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Friday, October 28, 2016

The Way of the Superior Man - David Deida

How can a man achieve a more fulfilling life? What actions can he take to have better relationships with women? Can he harness negative energies for creativity and success?

With eight chapters, Deida endeavors to answer these questions for the reader and lead the reader to finding his own way. Each chapter is broken into sections with concise information that spans two to three pages each. These small sections all contain advice on how to bring the intersection of the physical and spiritual realms in conjunction for the reader to become a more complete man.

Among the topics, he talks about daily life, work, sex, women, and dealing with negative emotions.

According the Deida, his book is not just for those in male bodies, but for those who find themselves associating more with the divine masculine. Overall, I liked the contents of the book. It strongly encourages the reader to take charge of himself, his emotions, and his actions. There were other parts I found a bit troubling, but are resolved in later chapters. In the first on Dealing with Women he basically says to dismiss and ignore what they say, but in later chapters he expands to state he means to look beneath her complaints for the underlying issue to use that time to focus on oneself.

I think this is a good basic book on getting started to rebuild ones character into a new format.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Cycle Savvy - Toni Weschler

The menstrual cycle is a part of women's lives from a fairly young age, making it especially important for them to have age appropriate information available. There are many books available on the topic, some clinical and some more casual.

Weschler is known for her book Taking Charge of Your Fertility, which explains the various ways of learning the bodies fertility signs to chart ones cycle to conceive (or not) without the use of hormonal contraceptives. In this book for older teens, she explains these same details in an age appropriate manner and gives feel good advice on caring for oneself during various parts of the cycle, both physically and mentally.

I felt that Weschler handled the material in a sensitive, respectful, and relatable way. While reading it I found myself wishing I had had a guide to my fertility like this when I was a teen. Parents will want to personally review it before giving it to a daughter or other young woman, of course, but I highly recommend this book for young women who need to know a bit more than just the basics of her menstrual cycle coming once a month.

More by this Author:
Taking Charge of Your Fertility
Care and Keeping of You 2

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Charm Bracelet - Viola Shipman

Before giving her a charm each year on her birthday, Lolly's mother would recite a poem. With each charm came a story or blessing. Lolly carries this tradition on with her daughter and granddaughter. Even though they now live fair away in the big city, away from the little Michigan town, Lolly continues this tradition by sending it by mail.

Unexpectedly, Lauren, her granddaughter, convinces Arden to come away with her to visit her grandmother. Through the stories and wishes of the charms, Arden remembers her passion and also finds love that she never thought she'd find again. And Lauren learns that she must follow the passion she's been denying and also finds a way to pursue it.

As is often the case with novels of this type, the novel itself is largely predictable often to the point of absurdity. Still, the stories that accompany each charm are filled with emotion that may conjure the reader's own memories. Although it is nothing special, this light novel kept me entertained and made me smile.