Naomi's Breakthrough Guide: 20 Choices to Transform Your Life Hardcover – Jan 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
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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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.Read more ›
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!
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
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on May 8 2004 by Juanita Price
A great book, pure wisdom. It is based on her life experience. I had urge to highlight almost everything. Read more
Ive enjoyed Naomi Judd's many films as a tough talking, but vulnerable woman surrounded by men she can't trust. Read morePublished on March 9 2004 by monkeytot
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 morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by HotChocolate
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 morePublished on Feb. 2 2004 by Dorothy Weiss
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 morePublished on Jan. 31 2004 by Janet
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 morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Yogini
Thank you, dear friend, Bea... for the gift of this book. Thank you, Naomi, for sharing your trials and triumphs. Read morePublished on Jan. 25 2004