Reader Views on 101 Tips to Lighten Your Burden by Jennifer Bonn

101 Tips To Lighten Your Burden

Jennifer Bonn
Loving Healing Press (2021)
ISBN: 978-1615996094
Reviewed by Diana Coyle for Reader Views 5/2022

In “101 Tips To Lighten Your Burden,” Jennifer Bonn enlightens her readers with plenty of tips, 101 to be exact, in helping us try to deal with the obstacles we are facing and burdens we may be carrying on our shoulders throughout our life journey. She sets out to help her readers discover new coping techniques to help make their difficulties more manageable. In supplying these tips, she also has reassured us that we are not alone in our journey. Just to know that others may be going through similar situations is comforting.

One of her points that really resonated is, “Believe You Can.” The author explains that although many people would rather avoid trying something new and failing at it, it is a necessity in life for us to step out of our comfort zones from time to time in order to change and grow as individuals. In doing so, we start projecting positivity in our thoughts, and it strengthens us as a whole and helps us continue to grow and move forward past our obstacles. One small step leads to the next transformational step.

Another point I love is, “Do Not Allow Anyone to Limit You.” In a nutshell, if anyone tells you that you can’t pursue your dreams or go after a career you always wanted, then work at proving them wrong. If you don’t have supportive people surrounding you, then find people who will support you and watch out for you while you work toward your dream. Don’t ever let anyone sabotage your hopes, dreams, and desires.

“Dare to be Different” is yet another one I love because as the author wrote, if we were to all be the same, we would just be carbon copies to each other. How boring would that be if we were all the same? Being different is how we all learn and grow in our environment. Instead of wanting the same hairstyle or clothes etc. dare to be different—in positive ways, of course.

One of my favorites is: “Music is a Healer.” How many times did you realize you were having a bad day and by listening to your favorite music, you eventually relaxed and found your mood changed as well? I know I can surely recall many times when I was down and needed to be uplifted a bit or I was having a bad day and I turned out to have a better mood after listening to my favorite songs. Music has power to it that can not only help you, but heal you as well.

Even though I mentioned all the above as important takeaways to me, my ultimate favorite from this book is: “Spending Time with Animals Is Good Therapy.” I am an only child and always had animals in my life, no matter what age I was. I always relied heavily on my relationships with all the animals in my life. To this day, that still holds true, the only difference being there’s only one animal in my life now instead of the menagerie I had surrounding me as a child. No matter my mood, I love being around my Labrador Retriever. We have an undeniable bond together and we’re so close, we both know what the other will do before we do it. No matter what my mood, I gravitate being around him as my comfort and I find he grounds me. My life’s journey wouldn’t be where I am now without his unconditional love and support he’s given me throughout the years. He is truly my best friend!

Overall, I really enjoyed “101 Tips To Lighten Your Burden,” by Jennifer Bonn and learned a few pointers along the way. The author’s easy, conversational tone and her offerings can be applied to young and old. This would make a great book to not only re-read from time to time but also it would be a wonderful gift to give someone special in your life. I highly recommend it!

Reena's Bollywood Dream: A Story About Sexual Abuse

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Reena wants to be a star...

...A Bollywood star. Unfortunately, her family won't stand for it. It doesn't help that
Reena is only eight-years-old. However, a beacon of hope arrives in the form of Uncle
Jessi. He's just emigrated from India to America, and is a welcome addition to her
family household. Uncle Jessi and Reena share a special bond. Not only are they old
pen pals, but he recognizes her desperation to become a Bollywood actress.


One day, Uncle Jessi plans a secret surprise. He invites her to take part in a pretend
acting game. Reena jumps at the chance. At first, she enjoys swinging her hips to
Bollywood beats. She smiles brightly at his camera. However, halfway through her
performance matters take an unexpected turn. The end results surprise both Reena and
Uncle Jessi.

Important lessons come through an action-driven story and beautiful illustrations:

  • Children will learn that sexual abuse is NEVER their fault.
  • Parents and children will be given a launching pad to discuss the warning signs of "grooming."
  • Children will come away knowing they have the power to say: "NO."
  • Children will discover that sexual abuse can occur in any cultural group.
  • Children can be assured that they will be believed when reporting inappropriate behavior.
  • Therapists and parents can exhibit that sexual abuse isn't an off-limits topic.
  • Child abuse survivors will come away knowing they are not alone.


    Therapists' Acclaim for Reena's Bollywood Dream

    "Reena's Bollywood Dream is exceptionally well-written. It works as an educational piece
    to foster awareness to children and their families regarding the realities of sexual abuse
    within the South Asian community. This informative book can help alter a child's life for
    the better."

    --Sadia Khaliq, B.A., B.S.W., M.S.W., Community Treatment Coordinator, Centre for Addiction
    and Mental Health


    "With a captivating story and beautiful illustration, and with a message that is cross-cultural
    and educational, Reena's Bollywood Dream can help children understand the sad reality that
    there are those who can hurt them but there is also means of staying safe--with others'
    help. I recommend this book highly to all families; it can be instrumental to starting a
    conversation about a difficult topic."

    --Pamela Pine, PhD, MPH, Founder and CEO, Stop the Silence



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    Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Sexual Abuse

    Family & Relationships : Abuse - Child Abuse

    Social Science : Ethnic Studies - Asian American Studies
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