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While we'd all love to unleash that "beauty that arises from deep within," few of us have the time or the wherewithal in our daily lives to seek any beauty that cannot be purchased at the pharmacy. But this exceptional tome provides the groundwork for what could become a lifelong passion, not for outward appearance but for cultivating inward beauty and vitality.
Each short, readable chapter offers a recommendation for tending to one's soul or body. While Moran stresses that beauty starts from within, she points out that some of the happy side effects of a "well-tended soul" just happen to be glowing skin, twinkling eyes, and youthful energy. Personal appearance is not discounted -- attention to grooming and outward appearance is encouraged, but as a way of reflecting pride in one's body, not as an attempt to meet society's expectations. The overall goal should be to do just enough every day to feel comfortable and attractive in your own skin.
Fans of the self-help/inspiration genre will no doubt be familiar with many of the recommendations in the book -- among the scores of practical and easy suggestions are making peace with one's body; using affirmations; acquiring one better habit; surrounding oneself with positive influences; practicing yoga; giving gratitude; protecting oneself from negativity; and nourishing the body with natural, wholesome foods. What is truly unique to this book is the author's warmth, humor, and down-to-earth attitude. (The book is filled with little nuggets of wisdom readers will want to jot down, but the one that resonated most with me was, "Being perfect is unnecessary. Being human will do.") The end result is an utterly winsome invitation to adopt a lifestyle that will produce inner serenity -- which can't help but show on the outside. (Karen Burns)