Life Snacks

50 Tasty Motivational Messages - Soothing, Satisfying, Simple: Inspiring People of All Ages! Short, Sweet and Easy to Digest!

Non-Fiction - Motivational
86 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2015
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Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

We often become so busy with what we have going on that we fail to take a look at where we are going or why. In order to get back on track, it takes focus, Life Snacks: 50 Tasty Motivational Messages, and Sharon A. Burstein with these little reminders or snacks of wisdom that can help bring it into view. These short bits of advice are things that ought not only to be savored, but acted upon. Concepts like gratitude, being productive, being persistent, being kind and full of joy can all make a huge difference - not only in how others see and respond to you, but in how you see yourself and what attitudes you manifest. Though this book is a quick read that you could whip through in less than an hour, it is meant to be taken in small doses and given active attention. If you are looking for a little lift, a little inspiration, and even a life changing method, this simple set of concepts might be exactly what you've been searching for.

Sharon A. Burstein has taken some of the simplest things in life and made them profoundly practical in Life Snacks. As I read through this book, I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if we took each of these concepts and truly focused on each one for a week. What would happen to us within a year's time? Where would we be in our lives, in our careers, and in our relationships? Often times, it is the simple things in life and the basics that need the most adjusting, and Life Snacks provides a perfect opportunity to regain what might have been lost or to transform into a new you. Read, study, and apply these concepts to your life today and see the results tomorrow.

Jack Magnus

Life Snacks: 50 Tasty Motivational Messages - Soothing, Satisfying, Simple: Inspiring People of All Ages! Short, Sweet and Easy to Digest! is a collection of inspirational essays written by Sharon A. Burstein. The author is an educator, author, and inspirational speaker who has condensed her philosophy and outlook on life into these motivational themed pieces. She recommends that you indulge judiciously, as you would any delicious treat, to savor each bite fully. Each essay is broken into three or four parts. The opening sentence introduces the subject; the middle suggests activities or plans to be considered; and the ending ties it all together. Some essays are concerned with cultivating a positive outlook on life, a life filled with gratitude and appreciation for the good things. Other essays serve as motivational spurs to grow, professionally and personally, to learn and live to your utmost potential.

Sharon A. Burstein's motivational nonfiction collection of essays, Life Snacks, will tempt many readers to keep turning the pages and indulging in more of these life-affirming and positive essays. I think, however, that the author's correct when she suggests doling them out in small portions. Each piece gives you a lot to think about and contains within it huge realms of possibility. I was particularly intrigued by Burstein's definition of greatness and discussion on what makes a person great. Her suggestion for performing one act of kindness every day is breathtakingly simple and very appealing. Two other favorite Life Snacks are the ones on listening, a hard, yet rewarding, skill to master, and Burstein's essay on relaxation. Burstein never preaches in this deceptively short collection of essays, and you may often think you're hearing her speak rather than reading her words, her style is direct, conversational and easily absorbed. Life Snacks: 50 Tasty Motivational Messages - Soothing, Satisfying, Simple: Inspiring People of All Ages! Short, Sweet and Easy to Digest! is highly recommended.

Gisela Dixon

Life Snacks: 50 Tasty Motivational Messages - Soothing, Satisfying, Simple: Inspiring People of All Ages! Short, Sweet and Easy to Digest! by Sharon A. Burstein is a short, inspirational book about tips and advice on how to live a fulfilling life. Life Snacks essentially contains 50 short chapters, each of them elaborating on one value, attribute or quality that should be embraced for a more peaceful, fulfilled, happy life. The book contains small nuggets of advice on various subjects such as kindness, courage, gratitude, admiration, listening, commitment, dreams, success, exercise and more. The information and advice are brief and to the point. There is also a small bonus section on leadership and tips on how to develop leadership skills.

Life Snacks: 50 Tasty Motivational Messages - Soothing, Satisfying, Simple: Inspiring People of All Ages! Short, Sweet and Easy to Digest! by Sharon A. Burstein is a motivational read interspersed with soothing photos. I liked the concept of “treats for the mind” where each message is presented as a snack or treat for the mind to indulge in and reflect on. I found the messages to be quite inspirational and definitely worth reading again and again. Sharon Burstein’s writing is clean and simple and made for a relaxing read. The book's contents can be read in any order and I am sure people of all ages can get something out of it and enjoy it. Overall, Life Snacks is a neat, handy book to have around on the bookshelf for a dose of daily inspiration.

Dr. Oliva Dsouza

Life Snacks by Sharon A. Burstein offers input on various topics that help one to see mundane things from a fresh perspective. Fifty chapters are like small shots of wisdom and motivation for daily life. Each chapter focuses on one topic and is a nugget by itself. The thoughts provide mental stimulation and are great insights into things that are essential for daily living. The easy to understand, single-page format of each chapter is refreshing and sweet. The first chapter called “Compliment” is a really great start to the book and helps one to realize how important and easy it is to make life pleasant by just being gracious in giving and receiving compliments. The book ends with some great tips on leadership shared by the author.

Sharon A. Burstein offers cute, little Life Snacks that help to motivate and inspire you whenever you need a little reassurance and comfort. You can use it like a daily read and meditate on one chapter a day. Focusing on the essence of each chapter will help to get a better insight into the topic. The author has handled the book in a unique style. The message attached to each chapter is wonderful and nourishing to the mind. One can savour each chapter at leisure and ruminate on it throughout the day, and still find a new interpretation each time. The author encourages you to maximize your potential and live a full, rich, healthy life that is filled with success, great friendships, and inspiration for others.

Samantha Coville

Sharon Burstein is bringing you Gratitude, Confidence, and Respect, among other important traits, in her book Life Snacks. How? By giving you bite sized daily reading that you can ingest in a few moments and digest over the day. All 50 chapters have one word titles that quickly let you know what trait or keyword you'll be learning that day, and it also makes it easy for you to go back when you hit a rough patch and know you need some help and inspiration with a specific trait. Create, Courage, Commit, Compliment ... the list is a thorough one from which you're sure to garner something.

Here's a little background before you see my opinion. I generally dislike these types of books. It's not that they're badly written (well, some are), it's just that I get bored. Topics have been overdone and authors aren't bringing anything new to the table. But Sharon Burstein has finally done it: she's made a motivational nonfiction that I actually thoroughly enjoyed. Now, it might just be the adorable pieces of wrapped taffy that decorate chapter headings, but this was fun and I've actually read through it twice already. One of the chapter keywords is Savor, and that's exactly what you'll do with this book.

Life Snacks is perfect for a fast paced life, for someone who only has a couple minutes at most to spare in between work and family. But even though they can be read through quickly, there's deep learning here if you want to take the time. It doesn't have to be snacks, but a full seven course meal. I plead that you take the time to pick this up and go about your day a different way. You'll like how it turns out.