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Book: A Year of Positive Thinking
Cyndie Spiegel
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A Year of Positive Thinking
Cyndie Spiegel
2018 / Althea Press
Paperback, 258 pages
Review by Kathy Parsons
What a gem of a book this is! Cyndie Spiegel has compiled quotations, mantras, writing exercises, and a ton of positive thoughts suitable for readers of any age (beyond maybe 13 or so). I enjoyed it so much that I bought a copy for one of my teenage piano students with the hope that she will feel supported by the positive energy and encouragement to follow her dreams. I really wish I had had a book like this earlier in my own life to help get through some difficult times, but it's never too late. My 88-year-old mother wants to read my copy next! The book is formatted by the twelve months (a “chapter” per month) with a quote, thought or exercise for each day of the year. I read it over a period of a week so I could review it, but I loved what I was reading so much that I'm not sure I could ever limit myself to one quote per day. I really love that Spiegel underscores variations on “you are enough” and that she acknowledges that grief, hurt and bad times are a very real part of life rather than viewing things through the proverbial rose-colored glasses. The majority of the book revels in the beauty of life and the possibilities we all offer by being our true selves, but this is NOT a book of fluff pieces, unicorns and rainbows. Life can get tough and Spiegel offers some excellent coping mechanisms and the encouragement to learn the lessons that hard times offer and move on. Ms Spiegel has an avid new fan in me and I hope to spread the word about this beyond excellent book.
December 16, 2018