Wendy Shankar is best known for her book The Fat Girl's Guide to Life , which I haven't read and after reading this book really have no desire to read. That is absolutely no reflection on either Wendy Shankar or Are You My Guru?. From the first page of this book I was hooked.
Wendy shares her story of chronic illness (in her case Wegener's) and how she went from being this extremely active type A personality, working a million hours a week for a tv studio and doing freelance jobs, to fighting this disease that was tearing her apart. This is her story of how she was forced to learn to accept her new reality. So many times while reading this book, I thought "thank you", "thank you for sharing the reality of chronic illness, of how we feel about fighting that illness, about how many times we want to just give up, about how willing we are to really try anything". Her story shares the ups and downs, there's no happy ending where she suddenly gets better and stays that way for the rest of her life. This is an honest portrayal and really just a story of acceptance.
The book is well written, funny, and honest. I love that she doesn't try to make everything wine and roses, or give off this idea that there is a perfect answer. The real truth of the book is that we are own Guru. No one knows our body like we do. The drs may be the experts in the disease we are dealing with, but we are the experts of our own bodies, and the best results will come when the experts work together.
I wish I could get to the point of acceptance that Wendy found, and maybe one day I will find it. In the meantime, this book will stay with me and I will read it again and again.
I tried to read it and gave up after Chapter 5. Perhaps I just couldn't relate to the self-absorbed shopaholic instant gratification attitude of the character. Or perhaps it was having to constantly do conversion from British to American.
This was by far the least thrilling of the "Demon-hunting soccer mom" series. It took quite a while to pick up and when it did the book was quickly over. There were also a lot of questions opened that were never answered. It was like she started plot points but then realized the book was getting too long and just forgot about them.
This is one of those rare books that you get so sucked into that you don't want to put it down and when it's over you wish there was more.
The story is set in upstate New York where Ann (the Drs wife) finds that she is missing more than just her husband as he commits time not only to his practice but then joins forces with an old friend who runs an abortion clinic. As he is away more and more she turns to the artist, Simon Haas, for that thing she's lost at home - passion. While Michael (the doctor) barely notices is anything amiss. Simon's young wife, Lydia, is mad with rage over the slight that she feels. Even though she knows that Simon never really loved her and only saved her from what would have been a life in orphanages as she became his muse. She is imbalanced. Combine that with the work she has been doing with the local anti-abortion group and things really do blow up.
This book is a year in the life of a woman trying to find herself. I have never had a book touch me so much. She spends 1 year traveling, 4 months in Italy enjoying pleasure (Eat), 4 months in India learning about her spirituality (Pray), and the final 4 months in Indonesia trying to learn how to balance pleasure and spirituality.
The part in India is the part that touched me so much. It is the first time I've encountered anyone approach/address religion in a way that I can truly wrap my head around and understand.
In addition to that chapter I can identify with her search in general. I've gone through the crappy divorce and the wondering who I really am after giving up so much to be with someone else. This book is a true gem, so much more than I would have expected.
Good for what it is, I'd love to see an updated version of this book by this author. The Dr who wrote this book was one of the doctors involved in developing the criteria for diagnosing Fibro. He talks about many of the major issues we deal with concerning Fibro and addresses them using anecdotal stories from his own patients. My only complaint is that this book is a decade old and so much has been learned since the time it was written, new drugs made available and new therapies tested.
This book is basically a listing of every possible and potential treatment for Fibromyalgia. It is NOT a guide (in 7 steps) to healing and reversing Fibromyalgia. The 7 "steps" is just the breakdown of the different types of treatments (from nutrition, exercise, alternative medicine, etc).
If you are brand new to Fibro or just want to know what the potential treatments are then check this book out. If you've been doing any research at all on Fibro, you already know what this book has to offer.
This was a fun book that kept me wanting to read from the first time I picked it up. In some ways it's a bit expected, but even though you pretty well know what the outcome will be; like a good movie it keeps you reading.
It really didn't grab me. I read probably 50 pages of it and I can see where it would probably make a cute movie. It has some great and sweet stories about the love between a couple and their dog. In the end, it just didn't grab me so I moved on to something better.