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Uninspiring inspirational book,
This review is from: You Can Heal Your Heart: Finding Peace After a Breakup, Divorce or Death (Paperback)
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The credentials for this book are very impressive - Louise Hay is one of the world's leading "metaphysical" self help gurus and David Kessler co-authored books with the legendary Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Following a nightmarish three years which have included one close family bereavement and the end of two important relationships, I certainly need some help woth recovery and this sounded promising.
I'm afraid that, in practice, the book doesn't really live up to its promise. It all seems a bit simplistic - pages of case histories and platitudes, all punctuated with affirmations that will allegedly, if repeated hundreds of times each day, lead to emotional recovery. Nothing here I hadn't seen or heard before, and it all feels a bit repetitive. I've probably had more counselling than others but even so, is there anyone who isn't already aware that positive thinking is helpful in healing, or that losing your job, the end of a romantic relationship, and the death of a pet are all forms of grief?
Also, if you do not buy into "New Age" thinking, this is likely to alienate you. Plenty of references to "the universe" and its plans for particular individuals, and even a cat who comforts its owner - verbally - from the afterlife are likely to test the patience of more skeptical readers.
The basic ideas here are sound - of course avoiding spiralling into negative thinking and putting a positive spin on our thoughts whenever possible is going to be useful - but unfortunately the execution is rather uninspiring.