How Healing Works

healing works

This book was such a breath of fresh air! In How Healing Works Dr. Wayne Jonas proposes a new way to approach healing. He uses his own experiences with those he has treated, along with several years of research, to lay out a revolutionary way to approach the body and how it heals. He talks a lot about how 80% of healing actually doesn’t come directly from the treatment, which is surprising at first but as you read more you start to  peel back layers to the healing process such as perception, environment and so much more. This book addresses the whole person as an individual, which I love. I am a strong believer in the connection between the mind and the body and love his approach and insight on healing. Definitely recommend!

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.




Daring Greatly


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I stopped on this page for a long time. After I turned the page I kept looking back at the picture I took of it (I have developed this new habit while reading of taking pictures of important things I want to remember and reference later). This was the response from someone in author Brene Brown’s research when asked what vulnerability feels like. “Wow, I thought. This person nailed it.” I actually think this one sentence, this one explanation, also captures the spirit of the book quite nicely too.

Daring Greatly, How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, was a wonderful book. I also have to confess, I intentionally read this book in January. I am doing the one word for the year exercise/challenge/goal where you choose a word and let it guide you throughout the year. My word is brave, so this book was a great read for me this month. The book highlights what it means to be vulnerable in our “never enough” culture and how that vulnerability is actually a good measure of courage. It’s about putting ourselves out there in order to live our lives and experience life in the arena, instead of being on the outside looking in. Opening ourselves up to vulnerability is hard, but I go back to the quote in the photo, because not opening ourselves up to vulnerability is just as scary.

I love Brene Brown’s writing style, research and messages throughout the book and could not recommend this read more. Who knows, maybe daring greatly starts with being vulnerable enough to pick up a copy and read this book for yourself.

The Four Tendencies

I took Gretchen Rubin’s quiz on the four tendencies a couple of months back and wanted to delve a little deeper into the tendencies. The Four Tendencies is a great read that provides a lot of insight. Gretchen breaks down personalities into how we react to internal and external expectations. Upholders respond to both, questioners to only internal expectations, obligers to only external expectations, and rebels respond to neither. It was fascinating to read through the different tendencies and learn more about how to respond to each. I liked how she broke the novel down into the four tendencies and included strengths, weaknesses, relationships with those personalities, having a child with that personality and providing health advise to each personality. The section on how the various personalities pair up was also a great addition.

As I read through the characteristics and suggestions I had to keep reminding myself that each of the tendencies only explains a small part of each person’s overall personality. For instance, just because you are a rebel doesn’t mean that you are not extroverted or caring and just because you are an obliger does not mean you love being around people.

I thought this was a good read and would recommend taking the quiz first and then diving into the book if you want to learn more about each tendency!

The Handmaid’s Tale

I started off my journey with this story watching the Hulu series that premiered recently. I was instantly hooked as I am enthralled by dystopian tales. Once I realized the show was based on a novel I knew I had to dive into it. Both the show and the novel lived up to all of the hype surrounding it. Amazing.

Margaret Atwood is a phenomenal writer. She is articulate, creative and has a different writing style that surprises you as a reader in the best way. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a world that is facing a fertility crisis and an American religious extremism group that has taken drastic measures to fix both the fertility issue and “the state of the world.” It centers around one woman, Offred. Well, technically her name is June, but in this new society the handmaid does not get a name of her own. Instead, she is given a name that is derived from her commander, in this case Fred, hence Offred. Handmaids are in high demand because they are the only ones left that are fertile. They are taken, “trained” and sentenced to a life of having babies for religious affluent couples.

This novel is full of warning signs of a fallen society, struggle, and June’s battle to survive. It is both thrilling and heartbreaking to read. You will not be disappointed.

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

Anne Lamott has a very down-to-earth writing style that I definitely appreciated throughout her book, Hallelujah Anyway. This title really drew me in because it was so real. There are so many times I can recall that I did not want to be grateful or faithful. Life did not give me the answers or presented a problem to me that I just wanted to lament over and be angry about. But the best way out of times when it’s hard to pray and hallelujah? Pray, and as Lamott encourages, hallelujah anyway.

Her novel is full of stories that are messy, real and provide such a relatable atmosphere for the reader. The only thing that had me disappointed was that, on a whole, the book seemed really disjointed. The stories were isolated and a bit unfinished to me. By the middle of the book I wasn’t quite sure where she was going with it all. I will give some of her other books a read, as I have heard wonderful things about them. However, I do not think I would read this one again.

The Alchemist

AlchemistWe follow a boy, Santiago, who is searching for his personal legend. His search takes him to Egypt and to many other physical and character destinations along the way. The main idea throughout the novel that really struck a chord with me was that when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Santiago learns this through reading omens, listening to his heart and dreams, and learning from those he encounters.

This book surprised me. More notably, this book really made me think about the universe and my own personal journey and where it has been, is, and is heading. It had me thinking of dreams, God, love, and having the courage to listen to the universe.

The quote in the image above was my favorite from the novel. “The hills of Andalusia were only two hours away, but there was an entire desert between him and the Pyramids. Yet the boy felt that there was another way to regard his situation: he was actually two hours closer to his treasure….the fact that two hours had stretched into an entire year didn’t matter.” “This.” I thought as I read over it for the third or fourth time. “I need to remember this.” I tend to beat myself up over where I am “supposed” to be or what I “should” be doing. I am my worst critic. But this offers grace, it offers peace. I may not be where I want to be yet, but that doesn’t matter because, if nothing else, I am closer.

Pick up The Alchemist, who knows, maybe the universe is conspiring to get you to read it.

What We See in the Stars An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky

What We See in the Stars

What a beautiful and interesting book for people of all ages. When I received this book I was pleasantly surprised at the large amount of research, fun facts and gorgeous art in it. This book has it all, constellations, the moon, the sun, planets, and very easy to understand explanations of each. There is such a plethora of information in this book that it will keep both kids and adults entertained and intrigued for hours.

I have mine sitting out on our coffee table and I don’t intend on moving it because it is such a hit around here. I am learning a lot from this book and will continue to refer back to it and read it again and again!

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