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Book Review: Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson

Jill Celeste's book review of Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan WattersonA few weeks back, Hay House had a $5 sale. As a lover of Hay House books, I couldn’t wait to see what titles I could grab, promising myself to only purchase four books.

As I scanned the titles, delighted in the options, my eyes stopped on one: Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson.

I am not sure why that red book cover jumped out at me, but I dropped the book into my shopping cart without a second thought and made my purchase.

As the calendar turned to December, I thought it would be the perfect time to read something about Christianity, and Meggan Watterson’s book found its way to my nightstand. And for seven nights, I was enthralled.

Mary Magdalene Revealed is part history, part memoir, part self-help. Watterson expertly explains the history of Mary Magdalene, and describes her personal pilgrimage to southern France and England. Additionally, she shows the reader how the teachings of Mary Magdalene helped the author live her best life.

If you’ve ever felt like there’s a big hole in the story of Jesus Christ – and indeed Christianity (like I did) – you will want to add Mary Magdalene Revealed to your bookshelf right away. Watterson demystifies Mary Magdalene’s life and relationship with Jesus, and teaches us how to incorporate The Gospel of Mary into our lives. Continue reading

Book Review: You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Jill Celeste's book review of YOU ARE AWESOME by Neil PasrichaIf you need help improving your resilience, then be sure to a copy of You Are Awesome by Neil Pasricha.

Let’s face it – resilience is a skill. If you can bounce back better and faster, you will be happier and accomplish more (this is especially important for entrepreneurs).

In You Are Awesome, Pasricha outlines nine secrets to being more resilient. I’ll list them below, but I encourage you to get the book to learn more about each secret:

  1. Add a dot-dot-dot…
  2. Shift the spotlight
  3. See it as a step
  4. Tell yourself a different story
  5. Lose more to win more
  6. Reveal to heal
  7. Find small ponds
  8. Go untouchable
  9. Never, never stop

My big takeaways:

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Book Review: The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Book Review: The Big Leap by Gay HendricksThe Big Leap by Gay Hendricks is a popular book for advancing entrepreneurs because it calls out what stops us from growing: Our upper limit problem.

We all have an upper limit problem. I equate it to banging your head on the ceiling. You try to ascend to your next level, but your Ego stops you – and sometimes in the most painful of ways.

Hendricks weaves in many success stories (including his own) to help illustrate his points – and the stories will sound very familiar. It’s strangely comforting to know that successful people like Bonnie Raitt dealt with upper limit problems, too.

The Big Leap breaks down why we have an upper limit problem, how to move past our mindset blocks, how to figure out what activities lie in our Zone of Genius, and how to stay in our Zone of Genius. You won’t be left wondering how to move to the next level of your life and business.

My big takeaways:

#1: I am not living in my Zone of Genius.

In Chapter One, Hendricks discusses how our activities fall into one of four main zones: The Zone of Incompetence, The Zone of Competence, The Zone of Excellence, and The Zone of Genius. Continue reading

Book Review: Playing Big by Tara Mohr

Book review of Playing Big by Tara MohrIf I had to designate “required reading” for female entrepreneurs, Playing Big by Tara Mohr would be on the list.

Women entrepreneurs are the changemakers the world needs right now.

However, we have been conditioned to not make noise, to be polite, and to question our knowledge.

It’s our job, as female changemakers, to recognize these patterns and work through them. And it can be done if you follow the advice outlined in Playing Big.

Playing Big is the playbook on how to speak up and lead. And Mohr expertly navigates her readers through these waters by focusing on topics, such as:

  • Your Inner Critic
  • Your Inner Mentor
  • Fear
  • Criticism and Praise
  • Good-Student Habits
  • Hiding
  • Leaping

Mohr provides exercises (from guided meditations to journal prompts) to help you combat what’s holding you back. These exercises are thought-provoking – but not in a scary way.

If you are want to bust through your mindset blocks as a female entrepreneur, run (don’t walk!) out and get a copy of Playing Big today. This book will transform your life – and business.

My big takeaways:

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Book Review: The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity by Edwene Gaines

Book Review: The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity by Edwene GainesDo you want unlimited prosperity? Most of us do. For entrepreneurs, the freedom to earn uncapped income is one of the reasons why we’re in business.

In The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity, Edwene Gaines proposes that prosperity and God are intrinsically linked. God wants you to be prosperous and wealthy (whatever that looks like for you), and to achieve your goals, you should follow these four spiritual laws of prosperity:

Law #1: Tithing

Law #2: Goal-setting

Law #3: Forgiveness

Law #4: Divine purpose

Each of these four laws are explained in detail. Gaines is a master storyteller. Her stories illustrate how the laws work, why you should implement each law, and the result if you do. Gaines has an amazing sense of humor, too.

Gaines also addresses any cynicism the reader may have. She invites you to be open-minded and try her method for six months (you have nothing to lose). She convinced me!

The Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity is an important book on your money mindset journey. Not only will you feel empowered about creating wealth, you’ll feel reassured that you are here on this Earth to do great things.

My big takeaways:

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