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Leah McClellan is a fun-loving writer and excruciatingly exact editor who can spot comma splices from a mile away. She studied English and psychology at Kutztown University where she earned her BA and MA degrees, and she currently lives in Gainesville, Florida.
In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike and entertaining friends with a surprisingly strong command of colloquialisms and street slang. You can find her at SimpleWriting.org where she (usually) drops the slang in favor of formal educatese.
on March 05, 2012 :
What makes this book so different and so much more rewarding than many self-help books is that its author, Leah McClellan writes from the heart and shoots from the hip. As an experienced writer and editor who majored in psychology and english at university, she also shares her life experiences and the lessons she learned through the `school of hard knocks'. There is only a sentence or two, in passing and without even a hint of self-pity, telling us how she had to leave home at the tender age of 16 to fend for herself, just before her mother was taken to a home for battered women. But it's obvious from this, that her own life experiences from an early age have qualified her to write this book with authority and ease.
It's a no-nonsense `tell-it-all as it is kind of read', that step by step, teaches us how we can identify and eradicate the emotional baggage that has taken us further away from the peace and wisdom we were born with. "By the time we're adults, our actions aren't springing from things we've learned in peace so much as they're based on what we've learned in pain or avoidance of pain." McClellan talks about "honoring our boundaries", communicating clearly and saying what we mean. We find out how to respect ourselves by acting in alignment with our values and beliefs. How to dig deep to find out what's really bothering us when we slip into `negative' mode, learning that we can choose how to react to our emotions rather than letting them take control of us. Listening to our gut, how to handle anger, maybe we need to break rules that don't serve us...the sheer joy of wearing odd socks because we feel like it! All in all, this book is about examining our lives in detail and the plethora of habits and self-limiting beliefs that we've picked up along our journey so that we can declutter that which no longer serves us.
No matter how enlightened or clever we think we are or how far we think we've come, I believe that we can all benefit from reading this book...peeling back through the pages of our life story like layers of an onion, so that as McClellan points out, we can "find our inner peace shining in the darkness."
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 05, 2012 :
Leah does a fantastic job of tackling some of life's many challenges that tend to stand in people's way to finding their peace in her latest ebook. She handles complex issues delicately and with poise and grace and offers practical solutions for many common problems. The final thoughts at the end of each section are especially helpful in helping to reinforce the ideas, problems and solutions that have just been discussed and tackled. Two enthusiastic thumbs up and a must read for anyone with personal daily struggles, and for anyone who needs those "sometimes" reminders when life becomes overwhelming.
~ Sheri Miesner Phegley @ www.self-discoveries.com
(reviewed the day of purchase)