A short, inspiring spiritual work that takes a hopeful view of humankind’s potential.

THE QUANTUM CONNECTION

In this spiritual self-help title, the author offers an exploration of the effects of multidimensional energy on human lives.

Keating (Quantum Consciousness, 2018, etc.) presents a hopeful, positive work that encourages readers to expand their awareness of energy that exists in other dimensions. Our DNA, she asserts, is conscious that we exist “multi-dimensional 4D vibration,” so we should practice mindfulness to allow ourselves to manifest that quantum energy’s capabilities, such as visions of the past or future. Keating begins the book by stating that all that readers need to do in order to tap into quantum energy is to “pay attention and stay aware.” Perhaps one of the most engaging portions of the book is the author’s discussion of love, in which she encourages readers to embrace the positive quantum energy that love brings (“the lightheartedness, the feeling of being able to do anything, to transcend barriers that before seemed impossible”); the body’s DNA, she says, understands such higher-level vibrations and can elevate one’s self by allowing positive changes to occur, rather than resisting them. The author also discusses “talking with the innate,” describing an intimate conversation with one’s DNA, “a smart body that protects, heals, guides and cares for us.” Throughout, the author discusses the state of the planet, which she says is on the cusp of “ascension”; only if people facilitate their own personal, access to higher vibrations, she says, can the planet follow suit. Readers who may be less familiar with the spiritual self-help concepts of quantum energy and vibrations may find that they may need to look elsewhere for a more elementary explanation of these concepts. However, those who are already intrigued by the topics at hand and versed in at least some of the vocabulary will find this title to be a stimulating and inspiring one. The author also suggests meditative and breathing practices to help one get in touch with the innate, some of which involve the familiar New Age concept of opening one’s “third eye” or pineal gland as a portal to facilitate communication with the higher self.

A short, inspiring spiritual work that takes a hopeful view of humankind’s potential.

Pub Date: Sept. 20, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-982211-26-4

Page Count: 82

Publisher: BalboaPress

Review Posted Online: Jan. 4, 2019

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An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

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The debut memoir from the pop and fashion star.

Early on, Simpson describes the book she didn’t write: “a motivational manual telling you how to live your best life.” Though having committed to the lucrative deal years before, she “walked away,” fearing any sort of self-help advice she might give would be hypocritical. Outwardly, Simpson was at the peak of her success, with her fashion line generating “one billion dollars in annual sales.” However, anxiety was getting the better of her, and she admits she’d become a “feelings addict,” just needing “enough noise to distract me from the pain I’d been avoiding since childhood. The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night—Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. Those same demons who perched on my shoulder, and when they saw a man as dark as them, leaned in to my ear to whisper, ‘Just give him your light. See if it saves him…’ ” On Halloween 2017, Simpson hit rock bottom, and, with the intervention of her devoted friends and husband, began to address her addictions and underlying fears. In this readable but overlong narrative, the author traces her childhood as a Baptist preacher’s daughter moving 18 times before she “hit fifth grade,” and follows her remarkable rise to fame as a singer. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey. Admitting that she was attracted to the validating power of an audience, Simpson analyzes how her failings and triumphs have enabled her to take control of her life, even as she was hounded by the press and various music and movie executives about her weight. Simpson’s memoir contains plenty of personal and professional moments for fans to savor. One of Kirkus and Rolling Stone’s Best Music Books of 2020.

An eye-opening glimpse into the attempted self-unmaking of one of Hollywood’s most recognizable talents.

Pub Date: Feb. 4, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-289996-5

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Dey Street/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2020

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Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE

A compilation of advice from the Queen of All Media.

After writing a column for 14 years titled “What I Know For Sure” for O, The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Winfrey brings together the highlights into one gift-ready collection. Grouped into themes like Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity and Power, each short essay is the distilled thought of a woman who has taken the time to contemplate her life’s journey thus far. Whether she is discussing traveling across the country with her good friend, Gayle, the life she shares with her dogs or building a fire in the fireplace, Winfrey takes each moment and finds the good in it, takes pride in having lived it and embraces the message she’s received from that particular time. Through her actions and her words, she shows readers how she's turned potentially negative moments into life-enhancing experiences, how she's found bliss in simple pleasures like a perfectly ripe peach, and how she's overcome social anxiety to become part of a bigger community. She discusses the yo-yo dieting, exercise and calorie counting she endured for almost two decades as she tried to modify her physical body into something it was not meant to be, and how one day she decided she needed to be grateful for each and every body part: "This is the body you've been given—love what you've got." Since all of the sections are brief and many of the essays are only a couple paragraphs long—and many members of the target audience will have already read them in the magazine—they are best digested in short segments in order to absorb Winfrey's positive and joyful but repetitive message. The book also features a new introduction by the author.

Honest messages from one of America's best known women.

Pub Date: Sept. 2, 2014

ISBN: 978-1250054050

Page Count: 240

Publisher: Flatiron View Books

Review Posted Online: Aug. 22, 2014

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2014

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