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You Can Create An Exceptional Life

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Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other TV and radio programs both … see full wiki

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Genre: Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Hay House
1 review about You Can Create An Exceptional Life

Some excellent advice, though I was a bit put off by the form in which it was offered

  • Nov 3, 2011
I read a book by Cheryl Richardson many years ago called "Life Makeovers" that really impacted me at the time. While I had heard of Louise, mostly in regard to her work with AIDS patients many years ago, I had never read any of her books.

I was initially disappointed to see how this co-authoring was presented. Instead of truly writing the book together or taking turns writing chapters, the book is basically an interview of Louise Hay by Cheryl Richardson (i.e., the book is written by Cheryl but with many quotes from Louise). That's not what I thought I was getting and, if you'd have asked me to rate the book after I'd read the first 20 pages, I would have likely given it 2 stars. But, in the end, the content of the book and the relationship and interplay between Louise and Cheryl won me over.

Cheryl, who is famous, wise and knowledgeable in her own right, is self-deprecating and humble here. Louise, on the other hand, comes off arrogant to me, as if Cheryl was 12 and Louise was telling her how life works for the first time. Perhaps this was necessary for this interview format they chose, but I found it a bit off-putting. Perhaps this is just Louise's personality--I don't know, since I haven't read her writing before.

The book deals heavily with affirmations--and Louise gives affirmations for almost any topic or activity you could imagine, which is very helpful. Like the experts in the book "The Secret," Louise feels that affirmations must be in the present tense, as if whatever you wish to achieve or happen has already been achieved or happened. I used affirmations like this in the year before I retired--aimed at building a happy retirement--and the process served me very well. I am now 3 1/2 years retired and I have most everything I affirmed in the year prior to retiring.

There is quite a good discussion about aging--specifically women coping with the aging process in terms of their looks fading--that may be very helpful for women who are struggling with that issue.

All in all, a recommended read. I'm very glad I kept reading after the initial disappointment about the format that the authors chose. I've cemented some things I already knew, learned a few new things and have returned to the process of including affirmations in my daily life.

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