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Three Books for Healing What Ails You

Aside from the occult/new age section at the store, the other place you’re very likely to find me in a book store is in the self-help section. Even before I earned my degrees in Holistic Life Coaching and Spiritual Counseling, I have had an affinity for self-help as far back as I can remember. Every time the publisher I get my free review books from has a new self-help book available, I jump on it!

Pain-Free with CBD by Alice O’Leary Randall

41AdcK3MSbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I started using CBD oil daily almost a year ago. I can’t praise it enough. It has helped with both my chronic pains and my anxiety. It is the thing I have been looking for for years. My go-to brand, if you’re interested, is HempWorx. I like them because they use very few ingredients… they don’t stuff their product with crap you don’t need.

Because of my recently discovered love of CBD, I was thrilled to grab up this book, Pain-Free with CBD. Anything that can help me get more benefit out of something I already use is definitely worth my time to read.

The book breaks things down into illnesses and describes how CBD can help, which dosages are required, and other information you’ll find useful. I like the primer on CBD that explains a lot about the product and even touches base on the laws surrounding the use of hemp and marijuana products (which are changing all the time).

If you have any of the following illnesses, this book may be for you (these are the ones covered within the book) – Alzheimer’s, ALS, Anxiety Disorders, Arthritis, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, HIV/Aids, Huntington’s Disease, IBS/IBD, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Migraines, MS, Parkinson’s, PTSD, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture by Sarah Swanberg

I’ve heard acupuncture works. I’m too afraid to try. I thought buying this book would 515ZRoiIkjL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_take away my fears. It’s a great book. I’m still not going to get acupuncture done.

So, now that we have that out of the way, A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture contains “Everything You Need to Know” about acupuncture. It’s an excellent guide, whether you’re thinking of getting it done, already got it done and want to know more about the benefits, or if you’re learning to be an acupuncturist.

What I did LOVE about this book is that it’s about more than just where they stick the “needles.” It covers the elements, talks about Yin and Yang, and it also has some acupressure points you can try at home. Acupressure is using pressure on specific points of the body to promote healing to pain relief (basically the same as acupuncture, but without pokes).

The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook by Amy Marlow-MaCoy

513vYlffwdL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Self-help workbooks are amazing things to have in your roster, whether you’re a therapist or the one looking for therapy. The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook is a place where you can work through your feelings after being subject to emotional abuse. As someone who has lived through emotional abuse from more than one source, I found this book extremely useful.

I like that it prompts you, kind of in a diary form, to talk about the things you’ve experienced and your feelings. You may not even realize that you have been gaslighted until you start answering the questions put forth in the pages of this book.

Have you been lied to? Has someone made you feel like you’re crazy by blaming you for doing things you didn’t even do? Are you always the scapegoat? Through this book, you’ll learn how to spot the signs of gaslighting and how to protect yourself.

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Three Books of Mythology for Kids

Really only two of them are mythology, and one has some cool mythos on Buddhism, but it a serious book to help younger generations learn to allow more peace and calm into their lives.

Goddess Power – 10 Empowering Tales of Legendary Women

goddess powerFirst up, I have Goddess Power by Ying In Chae. I’ve had a love for mythology since I was old enough to understand words. Imagine my surprise when a publisher who sends me cool books to review had not one but TWO books on mythology! This is the first of the two I got in the mail. I’ll be telling you all about the other one in a moment.

Goddess Power is a book stuffed with ten stories about Goddesses. It’s a great primer for any child interested in mythology, and it’s an excellent book filled with girl power (hence the book’s title). Myths are a way ancient people found to explain how things happened – from how the Earth was “born” to how people, plants, and animals came into existence.

Within the pages of this book, you will find stories about Gaia, Rhea, Hera, Artemis, The Fates, Demeter, Athena, The Muses, Aphrodite, and Circe. It’s, again, a great beginner’s guide into mythology, but it is not the full text on each of these goddesses’ histories.

Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt – Egyptian Mythology for Kids

Let me start by saying that mythological stories are sometimes told differently from story ancient egyptto story (take a moment to look of the “history” or Robin Hood, a perfect example of how myths have more than one origin story). This book has some stuff that is far different from what I’ve learned about Egyptian mythology over the past 30+ years. That doesn’t make what this book tells wrong – it’s just another version of a history of man.

A comprehensive book of the mythos of Ancient Egypt would require far more pages than Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt has, so the book ties stories of some of the more minor gods and goddesses (though I would call Maat minor) into the other stories, or throws them in between chapters (almost as an afterthought).

Much like the Goddess Power book, I think this is a great text for beginners and young children, but not so much if you’re knowledgeable already in the history of deities of Egypt.

Buddhism for Kids – 40 Activities, Meditations, and Stories for Everyday Calm, Happiness, and Awareness

519Z5DAddbL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Buddhism for Kids by Emily Griffith Burke is more than a book of mythology. I like the stories it includes, like Aesop’s Fables, each teaching some sort of moral.

So, a brief look into the book, in my words: There are adapted stories on Buddhism, like The Brave Buddha Bird, along with lessons for kids to do. The lessons include things like meditations and other “projects.” What’s great about it all is that the book is friendly to parents – You can do these side-projects with or without the kids and benefit from them.

You and your child will learn to be more aware of the world around you, find joy in peacefulness, and how to use creativity to do both!

 

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5 Books for Your Witchy Side

I love books, and I especially enjoy books on witchcraft and divination. I am gathering quite the collection of new books now that I get free books from the publisher for unbiased reviews (in fact, they say I don’t have to review them at all, and I still get them for free — that’s a great deal).

518h0PPcnBL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_This week I decided to focus on some of my favorite I’ve gotten in the past few months, beginning with Palm Reading for Beginners by Kenneth Lagerstrom.

I already have a few palm reading books and a friend who does palm reading — but there are some books you can never have too many of. Lagerstrom’s book is colorful, and I love the artwork. Instead of your basic line drawing graphs with all the life lines and such, this book opted for a more creative look.

This is an excellent beginner’s guide, and it’s incredibly affordable ($11.99 cover price USD). I love that it’s an easy-to-read guide, and the colorful insides keep your eyes happy!

51YsKIWy39L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_If you’re a crystal lover (like me), you’ll love Karen Frazier’s An Introduction to Crystal Grids. Crystal grids are a new concept to me, so I was excited to get my hands on a book from an author I like.

I love that this book touches base on the importance of crystal shapes, not just colors and meanings. Frazier breaks the grids down into categories of what you might need them for, from public speaking engagements to increasing your creativity.

This is a must-have guide for all witches and healers if you’re working with crystals regularly!41xw4VYCisL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_

The Complete Guide to Astrology by Louise Edington will surely help you better understand your birth chart and makes a great companion to Modern Astrology. I’ve had a passion for astrology and horoscopes since I was a kid, and both of these books from Edington have renewed my love of the subject and brought me into the world of birth charts. Birth charts are essential to really understand your astrological makeup — sun signs are just one small part of it!

No list of witchy books would be complete without some spells and rituals. Two amazing witchy books I recently got my hands on are The Spell Book for New Witches by Ambrosia Hawthorn and The Witch’s Guide to Ritual by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Both books are full of useful info for new witches and experienced folks in the craft.

The spell book is filled spells for everyday life, to help you deal with anything that comes at you. I love the spell descriptions, the creativity behind each spell, and that the instructions are easy to follow.

The ritual book is also excellent for novices and experts. It covers how to get started with a ritual, and many of the basic rituals you may want to do (from sabbats to moon phases). It’s a very descriptive book and has all you need to start practicing as a witch or Pagan!

 

 

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Vote For Me (Please)!

Squeeee!!! So, I’m a finalist in this writing contest for Writer’s Digest. Follow the link below, follow their instructions, and vote for the entry “I.” This is what it reads, so you make sure you vote for the right one – “Viv was the first in her coven to master the spoon trick but wasn’t sure how to wiggle her nose to cast the removal spell.”

It’s free to vote, and you’d be doing me a HUGE favor! Thanks in advance. Also, feel free to share and get your friends to vote for me as well ❤

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Your faithful book reviewer,
Yvonne Glasgow

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Minimalism Room By Room by Elizabeth Enright Phillips

41OPXgnnT+L._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_I’m not a minimalist, but I like the idea. I am a collector. If I don’t “collect” it, then I have minimal amounts of it. I am not the opposite either — I’m not a hoarder (though I am recovered). Letting go of things is easy for me, but I love entertainment (movies, music, and especially books).

I enjoy reading about minimalism and watching shows on the topic. I get tips. I’m reminded that living life is more important than filling our homes with stuff.

Minimalism Room By Room is a wonderful, comprehensive guide, to help with home decluttering. The book briefly explains the minimalist lifestyle but doesn’t waste a bunch of time on descriptions — instead, it delves into a room by room breakdown of what to go through. The goal is to keep the stuff you need and ensure everything has a place. The spaces things are kept are assigned “jobs.” Like the pantry is for food, the hall closet is for sports goods and coats, etc.

What I like even more than the room-by-room step-by-step layout of this book is that there are tracking sheets in the back of the book. You can keep track of how many boxes or bags of stuff you donate, for items you sell, and even a guide on making a capsule wardrobe.

This book was free from the publisher. It’s cool.