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
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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: Dreamtalking by Noam Traub

Title: Dreamtalking
Author: Noam Traub
Genre: Nonfiction, Humor, Video Reference
Rating: 3,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Discover the mysteries of genius Pedro Almodóvar’s intriguing film, Talk to Her

Talk to Her, perhaps the most acclaimed movie by Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, poses a fascinating riddle to the viewer: in a dreamlike world, men are in love with comatose women. Why? What is the meaning that lies behind this enigmatic film?

Mysterious messages inhabit the details

Almodóvar once said: “All the lights, colors, sets, clothes – they represent elements in the narrative, the story I’m telling. Of course I want my films to look really good, but every single element is chosen for a reason. It is telling something in the story. The symbolism may not always be clear for the average spectator; it is there more for me.”

Explore the hidden meanings in Almodóvar’s work as never shown before!

By examining the many symbols that appear in the film Talk to Her, this book supplies an astonishing interpretation for a breathtaking masterpiece and opens the way to a whole new understanding of Almodóvar’s genius.

So, let me start by saying that I don’t usually read books about movies, especially movies I hadn’t heard of before. The movie “Talk To Her” was new to me, but prior to reading Dreamtalking, I had to watch the movie, and I found it oddly intriguing. After watching, I was excited to start reading this book, and to discover the mysteries behind the movie.

Talk To Her is a movie filled with mysterious messages. From the lights used to the clothes the characters wear, all of it is chosen for a reason – kind of like a writer does while storytelling. The parallels between writing a book and directing a movie are plentiful and for writers in particular, this is an interesting book to read.

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, I strongly suggest you watch it before reading the book. If you enjoy movies and have always wondered why directors make certain choices while producing their movies, this book will provide some insightful answers and is definitely worth reading.

 

Book Review: $950 Million in 40 Minutes

Title: $950 Million in 40 Minutes
Author: Meshulam Riklis
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoirs
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What makes a world-class financial genius tick?

Enter the mind of a financial mastermind who started from scratch to build a world-wide business empire. Meshulam Riklis invites you on his amazing roller coaster ride to meteoric heights, providing valuable tips for life, for success, and for survival.

A billionaire shares his secrets

In his story, Riklis shares with you the business techniques that he perfected; “how a small fish eats a big fish,” his magic formula for mergers and acquisitions based on his thesis; “the effective use, or rather non-use, of cash in financial transactions,” and the unshakable beliefs that allowed him to found and run some of the most desired brand names in the world such as Elizabeth Arden, Faberge, Cartier, Carnival Cruise Lines, Playtex and the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

But it’s not all roses, right?

Riklis also reveals the personal price he had to pay: three marriages, endless girlfriends, and the relentless loneliness that shadowed him daily. Join Riklis as he rises to the top of the business world and sinks to the oblivion of despair as you draw on his inspiring ability to overcome crises.

In $950 Million in 40 Minutes, Meshulam Riklis tells the rreader his life story, of how he became one of the richest people in the world and built his own business empire from scratch. It’s an inspiring read about never giving up, about always fighting on, no matter what the odds are.

The book also explains several of Riklis’ business techniques, which offer some interesting insights into the mind of an entrepeneur extraordinaire, but it also details the high price of this financial success: three marriages, an endless line of girlfriends, and despite all that, a sinking loneliness that can’t be overcome.

This is an inspiring memoir but also an honest, heartfelt one, and it showcases success as well as failure. Yet, it also shows that no matter how many obstacles you have to overcome, there’s always hope.

Book Review From Compton to Congress by Walter Tucker III

Title: From Compton to Congress: His Grace for my Race
Author: Walter Tucker III
Genre: Nonfiction Memoir
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

From Compton to Congress reveals shocking criminal charges, based on an FBI Sting, that send Congressman Walter R. Tucker III reeling, and changes his life forever. Against the great odds of overcoming the tough streets of Compton, young Tucker fulfills his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduate of USC with honors, graduate of Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and filling his father’s vacant seat as Mayor of Compton—all by age 33. During his meteoric rise in the political arena, at age 35 he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, the U.S. Attorney’s federal indictment against him shocks the nation. Tucker’s choice to fight the charges against him thrusts him into a criminal trial that tests the condition of his human spirit and provokes us to reflect on every man’s plight versus every man’s fight.

Let me start by saying that I was deeply moved by Walter R. Tucker III’s story, in From Compton to Congress. The odds are against him as he pursues his dreams: first of becoming valedictorian in his high school, then graduating USC, then Law School, passing the bar, and eventually becoming mayor of Compton, the town he grew up. As he rises lightning-bolt fast in the political arena, he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to an US congressional seat by the age of 35.

However, his dreams are shattered when a federal indictment is launched against him. Tucker decides to fight back, and the charges are brought to trial…which might be Walter R. Tucker’s most difficult battle yet.

It was inspiring to read how, even early on in his life, Tucker always fought on, no matter how tough the struggles, no matter how immense the challenges, and how he held on to that fighting spirit despite everything. The book brings to light some of the darker sides of politics, and of the criminal justice system.

This book was a thrilling, inspiring rollercoaster ride that made me feel very sympathetic toward Walter R. Tucker III and his family. An outstanding, intriguing read.

Book Tours: Starter Day Party From Compton to Congress

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for nonfiction memoir “From Compton to Congress”. The tour runs from January 8 to January 22.

Tour Schedule

January 8th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

January 8th: Promo Post @ Nesie’s Place

January 11th: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

January 12th: Promo Post @ Author C.A. Milson’s Blog

January 13th: Promo Post @ T’s Stuff

January 15th: Author Interview @ The Single Librarian

January 17th: Book Review @ I Heart Reading

January 19th: Book Excerpt @ Bookish Madness

January 20th: Promo Post @ Editor Charlene’s Blog

January 22nd: Book Excerpt @ Nesie’s Place

About the Book

Title: From Compton to Congress: His Grace for my Race

Author: Walter Tucker III

Genre: Nonfiction Memoir

From Compton to Congress reveals shocking criminal charges, based on an FBI Sting, that send Congressman Walter R. Tucker III reeling, and changes his life forever. Against the great odds of overcoming the tough streets of Compton, young Tucker fulfills his goals of becoming valedictorian of Compton High School, graduate of USC with honors, graduate of Georgetown Law School, passing the California State Bar, and filling his father’s vacant seat as Mayor of Compton—all by age 33. During his meteoric rise in the political arena, at age 35 he becomes the youngest African-American from California to be elected to a U.S. congressional seat. However, the U.S. Attorney’s federal indictment against him shocks the nation. Tucker’s choice to fight the charges against him thrusts him into a criminal trial that tests the condition of his human spirit and provokes us to reflect on every man’s plight versus every man’s fight.

Author Bio

Walter R. Tucker, III is a native of Compton, California. He graduated Valedictorian of Compton High School in 1974. After graduating from high school, Walter studied Politics at Princeton University for two years. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from U.S.C. in 1978, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School in 1981, Walter worked as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, established his own law firm, served as Mayor of Compton, and was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1993 – all by age 35. Walter R. Tucker, III is still the youngest African American to ever to be elected to the U.S. Congress from the State of California. In 2003, Walter became a pastor of a church in Chicago. In 2012, Walter and his wife, Robin Tucker, returned to Los Angeles and founded Truth and Love Christian Church, located in Carson, California. The church currently has over 300 members and 40 ministries in operation. Walter and Robin have been happily married for 30 years. They are the proud parents of Walter, IV, and Autumn and have one son-in-law, Spencer Rodney Sr., and one wonderful grandchild, Spencer Rodney, Jr. Walter enjoys morning walks on the beach and candlelight dinners with Robin.

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Book Review: In First Person by Lucy Paz

Title: In First Person
Author: Lucy Paz
Genre: Historical, Autobiography
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Alice is thrilled with her new baby, but then war looms on the horizon

Since her baby was born Alice was in a permanent state of euphoria.She could spend hours cuddling her, feeding, doing everything possible just to touch her. But then black clouds gathered on the horizonas war loomed ahead.People began to hoard food, military-aged men disappeared from the streets, and long linesformed at stores. It was Alice’s first war in Israel, and the situation was grave.

The personal horror story of Alice’s first war comes back to haunt her

Alice was beside herself; the ground felt unsteady under her feet. Was it possible that what had happened then is going to happen again? Alice was born when World War II was raging. Her father joined the army and never returned. When the Nazis started transporting Jews to ghettos and death camps, her mother wanted to save her. So she gave her away.

Will Alice be mercilessly thrown back into the appalling experiences of her past?

Alice never knew her parents. They are faceless to her; she can’t see or imagine them. Was this war now happening so that Alice would finally be able to feel like her mother when she gave her child away?

During World War II, Alice’s father joined the army and never returned. Her mother gave Alice away in an effort to save her. Never having known their parents except from very vague memories, now Alice has a child of her, that child means the world to her.

When hr husband is called away for the war in Israel, Alice is left alone to take care of her child, and the memories of her childhood come back to haunt her.

In First Person is a book in two parts: one part focuses on the young Alice in her childhood and the struggles during World War II, and the other part focuses on older Alice struggling to take care of her own child during yet another war. This is a powerful story about the scars of the past and how they can haunt a person even years later.

Book Review: The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Minc Control in America by A.L. Bryant

Title: The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Mind Control in America
Author: A.L. Bryant
Genre: Religion, Spirituality & New Age
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Take a journey through America to unearth the truths behind white supremacy and sexism in society. Delve into the deepest and most fascinating secrets behind racism and sexism—the secrets they do not want you to know and may not realize.

Examine the origins and progression of racism, sexism, relationships in America, and the science and psychology behind what is real and what is an illusion. Discover how mind control is the weapon of choice to keep certain groups in power and others in the dark and oppressed. This book gives different perspectives from the physical to the metaphysical.

Finally, we explore astonishing revelations about why we are here, who we are, and how to heal and evolve to a higher spiritual level. Explore the mind-blowing revelations and proven facts that will challenge the way you think about people, life, and the universe.

Though this book focuses on America, its breathtaking discoveries can be applied everywhere, and with anyone around the world.

The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Mind Control in America is an interesting, well-researched read that really opens your eyes to things you might otherwise miss, or take for granted. Societies all suffer from elitism, from supremacy, and at least from some forms of sexism. Same goes for America, and it’s an interesting journey into America’s history to find out the origins and progression of these forces.

Why are certain groups of people in positions of power – always? Why are other groups of people oppressed? How can we acknowledge this oppression, become aware of it, and ultimately, stop it?

I didn’t agree with everything the book said, and felt some criticism toward some points made, but overall, I quite enjoyed the book and I felt like I learned a lot reading it.

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