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Totally Fulfilled

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Jenn reviews Dean Graziosi’s classic – Totally Fulfilled – on the Thrice Read Books review blog

About the Book

Totally Fulfilled; Dean Graziosi
Adult; Self-help; 294 Pages

Waterside (May 1, 2006)

YOU TOO CAN BE TOTALLY FULFILLED One of American’s Top Entrepreneurs Explains How. . .

Over 90% of Americans will die broke.

Most spend their lives in jobs they hate.

Over 50% of marriages end in divorce.

Depression is the fastest growing disease in today’s world

Many people go through life with daily feelings of pain, scarcity, inferiority, stress, low self-esteem, frustration, lack of fulfillment, unhappiness, and much more. As bad as this may sound, there is a simple solution to most people’s problems and Dean Graziosi has discovered it. In an easy to understand and apply format Dean has created the most important book readers will ever need to achieve success in all areas of their lives. Hundreds of books have been written about success yet none is like Dean Graziosi’s Totally Fulfilled. With simple techniques Dean learned through trial and error, he takes the reader on an exciting journey to wealth, abundance, happiness, accomplishments, confidence, love, prosperity, and so much more. Dean R. Graziosi has appeared on national television everyday since 1999, sharing his personal secrets to success through Direct Response commercials. Dean is the author and creator of “Motor Millions” and the “Think a Little Different” real estate course. His audios, videos, and books have sold millions of copies and have helped thousands of people nationwide achieve tremendous success. Known for “keeping it simple” Dean started out from a challenging childhood, with virtually no money and just a high school education to becoming a multi-millionaire and communication expert. His life experiences have allowed him to connect with people on any level and show them the path to Total Fulfillment. In Totally Fulfilled, using simple language and vivid examples, Dean shows you how personal, financial, professional and relationship success are not separate; rather they are one in the same and easy for anyone to achieve. Are you ready to become Totally Fulfilled? No matter your age, your income level, your past or current problems Dean has created a simple strategy for you to:

Turn limited beliefs into empowering, limitless beliefs

Overcome your personal obstacles

Find solutions to any problem

Embrace and look forward to change

Easily move to new levels in your life

Earn any amount of money you want

Develop strong, relationships in business, life and love

And much more!

About the Author

Author Bio goes here

Dean Graziosi has been one of the most watched success trainers of our generation. He has touched the lives of millions of people around the world with his powerful inspiration and training. Dean has been a New York Times bestselling author since 2006 when he released his first book Totally Fulfilled. Since then, Dean has gone on to become the #1 author and educator for those seeking success in real estate investing and has completely dominated the market. His blockbuster books include: Be A Real Estate Millionaire, Profit From Real Estate Right Now, and 30 Days To Real Estate Profits.

Dean has produced a wildly successful Weekly Wisdom video blog where each week since 2008 he shares powerful insights and strategies for high performance in all areas of your life. Dean has also been on TV every day for 15 years sharing his books and success training to the world through direct response TV shows.

Dean has traveled the world and spoke on stages with as many as 20,000 people. He has had massive book sales in the tune to millions. And he has cemented his place as one of the top conscious thought leaders in the world. To date Dean has made a massive impact on millions of people’s lives, and he has only just begun.

Jenn’s Review

Dean Graziosi’s first book, Totally Fulfilled, can be applied to pretty much any life, regardless of circumstance, financial situation, life stage, health condition… You get the idea. Whether you are 9 or 90, if you have a desire to improve your life – start here.

Dean is someone who’s come from obscurity and stepped up his life every chance he’s gotten. In this book, he walks you through core attributes that are common among successful, totally fulfilled people and uses real-life examples throughout.

In the pages of this book, you’ll explore your passions, your assets, your goals, and your dreams, and work with a framework to start taking action on these things, today.

Dean’s personality and passion come through the pages of this book without wavering, and his desire to help people live more abundant, healthy lives rides right alongside.

This isn’t a difficult read, though the exercises may challenge you. It’s more like sitting down with a friend who loves to support your growth and having a conversation.

Totally Fulfilled is the second of Dean Graziosi’s books that I’ve read, and both will remain in my personal collection to be revisited as my life evolves.

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As a Man Thinketh: 21st Century Edition (The Wisdom of James Allen)

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Jenn reviews the classic, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

About the Book

As a Man Thinketh: 21st Century Edition (The Wisdom of James Allen); James Allen
Adult; Self-help

LBA (September 12, 2018)

In the years since its publication in 1902, “As a Man Thinketh” has set thousands of men on the pathway to personal and financial growth. Now, in this unique rendition of James Allen’s masterwork, you, too, can manifest the traits and skills characteristic of those honorable, refined, and successful men. Each of the aphorisms and quotes in this book reveals simple yet revelatory techniques that will empower you to strengthen your character, harness constructive thoughts, and create the life you’ve always wanted.

As Allen himself wrote, “As a Man Thinketh” ‘shall create positive results in daily circumstances and actions, regardless of the venue—an agreeable prospect, one must concede!’

About the Author

James Allen (1864-1912) was an Englishman who retired from the business world to pursue a lifestyle of writing and contemplation. His books are classics in the fields of inspiration and spirituality. Although best known for As a Man Thinketh, he authored several other books that deal with the power of thought including THE PATH OF PROSPERITY, EIGHT PILLARS OF PROSPERITY and James Allen’s BOOK OF MEDITATION FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. 

Allen’s books illustrate the use of the power of thought to increase personal capabilities. Although he never achieved great fame or wealth, his works continue to influence people around the world, including the New Thought movement.

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Jenn’s Review

Originally published in 1902, this has been updated (or so the description claims), for the 21st century. I picked this up at the recommendation of someone I highly respect, and while this isn’t an easy read (for me), it is short and to the point. It can easily be read in a few hours.

What we think about becomes the reality we experience. Look for the good, the healthy, the prosperity, the beneficial and these are the things you will bring into your life.

The author wrote this book long before science caught up with this concept. The language/voice of this book is a bit obscure, but it is still relevant.

I’ll be adding this to my annual renewal routine for regular rereading.

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Jenn reviews the classic, As A Man Thinketh by James Allen

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Forties on Fire

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Kathryn Kos' Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30's to early 40's. - Women's Health, Perimenopause, Women's Sexuality
Kathryn Kos’ Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30’s to early 40’s.

About the Book

Forties on Fire; Kathryn Kos
Adult; Self-help; 130 pages

Independently published January 22, 2019

Your 30s and 40s are loaded with surprises. More fatigue. Less “You Time.” Trampled romance. Dissatisfaction with your body.  Mood swings. The often overlooked season of perimenopause lurking around every corner.

Sound familiar?

Now raise your hand if you wish you could move past these symptoms of imbalance and live the life you’ve always dreamed.

You would, right?

Good news: Kathryn Kos is here to help, with her myth-busting, action-boosting book, Forties on Fire: Rediscover your Sexuality, Learn to Honor Your Moods, and Thrive Throughout Your 40s and Beyond. 

Kos is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner with an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling and by taking a functional approach to health, Kos helps her clients find the root causes of their conditions to help them find healing once and for all.

Now she’s bringing these insights to readers, in a compassionate, compelling guide jam-packed with tips you can put to use today.

Inside this book, you’ll learn:

  • How to honor your emotions without letting them rule your life
  • How to turn back aging – mentally, physically and emotionally
  • Why sunlight matters so much to your health
  • How to recapture your sexuality and feel like a teenager again (in a good way)
  • How to add simple movement back into your life
  • The importance of R&R in grounding and fulfilling you
  • The role of perimenopause in how you feel and how you can embrace it in your life
  • … and more.

For anyone interested in simple personal development, holistic wellness and vibrant sexuality, this is a must-read. Filled with simple steps to help you take action and improve your own life, you’ll find it easy to rediscover the real you.

If you’re ready to wake up with pizzazz and reach bedtime with enough energy left to read or … ahem … anything else, it’s time you hear what experienced nutrition and wellness counselor Kathryn Kos has to say.

Ready to meet the strong, cheerful, actualized woman you know you can be?

Jenn’s Review

Are you a woman in her late thirties, or heading into her forties and beyond? You haven’t hit menopause yet, but your life, emotions and health are quickly spiraling out of control? Grab a copy of Kathryn Kos’s little book, Forties on Fire, and start moving the needle back towards control.

Ms. Kos explains clearly why everything starts getting nuts for us women heading into middle age – as a 42 year old woman struggling with chronic illness, this hit home for me page after page. She dissects perimenopausal life into a number of areas, including diet and sleep, then goes further into grounding and play.

This little volume is less than 200 pages, but the information inside is disseminated concisely and with a hefty dose of love. I remember my own mother going through this phase of life, and wonder if this information would have helped her. As for me, I’m already working on implenting the recommendations in this book. I would have loved the book more had the author gone into more depth in some areas – but this is certainly a prime springboard for going deeper!

In summary, grab this book. Whether you’re 35 and just starting a family, or you’re the 45 year old mother of teens – this is where to start with understanding the changes in your body and mind.

Kathryn Kos' Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30's to early 40's. - Women's Health, Perimenopause, Women's Sexuality
Kathryn Kos’ Forties on Fire is a must-read for any woman in her late 30’s to early 40’s.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

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Jenn reviews Charles Duhigg's THE POWER OF HABIT  - nonfiction - personal development - productivity - psychology
Jenn reviews Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit

About the Book

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,  Charles Duhigg

Adult, Business and Money

Random House (February 28, 2012)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This instant classic explores how we can change our lives by changing our habits.
 
“With the days of pulling all-nighters and eating pizza at 2 a.m. (hopefully) behind your new grad, there’s no time like the present to get into a good routine.”—Real Simple
 
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
The Wall Street Journal • Financial Times
 
In The Power of Habit, award-winning business reporterCharles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. Distilling vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives that take us from the boardrooms of Procter & Gamble to the sidelines of the NFL to the front lines of the civil rights movement, Duhigg presents a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential. At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

About the Author

My name is Charles Duhigg, and I’m a reporter for The New York Times. I’m also the author of The Power of Habit, about the science of habit formation, as well as Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Productivity in Life and Business (which is available for sale on Amazon on March 8, 2016!)

I’ve worked at the Times since 2006. In 2013, I was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for a series about Apple named “The iEconomy”. Before that, I contributed to NYT series about the 2008 financial crisis, how companies take advantage of the elderly and national violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. (For those series, I won the National Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors’ Medal, the National Academies’ reporting award and other recognitions.)

But let’s be honest, you aren’t visiting this page so I can brag about series and awards. (Unless you’re my mom. Hi mom!)

I’m also a native of New Mexico. I studied history at Yale and received an MBA from Harvard Business School. I now live in Brooklyn with my wife and two children and, before becoming a journalist, was a bike messenger in San Francisco for one terrifying day.

I would love to hear from you. I’m at charles@charlesduhigg.com.

Jenn’s Review

Ever wonder why some habits are easier to change than others? Ever pondered what makes us tick? Why is it so hard to quit smoking or stick to a diet? Check out Charles Duhigg’s THE POWER OF HABIT.

Through engaging, real life examples drawn from personal lives and history alike, Duhigg shines a light on the psychology and neuroscience behind the things we do automatically. He explores the science behind AA, business successes and failures, and the psychology behind the Montgomery bus boycott, and why it became the catalyst for the Civil Rights movement.

Between story illustration, science, and practical tactics, the reader has a down-to-earth explanation of the habits and how to change them.

This is a priceless book for the person looking to make lasting change in their lives, and a critical insight into why some businesses fail while others succeed.

For the layperson who wants to get healthier to the seasoned boardroom professional, I would recommend this book to just about everyone. I’ve been able to use the knowledge in this book to make positive changes in my own life, and used the information to help my teenager break some of her unwanted habits early on.

This is NOT a quick fix book to help you loose weight, loose your ex, make a ton of money, etc. This IS a valuable resource for understanding habits and developing a strong game plan to make lasting change in your life.

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Jenn reviews Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit

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Motivation Manifesto

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Jenn reviews Brendon Burchard's MOTIVATION MANIFESTO - nonfiction - personal development - self-help
Jenn reviews Brendon Burchard’s Motivation Manifesto

About the Book

Motivation Manifesto, Brendon Burchard

Adult, Personal Development, 256 Pages

Publisher: Hay House Inc.; First Edition edition (October 28, 2014)

“The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book.” — Paulo Coelho

The Motivation Manifesto is a pulsing, articulate, ferocious call to claim our personal power. World-renowned high-performance trainer Brendon Burchard reveals that the main motive of humankind is the pursuit of greater Personal Freedom. We desire the grand liberties of choice—time freedom, emotional freedom, social freedom, financial freedom, spiritual freedom. Only two enemies stand in our way: an external enemy, defined as the social oppression of who we are by the mediocre masses, and an internal enemy, a sort of self-oppression caused by our own doubt and fear.

The march to Personal Freedom, Burchard argues, can be won only by declaring our intent and independence, stepping into our personal power, and battling through self-doubt and the distractions of the day until full victory is won. Recalling the revolutionist voices of the past that chose freedom over tyranny, Burchard—at times poetic yet always fierce—motivates us to free ourselves from fear and take back our lives once and for all.

About the Author

 
BRENDON BURCHARD is one of the most watched, quoted, and followed personal development trainers in the world. He is a global Top 100 Most-Followed Public Figure on Facebook, and he’s often referred to as “one of the most successful online trainers in history” (Oprah.com). A #1 New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 USA Today bestselling author, his books include The Motivation Manifesto, The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, and Life’s Golden Ticket. He is the star and executive producer of the #1 self-help show on YouTube, and his podcast, The Charged Life, debuted at #1 on iTunes. Over 50,000,000 people watched his videos in the last 12 months, more than 30,000,000 see his posts every week across the web, and 1,000,000-plus students have completed his online courses or video series. SUCCESS Magazine named Brendon as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Leaders in Personal Growth and Achievement, along with Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Joel Osteen, Arianna Huffington, Dave Ramsey, Dr. Oz, Wayne Dyer, and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. Learn more at Brendon.com

Jenn’s Review

I’m a personal development junkie (for those who don’t already know this). I stumbled upon Brendon Burchard’s The Motivation Manifesto while looking for something else on his website. At the time, I was mired in overwhelm, health issues, and depression, and as I was already somewhat familiar with Brendon’s work, I jumped on what appeared to be a lovely volume of literature.

I was not disappointed.

This is a slender volume, for sure, coming in at under 250 pages. Contents aside, the time and care Mr. Burchard put into designing the book is clear – this could easily be an heirloom work of philosophical rhetoric from centuries ago.

The content is what sets this book apart, though. Borrowing from the great philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries, Burchard stylizes and lays out a challenge to 21st Century dwellers to live more fully, open ourselves up to new ways of thinking, and raise our standards.

If you would prefer not to take a hard look at how you’re currently living your life, to be challenged to hold yourself accountable for your words, behavior, and impact on the world, this is not the book for you. If you are not ready to flip your life upside down and change how you think and how you live, this book is not for you.

If, however, you’re looking for motivation to improve your life, start with this volume. If you want to find those elements that seem to be missing from your life, depriving you of a life fully lived – this is your book.

Slender though it is, The Motivation Manifesto is not a book to be rushed through. Take your time. Ponder each section and every declaration. Do the exercises in the accompanying workbook (free to download). Share a copy or two with someone you love.

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Jenn reviews Brendon Burchard’s The Motivation Manifesto

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Awakening to Life: Your Sacred Guide to Consciously Creating a Life of Purpose, Magic, and Miracles

Jenn reviews Patricia Young's AWAKENING TO LIFE - Nonfiction, Personal Development, Self-Help
Jenn reviews Patricia Young’s Awakening to Life

About the book:

Awakening to Life:: Your Sacred Guide to Consciously Creating a Life of Purpose, Magic, and Miracles by Patricia Young
Inspired Living Publishing, LLC.
May 29, 2018

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER & #1 BESTSELLER in Mid-Life Management
Inside Awakening to Life: Your Sacred Guide to Consciously Creating a Life of Purpose, Magic, and Miracles are the permission, validation, and action steps you need to break free of what’s been holding you back. With honesty, grace, and compassion, Transformational Life Coach Patricia Young will teach you how to wholeheartedly embrace the possibilities of a truly authentic, inspired life-a life created by you, for you, in total alignment with your deepest core.

We all have a core of divine power within us, just waiting to be awakened. When we fully connect to this part of ourselves-to our desires, our intuition, and our greater purpose for being-a truly magical evolution begins to occur. We discover that we can work miracles in our own lives, and in the world, simply by being who we are.

If you are feeling lost, stuck, or disempowered; if you are no longer satisfied living by others’ rules; if your heart is longing to shine its light and illuminate the path of your passion, you are in the right place. In your hands, you hold the key to becoming everything you already are, and more.

Jenn’s Review:

Feeling stuck in life, paralyzed by fear and indecision? Do you feel trapped in a dead end job that’s slowly sucking the life out of you? Start with Patricia Young’s, Awakening to Life.

Young breaks down how she got herself unstuck, found herself and her passions, and moved in the direction of her dreams, and shares the process she uses with her coaching clients into nine simple steps that comprise the chapters of this book.

Covering such topics as dreams, feeling trapped, fear, passions, and goals, readers can follow the steps to find their own self again and break free of living to the expectations of others. The author provides journal prompts and worksheets for moving through the steps, as well.

Patricia Young’s writing is deeply personal and vulnerable as she shares her own journey as it relates to the steps she outlines.

Regardless of your circumstances, ability level, or past, Awakening to Life can walk you through the process of breaking free, finding healing and purpose, and living an authentic life.

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Jenn reviews Patricia Young’s AWAKENING TO LIFE – Nonfiction, Personal Development, Self-Help

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Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting – Review

Jenn reviews Lynn Grabhorn's Law Of Attraction book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting - nonfiction, personal development, law of attraction
Jenn reviews Lynn Grabhorn’s Law Of Attraction book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting

About the Book

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting,  Lynn Grabhorn

Adult, Self-help 

Hampton Roads Publishing; 15th Printing edition (2003)

Is there a way to always have a fat bank account, a better job, a delightfully smooth relationship, or a better body? Is it possible to realize these dreams now, rather than at some unknown future date? Lynn Grabhorn answers these questions with a resounding “yes.” In Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting, she says that what molds every moment of every day of one’s life are feelings. Using a candid, witty approach, she shows how feelings – not positive things, or sweat or strain, or good or bad luck, or even smarts – set the tone for people’s lives. She frames her theory as a four-part plan that covers all the big topics – money, relationships, health and spirituality – without being pompous or preachy. Grabhorn’s “Law of Attraction” lets the seeker find peace and pleasure in life by feeling rather than thinking.

“Rich in culture, this first book in the Forbidden Love series immediately draws the reader in to this modern take on a familiar star-crossed lovers tale.  The chemistry between Sara and Mazair sparks white hot immediately and every interaction sizzles.” – InD’Tale Magazine 
Be sure to scroll up and hit that BUY NOW button to discover a world in which love faces the ultimate test.

About the Author

Lynn Grabhorn was a longtime student of the way in which thought and feelings format our lives. Raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, she began her working life in the advertising field in New York City, founded and ran an audiovisual educational publishing company in Los Angeles, and owned and ran a mortgage brokerage firm in Washington State. Lynn’s books, which also include The Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting Playbook and Beyond the Twelve Steps, have received high acclaim from all corners of the world. Lynn passed away in 2004 at her home in Olympia, Washington.

Jenn’s Review

Want better health? Financial freedom? Release from crushing and debilitating anxiety, depression and more? EXCUSE ME, YOUR LIFE IS WAITING has straightforward answers in a down to earth language that anyone can learn from.

Manifestation and the Law of Attraction is more than just positive thinking, it’s all about how you feel. In a world where we are constantly bombarded by negative messages, Lynn Grabhorn’s book teaches how to move through it, even change your personal experience of the world, without just ignoring the news.

I’ve been studying Law of Attraction for a few years now, and can attest that Ms. Grabhorn’s straight forward approach is spot on. Read through this book for a better understanding of what Law of Attraction is, and how to make it work for yourself; apply the lessons in this book, stick with it, and see the evidence for yourself.

Jenn reviews Lynn Grabhorn's Law Of Attraction book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting - nonfiction, personal development, law of attraction
Jenn reviews Lynn Grabhorn’s Law Of Attraction book, Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting

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At Home with Madame Chic – Review

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Jenn reviews Jennifer Scott’s At Home with Madame Chic on the Thrice Read Books blog

About the Book

At Home with Madame Chic, Jennifer L. Scott

Adult, Home Improvement, 305 Pages

Simon & Schuster (October 7, 2014)

Approach life at home the Madame Chic way: a beautiful, illustrated toolbox of tips and ideas for organizing, entertaining, and savoring a stylish life.

When she arrived at Madame Chic’s Parisian apartment as a foreign exchange student, Jennifer Scott was a casual California girl who thought sweatpants were appropriate street attire. Madame Chic took Jennifer under her wing and tutored her in the secrets of how the French elevate the little things in life to the art of living.

Years later, Jennifer was back in California with a husband, two young daughters, a dog, and her first home. Every day she confronted mundane duties like folding laundry and unloading the dishwasher, and she began to think about Madame Chic’s home—how the breakfast table was set beautifully the night before, the music that always played in the background, the calm of Madame and Monsieur Chic’s ritual cocktail hour together. Jennifer wanted that life. She decided to see what would happen if she didn’t perform her chores impatiently or mindlessly, if, instead, she could live like Madame Chic.

At Home with Madame Chic reveals the secrets to having a happy, fulfilling, and passionate life at home. Jennifer explains the morning send-off need not be chaotic, it’s possible to look stylish with minimal time and effort, a little forethought makes it possible to serve a home-cooked dinner every night, and details like music and scented candles can set the tone for the whole family’s evening. Organized by the pleasures that can be found throughout the day, this charming, helpful book is full of ideas, playlists, recipes, beauty routines, and advice that can turn an irritating day into an enjoyable experience.

About the Author

Jennifer L. Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of Lessons from Madame Chic, At Home with Madame Chic and Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic (Simon & Schuster) and creator of the blog The Daily Connoisseur. She is a contributing writer for Huffington Post Style and has been featured on CNN, BBC, and CBS News, and in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, USA Today, Newsweek, and The Daily Mail. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.

Jenn’s Review

I am always on the lookout for ways to make my home more homey; ways to liven up my wardrobe or self-care routine. It’s not a matter of Keeping up with the Joneses – I honestly don’t care what the neighbors think. It is more a matter of keeping myself out of the rut of the stay at home mom, the chronic pain lifestyle that makes my old ways of doing things beyond reach.

A TED Talk given by Jennifer L. Scott, about the ten item wardrobe caught my attention, and sent me on a hunt for some of these Madame Chic books she’d written. I really wanted out of my old wardrobe of yoga pants, leggings and tee shirts.

At Home with Madame Chic gave me that, and so much more. We recently moved into a fully furnished house, and my life became a constant state of decluttering. With some of the tips in this book, our home feels less like a storage unit and more like a place to live.

Ms. Scott breaks home life into areas, morning, noon, afternoon and evening. She includes recipes, music suggestions and a brief summary of each section. She draws on examples from her own experience, as a student in Paris, and as a work-at-home mom with two little ones.

I borrowed this one from the library, to give it a try before buying it, but it has been moved to the top of my book wish list, along with the other books in this series.

Add class and warmth to your life with this sweet little guide to homemaking with style. Meet Madame Chic, and find your style!

Jenn reviews Jennifer Scott's AT HOME WITH MADAME CHIC, nonfiction home and personal style
Jenn reviews Jennifer Scott’s AT HOME WITH MADAME CHIC, nonfiction home and personal style

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Mindfulness – Review

About the Book

Mindfulness, Mark Williams, and Danny Penman

Adult Health 288 Pages

Rodale Books; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)

Mindfulness reveals a set of simple yet powerful practices that you can incorporate into daily life to help break the cycle of anxiety, stress, unhappiness, and exhaustion. It promotes the kind of happiness and peace that gets into your bones. It seeps into everything you do and helps you meet the worst that life throws at you with new courage.

The book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes just a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. MBCT has been clinically proven to be at least as effective as drugs for depression and is widely recommended by US physicians and the UK’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence—in other words, it works. More importantly, it also works for people who are not depressed but who are struggling to keep up with the constant demands of the modern world.

MBCT was developed by the book’s author, Oxford professor Mark Williams, and his colleagues at the Universities of Cambridge and Toronto. By investing just 10 to 20 minutes each day, you can learn the simple mindfulness meditations at the heart of MBCT and fully reap their benefits. The book includes links to audio meditations to help guide you through the process. You’ll be surprised by how quickly these techniques will have you enjoying life again.

Jenn’s Review

I picked this book up some time ago, and due to Life happening (including buying a house and various upsets to my usual routine), this eight-week plan took me almost four months. Did that affect the overall benefits of the plan?

Not at all.

This book was worth taking my time to get through. Between practical explanations in each chapter, the downloadable, guided meditations, and independent practice, I finished the book with more tools than I began with (and I have been meditating for years).

The authors of MINDFULNESS lay a solid foundation of research and application before starting the reader on a series of weekly steps, gradually building on the previous week’s learning and practice.

This is more than a simple how-to book. You *could* just read straight through, but the better investment of time would be to tackle one chapter a week. Repeat the week until you are comfortable with the given practice before you move on.

I’ve read a number of books on meditation and mindfulness, but this is, by far, the most practical of them all. I’ve fallen back on the tools learned in this book to manage stress, anxiety, panic attacks and dietary issues. Definitely worth trying if you are interested in deepening your mindfulness.

Jenn shares her experience with the book, MINDFULNESS - AN EIGHT WEEK PLAN, on this edition of Thrice Read Books' review blog.

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Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything – Review

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New book review on Thrice Read Books: Adult Nonfiction/self help - Your Next 24 Hours by Hal Donaldson

About the Book

Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything, Hal Donaldson with Kirk Noonan

Adult, Self Help, 178 Pages

Baker Books (February 14, 2017)

If asked, who among us wouldn’t say we were kind people? But kindness is often manifested in feelings of pity or sympathy–especially when others are watching–rather than in deeds. And when it comes down to it, what good does mere feeling do for the world?

Your Next 24 Hours is about something much bigger–a lifestyle of kindness, without thought of reciprocation, extended toward every person in our lives, both friend and foe. Through powerful true stories of kindness lived out, this book shows readers the enormous difference they can make through small, doable acts of kindness in their families, communities, workplaces, schools, and churches. It shows how every encounter with another person is an opportunity to be kind–and a chance to change our world.

Readers of Your Next 24 Hours will find deep satisfaction and joy as they discover how they can be part of a revolution of kindness that starts with them and reaches out through every person their lives touch.

Jenn’s Review

Kindness is King, and the world could be an entirely different place if all of us made the choice to pay homage.

Through dozens of real-life examples, both famous and mundane, Hal Donaldson and co-author Kirk Noonan illustrate more than 20 ways and reasons to make kindness, not only a random act but a purposeful habit.

My teenager recently asked me, “Why are people so unkind?”

The answer to changing that is in this slender volume, as kindness is contagious.

If you’d like to reach out to others but aren’t sure where to start, I recommend letting this little book be your launch pad. Spend 24 hours in selfless kindness using the ideas in this book, and watch the ripples spread.

New book review on Thrice Read Books: Adult Nonfiction/self help - Your Next 24 Hours by Hal Donaldson

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