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The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The subtitle for this book is "Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit." There is a good reason for this subtitle. The author believes that we are triune beings with a mind, a physical body and a spirit. So this book takes a look at all three areas in order to strive for complete health. In light of that, the book is divided into three sections. Each section includes a short chapter on each of the top 10 healthy living habits for that section. Altogether, 30 healthy living habits are discussed and explained. What this author does best is to simplify a process that could become overwhelming if we let it, into do-able steps with a simple daily plan. Everything you need to change your ordinary life into an extraordinary healthy life is in this book. I think of the book as a handbook, as it is called by the author, because this is a great resource to keep on hand for reference. The author has done much research into all the topics discussed in the book and includes many of these resources in footnotes in each chapter. What I like most about the book is that the author loves lists. Lists make it easy to find the topics and the resources, so that when you are ready to adopt another healthy habit, you can do some research of your own if you desire before adding the new habit to your lifestyle. This book has a plan for a complete makeover of your whole self, but it is up to you to carry out the plan. The pace is set by you, going at whatever speed you are comfortable with. That makes this book very do-able for most of us. My overall impression after reading this book is dynamite. The book is compact, pithy, and immensely practical. It's a small book with only a little over 200 pages. But each page is well worth the time taken to read it. She explains her reasons for what she includes in her lists but is not long-winded in those discussions. As a testimony to how thought provoking her book is, if you were to see my copy, you would find underlining and stars and marks to highlight what I wanted to find later. By the end of the book I realized I had a great overview of what it means to live a complete whole healthy lifestyle that encompasses mind, body and soul. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
I loved the 30 day Faith Detox book and was hoping to have a sequel - to answer the "what do I do now" question. This book does not really answer that question per se - well, it does in one of the chapters. All that being said, once I did a mind re-set - I really enjoyed the book and it gives great guidance on how to live a healthy, satisfied and productive life. I like that she addressed that we are body, mind and spirit - and that each are an integral part of the other. when one part is out of kilter, it can affect the other two. Laura Harris Smith has great insight, gives good advice and a wonderful sense of humor. I have never met her - but would love too! Reading the book, I felt like I was sitting across from her with a nice cup of tea and having great conversations! I did not give 5 stars - I wish she had gone into more detail with certain areas such as the essential oils and nutrition - but the book would have probably been three times the size! Hopefully, she will do another book just on that. This is a good read, informative without being preachy and from my own personal experience, following this plan has indeed starting turning things around for me - both spiritually and physically. Well done Laura!!! I did receive an advance readers copy from Chosen Books.