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Naomi's Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life [Hardcover]

Naomi Judd
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January 2004
Country music superstar, bestselling author, and survivor, the author uses her own life experiences to help readers unleash their untapped inner strength and resources to overcome adversity, providing a proven program that draws upon the mind/body/spirit connection. 200,000 first printing.
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Country singing superstar Judd overcame medical odds by recovering from hepatitis C and wants others to benefit from her health regimen. In this lively and inspirational book, she offers a mix of autobiography, medical advice and just plain homespun talk from one plucky Southerner. Judd is up-front about her mistakes-she got pregnant the first time she had sex and ended up divorced and supporting two children in her 20s. She put herself through college during her 30s, earning a nursing degree, and only began her singing career at age 37. During her 40s and 50s, Judd's health declined, and after traditional treatments failed, she turned to alternative therapies and focused on decreasing stress and obtaining greater personal satisfaction. Judd found strength in religion, exercising and developing goals for the future. Her advice for others is both accessible and convincing. She discusses women who are all too willing to please the people around them: "No matter your age, you must establish boundaries. As you learn more about what you like and don't like, you can better explain it to others. Establishing emotional boundaries allows you to prevent your self-respect and character from being intruded upon." The book is strongest when Judd talks about her beliefs and experiences with her family. For example, "[I]t was my intuition that led me a few years later to go into the music business with Wy. It was also my intuition that told me Ashley was strong enough to handle Wy's and my touring. It helped me know Larry was the man for me...." Less effective are Judd's frequent references to other authors such as Joan Borysenko and Dr. Mona Schulz, all of which detract from Judd's own convincing and engaging writing. Still, this guide is uplifting, and one of the more solid of the various "self-help" titles from celebrities.
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At first blush, one might think, Isn't it enough that Naomi Judd sings? Must she help people transform their lives as well? But she does a surprisingly good job of it, using her native intelligence and life experience (and advice from experts) to help readers take charge of their lives. Judd's personal journey has not been an easy one. A pregnant teenager who later became involved in an abusive relationship, Judd hit bottom as a single mother who couldn't support herself and her children, Wynonna and Ashley. Judd turned her life around, first by becoming a nurse, then by forging a singing career. In short, interactive chapters written with genuine down-home charm, Judd tells how she did it and offers advice and exercises for those who also want to start the hard work of changing. The book's most interesting (and perhaps most controversial) parts are those in which Judd discusses her life-threatening bout with hepatitis C and how she used the concept of mind/body/spirit connection to tame the disease. In almost every chapter, Judd offers books to read that extend the concepts she's discussing. Expect to see a lot of Judd in the media when this comes out. Ilene Cooper
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Singer, songwriter, and Hepatitis C survivor Judd here writes about her journey of self-discovery, aiming to help people understand what is involved in living a fully engaged life. Judd shares her personal life experiences and gives exercises that allow readers to become aware of their own feelings. The techniques include using the "mirror of truth," wherein one looks in the mirror and states that one loves oneself; developing the eight characteristics of a survivor personality, whether or not a terminal illness is present; and cultivating an "open belief" system so that the universe will help one to heal or to grow. Judd fans will especially like her Judd Family Feud Rules. One downfall is the author's simplistic "pull yourself up by the bootstraps" theory-that digging deeply into your past and talking it out ("facing your issues") is all that is needed to improve your life. She forgets that some people's emotional trauma runs deeper than hers and cannot be shaken off by such efforts. Recommended for larger public libraries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read It Feb. 4 2004
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I don't like country music and I'm not a fan of Naomi Judd's music. The only thing I knew about Naomi Judd before buying this book was that she was Ashley Judd's mother and a country singer. That's it! But when I saw her on Larry King live, she was charming, articulate and wise... so I bought the book, intending to read it and return it. I ended up reading it in two days and have decided to keep it! Everyone should read this book. It's easy to read (thanks to Naomi's wit and way with words) and contains such valuable information about the positive choices we can make in living our lives to the fullest. It's something I know I'll go back to ever so often to refresh my memory on the nuggets of wisdom in this book. The parts I found most helpful were her sections on the way thoughts influence our happiness and health and how anyone can improve their lives by changing their negative self talk. It provided me with an *AHA* moment - I realized that what I thought about everyday had a profound influence on how I presented myself and my chance of obtaining my dreams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The heart is door to mind-body-spirit connection Jan. 24 2004
What an open, heart-felt, personal sharing of healing! Naomi uses the story of her life, traumas, struggles and triumphs to inspire hope and inform and transform lives. Her astonishing recovery from Hepatitis-C (in the face of doctors who doomed her to certain death) is enough to make anyone stand up and pay attention. Even more valuable is the walk through which Naomi takes us as we experience the ups and downs, the tests and (seeming) failures on this harsh road. She frequently revisits the importance of her faith along this arduous journey, and shows us how that faith was not a neat bundle dropped easily in her lap but how she had to keep reaching out for it and for Divine Assistance, and for the help of friends who were instruments of that Assistance.
Naomi's book offers a real (and realistic) boost for hope during anyone's darkest, most challenging hours. She relates how she accepted and tapped into the Gifts she was given through the most diverse sources - medical, alternative-medical, family, friends... inner connection through prayer, meditation, yoga... some things that might surprise some fans. Wonderful quotes from sages and saints and singers throughout the ages sparkle in the pages, along with engaging introductions to the sources that came to her aid (ranging from Christ to doctors and psychologists and teachers). She guides you to personal steps you can pursue to bolster your own appreciation of what your mind/body/spirit can do together to express your own beautiful potential. Her valuable list of resources is illuminated by her own personal experiences with them.
I was also impressed with the humor, humility, and balance Naomi uses in telling the story of her life-healing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enlightening! Jan. 23 2004
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I think that Naomi Judd has inspired me more than any celebrity in music or on screen. I've always liked the Judd's music, but I don't think entertaining is Naomi's most important strength. She's a woman who radiates the message, "Believe! Have faith! We CAN survive this life, even when it sucks, and we'll do it together!!" She has a rare ability to make you feel you feel like you're part of her life, and she really wants to help you. She's the "mother" everyone wishes they'd had.
This book is wonderful. It contains great information. The only thing I think she could do less of is quote other "experts." She's strong enough on her own. Dr. Andrew Wiel has some great advice, but let's face it. He looks like he ate his grandmother. Naomi, on the other hand, looks like she lives her message.
Keep the books coming, Naomi. You change people's lives!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Special to me Jan. 6 2004
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I had bought this book through amazon, am putting a review here as well as on B&N. This book has given me so much insight into myself. I am a product of child abuse,domestic abuse and long term illness. A couple of weeks ago I bought NIGHTMARES ECHO by Katlyn Stewart. This book deals with abuse and the healing there of. Then I saw that Ms. Judd's book was out and wanted to read about how she was able to maintain her strength and determination through the difficult times of her life. I can only hope that I can be one tenth the light she is...and have the courage that she shines with. I also hope that the other author (Katlyn Stewart) knows that through her book, i have gained strength as well. Thank you both.
Finally after all of these years, I think i can let the demons die where they are and learn to live again in a more postive and hopefully fulfilling life. Rena Yancey-just a reader
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Did Naomi Judd really smack a stripper in a restuarant? It was on the TV that she did. One minute she's talking about Jesus and the next minute she's whacking a naked man. Read more
Published on May 8 2004 by Juanita Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure wisdom!
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A great book, pure wisdom. It is based on her life experience. I had urge to highlight almost everything. Read more
Published on March 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars multi talented actress
Ive enjoyed Naomi Judd's many films as a tough talking, but vulnerable woman surrounded by men she can't trust. Read more
Published on March 9 2004 by monkeytot
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Cadillac -- Break Through!
Oh my God! This book came out of nowhere and caught me totally by surprise -- I never expected Naomi to be able to deliver such insight and wisdom in book form. But she does. Read more
Published on Feb. 3 2004 by HotChocolate
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE
She is alive and well, in remission from hepatitis C,- and through this book, reaching out to help others. The book contains step by step information. Read more
Published on Feb. 2 2004 by Dorothy Weiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Information
Every time I turn on the TV lately, there's Ms. Naomi in her pink bathrobe, scrubbing her face and telling you her face lotion will change your life. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Janet
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK!!!!
I'm not a country music fan and was unaware of Naomi Judd's history, but I was impressed (and suprised!) by her intelligence and sense of humor when I saw her on Larry King. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Yogini
5.0 out of 5 stars What a beautiful inspiration
Thank you, dear friend, Bea... for the gift of this book. Thank you, Naomi, for sharing your trials and triumphs. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
A Wonderful Inspiring book. This book encouraged me to face my life with a positive attitude. Naomi Judd turns out an insightful and encouraging book for all.
Published on Jan. 6 2004
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