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The Power of Receiving

“Ask and you shall receive.” are familiar words and yet how often, do we ask and even when we feel brave enough to voice our desires, do we actually stand ready to embrace what it is we have requested?  Published by Tarcher/Penguin, the book entitled The Power of Receiving: A Revolutionary Approach to Giving Yourself the Life You Want and Deserve was penned by author and life coach Amanda Owen. A former social worker and counselor, Owen knows first hand what occurs when people give without a willingness or ability to receive. Compassion fatigue or what I refer to as ‘tater tot syndrome’ ensues; feeling like a crispy fried piece of potato sitting on a plate waiting to be devoured.

Is it possible to teach the art of receiving? Owen has successfully communicated that not only is it possible, but desirable to receive as well as give. She views receiving as a ‘spiritual act’. We are taught that it is ‘better to give than receive’. What I have discovered and the book reinforces, is that if there is no receiver, then the giving is meaningless. There is no active cycle. 

The Power of Receiving is divided into eight chapters, with deliciously beckoning subheadings such as Getting Your Goal’s Attention, Cinderella’s Wish, Be Spiritually Naked and No Suffering Allowed!  No Suffering Aloud!  Fun and simple exercises invite the reader to be an active participant as she reframes what it means to be on either end of the spectrum.

Owen candidly shares about her own experiences around giving and receiving, allowing the book the feel of an intimate conversation on paper.  She essentially develops a relationship with the reader, so comfortable and approachable is her writing style. From the first page, to the last, I had the distinct feeling that Owen had written the book for me. I would venture a guess that others who have turned the pages, feel the same.

The Power of Receiving reminds me that I can be both a generous giver and gracious receiver. Do you want to receive more money, greater health, a loving, mutually supportive relationship?  Then this book can be your guide and companion along your journey.

www.thepowerofreceiving.com



  • http://www.ThePowerofReceiving.com Amanda Owen

    Thanks Edie for your wonderful review of my book! And thank you Ruth for your comment. The definition of ‘receive’ is ‘to accept willingly.’ It’s such a generous thing to do, isn’t it – to give back to the giver? Yet, many of us are taught that the giver and receiver are disconnected. Such a mixed message since every giver has a recipient!

  • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein

    Amanda:

    I enjoyed the book and it speaks to me about the areas in my life where I could benefit from being a love sponge….soaking up the blessings of the Universe. <3

  • http://www.liveinjoy.org Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

    Gratitude is indeed part of that sacred circle of giving and receiving. Since we know how good it feels when someone appreciates what we have offered to them, wouldn’t we want them to have the same pleasure?

    Love to you too, Ruth <3

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