CHOICE: new Health & Wellbeing books for July
It’a all about life and death this month at Upper Hutt City Library with our selection of new books from the Health & Wellbeing living-room.
Never argue with a dead person : true and unbelievable stories from the other side
By: John, Thomas (Psychic medium)
“Thomas John sees dead people. What happens when we die? Renowned psychic medium, Thomas John is able to answer that question with a fair degree of certainty. Through his communications with the dead, he has learned a number of life lessons that he shares in this book. John shares with us 15 fascinating stories of what happens when clients ask him to contact their dead friends and relatives. He assists a 30-something New Yorker who was unable to stop fantasizing about suicide until John conveys healing words from her dead fiancée. He encounters a grieving young woman in a New York drugstore and shares advice from her dead six year old son. And in one particularly haunting story, John solves a murder case that had baffled the police. In each story, we learn about life on the other side and lessons the deceased have for the living. Each chapter is a felicitous combination of good story telling and healing wisdom. The dead are eager to provide guidance to the living. They watch over us. But most importantly, each story reveals that both the dead and the living are capable of tremendous and profound forgiveness.” (Library Catalogue)
Experiences from the light : ordinary people’s extraordinary experiences of transformation, miracles, and spiritual awakening
By: Keating, Keidi.
“Experiences From the Light shares more than 50 fascinating stories of extraordinary, true-life adventures of light, including spiritual awakenings, near-death experiences, unexplainable synchronicities, and stories of love and heart. It sometimes seems that the world in which we live is falling apart. We are experiencing more turmoil than ever before and desperately seeking a light in our lives. Experiences From the Light will teach you to have faith in your life situations, warm your overwhelmed heart, remind you to look for the signs that the universe provides, and awaken you to new and bright possibilities. The stories in Experiences From the Light will astound and hearten you: An ill woman’s story of how she came close to death, and the extraordinary aftermath visitations by masters, angels, monks, and Biblical figures. How one woman found herself out of her body and walking up a staircase to a door of great light as her grandmother crossed to the other side. How a man’s distressing illness was instantly healed after he crossed into the light. Years of pain and suffering vanished in an instant, and the symptoms have not returned since.” (Library Catalogue)
The life plan
By: Kennedy, Shannah, author.
“Discover what you really want in life and how to get it! Do you want to live with purpose and achieve your life goals? In The Life Plan , leading life coach Shannah Kennedy sets out a step-by-step strategy to help you identify your true self and values, declutter and simplify your life, improve your time management and create structures that will help guide you towards your goals and visions. This hands-on workbook includes questionnaires, charts and exercises and will become a valuable record of your life goals. ‘Shannah is one of the best life coaches I have come across. She delivers practical and useful tools to help you be the best version of yourself.’ Deborah Hutton, Media Personality ‘People managers need life skills so they can successfully mentor and motivate others to take charge of their lives. This is the perfect handbook for every leader.’ Colleen Callander, CEO of Sportsgirl ‘An excellent resource to draw on for great performance in life.’ Dean Gosper, Olympic Winter Institute of Australia” (Library Catalogue)
After this : when life is over, where do we go?
By: Smith, Claire Bidwell.
“In After This, acclaimed author, and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith confronts the question she encounters every day in private practice–what happens after we die? In an exploration of the afterlife that is part personal, part prescriptive–Smith invites us on her journey into the unknown. She wonders: How do we grieve our loved ones without proof that they live on? Will we ever see them again? Can they see us now, even though they are gone? Chronicling our steps along the path that bridges this world and the next, Smith undergoes past-life regressions and sessions with mediums and psychics and immerses herself in the ceremonies of organized religion and the rigor of scientific experiments to try and find the answers. Drawing on both her personal losses, recounted in her memoir The Rules of Inheritance, as well as her background working in hospice as a bereavement counselor, Smith attempts to show how exploring the afterlife can have a positive impact on the grief process.” (Library Catalogue)
The Mayo Clinic handbook for happiness : a 4-step plan for resilient living
By: Sood, Amit, author.
“Happiness is a habit. For some of us, that habit is a natural inclination; for others, it is a learned behavior. The Mayo Clinic Handbook for Happiness combines wisdom from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to help you choose contentment. Dr. Amit Sood’s actionable ten-week program has helped tens of thousands of people reduce anxiety and find greater fulfillment in life. Each of the book’s four sections is filled with practical insights and easy-to-implement exercises. You’ll understand why your brain struggles with finding happiness and what real-world practices can help you to better manage stress and choose peace and contentment instead. Praise for the Stress-Free Living Program: “This book can change your life.”-Dr. Andrew Weil “An important innovative approach to well-being.”-Dr. Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence” (Library Catalogue)
Growing older without growing old : on vitality and ageing
By: Westendorp, Rudi, author.
“The past century has witnessed a revolution. Less than a hundred years ago, the average Western life expectancy was 40; now it is 80. And there is no end in sight: the first person who will reach 135 has already been born. It’s the most radical change in our society since industrialisation, and natural it raises many questions. What do longer life spans mean for the way we organize our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer? Does it help to eat less, or to take hormones, vitamins, or minerals? And what can we learn from old people who remain full of vitality, despite illness and infirmity? Growing Older without Feeling Old is the definitive book on a key issue for the 21st century, written by one of the world’s leading experts in geriatric medicine. Combining medical, biological, economic, and sociological insights, Rudi Westendorp explores the causes of the ageing revolution and explains how we can greet it with confidence and enjoy leading longer, healthier, and more productive lives than ever before.” (Library Catalogue)