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Reviews:-

The Art of Discarding

By Ngisa Tatsumi

Reviewed by Anne Morjanoff 1 July 2017

Co-incidences are very re-assuring to me.

Beginning a month ago, when undertaking a two hour train journey with my daughter in the UK, she

handed me her kindle and said “you might like to read this”. And with nothing else to occupy me, I

began to read about this unique method of de-cluttering … not only of objects, but emotional

hindrances to experiencing a more empowering life.

Over the next month, my daughter and I continued travelling in the UK, and whenever we were on a

train or plane she’d hand me the kindle to continue reading “The Art of Discarding”. To my surprise,

I found a sense of anticipation in seeing the next suggestion, or decision- making method revealed.

With a guilty moment or two (or more) about my own cluttered mess at home, I found myself

making mental notes of what I could do on my return to improve the categories of overwhelming

accumulated ‘necessities’ that were hindering my wellbeing. I’m sure most people would resonate

with keeping ‘stuff’ that might become useful at a later date, or to buying books they thought might

be interesting, but remained unread on the shelf years later. Suggestions on how to relate to our

things, and being able to have a positive emotional response are put forward in such a simple and

realistic manner, that I’m encouraged to try them.

I finished reading on a two hour flight from Cairns to Brisbane, Australia. The next day, I spoke to

Barry about some of the content, without referring to the title.

And the co-incidence? I mentioned the inspiring impact this book had had on me while travelling.

He grinned, left the room, returned, and handed me a hardback copy of “The Art of Discarding”, sent

to him by the publishers for review! I couldn’t be more pleased to have a copy of the book to

physically touch … it brought a definite sense of satisfaction.

I trust this overview motivates you to follow up on your own decluttering mission.

The Art of Discarding

Published by Hachette, Australia

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Reviews:-

Get Your Sh*t Together

By Sarah Knight

 

Sarah certainly doesn’t mince words, in fact she is the most forthright self-help author I have come across. She starts out by boldly stating that readers will face the sh*t word in several different forms 332 times in the course of reading her book. Sarah is the best selling author of “The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k”, so the F word gets a workout as well!

However Sarah is not using four letter words just as a shock mechanism, in fact after a while these words just become part of the furniture. She describes her book as “a delightfully profane one-stop shop for tidying your mind – and making your life easier and better.

This book is not rocket science, nor does it come up with the kind of breathtaking information and advice that is going to startle you into a whole new mindset. Instead Sarah makes perfect sense as she steers each person towards getting their sh*t together by taking their life changes one step at a time. And she does it with what has now become her trademark cheeky wit with a fair sprinkling of sh*t stirring to help people to help themselves to make changes in their life.

Sarah adds to her inspiring words with a colourful infusion of her own experiences. Writing about anxiety she reveals, “remember when I said we all have our oh, sh*t moments? Well sometimes I have mine topped with bacon, cheese and a nervous breakdown…. giving fewer f**ks goes some way towards solving this problem…”

I could fill this review with excerpts ranging from amusing to outrageous, but that would just be a big spoiler. This is a book that cries out to be read and savoured, and then read again with a pen and notebook by your side. I hate marking books in any way, and look on this practice as some kind of profanity. Maybe I need to get my sh*t together and loosen up a little!

Review By: Barry Eaton

Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight

Published by Quercus and released in Australia by Hachette.

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4-3-2-1 

by Paul Auster

If you are as intrigued as me about parallel dimensions, universes and lives then this book could be the answer to your late night reading – as it was for me.

Archie Ferguson was born on March 3rd 1947 in Newark, New Jersey to two seemingly ordinary parents. However Archie’s life was destined to be far from normal as his soul energy splits almost immediately into four separate bodies. Each version of Archie soon creates its own unique personality and set of life circumstances. We follow him in these four identities as he grows, learns and loves in the turbulent world of the US during the 1950s and 60s.

This is a fascinating story, very long and involved, but above all a fascinating theme that author Paul Auster explores. Can we exist in more than one body? Does life have to be only three dimensional, or does the quantum theory throw all our basic assumptions of life out the window?

Auster’s style of writing is deep and intense as one would expect with such a radical plot involved. As for Archie, referred to as simply ‘Ferguson’ by the author, his lives take such incredibly different turns and twists as he grows through childhood, teenage years and early twenties, that it feels we are reading about four completely different people. Only his main support family, friends and sometimes girl friends remain as a constant in each life, albeit with completely different circumstances and character traits.

I thoroughly enjoyed 4-3-2-1 and my only complaint is that on two occasions we left Ferguson in circumstances that the reader has to figure for themselves where he ended up.

A sequel perhaps, Paul Auster??

Review by: Barry Eaton

4-3-2-1   Published by Faber & Faber UK 2017 and Allen & Unwin Australia.

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“The Story Behind The Story”

by Valerie Albrecht.

 

Journeying across the world, back and forth, from Australia to the USA, over a number of years, has been an inspired mission for author Valerie Albrecht.

She brings us the intriguing, immersive story and wisdom of Elroy, a Navajo medicine man.  The strong connection between them has produced an almost mystical insight into his world view, his hopes for his clan people and aspirations on a larger scale for our collective destiny.

Their combined story twists and turns in dedication to their way of exploring spiritual and practical elements of the medicine man’s life, family and traditions.  It envelops clan loyalty and long established traditions, still revered to the present day.

From my point of view – well worth your efforts to convey this story, encouraging us to see and feel from a different and deeper perspective.

 

Review by Anne Morjanoff,

Co-author of “The Joy of Living”.

12 March 2017

Valerie Albrecht was a guest in Program 633 W/C 3rd March 2017

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