Reviewed – Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again

When people learn that I live on Long Island, they often ask if I know Theresa Caputo (aka the “Long Island Medium”). Although I don’t personally know her, I have friends who do and sometimes I’ll see Facebook posts showing her attending local events. Theresa has a popular TLC show called Long Island Medium and has become famous talking to the dead.

This book shares her view of Spirit and how they want people to grieve. She uses many examples from her readings of loved ones who have passed due to accidents, suicide, illness and unexplained causes. The resounding message is that their souls remain with us and they want their loved ones to forgive, give up self-blame, and be happy.

Another interesting part of the book is Theresa’s story and how she learned to accept her psychic ability. This was not something that was supported by her Catholic faith. She’s also been widely criticized for being a witch and a fake. She need to embrace who she was and her journey was not easy.

I think this book would be incredibly comforting to anyone who has lost a loved one, as well as individuals who are struggling to live their authentic truth.

Reviewed – Your Life Can Be Better, Using Strategies for Adult ADD/ADHD

I read this book when researching an article on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I do not have ADHD, but I know many people who do. The author is a prominent psychiatrist with ADHD and understands the challenges both personally and professionally.

This book is well-written in a friendly tone with short, understandable chapters. As the title indicates, the book is totally focused on strategies that make living with ADHD easier. The author suggests identifying a problem, developing a strategy, making the strategy a rule, and then making the rule a habit. One of his first examples is that his keys always go on a specific table. It is now a habit and he no longer loses his keys.

The author includes several interviews and case studies about how to cope with ADHD. One of my favorite was a gentleman who carries a folded piece of paper in his pocket. Each quarter page is labeled as follows:

1. Things to do today

2. Appointments

3. Calls to Make

4. Ideas to Remember

I really enjoyed this book. It helped me understand the challenges of a person with ADHD. It also provided several strategies for getting organized that can be beneficial to everyone.

Reviewed – No Excuses: The Power of Self Discipline by Brian Tracy

Business guru Brian Tracy believes that self-discipline is the key to personal and business success. No Excuses describes the role self-discipline plays in improving 21 areas of life – including work, money, time management, relationships and physical fitness. Brian Tracy is an great advocate of hard work, discipline and willpower.

The author has an easy-to-read, positive style that I find incredibly motivating. He focuses on solving problems and looking at what you can do to make things better. His recommendations include having written goals that you review and act upon daily, as well as making a commitment to personal and career growth.

I’m reviewing this book at the beginning of July as we enter the second half of the year. If you need a shot of motivation or empowerment, you’ll find No Excuses to be a great read.

Reviewed – The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

You are likely an empath if you grew up being told you were too sensitive and needed to toughen up. (Spoiler alert: this is me!)

The author describes the difference between ordinary empathy and being an empath in this way: “Ordinary empathy means our heart goes out to another person when they are going through a difficult period … or during times of joy. As an empath, however, we actually sense other people’s emotions, energy and physical symptoms in our bodies… Empaths feel things first, then think, which is the opposite of how most people function in our over intellectualized society.” (pg 5)

The purpose of the book is to describe the experience of being an empath, and then to teach empaths self-care strategies. Chapters include how to manage at work (including how to choose an empath-friendly job), in relationships (the ideal types of partners), and how to raise sensitive children.

Not all of the book will be applicable to everyone. However it gave some great strategies for coping with sensitivities. I believe it will also help people recognize that being an empath is a gift and not something they need to change.