Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Fear Cure by Lissa Rankin

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

 Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick—but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy—and shows us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives.
     Drawing on peer-reviewed studies and powerful true stories, The Fear Cure presents a breakthrough understanding of fear’s effects and charts a path back to wellness and wholeness on every level. We learn:
How a fearful thought translates into physiological changes that predispose us to illness

How to tell true fear (the kind that arises from a genuine threat) from false fear (which triggers stress responses that undermine health)
How to tune in to the voice of courage inside—our “Inner Pilot Light”
How to reshape our relationship to uncertainty so that it’s no longer something to dread, but a doorway to new possibilities

What our fears can teach us about who we really are     At the intersection of science and spirituality, The Fear Cure identifies the Four Fearful Assumptions that lie at the root of all fears—from the sense that we’re alone in the universe to the belief that we can’t handle losing what we love—and shifts them into Four Courage-Cultivating Truths that pave our way to not only physical well-being, but profound awakening. Using exercises from a wide range of mind-body practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Rankin teaches us how to map our own courage-cultivating journey, write a personalized Prescription for Courage, and step into a more authentic life.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Hay House for the opportunity to receive an advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I really enjoy Lissa Rankin. I have seen her PBS specials and follow her on Facebook, where she often delights me with her posts. I think she has an enormous amount of insight and wisdom on our broken medical system in this country. As a nurse, I share her concerns on a very deep level. Thus, I was supremely excited to receive this ARC for review. 

The name of this book is a bit of a misnomer. This book is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a "cure" for fear. However, it has an enormous amount of information, personal stories and tips for the reader to stretch beyond his/her past ideas of fear. 

I was most enamored with all of the fascinating personal stories in this book. Our intuition is a crazy amazing thing, isn't it? Listening to the subtle whispers in our lives can be life changing and even life saving!

Some of the phrases the author uses seemed clunky and silly. Phrases like "inner pilot light", "small self", etc. It is simply my personal preference that authors don't need to stoop to this level of making an idea their own by ascribing a unique term to it. Most other people probably will not have the same sense of inorganic pause when reading these terms, its just my own pet peeve if you will. 

Overall, fascinating take on fear and how we can learn to embrace it in our lives. 


3.5 stars- rounded up to four for Goodreads. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

Non-fiction generally doesn't move me to stay up all night reading, but this one sure is fascinating!

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