Wednesday, February 9, 2011

29 Days to Save Money and Achieve Financial Independence by Richard Fast

29 Days to Save Money and Achieve Financial Independence. Richard Fast. June 2010. 294 pages. ISBN No. 9780986537738. Available online at:

"The ultimate purpose of the 29 DAYS programs (this is one) is permanent change. Permanent change can only be achieved by changing your deepest thoughts." But whereas we are all very good at saying we want permanent change, our steps usually don't proceed from simple, small steps, and that is one reason we fail. Richard Fast offers a program for those who really want to be financially independent and are tired of living on a financial edge, especially in these very difficult financial times!

Fast helps the reader to analyze his or her habits, attitudes toward change, and perceptions about success. Yes, patience and perseverance are key elements that will help achieve this goal, but these won't work unless one copes with the fears one has about both one's failures and successes. Instead of self-criticism and commands, the author helps the reader ask the types of questions that guarantee one can begin to implement changes to achieve one's successful financial goal - that is a gem so many can absorb through the habitual hardwired thoughts that doom goals to failure before they even begin.

Along with this book comes access to an on-line coach to support you in your progress through the 29 days. Week one is all about committment to the goal and changing limiting habits and beliefs, week to getting ready for practical action, week three moves one into the zone of wanting that action and coming up with ideas and ways that work, and four implementing actions that day by day will become like new habits leading to those desired permanent results.

The remainder of the book takes one through a day-by-day process that this reviewer thinks is chock full of stories, advice, and practical financial advice, things like leasing versus buying, reconciling my needs and wants with my real net income,and so much more. Yes, "Awareness is Vital to Fundamental Change."

So if you're tired of living with never knowing where the next dollar is coming from, or spending habits that test your actual income to the limit, and other aspects that drive individuals and couples into so much unnecessary disharmony, this is the book you need to purchase. This reviewer doesn't normally like books like this; but I highly recommend this text for readers of all ages.

And if you like this text, there are other 29 Days books for other life scenarios offering a new, productive way to live. Start here - it will be worth every penny spent! Very nice job, Richard Fast!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

A Song For My Mother - A Novel by Kat Martin

A Song For My Mother: A Novel. Kat Martin. Vanguard Press. April 2011. 224 pp hc. ISBN No. 9781593156565.

Marly Hanson left Dreyerville, Michigan midway through high school with a rough and tough boyfriend, heading for Detroit where she eventually was abandoned and left with her daughter, Katie. Marly has a lot to be proud of, having put herself through school and made a loving home for Katie, a world that has been shattered and rebuilt after Katie develops and is treated for cancer. But Katie is on the mend now and has one desire, to see her grandmother in Dreyerville.

Marly's Mom, Winnie, has plenty to feel guilty about, but Marly seems hell-bent on voicing her anger and refusing to give an inch, a fact that is quickly picked up by both Katie and Winnie's caring neighbor, Reed Bennett.

Reed and his son, Ham, have had their own sorrows to surmount, but Reed is definitely attracted to Marly who comes across as the resistance poster female of the year - at first.

Telling more would spoil this tough but tender story in which the reader learns not to make quick judgments and watches the healing power of love crack stony, formidable walls into pebbles. Nothing is impossible, and love has such immense power to heal, bring forgiveness while still remembering, and forging a new world of trust and tenderness in a world that is so quick to condemn and slow to give second chances.

Great, lovely story, Kat Martin! Something for everyone herein!

Quantum Angel Healing by Eva-Maria Mora

Quantum Angel Healing: Energy Therapy and Communication with Angels. Eva-Maria Mora. Synergy Books. February 2011. 312 pp. pb. ISBN #: 9780984504015.

Our thoughts and emotions carry spiritual energy that has such tremendous healing power. This is, according to the author, an avenue of healing open to everyone and limited only by our own resistance. One can access this energy for one's own mind, emotions, and spirit as well as share it with others. Beginning with clarifying one's intentions and communicating with angels, Ms. Mora offers numerous suggestions for connecting with angels, such as the use of prayers - how to is important here - and crystals. Other chapters include cleansing the area around one's self by a technique called "smudging," a discussion about the types of spirits living near each person, and using techniques like salt baths to provide a clean, clear environment.

The following chapters then become very specific about angel breath rituals, the definition and use of the chakras in every human body, and the importance of the "third eye" in one's spiritual practice and health.

The remainder of the book tackles actual healing techniques for clearing away the ill effects of lack of forgiveness, living in an habitual victim mentality, fear, rejection, and so many other areas. There apparently are different angels to connect with who specialize, so to speak, in healing different problems. Finally, there is a list of ailments, the programs and emotions inherent in each illness, which program to use in the book for healing each individual health issue, as well as information to connect the reader who wants to know more about the practices of quantum angel healing or to connect with an actual quantum angel practitioner.

Ms. Mora has presented the reader with an alternative method of healing that will fascinate some who are open to such experiences. The caveat this reviewer would add to what has been presented is to open to whatever is possible herein and not to fall into a guilt trip for what may not happen.

Certainly, Quantum Angel Healing opens up a brand new world sure to intrigue many and offers alternatives for those who want something other than traditional medicine something to embrace with natural, divine healing methods.