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jajavega

Scientifically minded and imaginative middle aged white woman. I enjoy a great story with well-rounded, believable characters. Picky and finicky about my books. Hate pablum.

Carbondale, IL USA | Member Since 2010

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  • Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Karen Armstrong
    • Narrated By Karen Armstrong
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.

    Elizabeth L. Smithson says: "An Accessible, Digestible Manifesto About Kindness"
    "Author's reading adds to book"
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    If you could sum up Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life in three words, what would they be?

    read again and again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life?

    The story of the Head Nun who showed Karen compassion--What one small thing can do to bolster up another person.


    What about Karen Armstrong’s performance did you like?

    This is a very well-written book. I am reading it as part of a book club over the duration of a year. I have the print and the audible--Having the author read the text makes it really come alive in a way that the print does not.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very excellent book--it is not for the casual reader. If you follow the instructions of the book, you will have your work cut out for you for a long time. I loved the way each step builds upon the next in a the way traditional 12-step programs do. Don't be turned off by the 12-step approach, as my husband was. Give yourself time to work through the steps--invite a friend or several to work through the book with you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and What Medication Can't Give You

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Richard O'Connor
    • Narrated By Richard O'Connor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (109)

    Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits.

    Summer says: "IF YOU ARE DEPRESSED YOU HAVE TO READ THIS!"
    "By a sufferer, researcher, and clinician all in 1"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Undoing Depression?

    The story of his own realization about his depression.


    What about Richard O'Connor’s performance did you like?

    I loved how his voice reflected the compassion that he felt for people who suffer. I never detected any haughtiness, or superiority, just his desire to help people. The author reads his own book--it makes for a very truthful reading. This guy has suffered from his own depression and knows what it feels like.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best books that I have read about depression and anxiety too. I respect the author's experience as a clinician, depressant, and researcher. An excellent book. Sometimes the sadness of the book got to me a bit and I noticed that I was pretty blue. Take a break from the book if you are prone to obsess about thoughts. I also liked his approach with antidepressants and therapy, exercise, healthy habits, etc. Very very sound advice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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