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!

What I Hope for You

A Grandmother's Wishes
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Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-739-8
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: Audible, iTunes
Edition: 1st
Author: Jennifer Bonn
Illustrator: Bijan Sammadar
Pages: 24
Publication Date: 07/01/2023

What I Hope for You is the story of a grandmother's life hopes for her grandchild: a combination of wishes for happiness, strong character and a life of excitement, blessings and an everyday feeling of magic.

"What I Hope for You perfectly captures the joy and dreams of a grandmother for her young grandchild. Jen Bonn simply, vividly and sincerely expresses the hopes and wishes many of us have for our own grandchildren to become strong, loving and fulfilled in life. I will read this book many, many times to my own young grandson." -- Donna Wood, English teacher

"What I Hope for You is a lovely book of a grandparent's prayer for her grandchild's future. It is filled with beautiful imagery of castles by lakes and meadows full of flowers. The author dreams of the child being around nature and sensing God's beauty in the world, but also of the child growing into an adult with beauty inside their heart." -- Kathy Bridges, librarian

"I cannot say enough about What I Hope for You! I read it to my kids, and they loved it! It opened doors for wonderful questions and conversations. It is long enough to create a meaningful memory yet short enough to hold their attention. What wonderful affirmations to speak and pray over the ones we love the most!" -- Amber Faye Wardlaw, mother of three

"As a grandmother of three, this book resonated with me, and it is exactly what I would wish for my grandchildren. The first time I read What I Hope for You, I remembered my time with my grandmother, and I realized that these were all wishes she had for me." --Kimberly Tucker, aircraft mechanic III-Gen-Mods

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