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Publisher's Note:

In a world that pushes us to always look for the next best thing, BLOOMING INTO MINDFULNESS shows you how to break the cycle of discontent and take control of your own happiness. Narrated with humor and raw honesty, Martha Brettschneider shares her transformation from ego-centered screaming mommy to a meditation-touting creative, finally at peace with the world. Inspirational, motivational, and sp…

Overall Book Review:

Despite the fact that this book doesn’t look perfect, the message it contains is very on point. Upon reading this book, I did notice a couple of things that could be changed to make the layout more appealing to a reader, but looking beyond that, to the deeper, more meaningful parts, I saw only good things.

Blooming Into Mindfulness is a book that I think will be welcomed by many readers, young and old alike. The idea of mindfulness and not going through your day all wrapped up in things you just can’t control, is something I didn’t really think about a few years ago. Mindfulness seems to be a good way to combat those feelings of stress and too much going on, and it’s something most people are very capable of doing.  

Mrs. Brettschneider really put herself out there in this book, which I think is quite powerful. It can be scary to share such real and intimate details about the way you live and cope with tragedies and everyday occurrences. I found myself bookmarking pages as I read, because Martha has so many great metaphors and suggestions. I appreciated how she was humble about her beliefs and spirituality, not pushing her thoughts, but just laying them out there for the reader to ponder.

If you are looking for answers to how to be more peaceful and mindful, this book won’t necessarily “cure” you.  However, it will help you get on the track to where you want to be. This book is something everyone should put on their to-read list.

Review of Advanced Reader’s Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cadence Group

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 1 mild obscenity; 4 scatological words; 2 anatomical terms; 2 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A man is said to take his own life; terrorist attacks are mentioned with some mention of acts.

Sex/Nudity:  A woman is working outdoors and mentions her underwear showing; a woman undergoes breast enhancement after breast cancer, some jokes are made about women’s body parts; a married couple kisses twice.

Mature Subject Matter:

Terrorism, divorce, cancer, mental illness, suicide.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults drink wine.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.