Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Live a Life You Love

My all-time favorite self-help books are How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne W. Dyer, and The Magic of Believing by Claude M. Bristol. I read them years ago, but refer back to them at times, and really feel that these books have helped me immeasurably with my relationships with others as well as with myself. That being said, though, I don't read a lot of self-help books, and I review even less. However, I was open to reading and reviewing Live a Life You Love: 7 Steps to a Healthier, Happier, More Passionate You because I felt it might offer some degree of empowerment, especially to women, which is one of the purposes of this site.


"For the first time in twenty-eight years, my perfect mask fell off and shattered into a thousand pieces around me. I confessed everything: that I'd made a mistake choosing Emergency Medicine as a specialty, that I had had enough of the huge workload, and how the antidepressants had helped at first, but didn't seem to be working anymore."
~Live a Life You Love, Dr. Susan Biali, M.D.


Live a Life You Love is a very personal book by Dr. Susan Biali. In it she talks about how she changed her own life. While working as a doctor, she liked helping people, but felt harried and oddly dissatisfied. Surprising those who knew her, she decided to leave the medical profession and pursue her passion to become a writer--and a flamenco dancer!

In the book she encourages us to think about changing our lives as well. She asks us if we are truly happy in our jobs, in our relationships, with our lives. She talks about the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. In a clear and simple way, she outlines seven steps to follow in sections titled:

  • Allow Yourself to be You
  • Learn to Love Yourself
  • Honor Your Body
  • Rescue and Revitalize Your Relationships
  • Get a Life!
  • Make Room for the Divine
  • Make "Someday" Today

The author presents many ideas in this book, in an easy-to-read format. Even if you're not contemplating changing careers or making other major changes, Live a Life You Love has valuable ideas for making smaller but important changes. I found it interesting and inspiring.

Special thanks to Lisa from Online Publicist for sending me this book. Live a Life You Love counts toward the Women Unbound Reading Challenge hosted by Aarti, Care, and Eva.

10 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great book! I love the title Make "Someday" Today - we should all live by that.

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  2. Sounds good. I don't generally gravitate to self-help books, but I'll keep this one in the back of mind for when I need a pick-me-up (literally!).

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  3. This looks interesting...I should find the time to read some self help books LOL!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  4. Thank you for taking the time to comment! More comments welcomed.

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  5. This sounds like an inspiring book!

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  6. This does sound like the kind of book that I can get behind. Like you, I don't often read self help books, but I like that this book is direct and simple and I like that it gives you new strategies for changing your life. Great review, Suko. I will be on the lookout for this book!

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  7. Suko, mine was not so much a career change as a progression or evolution, if you will. In the past 10 years I have gone from wet-lab research, to human research and now to writing about research. Since I started writing up other people's research I seem to be spending more time writing my book in the wee hours of the morning and night...and that is all I want to do now.

    Love all your book reviews and interviews, as usual!

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  8. hello! i found you at the blog hop. i love the quote you have of virginia woolf!

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  9. Sounds like a fantastic book. I dont read many self help books myself, but am re-reading one now. They can be very helpful!
    Great review.
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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  10. That does sound interesting. And I love that it's not just her telling us what to do but a reflection on her experiences with radical change.

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