One of our partners at GNB is Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, noted Positive Psychologist. We are happy to share some of her thoughts form her new book The Truth, Im Ten, Im Smart and I Know Everything! The book begins with an excerpt from The Little Prince, which you might be interested in knowing was written in Long Island – Amazing! So here we go! Love, Reverend Paul Sladkus and the Good News Family. All grownups were children first. (But few of them remember it). Grownups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to provide explanations over and over again. Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, noted Positive Psychologist has just published her fourth book, The Truth, Im Ten, Im Smart and I Know Everything! This book incorporates her teachings in a brand new way. The book is filled with wisdom, and knowledge that we had better listen to if we want to be happy, wise and set good examples for the next generation. For Dr. Holstein, finding a way to be ahead of the curve has always been her style. She wrote her first book, The Enchanted Self, A Positive Therapy in 1997 and since then has come out with, Recipes for Enchantment, The Secret Ingredient is You! , Delight, and now The Truth… Lets read a part of the introduction to The Truth: When I first came upon The Truth, I realized that it must be published. Twenty-five years of clinical work with women in my psychology practice has convinced me that many, many women forget the truth. We seem to forget what the ten- or eleven-year-old girl inside of us once knew with such certainty. We forget how strong we are. We forget how astute we are at sizing up the world. We forget our capacity to recover from hurts and build successful new relationships. We forget so much of our childhood wisdom. We forget the excitement and enthusiasm that comes from letting our passionate natures come out to play. And we forget how to laugh, laugh from our bellies. We forget how to intensely react to daily life. So often we forget how to have fun. Many of us dont allow the playful part of ourselves to come out. We dont know how to let out, safely, the imp inside of us. And we forget how proud we can feel about ourselves. When I came across The Truth I realized that here is an opportunity for us to see ourselves with fresh eyes and to feel once again the passions of girlhood. The girls truth may not be exactly your truth, but the girl has the power to stimulate, reminding us of our talents, our dreams, our wisdom and our resiliencies. Werent you once determined to make adulthood better than what you saw as a girl? If the girl begins to mobilize you to bring to life the exciting woman that you were meant to be, then The Truth is not lost! I hope youll come away from reading The Truth, with a new perspective on yourself, your children and the world around you. Heres what the Girl said on the back of the book, Things I promise to do when I grow up: Maybe we should all remember them, as they sound like Good News! Ill travel a lot. I wont look away when my kids ask me tough questions. Ill answer truthfully. I wont swear I wont get into silly fights with my husband. I will have fun with my kids and laugh a lot. Ill remember ME! And thats the TRUTH! Dr. Holsteins website is http://www.enchantedself.com www.enchantedself.com
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