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Jane Carroll , Cynthia Dendy
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Book Description

Bertha-Size Your Life! Is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator's life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator's empty nest and the fun begins.

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she's always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph!

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you've got a book that's sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette.

Editorial Reviews


"What I adore about Bertha is how free she helps me feel. I read her words of wisdom and I grin, then I look out at the world with more spunk, hope and a hell yes I can! attitude. Let Bertha do the same for you. I promise, you'll thank me."
Jennifer Louden, best-selling author, The Woman's Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

From the Author

Writing Bertha-Size Your Life! was one of the most delightful things I have ever done. Originally, I was going to write a somewhat typical book incorporating Law of Attraction principles for women experiencing empty nest but Bertha had other ideas...she wanted a book of her own...and that's exactly what she got!

Bertha is one of those characters who get in your head and your heart. From zany outfits to downhome advice--she has it all.

I'm currently working on a sequel...and there has never been any doubt as to whose book it it will be.

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  • File Size: 975 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Master Koda Select Publishing; 3 edition (May 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bertha-size Review September 13, 2006
If I used one word to describe this book it would be, F-U-N. But then again, there's another; "revelations." And yet another; "perspective." My list goes on and on. I enjoyed this read so much that I finished in two days.

Jane Carroll opens her story with the "Empty Nest" blues as her last child leaves via the altar, but she quickly turns the theme around into a wonderful adventure of enlightenment, encouragement, and self-love. One that helps the reader in sorting out the past, the present, and the next fifty years. She shows us how to really live. That's life...with a capital "L."

As the story begins, she's jogging in the park and meets a woman named Bertha. After friendly exchanges, the two decide the role of room-mates fits them well. As soon as Bertha moves in, life changes and might I say, all for the better. It truly gives new meaning to the phrase, "When the student is ready, ..." Bertha's lifestyle is all about taking time to smell the roses, literally on some days. She's offers how life is meant to be embraced, cherish, lived in the "now," and how drifting is not an option. There's no room for "woe is me" in this book.

Each day (and Chapter) begins with a new adventure, and a flashy new wardrobe, I might add, by the simple question being asked, "Bertha, what are you doing?" I quickly learned that once these lines were read, Bertha would emerge; sometimes climbing on her soapbox and delivering "aha" moments, and other times using life-altering analogies coated with wisdom that couldn't be denied, no matter how far one's head is buried in the sand.

While each Bertha-sized adventure was fun, this book gives the reader much more than chuckles. In the end, you fully understand.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read January 9, 2013
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This is a light-hearted read through one woman's life as she tries to deal with the empty-nest syndrome as well as her doubts and fears that tag along with it. Laced with humor throughout, I quickly realized Bertha was her alter-ego pushing herself to see beyond her self-ascribed limitations. In the end she realizes her horizons are endless so why not enjoy it while she can. Filled with metaphors and humor, it is a quick read or it can be savored a little at a time with advice for all women in how to deal with their life. Both inspirational and funny at the same time, enjoy this don't-take-yourself-seriously read and take it for what it is: a fun and positive way to deal with emotional and mental obstacles that might stop you from enjoying life.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Uplifting! November 1, 2007
If you're looking for an inspiring and uplifting book then "Bertha Size Your Life" by Jane Carroll is a book for you!

It's a delightful story about you and me;encouraging us to listen to our inner-voices to follow our dreams and live our best life now. If you have a difficult time with negative thoughts that may defeat your purpose in life, Bertha helps you conquer that too!

I give it 5 stars, a MUST read!
Leslie Freude

Santa Clarita, CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bertha Inspires Women to be the Best They Can Be. February 13, 2012
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Have you ever picked up a book and could not put it down? "Bertha-size Your Life" by Jane Carroll is one of those books. Author Jane Carroll captures your attention from the very first word. She will make you laugh out loud, smile and then make you stop and think about things in your very own life. The study of the Law of Attraction can be a complicated issue, however, Author Jane Carroll explains the laws in every day language you can understand. The illustrations by Cynthia Collins are amazing and lets your picture yourself right there with Bertha and Jane.

Author Jane Carroll speaks to every woman and inspires them to change things they may be doing wrong in their lives. Such as focusing on things you do not want in your life instead of the good things you do want in your life. Her examples show you how to correct your thinking in easy to follow ideas that will change negative thoughts to positive thoughts in no time at all.

"Bertha-size Your Life" is the "plan" for every woman who firmly believes life is meant to be enjoyed to the fullest. This book is a must read book for any woman at any age. Thank you Jane Carroll for inspiring me to be the very best person I can be. Bertha meet Bella Lynch. :-)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you'll be sad to finish reading September 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was an awesome book for women of any age. Even though the target market is empty nesters, it has lessons that even marketers can learn from. I love all of the positive thinking reminders that are in this book. I loved watching Bertha fight with the cat. It was actually the highlight of my evening when I got to settle down and see what Bertha was up to next. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would, but Amazon only allows me 5. Great job!
DeAnna Troupe, Author of Tips For The Sophisticated Marketer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Bertha is Bigger Than Life November 4, 2012
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I loved this book from start to finish. I caught on from early in the story that Bertha was a metaphor for a woman changing her ways and starting her life again. I loved that she was a person with faults, who had a past, but who constantly reminded herself...and everybody else...that there is always a choice between the positive and the negative and that the positive is always there, even if you have to step out of the box sometimes to find it. Jane Carroll has a light, musical writing style with quick jabs of humor and colorful descriptions. When you sink into her rhythm, the stories just flow one after the other. I might suggest that Bertha-Size Your Life! would be best read a chapter or two at a time, first thing in the morning, over a steaming cup of coffee. Take your time with this book. Go slow, let it sink in. Let it inspire you. And, maybe, Bertha can be that positive change in your day. If you let her, maybe even in your life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok book
Published 22 days ago by Lonnie McConahy
5.0 out of 5 stars Optimism abounds
Witty and wise, Bertha is the alter ego, the voice of optimism which helps us to see situations in life which can be challenging with a glass half-full attitude. Read more
Published 3 months ago by D.G. Kaye
5.0 out of 5 stars so this book propagates smiles and good feelings like rings on water
Jane’s thoughts kept me reading through her enjoying slant of the Law of Attraction. Numerous ahas popped in my mind and slipped my lips when I read it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
There were several punctuation, sentence structure, and continuity errors. It seemed a few chapters were out of sequence. I just didn't like it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BeneeKent
4.0 out of 5 stars Pink and Lime
this book is written more like a journal so the storyline pops around all over the place. Bertha is quite the character - you will either love her or hate her. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marcy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book Every Women (Person) Needs To Read!
This is a once in a lifetime book that sums up what we all need to do in our lives - realize we have the power to be whoever we want to be. We are the only ones who can stop us! Read more
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Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good to reinforce self confidence!
Published 9 months ago by Lynda Nitkowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom With Witty
BERTHA SIZE YOUR LIFE written by Jane Carroll and Cynthia Dendy was an incredible read. It is funny, amusing, serious and yet educational. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lana Lee
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More About the Author

Jane Carroll, Author of Bertha-Size Your Life! and Becoming Bertha, is a Life Coach, Registered Nurse, Reiki Master, Mother, Grandmother, and long-time student of life. She has seen the focus of her over 30 year nursing career change from illness to wellness to wholeness, a philosophy that permeates everything she does.

While she enjoys all aspects of her life, writing is her passion and she is currently working on Bertha's latest adventures.

When life hands you an ostrich...make a boa ~ Bertha

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