Andrea Gardner's book 'Change Your Words, Change Your World' is that rare thing in the 'self-help' book genre - an instructive and well-researched guide to unleashing the latent power of the mind, combined with an engaging and often humorous account of her own struggles and triumphs.
It is easy to be ground down by negativity in this world - what Andrea does superbly well, is to remind us that even in the most testing of circumstances, we can exert our individual will and imagination to change things for the better. For people who, like Andrea, have endured setbacks at work or suffered ill health, it is fascinating to read a considered reflection peppered with individual insights and anecdotes, of the myriad ways in which things of the mind and spirit can impact on our bodies. For those sick and tired of struggling through life and feeling a lack of fulfilment and purpose, there is a positive message about the possibilities opened to us when we do that most frightening thing of all - empower ourselves to simply let go and dare to not only imagine another life, but slowly and surely will it into existence and joyfully claim it.
Her candour illuminates the story, sharing intimate details of relationship, money and medical struggles - part Zen guide and part confessional - I consumed it in one evening and am still ruminating happily on its contents.
To quote an old Ellen Degeneres series, my advice is simple: "Buy the Book."
Also, Change Your Words, Change Your World
Andrea briefly mentions a short film in the book which became a viral hit on 'YouTube', entitled 'The Power of Words' (I would urge readers of the book to view the film too - it contains a similar message in a succinct format). The film is almost (but not quite) a silent movie, enabling only a few well-chosen words to take centre stage in an affecting but simple plot - the book delivers the same punch from a thoughtful first-time writer.