Book Reviews

Drop In: Lead with Deeper Presence and Courage
Book Review

When it comes to the self-help field, one of my favorite types of books to read is about present moment awareness. I came to truly love this topic when I read one of my favorite books of all time, The Power of Nowby Eckhart Tolle. Please keep your eye out for a review on that one in the near future. At the brink of a new year, so many people often make comments like, “Whelp, that year flew by!” Sadly, when you live in auto-pilot mode, it will. In that mode, you often lose track of what’s most important in life. Due to deep routes of social conditioning, many people are often lost and seeking a solution that Sara Harvey Yao attempts to teach in her book Drop In: Lead with Deep Presence and Courage: presence.

In 2017, much of presence is muddled and lost in between working, exercising, dinner, hanging out with friends, meetings; the everyday actions of life. In her book, she clearly puts forth that humans have become accustomed to living their life in the eyes of content. Driven by their emotions and thoughts, people have not taken the time to reflect and realize there is something greater, deeper and more powerful than ever imagined.

The first part of her story is geared towards understanding life where the reader is at. There are reasons that have prevented the reader from dropping into presence and present moment awareness. In my opinion, this is clearly the moment that Yao stomps her feet into the tier of greatness in the industry. With thousands of authors attempting to create a self-help break through, this book has done it. With genuine stories and advice from her clients, every single reader will be able to relate to their stories. As her book progresses, she discusses several different exercises to ground and guide the reader towards a sense of presence. These exercises are constantly reinforced and encouraged through the story. Now, I would like to pinpoint, this is not a work book. However, if you plan to make a difference in your life, you need to utilize her tips, exercises and suggestions to make a difference. She will give you opportunities to write, reflect and grow.

To finish her book, she moves into teaching the reader how to utilize presence to lead their life with courage. Each sentence, chapter and story was poetry that touched my heart and soul. Her beautiful construction of the notions of context and content completely resonated – and will with many others. With that being said, this is the portion of the book where the reader will be encouraged to make a difference in their life. One aspect of this that I took away was the idea of deep-listening. This is long-lost trait that has become masked by the millions of thoughts driven by the ego.

Once you realize that time is simply an illusion of the ego, so much of life begins to change. There is a sense of power arises within your heart and soul. As Yao puts forth in her book, if you can realize the “low-mind” within, you are already one step towards presence in life. Once you begin invoking presence in your everyday life, you can begin leading your life with a deeper sense of presence and courage.

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Superlife - Darin Olien Book Review
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Food. One of the most controversial topics in the entire world. Why? Everyone wants to be healthy but can not put down the bacon double cheeseburger or large french fry. Everyone loves to talk about exercising and getting fit but can not drive to the gym because they are too busy driving to the closer McDonalds or Taco Bell. The reality is, healthy seems to be a fad of conversation rather than a way of life. If you believe this to be true or struggle understanding health, Superlife The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome, is perfect for you. 

Written by the Superfood Hunter and Creator of Shakeology, Darin Olien, this book is genuinely written to educate and raise the general level of awareness when it comes to health. Right of the bat, Olien puts forth a bold statement that diseases don’t truly exist. While many believe they do, due to medical institutions, Olien argues any sickness, any disease, are simply symptoms of a grandier error. In working on the “bigger issue”, all of the symptoms can not exist. Moreover, Olien puts forth that the human body is MEANT to be healthy, NOT sick. This was such a refreshing statement right from the very beginning of the book that carries through with intention till the very end. 

To work on the “bigger issue”, Olien believes there are Five Life Forces that, once harnessed and implemented in your life, you will live.....Check out the full review at http://luxuryreading.com/superlife/


The Lost Gift Children’s Book Review – Kallie George 

As an avid book reader, I have found myself partnering with one of the most lovely individual's in the world, Vera. She is the owner of an infamous book reviewing website with over thousands of book reviews. One of my first opportunities in writing for her company involved this childrens' book. The full review could be found at her website: http://luxuryreading.com/thelostgift/!

With the holiday season finally here – it’s that time of the year where everyone is discovering what gifts to get the little ones. Well, Author Kallie George put together the perfect Christmas package, The Lost Gift. Prepare for an adventure about service, giving and the essence of joy!

The Lost Gift is bound to reach immense success upon its release. It’s an adorable, fun and interactive book between the reader and the children. In my opinion, anyone who has the opportunity to read this book is going to be floored with the storyline, the characters and the message. For teachers and parents, the book is simplistic to read to guide the children along. The sizing of the words is perfect for any teacher reading to a large class of children. With multiple characters with ranging from a rabbit to a bird, from a deer to a squirrel, there is an animal each child will love. On top of this, each animal has a unique personality that creates of a truly magical and unique experience!

The story and adventure begins when the animals believe they spot Santa Clause flying in the sky. On his path to delivering presents, the animals see a present falling from Santa’s sleigh. With her fast instincts, the bird flaps her wings over to the present. Through-out the journey... Please head to http://luxuryreading.com/thelostgift/ for the full review!