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Title: The Marriage Book

Author: Nicky and Sila Lee

Genre: Self-help

Rating: 4/5

How I’m doing: 37 to go.

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Title: You Don’t Have to be Famous to Have Manic Depression

Author: Jeremy Thomas and Dr Tony Hughes

Genre: Self-help

Rating: 3/5

How I’m doing: 40 to go.

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Title: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No, to Take Control of Your Life

Author: Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

Published: Zondervan, 1992

Genre: Psychology / Self-help

How I came to own it: Like Integrity (also by Cloud), I bought this on Amazon after it was recommended for me to help me prepare myself for the community work I’m doing.

What I thought: This had some real gems, which have changed my thinking and which I’ve talked to friends about so they’re now forming an orderly queue to borrow the book. The main flaw, besides the irritating case studies and the narrator’s arrogance, is that the book is far too long. So sick am I of boundaries now, this is all I’m going to say!

Rating: 3/5

How I’m doing: 48 to read. At least we’re moving in the right direction again.

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“In my mailbox” is a not-very-weekly-in-my-case meme hosted by The Story Siren in which people share the books that they have acquired that week. I have been very good about acquiring new books but someone bought me the following as a present:

The to-read pile has now hit the big 5-0. Believe it or not, I am still reading Boundaries. It’s long. And it’s the kind of book that requires thought and journalling.

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“In my mailbox” is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren in which people share the books that they have acquired that week. Only today isn’t Sunday and these books were acquired in more than the last week. Ho hum.

From Amazon:

From a little bookshop in Norwich:

The latter two are going to be dip-ins rather than cover-to-covers. And so, the to-read pile stands at 44 books.

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Title: Integrity: The Courage to Meet the Demands of Reality

Author: Dr. Henry Cloud

Published: Collins Business, 2007

Genre: Self-help

Blurb: Integrity – more than simple honesty, it’s the key to success. A person with integrity has the ability to pull everything together, to make it all happen no matter how challenging the circumstances. Drawing on experiences from his work, Dr. Henry Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership coach, corporate consultant, and nationally syndicated radio host, shows how our character can keep us from achieving all we want to (or could) be.

In Integrity, Dr. Cloud explores the six qualities of character that define integrity, and how people with integrity:

  • Are able to connect with others and build trust
  • Are oriented toward reality
  • Finish well
  • Embrace the negative
  • Are oriented toward increase
  • Have an understanding of the transcendent

Integrity is not something that you either have or don’t. Instead it is an exciting growth path that all of us can engage in and enjoy.

How I came to own it: I bought this on Amazon after it was recommended to me by a friend. I had asked her for reading suggestions to prepare me for the community work I’m now doing.

What I thought: Initially, I was not impressed. I am unaccustomed to reading self-help books and the style grated. I felt that everything which could have been said in twenty words was instead being said in twenty pages. I felt patronised. By the end of the book, however, I had completely changed my tune. I really benefitted from this book in terms of personal growth: it encouraged me to look at myself and my reactions toward others honestly. In short, the content was excellent, once I was able to see past the style. The culture factor was, I think, the main issue (Henry Cloud is American). My only other niggle would be to suggest that the structure could have been altered slightly: overlaps between the chapters are inevitable, but could perhaps have been handled better. However, here be wisdom. I would recommend it – indeed, I have recommended it.

Rating: 3.5/5

How I’m doing: 44 to go.

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Title: Fertility: A Comprehensive Guide to Natural Family Planning

Author: Dr. Elizabeth Clubb and Jane Knight

Published: David and Charles, 1992

Genre: Non-fiction

Blurb: Written by a doctor and an experienced teacher of natural family planning methods, Fertility covers all aspects of natural family planning in considerable detail. Whether you wish to learn exactly when it is possible to achieve conception, or to avoid it, you will find this book an authoritative source of everything you need to know.

Couples can use the natural fertility awareness they learn from this book to achieve pregnancy where this has proved difficult, or to limit and space their family as desired. They will be independent and responsible for their own family planning.

Couples who – for whatever reason – prefer not to use artificial contraceptives or technology – will find here a unique source of information and support.

People who have already learnt natural fertility methods will find all the clear, accessible information they need – plus further insights into special aspects of the method.

Professionals needing to advise on the use of natural methods can be assured that the information here is completely reliable, scientific and up-to-date and is based on the work of practising professionals. There is also a section on the art of teaching natural family planning.

How I came to own it: This book was recommended on the FertilityUK website, which I visited to find someone to teach me natural family planning on the advice of a nurse, after suffering side effects from artificial contraception. It’s out of print so I bought a rather battered copy on Amazon.

What I thought: This is a brilliant book: it manages to combine being detailed and thorough with being clear, concise and accessible. I had intended to use it only for reference but I ended up reading the whole thing because it was fascinating. It’s bizarre how little most of us know about our bodies.

Rating: 5/5

How I’m doing: 45 to go.

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