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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wisdom Rising II - Vaishali



Released June 2012

Vaishali
Purple Haze Press

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Wisdom Rising II: The Ultimate Guide to Self-healing, Personal Growth, and Life Management surprised me. There seems to be an influx of self-help guides out there, and I've been sent quite a few in recent months. I was expecting the same-old, same-old and instead found myself drawn in with the very personable tone.

This is a book for anyone who wants to improve their physical and mental health. It you're tired of feeling like the world is out of control and there's nothing you can do, you need to pick this book up. Changing your outlook on life really starts with you. What others say or do only impacts you if you let it and that's one of the key points in this book. Take charge of your life and find improvements almost instantly.

There are over 30 chapters, and each one is packed with useful information and plenty of pop culture references to help drive points home. I can't stand shock jocks and the story relating how Vaishali turned the tables on a shock jock had me giggling. I wish I could hear that interview! The chapters are divided into three sections: Mind, Body, and Spirit. Thanks to this thoughtful set-up, you can easily read a section, take a few days or weeks to ponder the material, and then return later without feeling like you've been away too long. I read the book over a two-month period, taking time to do other things in between, and each time, I didn't feel like I'd lost any impact by waiting.

Cartoons are scattered throughout the book. If you're reading on an e-reader like I did, the cartoons did take a long time to load, about two minutes per image, but much of this is because it's designed for the Kindle and I was reading a galley version on my Nook. Hopefully, that's not a situation that others will experience.




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