I am so happy I finally picked this book up! I know to some it might seem like a lot of woo-woo but I’m definitely team #GoodVibes when it comes to world view, our everyday mindset, and general state of being as much as possible.
In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back, New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish the need to control so they can relax into a sense of certainty and freedom. Readers will learn to stop chasing life and truly live.
Making the shift from fear to faith will give readers a sense of power in a world that all too often makes them feel utterly powerless. When the tragedies of the world seem overwhelming, this book will help guide them back to their true power.
Gabrielle says, My commitment with this book is to wake up as many people as possible to their connection to faith and joy. In that connection, we can be guided to our true purpose: to be love and spread love. These words can no longer be cute buzz phrases that we merely post on social media. Rather, these words must be our mission. The happiness, safety, and security we long for lies in our commitment to love.
When readers follow this path, they’ll begin to feel a swell of energy move through them. They will find strength when they are down, synchronicity and support when they’re lost, safety in the face of uncertainty, and joy when they are otherwise in pain. Follow the secrets revealed in this book to unleash the presence of your power and know always that The Universe Has Your Back.
Let me be entirely upfront, if you don’t like woo-woo and new age self help, this book will drive you nuts. As someone who is equal parts pragmatist and hippie dippy dreamer, I had moments where I was cheering while reading thinking, “Damn this is revelatory” and then immediately moving over to “What a lot of hooey”.
Growing up my mom read A Course in Miracles, so I am peripherally familiar with the book and its teachings. Gabby is very clear on the fact that A Course in Miracles has heavily influenced both her life and her work, but I often feel like the bulk of her writing and teachings are an amalgam of watered down A Course in Miracles and several other major new age thinkers you’ve seen hanging with Oprah. So on the spiritual side, it can be derivative and some of her “challenges” are definitely champagne problems to have in this world and this may not speak to those truly going thru it. On the flip-side, if her easily digestible and au courant writing style brings people closer to centering themselves (whoop there it is! hello woo-woo!) and growing spiritually then what is there really to complain about?
She touches at the very end on righteous anger, and I appreciated the last chapter immensely for at the very least acknowledging that we live in rough world and suffering is all around us and we have a responsibility to effect change. That’s what I want from my spiritual thought leaders, uplifting content but at the same time a tacit acknowledgement that we do live in the real world and horrible shit happens that we have to confront.
Going to give this one 5/6 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and would absolutely recommend it.
Here’s a link if you want to snag it: https://amzn.to/2UtbnSq