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Not Going Gently: A Psychologist Fights Back Against Alzheimer’s For Her Mother and Perhaps Herself by Constance Vincent PhD
A poignant mother-daughter memoir, Not Going Gently fuses story and science together into a unique book. Constance L. Vincent, PhD, shares her mother’s personal experience living with Alzheimer’s, intertwined with her own professional research into the disease.
Global Library Under Self-Help (Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia)
Karma In Action: Finding Meaning,
Making Choices by Constance L. Vincent
The Western world has a mistaken notion of karma’s true nature. Karma is generally thought of as a religious term, signifying reward or judgment for a person’s deeds. But this isn’t the case.
As author Constance L. Vincent, PhD, explains, karma is a tool we can all use to create positive change in our lives—because life reflects our thoughts and energy.
Using examples from personal experiences, Vincent clearly explains the twelve laws of karma and the different ways karma manifests in our lives. You’ll learn how karma can help you overcome obstacles, anticipate the future, and link unlikely but serendipitous events together for your own benefit. You’ll discover how individual responsibility relates to karmic outcomes. Life doesn’t happen to you—you make life happen.
In addition, you’ll learn about Vincent; her husband, Ed; and how their use of karma underlies their marriage. From the recurring motif of glass that paralleled events in Vincent’s early life to how Ed used the law of responsibility to overcome lung cancer, you’ll find practical, relatable examples of karma as a tool for action.
Learn how to use your karma. Your life will never be the same.
Review: Told through a fascinating series of life-experience anecdotes by psychologist Constance L Vincent Ph. D., Karma In Action (Finding Meaning, Making Choices) is an expertly researched and masterfully explained book detailing the twelve laws of Karma. The concept of Karma – the sum of a person’s actions in this and previous states of existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences – comes to us from Buddhist teachings, but the overriding principle is paraphrased in many of today’s religions (e.g. Christianity’s golden rule).
In Dr. Vincent’s words: “Karma is not only about unraveling the past to find clues that explain the present or future. No one has to wait until old age to become enlightened.” And it is on this basis that she takes us through many of the life lessons she has learned over time and relayed them back to one of the corresponding twelve laws. There is something to be learned by every reader in Dr. Vincent’s teachings – whether religious or agnostic – as she cleverly links together the spiritual aspects of karma with a solid basis in psychological theory, thereby helping us to fully understand the cause and effect of one’s decision making.
A cynic may conclude that it would take an extremely brave – or foolhardy – reviewer to rate a book on karma anything less than five stars, though I would be the exception to that rule. I fall squarely on the agnostic side of the ledger when it comes to matters of spirituality, and have been called far worse than foolhardy. That being said, I found Dr. Vincent’s Karma In Action a fascinating read and well worthy of a five star rating. Reviewed by Neil A White for Readers’ Favorite
Dr. Constance Vincent has done a spectacular job applying the twelve laws of karma to a wide range of personal experiences and fascinating stories. Her book is short, well-written and profound. In my teaching as a university professor l’ve often brought up the subject of karma without knowing much about it. At the outset, Professor Vincent defines karma very clearly and differentiates it from matters of luck and coincidence. She then presents the twelve laws of karma rooted in philosophical thought, current scientific research, and universal religious truths.
Dr. Vincent’s approach is truly unique. Instead of staying on an abstract academic level, she continually provides pearls of wisdom from monks, farmers, poets, artists and gurus. Her book is loaded with brilliant quotations and passages. Her reference to pertinent books and authors is a treasure. I read Karma in Action on a sunny afternoon. I couldn’t put it down. Treat yourself. This book is a winner! Reviewed by Michael Rustigan
Global Library Under Religion, Study, Ethics (Religion, Spirituality, New Age, New Thought, Nonfiction, Self-Help, Motivational)
About The Author: Developmental psychologist Constance L. Vincent, PhD, earned her doctorate from the University of California, Irvine, after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Ohio University. She taught developmental psychology as an associate professor at Chapman University and at Santa Clara University.
Vincent is the author of Not Going Gently, a medical memoir chronicling her mother’s fight with Alzheimer’s. The memoir was one of the few indie books honored by Kirkus Reviews and has been translated into Spanish. Vincent is also the editor of the English edition of Dr. Tom Wu’s Different Approach in Natural Healing.
Vincent and her husband, Ed, live in Menlo Park, California, where she volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Speaker Bureau and is a member of Peninsula Volunteers, a seniors’ support group. She and her husband enjoy travel, the opera, and their blended family of four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Their son died in 2015.
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