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The Wild Places (Penguin Original)
The Wild Places (Penguin Original)
by Robert Macfarlane
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.08
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly beautiful to read, March 19, 2009
This book was so so beautiful. The author describes nature scenes so perfectly that it almost transports you the places being described. I especially loved the heartrending stories of individuals whose memories of favorite nature spots kept them sane in insane situations they found themselves in, such as war. One thing to be forewarned of, is that history and other stories are woven into the descriptions of beautiful places. I had at first thought of this as a nice relaxing "go to sleep" to book, then suddenly images of starvation or other terrible things are being described, so, it might not be a sleep time book. Kate


Beyond Anxiety and Phobia: A Step-by-Step Guide to Lifetime Recovery
Beyond Anxiety and Phobia: A Step-by-Step Guide to Lifetime Recovery
by Edmund J. Bourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.45
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly "Beyond Anxiety and Phobia...", March 4, 2009
This book is aptly titled, as it truly goes beyond the typical anxiety management techniques. There are many lifestyle and philosophical approaches offered for consideration. The author freely shares his personal experiences and how he himself was helped by these ways. A very good book, even for anyone without anxiety disorders. Kate


Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry
Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry
by Edmund J. Bourne
Edition: Paperback
Price: $13.06
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Concise, simple and helpful, March 4, 2009
This is a very good book for coping with anxiety. It delivers what the subtitle promises: 10 simple ways to relieve anxiety,fear and worry. The author acknowledges throughout, that simple is not necesarily easy. Though the ten tips are simple, they do take concerted committment and effort to put into practice. I like this book so much that I recommended it as The Book of the Month in one of my recent newsletters to my subscribers. Kate


Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty
Goddesses in Older Women: Archetypes in Women over Fifty
by Jean Shinoda Bolen
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.21
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering and Supportive for Older Women, February 12, 2009
This is a good read for ageing women in our youth oriented society. Whether you "believe" in the idea of Goddess archetypes or not. The author dicusses various aspects which come into stronger focus as we age, and encourages women to be aware of them. The idea is to foster strengthening those aspects which are helpful, and to be aware of any negative attributes of an archetype, in order to overcome them. I found this book to be very nurturing, for its fresh perspective on the great things about ageing. Kate Boswell MFT


Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway
by Susan J. Jeffers
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.94
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3 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical help for fear and anxiety, October 10, 2008
Anyone struggling with fear or anxiety would do well to read this book. Susan Jeffers has written a wonderful book full of practical advice for overcoming fear and building courage to do what you want to do in life. She does it in a humane way without stigmatizing the person who is suffering. She recounts the story of one person who showed up for her class on coping with fear, and announced that she almost didn't attend, for fear of having a panic attack in front of everyone. Susan then asked her to show the class what a panic attack would look like, and of course, the student was unable to conjure one up. Throughout the book, she tells stories about how people overcame things they were afraid of, and started having fuller lives, using the techniques in the book. One of the main tenets of the book is that fear is not going away, and the only way to get past the fear is to go out and do what you want in spite of the fear. This is not a book you will want to read once and forget about. It is one you will want to refer to time and time again, for reminders on actions you can take to Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. They are actions you will need to remember to do often, until they become habits.


Master Your Fears: How to Triumph Over Your Worries and Get on with Your Life
Master Your Fears: How to Triumph Over Your Worries and Get on with Your Life
by Linda Sapadin
Edition: Hardcover
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For coping with anxiety and fear, very practical and helpful, September 23, 2008
I enjoyed reading Dr. Sapadin's book and think it would be very helpful, practical, and soothing for anyone suffering with anxiety and fears. Her language is simple and not jargony. Her exercises are easy to follow and learn from. She even has a questionairre to help you determine which kind of fearful person you are. Then throughout the book, she will gear various suggestions toward specific types. For example, if you are fearful mostly because of shyness, try this one... or, if mostly controlling, compliant, etc.. try this one. I work with people who struggle with anxiety and fear. I would recommend her book as a helpful adjunct. Kate Boswell MFT


Hope and Help for Your Nerves
Hope and Help for Your Nerves
by Claire Weekes
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coping with Anxiety and Panic: An Oldie but Goodie, September 15, 2008
I love this book. The author has such a dear way of "talking to" the reader, as though she were right there, guiding you through the steps to overcome your anxiety. Some things in it are out of date. For example, she talks about ECT, and how her methods will help overcome anxiety without it. She talks about heavy sedation, under a doctor's supervision, in order to rest up and recuperate from "nervous illness". But all in all, she talks, throughout the book, about concepts which are used today. Without using the same words, she is talking about acceptance, mindfulness, and stress management techniques. One thing to be aware of is that the author describes some symptoms of anxiety, which could mimic a serious health crisis, yet reassures the reader that it is not to be worried about. She reassures the readers that they won't die, that nobody ever died of an anxiety attack. Yet, in fairness to the author, she also emphasizes that this advice applies only if someone has actually seen a doctor and had other medical issues ruled out. Overall, the book may be seen as very soothing, comforting, and pleasant to read. Kate Boswell MFT


Tai Chi for Kids (Martial Arts for Kids)
Tai Chi for Kids (Martial Arts for Kids)
by Jose Figueroa
Edition: Hardcover
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Reference Book for Older Kids, but Somewhat Complicated as a How To Tool, August 1, 2008
What I love about this book is that it introduces kids to the idea of the mind body connection, meditation, and guided imagery. It is also a good reference book for older kids who are interested in Tai chi and want to know more about the history and philosophy. It has a very good but simple introduction to the concept of yin and yang, and how practicing Tai chi is the emobdiment of yin and yang. I like how it shows physical ways to meditate/relax the body and mind, through some Tai chi exercises. It also has some fun games to play solo or with a partner, to learn about energy, or to warm up and cool down before and after Tai chi practice.

Okay, what I don't like, and why I did not give it five stars...The instructions for the various poses and stances were somewhat complicated. As an adult, they were hard to decipher, so I imagine it wouldn't be that easy for the kids to learn from it either. Each positon has only one picture of the completed move or position. The verbal instructions are very long, and not broken down clearly into steps. There are no pictures of the various steps leading up to the completed move/positon.

I am a long time Tai chi student and a long distance grandmother. My grandkids practice with me when we get together during vacations. It is my experience that adults and kids learn Tai chi through imitation. In class, of course, we have a teacher and advanced students to imitate, with minimal verbal instructions. I think the book could teach more clearly, if the verbal instructions were broken down into shorter steps, each accompanied by a picture to imitate.

I will be sending this book to the kids, along with another book, Tai Chi For Kids: Moving With the Animals, which is for little kids. I think that the one about moving with the animals is actually a better teaching tool, with Tai chi for Kids as a good companion/reference/informational book for older kids. If the kids prove me wrong, and give a glowing report about how well this book teaches them, then I will be sure to post an updated review! Kate


Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the Animals
Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the Animals
by Stuart A. Olson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $12.82
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!, August 1, 2008
This book was more than I expected. It was so delightful! The author's little boy is the model for the various poses; his smile is so engaging, and he looks so happy doing Tai chi, that it is just an all around "feel good" type of book. Each pose has a colorful painting/sketch of an animal in the pose, with the little boy imitating the animal. Then there is an easy to follow set of numbered instructions for each step toward getting into the pose, with a photo of the boy demonstrating each step. The names of each pose are fun for kids and adults alike. For example, White Crane Cools it's Wings, or Chasing the Monkeys Away. I am a long term Tai chi student and a long distance grandmother. When the kids and I get together on vacations, they do Tai chi with me. I sent for this with the idea it will be something to send to them so they can continue to practice on their own. Since my own Tai chi teacher was so surprised that my grandkids enjoy Tai chi so much, and since I have not heard of classes for kids, I assumed that nobody was teaching them and writing for them. A fellow Tai chi student referred me to this book. I am pleasantly surprised with how well it is written. It was very sweet to read the author's story of how he didn't teach children, until his son, three years old at the time, showed him how. Well, I have had the book for a few days now, and will finally part with it to mail it to the kids. I recommend it for anyone who wants to introduce kids to Tai chi in a very fun and easy way. Kate
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A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose (Oprah's Book Club, Selection 61)
by Eckhart Tolle
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.44
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Earth helping people create A New Perspective, July 24, 2008
I avoided reading this book at first, thinking it would just be more of the same, on the heels of The Power of Now. Then clients in my therapy practice started quoting it. Eckhart's talk about the ego seems to help men, in particular, to find a language that is comfortable for them in grappling with life issues. Then the book was handed to me by a friend who was passing them out at a birthday dinner. I really loved reading it. I enjoyed reading a few pages a day, and letting it sink in. It has been critiqued as a repackaging of ancient wisdom which we've all heard already from other sources. I agree with that idea to a point. Another perspective I have is that it is ancient wisdom in a fresh package. It was quite a joy to read. It is a true gift, and I am glad that Oprah is promoting it.


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