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How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World: A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul Hardcover – February 18, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 14.2 ounces
- Hardcover : 128 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401944100
- ISBN-10 : 1401944108
- Dimensions : 5.38 x 0.75 x 8.38 inches
- Publisher : Hay House Inc. (February 18, 2014)
- Language: : English
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#4,519,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #57,394 in Motivational Self-Help (Books)
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Now that this is out of the way, I have to admit I love the book. I could try to find some deep thoughts about why I enjoyed it but the truth is that everyone will respond differently. To me the book was like a warm candlelit bubble bath, or fresh flowers on my desk, or a walk at dawn with just my thoughts, or a drive up the PCH with my new playlist, it's just something that makes you feel good. So go ahead, spend a few $ on this book and make yourself feel good or remind yourself that life is about the small details and taking care of yourself. To glorious people and places in your life.
Each page of each section has a nice photo and a few words: Take a walk at dusk, Read a naughty novel, Take time to play, etc. These aren't groundbreaking statements and many of us already engage in most of the things she suggests. Although I would never "Swim in cool waters." Warm waters... that's another story, but I digress. The later sections have a bit more text but just a bit.
I received this and read it, literally, in under 30 minutes. And until the writing of this review, haven't looked at it since. Don't get me wrong, this is a charming book with pretty photography but it's not a book to be savored and looked at again and again. I also found the suggestions geared towards single people with no major family obligations and with unlimited resources. The author had the good fortune in her work to travel the world (Beijing, India, Milan, Paris) in luxury staying in five star hotels in all of these places. Honestly, not everyone has the resources to "Ride a bike through Paris" or "Dream about far off lands" when they are ill, have children and other obligations, with not a lot of coin to spare. It's nice to dream but in today's world, reality is probably more likely to be dominant over dreaming.
This book is the author's personal journal of sorts, not a road map for others. While I liked reading through it and looking at the pretty pictures, it doesn't do much for me long term. In fact it's more of a coffee table book and I can see this as a perfect fit for coffee tables in doctor's offices. It would be a nice alternative to magazine propaganda because it deals with something bigger than celebrity gossip, looks, money, etc. Might also be a nice addition to a get-well basket for people in the hospital as a quick uplift. Otherwise, not so sure.
This book is an exercise of love by the author. The author had been battling cancer. She set upon doing something positive and loving for herself. She used her photographs as inspiration for beauty and reminders of what can be done to take care of oneself while one was battling a disease.
There are three parts of the book. They are in the format of "mornings, afternoons, and evenings." The morning inspiration section contain short one liners indicating what you can do for yourself like "Dream about far-off lands." The afternoon perspiration section has a bit more text about tips such as a "Secret Sisterhood." And finally the last section on evenings exhalation deals with what you can do while battling an illness such as dealing with burnout and making your own kindness kit.
I believe this book would find a good place on a coffee table so that people can peruse the various sections of the book. Otherwise, it might be a thoughtful gift to give to other people who are facing illness and disease. It might help them recover because it reminds people of the good things in life.
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.
Tags: cancer, positive care, mornings, afternoons, evenings, travel. Sisterhood, kindness kit, coffee table, thoughtful, gift.
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An excellent read.