skimmed through how attractive and seducing Lydia is and how masculine Ross is.
Hard for me to stomach Ross and how cruelly he treats Lydia when she has done nothing but support him and his newborn baby. His preconceived notion that she was a prostitute despite all the signs that she was actually not seems to give him an excuse for bad-mouthing and manhandling this not good girl who was nothing but a victim of abuse herself. Then he basically rapes her and she somehow manages to place that aside and begins to love him??? He never seems that sorry either for it. Just doesn't seem to be realistic and to be honest I don't think Ross even deserves her.
Another amazing Sandra Brown novel that immediately drew me in and kept me engaged. This is the first 'series' that I've found written by Sandra and I was not disappointed. I love her writing style and how her characters end up imprinted on my heart. The story is about Lydia and Ross and their journey on a wagon train headed for Texas. When their pasts eventually catch up with them, they are faced with some very difficult circumstances. In this particular book, I especially liked how Sandra included the inner thoughts of both Lydia and Ross, so I knew how they both felt about each other. This aspect made another dimension to the story for me. I wanted to scream at them sometimes. Definitely read this book before reading Another Dawn. I must admit that Sandra Brown has ruined me. I have problem reading books by other authors because I have been spoiled by the method she can tell a story including romance and thriller in such a unbelievable way.
First off, why have I waited so long to read Beverly Jenkins? Dumb, dumb cond, watch out now bank account...it's about to go down! I need her backlist!I seriously loved this book!- Bickering banter? Check.- Delicious tension? Check.- Amazing main characters? Check.- A romance to root for? Check.- A cast of secondary characters to love? Check.- Terrific writing? Check.- An addicting story? Check.
I didn't think I'd have fun this as much as her previous books. I saw some of the other reviews and thought maybe I wouldn't take to this family or the setting the method I had her other characters and backdrops. It was sort of slow in coming but I started to love Logan and Mariah's antics. They had me outright laughing at times. I also found it sweet and not at all wonderful how quick they fell for each other. Not as much history in this one (which I don't mind), and not an overwhelming amount of sadness. Yes her past was sad but once she met the Yates and allow them treat her the method she was always meant to be treated, it was all uphill from there. I hope we obtain another look into Eli and Naomi's life too. Much lighter than the previous stories, Jewel, Night Hawk, Topaz and Indigo are still my favorites but I really did have fun watching Logan and Mariah begin a fresh life together.
What a amazing story. It had action, vampires, sexy men, and a ton of secrets and lies and manipulation going on all the time it seemed. I would think something created sense and then boom, it came out to be a lie. The story was well written and did a amazing job convincing me what was the truth and what was a lie until I would go wait what? Just a fun story that kept me glued to the end just to see what was the true truth. The characters were fun and a lot of a stage was killer. And the men.....I received an advance copy and chose to review as I liked the story.
I found it difficult to follow the story at the beginning but I read on and found myself reading about some interesting special characters who are well-defined. Ariel, a Vampire slayer is the main character, and I admit that I didn't take to her, that said some parts of the story were amazing as she found herself trying to decide whom to trust amidst the lies, deceit and manipulations going on around her.I read an ARC of this book and am voluntarily writing my review.
3 and a half stars. I must admit I found this book confusing. Ariel is in a school where she is trainng to slay vampires. She only vaguely remembers her mother and has no memories of her father. She has a best mate and a boyfriend, or at least she does until she finds them at the films together after they both called and cancelled plans with her. She hooks up with some guy in the film theatre, that'll teach them. When she gets back to her put she runs right into her neighbor. Both of these guys, along with her ex, will continue to orbit around her for most of the book. Then Daddy dearest shows up and he is a master basically, there is a lot of at random times and in the end...well I was still confused. But it isn't a cliff hanger so that was a amazing thing. I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.
This was a fairly fast read but was very good. I dont think I've read a paranormal book that had "slayers" in it, like television shows, but I enjoyed the method they were written into this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the main hero Ariel, she was a girl who spoke her mind and couldn't stand the double standards between men and women. She was powerful and opinionated and that led to a forceful heroine. The only thing I has an problem with was I thought the book could have been extended to a longer version, but overall I would recommend to anyone looking for a fast read in the PNR world.
Holy Crap! Lilly dredged up every shadow, crack, line, crease, mold, lie, secret and deception, riding this poor boy through the forbidden darkness with a vengeance in this thrilling, block buster. Dangers run amuck as chaotic happenings and mayhem spins this top notch, mind blowing, page flipping bombshell into a deep and riveting winning culmination. Meting out incredible, well rounded scenario's that punch dead center with such intensity and precision, wielding this gem with together flawlessly. Pushing on-ward, traversing the trials and tribulations along with a slew of stunning twists and unexpected turns, testing our characters in ways they never anticipated. The flaming attraction and explosive chemistry sizzles from the pages and suck you in so deeply until you feel the heat and electricity thrumming through your veins. The characters are authentic and realistic with depth and qualities that transform into outstanding personalities. The scenes are so colorfully descriptive it gives the illusion you were right there in the middle of ground zero with them. Remarkable job Lilly, thanks for sharing this poor boy with us.I am voluntarily posting an honest review after reading an Advance Reader Copy of this story.
This book is full of secrets, lies and manipulation. You're always wondering, what's next?Ariel is a vampire slayer. It's what she's known all of her life. Her mother was murdered when she was going and she was raised in a slayer is where the lies and manipulation come in. Nothing in her life is what it seems. Everyone has secrets but these ones could obtain her killed. Nothing in her life is what she's known to be true.A vampire killed her mother. She's a slayer and has a loving boyfriend. But, is all of that real or a deception to hold her in line. This book is full of them. You'll have to read to search out the truth.
Ariel was a quarter vampire who was training to be a vampire slayer, but discovers her father Alexander who is a half vampire is alive after believing that he was dead. He controls her with powerful mental powers to obtain his method when Ariel learns that he is responsible for her mother Serene’s death in a fit of rage but kept that a secret from his daughter but accused James’ mother of being he murderer.James was a half vampire but thought he had been changed by Alexander. His mother is Dr Wanda, who it turns out is a vampire, but pretends to be a slayer, she is the headmistress of the slayer academy that Ariel and Jade goes to for school.Darren a mortal who was just a drip, who Alexander set up as a cheater with Ariels best mate Jade to obtain him out of his daughter’s life. When Ariel sees what she thinks is him cheating on her in a cinema, she sees Mike in the theatre and has a fling with him there to throw in Darrens face.Mike is a guy who starts a romance with Ariel to obtain back at Darren for cheating on Ariel with her best mate Jade. He goes to visit Alexander to discuss his damage feelings when he discovers that James and Ariel are involved in a relationship even while she is his girlfriend, he is upset that she can have a physical relationship with him while having one with him as well. Alexander gets sick of his human wats and gets Dr Wanda to change him into a vampire.I was given an advanced copy of this book to read and review with my honest and fair opinion.
Lilly Wilder definitely amped up the in this book. It has a amazing story but I was pleasantly surprised at the ending. I don’t wish to give anything away but I truly thought it was headed toward the method it seemed to be but there is a was also amazing to see such a strong, independent female lead hero like Ariel. Unapologetic for her wants, needs, and desires. In today’s globe there is still such a double standard when it comes to what a man does vs a woman doing the same is book is a quick read and a amazing method to spend a day curled up with a amazing book.
A well-written book with plenty of steam! I thought this had a amazing storyline and well-developed characters. What I didn't like, is sometimes I had to re-read the line again, kind of like babbling out a few lines or paragraphs that just weren't necessary. The ending just didn't create sense with the rest of the story. When they explore Dear Old Dad is evil and plotting versus them. Then he just decides he's tired, has served the council far too long, given up too much, and goes on a vacation from which he'll never come back from after giving them a tip of his power over them. Even with re-reading and the ending, I thought the author did a amazing job with the storyline. It could even be created into a series as written if the author wished. I'd love to see this reworked and created into the masterpiece it truly is! I give 3 and a half stars, with a potential for 5 stars!!
I loved the method we are fed pieces of the puzzle story by story, and book by book like a scavenger hunt. Intriguing! Dad was an awesome surprise and I enjoyed it. It was laughable that dad couldn't see his daughter having with her security detail!!! Lol! Ariel was prickly and cavalier with the three men too frequently for my liking, and her promiscuity was troubling to me. She used them like they had no feelings!! Not cool! Twists and turns that are wonderful and unexpected. Amazing read once you obtain past arrogant shrew Ariel. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book and am giving an honest.
This book is a labor of love that fresh, special perspective on a dozens of subjects pertinent to the craft. Juliet comes from a line of witches and her belief system about witchcraft (which she was taught) is one that rings real for me and for so a lot of other witches who are feeling the call to embody the witch, because Momma Earth is in problem and needs us. She encourages you to build your own private form of Magical Craft based on the ancient ways, but to also mold it accordingly, so that it’s genuinely a reflection of you. This makes for the most potent magick. Juliet encourages the reader to seek validation within, instead of outside oneself. Your truth is within e material is excellent for both fresh witches as well as more seasoned practitioners. I don’t know about you, but I am hungry for all kinds of books on witchcraft, because everyone has something to share that is unique. This book is well-organized with highlighted chunks of info throughout, allowing for skipping around and for going back to revisit content with ms within the pages:-defining what magick means and looks like for you-exploring various paths of being a witch and how to tailor them to yourself-wonderful witchy hints on how to allow go of what no longer serves you, as it impedes magick-There are spells woven throughout the pages with explicit instructions.-ideas on uses for herbs, incense, essential oils, crystals, and candles within a dozens of practices like meditation, grounding, raising one’s energy, amplifying intuition, and developing psychic ability-sections devoted to the moon and sabbat celebrations-other subjects of interest: Book of Shadows, altars, spirit communication and psychic enhancement, protection, cleansing, witch’s garden herbs and their magickal properties (and spells you can do with them), writing your own spells, and more!This book is a keeper! Thank you Juliet!
I am updating my review. I have read a lot of books about Witchcraft, Wicca, Magick, etc. I am telling you, There is no other book like this anywhere!!! You need this book! This book, and the community that comes with it, are life changers! I child you not. I know, because I've read the book once. I'm on my second read through. The book itself is Magick. I suggest the actual book, rather than the kindle. Juliet Diaz, has made not only the book, but a fabulous help system that comes with it. She did not just write the book and then leave you to it. She is a hands on tutorial through webinars, and an online community that is Beautiful! And so much more! If you are looking at this book, you have been called. Respond the call. You will not be sorry. Blessings to you, and welcome to the group! Thank you Juliet Diaz! You are Amazing!!!
This is a beautiful, absolutely pitch-perfect memoir by Dr. Edith Eger. I was not familiar with Dr. Eger prior to reading this, and I am grateful to her for sharing her e book is organized into four sections: Prison, Escape, Freedom, and Healing. I would describe it as three parts memoir, one part therapy. It would be enough, simply for nanogeneraian Dr. Eger to tell us her story and share the necessary happenings she witnessed in her lifetime. But she is not happy to create this book only about her experience. She is clearly a committed therapist who understands pain and forgiveness uniquely, and has a very strong notice that to truly live a full life, we need to create the choice not only to forgive, but to forgive ourselves.I describe the book as pitch-perfect because from the introduction, Dr. Eger explains that there is no heirarchy when it comes to suffering. She does not tell her story so that the reader will minimize their own suffering in comparison, that would just be another method of judging ourselves. As a therapist, she understands that someone whose suffering may seem superficial to others, is generally attributed to something much more deeply rooted, and representative of a much larger pain. I search it extraordinary that she is capable of empathizing with others to this extent. When you read her story, and I hope you do, you will understand the extent of her private suffering. Not only what she endured in her youth, but as an adult coming to terms with everything she lost, and finding a method to allow it be her strength, instead of imagining what her life would have been had it not been interrupted by the cruelty and injustice of the Holocaust. I can not search the words to describe the depth of her is about choices, and I am guilty of the destructive thinking that Dr. Eger drescribes in the book. In my Midewestern upbringing, I was raised to take responsibility for my choices. I pride myself in this responsibility. What this book has created me realize that often in my experience, this has been a punishing idea - there are choices, and there are consequences. But life is not that simple, there are choices and more choices. Often we choose to punish ourselves. In doing so, we are imprisoning ourselves with our own beliefs - of not feeling worthy, a fear of making a poor choice... The author is begin about choices she created in her own life, and that they may not have been the best ones. Everyone suffers. Everyone has endured the consequences of their own not good choices. But to live our best life, we must continue to create choices, instead of allowing ourselves to be imprisoned by our ank you, Dr. Edith Eva Eger for sharing your story and your wisdom. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Choice for review. I enjoyed it so much I purchased a copy from Amazon as a gift.
The book's title is both an acronym the author uses in her practice and the main theme of the book. It's this theme that runs through the narrative as a constant of Freedom--even when the externals would scream, "There's no freedom here--only death and torture." You can *always* decide how you respond. She concedes that she was (and there ARE) victims, but demonstrates with her life that "victimhood" is e doesn't glaze over the realities of Auschwitz, but she does demonstrate a spirit of choice that ultimately saves her. She is a secular Jew. When she prays, she prays to her mother. Her responses, regrets and fears are couched in this totally secular outlook, and she makes her share of mistakes. But she acknowledges them when she sees them and determines to choose the better method when she knows e beginning of the book is the best part. After she is from Auschwitz, she is still in a globe that has learned to hate Jews. It's after she makes it out of Germany and Poland that she writes "case studies" to demonstrate her passion and education in psychiatry. If that's your interest, you'll love it. It wasn't mine.Her thesis that we all have choices and those choices will either create us better or worse comes through with a life's story that inspires me to spend my choices wisely. Overall, I enjoyed her book.
Beauty by John O'Donohue is a attractive book written by a attractive man. I search a book filled with such inspiring words difficult, almost inappropriate, to read straight through. A lot of lines invite us to read and reread them and then close the books and linger with their fragrance for days. I would like to give a sampling of such lines here, taken from two of my favorite chapters - The Call to Beauty and The Melody of Beauty. I will also contain a private reflection on each quote."Indeed, the subtle touches of beauty are what enable most people to survive. Yet beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly message it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care, and kindness, there is beauty." During this past year I have been studying ancient Greek philosophy. Turns out, my favorite philosopher is Epicurus. One huge reason is that Epicurus himself was noted for his kindness and incorporated the importance of being caring, sensitive and kind into his philosophy."Yet beauty's visitation affects us and invites us into its rhythm, it calls us to feel, think and act beautifully in the world: to make and live a life that awakens the Beautiful." I have been involved in the creative arts for a lot of years but I have come to realize our greatest creation is to become ourselves a being radiating beauty."Even, and perhaps especially, in the bleakest times, we can still explore and awaken beauty; these are precisely the times when we need it most. Nowhere else can we search the joy that beauty brings. Joy is not simply the fruit of circumstances; we can choose to be joyous independent of what is event around us." How true. John O'Donohue invites us to raise our own inner vibration and experience the inner joy of simply being alive. This is especially required when we are facing our largest challenges.". . . if our style of looking becomes beautiful, then beauty will become visible and shine forth for us. We will be surprised to explore beauty in unexpected locations where the ungraceful eye would never linger. The graced eye can glimpse beauty anywhere, for beauty does not reserve itself for unique elite moments or instances; it does not wait for perfection but is show already secretly in everything. When we beautify our gaze, the grace of hidden beauty becomes our joy and our sanctuary." Thank you, John. `Beautify our gaze' - the experience of beauty is an inner transformation not a change of scenery."To behold beauty dignifies your life; it heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of our own self-limitation to experience fresh horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged." Again, thank you, John. There is a rightness and clarity when we see beauty in the globe and we become fuller and more attuned to not only the outside globe by also to ourselves."Beauty is not to be captured or controlled for there is something intrinsically elusive in its nature. More like a visitation than a solid fact, beauty invests the aura of a person or infuses a landscape with an unexpected intimacy that satisfies our longing." Indeed, intimate and mysterious beyond any words."To the human ear, however, melody echoes the deepest grandeur and the most sublime intimacy of the soul." I search this real to my own experience. Melody hits me at a much deeper level than the other arts. It is like an internal dance with my nervous system."In contrast to most other forms of art, melody alters your experience of time. To enter a piece of music, or to have the melody enfold you, is to depart for a while from regulated time. Melody creates a rhythm that beats out its own time-shape." Melody is so much connected to Eros and love. Both have a dynamic aspect that short-circuits reason and reflection and both are transporting, absorbing, sensuous, kinetic, and involve your whole person, body and soul, in a most corporeal and bodily way."There is a profound sense in which melody opens a secret door in time and reaches in to the eternal. This is the authority and grace of music; it evokes or creates an atmosphere where presence awakens to its eternal depth." I never tire of reading these words over and over ain, a attractive book written by a attractive man. Please pick up a copy and be inspired.
Can be used as a book of meditations. The author's use of language is so eloquent, especially since English was not his first language. I have given this book as bonuses to mates who are undergoing cancer treatment or who are caretakers for terminally ill relatives, as a method to create sense out of the senseless times in our lives.
I went with my intuition on this book since I have been studying witchcraft for 30 years and alot books for me are geared towards beginners or nonsense. Witchery starts where it should - self awareness and acceptance of yourself. I think all levels of witches can benefit from what you will search in the pages of this beautifully written book. The cover alone brings a calmness with it's feel and design.
A mate recommended this book and I'm delighted that she did. Eger is an inspiration on a lot of levels. Her survival during WWII is amazing, touching, and frequently miraculous. She tells her story in such a matter-of-fact method that it's clear that she expects neither your pity or your praise. This is how she lived her life and what pushed her to survive. I was in awe of that. I was equally awed about her life in America. She managed to raise her children, have a amazing marriage, obtain three degrees and become a practicing psychologist. She is globe renowned for her PSTD is is an awesome journey, hard to place down. It also inspired me to think about what more I could do with my life.
This book reveals the real story of how one young woman transformed her tragic experiences of death and despair in Globe Battle ll concentration camps into a meaningful life journey to heal herself and others from pain and destruction. Dr. Ever is a "Phoenix" who rises from the ashes of inhumanity to courageously herself from the misery of her past. As Eva Ever earns her doctorate in Clinical Psychology, she learns how to reclaim and honor her emotions without blaming others. This healing enables her to empathize with her patients who struggle with taking responsibility for their own welfare and learn to forgive and allow go of past pain. Dr. Ever illuminates the notice in Dr Frankl's book," Mans Find For Meaning." Both are profound, strong books.
Bonus for a mate and its exactly as expected. John O'Donohue makes Beauty approachable and weaves together a attractive narrative of what beauty is like and amazing for--not for selfish gain, but to point one to more and a greater telos. I'm listening to this on Audible too and O'Donohue is the one who reads his own book and his Irish accent is AMAZING! I highly recommend this book if you would like something that is amazing for thinking, but in a light, fun sort of method :) (no dryness here!)
The timeliness of this book's notice reminds me of the old Burt Bacharach song, "What the Globe Needs Now..." but ending with this book instead of love! This book's notice is about REAL beauty, something that has truly been stolen from most of us through today's hectic and media laden world. For those looking for a philosophical solution to modern problems, this book is a must read and just the right length; it's not too short or too long! Beauty is more mystically defined here, it is not the beauty that is manufactured by models or film stars, not even by radio stations and television. More than a "stop and smell the roses" mentality, O'Donohue invokes deeper thinking on the part of the reader, something that like beauty, is often absent in our globe e book was needed by my composition class, and at first glance I didn't see how it would fit into the topic matter, but I am very glad my instructor placed this on her readings list!
Attractive design to the cover, makes me feel I own a fancy unique first edition that will someday be a prized possession on my altar or shelf in my far away later years. The size and weight of the book is excellent for carrying it on self or purse and not feel to bulky. But allow me tell you about the smoothness, I catch myself enticed to touching my book or just laying my hands on the skin of it, perhaps this is the profound private connection I have with my book. Juliet Diaz’s words are kindred, wise, and inviting and seem to know a put in my soul that I myself still seek to find. I have only read about one quarter and already have satisfaction with my and the time given in reading. In all honesty “Witchery: Embrace The Witch Within” has been far more therapeutic then months of professional counseling. So thank you Juliet for sharing your knowledge for , the unexpected but pleasant surprise that came along with this book: a community of like minded, soul searching men and women to share together in this journey. I discovered the book after listening to a podcast interviewing Juliet Diaz. She was unbelievable and I adored her genuinity, which led me to her book on pre-sale. Along with this was the invitation to join her Fb group and a livestream 3 week mini companion! Juliet you are a genius!!! Since joining I have discovered a unbelievable group and so thrilled to continue on this Pagan d to know...Juliet’s book is not affiliated with any one certain tradition, Craft, religion. It is non-judgmental and accepting of however one may come. Nothing but love and knowledge.
An inspiring book like this should be given to all who struggle with themselves. The choices the author created as a young girl are nothing short of amazing, and the method in which she managed to spread her notice is miraculous. We know that this sort of miracle only happens when someone is determined and grateful for the insight they have been given by the circumstances which challenged them. This book has a very powerful notice for us all.
I had the HONOR TO MEET Dr Eger...this is a must read for everyone! She was such a attractive woman inside and out! Created everyone she met feel so special...She is amazing...I cannot say enough amazing things about her...so humble...and I was humbled to meet her!She is such an awesome and sharp public speaker, it was amazing to hear her talk to a auditorium full of middle school children!
Deep and attractive reading by a amazing soul. This is one of my "morning books," the ones I reach for when I need an uplift to my thoughts, heart and spirit to take into my day. It's not light reading. You have to be willing to engage your own mind. There are no platitudes here. There is deep, heartfelt thought from an incredibly well-read and caring soul.
I can not say enough about Irish poet, priest, and deep thinker John O'Donohue. I knew I loved his work and particular attractive view of life, so when I gave this to my husband for Christmas to listen to on our trip to the Oregon Coast, I knew it would be a winner. He outshone himself, having us stop the tape frequently to cry and converse over the profoundness of his of his words. What an awesome man! The globe misses him, yet embraces his spirit forever.
This is the finest and most inspirational book on this topic I have ever encountered. This is one of those rare works where you can begin the book to any page and immediately search deeply insightful paragraphs. I love O'Donohue and still mourn his untimely passing. He was a genius and his work continues to shine. Of all his works, this is the best.
I have read and re-read this strong book, and I am now giving copies to my family because I believe the notice within is so very important. Dr. Eger, has humanity in every pore of her being, and I want she was in the Midwest so we could meet her in person. I found myself learning so much through reading this book, learning things about myself, and recognizing things in those that I love, I am hopeful that I can improve as a person and support my loved ones now I have this very valuable information. Everyone has trauma or upset in their lives of some type or another, but few of us know how to handle these things. Dr. Eger shows us with true compassion how to look at ourselves, and how to forgive ourselves, which ultimately is the most challenging thing.. I want more psychologists were like her, most that I have encountered lack the humanity required to support tutorial a person to health, most seem to be talking textbooks and do not look at the true person in front of them, they just test to fit them into a textbook diagnosis and I do not see that ever being an answer. The idea of meaning and purpose in life makes excellent sense, and I truly believe that is what human beings need above all else to thrive in this world. I highly recommend this book, it truly is awesome in every way. Thank you Dr. Eger for your unbelievable book, it is a privilege to know your story and gain so much wisdom from it and from you.
This book is about the life of Dr Edith Eger, who is an amazing, modest lady, who grew up in Hungary, and overcame the horrors and traumas of the holocaust, surviving the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she almost died. After the battle she and her husband emigrated to America, where she overcame a lot of obstacles, but she raises a family, goes to university, and eventually become a clinical psychologist and lecturer. She has maintained a positive attitude and is now able to support today those who are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Her book should be compulsory reading for College students especially anyone studying psychology, and those going into the helping professions like medicine, social work, nursing, teaching and the religious ministry . The book is well written and we are privileged to be able to learn from this remarkable and unique human being.
I was a practitioner in my 20s and am just coming back to The Path now in my 40s, and have been looking everywhere for a book that resonates with me and my current reality. Books have a method of magically dropping into your lap when you need them, don't they. This has been that book for me.I preordered for Kindle, and at midnight, right when the book dropped, my furnace went out and woke me up, and I spent the wee hours reading through the first sections of this book. I SO appreciate that the author starts off with a focus on Root Work, that she understands and underscores the fact that the practitioner is the magic, that without digging deep and excavating and owning our real selves we can never produce truly effective magic.I also appreciate how clearly she has outlined the meditative practice, rituals, and spells, using easy ingredients with a lot of options so that one can customize it to one's own practice. They truly feel like rites one can easily weave into the fabric of their day-to-day life, and I look forward to finishing the book and delving into all it has to more deeply. I will definitely return to share more once I have done short, I can see this book being useful for both the beginner and the seasoned witch. And of course, also for someone like me, who had fallen away from their practice and is looking to brush off the cobwebs and dip their toe into those magical waters once more. It feels like a timely bonus from the universe, and I am very grateful to the author for all the time, care, magic and love she has clearly poured into it.
There are no words that can best describe this book. I am a beginner witch, and this is what I've been waiting for my whole life. I don't feel as though Wicca, Santeria, Fresh Age Witch practices suit me. I don't wish to discourage anyone from buying this book. I know from my mates that have purchased this book that they are reawakened again. Remember what and why they originally chose this path. For me, Juliet Diaz is the teacher I've been waiting for. I look forward to putting work into my practice so that I can support as well in whatever my purpose truly is.
...a Must Have!! I purchased this book the day I found out Juliet Diaz was publishing it; and was so excited to keep it this week!! She is such an open-minded, thoughtful, respectful, & knowledgeable tutorial and healer! She uses her bonuses to support a lot of others, and yet, is so respectful of her heritage and teachers. I LOVE that her book spends a bit of time with Root Work, which I believe is so important, and contains suggestions and tutorials to obtain connected with, and use, our inner strengths. I could barely place it down when I received it.I'm older, and have been practicing for some time, but this small addition to my library brings a beautifully various approach to the craft, with her being Cuban. She's so lovely! I really believe this book is for ALL of us....beginners... and seasoned crones. You just can't go wrong with this book!! Highly, Highly recommend!! A lot of blessings to you all...
What a fabulous small companion this book is turning out to be! Diaz clearly laid out her experience, her heart & soul, and her love into this one. Not just your average spell book, this witchy tutorial is amazing for the fresh witch, witch-curious, and the seasoned crone. She explains the small intricacies that a lot of other books in the genre tend to miss- like “What Is Magick?”, Q&A for Fresh Witches, Grounding, Raising Energy, The Art of Self Love. There are sections for practical magick, herbal magick, purification, creating your own spells, and more. My favorite is part 5- which goes in depth about practicing magick responsibly.I love that the book fits easily into my purse for witchery on the go. I’ve completed several of the spells and search them to be strong and refreshing. Simple, workable, powerful, and no is isn’t one of those books that you buy, flip through, and put on the shelf to gather dust. This book actually invites you to dive deep into practical, easy spells, using readily available tools and herbs, for REAL spiritual growth. I am in love with it and plan to use it for years to come!
I know my headline sounds a @#$%!&eesy, but I mean it with a whole heart. This book is so rich with poetical, literary and philosophical insight that it's worth having a copy of your own. For a book that's this full of wisdom demands its readers to return to it, like one returns to their favorite restaurant.I sent a copy to an old mate when his mother passed away. There are sections on grief in the book that I thought would console him. Too poor O'Donohue has died. I would have liked to hold reading his thoughts. You can't read this book and not feel inspired to live a life that fosters what is real and beautiful.
This CD fills the very essence of my soul! As a Franciscan religious I appreciate the beauty and splendor of all of God's creation! John O'Donahue has captured the essence of the Franciscan Spirit! St. Francis called everything by the intimate name of "brother" and "sister"! As St. Francis says, "Put on fresh glasses" "adjust your focus" and you will see beauty all around you." With St. Francis we can all say "My God and My All"! Thank you and God bless you, Sister Rose Therese Di Gregorio OSF.
From the section "Beginning Your Journey": "But you don't have to be born into a family of Witches, or initiated in a secret ritual, to be a Witch. There are hundreds of ways of being one."Anyone can call himself anything he wants. Witchcraft is an unregulated field, as is the vocabulary of magic. In my long-practiced view, there are not hundreds of ways of being a Witch. There are the two ways mentioned above, in which case the bonus will either be in your blood, or passed on to you. There is a third: despite no family heritage of such, being born with a bonus for witchcraft (it happens, but rarely). If those three ways are closed to you, you are essentially out of luck. This book cannot give you any of them, and books, themselves, do not constitute a fourth path. The hundreds of other paths of "witchcraft" are a mixture of ego-aggrandizement, self-delusion, and attempted self-help . . . and slick marketing, confused word usage, and similar commercial chicanery, is book is very hoodoo, santeria, curandismo influenced in its herb usage and magical practice. Which makes sense, since the author is of Cuban descent. She states that she is from a long line of Witch Healers, which puts me in mind that she is from a family of curanderas. Which is amazing and attractive and strong and admirable. But Witchery, an Anglo-Saxon/Germanic magical and religious practice, is not curandismo, or hoodoo or santeria. The herbs are different, the magical practice is different, the worldview is different. No Witch uses Cinnamon in a love spell. Over the hundreds of years that the spells of witchery developed, Witches did not have access to Cinnamon. What did they have? Willow withes, Birch leaves, Rose petals, the leaves of sorceror's violet (Vinca). I could list a lot of other examples where Witchery uses the same herbs in various ways. Bay leaves would not be used for banishing night spirits; you would use Rosemary, or Salt, or Broomstraw for that. Even better, a brooch of thin Rowan twigs. Witchery uses much more in the method of trees than rootwork practice. That's what we had simple access to.Anyway, this book is really rootwork-lite for the masses. It should not have been called "Witchery." If you are interested in rootwork, you will learn it better, elsewhere, without the corruption of other traditions.
This book and the author touched my heart. I have always felt a small disconnected from other books on magic because magic is very organic for me. I am not religious and don’t know my ancestors , but healing and magic has always been a part of me. Juliet makes you feel so welcome and capable of doing anything you wish or need to with this book. It is like a magical hug, and just what I needed, at just the right time.
Wha can I say about this attractive book? In easy but clear and honest words, Edith Eger tells a story of utter horror and fear and how she survived it and then overcame the perils of her er’s notice is related to than of her onetime mentor Victor Frankl: how you understand hardship and tragedy will determine not only how you survive, but whether you can stay sane and forge meaning out of it. Without denying the deep damage and fear, we have to search ways to embrace humanity in the midst of tragedy. If we refuse to find for meaning, to make meaning, then we surrender to the forces of most every sentence is a small gem, clear and full of poetic truths. This is the only method this story could be told, with a radical kind of directness and honesty.
At first I had a hard time getting into the book but was really impressed as I read further and began to feel the meaning of some of the essays. We don't always think about the meaning of things as we go about our busy world. This book is well worth reading and "thinking" as you go along! It has created me stop and observe the beauty that is in everything!
4.5Nalini Singh's fresh anthology features four stories set at different points within the Psy-Changeling ho of Silence features Psy Tk Stefan who resides in the underwater station, Alaris, and according to Nalini's Author's Note at the beginning of the book takes put early on in the series after Visions of Heat. Tazia is an engineer who, literally, works on Alaris fixing odds and ends and making sure the station remains working. She's intrigued by the cold Psy who keeps hovering around her orbit. As workers on Alaris are needed to go topside every few months, Taz spends time with Stefan and starts to see beyond his cold Silent exterior.I liked the interplay between Stefan (Psy) and Tazia (human). As a longtime reader of the series and currently caught up on all the books I was mostly interesting in where this story is supposed to take put within the timeline of the main series, in that it takes put very early on when there's still a beautiful huge division between Psy and the Changelings and Humans. It's just interesting to see what's actually been going on under the sea since the beginning of the series :)Dorian of course involves the DarkRiver sentinel, and it was a fast read and takes put at different times in Dorian's life, but I really loved the early look at a lot of of the characters we all know and love: Lucas, Mercy, Clay, Vaughn, etc. It just further solidifies the familial feelings between them all. If you're a longtime reader of the series you'll know the specific before and after problem this short with in Dorian's in Persuasion features a SnowDancer male submissive and a DarkRiver female dominate which, I believe I read in on of Nalini's newsletters, is the first pairing of this kind. I thought that Felix and Desiree were sweet in their pursuit of each other and the subtle ways in which they both have to approach a tation of Fate was the huge draw for me of this book and it's also the longest story. Of course longtime readers will know the dance that Kenji and Jem (Garnet) have been doing around one another as little side characters, but Nalini Singh just created their chemistry pop off the page anytime they would be featured, I was so satisfied when I learned she would finally give them their story. We know through the earlier glimpses of these characters that they are not together. Well, here, we learn why they aren't and whether or not they can obtain past whatever is going on and finally become friends (as beautiful much everyone around them believes is inevitable). Oh, yeah, and there's a murder mystery to solve along the way. Let's not pretend that this story is anything other than theirs. The mystery was just an added element to bring them together, not that I minded. I was drawn into the mystery, although I did figure it out a few pages before the characters usual themes of love and family (pack) are huge in the stories, but I always love seeing the connections these characters have to each other reinforced over and over again.I think that if you haven't read any of the series before you'd be just fine picking this up and enjoying what Nalini Singh has written. But, as always, I think an anthology written this far into a series (we're what, 15 books in now?) is best enjoyed with the knowledge and understanding of the storylines and dynamics already established. And, honestly, the Psy-Changeling series is a highly recommended series anyway so I don't think there'd be any hardship in reading it :)
Interests: Paranormal Romance, Futuristic, Shifters, PsychicsEcho of Silence --- Series: Psy-Changeling #2.1 (Singh states that this one "occurs after Visions of Heat")What I LikedThis one was a very sweet romance between two people who have never been in a relationship. It's also very isolated from the rest of the story but this provides a fresh look at the Psy and their struggles outside of the changes that occur after Sascha and Faith leave the Net. I liked getting this look at a Psy who breaks silence in ways that are various then what we've seen before.What I Didn’t LikeBecause this takes put mostly in a remote village after an earthquake, there is very small influence of the larger Psy-Changeling globe that I love.---------------------------------------Dorian --- Series: Psy-ChangelingWhat I LikedI really enjoyed seeing Dorian revealing his ability to shift to his Alpha, Lucas, and his family and friends. I always wondered about his because it's not really ever brought up again in the regular story.What I Didn’t LikeThis one was so short and it wasn't really a story in the traditional sense. It was just snapshots of Dorian's life at various moments. I was fine with this but I look as it more like a than a story.---------------------------------------Partners of Persuasion --- Series: Psy-Changeling #11.1 (Singh states that this one "begins toward the end of Tangle of Need")What I LikedThis has been my favorite of this anthology and I am so in love with Felix. He's so gentle and sweet but also tough, which is a favorite combination of mine. We've seen Singh write a story with a dominant male and submissive female but we haven't seen the opposite and I loved the dynamic switch. Both Dezi and Felix knew their relationship would be work and that trust was the most necessary thing.What I Didn’t LikeI just want this one could have been longer!---------------------------------------Flirtation of Fate --- Series: Psy-Changeling #12.1 (Singh states that this one "begins toward the end of Heart of Obsidian")What I LikedThis was various then most of the Psy-Changeling books because it was mostly about solving a murder. A SnowDancer wolf has been killed and Garnet and Kenji are tasked with investigating it. I enjoyed trying to figuring out the assassin and both Garnet and Kenji were enjoyable characters. We've seen them flirting and teasing each other in the prior books so it was nice to obtain more time with them and watch them search each other. I also like any time that Singh shows the real diversity of her world. For the most part Changelings are amazing people: caring, loyal, and protective but there are those who aren't. She doesn't whitewash every hero with the same morals so I appreciate it.What I Didn’t LikeThere wasn't anything that really bothered me.
💢‼️ATTENTION PARENTS‼️💢 This is not a safe stroller and vehicle seat!!!!!Let me begin by saying that I don’t usually use my stroller. I usually wear my son in a baby carrier so this travel system should not be “worn out” or over used causing it to for what happened: I took myself and my two son to the shop to see about getting fresh sweaters for pictures with Santa in a few days. Seeing as I would be trying on some clothes I decided to use my stroller instead of having my youngest in his carrier. Well I obtain everything set up, create sure I hear the chicks that indicate everything is locked and secure. Give it a small wiggle just Incase and everything seemed great. So off we went. I got probably 10 steps from my vehicle and the stroller collapses and the vehicle seat goes flying forward flipping and landing face down on the pavement.....one of a moms worst nightmares right? Watching your kid be place into a risky situation and nothing you can do... a bunch of people ran over to support as they witnessed the whole thing. One gentlemen that came over picked the stroller up and started to test to see if it would lock. Each time it created the indicating it was locked but as he place pressure on it it each time it would ankfully my son was wearing his fluffy winter hat that cushioned his head from most of the blow. He does have a little bump and a small bit of broken skin but other then that he is okay. His pediatrician gave me the symptoms of a concussion to look out for. Even though his injuries are minimal the fact of the matter is that this should have never happened and evenflo has some explaining to do. I will be calling them and demanding answers as to why they have sold a faulty product that is supposed to hold babies safe.
Love the colors excellent and just what I wanted! As for the previous review(s) thAt said the carseat does not lock onto the stroller, it does there is a little hope on the cup holder tray that locks the carseat onto the stroller.I attached a picture, I won't obtain to test it out until August but only reason for not giving it 5 stars is I haven't got to test it out but i love everything about this carseat and stroller!!
Nalini Singh is a genuine MASTER at making me all giddy with her short stories. I am so darn smitten with her ho of Silence: Holy wow, I ADORED Tazia and Stefan's slow burn romance. They both had reason for taking their time and it worked so perfectly. I genuinely loved how Stefan found ways to be around Tazia even though he couldn't quite understand his fascination with her. It was just sweetly perfect. Especially for a Psy still caught in Silence.
This collection of novellas was my first introduction to Nalini Singh, four excellent small gems, each various and unique. They stand alone, but halfway through the second novella I realized that I wanted to dive much deeper into the incredible, complex, special globe of cold, emotionally imprisoned Psy, emotionally vibrant changelings and the humans, occasionally daring, who are caught t here if you like; I know you'll be seduced by the careful waltz of Stefan's hidden brokenness and Tazia's lonely strength, the lifelong heartache of Dorian the changeling who cannot change, the gardner Felix who finds strength in his submissive position in the pack, and the powerful tango of Kenji and Garnet, both too stubborn to see that they need each other. You will, like me, wish to spend all your discretionary funds to read everything Singh has written.
Overall I enjoyed these novellas and I have to admit I was a small worried since I wasn't a large fan of Allegiance of Honor. A amazing mix of novellas for fans of the Psy-Changeling series but I wouldn't begin with this book if you're fresh to the series. Overall rating for book ★★★★Echo of Silence ★★★★ What can I say I love the Psy and I really enjoyed this story. I liked both the scenes on the underwater station and at the disaster sight. Although it didn't add anything fresh to the globe and I would have liked it if we would have learned a small more about Black Sea. I also thought that part of it was a small too easy/sentimental - I don't think readers need a complete satisfied ending with every part of a story. I didn't Tazia's reunion with her family - it was all just a small too simple and I think the story would have been better without it. IMO Tazia and Stephan could have been satisfied without this reunion and it would have been the beginning of a fresh future/family for rian ★★★ This one was cute but didn't really add anything and most of it was a rehash of things we'd already read about or knew in Persuasion ★★★★ The thing I liked most about this story was that it was a bit various from previous stories. I liked the relationship between Dezi who was a dominate and Felix who was a submissive and the method that Dezi understood that submissive didn't mean weak. This was a sweet tation of Fate ★★★★ This was my favorite story but I wanted more. The build up between Garnet and Kenji has been going on for a long time and had me anticipating their story. I loved the two of them together and the snarky wit and games/pranks they played with each other. I also really enjoyed the suspense plot. However, I thought that Garnet went from not wanting to give Kenji a possibility to suddenly realizing there was more to his behavior. I want that would have taken more time and played out at a slower pace giving us more to the story between the two of them.Overall, I enjoyed these and look forward to the next book in the series.
I bought this for $110, so it was a amazing value for two pieces. No complaints about the vehicle seat, it works great. I love that you can set the vehicle seat in the stroller, its very convenient. My one problem is opening and closing the stroller, I still haven't mastered it!!
Wild Embrace is four short stories in one book. All the stories are written in third person with a couple of the stories having light to moderate amounts of content and adult wording. Three of the stories have a HEA ending, once of the stories is four glimpses into a life of a past character in a standalone book. All the stories can easily be read as a standalone, thought several ‘spoilers’ are given and three of the stories are overlap with main ho of Silence is a story set right after Visions of Heat thought nothing in this story is similar to the main series. It starts out telling us the year and states two cardinal’s defected… giving us the rough timeline. it also mentions the water changlings (they don’t obtain mentioned until later in the series). The main couple is a human-Psy paring there are no other POV’s, just them. This story is easily read at any time and very rian is broken into four parts. Part one is a look into when Dorian was very young and coming to terms with not being able to shift. Part two is Dorian a small older, young teens, being determined to be the best because of his inability to shift (we also glimpse Clay being introduced to Dorian, Lucas, and the rest of them) Part three is at the end of Hostage to Pleasure where Dorian changes for the first time and part four is where Dorian is learning to be a leopard and dealing with shifting. This was a nice insight into Dorian but I felt it was more like the shorts that she puts on her website, just four of the grouped together for this story. You really should read Hostage to Pleasure before reading in Persuasion takes put after Kiss of Snow and somewhere in the middle of Play of Passion. While you should read those first you won’t be lost reading this solo. This story is a cute look at the flip of what is ‘normal’. A submissive male wolf and a dominate female leopard. They create it work and I really liked them together. This pulled at your heart strings and created you laugh out loud. Amazing addition to the Psy-changling tation of Fate starts in the middle of Play of Passion and ends about the same time or a small after, though this takes put in a satellite den and not in the main den so there is no true overlap. I consider this to be a second possibility romance story though the main couple weren’t really romantic in the past only on the verge of taking that step. It is clear from the beginning that Kenji is in love with Jem but he ‘can’t allow it go any farther because “he is not what she always wanted”. I hate stories where one person doesn’t give the choice to the other person; where they decide what is best and that is what this story does. I can’t say I hate this story, but it is not one of my favorites. Everything works out and we obtain the HEA and a little mystery side story to create the whole thing better.Over all Wild Embrace is a amazing addition to the Psy- changling series. Well worth the if you have everything else… but not required to understand the main story that was unfolding in the main books. Ms. Singh is a very talented writer and I highly recommend any and all of the Psy-Changeling Books.
Stories set in the Psy/Changeling world. If you have enjoyed the books you should have fun these short stories. There are 4 e first on is Echo of Silence - this one is the only one centered on a Psy hero about the conflict of a relationship with feelings and appearing to be compleatly silent. This was one of my e Second story is Dorian - I felt this was to short and you need to already have an idea of the characters to fully obtain the e Third Partners in Persuasion is the story of a dominate female changeling and submissive male changeling that shows submissive does not mean e final story is Flirtation of Fate is the longest and most involved story to sink your teeth into. This is my favorite in the collection of stories and most like one of the longer novels, The others are more of slice of life l are of them are amazing and fun to read if you have knowledge of the world. If not you might be a bit lost.
As with all things Psy/Changeling, the only thing poor about it was that it ended. I was most anxious for Echo of Silence, since there have been tips about Stefan in at least a couple amazing the books, and I wanted to learn more about this mysterious Psy that was an honorary Arrow. I've learned much about him, but would still love to know more about him and his underwater domain, Alarias.I thought I might skip Dorian, because really, what more could I learn about him? I'm very glad I didn't skip this novella because it tells so much more about Dorian's struggle as a latent and his joy when Ashaya helps him break his cat out of its prison.I wasn't sure about Partners in Persuasion going into it, because I couldn't remember who Felix or Desiree were. That was quickly spelled out in the first chapter; Felix being the head horticultaralist for the SnowDancers, in charge of replanting the trees where the war with PurePsy happened, and Desiree is a senior solider in DarkRiver, who is on her method to becoming a Sentinel. I was very familiar with both once I thought about it. And the dance that Dezi, a dominant female leopard, starts with Felix, a submissive male wolf, is very various than any that have been highlighted during the series. Definitely glad I gave it a chance!!The latest story, Flirtation of Fate, was one that I'd planned to read, even if I had skipped Dorian and Partners in Persuasion. Flirtation is about two SnowDancer lieutenants, Garnet, or Jen, and Kenji. We've only ever seen them during comm meetings with Hawke and usually the other lieutenants, and at Hawke and Sienna's mating celebration. Their backstory goes to when they were children, when she was just the small sister to his best friend. Flirtation starts with Kenji coming to Garnet's den as part of a several day meeting to go over security protocols with the two of them and two lieutenants from the home den. The other two are held up by a vehicle accident and the weather, but in the mean time, Kenji and Garnet have to solve a murder. The added mystery of the murder created this story even more enjoyable than I expected it to l in all, a must read if you wish some added depth to the Psy/Changeling world. I love all the side stories that Ms Singh in this series, from the novellas and short stories to all the many, a lot of shorts that she on her website. She seems to not only love her craft but her fans also!
Nalini Singh is one of the few authors that I count on to deliver when it comes to novellas and anthologies. She packs just as much emotion, heart, and heat into a shorter story as she does her longer ones. Yes, the relationship development moves quickly, but that doesn’t mean that a real connection is sacrificed. I never finish one of her anthology stories feeling anything but happy, with a smile on my ho of SilenceI’ve never been such a fan of the human/xxx relationships in this series, until this book. Here we have Tazi, a human, pairing with Stefan, a psy. I wasn’t expecting to have fun it so much, but there was such a depth of hero in both Tazi and Stefan that I couldn’t support be become immersed in their dance towards each other.I loved the introduction of Tazi’s cultural values and how that affected the choices that she created – both in her career and life, and the relationship that she develops with Stefan. Stefan was just as fascinating, with more than a small heartbreak in his history. He’s a psy that has been known to be broken, according to the Psy anyway, but he’s left to manage it without rehabilitation – and this is just after Faith defected. Highly unexpected. Until you factor in his rare and valued psychic they cared for each other created me so incredibly satisfied in this book. It was the care and caring that showed the depth of their feelings. And love left simmering is one of my favorite rianLet’s be honest, who hasn’t loved Dorian – the changeling that was latent – from the very begin when we meet him? I know I was not immune to this broken heart constantly went out to him, constantly found him fascinating, and always respected his we already have Dorian’s HEA story in Hostage to Pleasure, this was more a series of vignettes about Dorian’s life – from the time he was a child, seeing his determination to never be less than his very best potential, his growth, and the immense changes that he goes through in life. I especially loved the fun, playful, challenging latest stage with the rest of his Sentinel pack-mates. I couldn’t support but in PersuasionDominant Female with a Submissive Male – this is a story that a lot of have been hoping for for y thought that we’d obtain it with Indigo, and we did…to a point. I won’t really obtain into the argument here about it, but will say that the closeness of the dominance in that pairing is brought up in this novella.I found this story incredibly satisfying. Dezi is definitely a strong, dominant female. And Felix is definitely submissive. Submissive doesn’t mean weak though. And being the dominant in this type of relationship comes with some other things to be concerned about. Dominant/Submissive isn’t something we obtain to see explored too often; usually it’s various levels of dominance, but dominant all the same. In fact, I can only think of one other pairing on this scale, and that’s Cooper and Grace. It’s nice to see these problems explored from another angle.I really liked how they were both so in tune with the other that they thought consciously about how to create sure they weren’t hurting each other. They talked, took it slow when need be, and respected each other. I finished this story with a satisfied tation of FateI’ve been enamoured of Kenji and Garnet’s flirtations in the Lieutenant's meetings for years. Their sarcastic barbs back and forth was always so much fun to watch. Seeing them come together in this story was a lot more serious than I was expecting. There were some light-hearted moments, and some sarcastic teasing and flirting back and forth, but overall it was a beautiful serious ere was the murder, and the storm – with missing packmates – injuries, and years-old hurts buried beneath the previous joking. Though I guessed the source of the secrets, and the resolution of the murder-mystery, I still was desperate to see these two create it work. It’s the only of the four stories in this anthology that brought tears to my eyes. I love Kenji and Garnet. They’re excellent for each other, and I’m glad they finally both figured it out.Overall, this anthology is a nice exploration of characters and their relationships that we wouldn’t obtain in the main storyline. Though they’re side-stories, they’re no less necessary for being so. Each member in this globe makes a difference, and as we read further and further into this series it becomes clearer each book how much interconnectedness there is in the world, and how necessary that always, I’ll be waiting on tenterhooks for Nalini Singh’s next forary into this globe – and every other world.
The vehicle seat: The vehicle seat has been amazing from the start. We place our son in it at the hospital and have used it near everyday for the latest five months. We removed the infant insert because he was getting a small crowded and he still seems super comfy. He definitely likes it and my carseat tech of a husband seems to approve as e stroller: Like other reviewers, the stroller totally collapsed on us the first time we used it shopping. Luckily, my (teenage) daughter was pushing it and my husband was walking next to her and caught the vehicle seat as it flipped over. Beautiful sure it traumatized my daughter but the baby was safe - vehicle seats are designed to hold them safe. We completely removed everything, pulled the stroller up hard, and locked it while pushing the bottom bar with our foot, and then tried it really hard a few times - it wasn't going anywhere. So now we just do that before we place the vehicle seat in it. It's not that it comes unlocked once it's locked. It does not. The issue is that it makes a locking *sound* before it's locked. Sometimes you have to pull additional hard. But not once has it collapsed after we've tested it and found it was secure, and we use it all the time at Six Flags up and down hills.A negative for the stroller and vehicle seat being used together - the darn canopies don't meet, so there's about an inch gap. This is amazing for peeking in on the baby but sucks because that blip of light wakes him up and the sun gets in his face as we're walking.I would definitely it again - I got it on Prime Day for like $80 and it was a amazing investment if you don't mind double checking that it's secure. I fully trust my baby's safety with our judgement combined with this system.
I LOVE this vehicle seat and stroller. It's exactly what we required and the is amazing too. Simple to use and safe. Evenflo is one of my favorite vehicle seat brands. I'm a Certified Kid Passenger Safety Technician and I would recommend this vehicle seat. I have fun the fact that I can it in and out of the stroller. Super convenient. It has straps to keep the vehicle seat into the stroller and there is a put for the front end to also into the stroller.
So much lighter than other travel systems we have used before. Build quality is seemingly generic, but it is a sturdy system that has never given us any reason to doubt that it was perfectly safe. Seat will be a bit cramped for long-legged babies, but it is great!
3.5Two fluffy feel-good stories, one story with a amazing plot (Garnet & Benji), and one short story that really wasn't a short story (Dorian). I should have waited for the library book instead of spending $13. Lesson rian's story is fulfilling to those who have read his book. It can't stand alone. I'd been looking forward to Stephan's story every since he appeared in the series. His short is very various than other Psy experiences falling in love. In fact, I thought his satisfied ending came too easily and too fast. I was disappointed but would still give his novella a e dominant leopard/submissive wolf story was light & fluffy. I did like how the character was very various than all the other male leads in the Psy/Changeling series. The bar stage is where the story 'jumped shark' for me yet I understand what the author was trying to accomplish with this e only 4 star read was the latest story, which was one I had not been too hyped about. Surprise! Garnet and Benji actually had a plot besides their internal obstacles. The murder mystery was a nice method to bring together these two characters and force their problems into the open.
We were using this stroller at our older children's school carnival. I opened it created sure it locked and then place my 3 month old small guy in his vehicle seat on it. While walking we hit a bump not anything more then your ordinary bump, but when we hit it the stroller completely collapsed! like folded all the method down unlatching my sons infant seat and sending it tumbling to the ground! He was upside down on the ground when I grabbed it! he was ok cause he was buckled in and the handle was up... but had that handle been down or him not buckled in I'm not sure what would have happened! please be VERY careful if you have one of theses I would suggest getting a fresh one ( I will be!) If you are looking to it be warned it isn't safe!
BEWARE OF THIS not trust the locking on this stroller. It takes a lot of force to begin it and obtain it in a locking position. My husband is 6'4" very powerful man, and he has problem with it. Today I place my 4 month old in it and it collapsed on him and damage him. I will be contacting ease if you this, be very sure it is locked in the begin position...but even after, it can collapse like mine Did today.I bought 2 of these and they both have the same issue.
I want I had read more of the reviews before purchasing this system. For starters the stroller did collapse on us as well when our baby was in it. Luckily the vehicle seat did not fall out as my husband was able to catch it. The base is hard to losen and unbuckle. I have yet to be able to do it on my own. My husband has to take it out when we need to switch it to another car. It’s also very hard to begin and close the stroller with the button that you have to slide and squeeze. Most of the time I can’t squeeze it after sliding it. I always have to struggle to obtain it begin or close it. You also really have to push on the bottom metal bar with your foot to create sure the stroller is begin and locked. I was so excited for this system as I did not have one with my first son. It’s a beautiful huge disappointment.
What an awesome journey! This book really has some invaluable advice, written from the perspective of someone with a deeply private story- one that any reader can relate to (not just someone suffering from Endometriosis). Dr. Rodrigues’ brutally honest self-portrait - relates to our own universal journeys, really, written with thought provoking conviction throughout her story. It forces us to respond the questions that relate to the human condition itself in a method that makes sense and feels achievable – How do we love ourselves? What does that mean? We can defeat anything this life throws at us, especially if we take care of ourselves first – in what she calls a selfless, not selfish, method of living. If we are whole in mind, body and spirit, only then can we love and take care of others (humans and animals) wholly and without selfishness or ill-fated motivations. Wouldn’t we also wish to be loved for who we truly are? The reminder that negative people will drain you of not only your energy and well-being but of your life itself is something we need to constantly be aware of throughout our life’s journey. This book is so on point (particularly regarding toxic relationships). It is also tightly written (not a word is wasted- kudos to her editor) and even educational. I don’t (and never will know) what it’s like to have Endometriosis but thanks to Dr. Rodrigues’ vulnerable open-wound depiction of life with that horrible disease-I now know what it is and what it does to millions of women. But as she points out, life will throw us all various kinds of curve-balls that are relative to us personally (cancer, divorce, death/grief, etc.) and she begs us to challenge ourselves in how to answer to those pitches. These often harsh but honest life-lessons are written with a sincere heart as if she really cares about each and every one of her readers. More than just another self-help book, this is a guided tour into our own psychosis (whether invented, perceived or real) but delivered by a dear old friend, someone who just wants the best for us. The words in this book are truths that cannot and should not be ignored. If our goal in life is to be self-actualized, content, loved, selfless, fulfilled and healthy then We need this book (and probably will need to read it every year of our lives).
I was given this book for my honest opion. John Maxwell gets up in the morning thinking 'how can I add value to someone today'. This book really adds value to me as a leader. I have been trying to learn to connect with the fresh generation. They require authentic communication and transparency before they will follow them. I think he has accomplished this in spades. One of my favorite parts of the book is the quote Creativity is the JOY of not know all of the answers but of knowing the answers are out there." I am reminded in the quote ' Leaders who cling to inflexiblitly in a plan stifle creativity and miss oppourtunities to be creative" to be flexable. I need to evalutate my failures and be willing to change the plan. These small shifts have the possiblity as John says 'change your Directory. #netgalley
John Maxwell has knocked it out of the park with this book. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of the book and have since picked up 2 more hard cover copies. This book is nearly impossible to place down and is packed with current and relevant info for today’s leaders. I loved the chapter on Squad Uniformity to Squad Diversity as well as the chapter on the Communication Shift. The book is filled with fresh info that is sure to create me or anyone else who reads this book a better leader. There is some very relevant info on working with Millennials that is so necessary in today’s growing workforce. My favorite chapter involves making the Impact Shift which provides perfect tip on becoming a better Transformational Leader. This is more than a book to just read, it’s one to study and share with other leaders.
This book really shook up my stagnant mind and helped me to re-accept my inner creative wild child. It was filled with the quirky humor I’ve come to associate with Felicia Day, while still having some really solid tip and rst, I probably wouldn’t recommend this via kindle. I’m a kindle lover and audiobooker, but I think that paper is probably the method to go here. There’s lots of drawing and writing involved, so it will just slow you down if you’re digital. It starts simply enough, with some creative exercises, but gets really deep fast. It’s awesome how opening one door can lead to so a lot of others. My basic field is not super creative, but my husband is photographer, so I immediately bought the book for him to check out, too! It applies to everyone, so there’s no true age group or demographic I could see this targeting (unless it’s just me – is it me?).If you’re looking for something to truly shake you up – this is the book! It’s fun, weird, and super creative. I’m tired of the boring helpful books and am satisfied to have discovered this one!
Instantly relieves anxiety by reminding me I do not need to control it or even create it my business. As a Christian, when someone recommended this book, my first thought was that detaching was not “the Christian” thing to do, but this book clearly shows that it is indeed the Christian thing to do! Simple to read as each page is it’s own blog. I’m reading front to back, but you could easily crack it begin to any page to obtain relief.