Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review #PoweroftheHeart - Every Day Inspiration by the World's Greatest Thinkers


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As a Baby Boomer and avid reader I've had extensive exposure to books in the spiritual and self-help categories during every decade from my teens to the present. To name just a few --These have included life-changing reads such as Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (1959), I'm OK, You're Ok by Thomas Anthony Harris (1969), The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav (1989), Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray, (1992), and The Girls From Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow (2009). Joining that list of favorite books richly influencing the true purpose of life is The Power of the Heart by Baptist de Pape (2014) which will be released by Atria Books, a Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., on October 7th.

For The Power of the Heart Baptist de Pape, a lawyer turned author and filmmaker, traveled to the far corners of the Earth to interview 18 of the greatest living teachers of our time -- spiritual leaders, doctors, scientists, and writers representing a patchwork of cultures.

Among the inspiring men and women interviewed for this book
  • Isabel Allende
  • Maya Angelou
  • Michael Beckwith
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Paulo Coelho
  • Joe Dispenze
  • Linda Francis
  • Jane Goodall
  • John Gray
  • Rollin McCraty
  • Howard Martin
  • Ruediger Schache
  • Marci Shimoff
  • Dean Shrock
  • Eckhart Tolle
  • Neale Donald Walsch
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Gary Zukav
Don't worry, I'm not going to quiz you on who each of The Power of the Heart's co-creators is and what makes him or her great because if you're like me, you probably don't know off-hand what makes every one of these people stand out on the world stage. Instead I'll refer you to the in-a-nutshell one paragraph biographies that de Pape has included at the end of this book.

The way this anthology of inspirational thoughts is organized makes it easy to pick and choose what and how much you'll read each day. What could be more perfect for those of us who lead uber busy lifestyles?

Rather than devoting a single section to one of the 18 people interviewed, this book is organized by topic featuring a selection of these lofty thinkers' contributions in each chapter. The book is divided into three basic parts corresponding to the relationships we all have in life: within ourselves, with friends and family, and with the whole world. 
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Zeroing in on the actual content, another good thing about this book is that it's not only about passive reading and learning from these great teachers. For example in Chapter 6 "The Power of Gratitude" there is The Three Blessing Exercise (page 64) that actively engages by encouraging you to write down at the end of every day what went well. This trio of things you identify daily -- whether tiny or big, trivial or monumental -- emerge as your three blessings of the day. Then next to each answer, you're asked to tell why each event that day went well. 

According to de Pape after a week or more of doing this regularly, "You will feel better, happier and more grateful for all the blessings in your life. You will feel more connected to your heart and your life in the present."

Watch this short, but moving clip to get a taste of what The Power of the Heart is all about...

The Power of the Heart by Baptiste de Pape, to be released in hard copy, audiobook and e-book on October 7, 2014, is now available for pre-order purchase HERE. You may also pre-order the The Power of the Heart DVD with a special 25% discount now. Hardcover Book or DVD List price: $24

Learn more about The Power of the Heart by visiting the book's official website. You can also stay about to date on all the buzz about this new title by following them on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, be sure to follow @AtriaBooks and @SheSpeaksUp on Twitter for more news about the #PoweroftheHeart book launch campaign.

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