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Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving Paperback – April 1, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
The latest effort from author and "practical spirituality" proponent Spadaro (co-author, Your Seven Energy Centers, with Elizabeth Clare Prophet) is a tightly woven guide to achieving inner peace with help from East and West spiritual traditions. The depressed, the alienated, and those recovering from a toxic relationship will undoubtedly appreciate the analogies from all corners of the globe; anyone suffering from self-doubt will find Spadaro's unwavering faith and enthusiasm encouraging; and the perpetually stuck will want to consult Spadaro's chapters on "giving yourself away," including a handy look at the idea of "flow," a psychological work state currently in vogue among efficiency experts. Though at times repetitive, Spadaro's nurturing, worthwhile endeavor will prove helpful to readers attuned to her perky cheerleader approach.
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"Patricia Spadaro is a marvelous guide through the inner realms of the heart. I always feel uplifted by her words." --Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love
Honor Yourself is more than just food for the soul, it is true healing for the heart. Patricia Spadaro provides an honest approach to self-love that will help us overcome the mental and emotional roadblocks that have created imbalances in our lives today. Taking a cue from ancient scriptures and healing traditions, she helps us understand the daily dance of give and take that makes up life's experiences. She is a new voice to be reckoned with as a pioneer in healing. --Ann Louise Gittleman,New York Times bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan and Before the Change
A tightly woven guide to achieving inner peace. --Publishers Weekly
If you happen to be someone in need of a good book in a bad time, then you’ve just met this season’s must-read. --Good Books in Bad Times (HarperOne blog)
Essential reading.... Her writing is a breath of fresh air. --Chris Prentiss, author of Zen and the Art of Happiness
Engaging, compassionate, and at times, surprising. --ForeWord magazine
A compendium of insight, advice, and practicality….Highly recommended for personal self-help, self-improvement reading lists as being especially user friendly and ‘real world’ oriented. --Midwest Book Review
Rich in insight and practical wisdom, this wonderful book is an essential guide to making the choices that are right for you. It will touch your heart, move your spirit, and propel you forward. I highly recommend this exceptional book. --Dannion Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Saved by the Light
A must read. Not only the best guide for developing a healthier relationship with yourself but filled with the wisdom of the ages. Incredibly informative and uplifting. --Bill Cloke, author of Happy Together
Offers wise counsel on giving birth to your best self through the practices of giving and receiving. --Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SpiritualityandPractice.com
Patricia Spadaro’s elegant writing takes us exactly where we need to be, on the journey inward…. A must-read for everyone who struggles with balance: executives, stay-at-home moms, politicians, celebrities, and anyone who works hard and wants to live fully.” --Iris Martin, author of From Couch to Corporation
A must read for those wanting to nurture and enhance the greatest relationship you will ever have . . . the one with yourself." --Ann Boroch, author of The Candida Cure
Rarely does a debut solo work of nonfiction explode on the scene with such deftness and clarity.... What makes any book great, from Dostoyevsky to Tolle, is when the reader pauses every so often to ponder what he has just read. This is just what I found myself doing. --ReverseSpins.com
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But that's not what makes it great.
This book deals with the play of paradox in a way not attempted since the Tao Te Ching which, according to tradition, was written millennia ago by Lao Tzu. The Tao, as it is commonly referred to, is an enigmatic text that deals with the ultimate paradox, the flow of the infinite and ungraspable principle through the polarities of yang and yin. The Tao is an obscure book, one that is intentionally hard to grasp, especially by minds in our time that want to measure, quantify, calibrate, cogitate. Lao Tzu, translated variously as Old Master or Old Fellow, was skilled in cloaking the essence of the Tao from the concrete mind. And so that ancient text has remained a beacon that lures people to a higher place.
It is, however, a beacon that does not provide a practical set of ideas or exercises to apply its insights. And it could not. It was not until our time that we had the requisite accumulation of social, spiritual and psychological knowledge to put the Old Master's insights into action. And that, precisely, is what Patricia Spadaro has undertaken to do, consciously or not, in Honor Yourself.
If the Tao te Ching is theory, Honor Yourself is practice. It isn't a cookbook or a treatise that tells you how to paint by the numbers. It doesn't merit over used terms --like memorable, exceptional, unique--that people repeat when reviewing books. Honor Yourself goes beyond canned solutions and empty praise and gives you the necessary thinking skills to resolve the paradoxes of life so that you can one day resolve the Great Paradox.
I think the Old Fellow himself would be impressed.
I thoroughly enjoyed "Honor Yourself." It does a tremendous job of weaving deep wisdom into a beautifully accessible format. I loved the "myths and magic," the practical keys in the "balancing acts," and the catchy wording used to convey the paradoxical truths--say no to say yes, give less to give more, etc. The anecdotes were great too.
It is always refreshing to find a book so accessible and interesting to read, yet so deeply informed by the timeless wisdom of the past.