My Heart Has Wings
Kris King
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My Heart Has Wings: 52 Empowering Reflections on Living, Learning, and Loving
Kris King
Bridgeway Books
333 pages
February 2009
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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After several traumatic life events, Kris King attended a series of seminars that sparked her interest in personal growth and dealing with stress and tragedy in a positive way. This was the moment that her life changed, and today she is a "personal growth expert" and CEO of WINGS Seminars – a company referred to so often in the book that it left me pondering if part of the reason behind the book was to advertise her services. This information would have better served in condensed form on a closing page. Outside of her career, the author is a gardener, wife, mother, and photographer.

According to the back cover, the key message of this bookis that “the key to becoming a better you is already within you” - a simple sentence that effectively relays the truth in a powerful and positive way. The contents seems to have been based on her own blog entries and personal journaling, combined with photographs of places and people that resonate with the author. King interlaces it all with some of her favorite quotes.

To give you some idea as to the powerful nature of this book: I had already cried twice by page 28. About halfway through, however, I was bored and began skipping some sections. My favorite sections of the book are the quotes on pages 53, 211, 348 and 329, as well as the introduction to chapter 40 on page 254. Readers should take advantage of the questions at the end of each chapter, which prompt deep introspection of who we really are beneath all the busy-ness and acquirements in life.

King's book tells us that feeling like victims in life distorts our perception of each and every moment, every single day. The positive reinforcement gently reminded me to trust in my own ability to create contentment and security in this life.

Both the hardcover binding and protective slipcover My Heart Has Wings are appealingly embellished with an embossed text and a textural design that had my hubby graphic designer intrigued for a few minutes, figuring out how the design might have been created.. This 338-page volume was printed and bound in Thailand, which means there is a larger carbon footprint associated with the book for North American readers. Sadly, I did not see any notes by the publisher or the author regarding green publishing initiatives that are now widely available in the industry (ranging from recycled paper and veggie inks to carbon offsets).

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lillian Brummet, 2009

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