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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
Empowered: Thriving Beyond The Status Quo by Donna Marsh is a self-help motivational guide that reaches above the parapet to assist readers in living a life of intention and understanding with all such an existence entails. The book is broken down into four separate and distinct but still interconnected parts. The Body encompasses the physical in a way that transcends the usual idea of just being routinely fit. A nutrient-rich and balanced diet is a factor, but so too are products, environment, smoking and alcohol, and even interacting with others, to name a few. The Mind covers the cohesion of mind and body and the biological possibilities when they work in harmony, awareness, energy, slowing down, and letting go, among others. The Heart wraps itself around breaking unhealthy and deep-rooted hindrances, emotional openness, and authenticity. The Self is a study of spirituality and an alternate idea on structured religion, space, and connections perceived as both good and bad.
Donna Marsh offers an interesting point of view in presenting readers with a combination of tangible facts and speculative theology in Empowered: Thriving Beyond The Status Quo. From a literary standpoint, the book is exceptionally well written and broken down with enough clarity to make it comfortable to understand without oversimplifying some very complex ideas. I knew I would enjoy this book when Marsh spoke of someone who was something of a food hoarder, a childhood trigger that was the side effect of food poverty, whatever its cause. I grew up in a third world country and abject poverty was a way of life. There were many, many nights I went to bed hungry and so the highlighting of consuming whatever one can and hiding the rest is a conflict I've myself struggled with for years. The Body is nearly half of the book but the Mind, Heart, and Self were also insightful. There were one or two areas that I didn't particularly agree with, but when it came to The Self, I turned to my wife and read, “The world is not falling apart...” If for nothing else, this was a reflection at this moment, right now, that many of us will need to hear, and I have no doubt this book will serve those who are open to it in theory and in practice, well.