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CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH: A Novel ~Colleen Oakley

Monday, May 1st, 2017

CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is a story with a marvelous and well-detailed main character.  Jubilee Jenkins will just draw the reader in and hold on for ‘dear life’- line by line of her story.  Jubilee has a rare medical problem and has become a recluse in order to cope and survive.   The reader will be touched by Jubilee’s entrance into your world, and then as two more souls enter her story, one will find love actualized.  Each new character grows a more complete experience to enjoy and mull and adds spice to life, fixing perceptions anew like a strong cup of tea.

This story resonated with me and gave me a bit of a sprint in my steps as I have developed food problems over the years, which do not allow me to comfortably eat other people’s food.  This isolates a person from regular routines and many social activities; others think you are weird or strange and don’t try to get to know you or understand.

CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is both Genre Fiction (Uses plot to tell you a story about someone else’s life) and Classic Fiction (Uses characterizations to tell you a story about yourself.)  It is complete in it’s rendering of this interesting human and in it’s revealing ‘the self’ to the reader.  I can not imagine any one who would not like this story.  A story well told.

TLC Book Tours: Close Enough to Touch

CLOSE ENOUGH TO TOUCH is a 5 Star read.

About Colleen Oakley

Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer and author of the novel Before I Go. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor in chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire. Close Enough to Touch is her second novel.

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A SHORT PATH TO CHANGE: 30 Ways to Transform Your Life ~Jenny Mannion

Monday, April 4th, 2016

“The purpose of this book is to help you discover your own inner power for healing aspects of your own life.  Remember, we are all self-healing creatures.”

I have been reading and following Jenny Mannion’s blog posts for many years now.  I was very excited to hear that her book was to be published.  When you purchase her new book, you will receive a free 30-minute consultation.  I received a free consultation with Jenny years ago, when my knee became inflamed and she did a healing treatment over the phone which fixed the problem and reduced the swelling dramatically.  Pain relief and I subscribed to her blog.

When SHORT PATH, was published, I offered to review the book on my blog and Jenny sent me an e-galley copy.  I was doing a Detox Diet at the time and just incorporated the 30 exercises in SHORT PATH into my new routine and it became quite a wonder-full experience and healing for me.

The exercises were easy to follow and I enjoyed the additional suggestion to add the results into my journal writing.  I challenged myself to add getting my walk back to 2 miles everyday along with the detox diet and doing Mannion’s exercises.  It became 40 days of change and release for me.  I found the “let go”, forgiveness, and releasing the past to be the hardest part for me; the gratitude and visualization work were the most rewarding.  My focus was to clear up several muscle spasms I was having in my body and in my eye.  I also wanted to get off all 21 medications I was taking post surgery.   We achieved that and no more sugar also.  The muscle spasm in my eye truly is gone and I lost 8 pounds.  I think I will use SHORT PATH for several more healing focus experiences, right away to keep the momentum going forward and achieve more healing.

Jenny Mannion is quite the healer, beginning with being told she was so ill that she would need to be in a wheel chair and by changing her focus she was able within 15 days to walk and heal her own dis-ease.   She has been able to return to her love of dance and she has an active practice of intuitive healing.  We are still clear across the country from each other and I am still reading her blog. The book helped me empower my own healing with the book giving solid guidance.  Mannion is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.  It has been marvelous to follow her bookstore tours and read all the wonderful comments about the book and her work on Face Book .

The book is so positive at the minimum it will lift spirits introducing one to the other healing modalities available to our self-healing bodies.  I highly recommend SHORT PATH TO CHANGE.

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SUGAR CRUSH: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health ~By Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Suffering with nerve pain, foot sores, generally feeling tired and worn down, taking a number of pills and not finding relief, not a true diagnosis, and maybe diagnosed as diabetic?  Dr. Jacoby to the rescue with his new book SUGAR CRUSH.  He does not mince words and the book is clear and the explanations are exacting and detailed without being overwhelming.  The big names in nutrition and healing are a part of the story he shares with the reader.  It is not easy to read as it tells it like it is with concise words and lots of truth.

TLC Book Tours sent me the book for review and picked the date of posting with this read.  I was at the start of a 20-day detox diet and then a 36-hour fast before having some major lab tests.   I found the book to be informative and sometimes scary; primarily it reminded me of what I already knew and was encouraged to keep making progress on my regime.  There is a great deal of “Tough Love” on each of the pages.

“Dr. Jacoby ushers us into a new paradigm by ‘connecting the dots’ for the treatment of neuropathy.” (Cover) Robert G. Parker, DPM, FACFAS, FASP, PA

The connection between sugar and illness, especially inflammation, is crystal clear and they only way to stop the progress of disease in the body is to stop using sugar and many carbohydrates.  Dr. Jacoby’s patients who have followed his plan have reversed their pain, and the diseases’ progression; stopped the nerve destruction and damage.  It is not easy, but millions of people are now doing just this before they get to a lifetime of pills and surgeries, headaches and non-healing sores and lesions.  It is a strong, loud wake up call.

Dr. Jacoby still performs a great deal of surgery and like Dr. David Perlmutter, author of GRAIN BRAIN; he is making big inroads to the halting of disease and the recovery of health.  It is a holistic understanding of how the compression of nerves and how digestive issues, migraines, ALS, and diabetes can all be healed by removing addicting sugar from the diet.  There are quizzes and asides with short explanations and good nutritional expertise.

I believe this will be another bestseller and a very useful tool.   My lab work was awesome by the way and I was taken off 2 medications after following the instructions found here and the Detox Diet.  SUGAR CRUSH provided an awesome combination of learning and change bringing me benefit.

Dr. Richard P. Jacoby is one of the country’s leading peripheral nerve surgeons, specializing in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy.  He is a cofounder of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center and is the former president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.  He lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two children.

Raquel Baldelomar is the founder of Quaintise, a health care marketing and advertising agency, and is a contributing writer for Advertising Age, Modern Healthcare, and Physician magazine.  She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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COME AWAY WITH ME: A Novel of Love and Loss ~Karma Brown

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Come Away With Me is definitely a love story and it is about change, loss, grieving, and recovery.  On the front cover, there are the words that remind one of Elizabeth Gilbert’s EAT, PRAY, LOVE and it did very much because it was about change and taking physical steps to find and process into recovery, possibility, and hope.  There was not as much astute analysis even though the main character did recover a sense of self after being so lost in love.

About Karma Brown

“Karma Brown is a National Magazine Award winning freelance writer and journalist, and a member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada. She lives just outside Toronto with her family and writes powerfully emotional upmarket women’s fiction, in the vein of Me Before You. COME AWAY WITH ME is her first novel.” (From TLC Book Tours)”

This paperback comes with an interview with Karma Brown at the back of the book and a book group question section and I started there instead of the actual narrative of the story.  I learned that the book was written because of a surprise cancer diagnosis and the author wanted to write about the process and the recovery from such a hard experience.  I liked that the author emphasized possibility and future in her reply but I was fairly sure the book was going to be an emotional ride.

So Tegan is a very happily married kindergarten teacher in Chicago.   She is pregnant with their first child and she and Gabe are on their way to a Christmas Eve gathering at the in-laws house when they are in a terrible car accident which is life changing.  The baby has been killed and Tegan has had to have a hysterectomy to save her life and she will have many scars from her injuries.  After weeks in the hospital and then weeks in bed unable to cope or move forward, Tegan attempts suicide.  Her mother and her best friend are trying to get her to get up and get her moving forward but have been unsuccessful.  She ends up back in the hospital and the psychiatrist is able to get her onto some medication and talking.   There is a great deal of remembered experiences with her loving and funny husband Gabe around how they met and how they fell in love and celebrated life together.

The book is an emotional journey and does remind me of EAT, PRAY, LOVE very much, because Tegan needs to pack her backpack and pull 3 bucket list items out of their serendipity jar and go on the trips they had planned in order to find laughter and release from the intensity of the pain from the loss to move towards recovery and future.   There are several surprises in the story and I just know that several of the reviewers on the list will spoil them and that concerns me because it would have ruined the story for me.  I was emotionally connected all the way through and loved the journey to Thailand, Italy and Hawaii and the lessons that were learned along the way.  I loved the story of the feet being the wrong way in the temple and was right in the moment enjoying the noise and the experience of it all.   I was so happy the guesthouse owner was able to assist with the upset stomach after eating grasshopper and worm.

The writing was lovely and the descriptions of cold weather, feelings, climbing the stairs and the little quiet room were as lovely as the cooking classes and the new people met and who shared the experiences.  The story had a healing ending and I had a sigh of relief.
Everyone should be so in love and have such great and supportive families.  What a hard thing to live through and how lovely that there was healing and recovery.  COME WITH ME was a good read and I would recommend it to many and particularly to those with sudden change/ unexpected change.

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