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Invitation to Poetry – A Review

Graphic Invitation to Poetry review

About the Book:

From the Author: 

A book that reveals fantastic feelings all of us have experienced or are going to experience. An invitation to poetry embracing music, nature and love at the same time…eBook -standalone-was self-published in 12 October 2017.

69 pages

About the Author:

Mihai Brinas is a 24 year old native of Romania with a love of life, poetry and reading. He loves to enter the town library at times to stroke the books with fingers and sight while walking among the shelves to “feel their smell”.

Excerpt (with permission of the author):

the kiss

from your lips
you kindly drop a smile
while falling
it draws feelings
i pick it up
and press it against my lips
then i give it back to youso you do not seem sad

instagram sized Invitation to Poetry graphic

Jenn’s Review:

I haven’t picked up a collection of poetry in ages, aside from the few (large) volumes I have in my personal collection. Mostly because I just haven’t really found anything interesting lately.

So when Mihai approached me on social media, and asked if we would do a review for our blog, I agreed out of curiosity (I’ve read a  few of his poems on Twitter).

This little collection of poems did not disappoint! Freeform poetry that subtly explores the human range of emotions while not going overboard into flowery verse. 

This is one that will remain in my Kindle for a long time to come, so that I can revisit it at will! Four stars.

Buy this book: 

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

Mihai has published a second book, Alignment of Thoughts (see affiliate link below)

Personal Mastery – Book Review

About the Book;

I have been asked by hundreds of my friends: Courtney Lodge, what secrets have you used to achieve so much as such a young age?

How did you become: Deputy Superintendent of Police by age 26; Branch Manager at JNBS by age 30; CEO of GSB Credit Union by age 35; CEO of the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU) with responsibility for over 342 credit unions in 18 countries by age 36; Author at 37; business owner (Strategic Corporate Interventions, SCI, Ltd) at 37, worked for the German BKA/FBI, met numerous presidents/prime ministers and other government officials, visited over 40 countries, and so much more…?

This book, Personal Mastery shows how you can do this and much more. It is not limited only to professional growth, but all areas of your life. 

The 7 Dimensions (7Ds) of Personal Mastery are explained and you are then empowered to use tools and templates to get started in creating your very own Personal Mastery Strategic Life Plans. 
Based on the level of your diligence and beliefs, you will see immediate improvements in the way you think and operate, and in the results you get in your life.

If you only knew how much money has flowed into my life before age 40, you too would want to jump on this Personal Mastery train before the month ends.

More importantly, however, if you knew the growth I have experienced in my intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and relational development, you would embrace Personal Mastery before today ends. You can maximize your potential…NOW!

Buy this book NOW! Use it to enhance your personal development. Tell others about it. Tweet and chat about it online. Help others to develop their powers of Personal Mastery too. The world will be a better place.

www.7dpersonalmastery.com #7dpersonalmastery @7dpersonalmastery

Courtney “G.O.” Lodge, 
Author, Transformational Speaker, Business Transformation Consultant

Jenn’s Review:

I first saw this book on Amazon about a year ago when I started delving into learning about the Law of Attraction. I finally got around to buying it in December, and just finished it this week, as I’ve been slowly working through the exercises listed as I read.

Unlike a number of self-published, self-help books, this one doesn’t spend 50 pages convincing you that his methods work. No, instead, he dives straight into how to use the methods (the Personal Mastery Plan) and walks you, step by step, through creating a Plan for your own life. 

Remember, I’m a planning freak, and this Plan soothed that part of me. Even before I had the complete Plan (all seven dimensions that Mr. Lodge goes over), I began to see changes in my attitude, my businesses and my personal life. This is not “so much bunk” as so many other planning guides tend towards, but real, honest, working methods towards achieving newer and greater heights.

Yes, unlike most similar length books, it took me almost two months to get through it – however, they’ve been life-altering, mindset-changing months that have set me on a path towards personal, vocational and financial success.

As a serial book reviewer, I’ve read countless books. Very few leave my desk with the words, “Everyone should read this book.” Even fewer leave me wondering how I can incorporate them into my daughter’s education. 

This one has.

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle format, on Kindle Unlimited and in paperback here. [affiliate link]

The Orgasmic Way – Review

Book Review for The Orgasmic Way by Adana Washington - Metaphysics, Law of Attraction, Personal Development

About the book:

A lot of people drag their feet through life, wondering when the fun part will start. They dread waking up every morning, because they are so miserable in their everyday lives. Nothing is fulfilling. Not very much about their daily routine excites them. And years down the line, they’ll be doing the same exact thing, because they believe it can’t get any better.

But you want more than that. You want passion and excitement. You want to look forward to your day, and know that your work has meaning, that you’re expressing your creativity, and that you’re manifesting all that you desire. You want to feel good about yourself and what you want, and you want to make things happen that seem impossible, but would feel so damn good.

You want to live the Orgasmic Way.

The Orgasmic Way is about achieving pleasure and satisfaction in your everyday life. You are not here to suffer and be miserable. You are here to shine, to feel joy and excitement, and to experience all the wonderful things that make you feel good in this life.

Living the Orgasmic Way will help you:
Banish your broken beliefs and create new empowering ones.
Embrace your Shadow and find your Light.
Get to the heart of what you want and how you want to feel.
Bring your point of focus to the things that you truly want in life.

The Orgasmic Way is a guide filled with all kinds of observations, inspirations and instigations to help you channel the power of your Root, Sacral and Solar Plexus chakras in order to manifest the life that you want to live.

Jenn’s Review:

Lately, I’ve been diving really deep, and I mean really deep, into the laws of Attraction and Manifestation; and recently I was invited to an online class about using the lower chakras and sexual energy for manifestation. (If you are utterly lost at this point, I get it – I teach and mentor on these topics over on my other website.) That class piqued my curiosity, and sent me racing to Amazon to see what books I could find on the topic.

This was the first of the books I looked at that I actually bought and read. It’s a diminutive 132 pages, and isn’t well edited (missing punctuation and words abound, and the few graphics seem to be missing from the Kindle edition), but the information is good.

I had planned on reading a chapter a week, as I do with many of my personal development/business development books, but I ended up caught up in this information, and finished it in about 2 days (of 1-1 1/2 hour reading sessions). Contrary to the title, this is not a book all about sex. In fact, she doesn’t spend a lot of time talking about orgasms at all, though she does cover creative energy and manifestation in depth, which led me to a number of “Ah-HA!” moments. [such as the subtle connection between the sexual revolution and the technological revolution…]

If you are a student of the Law of Attraction and the Law of Manifestation, this is a must-read, especially if you are stuck. The in-depth work that the author leads the reader through near the end are of significant benefit toward finding your manifestation blocks.

Book Review for The Orgasmic Way by Adana Washington - Nonfiction, Metaphysics, New Age, Law of Attraction

Buy the book:

This book is available from Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats here. [Affiliate Link]

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

Buy this book:

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

Buy this book:

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

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]

New Rules for Positive Parenting – Review

Thrice Read Books reviews New Rules for Positive Parenting by Jerre Ader

About this book:

Published April 12, 2016 by Difference Press

Parenting is a responsibility of epic proportions. As a parent, you’ll have your child for a year when they are a baby, four years when they’re a toddler, and preschooler, a child for five years, and then for eight years when they’re a preteen and a teenager. Then you are mostly done with your job of parenting. How you do this job of parenting will have an impact on your child for the rest of their life. 

But, don’t despair! There are no perfect parents. We didn’t have them, our parents didn’t have them, and our children won’t either. However, we can all be parents who are good enough. 

In New Rules for Positive Parenting, author Jerre Ader reviews research on new brain science and attachment theory and what it tells us about raising secure children. She describes how beliefs and behavior patterns, or schemas, can be developed in childhood and stay with us and impact our thinking and behavior as adults. The way a person describes the childhood they had provides useful information about how their own child is likely to attach. 

Your attachment style impacts 90 percent of your relationships. The attachment process occurs throughout the life span. You will learn how you can develop acquired secure attachment and pass that secure attachment on to your child. 

Parents who change can change their children.

Jenn’s Review:

It’s been a while since I read a book that left me undecided on whether I liked it (or agreed with it, in the case of nonfiction). Jerre Ader’s New Rules for Positive Parenting falls in that category.

I got this book because our daughter recently rounded the teen mark and with that, came her desire to attend brick and mortar public school for the first time. What we had going on worked, but I knew we could improve our relationship.

New Rules does lay down valuable, science based information on attachment, and some of the ways parents can foster better relationships with their children. Ms. Ader also makes valid points about how our own childhood attachment wounds affect adults, and those remaining wounds go on to affect our relationships with our children, I felt her suggestions on how adults can heal these wounds fell short of helpful. [Note: I’ve read a number of the reviews for this book on Amazon, and she’s gotten a number of 5 stars, with a large number of those from self-identified therapists – Maybe my lack of understanding in this department, specifically in psychology contributes to this.]

I also struggled with her whole insistence that we should not tell our children “no.” I’ve heard this idea before, and I simply cannot get on board with it. Times will always arise where trying to compromise or conversate a child (whether 3 or 15) is neither appropriate nor practical. 

I would recommend this book to new or want-to-be-parents, especially. Parents with older children may, like me, struggle with this information, whether from deep seated patterns (from childhood and current situations) or from practical experience. Like any nonfiction work, my recommendation is to approach it with an open mind and take away anything useful you find. 

Thrice Read Books review of Jerre Ader's New Rules for Positive Parenting - Nonfiction - Self Help - Parenting - eBooks

Purchase this book:

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

Ceres (Images of America Series) Book Review

You can purchase a used copy of this book here.

Great book on the history of one California’s little known cities.  Sitting just south of Modesto California, Ceres’ history is quite amazing in itself.  If you are a history buff, or if you enjoy the small places of the world, this is a book you’ll want for you collection. As a long time resident of Ceres, CA, myself, it was fascinating to read the history of the town I played ball, road bikes, and lived in.

This book is also available on Amazon in Kindle, hardcover and paperback editions 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]