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First published 2007, this edition published by Hachette Digital in 2010. Kindle edition.
Why did I read this book?
This is actually the second time I have read Love Life, Live Life. Last summer, a friend lent me the paperback version and it made a big difference to my life at the time. I had been experiencing a lot of anxiety, and it helped me to shift my thoughts and mindset into a more positive place. It also led me to experiment more with the Law of Attraction (a main theme of this book) which you can read about in my post: Manifesting Deer.
I knew I would like to re-read this book at some point, so after returning the paperback to my friend, I bought the Kindle version. I decided to start reading it again a couple of weeks ago because I am going through a busy phase and I hoped it would help me to stay mentally strong, like it did last summer.
What is the book about?
Love Life, Live Life is about Sue Stone’s personal journey from rock bottom to success and happiness. She shares what she learned along the way, and the techniques she put into practice in order to change her life. Topics include: The Law of Attraction, Quantum Physics, Visualisation, Affirmations and Healing.
Here is a more detailed synopsis that I found on Amazon UK:
Sue Stone’s life hit rock bottom in the late 1990s, both emotionally and financially. She was desperately unhappy and on the verge of losing everything. Not accepting that this was going to be ‘it’, she set about researching ways to improve her life.
She learnt about the incredible power of our thoughts, our subconscious mind and the astonishing power of our feelings. This power is within every single one of us but so few have any real understanding of it.
Sue has transformed her life to one of complete happiness, inner peace and financial abundance, a far cry from her state of depression.
In this inspiring, easy to read and practical book, Sue educates, empowers and motivates the reader by sharing all that she has learnt. She includes solid content and practical life transforming techniques that can be put to use immediately at home and at work and contains inspiring advice for anyone facing difficult times, including relationship breakdown and insolvency.
What is it like to read?
The book is easy to read, because it is written in ordinary, everyday language, rather than scientific or technical jargon. If you are looking for a pristinely written and edited text with lots of detailed scientific studies and expert opinions, then this is not for you. However, I think the power of this book is that it is simply written, easy to understand, and full of anecdotes from the writer’s own experience. It is very much written by an ordinary person, for ordinary people, and this makes it very relatable.
Sue’s writing is repetitive in some parts, and she occasionally takes a while to get to the point, but I don’t think this is a bad thing because it drums the ideas into your mind. By reminding you of the same point again and again, it helps you remember it more. If you are like me and sometimes zone out when reading, it saves you having to go back and read the same paragraph repeatedly.
This book is a short read, and you can easily get through it within a few days if you read regularly. The text is broken up into chunks with subheadings which makes it easy and manageable to read. It also has important quotes in boxes which highlights them from the main text. The book is full of fantastic quotes, by Sue herself and by others, and I have noted down many of them in my journal.
Sue includes a lot of anecdotes from her own life, and stories from other people’s lives too, which are interesting and entertaining to read. It really brings the concepts to life when you can read examples of them working in real life.
The book is not just theory. It includes lots of suggestions, practical advice and methods to help you get the same positive results that she did. For example, she describes different methods for visualising, and she suggests affirmations you can use as a starting point.
Would I recommend this book?
I would highly recommend this book. I found it equally if not more helpful and inspiring the second time around, and I think this is the type of book that you can absorb more from every time you read it. It also serves as a great reminder about the power of our thoughts, and that we really can change our lives for the better! I have decided I am going to aim to read this book once a year for as long as I am still getting value out of it. Even if you have already read this book before, I would recommend that you re-read it too!
I would give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is simple yet powerful, and it has made a real difference in my life. I believe it can make a difference to anyone who reads it and applies the ideas. It’s not often that I come back to a book to read it again, so it definitely earns its 5 stars.
According to Sue’s website, she has a new book coming out soon, so I will definitely be adding that to my ‘to read’ list!