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The Mindful Attraction Plan: Your Practical Roadmap to Creating the Life, Love and Success You Want
The Mindful Attraction Plan: Your Practical Roadmap to Creating the Life, Love and Success You Want
Price: 6.68

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This is a self improvement book and a relationship improvement book rolled into one - and it is brilliant. Low on Woo woo unlike most self help books and stunningly simple in presentation.

Using a traffic light system - stop doing these reds (easy), keep doing these greens (easy),turn these yellow issues into greens (bloody hard work); this book is a complete guide to the things you need to do to live a better life. There is not a lot of how to, but there is a lot of what and why. The how is up to you and the person you want to be. I found the first half of the book the most useful - a list of common sense things that for some reason never clicked in my head. Having them laid out on paper in a rough order of priority has been very helpful.

The premise of the book is that if you are a better person - healthier, happier and less of a doormat - then your sub par close and professional relationships will either start to follow your upward trajectory, or you will be in a position to build new relationships that are mutually beneficial. The second half of the book focuses on dealing with the human 'vampires' in your life, acknowledging your part in your relationship messes and encouraging you to work on it till its over, instead of cheating, 'upgrading' or giving up because 'the other person is hopeless'. They might turn out to be hopeless in the end, but the 'end' is a long way away and you might be pleasantly surprised.

I have the kindle edition. I wish I had bought a hard copy because I would like to annotate it. I think in future editions, some worksheets and checklists would be a useful addition; you will at some point find yourself writing out all of the advised actions, perhaps several times over.

Also check out the 'three monkeys' post on Athol's blog, it will help you organize and run your 'Map' more effectively.

Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front
Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front
by Sharon Astyk
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and practical, 9 Oct 2010
This book synthesises the science, politics, economics, psychology and sociology of the converging crises of peak oil, unstable climate and economic collapse. It is a book for people who are already convinced of the basic arguments of each of these challenges but are wondering now how best to channel their energy in their own lives, homes and communities.

It is refereshing to read a book that is not solely a survivalist handbook, or a grass-roots community building handbook, or a book of economic and geopolitical facts and figures. This book brings together elements of all of these and looks at the practical implications for all of us (with a general focus on the USA). The focus on community and home life, especially the sections on bringing up children in troubled times, are particularly useful for families and unseen elsewhere in the literature on these topics.

The overall tone is not doomerish and is fairly upbeat. At the same time it does not deny or try to gloss over the severity of the situation we find ourselves in. There are splashes of humour throughout. The '100 things you can do to prepare' list in the appendix is a life affirming action guide, should you experience pangs of fear and hopelessness after reading the book.

It gets four stars simply because I don't feel the chapters always flow well into one another; ideas and points are often reiterated unecessarily; and there are more than a few typos. All in all it is an unusual and thought provoking book that is definitely worth a read for its breadth and unusual perspective.

Respect The Spindle
Respect The Spindle
by Abby Franquemont
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well explained and interesting, 8 Oct 2010
This review is from: Respect The Spindle (Paperback)
This is a very thorough introduction to the techniques of the drop spindle. There is just enough history and cultural commentary to keep the reader interested and perhaps spark a quest for more information. The meat of the book however is a step by step (chapter by chapter) introduction to spindles, including how to choose different spindles and different techniques for different fibres and finished yarns. Each of the major principles, such as drafting and plying are concisely explained and illustrated with photographs. Potential problems are addressed as they are likely to occur, not before, so as not to discourage you; and not buried at the end of the book so that you have to flick back and forth. There is also a useful chapter on the storage, care and repair of spindles. The three free knitting/crochet patterns at the end of the book showcase three very different yarns that can be created using a drop spindle.

I also purchased the video of the same name from the publisher which really aided my understanding of this book - not essential, but valuable if you can get both together. Overall the tone of both are very encouraging, very clear and beautifully presented.

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