The Power of Feng Shui (Chinese Translation) [NOOK Book]

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This Chinese book tells the story about an Australian woman searching for another dimension in an attempt to sort out her life, Sophie, inadvertently comes across a Feng Shui guru. While Sophie thinks that she is open minded about most things, she's in for a few surprises when this ancient Chinese philosophy is applied to her home where she also runs a business. Apart from demonstrating that applying Feng Shui works, this story is incredible, funny and true!
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The Power of Feng Shui (Chinese Translation)

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Overview

This Chinese book tells the story about an Australian woman searching for another dimension in an attempt to sort out her life, Sophie, inadvertently comes across a Feng Shui guru. While Sophie thinks that she is open minded about most things, she's in for a few surprises when this ancient Chinese philosophy is applied to her home where she also runs a business. Apart from demonstrating that applying Feng Shui works, this story is incredible, funny and true!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015882230
  • Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Australian born, Sophie Boswell now lives in America where she writes full time. Her childhood memoir Breaking Loose: an Australian Story will be released soon.

Publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/SophieBoswell/
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  • Posted June 12, 2011

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    The Power of Feng Shui is a very good book

    Reviewed by Carly K. for Readers Favorite

    I am not a big believer in Feng Shui, although I will admit that a room can feel a bit "off" if the furniture is arranged in an unusual way. I don't think it has the ability to really change lives, but Sophie Boswell does believe that, and she tells it in her book, The Power of Feng Shui.

    This book was interesting to me because it is a memoir, and I have always enjoyed reading memoirs on a variety of subjects.

    Sophie begins her memoir with an introduction to Feng Shui so the reader understands the principles; and she continues by telling us her story, which I found to be very interesting. I found Sophie to be very real and likable without an ounce of pretentiousness. Her writing is very enjoyable, and I could relax while reading it.

    Sophie has also included some of her artwork in the book, which I loved. So, while my mind has not changed about the power of Feng Shui, I still enjoyed reading about Sophie's experiences and life. She is an interesting woman who has written a beautiful book.

    Overall, The Power of Feng Shui is a very good book; and for anyone who loves Feng Shui as much as Sophie does, this book will be a sure hit. Readers who put little stock in Feng Shui will still enjoy her story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

    Loved it.

    At first reading this book I was impatient for the love angle but the day to day life of the author is so captivating and uplifting it carries you along. Then when the tall dark stranger arrives you're really hooked. Smitten alongside Sophie. I recommend this for anyone looking for a light read or a profound experience because depending how the reader feels this book offers both. The Power of Feng Shui Living Proof memoir by Sophie Boswell is a great gift particularly for a woman who may want more out of life.... or might want some great escape!
    Lucy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2008

    This true story is more to do with triumph and persistance throughout the writer's life, to finally reach her destination and live her dream... It is an inspirational story, a love story, and one where the pages seem to turn themselves.

    While this story begins in Sydney where a Feng Shui guru unblocks Sophie's energy flow, it tells a fascinating tale about a five year period in her life which is remarkable, almost unbelievable, uplifting and covers her three career paths, nursing, art and business.<BR/><BR/>It reads like a raging bushfire! Sophie's poetic descriptions of her surroundings are so vivid, one can see the movie in one's mind. Her character portrayal is flawless.<BR/><BR/>During this period of her life she moves from Sydney and through Hawaii to Newport Beach, California, New York and ends up in Dubai. It's a must read for people in need of inspiration...

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    "The Power of Feng Shui" Review by Satis Shroff,


    &quot;The Power of Feng Shui&quot;
    Review by Satis Shroff, Lecturer at the University of Freiburg, Germany

    The purpose of this book is to give readers evidence of how the ancient Chinese philosophy works as the author herself is the ‘living proof.’ She’d applied it in her home-setting, relationships and business successfully. It’s a book about change and how to make it happen with you remaining in command. This knowledge is packed in the form of an enchanting love-story after two wrecked marriages, and a third endearing one, full of bliss and passion, thanks to Feng Shui.


    Feng Shui? An Asian martial art? No, Feng Shui means ‘wind’ and ‘water’ and is the science of life in harmony with your direct environment. Feng Shui belongs to daily life in China. Wind and water belong to the taoistic knowledge that change is the fundamental principle of the universe. And we humans (and other species) as a part of this universe participate in a dynamic principle and are subject to eternal change. Feng Shui also gives you the opportunity to understand your fellow human being. Which theme belongs to this person? What does he or she have to know or discover? According to Feng Shui, your environ, working place, even your visiting-card reflects your personality. This is more than non-verbal communication. Sofia Boswell uses these ancient Chinese philosophical principles in modern western society and lifestyle with amazing success.


    Your inner life begins to influence your outer world in a cheerful, positive way, whereby there’s a reciprocal exchange between the inner and the outer world.


    Sophie’s story is topical and begins in Sydney in 1996, she travels through blue Hawaii, Newport Beach, New York and ends in Dubai in 2003. A perfectionist at heart, she doesn’t believe in failure despite setbacks in her business and in her private life. She regards a mistake as a chance to find another way to do and to go about things by using a change in perspective. There’s no room for headlong collisions in life. The gentle power of Feng Shui if often behind her decisions because she has internalised this philosophy.


    Sophie’s grandfather was a successful businessman, and she has inherited his business acumen in her genes. Her grandmother, Kathleen Boswell, was a talented portrait painter and musicians, so the grandchild has an artistic streak and plays the piano and even writes lyrics today.


    She reveals that the first ten years of her life ‘produced a strong minded individual’ which makes us understand that she didn’t seem to fit in with her peers. She was brought up as a proper English girl with all its connotations. There was ‘pomp and ceremony’ inside her house in far-away Australia but the family didn’t have much money to go with the aristocratic mannerisms. Brisbane wasn’t exactly the Cotswolds and was ‘dry and dusty with poisonous spiders and snakes; flies and mosquitoes came in plagues along with crickets and locusts.’


    In addition to demonstrating that Feng Shui works, the narrative is humorous and true.


    ‘What are the author’s thought?’ you might ask. She does some fast thinking when an annoying man named Prem tells her, after consulting his tatty tarot cards: ‘Your life won’t begin until you’re sixty.’ He says further in his Indian English, ‘Vot you should do it is, is to let go!’ To detach oneself from things that bog us down. He tells her in no uncertain terms that she’ll change her lifestyle, travel and meet people she never dreamed of. All under a new flag.


    But why would she want to change anything?


    Sophia doesn’t seek psychics. ‘I never sought them out,’ she says. They seem to hook up with her whenever she needed help in life. In 1982 she met a psychic named Margaret Dent, after her first divorce. She had been living in a small rented two-bedroom house with her three little girls. Her husband had been a controlling man. It was a financial fiasco for her. Magaret predicted, ‘I see you sitting in a big house, in lush garden surrounding, near the harbour.’ And it came true. After 1984 she became rich through the use of her own resources in her home-based business and by putting all her energy into it. That one hour with Margaret Dent in Sydney had changed her life. The significance of this story is that women can get along in a men’s world through the understanding of Feng Shui, and is useful for female managers who have to assert themselves in so-called men’s business domains.


    It was Elyse, a girl-friend of hers, a spiritual soul with a great knowledge about people and why they did things called her. She advised her to ring Rupert White, a person who could unblock trapped energy and show her which way to go in life. Mr. White was a Feng Shui expert, and the story of change begins here.


    The component part of the book contributes to the purpose of the book for Sophie is an open-minded person and she seeks advice from psychics and clairvoyants when her normal logical, western thinking fails to help her in life problems. This is the beginning chapter, which is followed by an introduction to Feng Shui, Grounding, Letting Go, Closure, Hawaii’s Magnetism, Destiny, An Unbelievable Answer, Taking the Plunge, Popping the Question, Popping the Cork, A Blessing from Heaven, Metamorphosis and Living Beyond the Dream. There are also some poems: The Angels Must Have Sent Him (dedicated to her beloved Zayid), Earthly Angels and seven Hawaiian landscape paintings done by the author. Another poem ‘I’m Watching Over You’ was written, according to Sophie, after Zayid died on December 9, 2009. He communicated via a medium and mutual friend, who then took it down and emailed it to her.


    A comparison of the work to others within the same genre: Whereas Sophia Boswell already has three daughters and two divorces behind her, and has mastered her life, environment and business successfully, Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ (published in 2006) is in her thirties, settled in a large house with a husband who wants to start a family. However, she doesn’t want any of it. After a bitter divorce and a rebound fling she emerges badly bruised. She goes on a quest to find out what’s missing in her life across Italy, India and Indonesia. I Rome she enjoys the Italian cuisine and handsome Giovanni, her Tandem Exchange Partner, almost Latin-lover, and puts on weight after all that pasta. In India she finds enlightenment, in an ashram frequented by westerners like her, through scrubbing temple floors. Liz even learns to chant the entire 182 Sanskrit verses of the Gurugita, the great, purifying basic hymn of the Hindus. She professes having felt happiness: better, truly than anything which included salty, buttery kisses and even saltier and more buttery potatoes. After that she’s glad to have made the decision to stay alone.

    University of Freiburg, Germany.
    Unlike, Sophie, Elizabeth finds a toothless medicine man who reveals a new path to peace. She’s ready for love again. Filipe, a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship, says he needs towards the end of the story, he needs Bali because of his biz, its proximity to Australia where his kids live. Much like Sayid and Sofie, Liz and Felipe are also survivors of divorce. Felipe needs to be in Brazil often, because that’s where the gemstones are for his biz, and he has his family also there. The quest is over and Elizabeth returns to her family and friends in the USA. Can they build a life together divided between America, Australia, Brazil and Bali? Liz says, ‘Hey—why not?’


    In Sophie’s story Zayid, her tall, handsome, Bedouin Arab brings her to life because she&rsquo

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