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Book Reviews

Books I recommend, or not!

The Poet of Tolstoy Park

The Poet of Tolstay Park Sonny Brewer By Sonny Brewer
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Paperback: 272 Pages

Henry Stuart is 67 and suffering from a life-threatening illness. Being a retired professor, a widower, and father of two grown sons, most people in the same circumstances would have hunkered down in the “familiar” to wait for the end. Not Henry Stuart however. He didn’t want his sons to go through the heart wrenching experience of seeing their father go from a strong, curious, stubbornly independent person to wasting away. He didn’t want them to do the caretaking inherent in what was expected to be a difficult dying. Neither did he want his good friend a minister who continuously nagged Henry to worship God his way to witness his ending.

The Law of Attraction - Losiers

The Law of Attraction - Michael J. Losiers The Law of Attraction
By: Michael J. Losiers
Publisher: Wellness Central
Pages: 142

I like that the author made reference to the fact that the Law of Attraction is not a new concept. It always has been operating in our lives and always will be. He gave reference and respect to earlier documentation and authors.

He like others introduces us to the three Universal Laws. What is different and more helpful here is the way he chooses to encourage, elucidate and carry the reader along. Even if the reader is skeptical Michael Losiers teaching style is engaging, provokes curiosity in that he is practical, encourages repetition until one gets it. His material is easily grasped, simply presented as well as quite powerful.


The Law of Attraction - Hicks

The Law of Attraction - Ester and Jerry Hicks

The Law of Attraction
By Ester and Jerry Hicks
Publisher: Hay House 2006
Pages: 194

 I recommend the Law of Attraction. At first glance it may seem like there is nothing new here, that its all been said many times, many ways. The teachings are presented in an interesting, clear format and in a step by step application if one chooses to apply. The more one studies what is given, the deeper and more substantive it becomes. As a result of reading and studying this book I became more aware of thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviors that no longer serve me. As I read it helped to pull out of the vapors and put in concrete form in writing, ideas, feelings and thoughts that needed further elucidation, especially those that engendered resistance. I was able to see more clearly where I allow the Law of Attraction to work and where happenings occur by default.


The Diana Chronicles

The Diana Chronicles - Tina Brown The Diana Chronicles
by Tina Brown
Publisher: Doubleday 2007
Hardcover: 542 Pages

As a mental health professional I’ve been naturally curious about Diana’s riveting appeal for so many, many different kinds of people; their devotion to her in life and death. Prior to this I’ve read excerpts of various books about her and Charles that seemed to be one dimensional and did not wet my interest enough to buy. This book coming out ten years after her death allows the author to have enough distance to see the full tapestry of Diana’s life. Tine Brown accomplishes this and presents the multidimensional person that was Diana, making it an interesting read/study.

Rise And Shine

Rise and Shine Anna Quindlen

Rise and Shine
by Anna Quindlen

Publisher: Random House 2006
Hardcover 269 Pages
1SBN-13: 978-0-375-50224-8

I loved this book and didn’t want it to end. It drew me in on many levels. Yes it was poignant, funny and entertaining with a tapestry of interesting supporting characters. However it was the relationship of the two sisters and the roles they played, that presented such an riveting study.

As a Marriage and Family therapist I’m always curious as to what makes relationships what they are and to what extent they are easy, hard or dysfunctional. When people accept roles they often do so at the expense of becoming a more whole person. One often hears about “the quiet one”, “the pleasers”, “the angry one”, “the go getter”, “the problem child” etc. As lives progress the labels attached in childhood continue to influence how the labeled one goes through life.

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