Self-Help Books: Sometimes Good, Sometimes Not

I’ve always loved reading but was never much on self-help books until my father passed away. That is what started my huge collection of advice books on everything from grief to anxiety to Buddhism (maybe I could find peace that way!).

I guess we don’t need books like these until life hits us with the really hard stuff. Many of these books are a huge disappointment and don’t help at all, but the gems we find are worth everything.

When my mom was ill with dementia, I frantically read many books on the subject and while some of them had some good tips on how to handle certain problems, most did not help that much. However, I have to be fair and say there isn’t  much they could write about the subject that would make you feel any better.

The book on Buddhism was very interesting. I had a friend years ago that was a Buddhist and he seemed so calm and happy. I find it appealing, but hard to understand. Maybe I’m not very Zen like or something…I can’t quite wrap my mind around the ideas, although I would love to be able to.

The books on grief were better for me. I was lucky to find several that really helped me and am now reading one of them again after the recent loss of my brother. The book is  Seven Choices: Finding Daylight After Loss Shatters Your World by Elizabeth Harper Neeld. I have to tell you that this is an affiliate link, which means that if you click on it and purchase the item, I will get a small commission on it, so thanks ahead of time is you do. I will only use affiliate links to products I truly believe in and think will be of help.

This was one of the best books I have ever read on grief. It will make you feel better about all the things you are going through and feeling. She describes her own experience (losing her husband) with an honesty and raw emotion that you can instantly relate to. She also has included other peoples experiences and what helped them.

It really is a great book that I find very comforting. I hope you find this review of sorts helpful and the book, should you decide to try it. Just click on the book!

 

2 Comments

  • By Jay Sis, March 30, 2015 @ 12:46 am

    Another good book is “Peace from.Broken Pieces: How to Get Through.What.You are Going Through” by Iyana Vazant”

  • By Sheila, March 30, 2015 @ 4:40 am

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will check that book out for sure! I love her work.

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