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Making and Breaking | Self-Help Reviews, September 15, 2015


MAKING AND BREAKING is a pertinent theme for this month’s column. The titles go from connecting with nature and other people to cutting the ties that bind to exploring New Age philosophies and the lost art of grace.

LJ Nonfiction Reviews: September 15, 2015


From art instruction to photographic masterworks, check out the humanities. Build gingerbread houses, learn cooking the easy way from Bittman. Discover the Churchills, take in Germany, indulge in a little Self-Help and Professional Weeding

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert | LJ Review

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Gilbert, Elizabeth. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead. Sept. 2015. ISBN 9781594634710. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698408319. Self-help Gilbert, of Eat Pray Love fame, aims to encourage lives more strongly driven by curiosity than by fear. Having the courage to do that, says the author, will lead to an enchanted existence. Readers start the process by daily […]

How To Live Beyond Fear, Endure Adversity, Embrace Others | Self-Help Reviews, July 2015


For readers who want more out of life, Gilbert serves as an enthusiastic coach; Nepo’s message is amazingly honest and inspiring for those confronting serious illness; Rigal’s Flawd is a must-read for most teenagers

Daily Wisdom from Bancroft and End-of-Life Guides from Schaper, Van Bronkhorst | Self-Help Reviews, May 1, 2015


Bancroft presents daily readings to help women achieve clarity, strength, and faith in themselves; Schaper’s comprehensive book on preparing for death; grief counselor Van Bronkhorst uses dreams to help give new insights.

Guidance on Mastering Habits, Coping with Alzheimer’s, Positive Relationships | Self-Help Reviews, February 1, 2015


This month’s titles delve into specific areas of concern such as suicide prevention, retirement, and the care of elderly family members, with tips and suggestions for leading a more satisfying, productive life.

Elliott on Healthy Relationships, Smallin Tackles Clutter, Wehrenberg on Anxiety | Self-Help Reviews, December 2014


The New Year’s offerings begin with guidance on making life more enjoyable and even exciting through embracing surprise, rediscovering one’s creative self, and clearing out the impediments of resentments and fear.

Guidance on Shaken Baby Syndrome, Creating a Positive Life, Overcoming Hypervigilance | Self-Help Reviews


While nearly half of self-help titles give global advice to make life more successful, happy, or fulfilled, many selections in this column present a slightly different message.

Guides to Public Speaking, the Upside of Low Self-Esteem, Recovering Intimacy, & More | Self-Help Reviews


Hoogterp explains how to “work the stage” and be memorable; Rufus describes the upside of low self esteem and a variety of healing strategies; Sayers helps service members and their families readjust after long periods apart

Sound Advice on Life (Pauley, Huffington), Shapiro & White’s Mindful Discipline, & More | Self-Help Reviews

Mindful Discipline

Reviews of Samara O’Shea’s Loves Me…Not, Jane Pauley’s Your Life Calling, Shauna L. Shapiro & Chris White’s Mindful Discipline, and a list of titles from the April 1 issue.