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If you were free from fear, who would you have the freedom to be? #1 New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein charts a path to heal trauma, unlearn fear, and remember love. What if you could wake up every day without anxiety? View your past with purpose, not regret? Live happy, peaceful, and free from fear? You can—and Gabrielle Bernstein will show you the way If you were free from fear, who would you have the freedom to be? #1 New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein charts a path to heal trauma, unlearn fear, and remember love. What if you could wake up every day without anxiety? View your past with purpose, not regret? Live happy, peaceful, and free from fear? You can—and Gabrielle Bernstein will show you the way. Gabby has long been loved by her readers as a spiritual teacher, motivational speaker, and catalyst for profound inner change. Her new book presents her most powerful teaching yet: a plan for transforming the pain of your past, whatever that may be, into newfound strength and freedom. You’ll learn: • Why most people feel stuck in patterns that make them unhappy—and what to do about it • 9 transformational, yet untapped, techniques for serenity and genuine happiness—from techniques for “reparenting” yourself to bodywork practices for freeing the stuck energy of past trauma • The mindset shift that can do more for you than decades of personal work • How to go into the places that scare you—and come away freer than ever before “This book is my gift to you,” Gabby writes. “It will answer your questions about why you feel blocked, scared, anxious, depressed, or alone, and it will liberate you from the belief system that has kept you small for so long. . . . By taking this path you will become the best version of yourself. You will become new.”


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If you were free from fear, who would you have the freedom to be? #1 New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein charts a path to heal trauma, unlearn fear, and remember love. What if you could wake up every day without anxiety? View your past with purpose, not regret? Live happy, peaceful, and free from fear? You can—and Gabrielle Bernstein will show you the way If you were free from fear, who would you have the freedom to be? #1 New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein charts a path to heal trauma, unlearn fear, and remember love. What if you could wake up every day without anxiety? View your past with purpose, not regret? Live happy, peaceful, and free from fear? You can—and Gabrielle Bernstein will show you the way. Gabby has long been loved by her readers as a spiritual teacher, motivational speaker, and catalyst for profound inner change. Her new book presents her most powerful teaching yet: a plan for transforming the pain of your past, whatever that may be, into newfound strength and freedom. You’ll learn: • Why most people feel stuck in patterns that make them unhappy—and what to do about it • 9 transformational, yet untapped, techniques for serenity and genuine happiness—from techniques for “reparenting” yourself to bodywork practices for freeing the stuck energy of past trauma • The mindset shift that can do more for you than decades of personal work • How to go into the places that scare you—and come away freer than ever before “This book is my gift to you,” Gabby writes. “It will answer your questions about why you feel blocked, scared, anxious, depressed, or alone, and it will liberate you from the belief system that has kept you small for so long. . . . By taking this path you will become the best version of yourself. You will become new.”

30 review for Happy Days: The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace

  1. 4 out of 5

    Christine Jolley

    always nice to hear other peoples stories on trauma. Whilst most of it was good sometimes just felt like it was going all over the place and no real sense of organisation. A bit disappointed in the resource guide. It wasn’t as extensive as implied from the book (which constantly referred to it so my expectations were high!) and if you wanted more in depth resources you had to pay more money (only $97!! ) for her happy days bundle. A lot of Gabbys healing she has had the financial privileges to h always nice to hear other peoples stories on trauma. Whilst most of it was good sometimes just felt like it was going all over the place and no real sense of organisation. A bit disappointed in the resource guide. It wasn’t as extensive as implied from the book (which constantly referred to it so my expectations were high!) and if you wanted more in depth resources you had to pay more money (only $97!! ) for her happy days bundle. A lot of Gabbys healing she has had the financial privileges to have access to that many will never have. Charging more for resources just amplifies the gap many people face in overcoming their trauma which I’m not sure Gabby understands at all. Despite some annoyances with the book there were some Well written and helpful sections.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Henderson

    Disappointed!! Nothing new in this! Heard it before from Bernstein. I adore Gabrielle Bernstein but just found this book to be the same as what she’s said before in previous books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Remember when Gal Gadot corralled a handful of celebrities to sing ‘Imagine’ during the pandemic in an attempt to help the world feel more unified? That’s how this book felt to me. It was a complete miss. I really adore Gabby and have loved all of her books, but this one didn’t sit well with me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book felt like it should’ve been: A) A TedTalk that I didn’t want to be a part of B) An audio book, as the author often had “guided instructions” with step one being close your eyes… did no one catch that? That’s a little difficult to do if you need to read step two, no? C) An infomercial trying to sell me specific products (aka Bernstein’s website and other talks of hers she’s proud of) and treatments (that you already know are $$$ and that only someone in her position would be able to afford This book felt like it should’ve been: A) A TedTalk that I didn’t want to be a part of B) An audio book, as the author often had “guided instructions” with step one being close your eyes… did no one catch that? That’s a little difficult to do if you need to read step two, no? C) An infomercial trying to sell me specific products (aka Bernstein’s website and other talks of hers she’s proud of) and treatments (that you already know are $$$ and that only someone in her position would be able to afford) The angle of this book seriously comes from a position of privilege in the sense of a lot of what Bernstein recommends will not be viable options for the everyday person to try themselves. EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing? Yeah, I’m sure that’s something covered by the average insurance company. I’m glad that the author has found the help and guidance that she needs to heal. I really am. But I also didn’t pick up this book expecting it to only push me to a website to learn more or to sign up for new, essentially sponsored treatments that Bernstein recommends. I definitely wasn’t the target audience for this but yes, it really was that bad. Definitely not what I was expecting and I haven’t been this disappointed in a book in a long time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Schultz

    By far her best book! In the past I often felt like Gabby was preaching toxic positivity. For me, this book was her most relatable and the one I most appreciate.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jacky

    I loved the book. It was inspirational, safe and healing. All the information was nicely put together with helpful practices in between. The book had a nice flow and the chapters were short and sweet. Yes its information that I knew because I’ve been on this healing journey for years but people have to always have an open mind and never start reading with “I already know this”. Even though I’ve heard the concepts before, the way Gabby spoke brought a new awareness and really soothed me. One of t I loved the book. It was inspirational, safe and healing. All the information was nicely put together with helpful practices in between. The book had a nice flow and the chapters were short and sweet. Yes its information that I knew because I’ve been on this healing journey for years but people have to always have an open mind and never start reading with “I already know this”. Even though I’ve heard the concepts before, the way Gabby spoke brought a new awareness and really soothed me. One of the mantras on there I literally say daily and I actually feel the inner support from the Universe - it has truly shifted me. The audiobook was lovely and I highly recommend it - especially for beginners.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Meyer

    TBH there really isn't anything in this book that you can't find in any other self-help or spiritual book. Journal, meditate, exercise, eat healthy, de-stress, blah blah blah. If you are struggling with trauma, I'd suggest seeing an actual trained medical professional/counselor/psychologist and not waste your time reading a self-help book about a VERY wealthy woman, who has all the money to access mental health services, treat her unresolved trauma. If you are looking for something spiritual to TBH there really isn't anything in this book that you can't find in any other self-help or spiritual book. Journal, meditate, exercise, eat healthy, de-stress, blah blah blah. If you are struggling with trauma, I'd suggest seeing an actual trained medical professional/counselor/psychologist and not waste your time reading a self-help book about a VERY wealthy woman, who has all the money to access mental health services, treat her unresolved trauma. If you are looking for something spiritual to read, I'd suggest something from Thich Nhat Hanh or someone who isn't trying to sell their products via a book about themselves...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Smitha Murthy

    I came across Gabrielle Bernstein or Gabby as she is more popularly known through her podcasts. Those podcasts are great - and I was intrigued to read one of her books. Give me a book with the word ‘trauma’ in it, and I am likely to swallow it whole. What I really liked was how vulnerable Gabrielle is - there are many useful exercises and practices as well. It is not serious work on trauma, but it definitely can be part of your healing journey.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Leanne

    Although I wasn't keen on the live seminar that came as a free option with the pre order, I really enjoyed this book. I don't understand some of the reviewers' responses that it repeats stuff mentioned in other books because much of what is in this book is Gabby's response to things that have happened in the past few years though it touches upon trauma she experienced as a child. Her experience with postpartum depression resonated with me as I suffered with it as well and found it helpful to hear Although I wasn't keen on the live seminar that came as a free option with the pre order, I really enjoyed this book. I don't understand some of the reviewers' responses that it repeats stuff mentioned in other books because much of what is in this book is Gabby's response to things that have happened in the past few years though it touches upon trauma she experienced as a child. Her experience with postpartum depression resonated with me as I suffered with it as well and found it helpful to hear of a speaking talking about it. It's a horrible thing to go through and there are things that we can take for granted that actually makes life much tougher when you go through postnatal depression. Gabby also references different forms of therapies that she has undergone and gives credit to the relevant pioneers for the therapy. I have a lot of respect for her because there are other motivational speakers who I can think of who take credit for therapies that belong to other people. If anything reading this book makes me want to go back through the list and read the books of hers I haven't read including Spirit Junkie.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karlene Crate

    Another great book from Gabby. I love her way of breaking down so many peer books on trauma and making one book. Bringing a balance of conventional therapies, spiritual and science. It's a must-have if you're looking for a book that has a plan and answer to help you feel a sense of safety and peace. Another great book from Gabby. I love her way of breaking down so many peer books on trauma and making one book. Bringing a balance of conventional therapies, spiritual and science. It's a must-have if you're looking for a book that has a plan and answer to help you feel a sense of safety and peace.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Reema

    Audiobook: This is a 3.5, really. Really great information & exercises that I may go back and do as I just listened through it the first time. However, I don't feel like I had any great a-has. A lot if the info was already familiar as I've listened to, and read, a lot of Bernstein. That said, if felt good to red in the wake of my father's death - someone who but only suffered Trauma, but inflicted T/trauma. Audiobook: This is a 3.5, really. Really great information & exercises that I may go back and do as I just listened through it the first time. However, I don't feel like I had any great a-has. A lot if the info was already familiar as I've listened to, and read, a lot of Bernstein. That said, if felt good to red in the wake of my father's death - someone who but only suffered Trauma, but inflicted T/trauma.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura Scherer

    I appreciate the message here and am familiar with many of the methods discussed in the book for healing trauma. However, I think it’s highly improbable that the average person would have the time or resources to dive this deep into all these different therapies. If Gabby Bernstein is getting this much therapy to “feel normal”, then the rest of us are screwed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Davaze

    I’m sorry, I have read Gabby’s books before so I knew what I was in for, but this was too hokey even for me. The main issues? The unchecked privilege (who has the resources that this woman has?), the regurgitation of others’ work (including references to an unnamed *shame researcher*), and the preaching. Girl, how many times can you fall into a pit of despair while continuing to preach all the answers to the rest of us? I would have found it easier to swallow all of this if there was even a whif I’m sorry, I have read Gabby’s books before so I knew what I was in for, but this was too hokey even for me. The main issues? The unchecked privilege (who has the resources that this woman has?), the regurgitation of others’ work (including references to an unnamed *shame researcher*), and the preaching. Girl, how many times can you fall into a pit of despair while continuing to preach all the answers to the rest of us? I would have found it easier to swallow all of this if there was even a whiff of humility, but it really felt like listening to advice from that hot-mess, scatterbrained friend we all have in our lives who always has some new scheme. You know, the one you world never take advice from. You have to be a special kind of person to “pray to self”, or ‘ask self to take your parts outside for a walk’. I can’t believe I made it through the whole thing.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    It scares me that some people might think a book can replace professional help in dealing with their trauma. While the author mentions resources a few times in the book, the key is to find good professionals. Not people who might have taken one course.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Khara

    Although different than what you might expect from Gabby, this book is an honest, vulnerable look at what has worked for her to change her life. She says throughout the book that she believes that books and authors are spiritual teachers and guides for us, coming at exactly the right time, exactly when we need them. Happy Days is that book for me. This book is transformational in a lot of ways. I know I am changed from reading it. I'm aware of a lot of my tendencies and triggers and have tools t Although different than what you might expect from Gabby, this book is an honest, vulnerable look at what has worked for her to change her life. She says throughout the book that she believes that books and authors are spiritual teachers and guides for us, coming at exactly the right time, exactly when we need them. Happy Days is that book for me. This book is transformational in a lot of ways. I know I am changed from reading it. I'm aware of a lot of my tendencies and triggers and have tools to help cope with or release these negative aspects or habits. There are several great activities in the book that I have already found useful and can say they have made an observable difference. However, the book is all about Gabby sharing the steps she's taken to take control of her life and find inner peace and markets itself as if you read this book and do the activities and you too can find that same control and inner peace. When in reality that's not the case. She lists at least three types of therapy in the book with just as many if not more therapists that she worked with in order to get to the inner peace and happiness she's at now. The likelihood that all her readers have access to multiple therapists is slim--access might be restrained by finances, therapist availability, or many other factors. So, while reading this book can improve your life a great deal; it's important to understand that if you are seeking the type of healing discussed in this book, it will take years of therapy, using three different types of therapy approaches; for example, she talks about IFS, EFT, and EMDR. 4 stars because it's a great book with a lot of great advice; loss of one star because the kind of transformation talked about in the book can only be done through years of therapy with multiple medical professionals in multiple specialties.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Grieco

    In the last 3 months I have read every single book by Gabby and she has truly been my spiritual guru. Her books have helped me grow my faith and become spiritual… which I have been longing to do for many years but just didn’t know where to even start. Because I’ve loved spending every morning for the last 3 months reading Gabby’s books I naturally had to read her new book, Happy Days. Going into it I knew it would be a little bit different than her other books, but I still wasn’t ready to stop sp In the last 3 months I have read every single book by Gabby and she has truly been my spiritual guru. Her books have helped me grow my faith and become spiritual… which I have been longing to do for many years but just didn’t know where to even start. Because I’ve loved spending every morning for the last 3 months reading Gabby’s books I naturally had to read her new book, Happy Days. Going into it I knew it would be a little bit different than her other books, but I still wasn’t ready to stop spending time with her each morning so I decided to read it anyways. If I was ready to read a book about childhood trauma and ready to think about my own trauma and issues then I probably would have loved this book. But I’ve spent so much of this year in a positive state because of my new spiritual practice, and reading this book kind of pushed me out of that positive state. I found myself becoming more emotional, more angry, and I simply wasn’t ready for the exercises in this book. For ME, at this moment in my life, I would give this book 2.5 stars, but that’s because I wasn’t ready for what this book is all about. With that said, for a reader who is READY and NEEDING to dive into their past trauma I think it deserved 4 stars because it really does get you to do that. You just need to be ready for what lies ahead. I also appreciate Gabby for her honesty and vulnerability. I can imagine it is extremely hard to be open about her struggles and especially admitting where she has gone wrong in the past when it comes to mental health struggles.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abi

    I’ve read all of Gabby Bernstein’s books. I’m not big on “the secret” or anything but I do, strangely, think that manifestation can be a thing. I think people take it too far, and there’s a zillion other factors, but I do think keeping an overall joyful view on life has helped me tremendously. I happened upon one of her videos in my Instagram feed at a time when I needed it. I read “the universe has your back” and somehow it started me on a journey where I found a great therapist, and got my lif I’ve read all of Gabby Bernstein’s books. I’m not big on “the secret” or anything but I do, strangely, think that manifestation can be a thing. I think people take it too far, and there’s a zillion other factors, but I do think keeping an overall joyful view on life has helped me tremendously. I happened upon one of her videos in my Instagram feed at a time when I needed it. I read “the universe has your back” and somehow it started me on a journey where I found a great therapist, and got my life to a better place. I feel calmer and more mature now. I always sensed that Gabby Bernstein had a complicated relationship with evidence-based medicine (call it Western if you like, but not just westerners practice it, and I find it’s mostly wealthy people who deride it as a concept) until she had her baby, and it made me a bit uncomfortable. It’s nice to see that she’s learned and grown since then. If you have read books like the Body Keeps the Score, It Didn’t Start With You, Widen the Window, etc, I don’t think you’ll walk away with any new insights. This book is meant for people who have not really gone on the mental health journey. This book seems to be for that person who got into manifestation, but doesn’t understand why they still struggle with negative emotions, flashbacks, or triggers. I mostly skimmed through it—it was fine. I hope it helps those who need the help.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Noopur

    I picked up the book with the hope that I’ll get a deeper understanding of what my traumas are and how to deal with them, as the title suggests. But the book is quite superficial in its approach. The author just uses her personal experience to share something that doesn’t even go deep in her own experiences. The concepts are generic. The method that helped the author heal her trauma are all paid therapies which is great but then why wrote the book if it isn’t explained. If I have to go to a thera I picked up the book with the hope that I’ll get a deeper understanding of what my traumas are and how to deal with them, as the title suggests. But the book is quite superficial in its approach. The author just uses her personal experience to share something that doesn’t even go deep in her own experiences. The concepts are generic. The method that helped the author heal her trauma are all paid therapies which is great but then why wrote the book if it isn’t explained. If I have to go to a therapist to heal I wouldn’t read this book. Everything starts from an intense trauma the author had which stopped her from functioning physically but write after that the author talks about how some therapist helped and a brief description of the therapy. The tone of the book is also not comforting. It swells in the author’s supposed ability to coach people through shame and trauma when really all her therapy entails is to escape into nature, ground yourself and listen to your body, something that any yoga teacher does. I don’t write negative reviews about books but the book promised something and completely failed to deliver it. Quite disappointing considering how much I’ve heard about the author’s reputation.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nithiya S

    I listened to the audiobook version of this book. If you are dealing with severe trauma/anxiety or depression, this book isn't for you. This book is more of a documentation of a person's journey to inner peace and tranquility. Like most self help books out there, this book addresses the issue of mental health on a surface level. Dealing with mental health issues requires a lot of work. This book has several stories narrated by the author and lacks continuity. At best what one can learn from this I listened to the audiobook version of this book. If you are dealing with severe trauma/anxiety or depression, this book isn't for you. This book is more of a documentation of a person's journey to inner peace and tranquility. Like most self help books out there, this book addresses the issue of mental health on a surface level. Dealing with mental health issues requires a lot of work. This book has several stories narrated by the author and lacks continuity. At best what one can learn from this book is several tools that one may use for dealing with stress and anxiety. I wouldn't discredit this book because I definitely learned a lot of tools like EFT, tapping, mantras etc. But, there was no flow in this book. The author preaches concepts like spirituality, faith, meditation and science on a very surface level. This book does not offer quick fixes. It requires tremendous effort from self in order to go on a path of recovery if you decide to follow this book's advice. My advice is to not solely rely on this book for dealing with any kind of mental illness. If you are not well, seek a professional, get support from family and friends. Know that you are not alone in this journey. Talk it out. I'm sure you will find the help that you are seeking.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kat Skarbek

    This was an interesting read for me because it's not coming from Gabby's usual stable of self-help, spiritual connection, the world is our for the taking, genre. This is actually a book about healing trauma and it's a far more vulnerable read than her previous books. I admit to finding Gabby a difficult teacher to like - she often comes across as rather brash and opinionated, which I find irritating - though I do enjoy her general approach and believe that, at the very least, adopting certain m This was an interesting read for me because it's not coming from Gabby's usual stable of self-help, spiritual connection, the world is our for the taking, genre. This is actually a book about healing trauma and it's a far more vulnerable read than her previous books. I admit to finding Gabby a difficult teacher to like - she often comes across as rather brash and opinionated, which I find irritating - though I do enjoy her general approach and believe that, at the very least, adopting certain mindsets can be helpful and even transformative when applied regularly. It's why I've read several of her books. This, therefore, is something of a departure but also a deepening of her work in the world. It was also something I really needed to read and I'm grateful that the book is available. She shares in an honest way that is less 'teachy' and 'preachy' and more open and real. She has re-humanised herself by sharing her trauma and her recovery from it which allows for a deeper connection to her audience. I may never gel with Gabby, preferring my teachers with a little more humility, but I still believe that this book (and her other books) are worth a read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rosette Rouhana

    There was a point in this book where I was really struggling to read it, mainly because I felt like I was reading someone’s personal journal recounting their recovery experience rather than an objective ‘The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace’. I would have liked to have seen more references and credits to concepts and work that was discussed or spoken about in the book, it didn’t feel right that a lot of psychological and scientific theories and explanations were mentio There was a point in this book where I was really struggling to read it, mainly because I felt like I was reading someone’s personal journal recounting their recovery experience rather than an objective ‘The Guided Path from Trauma to Profound Freedom and Inner Peace’. I would have liked to have seen more references and credits to concepts and work that was discussed or spoken about in the book, it didn’t feel right that a lot of psychological and scientific theories and explanations were mentioned but no credits. I liked how the second half of the book more than the first, from chapter 7-10, I felt there was a lot more to take away and felt more about psycho education from a lived and living experience, rather than just a personal recount and reflection. Overall, I feel there were some beautiful take-always from the book and feel it was great for the author to write a book that shows a side of the spiritual & self help world, where we can witness the process unfold for those who are in coaching, healing or helping roles in society and see them practice what they preach in real time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Pichula

    I really enjoyed this one and definitely got alot from it! I love the practices added in, because you really can't just read and expect to heal. The work needs to be put in and there were tons of great resources in this book for doing the work. A few little pet peeves I had with this one were really format based. The highlighted and bold quotes that stand out throughout the book were poorly placed and felt repetitive more than they seemed important. And quite often just as I was starting to get I really enjoyed this one and definitely got alot from it! I love the practices added in, because you really can't just read and expect to heal. The work needs to be put in and there were tons of great resources in this book for doing the work. A few little pet peeves I had with this one were really format based. The highlighted and bold quotes that stand out throughout the book were poorly placed and felt repetitive more than they seemed important. And quite often just as I was starting to get into a concept that was being explained, it cut off with a "find more information about this on my website" which seems really counter productive when it could have just been included as given as value within the book. In some instances, it worked really well though because Gabby has audio files and guided meditations on her website which I found great value in. All in all, this was a great book for navigating yourself through healing from trauma. My copy is riddled with sticky tabs marking the place of many concepts I want to come back to and continue to practice. Definitely reccomend this book if you are someone doing the work of healing from any sort of trauma.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cara

    This is the fifth Gabby Bernstein book I’ve started and the first one I’ve finished. Her other books, I just couldn’t get through them. But this one! In all her healing, she’s dropped the energy of having something to prove. In this book, she’s just human. It’s such a delight to see. This book came out just as I was experiencing a tidal wave of anxiety. It’s not unusual for me to deal with depression, but anxiety, especially this intense, is not something I’m used to. It was so uncomfortable and This is the fifth Gabby Bernstein book I’ve started and the first one I’ve finished. Her other books, I just couldn’t get through them. But this one! In all her healing, she’s dropped the energy of having something to prove. In this book, she’s just human. It’s such a delight to see. This book came out just as I was experiencing a tidal wave of anxiety. It’s not unusual for me to deal with depression, but anxiety, especially this intense, is not something I’m used to. It was so uncomfortable and unpleasant. And then along comes Gabby with a whole book full of healing at the root, and soothing at the surface. I read this book just a few pages at a time, mostly in the morning when I first got up. Other than dutifully doing the exercises or meditations as they came up, I don’t think I’ve really done anything she told me to do. But I do feel a lot better. I’ve been treating myself with more patience and love. What could be better than that?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elenie

    I had much higher expectations to this book, from Gabby herself talking about the book for 6 months before it was released. Early review lowered my expectations, but I was still interested in reading it. To me, what gave me the most was to hear her suffering. To see that even after all her work, neither she is perfect. It allowed me to open up more, and release some stuck energy. I also appreciated to learn about what methods helped her. I know we are all different, but now I have more understan I had much higher expectations to this book, from Gabby herself talking about the book for 6 months before it was released. Early review lowered my expectations, but I was still interested in reading it. To me, what gave me the most was to hear her suffering. To see that even after all her work, neither she is perfect. It allowed me to open up more, and release some stuck energy. I also appreciated to learn about what methods helped her. I know we are all different, but now I have more understanding of what is out there. I am grateful that she credits the founders of each modality, and not claim it as her own. I am proud of Gabby for her healing journey, and for all of us who are on our own healing journeys!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    It’s been a while since I’ve been on board the Gabby train. Although a lot of the messaging was similar to her other books, I really appreciated that she got away from Spiritual bypassing in this one. She gave a lot of stepping stones of where to begin healing trauma which I think can be missing when it comes to recovering from trauma. It wasn’t just about journaling your feelings, is was small ( small being very important when dealing with trauma) actionable things you can do to start healing th It’s been a while since I’ve been on board the Gabby train. Although a lot of the messaging was similar to her other books, I really appreciated that she got away from Spiritual bypassing in this one. She gave a lot of stepping stones of where to begin healing trauma which I think can be missing when it comes to recovering from trauma. It wasn’t just about journaling your feelings, is was small ( small being very important when dealing with trauma) actionable things you can do to start healing the body. If you’re expecting to read this book and be healed, skip it. The book gives you tools you’ll actually have to practice daily to start moving the needle in your healing journey.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I’m not really a fan of Gabby Bernstein but I think she’s covering some new ground (for her) in this book. She opens up about her childhood trauma and discusses some ways to mitigate long term traumatic impact—mainly using EFT, EMDR and IFS. There are better resources on all of these techniques everywhere. I was curious about her approach to IFS after hearing her talk about it on a podcast. There’s a scene at the end where she reads to her toddler from the manuscript from this book, and cries be I’m not really a fan of Gabby Bernstein but I think she’s covering some new ground (for her) in this book. She opens up about her childhood trauma and discusses some ways to mitigate long term traumatic impact—mainly using EFT, EMDR and IFS. There are better resources on all of these techniques everywhere. I was curious about her approach to IFS after hearing her talk about it on a podcast. There’s a scene at the end where she reads to her toddler from the manuscript from this book, and cries because she’s parenting herself the same way she parents her child, which struck me as funny. Anyway!!! I think fans of GB will enjoy this.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Littleton

    I am a huge Gabby Bernstein fan and have loved all of her books I've read, and I did enjoy this one as well. However, it is definitely her heaviest book content wise and theory wise and that did make it difficult to get through. She packed a lot of her story and her favorite metaphysical and psychological methods in one book and it was a lot to take in. I'm looking forward to reading it again at a later date when I'm ready to dive into some of the activities she suggested, but on a first read it I am a huge Gabby Bernstein fan and have loved all of her books I've read, and I did enjoy this one as well. However, it is definitely her heaviest book content wise and theory wise and that did make it difficult to get through. She packed a lot of her story and her favorite metaphysical and psychological methods in one book and it was a lot to take in. I'm looking forward to reading it again at a later date when I'm ready to dive into some of the activities she suggested, but on a first read it was definitely hard to get through. It is well written and has the same Gabby spirit I love, and I am glad I read it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Winter

    Not here to discredit someone’s trauma story or the intense healing work needed to live a joyful life with Trauma but this book didn’t do it for me. It’s much of the same as other books she’s written and also much of the same of other trauma books out there. It’s a less academic version of content found in the body keeps the score and has similar energy to Oprah’s take on a book about your body and trauma. If you’re new to this kind of information I think the author has a very elementary way to Not here to discredit someone’s trauma story or the intense healing work needed to live a joyful life with Trauma but this book didn’t do it for me. It’s much of the same as other books she’s written and also much of the same of other trauma books out there. It’s a less academic version of content found in the body keeps the score and has similar energy to Oprah’s take on a book about your body and trauma. If you’re new to this kind of information I think the author has a very elementary way to digest the content. If you’re not new to this, not worth the time.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jean Hamer

    I have read all of gabbys books and am a huge fan. I have conflicted feelings about this book. I read it twice and thought some of the info was helpful. I very much reaonated with the idea of the protector side of the persona. On the negative side, i also felt that this was just a book about her and her healing journey, and that felt uncomfortable to me. Also, this book clocks in at around 200 pages with ALOT of highlighted quotes and blank space, so i am not quite sure it was worth the price. 🤷 I have read all of gabbys books and am a huge fan. I have conflicted feelings about this book. I read it twice and thought some of the info was helpful. I very much reaonated with the idea of the protector side of the persona. On the negative side, i also felt that this was just a book about her and her healing journey, and that felt uncomfortable to me. Also, this book clocks in at around 200 pages with ALOT of highlighted quotes and blank space, so i am not quite sure it was worth the price. 🤷‍♀️ overall, it was a good book, but not a must read imho

  30. 5 out of 5

    Erin Hearts

    I really like Gabby Bernstein and her positive energy. She has a lot of great things to say. Whenever I read her books, though, I always feel like I want more. This book was too short and I was waiting for more insight to come about. In podcasts and talks, Gabby brings it. I don't really see a reason to buy her book because listening to her speak on many free forums is way more intriguing and insightful. I loved her discussion on the Cathy Heller podcast a few months ago. They both were in tears I really like Gabby Bernstein and her positive energy. She has a lot of great things to say. Whenever I read her books, though, I always feel like I want more. This book was too short and I was waiting for more insight to come about. In podcasts and talks, Gabby brings it. I don't really see a reason to buy her book because listening to her speak on many free forums is way more intriguing and insightful. I loved her discussion on the Cathy Heller podcast a few months ago. They both were in tears and it seemed completely genuine.

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