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I’m an avid reader, loving nothing more than expanding my microcosmic world. I enjoy escaping into all sorts of worlds through reading and also love to challenge my opinions and thoughts.

The High Heeled Guide to Spiritual Living - Alice Grist Having enjoyed Alice Grist’s first book I was excited to read her second to see what journey she would take her readers on this time.

The synopsis is exactly what I found on the pages of this second book.

If you’re looking for light and fluffy you certainly won’t find it here. Alice Grist is not afraid to slate those things not conducive to spiritual development, which are part of our culture – for example media and advertising – consumerism. She has no qualms in telling us how spoilt and ignorant our culture actually is. There is also a section on death, something we all shy away from.

I totally agree that we use drugs and alcohol as a crutch but would also add that as we grow and change through our life adventures, certain things become less important. We go through milestones and cycles so that looking back through time you will see that what held you in thrall say in your 20’s will seem ridiculous from a distance. I will also say that I think we need to go through certain ‘age’ related things as we find our way along. The experiences that you have will lead you into whom you become.

The exercises and tasks she sets the reader are brilliant – and in all honesty they do work. I can say that having tried all of them at some point on my spiritual journey (and continue to use them 30 years later).

Alice Grist has a holistic view of life – yes, we have to live in this world as a spiritual being – and she gives the reader tools to achieve balance and reach out towards spirituality. There are some very valuable nuggets here for your spiritual development.

Two things I really love in this book:

· Alice’s emphasis that life is a spiritual ADVENTURE (which doesn’t mean that you have to take everything lightly but to accept mistakes and learn from them and enjoy it!)
· The way Alice makes sure her readers know the responsibility is always theirs.

I enjoyed Alice’s writing style and therefore found it very easy to read. It is worth stopping at relevant points to give yourself chance to absorb what is being said and I would definitely advise you to do the exercises.

If you enjoyed Alice Grist’ first book you will definitely identify with this one. You don’t have to have read it though to be able to take the information from this one and implement into your life. You have absolutely nothing to lose! A brilliant spiritual development book I would highly recommend.

The High Heeled Guide to Spiritual Living is published by Soul Rocks on 29 July 2011. You can pre-order with O Books, Amazon and Waterstones.