Wow! My head is spinning! This is quite a fun book to read. Carol Tuttle and her style are certainly unique to Mormonism. It was both motivating and distressing and before I can fully settle on what I think about this read, I'm probably going to have to read it again. Overall, I'd say Tuttle is more influenced by Depak Chopra than by Thomas S. Monson. More influenced by The Secret than The Book of Mormon. While this may not be true, it is certainly the impression I get from the book
It seemed like Carol Tuttle had a hard time deciding who her audience was. There were moments when it seemed she was writing to Latter-day Saints specifically, but overall, it was as though she was shooting for the broader audience. Those more intimate LDS moments could have been so much more meaningful had she cited Scriptural and prophetic references. As it is, the book seems watered down in that regard and I found myself thinking why not just read Chopra or some other New Wave guru? Oh, that's right, I already have.
There is a Pollyanna-esque mood in the book that also, both inspired and distressed me. (This could be a reflection on me.) I gathered from what Tuttle was saying, that affliction, hardship, difficulty are not necessary in mortality. At least from here on in. I'm not so sure that rings true. While I believe that I can choose my own response to the things that happen to me. And while I can accept that I do attract negativity into my life on occasion - and that I could choose to attract more positiveness; I'm not so sure life can be as entirely blissful as she wants to paint it.
I wish I could more clearly place my finger on that which is unsettling about this book. Something disturbs me for sure. It is not the kind of disturb I got from say, The Miracle of Forgiveness. More like the unsettling feeling that came when I read Embracing the Light, to which Nibley responded with Embarrassed by the Light. It just doesn't ring true, entirely. Carol Tuttle teaches that by our beliefs, feelings and thoughts, we attract good things or bad things into our lives. Which makes me wonder what she thinks, believes or feels that is attracting this rather negative review?