Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Book Review

Book: Directing Your Destiny - How to Become the Writer, Producer, and Director of Your Dreams by Jennifer Grace

Within the first few pages of Directing Your Destiny, I felt it spoke to both the skeptic and believer in me!  I really like the author’s willingness to address issues with just sitting on the couch and wishing as she shares her own experience with the law of attraction, both without and with success.  She writes from a casual, friendly voice and somewhat humorous as well.  I recently read the Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and after reading the first section of Directing your Destiny by Jennifer Grace, it reminded me a bit of Cameron’s book, yet with a broader appeal to everyone, not just professional artists.
My first encounter with manifestation books was the Secret (as was the author of this book).  However, I’ve found myself resistant to read many of the ones that I’ve come across since.  The titles or descriptions often sounded too greedy I suppose.  I am not opposed to blessings and beauty and abundance and wish it for myself and everyone, yet, I do feel that not all material desires may be in line with what’s best for people or our planet.  The author may disagree with me here, as she stated that one of her own goals/visions for herself was as a wealthy woman. I admit that I wouldn’t mind being a wealthy woman either; though the vision depends on how we define wealthy, how we get wealthy and how we use that wealth.  Prior to this, the only other book (after the Secret and before this) about manifestation that I have chosen to read and finish was The Power of Intention by Wayne Dyer, which is mentioned in Jennifer Grace's book as well.  

The emphasis on storytelling was right on time as I had just been introduced to storytelling as a method of healing from something I stumbled upon online.  In the introduction, the author says, “I hope this book finds exactly at the point in your journey when you need it to arrive.  In fact, I’m sure it has.”  I think she may be correct as it seems to support and further several recent lessons and explorations.

While I noticed some similarities and ideas that I’ve tried before in the suggested tasks, sometimes things need to be repeated to remind us and for us to finally get it.  I think people reading this book without having been exposed to much of this sort of thing before would find this to be a very comprehensive choice as the author has already done much of the work of compiling lots of information from various sources and experiences!   The author has managed to include so many ideas that took me several books from all sorts of genres (photography, art, spirituality, health, the list goes on) to discover into her book that is very easy reading (even if the personal work to be done requires time and attention).   I’ve kept a gratitude journal for some time (suggested by this author as well) and highly recommend it to others.  I’ve tried affirmations before, but lost interest or enthusiasm due to my approach, the author’s ideas to align one’s energy with one’s intentions have inspired me to try this again with more confidence and understanding.

Overall, I’m glad I took the time to read the book and intend to utilize some of the author’s ideas and suggestions to deepen many of the practices I was already doing and add a few or tweak a few others.  The way Jennifer uses the movie and director analogy to approach the topic of manifestation is probably the best description I’ve seen and easily understood.  I would recommend this book to anyone interested in researching manifestation, the law of attraction, self growth and development, etc.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. This review is unbiased and reflects my honest opinion of the book.