3 out of 4 stars
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I have to say that I was initially drawn to The Desire Factor: How to Embrace Your Materialistic Nature to Reclaim Your Full Spiritual Power by Christy Whitman due to the brightness of the cover. Of course, everyone says to not judge a book by its cover, but this, combined with the book belonging to the self-help field, made me want to pick this up and dive in.
The book has seven actual chapters, each diving deep into a specific "universal principle" - alignment, focus, joyful expectancy, having, loving, surrender, and action. The book also has a conclusion and resource page for those who are interested in learning more about the subject. The chapters, however, are made to build on one another. For instance, the first chapter discusses your alignment with your heart, mind, and energy. When you learn about proper alignment, you can move on to focus. This alignment within yourself and nature can help achieve better focus. This can also be related to the author's idea that we have to build on ourselves. For example, we can work on our wisdom or focus to become better people and grow. While the author does focus on these specifics, the general theme of the book is to achieve greater self-recognition. By this, I mean that the author walks readers through these principles to become more in touch with ourselves, our desires, and our energies. The author acknowledges that we often judge desire as bad and don't always go after our true desires. Despite this, Christy Whitman wishes to awaken your potential and unleash your desires.
This book was remarkably well-executed. I found no errors while I was reading, indicating to me that this was likely professionally edited. I have to applaud the editorial team and the author for this great work. While this may be one of my favorite things about the book, I also loved the step-by-step instructions and exercises to help readers work through each concept. The author also references her activity guide and guided meditation for additional work in these areas. I realize that this is self-promotion, which I generally don't like, however, I was really interested in seeing what more the author had to offer.
While the book does have spiritual aspects, I don't believe this should turn you away. In fact, the author tries to include information relating to all religions. I assume this is in the hope to show that these topics can apply to everyone. She did well with it, in my opinion, and this should not be the reason you skip this book. The goal is more focused on readers' learning about their spiritual self and how spiritual principles can apply to you.
If I had to pick something I liked least, it might be that the book was a little dense. I could not read it in one sitting. I suppose this could be positive or negative for some people. Some individuals like something you can pick up, read a section, and put away. For instance, you could take this to the doctor with you, read a part, and not get so immersed that you miss your name being called. On the other hand, I like spending my time reading. An afternoon with a blanket and a good book is always ideal for me, which I couldn't do with this book. For me, it may have been because everything was built on the topic before it. It made the book almost repetitious.
Overall, I have to give this book 3 out of 4 stars. This takes into consideration the above, the lack of grammatical errors, and my general enjoyment of the book. If I could give it 3.5 stars, I would. However, I deducted a star because, while I enjoyed the book, it is likely not something I will pick up again and re-read due to the above. This is a personal opinion and others may quite enjoy this book. I would still recommend this book to those who enjoy self-help literature.
The Desire Factor
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