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Book Review: Dying to be Me by Anita Moorjani

Anita Moorjani’s book is an honest account of how it took cancer and her near death experience (NDE) to understand that in order to love others, you must learn how to love yourself first, deeply and honestly. As the title suggests, she had to die to learn how to be truly her, how it’s ok to be her, and to let go of all society pressures and rules … because in the end, it really doesn’t matter. What matters in the end is who you really were and if you lived this gift of life in joy, being the amazing true being that you truly are.

It is actually an amazing book that moves you, shakes your universe and makes you question everything that you took for granted.
There were times I would sit down and just ponder on her words because the depth of it would stir something deep within me, making me acknowledge things that needed to be changed.

Here’s an article that appeared recently. Read it and you might be tempted to get the book.

Love Yourself Before All the Rest –

Rating: 9/10


Life Without Limits

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

If you are not a reader, and if you were told you have to read just ONE book, this would be THE BOOK.

Just the video inspires you, and yet humbles you.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs. His family, especially his parents, loved him unconditionally. The book is his story, how he had to deal with his disabilities emotionally and physically growing up. It is brutally honest, and you can feel his despair. But as the book progresses, you see this extraordinary man embrace God, have faith in God’s plan for him, and how he transforms his life into living happily and independently. There are some funny moments in the book which simply bring tears to your eyes (my favorite moment was when he stuffed himself into the baggage carrier on top of the airline seats as a prank!)

Here we are, with hands and legs, and we grumble through life. There are days nothing anyone does or anything around us makes us happy. We forget how blessed we are. We forget how it is up to us to make a choice to be happy – no matter what!

“To wish for change will change nothing. To make the decision to take action right now will change everything!”

His book offers practical day to day advice for building a life of fulfillment and happiness by accepting what you cannot change, and embracing what you can change. And that’s what Nick did. Instead of letting his disability bring him down, he embraced it, and went on to conquer one goal after another – learning how to swim to learning how to surf! Yes surf! Now that’s incredible.

I remember reading his chapter on learning how to swim and thought to myself – dammit Leena you are scared to swim why?? And I ended up enrolling into classes to learn how to swim. I figured if he can do it, so can I! Screw living in fear! 🙂

Go ahead and invest in this book. I promise you – you will start to live your life with happiness once you realize that it is your imperfections that make you the Unique You that you truly are!

“I found happiness when I realized that as imperfect as I may be, I am the perfect Nick Vujicic. I am God’s creation, designed according to his perfect plan for me.”

Rating: 10/10

Just One Thing

Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs

Just One Thing by Holly Jacobs

“Sometimes, you find yourself inadvertently in the dark. But I’d discovered that if you stopped fighting against it and just stood still, sometimes something marvelous comes along.”

A random book I found on Amazon, but I have to say, this book surprised me.

Lexie Mc Cain is an artist, and she spends her days weaving her thoughts, her emotions, her story into a tapestry.  Every Monday night, she walks to the neighborhood bar to grab a beer. There she meets Sam, the bartender, and each week she answers the same question – “One Thing?”.

She starts with the basic details, her name, where she lives, and she starts to talk about her life and the tragedies. Slowly, she turns the table around and asks Sam – “One Thing?”, and he starts to open up. And there begins their healing process, their ascension from the darkness.

It is such a simply written book, but yet it demonstrates the power of sharing “one thing” with a trusted friend.

“We meet the people we need to meet when we’re ready for them. Maybe that’s why we met. To try and help each other figure out who we really are now.”

I teach an exercise, which involves trusting a friend for 21 to 28 days, and opening up bit by bit.  Each day, you deal with an emotion, a memory, a thought process. You have your buddy beside you to help you through the process because it can get very heart wrenching. There are days you want to crawl under a rock and simply quit. That’s when your buddy steps up, and kicks you out of the hole. This process of being truly vulnerable helps the healing process, and it opens you to all the hidden possibilities, the love that has been buried deep down.

Last year, I decided to do the exercise myself, and honestly, after that, nothing scares me anymore. There is nothing more courageous than opening up (to a total stranger in my case), and getting rid of fears. The happiness we both acquired as a result of the process is life long!

“Being able to lean on someone else…maybe that was brave. I mean if you leaned on someone, you had to trust that they wouldn’t let you fall.”

Don’t dismiss the book, it actually is a brilliant process woven so beautifully in the story. Guess I will be a bit biased, but it is really a good summer read!

Rating: 8.5/10