Monday, January 5, 2009

A Gift of Hope: 52 Ways to Live a Better Life


Shadonna Richards, R.N.
Infinity Publishing (2009)
ISBN 9780741451675
Reviewed by Irene Watson for Reader Views

Shadonna Richards, a Canadian registered nurse, freelance writer and former newspaper columnist, has put together a simple but concise book on how to live a better life.  As a nurse working with terminally ill cancer patients, who are told they have only six months to live, she was inspired to write empowering words of wisdom.  Richards also interviewed many individuals for her newspaper columns, thus compiling inspirational stories to encourage us to look at our own lives, makes changes as necessary, and to live a fulfilled life. Although her resources are Canadian, the concept of her book is global and I'm sure readers will find similar resources in their respective countries and areas.
"A Gift of Hope" is designed to be used as a workbook, with each week having an exercise to be done daily. For example, the first week starts with "Stay Mentally Fit."  The text talks about the stresses in our lives and then gives exercises. The first exercise for the first week is to "Identify, then rectify."  Richards says "A crucial part of any solution is locating the problem. Do worries keep you up at night? Go directly to the source of your tension."  The second exercise for the first week is "Detox Your Mind."  Richards says "We always have a choice. We can choose to dwell on being hopeless in situations or dwell on having hope."
The second week covers "Dare to Dream:  Believe that Anything is Possible" and captures president-elect Barrack Obama's "Yes We Can" powerful slogan. Using his story and his dreams, Richards iterates that our dreams can become reality if we persist and believe.
Other weeks cover topics like: Understand That Money Isn't Everything, Reach out to those in Need, and Be the Friend You Desire to Have.  For the purpose of this review I didn't have the opportunity to test the system for a full 52 weeks; however, being a student and teacher of transformation, I know it works.  Shadonna Richards has provided a book, "A Gift of Hope," to take us to a higher level of consciousness, a place where we can manage our personal lives with ease and contentment.

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