Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: The Hummingbird Way

The Hummingbird Way
By Sherri Lynea Gerek

Genre: Self-Help, Motivational
Publication date: 2.2.2014
Pages: 182
Amazon link: The Hummingbird Way 

Date read: 3.6.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: Sherri Lynea Gerek wants to help you fulfill the highest vision you hold for yourself and your life. In The Hummingbird Way, Sherri offers up a bright perspective on overcoming challenges by elevating your everyday thoughts and behaviors. As you apply the book’s lessons to rise above your circumstances like the hummingbird, you will broaden your horizon and unearth new possibilities for greater understanding and acceptance of yourself and others.

The Hummingbird Way includes lessons such as . . .
• Have Confidence in Your Ability to Fly
• Hover and Rise Above
• Face Your Fear and Fly Right Th rough It
• Every Feather in Place
• Fight Fairly
• Fly Higher
• File Your Flight Plan
• Fly Forward—Don’t Look Back
• . . . and more!

Each of its twenty-two chapters opens with a hummingbird scene providing a metaphor for a common life issue we all face. This is followed by a personal life lesson conveyed through a story, a strategy, and a worksheet for further self-exploration. The Hummingbird Way stirs the imagination. As you aspire to live in harmony with the world around you, life is not always easy. You look for flowers. You encounter hornets. You desire nectar. You’ll find it all here.

The way this book is written is beautiful.  Each chapter begins with a story written while observing different hummingbirds that the author cares for and feeds on her property.  Each story leads into what she is tying to teach you with that lesson.  She had a lot of great things to say - very motivational - as well as some great advice.  Each chapter/lesson also has a worksheet to help you learn what she (and the hummingbirds) are teaching you.  Everything she wrote REALLY made me think.  I especially liked the hummingbird story for Lesson 16 and the story about her grandchildren in Lesson 15 brought happy tears to my eyes.

Favorite line: "When you let go of judging yourself and others, you will enjoy more positive energy and peace of mind.  You may notice that you breathe more easily, experience less stress and feel the weight of your worries tumbling from your shoulders.  That is what acceptance feels like - a knowing that each of us is simply amazing just the way we are, imperfections and all."

"When we can stop beating ourselves up over the past and learn to look at what happened to us in the proper perspective - as something that we learned, survived or overcame - we can embrace our growth and transformation."

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