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Book Reviews: Three More from Hay House

August 7, 2016

As I continue to clear through my ARC pile…here are three quick reviews of books from Hay House.

Mastin Kipp – Daily Love: Growing Into Grace

Mastin Kipp’s book Daily Love: Growing Into Grace (published September 9, 2014) is an offshoot of his The Daily Love Twitter feed and YouTube videos (since 2014, Kipp has re-branded under his name). The book is part memoir, part self-help book, and details Kipp’s life as he moved toward a recognition of Divine Grace (he calls this the journey “from crisis to Grace”).

Kipp, a Kansas native, moved to Los Angeles with the hope of pursuing a music management career. He was successful, but his addictions to drugs, computers, food, and women led him to continually self-sabotage. He suffered a major breakdown, and, as he worked to overcome his addictions and rebuild his life, he started The Daily Love, a website, email list, and Twitter feed (and eventually YouTube videos) that provided inspirational material. The Daily Love, much to his surprise, continued to grow, and Kipp recounts the ups and downs he experienced. Eventually, Kipp formed relationships with many self-help luminaries, particularly Tony Robbins, and his work was featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday.

I was personally drawn to Kipp’s upbeat attitude and his realistic advice—he is very revelatory, almost to the point of giving the reader too much information. I respect his fearlessness in putting all of this out there, however, and how open he is about his personal failures.  Kipp’s message is that we need to realize that we are perfect in God’s eyes, but that we are responsible for taking action, for being willing to screw up and start over, and to find grace where in the past we would have only seen disaster.

Source: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley

Wayne W. Dyer and Esther Hicks – Co-Creating at its Best: A Conversation Between Master Teachers

Co-Creating at its Best (published December 2, 2014) is the transcript of a 2013 interview between the late Wayne W. Dyer and Esther Hicks, best known for her channeling of a “collective consciousness” known as “Abraham.” I admit that I really am not sure what to do with the “Abraham-Hicks” message, as while I can handle some woo, this is pretty woo.

Putting that aside, Abraham’s teachings center on the Law of Attraction, with a focus on maintaining a “high vibration” and a connection to “Source Energy.” In the interview with Dyer, Abraham describes how the universe responds to how you truly feel, not necessarily what you are saying (hence why affirmations often don’t really change things). Abraham also emphasizes the need to develop and maintain positive emotional momentum throughout the day and to try to accept what is at all times, rather than resisting it or comparing your experiences to that of others. In other words, you have to accept your journey and be “aligned with Source” before your external world changes. Life is actually about constant growth—we never stop growing and changing.

I think this is one of those books that will either really resonate with you or it will read as total gibberish. The language is not that accessible until you are reading it for a while (and Dyer’s questions are helpful in getting you into the material). Your mileage may vary.

Source: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley

Katie Dalebout – Let It Out

Katie Dalebout’s Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling (published April 5, 2016), describes how critical journaling can be to the self-discovery and self-help process. She sees writing as a form of meditation and mindfulness, and provides the reader with a series of prompts designed to jump start the journaling process. She includes guides for increasing gratitude, dealing with anger and comparing oneself to others, and working through issues surrounding career, money, and health.

As a longtime diary keeper, I enjoyed this book. My only quibble is that, speaking as someone who is a good decade and a half older than the author, I’m not sure if the tone of the book is as appealing to older women. I have every expectation, however, that Dalebout has a long and interesting self-help career ahead of her given this auspicious start.

Source: ARC from the publisher via NetGalley

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