The Shift

Being a newly minted Hay House New Release Reviewer, I was excited to learn that my first book to review would be ‘The Shift’ by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer Available at Hay House.  I got my free copy in the mail in order to review, and blog about it.  It was such a slim volume that I thought I’d speed through it and be able to post my blog in record time.  Well that was not the case.  In fact, I think it was the longest amount of time I spent reading such a short book!

I have been a huge fan of Dr. Dyer, ever since the 70s when I read his first book, ‘Your Erroneous Zones’.  I have always appreciated his simple, practical, and forthright way of writing, and conveying the message that we have so much control over what we think, and how that affects everything in our life.  I’ve read most of his books over the years, and watched his fabulous shows on PBS.

My very favorite book of his is ‘The Power of Intention’.  I actually had to get a second book because my first one was so marked up with highlighting and notes that it was distracting to read!   I like it because it has clear, practical practices that you can put in effect immediately.  I refer to it often because, well, I can get off track and get in a negative energy mode.

‘The Shift’ is such a very different book from his others.  It started out with quantum physics, which I had a hard time wrapping my brain around.  In fact, I kept falling asleep after reading a couple pages at a time (this is why it took me so long to read it)!  Then he delves into making the shift from ambition to meaning; from being ego-driven to being connected spiritually.   I could tell that it is probably the most intimate writing from Dr. Dyer, as he really reveals his personal feelings and emotions at this stage of his life, and his own spiritual connection.

I liked the book, but personally, didn’t really love it.  It’s a little more ‘out there’ than I like.  I already have a relationship with God, so I don’t feel like there’s much of a dramatic ‘shift’ that needs to be made in my personal spiritual life.  I do need work on being ego-driven (I think we all do!), and that is something that I will continue to work on.  I appreciate and understand the spiritual journey that Dr. Dyer is going through at this time.  But I will always like best, hold true to my heart, and practice, the ever so wonderful practical-thinking advice of Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

–Marilyn Huttunen

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