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Book Review: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte

Posted June 12, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Book Review: The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorteThe Desire Map on December 5th 2012
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Goodreads
five-stars

The Desire Map program is just that — a program.

Most life-planning tools focus on external attainment and results. Which is valuable. Getting results is what moves your life forward. Except that most goal-setting systems fail to harness the most powerful driver behind any aspiration: your preferred feelings; and they foster an uptight determination that can keep us from the vitality we crave.

The Desire Map program is changing all of that. You could call it holistic life-planning. The inner meets the outer. The spirit drives the material.

The purpose of The Desire Map is:
- Ultimately, to help you remember your light, your true nature, your source.
- To show you your heart’s longing — your core desired - feelings.
- To help you use your core desired feelings as a guidance system for making choices.
- To help you use your desired feelings as a way to access comfort and clarity during painful times.
- To help you accentuate the positive aspects of your life, while still honouring, and not invalidating, the negative parts that you want to change.
- To help you regard your feelings as road signs to your Soul.

So that you can:
- Plan your day, your week, your month, your year and…
- Feel great, making a lot of awesome things happen in every area your life

why I read this bookI saw many people talking about this book in some of my business groups. After hearing many people rave about this book, curiosity got the better of me, and I downloaded it onto my Kindle.

 

my reviewOH MY GAWWWWD!! You all!! This book broke me open in the best possible way. After reading this, I downloaded her #truthbomb app and bought her other book The Fire Starter Sessions. I realize that I have been living with OTHER people’s goals. Don’t stop reading here and think this is just another goal program. It IS a program, but it has you mapping out what makes YOU feel good and what MAKES you feel motivated. For example, many of my friends think that a house is a big goal to achieve. Me? I would rather travel around the world and invest in a good mi-fi and write. Every time I think of buying a house I feel like I am slowly descending into the purgatory that is the American dream. To be it is more like the American nightmare. True story. My ex bought a McMansion, and he was proudly telling me about it. My very first thought was, praise the Lord he dumped me or my ass would be stuck cleaning that thing. A cold shiver of dread of having narrowly missed becoming a modern day slave washed over me. SOCLOSE!! I am not even engaging in hyperbolic speech either. I tried to be happy, but all I could think of well whatever you get tired of living where you are, and you want to move or something? He was confused by the question. Well, if you want to be tied down the more power to ya! I realize that this makes me sound like I am committed phobic and maybe I am.. Well no I am committed to my freelance writing business but to people and places. Ehhh

Anyway, this book is divided into two parts. The first part is the theory and that is the part that broke me open. After reading this I thought what would make me motivated to bust my ass, what would I gain that would make me believe that heaven had just come down and I was living in the new Paradise with our Lord and Savior? I then realize living in the tropics near a beach with the newest Macbook Pro would bring me to my knees. I could feel myself promising to bust my ass for 14 hours a day until I was blogging from Paradise

She is spiritual. I am too, so I drank it up. I know some people may not be too keen on this to which I say pooh on you!

The 2nd half of the book is a workbook that I am still making my way through. So far it is very different from any other workbook that I have completed. I feel that this book gets to the heart of the things that wi propel us toward a life that will have us begging for mercy because we can’t take much more happiness. I look forward to starting on my journey. I have already told ALL my friends to read this book NOW! I urge you to do the same.

 

loved-it

five-stars
Hillary

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Review:The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Posted June 5, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781401308582
Review:The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch AlbomThe Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Published by Pearson Education on 2012
Genres: Fiction, General
Pages: 93
Format: hardcover
Source: own
Goodreads
five-stars

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer.

In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie's five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his "meaningless" life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: "Why was I here?"

 

 

my review

 

This was a reread for me. I first read this book when I was in Africa, and It made an impression on me. I was feeling kind of down a few weeks ago so I read it again. This is one of those books that no matter what kind of mood you are in, it will bring a smile to your face.

The plot is simple. A man dies, and he meets the five people that most had an impact on his life. However, it goes deeper than that. It will make you think of the people that had an impact on you and the impact that you have had on them. It is not always who-who believe it would be either. The part that I liked most is that even though he feels like he has wasted his life in the end he was excakly where he was supposed to be. He found out that he did have a big impact on people. Often we think that we lead small lives when in reality we are making an enormous impact. We should not fail to underestimate what we deem insignificant. This was a fast little book that you could read in a couple of hours, but its impact will be there long after you have finshed.

loved-it

 

five-stars
Hillary

About Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!

Book Review:Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Posted February 9, 2015 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780385496094
Book Review:Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne LamottTraveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
Published by Anchor Books on February 1st 2000
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Literary, Religious, Women
Pages: 275
Format: hardcover
Source: own
Goodreads
five-stars

From the bestselling author of Operating Instructions and Bird by Birdcomes a chronicle of faith and spirituality that is at once tough, personal, affectionate, wise and very funny. With an exuberant mix of passion, insight, and humor, Anne Lamott takes us on a journey through her often troubled past to illuminate her devout but quirky walk of faith. In a narrative spiced with stories and scripture, with diatribes, laughter, and tears, Lamott tells how, against all odds, she came to believe in God and then, even more miraculously, in herself. She shows us the myriad ways in which this sustains and guides her, shining the light of faith on the darkest part of ordinary life and exposing surprising pockets of meaning and hope. Whether writing about her family or her dreadlocks, sick children or old friends, the most religious women of her church or the men she's dated, Lamott reveals the hard-won wisdom gathered along her path to connectedness and liberation.

why I read this book

 

All of last year my faith took a very serious nosedive. I am trying to build it back up to where it was but I was not in the mood for a “preachy” book and I LOVED her book Bird by Bird so I decided to pick this book up.

 

my review

 

When you thinks about Christian writers most of the time we conjure up someone who has never had any problems and is very into the rules. Traveling Mercies is a breath of fresh air in the Christian book industry. Anne Lamott talks about overcoming her drug and drinking issues. She does not hold back in any way and you never get the feeling that she has such holiness that you feel like throwing the book across the wall and that you can’t possibly meet that level.

She also talks about getting pregnant and her son and about being a mother. I do not have kids but I love her honesty about the things she does and the mistakes she makes. It seems that I am surrounded by perfect mothers and I know if I ever had a kid I would probably lose my cool more often than not. To read about this kind of mother and to know her kid turned out OK gives me hope.

While reading this book I wondered why I couldn’t be exposed to some of the more liberal religious people that she is. I grew up in Eastern Ky and all my life it has been who can follow the rules in the bible the best. Anne Lamott is surrounded by people that seem to GET life in this fallen world.

Over all I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who feels more like a sinner than a saint.

loved-it

five-stars
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I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don't be afraid to say hi!