Book reviews

from prior months

10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace by Wayne Dyer

As the title suggests, the author lets you in on the secrets he has discovered about life.  The first secret is "have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing."  Dr. Dyer beautifully describes what that means.  He reminds us that we are born into a well-intentioned conditioning program that allows us to fit into our current surroundings.  It is only through open-mindedness that we can progress, create and grow.  Realize that travel to the moon, computers, phones, etc would never have been possible without open-mindedness.  He tells us to refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations of what you're capable of creating.  Let go of attachments to what you've been trained to believe.  This is all such beautiful, wonderful wisdom that I have learned personally through my journey.  I would not be here today if it weren't for my open mind.  I truly take these words to heart and have found my own miracles by letting go of beliefs and attachments.  The author goes on to discuss 9 more gems of wisdom.  A must-have book for everyone!

Dynamic Laws of Healing by Catherine Ponder

"As a man thinks in his mind, so is he in his body"

This book teaches the power each of us has within us to heal.  She discusses the way we can change our thought patterns to invoke changes in our bodies.  Each chapter discusses a different corrective thought pattern or "law".  For instance, the first "law of healing" is denial.  You deny from your mind any negative thoughts and emotions.  You do not deny the existence of the adverse condition; you deny it power over you.  "Denial is a mental process by which you surrender all the old ghosts of fear, worry, sorrow, sickness, sin and suffering that have haunted you, and kept good from you."  Countless examples of healing are told throughout the book.  The book is spiritual; citing several passages from the Bible.

I was amazed by this book because I had come to some of the conclusions on my own prior to ever hearing of this book. 


Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.  

I recommend this highly to everyone!  It is a collection of true stories about healing.  The idea for the book comes from the old tradition of sitting around the kitchen table and telling stories.  Those stories would get passed down. In my family that seems to happen by the fire pit on Thanksgiving.  It is acclaimed by Dean Ornish, Deepak Chopra, Bernie Siegel, and others.  Each story is only a few pages long, making it easy to take with you wherever you go and read one when time permits. 

I first saw this book in the waiting room of my cancer center.  That was the first day of the break up of the doctors at the center.  There had been 6 doctors; 4 decided to leave.  My doctor and the founder of the office were to stay.  It is my impression (and I don't know this for sure) that the 4 doctors wanted to stay on a more conventional track.  My doctor and the other doctor call what they do 'integrative oncology'.  They offer free massage, acupuncture, yoga, reiki, healing touch, and other wonderful programs to their patients.  They believe in the mind/body connection.  Anyways, back on with my story... It was the first day of the break up and the chemotherapy room was empty.  I normally have a group of other women I sit and talk with during chemo.  My friends Kathy, Sandra, Mary, and others weren't there.  I sat alone in the circle of chairs.  I started reading Kitchen Table Wisdom and here is what I read: "Everybody is a story.  When I was a child, people sat around kitchen tables and told their stories.  We don't do that so much anymore.  Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time.  It is the way the wisdom gets passed along.  The stuff that helps us to live a life worth remembering. Despite the awesome powers of technology many of us still do not live very well.  We may need to listen to each other's stories once again."  I felt such an emptiness as I looked at my circle; I now sat alone around the kitchen table; missing the stories that were told only the week before.