A fairly standard self-help work with a theistic component.



A debut spiritual guide challenges readers to improve their lives by changing their perspectives.

As the self-help book’s subtitle suggests, Hodgson’s focus is on perception, perspective, and problems. Readers’ problems are caused by their perspectives—how they see the world. “Your life is a reflection of what you believe about yourself, others and the world around you,” writes the author in her introduction. “If you believe that you can accomplish great things, you will. If you believe that you can’t do anything right, then you won’t accomplish very much.” Readers’ perspectives, in turn, are formed by their past perceptions: interpretations of the world that they have filed away and which their minds continue to return to. Hodgson argues that, in order for readers to change their lives for the better, they have to find a way to separate themselves from these perceptions—emotional baggage, essentially—and form new perspectives. The author walks readers through this process, explaining how patterns of behavior are formed unintentionally by the way emotional reactions to things are processed and stored in the mind. She claims that by jettisoning these stockpiled associations and returning their minds to a state of clarity, readers can open themselves up to spiritual guidance, which will lead them to healthier ways of viewing the world. Hodgson writes in a precise but accessible prose, illustrating her points with frequent examples: “Certain feelings will get attached to a certain word or a group of words, and the combination of those words along with the feelings can end up carrying a great deal of weight. For example, suppose as a young child your mother hugs you every time she tells you she loves you.” The author includes worthy tips and exercises like journaling to help readers break down old barriers. While the spiritual aspect of the book is nondenominational, Hodgson argues that it is necessary for achieving the new, desired perspective. But this spiritual facet fits rather incongruously alongside the rest of the material, which is written in the secular language of pop psychology. Although the book is compact and professionally executed, much of the information in these pages is not especially insightful or innovative within the self-improvement genre.

A fairly standard self-help work with a theistic component.

Pub Date: May 22, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5255-2410-3

Page Count: 108

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: July 17, 2018

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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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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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