Book Review – PRIDE by Dr. Ronald Holt

Pride Ron HoltPRIDE: You Can’t Heal If You’re Hiding from Yourself

“No matter your sexual orientation or gender identity, you are worthy of unconditional love and acceptance.”

There are so many reasons that this is a book for our times. The quote from the book in the headline is by far the most important reason for this book to have been written and for ALL to read it. I am reminded of the verse Mark 12:31 “The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” The book reads like a suspense novel, yet the stories of struggle is NOT FICTION! The fact Ron tells us REAL stories of REAL people is horrifying and heartwarming at the same time. I could not put the book down. I know I have lived a sheltered life and by God’s Grace I have not been exposed to such indignities that are told in this book. I wish I had this information when I was younger, but it is never too late to learn how to love without question and truly accept the wonderful diversity life has to offer.

There so are many best things about this book and here is another one: It doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation is, if you are trying to live life authentically, the first step is in healing yourself and healing can lonely start after each of us comes out from hiding from ourselves, exemplified beautifully in this book. By the way, I know that I have been living under a rock–Did you know that PRIDE = People Respecting Individuals, Diversity, & Equality? I did not, but now I do. (Crazy, where have I been?—oh yeah, delivering babies) This book can be a movie, this book can be a play, this book can be a seed for a multitude of things, but the one thing I ask is to not let this book be unread collecting nano-dust in your Kindle library.

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Book Review: #iamdone by Amber McLean

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The mystique of success for women

Have you ever wondered about why you don’t feel like you are on top of the world, when you are on top of the world? This book answers that key question and more. As a woman in transition myself, in that in between becoming stage from active midwife to mentor of women about to give birth, this book packed the spiritual punch I needed to finally realize that I am AWAKE, and there is no going back to how life use to be. First of all, I had heard of this book from a friend, but then it was hard to find in the search engine because I forgot to put in the hashtag. I found it, got it and started reading. Suddenly, I felt as though Amber was sending me a cryptic message. I kept seeing her quote someone called “ambodhi”, who is that? It felt esoteric, so I decided to Google it….I suggest you do the same. But to keep the intrigue at its highest, first get this book, read it before you Google, then wait for it…..you will never be the same again!

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Book Review: Enough Already! By Lori Johnson

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You are your biggest asset!

Lori Johnson’s unique WAVES process opens the possibility of learning how to ride the waves in your life. Like water off a ducks back, she brings that outlook into how to help you make yourself a priority. Yes, “you have to take care of yourself first in order to have the energy to take care of others.” This book is on point! Her extensive study in self-help methods are all distilled here in beautifully digestible metaphors and deep insights. Awesome!

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Ilia Blandina

Book Review: The Hustle-Free Business by Amy Birks

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I can sure use a Ninja to grow my business!

Amy Birks got me in the intro with “Your kids are growing up, making those microscopic changes moment by moment that you just can’t get back.” I so agree, we are all caught up in life, that before you know, it will pass us by in an instant if we are not careful. John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Her RESULTS Rituals are easy to follow! Look out 2017, the year of 1 = New Beginnings, I am going to implement this plan! Her breakdown about the two types of resistance to growing your business completely resonated with me. I love how she hit the mark by addressing how it’s not just about following someone else’s formula to success, but it’s about the secret formula that is hidden within each individual for their own way of obtaining success and enjoying life at the same time. Genius.

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Book Review: Widowed by Joann Filomena

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A beautiful gift for those left behind

Having lost my mom in 2014 and supporting her in the last 4 years of her life after she was widowed, I really wish I had this as a reference to help support her. Thank you so much for the courage it took to write this book. This book is important to read, not only for widows but for all of us who are of the age when we are seeing our friends and family pass away. Two of my dear friends from college have both recently passed away; this book is a wonderful gift for them!

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Book Review: Lifeline by Dr. Denise Morett

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Nurses spread the word!

I wish I had this book when I was a Pediatric ICU nurse during the first 4 years of my career; it would have helped me as the nurse as well as the families I cared for. This should be in every Pediatric ICU and Neonatal ICU! The L.I.F.E. breathing technique is perfect, wow…

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Book Review: No Time To Lose by Debbie Lazinsky

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Simple no nonsense plan

 You got me at “A surplus in cash is great, but in calories, not so much.” When you know that high risk surgical interventions are not for you, this book is a must read. Debbie Lazinsky was featured in People magazine’s “Half My Size” issue in January 2014 and her amazing story of her Dad’s visit with her before the magazine photo shoot sent chills up my spine. Love and acceptance conquers all things. “Habits are actions we do without much thought.” Okay, I am ready for my weight loss journey! I love how she created “The Linda Project”, linda in Spanish means: pretty; Hermosa; beautiful; bella; bonita; guapa; guapo or handsome. Being Hispanic I quickly resonated with where she was going. Her advice is so simple to follow and so forgiving, why didn’t I think of this? Now I don’t have to!! Yep, I’m ready.

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Give Birth A Chance: How to Prepare for an Empowered VBAC

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Ilia Blandina