A valuable, easy-to-read, positive manual on relaxing the mind, finding perspective, and journaling one’s way to...




In this guide to mindfulness as a tool toward wellness and satisfaction, the author provides methods to gain insights and honor emotions with the respect and validation they deserve.

Schoeninger (Keys to Inner Power, 2013) delivers a work that sets itself apart from other wellness books by offering ample exercises and journaling opportunities that make the reading experience deeply personal. Focused on calming the mind and building an innovative perspective of the world rather than reactive habits, the manual challenges readers to step back from conflicts or uncomfortable situations to examine what values are at play and what others might be feeling. In one section, the author discusses pain with a close examination of the emotions that it arouses, including anxiety and worry. Schoeninger challenges readers to examine their belief systems as they deal with anguish and determine whether it is a negative, fearful experience or simply a sensation. Developing these insights, the author explains, can keep trauma from derailing readers’ lives and even turn it into something positive, such as inner power and opportunities to grow. Another common theme is abandoning victimhood. The book discusses two important concepts: “Letting Go of How You Think Things Are” and “The Primary Mistake” that all humans make—believing things are the way they see them and identifying who they are based on their own perceptions. These traps, according to Schoeninger, close the mind rather than opening it to fresh experiences, new awareness, and increased wellness. One of the volume’s strongest sections involves the exploration of “Inner Smiling,” a practice of allowing warmth and positivity to flood the body through meditation. The author deftly describes in detail a multistep process for engaging in this healthy exercise, which can train the mind and body to unwind more readily. Relaxation is a primary thread here, as the author considers it a key to creativity, heightened mental and physical abilities, and self-esteem.

A valuable, easy-to-read, positive manual on relaxing the mind, finding perspective, and journaling one’s way to self-awareness.

Pub Date: Aug. 27, 2017

ISBN: 978-0-9658256-5-8

Page Count: 196

Publisher: Power of Practice, LLC

Review Posted Online: Oct. 31, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 2017

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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