I.M. Heart is a rather curious little self-help book. It is cut from a different cloth. It advocates a strategy for dealing with life's trials and tribulations that is, at first sight, 180 degrees away from what most authors say. Sue McDaniel tells us to think with our heart, let our heart make the decisions. By understanding your emotions you can use them to your advantage when dealing with life's situations. Sue explores this theory through the use of a small heart shaped character I.M. Heart. It is via this little guy that we get to learn about love, fear, hate and many other emotions. When we are consciously aware of these emotions you can learn to channel them and more importantly, understand them and the effect they are having. Sue shows how you can take the fear out of love, fear, and hate. By learning to understand your feelings you can learn much about yourself, and maybe just as important, the world and people around you.
I.M. Heart is a quick read (only 100 pages), and many have illustrations on them. But don't be fooled by the size, the text contains a wealth of information in it. The book consists of ten chapters, with each chapter exploring a particular theme, and subtlety offering suggestions as to how to incorporate the ideas into our lives.
This is Sue McDaniel's first solo work in the book world, but she is no novice: During the 1990's she co-authored five books. If I have a criticism of I.M. Heart, it would be about its complexity. Although the text is short, the message is at times complex. In some ways Sue McDaniel might have achieved a greater effect by writing a longer book, one that permits a more simplistic approach to the explanation of concepts. Sue McDaniel has a background in developing corporate culture and has spent many years consulting with companies large and small. She has developed training materials and delivered programs for government agencies, businesses, and organizations at the state, national and international level. She has a web site dedicated to I.M. Heart, and you can purchase the book from Amazon. --Simon Barrett in All News, Book Reviews
If you long to really live your life, but somewhere along the way you've forgotten how to feel, I.M. Heart will show you how. This charming line-drawn character will lead you through the many feelings you face, and will guide you in feeling them fully. The feelings include pain, fear, love, and connection to spirit and others. Gently and lovingly, this little heart shares some experiences that create feelings, and how he/she has learned to live with them. Filled with I am affirmations, I.M. Heart reassures us we're okay just as we are, and that we're becoming even better. Feelings are the way we get in touch with ourselves and create a more dynamic and joyful life. There are no shoulds ; in this book, and you won't be made to feel guilty for anything. Instead, you'll be coaxed to consider small changes and new possibilities to enrich your life. The positive energy in I.M. Heart will uplift and encourage. --Alice Berger, Berger Book Reviews
About the Author
Her love of learning lead to completion of a PhD in higher education with outside areas in psychology and management from the University of Missouri Columbia. Dr. McDaniel has developed training materials for the Missouri Department of Social Services, and Economic Development, as well as a variety of local and regional businesses. In her personal life, she has a love for animals, nature, gardening, music, books, and painting.