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Living The Truth

Transform Your Life Through the Power of Insight and Honesty

Living The Truth
by Keith Ablow, MD
Little, Brown and Company
ISBN: 978-0-316-01781-7
Self-help, 307 pages, $25.99
Reviewed by Terry South for Armchair Interviews

Dr. Keith Ablow tells as well as shows us how ignoring or even burying painful memories and experience can affect every aspect of our lives negatively.  In “Living The Truth” he presents strategies and exercises to help you transform the pain of the past into the power of your future.

In the beginning he describes this as “your journey” as being one of a working partnership with him.  He presents you with exercises where you write down your thoughts and feelings as well as answering questions throughout the entire book.  You are able to write your answers within the pages of the book itself as he has provided adequate space with lined pages.  If you prefer to preserve your copy to pass onto a friend or family member I would suggest you record your answers within a journal or a notebook, plus this will provide privacy so no one else sees what you have answered.

Dr. Ablow’s core message is that no one has a perfect life and states that everyone has pain in which they must overcome.  He has many strategies to help you overcome the negatives and to face your conflicts head on which will give you more control over your life experiences.  He describes his book as his “most ambitious attempt to help people do what I finally did – face the truth about the past, however uncomfortable, sad, or frightening – and experience the remarkable power that comes from that journey.”

Living The Truth is a book that tells you as well as shows you how to change your life. This book is idea for the people who feel their lives are way off track, maybe feeling a little depressed, down on their luck, or even just the general down feeling, or the feeling of everything in your life is going wrong. Or for those of us that wish to make a positive change in our lives. He has a very easy reading style, while incorporating explanations, examples and simple steps to follow.  He beams with positive energy.  I highly recommend reading it and giving it a try, you have nothing to lose except maybe some pain.

Dr. Ablow is a powerful writer and he empowers you to embrace reality about the painful times of your life experiences.  He describes to us how to face our own individual life stories and to feel the pain and then push forward and grow beyond the pain.  This is a journey of self-discovery which he presents in such a concise way making one want to live the truth.  I found the exercises to be very helpful and I have started Living The Truth.  He is one of the leading voices in America on healing and delivering the message that no one has a perfect life.  Why not start your self-discovery by choosing to Live The Truth today.

Keith Ablow, MD., psychiatrist and host of the Dr. Keith Ablow Show, and is a New York Times best-selling author.  He graduated from
Brown University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and is on the faculty of New England Medical Center in Boston, he has appeared on the Today show and many other shows numerous times, and is a leading authority in his field.

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Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting
By Lynn Grabhorn
Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.
Self-Help Book
Reviewed by Terry South for Front Street Reviews 2/24/07

I enjoyed most of this author’s work and she brought new elements into play pointing out negative and positive feelings. The author places a lot of personal examples throughout and makes it clear the distinctive differences between our negative wants and positive one’s. She is very enthusiastic and focuses on feelings throughout the entire book, and until now says we have been running our lives on a default setting.

Lynn Grabhorn stresses that our negative or positive feelings determine what happens during our daily lives. She points out that we send out vibrations in which others pick upon, so we need to focus on our feelings and keep them positive, in my opinion this is easier said than done. For me personally it is impossible to maintain constant positive feelings and not allow the negative ones to enter our minds. However, she incorporates simple steps to follow, so I plan to at least give it a try, I have nothing to lose except for maybe the negativity.

“Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting, the astonishing power of feelings” by Lynn Grabhorn is a book that tells you as well as shows you how to change your life. This book is idea for the people who feel their lives are way off track, maybe feeling a little depressed, down on their luck, or even just the general down feeling, or the feeling of everything in your life is going wrong. Or for those of us that wish to make a positive change in our lives.

This book instructs you to take back control of your life by switching your feelings and making them positive. She guides you through and tells you how to perfect the Law of Attraction which will bring the better things in life your way. She wants you to focus on the positive aspects and says “Anything it takes to get you to that place of feeling better than when you started’. She tells us to open that valve any way we can, and if we have tried and still nothing is working and all else fails, she tells us there is only one alternative left and that is to “look for anything within the situation, or in your immediate surroundings, to appreciate or feel good about”.

We need to start talking to ourselves, faking it, or even coning ourselves to pretty soon feel that click into Feel Good Energy or at least feel better and then the valve will begin to open slowly. So, she reminds us if we are mad, irritated at a situation to step back and take that negative and turn it into a positive, even if you have to find a positive in the situation, do all you can to muster a positive aspect. The author also says “The art of feeling good is not exactly something at which we are highly accomplished, so the goal is to learn how to do it on the spot.”

One of the weaknesses was the over usage of “feeeelings” throughout the entire book. Otherwise, this was a very interesting read, and the author writes with enthusiasm, and stresses to live a fulfilling life. Very easy reading style, while incorporating explanations, examples and simple steps to follow.

She has offered four fundamental principles for attracting what we desire most in life. She beams with positive energy. I highly recommend reading it and giving it a try, you have nothing to lose except maybe some negativity.