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Sil Lai Abrams, Men's Fitness magazine's resident relationship expert, is an empowerment specialist with one mission: to help women stop surviving from crisis to crisis and start living authentic and empowered lives.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sepia Press Publishing; 1st edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615146325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615146324
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Commerce on January 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
Bravo for this unpretentious, heart to heart , manual for well deserved self love! This is told by a real woman , just like me.... single....kids, hectic , life, has had her moments of glory... ok my life is not that dramatic, but i have to admit I can get over the top sometimes. My relationships have not been perfect ( failed marriage.. to an alcoholic)... I keep on going back to the same pattern over and over with my family relationship, my work habits and ethic, and my self-absorbed lifetyle. I read a lot of self help books and it seems to be so much work all the time. For once,I discovered that the simple tools to my unanswered questions...I had practiced each steps of the Book thruout the various stages of my existence.....sporadically, erradically, but never kept up because I did not have consciousness of my actions.
Most of all I suffered ( still suffer) from a big lack of discipline (Oh yeah... and I never finish what I start!). Sil Lai in her heart to heart conversation, confession, laid out her nine steps, in a very plain way, no threat, no big words... She makes us dig a little in our spirituality, our humanity, and most of all she heps us unveil our own Truth, our life's fuel. Letting us unveil the possibilities we all have to finally enjoy the plenitude of a well balance life, in tune with our innerself and aware of our surroundings, accepting and loving who we are, just the way we are!
.... and no, it does not feel like a self pitying trip after a sceance at a support group!
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Let me start by saying I've never reviewed a book on Amazon, although I've purchased hundreds and have enjoyed more than a few. "No More Drama: Nine Simple Steps to Transforming a Breakdown into a Breakthrough" deserves a review and I feel obligated to do just that.

Sil Lai Abrams has created a remarkable work that has given me more than just hope (lots of books have given me hope)... it's also given me an action plan that works!

The word in the title that matters most is "simple," because these really are simple steps. What could be more simple than searching for and acknowledging the truth (Step 1), accepting it (Step 2) and then taking action (Step 3)?

While the steps themselves are easy to wrap one's head around and simple enough to immediately see their importance, the effort required by actually taking the steps isn't. Sometimes, it can be gut-wrenching. I've spent a week coming to terms with a relationship that isn't good for me. The gut-wrenching part? I've known all along that it wasn't good. Instead of seeing it for what it really is (she's not over her ex), I've tried to convince myself that things were getting better, that we were making progress, and that it will soon be different.

Step 1 requires that I strip away my wishful thinking and see it, the truth, for what it is (she doesn't love me and probably never will), Step 2 requires that I accept it (ouch!), and Step 3 requires that I take action (in this case, end it and move on). Yes, it feels awful, but it's real and staring me in the face. I can't avoid it for even a moment longer. Yes, I am heartbroken and have cried a thousand tears. More importantly, yes, I know I deserve to be in a relationship with someone who can actually love me back!
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I first read No More Drama Several years ago. I had just survived a breakdown and was determined to gain control of my life. A friend gave me a copy of the book and recommended I read it before I ended up in another toxic relationship. My friend promised I would relate to Sil Lai's story, she was right. The title attracted me but the book spoke to me. Sil Lai's words inspired and empowered me. The SEPIA principles guided me to a break through. I now have the inner peace and harmony she passionately speaks about. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony" ... I have found happiness through the SEPIA process. I'm no longer a survivor, I'm a contender! If you are struggling or surviving or pretending or searching, STOP, look no further, this book is for you.
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The author writes from her life experience as a recovering alcoholic among other problems. While applause is due to her perseverance and achievements, the advice for readers is unconvincing and borders on cliche. Many typos and grammatical mistakes also detract from her message. I don't recommend spending time on this book.
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I first read NMD a year ago, and I really liked the book. Even though I have not experienced the many hardships the the author faced, I can appreciated her honesty and her strength to climb out of her negative circumstances. This book can help a lot of women who are facing self-esteem issues, and issues with self-love. So, if you read the book, don't keep it to yourself. Buy a copy for a young lady...it may really help her in the long run.
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Sil Lai Abrams, a young woman of questionable heritage, grew up not really knowing who she was. She always had a feelilng she didn't quite fit into her family. Her hair was curly, her skin was darker and she just looked a bit different. It wasn't until she was almost a teen, she found out the truth. As a result, she started early into alcoholism, running away and other means of acting out her frustration. She has written a book, NO MORE DRAMA, which explains her early behavior, how long it went on, and what she did to control it later in life. She divides people into two categories: survivors and contenders. Survivors are merely trying to get through life; contenders are enjoying life without all the day to day drama and stress. She has nine steps, Self Empowerment Principles in Action (SEPIA), that will help make anyone's life better. The steps are Truth, Acceptance, Action, Commitment, Focus, Faith, Love, Humility and Charity. There is a chapter to cover each one and she uses her own life to show why you want to do it and how to accomplish it. She suggests that you write each one down, explore your feelings; it will cover the truth. In the case of Acceptance, write down those things which you know to be true and it will help you accept them as truth. Or Charity - the giving of yourself, while Love is used to generate emotional and spiritual growth within yourself and others.

The book is well-written, and because she uses the errors of her own life to show what can happen if you only seek to survive, it makes it very real and something easily understood. Especially when you are honest and realize that you have done some of the very same things without knowing why you were doing it.
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