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Stressed Is Desserts Spells Backwards: Rising above Life's Problems with Humor, Hope and Courage

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Brian Luke Seaward remembers an epiphany -- a turning point in a childhood filled with incredible stress caused by two alcoholic parents. His grandmother handed him a plate of freshly baked cookies with these loving words: "Now, remember, stressed is just desserts spelled backwards!" He realized that humor and compassion go a long way toward easing both stress and sorrow, and made it his life's work to remind people that "we have the power to move through, or around, our ...
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Brian Luke Seaward remembers an epiphany -- a turning point in a childhood filled with incredible stress caused by two alcoholic parents. His grandmother handed him a plate of freshly baked cookies with these loving words: "Now, remember, stressed is just desserts spelled backwards!" He realized that humor and compassion go a long way toward easing both stress and sorrow, and made it his life's work to remind people that "we have the power to move through, or around, our problems, and eventually transcend them."
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Sandra Wendel

No one tells a story as well as Brian Luke Seaward, internationally recognized stress management expert. In Stressed Is Desserts Spelled Backward, Seaward chronicles 70 compelling stories about human triumph over turmoil and adversity. All inspirational, Seaward weaves his wit and wisdom through a palette of life experiences shared by people who have come into his life.

The underlying message is clear: stress is a shared human experience and a valuable opportunity to grow in new and wonderful ways. In her foreword to the book, Good Morning America anchor Joan Lunden says, "It's not what happens to us, but our reaction to what happens to us that causes us stress. And that means we have the power to control our level of stress."

Seaward acts as a guide through the landscape of human tribulations. Each short vignette conveys a message of hope and courage, as the title promises, and concludes with classic Seaward in a lesson, a poem, a thought. He takes his cue from his grandmother who was probably his inspiration and mentor as a storyteller. "She sailed through life quite gracefully," he tells readers. "Stressed is desserts spelled backward," she would remind him in times of distress, serving up her own wisdom and, at the same time, filling his plate with a baked sweet and a glass of milk.

So following in her footsteps as a teacher, Seaward aptly learns from the scores of people he meets on his travels around the country to conduct stress management seminars and retells their stories as lessons to his students and seminar followers. Many stories often come from complete strangers whom he calls everyday heroes. "People who, by the grace of God, emerge from what can only be described as a trip to hell with dignity and aplomb. Their experiences ... are testimonials to the use of inner resources and the remarkable human potential to deal with life's challenges in a way that promotes spiritual growth," he says.

He reminds readers they can have their cake and eat it too. Thus, Desserts is a tasty morsel of inspirational triumph of the human spirit. And Seaward gets it all spelled correctly in this, his newest book. Pour a cup of coffee and relax. You may wish to savor this book in small doses, but you'll have trouble reading just one or two stories. They'll captivate you and make you think.

From the same author, another title of interest for readers who seek more inspirational and motivational reading is Stand Like Mountain, Flow Like Water: Reflections on Stress and Human Spirituality (Health Communications, Inc., 1997.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781573241663
  • Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2000

    A great book for dealing with life's little 'disasters'

    Stressed is a wonderful book for breaking the momentum or anxiety of any tense moment, whether at work, home... anywhere! It is calm and relaxed, fun and engaging, and its stories are capable of transporting you to an altered state of mind. Good for calm moments too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2000

    Better than the Wizard of Oz!

    While my parents were on vacation in July, my childhood home was hit by a huge storm, and four mighty 50 year old spruce trees my dad planted long ago were uprooted and hit their house. As my folks were mourning their losses and digging out from under the debris, I gave my heartbroken 84 year old dad a copy of STRESS IS DESSERTS SPELLED BACKWARDS. He loved it! He's often mentioned how much it helped him cope with the long, drawn out home repair process and see the light at the end of the tunnel. Eminently readable, this book was the perfect gift

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    A Gourmet Read

    I sat down to read a story and read the entire book.This Author is brilliant in his ability to weave the human experience and the emotions from those experiences into story form.When I closed the book I realized I am not alone in my day to day challenges, but more important, I realized I have within me a source of strength and power to overcome any of life's problems.I have found this book to be a constant reminder that I can overcome and when I have an overwhelming day I simply open the book and find just the right story to bring me affirmation of the joy of life to be lived every moment. It is simply how we choose to use our wonderful inner light to shine onto our sometimes outer darkness. I hope to see more books by this Author, he writes from great passion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    A Great Book of Hope

    A heart warming book that allows us to connect with our own humanity with examples from real life heroes. When we feel stress we can look to the people in Dr. Seaward's book who have lived life with courage, hope, and humor. The book is filled with powerful teachers from across the world that help us keep perspective and balance. Dr. Seaward's writing is direct yet inspiring. He leaves us with hope in every case !

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