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Book Review, Nanette Littlestone, ed. F.A.I.T.H. – Finding Answers in the Heart

July 17, 2014

The essays in F.A.I.T.H. – Finding Answers in the Heart (published on June 16, 2014), are a reminder that there is great power not only in believing in oneself, but in a Higher Power. The fourteen essays, written primarily by women practitioners in the self-help/life coaching/holistic healing community, describe the impact of finding the faith within themselves to overcome difficult circumstances and to move on, despite often crippling self-doubt.

The stories here are personal and powerful, and apparently this book found me at the right time, as I found myself crying while reading more than once. Especially poignant were Mindy Strich’s “Good Grief,” where she discusses the aftermath of her mother’s death and how she learned to let go and surrender to a new path, and Laina Orlando’s “Third Time’s A Charm,” which is an important reminder about co-dependency and the need to receive as well as give. I also found great comfort in Nanette Littlestone’s “Trust Me!” where she describes her struggles with listening to that still, small voice within that often tells us to attempt uncomfortable things…to put ourselves out into the world even when we can’t guarantee the outcome.

My only quibble with the book, and it is a minor one, is that I wish the essays could have been longer. So many of the stories were so compelling that I wanted to know more!

The takeaway from this collection is that it is possible to start one’s life over again (and again) even when it feels impossible or “too late.” It also is a significant reminder that we aren’t alone in these journeys that we take—there are thousands upon thousands there right along with us. And that, at least to me, may be the most comforting thought of all.

Source: Review copy from the publisher

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