Book Review: Holding Hands With Happy

I really believe in self-care. You know, taking time to take care of yourself. The activity of self-care always varies for me, but the purpose is always the same: to relax and take care of myself. I’m not talking about errands or tasks, I’m talking about a quiet cup of coffee or taking myself to dinner, or sitting on the front porch to listen to the birds, or getting a pedicure. Sometimes, just going to the gym is good enough. But self-care helps me be a better person, a better wife, and a better mom. As a Christian, I value spiritual self-care as well. Which is why I spend time praying, journaling, and reading the Bible. Those acts help refuel my soul.

All of it is needed. But sometimes, if you are out of practice of self-care or you just want to start, it can be extremely overwhelming. I know there have been times where I have thought, “I need to do something for me!” But I’m so overwhelmed with how neglected my self-care priority has been, that the act of implementing self-care seems monumental.

In Holding Hands With Happy by D’Lisa DarLuz, D’Lisa leads her readers through an easy to follow guide towards happiness. She offers a simple focus, and then follows it with a easy “homework assignment”. Even though the focus on the book is happiness, the word I kept thinking of is: self-care. Sometimes, when you know you need to work on self-care, it can be difficult to know where to start. D’Lisa makes that easy for you. Whether it’s the pursuit of happiness or the pursuit of self-care,  D’Lisa leads the way! Armed with humor, D’Lisa will guide you towards taking better care of yourself. Step by step, in 15 activity filled chapters, Holding Hands With Happy makes it easy for you.

This is the type of book you could read with a journal in hand. You will want space to fully complete the homework. Then, you want time to be able to reflect on what each chapter and the corresponding homework talked about. Taking notes as you read and show you the progress you have made from start to finish of Holding Hands With Happy.

At one point in the book, there was mention of all people being gods. As a Christian, I don’t agree with that. However, the very next sentence in the book talks about how valuable we are; how each individual has worth and purpose. I TOTALLY agree with that. So many times, people feel like they have no worth or value. That is simple not true! YOU MATTER! YOU HAVE VALUE!

I really appreciated how Holding Hands With Happy does not avoid hard subjects like pain, unforgiveness, etc. We will never be truly happy until we work through the pain of our past. That is so true and so powerful.  Holding Hands With Happy will guide you to taking better care of yourself. The book will help you begin the process of releasing whatever is holding you back, and identifying what you need in your life to pursue happiness. This is an easy to read, quick book and you will feel empowered by the end of it.

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