3,000 Pulses Later by Martha Rhodes, is the inspiring biography of a woman who suffers from depression. This candid memoir takes us through Martha’s darkest moments, up to the point when she reaches a dark pit of pain and suffering. However, the focus, as stated in the preface, is on the treatment that cured Martha’s depression and that is TMS or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. This procedure will bring important changes in her life and erase her depression, turning her into another person, a new Martha Rhodes.
Rhodes writes in a descriptive and factual way as she narrates her personal story. With her easy story telling she is able to allow the reader to feel empathy towards her condition and cheer with her when the cure finally works and shows itself to be more useful than expected. As a reader keen on details, I appreciated the effort put into describing the disease as this helped me visualize it, and it also helps anyone without it to feel empathy towards others and help them.
The preface at the beginning and frequently asked questions about TMS at the end of the book give the reader the feeling that the writer understands them and knows where they are coming from, I really appreciated these parts of the book.
3,000 Pulses Later, by Martha Rhodes is an emotional and uplifting memoir. This is a story that stirs the soul and will help many people who suffer from depression. This book will also be beneficial to anyone without depression as well as this is overall an inspirational memoir that highlights the struggles people with depression face. In Martha Rhodes’ own words: “My intention for you is that you’ll discover a glimmer of hope in your heart and be able to welcome miracles into your own life.” 3,000 Pulses Later inspires hope through a compelling and impassioned story.
Pages: 200 | ASIN: B00DL52NII
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Nature Gifts of the Soursop Leaves by David Soh Poh Huat is a compilation of testimonies that express the effectiveness of graviola leaves. The soursop leaves drink is meant to be beneficial to those not only with cancer but also to people who have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, eczema, backache, scalp problems, and more.
The author does a great job at explaining how to prepare the tea and what is needed to prepare the tea properly, which is also accompanied by pictures. With the combination of the testimonies and the explained benefits of the tea, which include: immunity boost, antioxidants, helps fight inflammation, etc., the tea is presented as an aid to daily life. One thing I found very important and responsible, on the part of the author, was that he didn’t shy from encouraging others from doing their own research on the tea leaves. I definitely think that, when it comes to home remedies, everyone should be doing their own research before they partake in it and this book is a fantastic resource and example of how to educate yourself.
Nature Gifts of the Soursop Leaves is an enlightening and informative book about a plant with many benefits. It provides everything a reader will need to understand this invaluable plant, prepare it properly, and enjoy its many benefits.
Pages: 41 | ASIN: B09BN7ZTBL
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The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging by Jason Elias is a comedic guide on how to age more gracefully. The book is broken up into sections and stories that have their own complete messages. This is an ideal book to come back to time and again as needed to read the parts that hit home at the right times. Elias’s “Pathfinders”, as he calls the individuals he interviewed for the book, provide beautiful nuggets of wisdom, as well as practical (often humorous) advice to live by. Their inspirational stories will help you take a look at your life and recognize where you can or should make adjustments to live a more comfortable, more harmonious life with those around you.
This book helps to demystify death and growing old and remove some of the fear by helping one become more comfortable with the concepts. Each of the Seven Graces that Elias discusses has valuable practical application to help fortify the mind, strengthen our beliefs and spirituality, and reinforce the body as much as is physically possible as we age, through advice regarding dieting and exercise.
Initially, I thought this book might be more specifically geared towards older readers, but I find it has given me a lot to think about, as well. I don’t think age need be a deterrent when considering whether or not to read this book. Elias has structured this book and curated his content in such a way that even if you’re a younger reader, this book can address questions, concerns, or even fears you might have about the future, about growing older, and about the finality of death and how to accept that. I also think this book is a great read for anyone who has an older someone in their life that they want to help, as they could easily share the inspirational words and advice provided by these elder Pathfinders (or just lend them the book next!) And it’s not just the personal stories of elders, Elias provides a lot of actual scientific research based on the findings of some very interesting studies from a plethora of scientific professionals. In some cases, Elias even provides links to some online resources for further independent study.
The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging is a quick and easy read with sections you will want to bookmark and come back to later, with several funny anecdotes from the Pathfinders that you will want to share with those around you. A humorous but practical guide on living your best life.
Pages: 256 | ASIN: B08WZZ1T7F
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Getting Out tells your true story of learning to walk again and provides inspiration as well as exercises to help others get out of their wheelchair. Why was this an important book for you to write?
When my incident happened, I looked for answers especially physiotherapy, I was very frustrated that there is no book on this subject on how to recover. I documented everything so that people in a similar situation looking for help and answers can follow my guide on recovery. I do not wish for anyone to go through what I have gone through, and spend unnecessary time and money on things that do not work. I wanted to record my story and my exercises which can guide a person and point them in the right direction. Recovering is never easy but if I had this book it would definitely shorten my recovery.
I appreciated the candid nature with which you told your story. What was the hardest moment for you to write about?
I would say the hardest moment would be looking at my reflection for the very first time and seeing a different image that was in my mind. It was a very emotional experience to write about what I was feeling at that moment. There were numerous breaks that I needed to take before completion because it was such an emotional roller coaster.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
Most importantly I wanted to share the exercises which I have learned on my journey. It was something I wanted to share with people that want to be pointed in the right direction. My book will give you some ideas that can be tried, It will in my opinion show you the fundamentals that are in the exercises on your road to recovery.
What is one thing you hope readers take away from your story?
Losing something is exceedingly difficult to accept, however, in sharing my story I hope it gives the personal motivation to recover the things that have been taken away. There is light in a tunnel you just have to find it, my story I hope gives the person that light.
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Getting Out: My Story Plus the Exercise and Experiences That I Learned That Can Help You Get Out from The Wheelchair by Greg Siofer gives you precisely what it promises on the cover page. The story starts with Greg’s life just as the symptoms begin to appear, follows him through the multiple surgeries, the side effects and finally concludes with the monumental 26 step walk, in June of 2020. The story is about resilience, hardships, the life experiences gained by living with a life-changing disease and actual exercises at the end of the book that helped Siofer throughout his journey towards recovery.
The unique selling point of this book is the author himself. “How can you write an article about relearning to walk if you have never relearned to walk?” Nothing in this book is based on research done in lab conditions by people who don’t know what it feels like to be in a wheelchair. Everything mentioned in the book is something that Siofer has personally gone through, tried, and tested.
Secondly, it prepares people to deal with the frustration that is frequent in any journey towards recovery. Not all procedures work for everyone, no matter how hard you work. This is the message that Siofer conveys at several points in his journey. He tries out several methods and devices; some of them work, some don’t. But he manages to hold a goal in his mind, to make a snowman with his daughter and uses that to fuel his efforts towards recovery, regardless of the hardships.
The book mentions the presence of his wife, his daughter Isabella, his friends, parents, and his extended family, who helped and supported him in different ways in his journey. But the book focuses on their role in his life without going deep into how this affected them. I would have appreciated seeing this section expanded.
Getting Out provides readers with a unique combination of experiences and guidance for those who have been left unable to walk due to some life-changing incident. It will also prove to be a useful quick read for those who need to support someone in their life. This is an illuminating, thoughtful and inspiring book that is relevant for those who want to prepare themselves for the future ahead post such a life-changing event or those who have someone recovering in their life.
Pages: 253 | ASIN: B08N3JTM8M
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The Wales High School: First Diagnosis, by J. Peters, is a memoir talking about the first diagnosis of his mental disease. Who could’ve guessed that the blue-haired, chain-smoking teen Jacques was once an academically bright kid straying far away from any social interaction, let alone drugs. The account starts with freshman year at Wales High School, where Jacques is any other academically bright but socially challenged teenager, trying to fit in with the cool kids. It follows his development through high school, and how he ultimately wins the recognition award for “Most Changed”.
The language of the book is crisp and engaging. It hooks the readers right from the first chapter. The book does a fantastic job of describing how mental illness is seemingly invisible to the patient, and how in their mind, their actions are perfectly rational. The book talks about life before the mental health issues arose and shows readers the events that led up to them and then explains what was going through the patient’s mind during treatment.
This is a true to the soul account of a mental health survivor, the book is free from all the glamorization and undertones of extreme morbidity that often are found in books on similar topics. Rather than catch the readers’ eye, the author simply states his story, a true account. This honesty hooks the reader and made me want to know more and dive deeper.
While this is a thought-provoking and authentic story, I felt that the book did not provide a deeper insight into the feelings of Jacques. Even though it does a brilliant job of talking about the thoughts and explaining what a mental health patient thinks, I wanted it to be more emotive. I felt that a deeper dive into the emotions and subconscious of Jacques would have added a greater depth to the entire account.
I really enjoyed Wales High School: First Diagnosis for its extreme candor and simple yet engaging language. With a relatable plot, and short and crisp chapters, the book is hard to put down. It resonates with teenagers going through a similar phase in life and to friends and family who struggle to understand their child, help them, and be there for them. This is by far the truest account that I have come across about mental health issues.
Pages: 110 | ASIN: B086381MYV
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Pies to Die For is a how-to for those dealing with terminal diseases. Carole Weaver was first diagnosed with metastatic cancer in 2016, two days before she was about to see her grandson Mac Weaver for the first time. In the book, she talks about how she has been dealing with her disease. The book is not just about how to deal with the disease, how to have a semblance of an everyday life, but rather how to have a vibrant one, regardless of how big or small the disease is. She shares several incidents from her own life and the work of her husband, Ken, who creates appraisals for those who have lost art through death, debt, divorce, or disaster. The book is influenced by his profession and talks about the beauty and importance of art in one’s life, stage four cancer or not.
The book explores common issues that people tend to face, like pain, depression, panic attacks, and lesser dealt with topics such as intimacy problems, information overload etc. It provides unique insights into the life and struggles of those dealing with terminal diseases and thus is helpful for those wishing to overcome related issues, people who might have just received their news and are scared of the uncertainty the lies beyond, or friends and family who want to help and understand better.
The best part about the book is that it is a true to the soul, first-hand account of someone battling cancer. More often than not, we see self-help gurus, psychologists, and doctors publishing books on how to deal with cancer and other terminal diseases. However, no matter their expertise in their fields, they have no idea what a survivor deals with. Pies to Die For is an authentic, relatable, and touching first-hand account.
I also appreciated the appendix, which gives a quick go-to for dealing with a bad day. The book also gives you questions to ask in a group discussion. This is a complete guide answering questions and providing information that is not provided in the endless doctor appointments. This book tells you how to live a vibrant life and not just survive post-diagnosis.
Pies to Die For is an impassioned story that bares insight into a survivor’s life and provides tools to make their life full of joyous moments to remember. It provides actionable advice for dealing with your diagnosis and the life after that, even the things that you didn’t know you needed. This is an inspirational book that makes you appreciate your life, no matter how long or short, or how hard or easy.
Pages: 141 | ASIN: B092MCDBC3
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Hypnotherapy Assertions and Affirmations for Christians: Overcoming Our Many Health Issues & Expanding Our Minds is a valuable book for any adult that has ever experienced physical pain or any form of agony. The author talks to people from different backgrounds, giving advice on life and sharing his wisdom gained throughout the years. Dr. Lauren J. Ball is raw, authentic, and one can feel his words directly have an impact immediately after reading. This book is a special kind of self help book. The author does not just give words of encouragement, but also shares tips on how to navigate the treacherous paths in life.
As a reader, you get to connect with the author on a deeper level even before completing the book. Hypnotherapy Assertions and Affirmations for Christians: Overcoming Our Many Health Issues & Expanding Our Minds is your go-to book when you have no one to talk to. When starting the book, the author gives a little introduction of himself, briefly talks about the content in the book and shares with readers how to use the book.
Ever thought of how much power the words you use carry? There is power in what comes from your mouth. One of the major lessons in the book was about affirmations and assertions. Whatever you affirm will come to pass. It is advised that as a human being who is growing and facing challenges, you train your mind to think positive. Make it a habit to have good and positive thoughts. Even as you engage with others, be the one that brings brightness to dark rooms. Whatever you confess will happen. The chapters in Hypnotherapy Assertions and Affirmations for Christians are short and easy to read, but no less impactful.
One thing I appreciate Dr. Lauren J. Ball in his writing is how he reiterates points. The author could talk about a particular subject; explain the topic in detail and still keeps highlighting the important message as you read on. This is important because by repeating what he thinks is crucial, the message gets stuck in the reader’s mind. The author is also practical in his book. He not only talks about surviving the hard times and being closer to God, but also deeply discusses health.
I recommend this book because it contains everything you need to improve your life in practical ways. You will get answers on how to improve your physical health, get closer to God, and how to improve your personal life. This a personal development book that has the potential to change readers lives in more ways than one.
Pages: 148 | ASIN: B07BT3WXZH
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