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Center of Gravity: One woman's experiment to reinvent her entire life through creativity, spirituality and a leap of faith. Kindle Edition
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In her eyebrow raising thought provoking memoir, Geva Salerno reflects on how she often found that in striving to succeed, she developed only part of who she is, while leaving vital aspects of herself behind. Geva writes about feeling empty, burned out, boyfriend out and unhappy.
In the end of the book Geva rises to life's challenges by accessing her reservoir of presence, and informs her readers, "Whatever is in our heart, whatever is authentically true for you, do that thing. And the world will smile."
Her words of wisdom provide hope and encouragement for many women who struggle to find peace and happiness in this crazy planet. Thank you Geva for sharing your journey with us.
As a divorced/single woman who was brought up to believe you are only half a person without a man I found this quite refreshing. Geva has a handle on the needs of women and has shown us how to empower ourselves and take a step out of our comfort zone. She has touched on our needs and wants not just single women, but all women.
You can bet I will be digging deeper into my passions and open myself up to new and better things. Thank you for writing this Geva.
Geva Salerno embarks on a one-year “no dating” journey with the goal of finding out what her life would be like if she were not constantly focused on finding Mr. Right and having a relationship. One of the first things she realizes is that she needs to be a little more “selfish” —not in a bad way, but by setting boundaries and learning to say “no” to others in order to take care of herself. I admired Ms. Salerno’s determination to focus on her own needs for a while so she could rediscover what made her happy or unhappy.
The writing is good, and the author’s journey is interesting enough, but I’ve got to be honest and say my enjoyment for the book waned about 2/3 through, which happens to coincide with when the editing errors began to show up with greater frequency. An extra letter here, missing punctuation there, misplaced punctuation…these were sprinkled lightly throughout the book, and though I noticed them, they didn’t pull me out of the story. In the final third of the book they seemed to escalate and were definitely a distraction. The narrative seemed to flag a little there, too, but I didn’t want to quit reading since I was close to the end.
I signed up months ago for a free copy of this as part of an offer on the Facebook page “Christian Book Club,” and assumed the book would be Christian. It is not. It is spiritual, but no Christianity. I’m not sure how to classify it, but it’s more of the “God is everyone, everyone is God” type of thing. Not my beliefs, but I can’t downgrade the book’s rating simply because I don’t agree with the author’s beliefs. And obviously whatever she did over the course of her “experiment” year has worked to make her a happier person.
All in all, her journey was a brave one, and there are probably a lot of women who can benefit from what she learned along the way.
After many years of working too much and spending an excessive amount of time and energy on trying to "find the right man," the author decides that she needs to make some drastic changes. She imposes a 1-year moratorium on dating in order to focus on personal development. The book chronicles the author as she regains control of her life and finds the balance that had been missing for a long time. Center of Gravity definitely made me think about aspects of my life that I would like to change. One important message from the book was that not only is it OK to take a path other than college=>marriage=>kids, but that people can be happy and fulfilled doing so. The most fascinating part of the book for me was the conversations the author was having in her head while she was going about life. In one example, she was meeting with a business contact while having an internal debate about whether to make an exception to her no dating for a year rule. The least appealing sections of the book were the lengthy discussions about yoga and drum circles. While these topics are important to the overall story, they don't really interest me; I would have preferred more concise versions of these stories.
In sum, Center of Gravity is an interesting read with an inspirational message.
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She's a natural writer with flair and incite!
Life is all about the journey and she's had an interesting one by far!
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