A LESSON IN FEARLESSNESS
There are few things I enjoy more than reading thought-provoking books. In fact, I usually end up reading two at a time and listening to a third on my way to work. As you can imagine, some of these works tend to blend together. But every
Part of what spoke to me about this book is the way Bernstein redefines fear. She states that “fear is simply an illusion based on past experiences that we project into the present and onto the future.” In other words, fear is a trick we play on ourselves, which means we can learn to shift it into more- productive energy.
once and awhile, I come across a book that really
stands out — one I have to recommend to family and friends. “The Universe Has Your Back” definitely belongs on that list. If you watch the Oprah Winfrey Network, you’re likely already familiar with author Gabrielle Bernstein. As an entrepreneur, life coach, and “spirit junkie,” she’s definitely made a name for herself as a thought leader. “The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith” is Bernstein’s latest best-seller, and I’ll warn you, it is a page turner.
“Universe” doesn’t just tell readers to free themselves from fear; it acts as a guide for how to do it. Each chapter has a personal story from Bernstein’s life that earnestly portrays the struggles she has gone through. She uses these personal stories to illustrate the ideas she presents. This keeps the book more practical than philosophical, giving readers actionable steps to take whenever they find themselves held back by fear.
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As the title suggests, the most important step is having faith, and channeling the confidence it gives you. As a spiritual person myself, these concepts weren’t new to me, but the way Bernstein frames them in relation to fear and self- doubt was eye opening. Overall I found “Universe” to be a very uplifting read. There are so many gems of wisdom in this short book, I still keep it close at hand. If you’ve gone through a major life event, or are just looking for a feel-good read this summer, I highly recommend picking up this empowering book. In Bernstein’s words, you just might find “the power to turn trauma into healing, conflict into growth, and fear into love.”
Being a business owner, I’ve read more than my fair share of personal-development books. So I can say this with some authority: Compared to so many of the works in this vein, “Universe” is a breath of fresh air. In a genre dominated by men preaching aggressive, alpha-male business practices, Bernstein’s writing has an unapologetic feminine energy. Furthermore, the book doesn’t draw the line at financial success — the author takes a holistic approach, exploring the ways we can live each moment of our lives more intentionally and confidently.
“‘UNIVERSE’ DOESN’T JUST TELL READERS TO FREE THEMSELVES FROM FEAR; IT ACTS AS A GUIDE FOR HOW TO DO IT.”
-Heather Qu ick
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