Book Review: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

A couple months ago, I found myself scrolling through Audible’s library of recommended books and stumbled upon Gabrielle Bernstein’s latest bookff91b6fa807b88f4acfb48208eba14d3 “The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith.” I hadn’t read any reviews on this book and had a free book credit to spare so I downloaded it, figuring it wouldn’t hurt to listen to.  Gabby states that this book helps the reader to regain control of their life in order to invite in more happiness and a clear direction. This self-proclaimed “spirit junkie” invites us to take a look inward and discover that with a little work through meditation, mantras, and positive thinking, we can transcend our fear based thinking.

Gabby is a firm believer in the power of thoughts and how they can manifest themselves to reality. She provides numerous examples of how our old thought patterns pose as road blocks in our journey of spiritual transformation. While I loved that she provided numerous personal examples of how our stale behavior patterns prevent us from reaching our potential, I did feel like some were self-indulgent, shallow, and a bit of a humble brag.

The book is sprinkled with helpful little “ah-ha!” moments that I allowed myself to sit with and replay the audio numerous times. Gabby also provides another online resource of guided meditations; some of which are titled: “Honor Your Feelings,” “Turn Over Your Obstacles,” and “Meditation For Oneness.” I found these meditations to be incredibly transformative and I truly saw results in my personal and professional life. I created a mantra for myself that I tweaked from Gabby’s direction which read: I am open to and worthy of growth and abundance in my life and my business. In my spa business I saw incredible monetary rewards almost instantly. At one point I thought about a client I hadn’t seen in a while and literally within 5 minutes of me saying a mantra with her in mind, she texted me to book an appointment in the spa! My mind was blown! Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe it wasn’t. I’m a skeptic of all this woo-woo stuff but honestly, when you give it a genuine try, you might surprise yourself with where it takes you.

“Your purpose is to be joyful. Your purpose is to live with ease. Your purpose is to surrender to the love of the Universe so you can live a happy life. Accept the purpose of love, and your life will radically change this instant.” – Gabrielle Bernstein, The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

Now, I can’t say that this book will propel you into a completely new life with an attractive new lover and money flowing to you, but it does trigger some healthy (perhaps new) thought patterns to build a more assertive and positive version of yourself.

I listened to this book while driving, working out, folding laundry, and completed the meditations before bed. I found that her way of story telling was personable, uplifting, and convincing. If you’re looking for a quick read (or listen) on spiritual transformation, check it out!

Overall: 4/5 (I rated this as a 4 because I do feel like there is an element of her elevating herself in a cool California girl sort of way- otherwise, I genuinely felt this to be some great spiritual guidance).

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