Love Your Body, Love Your Life
by Sarah Maria

Adams Media, 2009. ISBN 978-1-605-50153-6.
Reviewed by Penny Leisch
Posted on 11/11/2009

Nonfiction: Body Language

Sarah Maria's book is one of the best I've read on any self-help topic. She presents stories, examples, research, and exercises. Her philosophy is positive and uplifting, and the sources she uses are well known and reliable. However, the research made the biggest impression on me. Too many books tell people what to do, but they don't say why or prove that it works. She has put together a masterful self-help book.

The author recognizes the value of consistency too. She developed a presentation pattern and used it throughout the book. Because of this, her readers learn to anticipate her flow, but it's not boring or tedious. It makes the book easy to read now and keeps the information accessible later. This is a definite plus, because readers who wish to implement Sarah Maria's suggestions will use the book daily.

Changes take time, whether they are positive or negative. Sarah Maria explains how to reprogram your thinking. She takes the best information from the work of Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. David Simon, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, and others. Then, out of a stack of information it would take most of us years to read, she synthesizes a five-step formula for ridding yourself of any type of negative body obsession (referred to as NBO). Her self-help program is even supposed to work for people with severe eating disorders.

Nothing this program advocates seems harmful, even in conjunction with other therapies. There are no weird foods, medications, supplements, or cleanses. The author clearly indicates when professional help may be appropriate. The key is doing the work. Although the exercises take time, they are simple and built around sound therapeutic practices that people can do at home.

Even if you don't have NBO, this book is worth the read. Sarah Maria reminds us that we easily get into negative thinking patterns, and that we can do something about it. Personally, I found it an uplifting and motivating read. I also discovered that I don't have NBO, but I will read parts of this book again and again. Her compilation of motivational reading is excellent.

Sarah Maria is dedicated to helping people discover self-love and self-acceptance. Her company, Break Free Beauty, provides ongoing support for people dealing with NBO. She is also an accomplished speaker, coach, and body-image expert who studied with Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon. Her home is in Carlsbad, CA. More information is available on Sarah's website.

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