Creating a Life of Joy
Salle Merrill Redfield

Long out of print, it seems, this is a mixed bag of a book.  There is a lot of interesting material, but definitely nothing new and different--all of this not only has been said before, but keeps being said over and over in many other books that examine the topic of self-help.  In addition to not really being anything new, much of the content reads like a slightly different version of material from her husband's book, The Celestine Prophecy, especially the sections on control dramas and coincidences.  While I would like to recommend it, I really can't unless you haven't read much material on life and living and making the most of life and dealing with problems and issues.  If you haven't, much of this may seem new to you; if you have, almost none of it will seem new.

I'm also kind of perplexed that this is called a meditative guide, and she offers what she calls meditations with each chapter.  The overall goal of meditation, though, is to clear one's mind--in this book, she gives you four pages of directions, telling you what to think about all through the supposed "meditation," and that simply defeats the purpose of meditating in the first place.  Perhaps they should have just been called something other than meditations--guided focus exercises, for example--but as it is they definitely miss the mark.

Another minor annoyance is her tendency to name-drop, which I always find to be unnecessary and aggravating.  She has a friendly tone and some decent things to say, but nothing that hasn't been said before in many different ways.
Our rating:  C  (C for chapter content, D for meditations)
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