Archive for ‘Self-Help’

February 8th, 2011

Master Your Sleep by Tracey I. Marks, MD

by Gwen

Master Your Sleep by Tracey I. Marks, M.D.
Proven Methods Simplified

Master Your Sleep

I sleep like a, well, nothing because I don’t sleep unless I am drugged to the gills. So when PR by the Book pitched this one to me, it was a no brainer. (note: the cool disclosure)

Master Your Sleep totally changed the way I look at sleep and more specifically, my sleep issues. And I am not alone in my insomnia, ⅓ of my fellow Americans suffer from it. Not only that, but the cost for this lack of being able to get forty winks costs were estimated at almost $150 billion in 2006. (This includes treatments for illness related to sleep deprivation, missed work, and the decrease in productivity)

Okay, enough facts, what I really like about Master Your Sleep is that Dr. Marks doesn’t waste any time. The book is written in a brief and easily understood way and yet still covers all the bases. From the different sleep disorders, to different treatments, to issues with children, the book covers it all in 125 pages. Manna from sleep heaven in 125 pages! (plus a few more in the Appendix for things like sleep diary pages and sleep problem solving worksheets) I now feel armed to go to the doctor and not only ask the right questions, but am able to tell him/her what my issues are in a way that is going to get me the help I need.

If you or a loved one has sleep issues, Master Your Sleep is the place to start tackling it. It is that simple. Excuse me, I have a date with Mr. Sandman thanks to this book.


Master Your Sleep Proven Methods Simplified by Tracey I. Marks, MD


  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098461
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    May 27th, 2010

    Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson -Review

    by Gwen


    She wanted to die. God had other plans.

    Kristen Anderson thought she had the picture-perfect life until strokes of gray dimmed her outlook: three friends and her grandmother died within two years. Still reeling from these losses, she was raped by a friend she thought she could trust. She soon spiraled into a seemingly bottomless depression.

    One January night, the seventeen-year-old decided she no longer wanted to deal with the emotional pain that smothered her. She lay down on a set of cold railroad tracks and waited for a freight train to send her to heaven…and peace.

    But Kristen’s story doesn’t end there.

    In Life, In Spite of Me this remarkably joyful young woman shares the miracle of her survival, the agonizing aftermath of her failed suicide attempt, and the hope that has completely transformed her life, giving her a powerful purpose for living.
    Her gripping story of finding joy against all odds provides a vivid and unforgettable reminder that life is a gift to be treasured. 

    I have a lot of issues with the man upstairs, AKA God, so I am always on the look out for a book that will inspire me and lead me to a deeper understanding. I hate to say it, but while Life, In Spite of Me is a story of courage, this isn’t the book I was looking for.

    Kristen Jane Anderson is a remarkable woman. What she has done with her life and her faith since attempting suicide and losing her legs is a roadmap in how to turn your life around when you hit bottom.

    What didn’t work for me was that the book didn’t connect a lot of dots for me and maybe that is just me. It seemed like one day she wanted to die and the next, she found God and had a purpose. It couldn’t have been that easy, I mean I know that her struggle had to be like climbing Mt. Everest, but that feeling and exertion didn’t make it into the book.

    Those with a strong faith will no doubt love this book. I too, admire her and her strength amazes me.

    I thank LitFuse and Multnomah Books for sending me Life, In Spite of Me by Kristen Jane Anderson and Tricia Goyer.


    May 7th, 2010

    Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! By Robert Boich ~Review

    by Gwen

    Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! “A Bridge from Addiction to Early recovery” By Robert Boich

    Let me preface this review by telling you this, my name is Gwen and I am an alcoholic. What makes that important for this review is that Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! is about Boich’s first six months or so of his sobriety and the lessons that he has learned. If you aren’t an addict/alcoholic yourself or have one in your life, this book isn’t for you and I will see you on my next review.

    Still here? Howdy.

    Robert Boich has written a great introduction to the world of living clean and  sober. What many don’t realize, is that being sober has very little to do with just not drinking. It is about living and creating a totally different way to deal with life and all it entails with an ever growing set of tools and new outlooks. Boich realized that really early on in his sobriety, bares quite a lot of himself in this book and shares what he has learned.

    Excuse Me includes chapters on gratitude, honesty, acceptance, resentment and more, Boich interweaves his experiences with the things that alcoholics/addicts face in recovery. I really appreciated the journaling aspect of it. It was less about having the 12 steps crammed down your throat and more about how he came to realize how to deal with life in his own way.

    The book is subtitled, A Bridge from Addiction to Early Recovery and that is important to note. This is a primer of sorts, if you have been sober for a while, like I have, there isn’t as much in it for you as there would be for someone that is new to recovery. Still, there are some unique ways of looking at things that may be new for the person that has been in recovery for a while. I wish that this book had been around when I first got the hint that maybe I needed to stop drinking. Excuse Me, Your Life is Waiting! would have been a godsend.

    I applaud Robert Boich for his honesty, thoughts, for getting this published and most of all, for getting clean and sober.

    Excuse Me Your Life is Waiting

    I was sent a copy of this great book by Robert Boich and Pump Up Your Book and I thank them kindly!


    December 22nd, 2009

    The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin –My Favorite Book of the Year

    by Gwen

    We all know that I read a lot. I mean A LOT. My usual genre is mystery/suspense with a classic or biography thrown in here and there, but when I came across The Happiness Project, I was intrigued. The author, Gretchen Rubin, came to a decision one day that while she was happy with her life, she could be happier.

    Haven’t we all felt that one time or another? Things are going great, but we still see ways that we could improve. Or maybe things are not so great and we long to have the strength of character that we had in a better time to handle it better.

    Rubin researched philosophers, comediennes, great poets, religions, scientific studies, you name it, in search of the secret of being happy. Turns out that happiness is elusive, hard to define and different for everyone, but she did find some pearls of wisdom to use on her quest.

    What she decided to do was change things, habits, and routines in her life that would make her happy and in turn, hopefully, make those whose lives she touched a bit happier too. Deciding to call it The Happiness Project, she figured out 12 resolutions that she really needed to work on and tackle one each month, adding the last month’s resolution to the next. The last month, Boot Camp Perfect, took everything that she worked on that year. Some months were easier than others, but she always made progress, learned a lot about herself and her habits and achieved her goal of being happier.

    I cannot even begin to tell you how invigorating this book is. With just the first chapter, Boost Energy, I was ready to jump on the Happiness Project bandwagon. Who doesn’t want more energy, to remember love, aim higher, lighten up, be serious about play, make time for friends, pursue a passion and more?

    Rubin even started a blog and website as a companion piece to The Happiness Project to help you with yours. I have a really good feeling that 2010 is going to be a much happier year!

    The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun by Gretchen Rubin

    Hardcover: 320 pages

    Publisher: Harper (December 29, 2009)

    ISBN-10: 0061583251

    ISBN-13: 978-0061583254