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Meditation: How To Meditate To Get Rid Of Stress, Anxiety, Depression And Feel Happy – Review

Book Review Meditation How to Meditate to Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Feel Happy by Will Huynh

About this book: 

According to Zen Buddhism, life is full of suffering, which is brought about by our attachment to things and people. We all have those moments when we feel we are just about to give up in life (we are depressed), feel stressed by our past, and are anxious about our future. This is just normal to everyone around the world. But while some of us can handle the stress, anxiety and depression that comes with the challenges that life throws at us, there are those instances when we feel we cannot just handle it. During such times, we become angry with ourselves, situations and the people around us. We lose hope in our future and no matter how much we try to fake a smile, it just doesn’t work. 

Well, do you know that you could end up committing suicide if you continue harboring stress, anxiety, and depression? And even if you don’t commit suicide, the simple fact that you are constantly depressed, anxious and stressed puts your body on overdrive, which means that you are likely to end up suffering from various health complications including but not limited to hypertension, heart disease, obesity, digestion problems and a lot more. Well, if you’ve already started experiencing those and want to change your live for the better, you probably need to start thinking of how to introduce meditation into your life. If you are new to meditation, you are likely to think it isn’t something you should even try because it is for the monks. Well, this isn’t true. In this book, I will show you how to meditate to fight stress, depression, anxiety and restore your happy self. Here is what this book will teach you:

Here Is A Preview Of What You Can Expect To Learn:

  • A Basic Introduction To Meditation And How It Is Helpful
  • How To Prepare For Meditation
  • How To Meditate For Stress, Anxiety And Depression Relief
  • How To Develop An Easy To Follow Meditation Habit That Can Transform Your Life
  • The Different Benefits That You Can Get If You Implement Meditation In Your Life
  • How To Exit Your Meditation Sessions Without Watering Down The Benefits You Would Otherwise Derive From Your Meditation Sessions
  • Important Tips You Need To Incorporate To Guarantee Maximum Meditation Experience
  • And much, much more!

Jenn’s Review:

Every so often, I go on book buying binges (read – I love finding free Kindle books on Amazon!), and I bought this particular little book several months ago, and sat down with it recently.

The author sets out valid arguments about meditation and its benefits in concise language that is easy to understand. He lays out a solid case in favor of why meditation is so good for you, and briefly talks about different ways to meditate.

However, where I got a little hung up (I’ve been meditation for years, but I don’t profess to know it all, by any means), is his suggested procedure for meditation. If I were a newbie to the idea of meditating, knowing myself, I would never end up on a cushion, getting down to the business of meditation, because… It would take me 3 hours to get through all the set up steps, I’d never find a place totally free of distraction to pull this off, and between starting the process and getting to the actual meditation, I’d have to tend to something else for my family.

In a nutshell, that part of the book, is a little overblown and over-complicated in my opinion (I’ve read and am reading, much better books on meditation and mindfulness where this area is concerned – reviews to come if they aren’t already done).

On the other hand, if you’re debating whether to begin a meditation practice, or whether meditation is right for you, this isn’t a bad book to start with, and the price makes it accessible to everyone (as of this writing, it is still free for both Kindle and audio versions).

Thrice Read Books' Review of Will Huynh's Meditation: How to Meditate to Get Rid of Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Feel Happy - Self help, Personal Development, Nonfiction

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This book is available in Kindle and Audiobook formats from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Biohacking: A Beginners’ Guide to Successfully Employing Biohacks to Improve Your Health, Life & Wellbeing – Review

Book Review for BioHacking: A Beginner's Guide by Seth Laron - Personal Development/Nonfiction/Self Improvement

About the book:

Are you looking for a common sense approach to feeling healthier or reducing stress in your life? Then biohacking is for you.

Too many of us in North America today are battling some form of ill-health. Whether you are struggling with anxiety or your weight, you have probably tried it all—the latest fads and self-improvement books. But you probably have not tried “biohacking”.

”Self-trackers are pushing the limits of personal health.” Mark Moschel, Chief Technology Officer at Factor 75

“Biohacking” or the act of tracking your body’s statistics, such as heart rate, blood pressure and so on, is the latest and easiest form of self-improvement available. It has taken off with the advent of the various devices, but at its core it can be used even without such things. It is about common sense and listening to your body. In this book you will learn:

Preview:

  • #1 how to use the principles of biohacking to improve your mood
  • #2 how you can biohack your diet to be healthier and lose weight
  • #3 how meditation is one of the best forms of biohacking you can do for yourself.

Jenn’s Review:

This is another of those little books I picked up on a Kindle spree a few years ago, and dusted it off the other day while cleaning out some of my Kindle clutter. (I go on these huge binges of buying, and then… see my blog at Sage Wolfsong for more info on my battle with clutter of all kinds)

I’d heard of Bio Hacking before buying this book, but hadn’t really done much to understand what it was, or how it might be helpful. I could guess at it based on context (all the other “life hacks” out there), but some things get under my skin and pester me until I do something with them.

So, I sat down with this brief book (it’s less than 100 pages) to learn a bit about biohacking. 

Good stuff, really. The author lays out a clear, concise map of what biohacking is, why it’s useful and how to include it in your life. If you want to understand what changes you need to make and why those changes are significant, this is a great place to start – not terribly detailed or technical, a quick, light read with a powerful punch.

And an awesome value!

Book Review for BioHacking: A Beginner's Guide - Personal Development, Self Improvement, Health

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This book is available in Kindle format on Amazon here. [affiliate link]

When it all Goes Still – Review

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Jenn reviews Allison Mullinax’s When It All Goes Still

About the book:

When it all Goes Still by Allison Mullinax
Adult; Fantasy Romance; 296 Pages

Wild Rose Press (January 22, 2020)

Traveler Smith’s rebellious nature should have cost him his job a long time ago, but he’s also the most skillful Observation Agent within the division. While on assignment, his refusal to follow the agency rules finally catches up to him and a girl in modern day Alabama witnesses him time travel. Johanna Martin is a witty, adventurous runner still recovering from the tragic loss of her parents when she discovers a dark-faced stranger along her favorite running trail. Confused by what she witnessed that night at the local state park, she is unable to ignore the effects it has had on her. Traveler, unable to stay away, faces a choice…Johanna or his life.

About the Author:

Allison Mullinax - Author of When it all Goes Still and Break the Line

North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

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Jenn’s Review:

 Allison Mullinax hits another home run with When it All Goes Still. Both witty and intense, Still is told in an entirely different style than her first release, Break the Line.

Our hero for this story, Traveler, is mysterious and edgy; our heroine, Johanna, is a force to be reckoned with, despite her recent heartaches. Regardless of their instant attraction, their relationship is against all the rules, and they try – oh how they try – to stay away from each other. (How far away? A few hundred years, give or take…)

This book is written in first-person POV, present tense. I know that isn’t often the first choice for readers, but I believe that it was the right choice for this particular novel. The plot is tense and twisty with surprises (something I think we can assume will become a hallmark for Ms. Mullinax), and it pulls readers in to keep turning the pages.

In short, When it all Goes Still, is another winner from Allison Mullinax. Intense, well-rounded characters move quickly through a riveting plot. This is a heart-breaking and sweet story in the time-travel romance department.

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Jenn reviews Allison Mullinax’s When It All Goes Still

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This book is available in Kindle and paperback editions here.

Also by Allison Mullinax

Check out our interview with Allison.

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How to Use Your Creative Imagination – Review

Jenn's Review of How to Use Your Creative Imagination by Roy Eugene Davis on the Thrice Read Books blog

About this book:

An enlivening Power is nurturing the universe and we can learn to be responsive to it.

Because you are a spiritual being, you already have the ability to remove or transcend all limiting conditions that may have, until now, opposed your endeavors to live freely, enjoyably, and effectively. As this is accomplished, the necessary resources and supportive events, circumstances, and relationships for your highest good will be spontaneously provided and your spiritual growth will be rapid and satisfying. Creative imagination and skillful living will enable you to live as you deserve to live.

About the author:

Roy Eugene Davis was born in 1931 in Leavittsburg, Ohio, approximately 40 miles south of Cleveland, and grew up in a farming community. In his early teenage years he frequented the public library, reading books on psychology, philosophy, and yoga. When he was 18 years of age, he read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi and immediately sensed a spiritual connection with Yogananda and the kriya yoga tradition. In December 1949, he traveled to Los Angeles, California, to meet his guru (teacher) and was accepted for monastic discipleship training.

Mr. Davis was ordained by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1951 and was appointed as the minister of the Phoenix, Arizona, Self-Realization Fellowship Center in March 1952. In late 1953, aware of a need to learn to live effectively in the secular world, he withdrew from the organization–but not from his relationship with the kriya yoga tradition or his commitment to serve. After 2 years in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at Fort Riley, Kansas, he began his mission as an independent teacher. Since then, he has taught in more than 100 cities in North America and in Japan, Brazil, Europe, West Africa, and India.

Some of his books are published in 10 languages and in 11 countries. He is also the publisher of Truth Journal magazine and writes monthly lessons for CSA members around the world.

Jenn’s Review:

For those of us that create as part of our chosen vocation, creativity can be a spiritual practice. In his short book, How to Use Your Creative Imagination, Mr. Davis lays out a simple framework for treating your spiritual practice as a creative practice.

Creative Imagination is a clear, concise read that can easily be finished in an afternoon (it’s only 29 pages in Kindle edition), and is worth saving for regular rereading.

Mr. Davis has extensive spiritual training, and this shows in this book. While he makes a number of valid points, I found his writing to be a bit preachy and judgmental at times. Despite those few moments, this is a worthy read for anyone embarking on a creative or spiritual journey (the two are intertwined and inseparable).

Buy this book:

This book is available in Kindle format from Amazon here. [affiliate link]

It Ends With Her – Review

Thrice Read Books review of It Ends With Her by Brianna Labuskes

About this book:

Published by Thomas & Mercer May 1, 2018

An Amazon Charts bestseller.

He started the game. She’ll end it.

FBI special agent Clarke Sinclair doesn’t give up easily. She’s spent years tracking serial killer Simon Cross, forced to follow his twisted clues and photographs across the country. Clarke knows that Cross selects only redheaded women and that he doesn’t target another victim until Clarke discovers the previous one.

He’s never broken pattern…until now.

A girl has already gone missing in upstate New York when a second one is kidnapped—a blonde. The killer’s MO has changed, sending Clarke back to the drawing board. The closer she gets to the truth, the deeper she’s drawn into an inescapable trap made just for Clarke. Whatever Cross’s ultimate game is, it ends with her.

About the author:

Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Brianna Labuskes graduated from Penn State University with a degree in journalism. For the past eight years, she has worked as an editor at both small-town papers and national media organizations such as Politico and Kaiser Health News, covering politics and policy. Her historical romance novel, One Step Behind, was released by Entangled Publishing. She lives in Washington, DC, and enjoys traveling, hiking, kayaking, and exploring the city’s best brunch options. Visit her at www.briannalabuskes.com.

Brian’s Review:

Hello all, it’s another special guest review by Brian.  Today’s book, It Ends With Her was a really good read. Although it was listed as a thriller, I myself didn’t get the whole thriller vibe from it. To me it was more a drama.  Although the story was good, the constant whining from the main character got a bit over the top. Otherwise the story flowed nicely, and you really wanted to know how it ended.  A good crime drama.

Thrice Read Books book review of Brianna Labuskes suspense/thriller novel "It Ends With Her"

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This book is available from Amazon in Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook and MP3 CD here. [affiliate link]

Fury of Fire – Review

Jenn reviews Coreene Callahan's Fury of Fire, shapeshifter romance on Thrice Read Books review blog.

About the book:

Published February 7, 2012 by Montlake Romance

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance

Book one in the Dragonfury series

A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her he is bound by duty.

Myst loves her life in the human world, but Bastian has captured her heart in an instant of electric connection. But Bastian and his warriors are in the middle of a deadly battle with the Razorback dragon shifters, intent on killing every Nightfury clan member—and the humans they protect—the fate of their world and ours hangs in the balance.

An extraordinary blend of action, fantasy, and steamy romance, Fury of Fire brings to life a dangerous new world intertwined with the survival of humanity, all while exploring the meaning of honor and the nature of true love.

About the Author:

As the only girl on all-guys hockey teams from age six through her college years, Coreene Callahan knows a thing or two about tough guys and loves to write about them. Call it kismet. Call it payback after years of locker room talk and ice rink antics. But whatever you call it, the action better be heart stopping, the magic electric, and the story wicked good fun.

After graduating with honors in psychology and working as an interior designer, Callahan finally succumbed to her overactive imagination and returned to her first love: writing. And when she’s not writing, she is dreaming of magical worlds full of dragon-shifters, elite assassins, and romance that’s too hot to handle. Callahan currently lives in Canada with her family and her writing buddy, a fun-loving golden retriever.

Jenn’s Review:

Dragons, damsels and divisive clan wars, oh my! Coreene Callahan kicked this series off with a bang in Fury of Fire, Book 1 in the Dragonfury series.

This is one of those binge-buying Kindle books I picked up (embarrassingly, almost 3 years ago!), and dove into for a bit of a break from ARCs. I was most assuredly NOT disappointed. 

In this shape-shifter-slash-urban-fantasy-romance, Bastian knows he needs to find a human female to impregnate. He’s not keen on the idea; it rubs his moral compass the wrong way, as the birth will inevitably result in his partner’s death. 

Myst stumbles into the middle of a wild, action packed battle between Bastian’s clan and their bitter rivals, and in the end, she’s literally swept off to Bastian’s stronghold in the mountains above Seattle because she refuses to relinquish the baby she delivered just before the battle.

The plot is engaging, the characters well developed and the world-building is mostly believable. This book should be on your to-be-read list if you are a fan of shape-shifter romance.

Fury of Fire by Coreene Callahan - Urban Fantasy/Shapeshifter Romance - review by Jenn on the Thrice Read Books review blog.

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD formats here. [affiliate link]

Awaken Your Divine Intuition – Book Review

This week’s book review is Awaken Your Divine Intuition by Susan Shumsky, DD.[Note: this post contains an affiliate link.]

This work on intuition has been on my wish list for several months. Recently, I received this as a gift. Sadly, the months of anticipation didn’t pay off.

The book covers a good deal of information (in a roundabout manner). Part one is dedicated mostly to the author’s own personal journey with meditation. Part two teaches what to expect during your “Breakthrough Meditation Session” (which is jam packed with testimonials about how wonderful the program and Dr. Shumsky are). I believe part three held the most value for me as an intuitive empath, as the author covers spiritual safety and how to protect yourself while meditating and practicing various spiritual practices (what’s safe, what’s not, and why). I do not personally agree with all of the author’s recommendations, but I am also of the mind that this does not discount the value of what she has to say in this section of the book. The final textual section of this book, “Inner Space Adventures,” covers a variety of anecdotes that demonstrate the extremes of virtually all of her warnings. 

Dr. Shumsky’s writing isn’t always easy to follow, and at page 100, I felt she was still trying to sell me on what she proposes and the value of her particular program (and her various other books, which she promotes endlessly throughout the entire 212 pages of text. After sifting through all the testimonials, I’d say that the actual meat of the book has some useful information in it, and the meditation that comes with the purchase of the book is deep and purposeful.

The author states that God is not attached to one particular religion, but I will warn potential readers that this book has a decidedly Christian bent to it. If such things offend you, I’d recommend staying away from this book. If you can see past that, the techniques and tips in this volume are worth reading. 

I’ve been trying to come to a conclusive decision regarding a recommendation on this book, and thus far (after 3 weeks), I’m still at a loss for a definitive good or bad. So, I’ll just leave this here for you to decide for yourself: 

This book has very valuable information in it for those who work with their intuition and for those who wish to develop a deeper Divinity-centered meditation practice. I believe that Dr. Shumsky could have filtered a good deal of the self-promotion and made the book more concise, however, I also think she (and her agent/editors) likely had reasons for leaving it in, besides just meeting a page-count goal. For the reader who is willing to wade through this mire, the book holds its own value.

You can purchase this book in Kindle or paperback edition from Amazon here.

The Productivity Handbook for Lazy People – Review

About the Book:

How Would You Like To Get More Done This Year Than You Have In The Last 10 Years?

Overcoming procrastination and unlocking your latent ability to be productive doesn’t have to be rocket science.

The art of productivity is based on a number of definitive fundamental techniques that not only guarantee results but promote your ability to perform under dire situations.

In this book,you will be introduced to a number of techniques and practical principles which aim to harness your ability to be laser focused, thorough in planning, efficient in execution and smart in prioritizing to promote productivity on a daily basis

Forget about secret recipes to success and natural born talent, deliberate practice and implementation of the techniques in this book will unlock the doors of success in any and every sector of life.

You will learn:

  • How to set realistic and smart goals that are actually achievable. 
  • The science of hard work and how to tap into your full potential.
  • Multiple pomodoro techniques that have been customized.
  • How to switch from To-Do Lists to a Success List and how it can change your life.
  • What it takes to get the most out of a 12 hour day.
  • Daily non-negotiable habits to keep your strong, fit and alert.
  • An effective technique to deal with difficult tasks.
  • What athletes believe is the key to being the best in the world.
  • How to work even when you feel drained, lethargic and uninspired.
  • Habits and routines that promote productivity and results.

Let’s unlock the greatness within you!

About the Author:

‘A Picture Tells A Thousand Words’ 
I prefer writing a thousand words instead. That’s just the thing, I love writing. Oh wait, I’m supposed to do this in Third Person. Zak Khan is an experienced writer who will become a bestselling author. 

Lawyer, Photographer, Writer, Dreamer, Manga&Anime Fan, ‘Abstract’ Painter (Keyword Abstract) and resides in sunny side South Africa…where we supposedly don’t have fresh drinking water let alone an internet connection 😉

To get in contact, email TheZakKhan@Gmail.com or check him out on Twitter.

Jenn’s Review:

Disclaimer: I am a productivity nut! I have so much on my plate on any given day, that I am always on the hunt for new ways to streamline my day, so… when I got Zak’s email about this book and his promo (I was able to get the book for free on Amazon for a limited time), I snatched it up and stuck it on my to-read list for a day I couldn’t come up with another book to read.

That out of the way, I had just such an opening not long after purchasing this little gem. And right out of the gate, I fell in love with the premise of this self-help book: Knowing what to do, and doing it, are two completely different concepts.

August of last year, I reviewed Level Up, by the same author, and since that book had a number of useful ideas, I looked forward to diving into this book. 

Mr. Khan’s editing still leaves some to be desired (though this book had fewer glaring mistakes than Level Up), however, the premise of the book, along with the concepts he outlines in Productivity Handbook are spot on.

As a fellow productivity fan, the concepts in this book are mostly things I’m already doing, i.e.: actually doing the work. You can study ideas and suggestions and concepts until the cows come home, but folks, if you don’t put it in gear and DO, you’re never going to get anywhere.

This book is a quick, easy read at just over 100 pages (105 to be exact). I was able to read it in a single afternoon, and in the introduction, Mr. Khan promises to lay out his concepts in easy language that a twelve year old could grasp. As the parent of a twelve year old, I’m very tempted to put him to the test, but for now, I’ll refrain. Sam already has a reading list for reviews that is amazing.

I can vouch for every single one of the ideas laid out in this simple volume. If you are aiming for some big goals this year, you’ll want this at the top of your reading list. As in – get the book now. Read it today. Don’t procrastinate. (Because procrastination gets everyone to the same place: nowhere)

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions here. [affiliate link] 

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic – Book Review

What happens when you mix a mediocre witch, her foster sister, a necromancer, a vampire and a clan of werewolves? Mischief, mayhem, and murder ensue when a vampire shows up at Jade Godfrey’s Vancouver cupcake bakery, investigating a series of bloody… erm… bloodless, rather… murders of magic-wielders.

Jade is the vampire investigator’s primary suspect, yet he knows that she isn’t the one murdering the shape-shifters. Jade doesn’t know what to think of the whole situation, as she resists the idea of her hand-made trinkets, little collections of discarded objects strung together, containing enough magic to bring down some of the Adept community’s biggest and baddest.

During the days that follow the vampire’s appearance at her door, Jade learns that the bland history of her own life has been a web of lies and deceptions, that all she’s believed about herself all along has been an illusion. And the sister that she’s always trusted, is the most dangerous lie of all.

Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic is the first in the Magic Dowser series by Meghan Ciana Doidge. Ms. Doidge’s story telling is as addictive as her character’s delicious sounding cupcakes.

You can purchase this book in Kindle, audiobook or paperback through Amazon here. [affiliate link]

Magic Intentions – Book Review

About the book:

This book of quick magic intentions is an accompaniment for the highly-rated Knight Blazer series of books. This short book contains an introduction to magic and a quick to read explanation of how it relates to the real world. Using this book, you can follow a journey of magical discovery. The magic intentions are fun and easy to use straight away. May you use it wisely! Also included are two FREE chapters of Knight Blazer – Sword of Esoncia – Book1. In addition, you get exclusive access to the FREE ’21 Day Energetic Money Activation Program’ to ‘Transform Your Relationship With Money’

The Magic Intention covered are:

Magic Intention 1 – Happiness

Magic Intention 2 – Intimate Relationships

Magic Intention 3 – Giving Love and Blessings

Magic Intention 4 – Money

Magic Intention 5 – Friendship

Jenn’s Review:

I can honestly say I’m not convinced this qualifies as a book, but since Amazon sells it as such, I’m reviewing it as such. Magic Intentions: 5 Energised Affirmations by Don Trey is exactly what it says it is. Though he introduces them as magic spells, they are simply affirmations repeated a given number of times. Any student of the Law of Attraction and Universal Source will recognize them as such.

That said, this is a quick and easy read, and not difficult to keep on hand for inspiration when drafting your own affirmations. If you aren’t inclined to draft your own, then this short volume is perfect. The five included affirmations broadly cover most situations for which one might want to create an affirmation to keep their energy focused and positive while manifesting what they desire, be it better finances, romance or releasing what no longer serves.

As I mentioned, this e-book is a really fast read, and after a once-through, is worth keeping on hand for reference for novice Law of Attraction students or those new to affirmations in general.

This book is available in Kindle format only from Amazon. You can purchase your free copy here. [affiliate link]