Cherie Kephart released a very touching and poignant memoir in 2017, titled, A Few Minor Adjustments: A Memoir of Healing. In it, she relates her multi-year odyssey to get to the root of her unusual illness. Her recent book, The Healing 100 is a companion book of sorts to her memoir, and is a collection of various treatments, both medical and using non-traditional medicine that she herself has tried. Some of these healing suggestions are simple and perhaps even obvious although we may take them for granted; things like drinking more water, creating a regular sleeping schedule, and letting ourselves cry. As you can perhaps tell, this is not just a guide to possibly healing our physical ailments, but adjusting and coping with our mental and possibly spiritual ailments as well.
This is a short book, with only 64 pages of it actually containing the various suggestions and a smattering of inspirational quotes, and another 16 pages of teaser for her memoir. Is this book a guaranteed fix to what ails you? Probably not. However, it is a simple-to-read advise guide, and may have a few gems in there that you haven’t yet tried. I do have to say that the largest drawback to this book is that it oftentimes reads as a large advertisement for her memoir. While there’s nothing wrong with that, it does become a bit tiring to be frequently reminded that the full story of her experience with a quirky treatment won’t be told here and to check out her other book, and this is coming from someone who has read her memoir. That said, there’s still plenty here for readers to enjoy, and Cherie’s self-depreciating humor and friendly style of writing makes this an overall pleasant read.
Cherie Kephart’s The Healing 100: A Practical Guide to Transforming Your Body, Mind, and Spirit is a short and sweet self-help/New Age book for anyone looking for ideas on their own personal healing journey.
Whitney Smyth received a Master’s in Book Publishing and Technical Writing at Portland State University, following a Bachelor’s in English at the University of Arizona. She took over ownership of Portland Book Review in December of 2014. She also works as a freelance editor and can be commissioned at Smyth Editorial Services and spends what little free time she has on her own writing. Coming from a family of readers she devours an average of one hundred books a year, in a variety of genres. Her favorite authors are far too numerous to list, but include Alexandre Dumas, Mary Shelley, Jim Butcher, and John Green.
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