Book Review: Understanding Pain is your Guide to Healing by Hayuta Epstein

Title: Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing
Author: Hayuta Epstein
Genre: Nonfiction, Spiritual
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Your Body Knows Everything

Understand the spiritual cause for pain and use it to for personal growth and healing

Our body speaks to us through pain, as well as other sensations and bodily experiences. Each pain has a reason and a purpose: to signal and communicate to us what needs attention and healing. Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing teaches the reader to listen to the body’s signals and understand the spiritual cause for pain, in order to facilitate personal growth and development.

You can take responsibility for your life and develop the ability to heal yourself

Why did we come to this world? What is the cause of our pain and suffering? How can we connect with our inner guide, enter the path of healing and communicate with Higher Sources of knowledge? This book offers an alternative perspective to the conventional perception of pain, teaching that pain can be a valuable resource for self-understanding and spiritual growth.

Learn how to balance body, spirit and soul

Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing has important and useful insights about the medical, emotional and energy-related reasons for pain, as well as valuable methods for self-healing. Learn how to change harmful thought patterns and reconnect with your inner guide through this new and higher understanding of pain.

In Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing, the author describes how pain is our body’s way of letting us know something is wrong. Pain has a reason and a purpose, even if we can’t immediately figure out what the reason is. Pain signals to us something in our body needs to be healed. The book shows how you can listen to your body’s signals and understand the spiritual causes for pain.

You can develop the ability to heal yourself, and that’s what this book tries to promote. However, while I believe that up to some point – a lot of illnesses can be cured more easily with a positive mindset, with attention for your body and the health needs your body has – this certainly does not count for everything. No matter what type of holistic approach you want to try, something you need a doctor or medical professional. But for regular ailments, like a stomach ache or a cold, I do think you can accomplish some self-healing.

It’s an insightful book, but one that needs to be read from a critical point of view.

Book Review: Parkinson’s? You Must be Joking! by Alona Golan Sadan

Title: Parkinson’s? You Must be Joking!
Author: Alona Golan Sadan
Genre: Nonfiction
Rating: 4 stars
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Life with a parrot on my shoulder . . .

“You’ll have to get used to this disease,” said the doctor. “You’ll carry it on your shoulders all your life.” I immediately thought of Jack Sparrow’s parrot…

After years of trembling, stumbling, and difficulties that seemed natural to one who is no longer a spring chicken, Alona Golan Sadan discovered that she actually had Parkinson’s. She tells openly and with humor about dealing with this strange new bird in her life. Misdiagnosing doctors, alternative therapists who claimed aliens were following her, and the unfortunate (for her!) discovery that she now needs to do intense physical activity – these pitfalls become easier as Sadan helps her readers to look at them cockeyed and find what is amusing in them.

A sense of humor is not enough.

Also featured is the added value of expert advice. Renowned neurologists, psychologist, dietitians and additional experts from different fields, also weigh in with articles in their fields, including a chapter on rights and governmental benefits for Parkinson’s patients in the US.

An absolute must for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s, family members, friends, and professionals.

In Parkinson’s? You Must be Joking!, author Alona Golan Sadan describes how she had suffered from various symptons for years, until she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She tells candidly, and with a sufficient dose of humor, about dealing with this disease, and finding a place for it in her life. Also included is expert advice, from renowned neurologists and psychologists, who give tips for how one can make life bearable, even with a disease like Parkinson’s.

I would recommend this book to everyone who has Parkinson’s themselves, or who has a family / relative or friend with the disease. It’s an eye-opening read with lots of medical advice, tips on how to handle the knowledge of having such a disease, and a good dose of humor added in as well.

Book Review: Getting Used to Success by H.J. Shalev

Title: Getting Used to Success: Develop an Invincible Mindset, Bolster Self-Confidence and Build Winning Habits
Author: H.J. Shalev
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Rating: 5 stars
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Are you self-aware, rational, and pragmatic, yet still unable to achieve the results you want in your management, business or career?

Success in business doesn’t solely depend on diligent planning, executing and ‘doing’. The ‘human factor’ plays a vital role in accomplishment and prosperity. As an executive or a business owner, your success depends first and foremost on your mental conduct. It’s not enough to learn tactical methods and techniques, or plan a strategy; in order to succeed in today’s competitive reality, you must first tackle your mental side and reprogram your ‘operating system’. Once you do that, you can eliminate what is blocking your success, excel your execution and break through!

Effective methods and tools to earn more money

The “Getting Used to Success” book reveals a unique methodology developed by H.J. Shalev, which he first implemented on himself in his dramatic career change back in 2005. Ever since, he has used this methodology to help about 1,000 clients in over 10,000 hours of coaching, to reach breakthrough results in their businesses, management and careers.

This methodology is brought to you here, step by step, in an effective, structured, practical and applicable way. This unique book combines the mental and the physical, spiritual and tangible, ‘being’ and ‘doing’ aspects needed to succeed in business today.

Getting Used to Success, as the title suggests, is a self-help book created in order to help people cultivate the necessary mental conduct in order to achieve success. Showing several effective methods to better your career and earn more money, the methodology explained in this book is rather straight-forward and easy to understand, but in a good way, allowing everyone to understand the step-by-step plan to become more successful.

Success is a combination of many factors, and it’s exactly the right combination that allows someone to succeed in every task they perform. Passion, dedication, talent are just some parts of the equation, but there’s much more to it: success is a habit. And a habit, you can develop – meaning that everyone can become successful.

This was an excellent, thought-provoking, detailed book that I would recommend to everyone who wants to be successful in life; and don’t we all want that?

Book Review: The Xanthippe Factor by Sara Breslerman

Title: The Xanthippe Factor
Author: Sara Breslerman
Genre: Nonfiction, Marriage & Family
Rating: 4 stars
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If you are in a relationship, before or during marriage, The Xanthippe Factor is a book you will want to read

The Xanthippe Factor deals with the relationship between men and women in marriage. It examines what happens to love in the various stages of the relationship, why so many men and women are unhappy with their marriages, and what can be done to make long lasting and loving relations that fit the world in which we live.

The Xanthippe Factor argues that marriage has remained largely unchanged since the time of the famous Greek philosopher Socrates and his wife Xanthippe without adapting to the modern complexities of life in general and marriage in particular.

Acquire important insights and tools for improving your relationship!

The book confronts the reader with basic questions about the relationships between men and women in marriage: i.e., role division, parenting, sex, and disagreements – and provides insights, solutions, and tools about how couples can overcome marriage pitfalls and improve their relationships.

The Xanthippe Factor talks about couples, marriage and relationships, and how couples nowadays can overcome the challenges of being in a long-lasting relationship in this modern, ever-changing world. While the world has changed with every era slipping by, marriage has stayed more or less the same (in terms of the institution of marriage) since the time of the Greek philosophers.

Based on the relationship of Greek philosopher Socrates without his wife Xanthippe, the book explains how little marriage has changed over time. It also asks some basic, but confrontational questions about role division, parenting, sex and how couples argue – how are disagreements solved? – to help people gain more insights in this relationship.

Being in a relationship for ten years now (wow! When I was a teenager, I never could’ve imagined being in a relationship with one single person for this long) I could identify with a lot of things described in the book, and the book also gave me some insight into life as a couple nowadays, and how to overcome challenges all couples face.

Book Review: Mastering Organizational Change: Theory and Practice

Title: Mastering Organizational Change: Theory and Practice
Author: Dr. Amir Levy
Genre: Non-Fiction, Leadership
Rating: 4 stars
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Don’t be left behind as the world whizzes past your organization or business!

Today’s world is complex, turbulent, and uncertain. The ability to change, innovate and adapt rapidly, have become crucial factors for an organization’s sustained existence and growth. In this intensely competitive global environment, only those who are able to lead and motivate people to change will succeed.

Arm yourself with successful leadership skills!

This comprehensive handbook is a must for anybody interested in successfully leading change and innovation, be they managers, educators, students, or entrepreneurs. It imparts academic and practical knowledge, including approaches, processes, and modern technologies for guiding employees towards optimal performance and motivating them to contribute to the process of change. The book is the fruit of over 30 years of the author’s experience providing organizational consultation to numerous diverse organizations: private, public, small, large, and those undergoing crisis, growth, or mergers.

In Mastering Organizational Change, the author describes how organizations can implement the ability to change quickly, to innovate when necessary, and to grow and sustain by adapting certain qualities.

It’s an interesting book for managers, entrepreneurs, educators, even students – everyone who wants to know how to lead change and innovation. Combining academic knowledge with practical skills, it describes processes and modern technologies that can be used to motivate this process of change.

The writing is inviting, not overly formal, and makes it easy to read and understand things that otherwise might seem complicated. The author has a lot of relevant experience, and manages to relay it easily to the reader.

Book Review: The Girl From Scorpions Pass

Title: The Girl From Scorpions Pass
Author: Miri Furstenberg
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Autobiography, Historical
Rating: 5 stars
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Five-year-old Miri is left for dead in a brutal terror attack that kills her parents!

On a desert night a little girl lies shivering under a dead body near a bullet riddled bus too frightened to cry. The violated body of her mother is strewn nearby. Her father, the bus driver, sits slumped over the wheel; his blood has mingled with that of twelve dead passengers. She cannot see her older brother.

Rescued by soldiers hours later, the horror of that night remains locked in her heart…

A few hours later an army patrol stumbles onto the scene of what the morning newspapers will call “The Massacre at Scorpions Pass.” Miri Furstenberg was five-years-old, and sixty years would pass before she finds the courage to write about that horrible night.

Until its secrets and her amazing life story are finally revealed in these pages

Miri and the State of Israel were both born in 1948, and her story is bound together with evocative scenes from the country’s own. From Tel Aviv in the austere 1950’s, to the relative comfort of kibbutz life, helping unearth Masada, and serving in uniform during the Six Day War, the author’s vivid memories and stark self-reflection make riveting reading.

The Girl From Scorpions Pass begins with a tragic, dark story. Five-year-old Miri lay shivering under a dead body never a bullet-riddled bus. She was too scared to cry. Her father, the bus driver, was dead. Her mother wasalso murdered during the massacre. All passengers were dead. Her brother ended up in a coma during this terrible event. , which would later be deemed “The Scorpions Pass Massacre”.

Five years old, and already scarred like that, it took Miri sixty years to pen down her experiences of that dreadful night. Of course there’s a lot more the author describes in this book about her life, from describing life in Tel Aviv in the 1950s to her service during the Six Day War, and much more – but it all begins on that fateful, life-altering day.

It’s horrible to think about massacres such as this one, about terrible tragedies befalling people all over the world, and it’s even more terrible when it happens to people this young. I can’t even imagine. Reading this book will no doubt bring tears in your eyes; it even made me cry. The author has a lot of vevacity and courage, and her strength shows through every page of this book.

Book Review: Heaven and Hell by Yair Dori

Title: Heaven and Hell: An Inspirational Biography of a Man’s Victory Against All Odds
Author: Yair Dori
Genre: Non-Fiction, Historical, Autobiography, Memoir
Rating: 5 stars
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Yair’s heroic life story will inspire and transform you!

Yair’s generation suffered the Holocaust, and his story merges with that of the State of Israel. This autobiography is the living record of a generation, crisscrossed by the personal history of a family and the most intimate fibers of Yair’s being. It is an exemplary human response to dire straits. The recurrent theme “Run, Yair, run!” is repeated throughout the book.

Run with Yair as he confronts the unspeakable and emerges triumphant

And yes, Yair Dori ran! He kept on running with indefatigable spirit for the innocent victims of the Holocaust, the dreams of his suffering people, to maintain dignity in the worst conditions, and to overcome his near-fatal physical and emotional injuries. As Yair confronted his own mortality in an Egyptian prison, garnering the strength to grapple with the most atrocious circumstances, he remembered his father’s words: “Be worthy of your life and your death.” Yair’s response: “Heaven and Hell – I regret nothing!”.

In this autobiography, Heaven and Hell, Yair Dori describes his life as he was born in Argentina and then immigrated to Israel, believing that to be the only nation where his people, the Jewish people, could truly live freely and securely. He was then drafted into the Israeli army and served in an elite infantry brigade.

In 1970, in a bloody battle with Egyptian forces, Yair was injured severely and captured by the enemy. Spending 10 months in captivity in Egypt, he went through a harrowing ordeal. His right hand was amputated, he was left blinded in his left eye. Eventually, he managed to return to Israel as part of a prisoner exchange agreement. Yet, Yair did not lose spirit. Despite the hardships, he stayd strong – he studied philosophy, got married, had children.

This is an inspiring memoir about never giving up, about looking fear in the eye and overcoming it. Yair is a strong person, and it shows through every page of this book. The writing is sublime, pulling the reader in from the first page. The story is at time harrowing, at times heart-warming, but always inspiring.

Book Review: DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing

Title: DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing
Author: Michal Bogin Feinberg, Rony Bogin
Genre: Non-Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
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The book “DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing” deals with the process and the meaning of the development of drawing in children aged one-and-a-half to six. This new way of observing the drawings – with curiosity, enthusiasm, and excitement from experiencing the moment and acceptance – grants the child the validation of being loved and understood, and increases his desire for creation, self-expression and communication.

In language suitable for everyone, the book exposes the reader to the secret of the fixed order of the development of children’s drawings, of all its stages and meanings. Understanding the stages of the motor and emotional development of children’s drawings, and unraveling the encounter, as well as the connection between them, will generate a new interest in observing your child’s drawings, and also provide you with the tools to understand his emotional world.

It is an important tool for every parent who wants to raise a child who can communicate with the world openly, and with confidence. Even though this is considered a “childlike” process, this unique observation also contributes to understanding the emotional world of the adult, as it is reflected in mature drawings, and even, occasionally, opens a window to the experience of observing the art of drawing in general.

All – or at least, most – kids love to draw, even when they’re at a young age and the drawings don’t actually look like any figures yet. In DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing, the author investigates the development of drawing in children aged from 1,5 years to 6 years.

The author also tries to inspire people to look at the drawings in a different way, and not just judging if they’re good or bad, but seeing them as a way for the child to show his/her desire for creation, self-expression and even communication. By describing different stages in the process of drawing, as a child matures, the author describes every step along the way, making this an important book for parents of young children.

The most important parts about the book, for me, was how they thought: do not judge. Let your children draw, look at the drawings, appreciate them for what they are. Don’t judge about their quality or contents.

Parents, child carers, teaches, should all read this book and learn more about the drawing process of young children.

Book Review: Why is it Always My Fault? by Dr. David Yagil

Title: Why is it Always My Fault?
Author: Dr. David Yagil
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Parenting
Rating: 4,5 stars
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Finally, a book about ADHD and Learning Disabilities that helps parents and children together!

This book, for children age 6-18 years and their parents, illustrates the personal experience of a child who has attention deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity) and/or learning disabilities to provide better understanding of these phenomena and greater awareness of the child’s internal world. It teaches how to communicate with ones child without accusations, mutual anger, or frustration. It describes the child’s characteristic problems, how he feels and thinks about himself, implications for his academic, emotional, and social functioning and offers practical instructions for parents, teachers, and children.

Share feelings about personal stories with which your child can identify

A unique section features children speaking their own mind, intended for young readers and parents together. It presents children’s stories of their experiences, sense of inability to meet expectations, and personal feelings of pain. As the child reads the story and identifies with the feelings and thoughts expressed, parents can discuss with their child, in a supportive and empathic atmosphere, his academic and social problems and possible better ways of coping.

“Why is it Always My Fault?” focuses on children who have attention deficit disorders (such as ADHD) and/or learning disabilities. On the one hand, the book helps authors to better understand their children who are suffering from this, and on the other hand, it also helps the children themselves, and illustrates their own, internal world.

It teaches parents how to communicate with their children under these circumstances, and helps put things into perspective. Authors who have children with ADHD or learning disabilities, or teachers teaching these children, should definitely read this book.

Book Review: Creative Marketing by Dr. Yaniv Zaid

Title: Creative Marketing: How to Sell more, Get High Prices and Develop Your Business to Success
Author: Dr. Yaniv Zaid
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Guide
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
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Do you want to jump start your business to reach amazing levels?

This book reveals the most innovative and successful tools for increasing your income, building your professional authority, creating and maintaining a community of customers, engaging in creative marketing, and maximizing your sales. Apply the skills and strategies you will gain here, and your business will soar!

Acquire all the skills you need for unprecedented business success!

Learn all about:

  • asking and getting high prices for your products and services, even in a “saturated” market
  • thinking creatively at all times, even in a competitive market
  • turning compliments into income and motivating people to act, even if they had not been planning to buy from you
  • creating a growing community around you and “educating” it to patronize you and not your competitors
  • marketing and selling differently and more effectively than do your competitors
  • making as many people as possible talk about you as much as possible, saying only good things
  • and more…

In “Creative Marketing”, the author showcases some creative, innovative ways oto market objects, and to create and maintain a community of customers, engage and maximize your sales. Using psychological techniques to influence other people’s opinion, this book is informative, scientific and to-the-point.

The book is entertaining and well-written, and the message is interesting and something I will definitely utilize soon. The author apparently also gives seminars, which I think can be helpful too, in addition to the book, to give more real-life examples.