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29 BOOK REVIEWS Bookstand The latest releases in gift books A FEMINIST’S GUIDE TO MOTHERHOOD By Poppy O’Neill RRP: £10.99 ISBN: 978 1 80007 278 7 Format: Paperback The journey of motherhood is a physical and emotional rollercoaster, and there’s often little or no time to stop and consider your own needs, at least not without feeling guilty about it. This is where Mother Power comes in – a reassuring parenting guide that’s always in your corner. Mothers can often be expected to consider themselves last in order to best care for their children, often at the detriment to their own wellbeing. In Mother Power Poppy will demonstrate how looking after your own well-being can make you a better parent and sets a good example to your children for their future lives and relationships. Using techniques developed by psychologists and researchers like the Gottman Institute, Poppy explains how to put in to practice parenting strategies and philosophies that respect the whole family’s needs and emotions, not just your childrens, so you can create a life that brings you happiness, fulfilment and agency. Covering topics such as boundaries and consent, work, relationships, and finding your identity outside of your family, Mother Power will challenge you to unpick the ways we’re “supposed” to be and truly respect the unique human being you are. This book is for all mothers, no matter the age of their children and is inclusive of adoptive, single and divorced mothers, those in blended families and same- sex relationships, as well as those in a relationship with their children’s father. SELF-CARE FOR EVERY DAY RRP: £7.99 ISBN: 978 1 80007 674 7 Format: Hardback Self-care comes in many guises, but at its heart it’s anything you do to take care of yourself. It could be five minutes of gentle breathing, time reserved for pursuing a hobby, or the joy of a hot shower – as long as it leaves you feeling restored and refreshed. Inside Self-Care for Every Day you will find a raft of simple but effective tips to help on your journey, including: • Why self-care is key to happiness and health • Finding the best methods for you • How to fit self-care into a busy schedule • Inspiration to nourish your mind, body and soul We all need to take time out every now and again to recharge our batteries. Whenever you find your energy fading, dip into this beautiful book and find strength again. CHINESE ASTROLOGY By Marites Allen RRP: £20 Format: Hardback A beautifully illustrated, entry-level guide to the basics of Chinese Astrology and how you can use its principles to improve your life – at work, in relationships and in the home. Discover the ancient wisdom of the Chinese zodiac to get lucky in life, work and love. Are you a charismatic tiger, a lucky rabbit or perhaps a witty monkey? Whatever your zodiac animal, this essential beginner’s guide to Chinese astrology will help you to understand yourself more deeply and make better decisions in everyday life. This stunningly illustrated, vibrant guide provides a practical and beautiful introduction to the rich, complex tapestry of the Chinese zodiac, and is filled with profound insights to help you navigate career, love and home life. You will learn how each of the 12 animal signs of the zodiac influence our personalities, strengths and weaknesses, and compatibility with others. Within each chapter, there will be advice for readers born in the year of each animal about how to use this self-knowledge to improve their work, friendships and relationships. There are also special features spreads which explore the Legend of the Twelve Animals, the Wheel of Love, Lunar New Year celebrations, and more. THE CRYSTAL HEALING JOURNEY By Astrid Carvel RRP: £10.99 ISBN: 978 1 80007 278 7 Format: Paperback Once you discover the joy and power of working with crystals, you’ll want to have them around you every day. They’ve been used for millennia, for everything from healing and predicting the future to decorations for temples, homes and the body. And today these gems can help guide your healing practices and enhance your meditations, aiding your journey to greater well-being with their vibrational energy. The Crystal Healing Journal will give you the essential facts about working with crystals for self-care and meditation, from how to choose your crystals, to how to cleanse, charge and care for your collection. And it also includes a brief history of how crystals have been used for healing throughout the centuries. Thoughtful prompts will guide you through different healing exercises using 30 essential stones, carefully chosen for their restorative powers, and over a hundred guided journal pages provide a space for you to record and reflect on your crystal practices.