health, self improvement

Removing Your Shame Label

Author: Eddie Capparucci, LPC
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Genre: Self-help
ISBN: 978-1-68433-010-2
Pages: 155
Price: $15.95

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If you’ve spent any time in church, you may have come to the conclusion that you’re not as good as the people around you, and they couldn’t possibly have sinned the way you’ve sinned. So rather than risk rejection, you choose to keep those sins to yourself, and maybe even walk away. After all, how could they possibly accept you just the way you are? But is that really the truth, or it just your shame talking to you?

Removing Your Shame Label tackles shame from a Christian Biblical perspective. After introducing the Christian Shame Cycle, Eddie Capparucci tackles the shame of impure motives, carrying garbage, staying stuck, being distracted by distractions, contaminated thoughts, loving with conditions, uncontrolled pride, excessive worry, self-loathing, and a hardened heart. In each chapter, he explains the problem and then shows us several ways we can overcome it with God’s help.

Capparucci is a Christian certified addiction counselor who knows the damage shame can do when not properly addressed. He wants to help us see ourselves as God really sees us, and not just as the broken and worthless creatures we often think we are. But the deep concepts presented in this book will need more than one careful read as you learn to put the ideas into practice in your own life. I highly recommend it.

Reviewer: Alice Berger


Eat, Live, Thrive Diet

Authors: Danna Demetre and Robyn Thomson
Publisher: WaterBrook
Genre: Health / Diet
ISBN: 978-0-525-65316-5
Pages: 272
Price: $18.99

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Aging comes along with its share of challenges, which often includes weight gain. But with the proper diet and exercise plan, women don’t have to suffer from a spreading middle. Eat, Live, Thrive Diet provides women some options that will help keep the weight off and give them more energy.

Beginning with the preparation chapters, Demetre and Thomson introduce the concepts they’ve developed for a healthy eating plan. Then the elimination diet program is presented, with three levels from simple to comprehensive. This two-week phase prepares the body for the reintroduction of potential problem foods in a controlled manner. By the end of this program, women will most likely see some weight loss and possibly discover some trigger foods that play havoc with their bodies.

The final section of this book is a series of recipes that follow the plan. But they are so amazingly healthy and tasty that they can easily be added to your normal meal choices once this program had concluded. Using the recipes provided, it would be relatively easy to follow this program, but you might find some of the restricted foods (like coffee) to be a bit difficult to live without.

I can’t comment on the effectiveness of this program since I have no training in this field, but if you believe you may be suffering from a food intolerance, you might find it very helpful. I know you’ll enjoy the delicious recipes!

Reviewer: Alice Berger

fitness, health

Exercises for Perfect Posture

Authors: William Smith,‎ Keith Burns,‎ Christopher Volgraf
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
Genre: Health & Fitness
ISBN: 978-1-57826-695-1
Pages: 144
Price: $15.00

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In our modern world with desk jobs, lounge chairs, and a minimum of physical activity, it’s easy to develop poor posture. But the right exercise can easily change this. Exercises for Perfect Posture shows us how.

Poor posture can lead to a host of problems, which are detailed in the opening sections. After doing an assessment, the reader will discover the exact types of posture issues he’s having. Exercises to combat these are provided next. Finally, an evaluation of the success of these exercises is provided, along with a place to chart progress.

The exercises can be done at home, but many require a foam roller, stability ball, or resistance band. Although I didn’t test them, they looked to be appropriate for strengthening the muscles that support a correctly aligned body. If you’re looking to improve your posture, Exercises for Perfect Posture would be a great place to start.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, fitness, health, self improvement, spirituality


Author: Katie Farrell
Publisher: FaithWords
Genre: Christian, Health
ISBN: 978-1-4789-7606-6
Pages: 208
Price: $20.00

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Katie Farrell knows what it’s like to struggle with weight issues. Unhealthy and destructive eating habits plagued her for years, until she discovered how to care for herself in accordance with God’s will. In Nourish, she explains how she was able to make peace with her body and learn to live a healthy lifestyle.

Farrell shares the types of foods she enjoys along with those she tries to avoid. This may not be the same eating plan the reader follows, but can easily be adapted if necessary, since she doesn’t dwell on specifics. Some healthy recipes are provided, and the author’s website has more available. Exercise is also encouraged, but again, no specific plan is promoted. Instead, she encourages the reader to discover for herself exactly how God wants her to care for her body.

God’s word can be trusted to instruct us, and Farrell provides Biblical references she has used in developing her own self-care plan. If you’re looking for a diet and exercise checklist to follow, this is not the book for you. But if you’re looking for a spiritual mentor to lead you to God’s will for your life, Farrel is a wonderful guide. I highly recommend Nourish and the Dashing Dish website.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, health

Journey to 50: How to Live with Gratitude, Grace and the Effects of Gravity

Journey to 50
Author: Laurie Russell
Publisher: Elevate Faith
Genre: Women / Health / Christian
ISBN: 978-1943425310
Pages: 272
Price: $16.99

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Turning 50 is not something most women would willingly choose, but the alternative just isn’t all that terrific. So the best thing she can do is accept it gracefully with a sense of humor. Journey to 50 is a lighthearted look at the “joys” of aging and how to cope with them.

Beginning with her thoughts on redefining aging, Russell guides the reader through family and health issues she can expect during these middle-aged years. Focusing on faith and having fun round out the five sections. Each chapter provides a series of mini-meditations of Russell’s own experiences and words of wisdom. Poking fun at herself and the aging process, she leads us on a journey filled with laughter.

Growing older will never be fun, but with friends and family as support systems, good self-care, and a positive attitude, women can conquer their fears in facing this challenging time in their lives. Journey to 50 provides an enjoyable guide to not only surviving these years, but even actually thriving.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

fitness, health

Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape

Author: Theresa Roemer
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Genre: Fitness / Health
ISBN: 978-1-62601-253-0
Pages: 250
Price: $19.99

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Many women aren’t happy with what they see in the mirror. They may be able to hide flaws with clothes that flatter, but when those clothes come off, what’s underneath is a different story. Naked in 30 Days is a program designed to address this problem.

In this 30 day plan, author Theresa Roemer guides the reader through an intense diet and exercise program designed for maximum results. Workouts focus on upper-body, lower-body, abs, and cardio, and each workout will take at least an hour to complete. The various exercises are described in detail, but no photos are provided. A diet plan is also included, which suggests avoiding grains, alcohol, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods, and leans heavily toward a Paleo eating style. Each of the 30 days has its own chapter with the exercises listed, as well as dietary suggestions, a Naked Tip, and a Mind/Spirit Tip. Because each day is laid out individually, they can be checked off like a to-do list. A 30 day summary is included at the end of the book.

Naked in 30 Days is not for the beginner! This is a serious body-building guide, intended for someone who has been working out for a long time and wants to step it up a notch. If you’re just starting out, you will need to modify this program significantly. Although it appears to be a women’s fitness guide, this book could just as easily be used by men.

Reviewer: Alice Berger


Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker

Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker
Author: Kathy Gruver, PhD, LMT
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Genre: Health
ISBN: 978-0-7414-8142-9
Pages: 198
Price: $15.95

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Massage therapy is a wonderful way to pamper and nurture our bodies. But what if there are ways to incorporate deeper levels of healing during a session? Kathy Gruver explores these options in Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker.

A massage session doesn’t only have to work on the body. Massage therapists can also use stress reduction, affirmations, and visualization with a client, as well as many other healing techniques such as Reiki and aromatherapy, which can be used simultaneously. And should the client be open-minded, other non-massage therapies may be used.

Traditional medicine often ignores the powerful alternative healing options we have available to us, but Gruver reminds us that these should always be used with caution. Serious medical conditions are best treated by a doctor, and there are quacks selling snake oil to the unwary. But this book shows how to carefully use these remedies which often help in the healing process. Although some techniques are only discussed briefly, websites are provided for the practitioner who is looking for more information. Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker provides a nice overview of options available to any massage therapist interested in expanding her healing practice.

Reviewer: Alice Berger