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On a self-help, positive thinking kick

I’ve been trying hard to manifest only really good things in my life lately. Two years ago, I made a vision board which hangs in my office and on it you will find all the things I want plus inspiring words. A few things have actually transpired- I have a literary agent, I took a wonderful trip to New York City, and I am regularly taking yoga classes. However, now its time to step up my game!

Recently a friend recommended a book published first in 1937 by Napoleon Hill called Think and Grow Rich which you can easily download as a PDF file right off your computer. Hill’s valuable quotes include this gem: “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

This book encourages the reader to apply their passion to their dream and to follow it through. Hill was initially hired by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie to write about the philosophy of achievement. What do successful people have in common? What drives them? Hill interviewed extremely successful people such as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, John D. Rockefeller, George Eastman, William Wrigley Jr. and Charles M. Schwab to find out. What he discovered is written within the pages of Think and Grow Rich. The principles of this book are probably as old as time but its a valuable read to help get you in the mindset of positive thinking. Have a goal in mind as you pursue your passion. Which leads me to the next book…

…Your Heart’s Desire by Sonia Choquette. Sonia is someone I would LOVE to meet. She’s a psychic, spiritual leader, and also so very wise. Again, the principles are the same, positive thinking, following your passion and not giving up. Set aside time in your day to really focus and draw attention to what it is you want!

Sonia writes about  following these nine steps to get what you truly want:  (1) Bring the dream into focus, (2) Gain support of the subconscious mind, (3) Imagine the heart’s desire, (4) Eliminate obstacles, (5) Receive Intuitive Guidance, (6) Support the dream with love, (7) Surrender control, (8) Claim the dream, and (9) Stay true to the dream.

This is a workbook you can write in, but I decided to read it once for the information, then go back and actually do the workbook.

The last book I’ve read is Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting by Lynn Grabhorn. She is not a scholar like Napoleon Hill or a spiritual leader like Sonia, but she is a student of vibration and the Law of Attraction. In this book, Lynn details how your vibrations attract or repel what you want. For example, if you are focused on how you never have any money, you are essential telling the universe ” I don’t have money!” so the universe obeys and continues to provide you with a lack of money. Like attracts like. If you say, “I have an abundance of money!” and you feel it, and you focus on it, in time the universe will attract the money to you. Its the law of physics.

Lynn’s book is the Law of Attraction at work; what you put into the universe, you get out of it. If you are a negative thinker, you will continually receive negative circumstances or people  in your life. I have to work very very hard not to let my negative emotions take over. I never really gave much thought to giving out vibrations and attracting negativity  but after this book its something I will definitely pay attention to. Any time I think about something negative or a lack in my life, I immediately turn my thoughts around and try to refocus on something positive. And when all else fails, I try to think about a trip to Paris, my ultimate travel destination! Turn your negative thoughts into positive ones. 

There is so much more to these books than what I have written about here and if you want to change your life or circumstances, I suggest any of them! I am also paging through the book The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. The premise in these books is so simple- if you think it, feel it, want it and focus on it, anything you want can be yours!

I will let you know when I have manifested the major book deal, new car, and trip to Paris!

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The Making of Us by Lisa Jewell

This is the second book I have read that included sperm donation. But lest you think its a weird and freaky novel that I have read, rest assured its a wonderful book by Lisa Jewell about siblings who were created from the ahem, donations of one man. This man, Daniel, is eldery and dying and his last wish is to meet the children he helped create. The book is told from the point of view of each child and Daniel’s friend Maggie who is trying to track down the kids before time runs out for Daniel.  

Lisa Jewell does a great job of giving the reader an emotional attachment to each character. There is Dean, a troubled young man whose girlfriend dies during childbirth, Lydia who is a very successful young woman but is lonely and carrying around trauma from her childhood, and Robyn, the youngest of the group wants to be a doctor like the father she’s never met and is trying to understand her own identity.

I enjoyed each character’s storyline and the changes they each inevitably make thanks to meeting each other and the man who helped give them life.  I kept thinking this would make a very cute Lifetime movie. How can I be a development scout for a film company? I always read books that I believe would make excellent films!

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New book by the author of The Kite Runner and I can’t wait!

How many of you read The Kite Runner? I was told about this book over and over again and refused to read it. “Not my style! Its not my genre! The subject matter doesn’t thrill me!”  I said.

Then one day, a friend gave me the book and I opened it and began to read. It was SO GOOD. Everyone who urged me to read it was right. Then the author, Khaled Hosseini, came out with another novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, which I also enjoyed. Then….nothing. I know it takes time to write a  novel but come on! Its been years. But alas, I read this earlier today (on Yahoo  and became very excited. I guess  brilliance does take a while and I’m certain this novel will be worth waiting for!

 “Khaled Hosseini’s next novel will be a journey across time and space.

The author of the million-sellers “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” has finished his third book, “And the Mountains Echoed.” Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) and publisher of his first two novels, announced Monday that “And the Mountains Echoed” comes out May 21.

“I am forever drawn to family as a recurring central theme of my writing,” Hosseini, the Afghan-born author and physician, said in a statement. “My earlier novels were at heart tales of fatherhood and motherhood. My new novel is a multi-generational family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other. I am thrilled at the chance to share this book with my readers.”

And we can’t wait!

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The Unlikely Pilgramage of Harold Fry

I saw this book featured in every magazine I picked up and I knew I had to read it from the glowing reviews. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is a sentimental and sweet book with Forest Gump-esque undertones.

Harold Fry is newly retired and lives a rather drab, boring life. His wife Maureen is quietly irritated with everything he does and the two of them silently circle each other. Here’s a quote that sums up the state of their union: ‘For years they had been in a place where language had no significance’.

One day Harold receives a letter from a woman, Queenie Hennessy, whom he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. She is dying.  Harold jots off a quick letter to Queenie and starts of for the mailbox only wearing his boat shoes and a light jacket. Its a nice day and he thinks to walk a little further, to the next mailbox. A chance encounter with a young woman gives Harold an idea- he will walk to Queenie! Surely if he sets off on this journey, Queenie will hang on for a while longer. So Harold starts walking and is determined not to stop until he reaches Queenie,  a long walk across England.

On his walk, he reflects on his life and the distance between he and his wife, what led them to become that way. He thinks about his lonely childhood and the relationship with his son and we slowly learn how critical Harold is of himself and how very alone he feels. His walk begins to give him some much needed clarity. Back at home, Maureen wonders about her husband, has he gone crazy? What is he doing, walking so far? Through the book we learn Queenie did something of major significance for Harold and that spurs him on. He never properly thanked her and having let down everyone in his life (or so he thinks) until now, he is determined to see his old friend and thank her before she dies.

Along his journey, he meets many people who briefly and profoundly touch his life and in a way, he does the same for them. I thought this book was beautifully written. I kept imagining this as a movie which will most likely happen in the near future. But do yourself a favor and read the book first.

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One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Sometimes you pick up the right book for your mood and you lose yourself in that book which is the case with One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper. From the first page I was hooked. Well, maybe not the first page as the main character is on his way to a sperm bank to make a donation, but soon after.

This is the story of Silver, an aging drummer for a one-hit wonder band who has managed to screw up his life by making a series of poor choices. He resides at the Versailles, an apartment complex for single dads and other losers like him. Unexpectedly, his college bound daughter arrives on his doorstep, pregnant and confused. 

A sudden health crisis puts things in a new perspective. A tear in his aorta needs to be repaired quickly or else he will die. Because he feels he doesn’t have much to live for, Silver decides to become a better man or literally die trying.  He wants to repair his relationship with his daughter and throughout the story, Silver tries to decide if his life is even worth saving.

Its a great book, and it moves quickly. I didn’t ruin anything for myself by reading the ending although I really wanted to know what Silver decided- will he have the surgery, coincidentally performed by his ex-wife’s fiancee, or will he die? Will the relationships be repaired? It was so good, I highly recommend this one. I liked all of Jonathan Tropper’s novels but this is definitely my favorite.

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The Good Woman by Jane Porter

This is the first novel in the Brennan sisters trilogy by Jane Porter. The Good Woman was an intriguing read and one that kept my interest all the way through. Meg is one of the four Brennan sisters and is the oldest, wisest, most responsible sister. She doesn’t make many mistakes, is a good wife, good mom and basically an all around good woman. Oh the pressure of always trying to be good!

Meg’s life is complicated by her very sexy, attractive and single boss, Chad. It would be easier for Meg to ignore the chemistry between her and Chad if her own husband Jack would pay more attention to her. Instead, he’s always busy with work and Meg feels lonely, unattractive, and unimportant. She’s burned out by her job as a publicist for the winery and the distance between her and her husband is growing bigger. A trip to The London Wine Fair with Chad gives him the opportunity to tell Meg that he is in love with her and allows Meg the chance to think about her life, especially her relationship with Jack.

The setting for the book is northern California and since Meg works at a winery run by Chad and his brother Craig, there is a fantastic backdrop for romance among the vineyards. Adding to the story is Meg’s sisters and her cancer stricken mother. These subplots create more tension in Meg’s life as she tries to juggle her responsibilities and not let anyone down. But something got to give and for once, Meg abandons the idea of always making the right choice and plunges into a situation that shakes up everything, just not in the way she hoped for.




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