Thursday, April 17, 2008

Review: Journey From Head to Heart

Summary: Journey From Head to Heart is...

- A Toolkit for those who are exhausted from solving never-ending problems, working harder and harder and not arriving at the destination where they truly want to be.

- A Map for how to make the journey from head to heart and then integrate the two so that the power of ego is diminished and the Authentic Self can emerge to live and work from the power of the human spirit.

- A Reference book you can use for many years to come as the reader meets life's challenges with successes that satisfies both the head and the heart.

Journey from Head to Heart is exactly that, integrating logic, reason, emotion, spirituality, recover, science, and ancient wisdom from a variety of sources to create a recipe for wholeness. The tools and processes are designed for people who are a little wary of "touchy-feely" or "New Age" approaches. - book jacket

JOURNEY FROM HEAD TO HEART by Dr. Nancy Oelklaus is a wonderful resource for people who feel as is they aren't living up to their potential either professionally or personally. Dr. Oelklaus' book says that we all have what it takes to live our fullest, we just need some help in bringing them to the surface.

Throughout the course of the book, Dr. Oelklaus uses a variety of methods to get her points across including real-life stories, science, scripture, poetry, charts, and graphs. No matter how you process information, there should be something that resonates with you. At the end of every chapter, she has suggested exercises to help you incorporate her ideas into practice.

The author proposes that you basically have to let go of your current ways of doing things -- i.e. using your mental processes and problem solving capabilities to make decisions. Rather, she suggests that you should take a path of faith and respect your feelings as a guide. Throughout the twelve chapters of the books, she lays the framework (step by step) for making this transition.

One thing that surprised me about this book was the author's emphasis on personal faith and spirituality in the journey for wholeness. I don't doubt that having a strong faith would be extremely beneficial to help in attaining these goals; however, I didn't realize from the book description or cover that the author would citing scripture throughout the book to make her various points. I have to wonder how many people will pick up this book and be surprised by that as I was.

Dr. Oelkhaus wrote this book as a result of what she learned in a residential treatment program. It is evident that she is passionate about her beliefs and wants to help as many people as she can with this book. She is brutally honest about herself and her struggles, as well as what individuals need to do to live their lives to its fullest.

If you feel as if you aren't living the life you want to life and you are looking to live a more meaningful life, I recommend reading JOURNEY FROM HEAD TO HEART.

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review.