Category Archives: self-help

Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu (tr. by Le Guin)

Tao Te ChingTao te Ching (pronounced Dow Day Jeeng), was written by Lao Tzu (Low-dsuh) and translated by Ursula K. Le Guin.

OK so there are tons of translations of the Tao te Ching, and while this one is not my favorite, the book itself is a wonderful way (haha, get it, Tao means “The Way”) to gain a more mindful approach at life. It is actually a collection of ancient poetry written more than 2500 years ago by a man attempting to lead people to a more mindful, meaningful way of life– one that is harmonious with the natural rhythms of the Earth. One of my favorite excerpts: “The Way never does anything, / and everything gets done… In stillness all under heaven rests” (p.37).

Peace & Love.

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Review Submitted by: Jeanette Warren
Rating: Highly recommended
Challenge: A translated book.

The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff

The Te of Piglet

The sequel to The Tao of Pooh, Te of Piglet does not capture the same essence of Taoism as its predecessor. The book reads pretty haphazardly, and I found it hard to follow. However, it does contain some nuggets of wisdom and purity, like this one: “If one wants positive results, one must be positive. Goodness persistently applied will always triumph over evil, even though it may seem to take a good deal of time doing so.” Therefore I recommend reading it with an open mind.

Peace & Love.

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Review Submitted by: Jeanette Warren
Rating: Recommended with reservations

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Tao of Pooh

Tao (pronounced Dow) of Pooh,  is an ABSOLUTE MUST READ. I have read it at least five times since discovering it last year. It overviews the principles of China’s Taoism through A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. An absolute necessity for anyone stressed out, overworked, or just plain lost in the mindless activity of day-to-day life. One of my favorite quotes from the book: “the surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard– one that thinks too much.”

Peace, Love & Pooh.

A review of Te (pronounced Day) of Piglet will be posted later this week.

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Review Submitted by: Jeanette Warren
Rating: Must Read

It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig

I’ve probably tried reading this book 3-4 times before and I finally got through the entire book. It’s not that this book isn’t packed full of great information, it’s almost has too much information that it becomes overwhelming to read. This book explains the Whole30 diet and lifestyle down to the most scientific details. So, if you are interested in finding out all the science behind the Whole30 movement, it’s all there. However, if you want a less scientific and much easier to read book on Whole30, I recommend the book: The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom.

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Review Submitted by:  Joni Schoeny
Rating: Recommended
Challenge: Book I started but never finished

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul by Jack Canfield

Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
I like this book because it has 101 stories that kids sent to the authors that got published into a book. This is one book in a series of books that are uplifting and helps you get through tough things. What I think is cool about these books is that you can send in your own true stories and they might get published in one of their future books.

With Mark victor Hansen, Patty Dunlap, and Irene Dunlap.

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating: Recommended

Smart Money, Smart Kids by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz

Smart Money, Smart Kids
I followed up Your Total Money Makeover with this book by Dave Ramsey and his daughter. It was a wonderful follow and a must read for anyone with kids who wants to set them up for financial success in an overly debt-dependent world. There were so many helpful suggestions and action plans to put in place that really took the guess work out of knowing how to get your kids financially ready for the “real world”.

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Review Submitted by: Kelly Haines
Rating:  Must Read

Chicken Soup For the Girl’s Soul by Jack Canfield

Chicken Soup for the Girl's SoulChicken Soup for the Girl’s Soul is a book with true stories for girls by girls. This book shows that you are not the only one going through those hardships in middle school and high school. I highly recommend that boys don’t read this book because it has some things about girls that boys don’t need to know about. This book really helped me to see that I’m not the only one going through tough times. This one girl told her story about watching her mom die because she got liquid in her lungs and their phone wasn’t hooked up. That’s tough. I strongly recommend you read this book if you are having tough times in your life.

[Collection edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Hansen, and Irene Dunlap]

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Review Submitted by: Leah Sours
Rating:  Highly Recommended