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12 04, 2017

Blog Tour: Extreme You by Sarah Robb O’Hagan

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Business & Investing, Health, Mind, & Body, Management & Leadership, Motivation & Self-Improvement, Motivational, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , , , |4 Comments

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extreme you book coverPlease join Sarah Robb O’Hagan, author of Extreme You, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Richard Wisniewski

When I saw the title of this book, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to read it. There is something empowering about reading an empowering book from such an empowering female. Before jumping into this review, I have to say that simply reading the first 30 pages of Sarah Robb O’Hagan’s book motivated me more than ever.

Extreme You is a very simple concept that is often overlooked by millions of people around the world. We live in a culture where many people tend to conform to the societal standards of what is acceptable.

22 08, 2016

Blog Tour: The Big Thing by Phyllis Korkki

By | August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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the big thing book coverPlease join Phyllis Korkki, author of The Big Thing, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Have you ever said – or thought – to yourself, ‘someday I’m going to . . .’  what?  Write a book, a song, paint a picture, learn how to play a musical instrument? And did you ever do just that? If you did – Congratulations!  You’ve elevated yourself above most of the population, in that case. Even if it sits in the bottom drawer of your desk, never to venture forth and be acknowledged by another soul. You did it! That’s what counts. There’s a famous saying: The longest journey begins with a single step. Oh, how right that is.

9 02, 2016

Review: Letters for Lucia by David Brown Jr.

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: Happiness, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Motivational, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Spiritual|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

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letters for lucia book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

It is often said that the true test of strength is how we react in situations of strife and even tragedy. Letters for Lucia is the work of one such critical and heartbreaking test for David Brown Jr. Placed in a terrible situation that would have caused so many to head in the opposite direction, in a way almost rightfully so, David instead shifts his focus to opening his heart, mind and life to love and light. The book is a story of forgiveness, of lessons and growth and offers proof that even in times of terrible hardship, it is possible to not only go on, but also to thrive.

David Brown Jr. was young, successful, ready to have fun and looking for love. Coming from a close, warm family, David wanted to

13 12, 2015

Review: How to Break Up With Anyone by Jamye Waxman

By | December 13th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Relationships, Self-Help|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

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how to break up with anyone book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

How to Break Up With Anyone: Letting Go of Friends, Family, and Everyone In-Between by Jamye Waxman is a book for anyone in the predicament of needing to end a relationship, and right now. In the age of social media options for befriending others anywhere and anytime, few people today are versed or skilled at even knowing how to break off a relationship. Let’s face it, some people in our circle of relatives, acquaintances and friends have extended their expiration dates in our lives but how to get away from these people has been left up for grabs.

Waxman does make it clear that the person who wants to break away from a relationship should not feel like a “bad” person when the time is right for a legitimate break

1 03, 2015

Review: Keep Calm and Ask On by Michael Samuels

By | March 1st, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |3 Comments

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keep calm and ask on book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

As each of us go through our day to day lives, we look around us and notice. Some people are the “haves” and some are the “have-nots.” Some people live the American dream and some people just sit around and daydream. What makes one successful and the other not? How can someone turn those dreams into reality? In his book, Keep Calm and Ask On: A No-Nonsense Guide to Fulfilling Your Dreams, Michael Samuels addresses our wishes and wants and how to make them come true.

Samuels encourages each one of us to think about what we want…and then write it down. He suggests that we analyze why we want it, as dreams of a selfish nature won’t really make us happy and that is what this is all about. In

7 02, 2015

Review: Integral Healing by Lynne Feldman

By | February 7th, 2015|Categories: Alternative Medicine, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Women's Health|Tags: , , , , , |3 Comments

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integral healing book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Some people seem to have lives full of tragedy. One thing after another occurs leaving them on edge waiting for the next shoe to drop. All the while, other people may go about their lives relatively unscathed. In Integral Healing, Lynne Feldman shares her health crisis as one of many trials she has faced in life. When she was diagnosed with breast and lung cancers in 2010, the baggage of her past returned to the forefront.

Prior to her cancer diagnosis, Lynne had already studied a form of treatment called Integral Healing. In essence, its general goal is to combine various theories of healing (physical, spiritual, emotional, mental) in a way that uniquely suits each person. As Lynne struggled to come to terms with her diagnosis and her own mortality, she began to rely more heavily on

24 01, 2015

Review: The 52 List by Lizzie Jones

By | January 24th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |2 Comments

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the 52 list book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Most busy, organized people use lists–usually lots of lists. There is a weekend “to do” list, a work “to do” list and any number of other ones involving children, holidays, projects and more. The whirlwind of activity most of us live in feels more like a tornado than a satisfying productive life. There is the sense of urgency to do the necessary things that keep life moving…work, chores, kids, shopping and more. What if we lived differently? What if it didn’t have to feel that way?

In her book, The 52 List, author Lizzie Jones shares her own realization about the nature of busyness and what she chose to do about it. Her thoughts are simple but have the potential to completely transform your busy life into something that feels much more complete. She suggests

12 01, 2015

Review: How to Lift Cars Off Your Face by Tom Cladis

By | January 12th, 2015|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |0 Comments

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how to lift cars book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

Tom Cladis discusses the power of the mind, the human spirit and how simply changing your mindset can completely reshape the way you live your life. The book is uplifting, but not in a preachy, self-help fashion and Cladis fills the text with inspirational quotes, historical facts and personal anecdotes that make the book both educational and fun. How to Lift Cars Off Your Face will teach not only how to reshape your way of thinking in order to benefit yourself, but will also make you look at how you currently think and act. The book is interesting because it may point out habits, thought processes or attitudes that the reader may possess without even realizing. Cladis forces the need for a step back and encourages a reorganization of thoughts, behaviors and even goals. The

23 03, 2010

Blog Tour: What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? by Bruce Frankel

By | March 23rd, 2010|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help, Success|Tags: , , |1 Comment

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the rest of my life book coverPlease join Bruce Frankel, author of What Should I Do With the Rest of My Life?, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life? chronicles the lives of people who are well past retirement age, and who are ready to begin what would be the “end” of their lives. The concept that these people are actually at the end of anything is a difficult one to consider. However, many find new ways to redefine themselves and who they are, and pick up where they left off looking for the answer to their lives’ dreams.

We all know that it is possible to pick ourselves up again after a personal loss, a bankruptcy or a tragedy. In What Should I Do with the Rest of My Life?, the stories are of

16 03, 2010

Review: Hope, Lessons from a Hummingbird by William M. Cuccia

By | March 16th, 2010|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Motivational, Self-Help|Tags: , |1 Comment

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lessons from a hummingbird book coverReviewed by Denise G.

In Hope, Lessons from a Hummingbird, William Cuccia sets the scene by telling us about his life with his wife, Nan, in coastal California, and the struggles they’ve gone through in their marriage because of his bouts with depression and rage. The couple was previewing a house that they were interested in buying and came across an injured hummingbird. Nan, being the kind-hearted soul that she is, took the little bird home to nurture back to health. The book draws a number of parallels between the hummingbird’s rehabilitation and William’s journey back to health.

William is a pastor and educator, and throughout the book, he brings faith and the idea of allowing nature to