Wake Up to the Joy of You

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Stassinopoulos, Agapi. Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life. USA: Harmony Books. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Filled with 52 meditations for a calmer, happier life, Wake Up to the Joy of You is filled with practices, thoughts, ideas, intentions, compassion, and encouragement to love yourself while being yourself. Each chapter begins with a corresponding quote, a personal story, guided meditation and/ or suggestions for the week. Filled with positive thoughts, gentle methods, helpful lessons, and self-compassion, author Agapi Stassinopoulos makes the journey easy to self-discovery and a life filled with joy.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With life so full of negativity, busyness, guilt and self-doubt, this book is a wonderful reminder that grace, joy, peace and spirit live within each of us…they may just need to be discovered and brought to the forefront. A beautiful hard-cover book which is broken into sections on self-care, roadblocks, and conflict, Wake Up to the Joy of You celebrates the real you that you were meant to be. I plan on using this book throughout the year to rediscover my true self underneath all the busyness, hurriedness, and craziness that is part of life. As my word for the year (as well as my middle name-Joy), this book will couple perfectly with my devotional book.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Wake Up to the Joy of You from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Radical Beauty

Chopra, M.D., Deepak. Snyder, C.N., Kimberly. Radical Beauty: How to Transform Yourself From the Inside Out. USA: Harmony Books. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Defining Radical Beauty as a birthright for everyone, it is achieved when you reach the highest and most authentic potential of your natural true beauty, both inside and outside. Universal yet unique to each, Radical Beauty encompasses internal and external nourishment, sleep, nature, movement and spiritual beauty. Through explanations, recipes, encouragement, and ideas, Radical Beauty begins the transformation journey. With authors Deepak Chopra, M.D. and Kimberly Snyder, C.N. combining their knowledge and expertise, Radical Beauty is achievable.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Redefining beauty to include more than the just the perceived outer beauty, I found Radical Beauty to be encouraging and positive in a very uplifting and beautiful way. Celebrating unique and potential beauty, the included information was current, relevant, well-written and necessary. Perfect as a reminder that beauty is not linked to media standards, this book would be wonderful at any age for that personal transformation. Health tips, nourishment ideas, and natural remedies and tools, all complement the basis of finding Radical Beauty. Well done!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Radical Beauty from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

Love & Care For The One And Only You

Adams, Michelle Medlock. Love & Care For The One And Only You: 52 Inspirations. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2015.

SUMMARY:
loveandcarefortheoneandonlyyouMaking the choice to be healthy and strong isn’t always easy even though it may be the correct decision. As a certified fitness instructor, author Michelle Medlock Adams provides encouragement, coaching, compassion and empathy through the included 52 inspirations. Personal stories, scripture verses, power prayers, positive reminders, healthy hints and delicious recipes all provide the necessary motivation to meet those goals, rather running a 5K, losing weight, eating healthier, or an ultimately larger goal, all linked to spiritual guidance. Taking care of the one and only you has never been better…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having increased my own fitness goals for the New Year, I found Love & Care For The One And Only You to be perfectly timed. Like a conversation with a good friend, reading the inspirations, pondering over them, thinking about them while working out, and then rewarding myself with one of the healthy treats, this book made looking after me (for that little bit of time) enjoyable and productive. I especially liked the scripture verses which complemented each three or four page devotion along with the “work your words” and “healthy hints” sections. Easy to read yet full of meaning, this is definitely a book I would recommend to those needing that extra support to meet their goals (which is just about everyone)!

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Love & Care For The One And Only You from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Let Food Be Your Medicine

Colbert M.D., Don. Let Food Be Your Medicine: Dietary Changes Proven To Prevent Or Reverse Disease. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2016.

SUMMARY:
letfoodbeyourmedicineBattling his own chronic disease, Dr. Don Colbert persevered until he found a natural way to curb the disease. Sharing his thoughts, discoveries, ideas and faith, in his new book, Let Food Be Your Medicine, the author tackles diets, diseases (cardiovascular, arthritis, cancer, inflammation, Dementia, Autism and mental illness), menus, supplements and gluten, all with solid evidence. Closely relating diet to health, obesity, physical activity, pain, and stress are also discussed. Recipes, menu plans and lifestyle choices round out this well organized book.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
As not only a healthy lifestyle book but also offering encouraging, faith-based, natural alternatives, I found some very interesting concepts on different ways to deal with specific diseases. Personally preferring to naturally heal and prevent diseases before they attack, I thought the suggested changes and choices made sense. Simple items like adding more lemons and limes to the diet (very good in smoothies by the way), eating more fruits and vegetables, eliminating excessive sugar, and limiting the amount of red meat can all have profound affects on health in a very doable manner. Well organized and well written, this will be a book I will keep on my shelf as well as information I will share with family and friends.

RATING:
4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Let Food Be Your Medicine from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*

Prescription for Life

Furman (MD, FACS), Richard. Prescription for Life: Three Simple Strategies to Live Younger Longer. Grand Raids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2014.

SUMMARY:
prescriptionWith years of experience as a vascular surgeon, Dr. Richard Furman shares how to live younger, longer and healthier. Citing three strategies to follow which allow you to live life to the fullest, healthiest and longest possible, Prescription for Life lays the foundation.  While changing his own life, he hopes to allow you to change yours too…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With so many diets and exercise books on the market these days, I started to read this book a bit skeptically. Not far into the book though, I realized this was a real approach to healthy living, not just a fad. Through extensive research, personal experience and quite possibly some (not so common) common sense, Dr. Furman shows how choices can affect consequences. Weight, food and exercise are a few of the items which can determine various cancer risks, dementia and dysfunctions. I found this book to be informative, thought and action provoking, a direction towards a healthier lifestyle and definitely meant to be re-read and shared with family and friends. Here’s to a healthier life!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Prescription for Life from Revell Publishing for my honest review*