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Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Discovering Self-Love and Miracles Paperback – October 1, 2011
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Guest Reviewer: Kris Carr on Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
I couldn’t put Spirit Junkie down. It’s a beautiful book with a profound message: choose love. But let me be clear. Spirit Junkie isn’t your garden-variety new age tome. It’s hip, fresh, edgy, and raw--just like Gabrielle Bernstein. Through personal memoir and modern interpretations of A Course in Miracles, Gabrielle shows us that an intoxicatingly happy and baggage-free life is possible if we’re willing to break our fear-based habits. Simply put, Gabby is a force, a trailblazer, a powerful spiritual leader for the next generation. She inspires her readers to rise up and walk the talk along with her. No matter where you are on your personal journey, this book is a terrific addition to your soul toolkit. Let Spirit Junkie be one of your manuals for a better life and then share the information with everyone you know. I will hold many of its wisdom pearls close to my heart.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
So long, Carrie Bradshaw - there's a new role model for go-getting thirty somethings. Gabrielle Bernstein is doling out inner peace and self-love for the postmodern spiritual set. Elle Magazine, US This woman will make you smile. Forget what you thought you knew about 'self help'. Life coach Gabrielle Bernstein has wowed the US - and now she's hit the UK to unleash a happy new you... a role model in how to feel good. Glamour Magazine Bernstein has distinguished herself as the "happiness expert" for women... Forbes.com A new role model... New York Times Sunday Style Check out the woman they call the young Marianne Williamson. Marianne Williamson ... a sparkling star amongst the next generation of healers, motivational cheerleaders and wise (yet red-hot) women. -- Kris Carr, bestselling author of Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips Infused with inspirational & honest personal stories, humor, mantras & anecdotes for living, Gabby keeps it real in her second book 'Spirit Junkie'. So open your hearts to this beautiful-goddess-diva & most importantly: the one that lives inside you! Eliza Dushku, Actress Everyone needs a little 'ing'... and Gabrielle in their life. Get ready to be infused with inspiration and real-life strategies for a more fulfilling life! -- Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top Stylish, straight-talking and switched on...her tell-it-like-it-is tactics are attracting a new audience. Sunday Times Style Magazine The ultimate self-help guide for people struggling with low self-esteem. Soul & Spirit Magazine
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I read a lot of self help books especially spiritual ones. I've came across some absolutely amazing books out there but this one ... I couldn't finish. The tone was entitled and honestly it felt ego driven which is the opposite of what it's suppose to be about. The lingo is just silly and it felt fake. I really wanted to love it but I didn't learn anything besides the fact that the author, Gabby was a very entitled selfish New Yorker and I think she really is obsessed with the NYC "scene". It felt like sex and the city to me. Not a spiritual journey in the least.
The opposite of "~ing" is the ego (not the Freudian ego) which controls us with fear. The ego forces us to feel separate from everyone and everything and can have us believing we are better than others while at the same time having us believe that we are less-than or not good enough. We can only know true happiness and peace when we stop comparing ourselves to and competing with others.
Bernstein says that each time we gossip, feel jealous, or think nasty thoughts of others, we deepen our faith in fear. "If you choose to see a person's darkness, you strengthen your darkness within. If you choose to see their light, you shine from the inside out." Her solution to our problem of separateness is nothing new: pray, meditate, and write. She even offers her own version of AA's promises: "...you'll know a new way of being and a life beyond your wildest dreams. Fear will lift; anxiety, resentment, and attachment will slip away. You'll feel a presence greater than yourself leading you on a path toward true serenity and peace. You'll know that all your obstacles are opportunities, and you'll learn to lean on a power greater than yourself. Most important, you'll no longer feel the need to figure life out. You'll just be."
When you discover that success and status, the perfect romantic partner, or a hefty bank account won't make you happy, you can learn from "Spirit Junkie" that you already have everything you need to be content and at peace, and it's not outside of you. It's already in you. All you have to do is look.
David Allan Reeves
Author of "Running Away From Me"
On the positive side, 3 stars because the advice about giving up fear, ego and anger, and practicing love and forgiveness is transformative when practiced over time. Thankfully, Ms Bernstein first gave up drugs and alcohol, or there wouldn't have been much point.
We have all heard about people in downward behavioral spirals. First bulimia, then cutting, then alcohol, then cocaine, then heroin, then homelessness. Not as often do we read about the upward spiral. Where people get their act together. It sounds like the first important step was Recovery meetings and then she just kept going. She got sober, started practicing some spiritual principles, and the Next Right Thing started to become obvious. Whatever we diligently seek, we shall surely find.
As expected, I couldn't relate very well to the author due to the "young and privileged NYC scene" vibe . Still, I had hoped there would be more meat and bones about the upward spiral. How long does all this take? Apparently it is a gradual thing and never "finished", but a few more specific pointers would be helpful. For example, we are told that she experiences many of her transcendent moments in nature and during exercise. Not surprising.
On the negative side, she went from promoting the party lifestyle, which I did not even realize was a way to make a living, to promoting herself as a spiritual guru. Who was bankrolling her (well-off parents it seems) and would any of it be interesting if she were plain, a little overweight and living in East Podunk?
ACM, from what I have read, is basically repackaged Christianity, with God and Christ replaced by the "Universe". The original author claimed to have received inspiration from Christ Himself.