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1. Still Life: A Chief Inspector
2. A Fatal Grace (Three Pines Mysteries,
3. A Rule Against Murder: A Chief
4. Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental
5. The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector
6. The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector
7. You Can Heal Your Life
8. You Can Heal Your Life (Gift Edition)
9. Power Thought Cards (Beautiful
10. Love Yourself, Heal Your Life
11. Love Yourself, Heal Your Life
12. I Can Do It
13. Colors & Numbers: Your Personal
14. Experience Your Good Now!: Learning
15. Self-Esteem Affirmations
16. I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids
17. A Village Life: Poems
18. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
19. Receiving Prosperity
20. Meditations to Heal Your Life

1. Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Three Pines Mysteries)
by Louise Penny
Paperback: 320 Pages (2008-09-30)
list price: US$13.95 -- used & new: US$5.58
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Asin: B0044KN1DA
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Winner of the New Blood Dagger, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony, and Dilys awards.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators are called in to the scene of a suspicious death in a rural village south of Montreal. Jane Neal, a local fixture in the tiny hamlet of Three Pines, just north of the U.S. border, has been found dead in the woods. The locals are certain it’s a tragic hunting accident and nothing more, but Gamache smells something foul in these remote woods, and is soon certain that Jane Neal died at the hands of someone much more sinister than a careless bowhunter.

Still Life
introduces not only an engaging series hero in Inspector Gamache, who commands his forces--and this series--with integrity and quiet courage, but also a winning and talented new writer of traditional mysteries in the person of Louise Penny.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Tried To Be/Do Too Much
Louise Penny's "Still Life" is more a character than plot-driven mystery. Inspector Gamache isn't pivotal in solving the murder, or at least, doesn't appear to be so. The novel goes from mature literary chick-lit (relationships, gay friends, decor) to police procedural to a Mary Higgins Clark-type ending ***SPOILER ALERT*** with heroine trapped in a dark space.
Got a bit soft and boring in the middle, and a couple of the characters were too downright despicable to be true. Otherwise, the characters were, on the whole, well-fleshed.
The novel also tried to be funny, but that didn't always work. Also tried to be a social commentary.
Should have been tighter for a police mystery?

5-0 out of 5 stars Still Life
I've already responded to a survey.The company, transaction, and condition of the book I bought were all excellent.If you are inquiring about the book I bought, I haven't read it yet.I have less than 200 pages of the book I'm currently reading before I finish.THEN i will read the book I bought from Amazon.If I enjoy it, I'll continue purchasing the rest of the books in the series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Louise Penny
There's a certain tension that arises in a book lover when they encounter an author for the first time, especially when they find out that said author has written a few books in the same genre. I'm living that tension -- that paradox -- now, having stumbled across Louise Penny and Chief Inspector Gamache.

On the plus side of the balance sheet, she has created a wonderful setting (Three Pines), uses the language beautifully to paint her images, and has birthed a cast of characters I honestly enjoy spending time with. I'm half-way through the fourth Gamache novel, and have loved every minute of them all.

Unfortunately, there is only one left for me to gobble up, and I can certainly read faster than Ms. Perry can write, so withdrawls are on the horizon. Until then, I'll suck it up and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy...and I suggest everyone else do the same. These books are treasures.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Debut
"Still Life" is Louise Penney's first novel featuring Sûreté du Québec Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team. It was the runner up for the 2004 CWA Dagger Award for a debut. It also received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Booklist. The accolades were well deserved.

Gamache and his team are called to the small town of Three Pines to investigate the death of the town's former schoolteacher, Jane Neal. At first, her death appears to be a hunting accident, she was killed in the woods by an arrow. It quickly becomes evident that this was no accident. Someone murdered the much loved older woman. But why?

As Gamache questions the townspeople, he becomes more and more convinced that it was a local who killed the victim. He finds that a few residents have motive, but not the means while a few more have the means but not the motive. Gamache painstakingly takes each piece of new information and fits it into the puzzle much like one does with a jigsaw puzzle until the entire puzzle makes a complete picture.

As you read this book, you become impressed with Gamache. He's not embittered, a bully, nor a sycophant. Rather he is literate, listens to each person he interviews, he relies on his team to gather information, and, with his team, he solves the murder. Gamache is not the only unique character in this book. Jane Neal comes alive for the reader as Gamache talks to the townspeople about the deceased. Gamache's second-in-command Jean Guy Beauvoir is nearly the opposite of Gamache by nature, but has learned from his boss and mentor to conduct a thorough investigation. New to the team is Yvette Nichol a young woman who is unable to take responsibility for her actions, unwilling to learn from the ever-patient Gamache, and in the end is sent home in disgrace. The townspeople, too, are complete, fleshed-out characters, including the local bistro's owners, Olivier and Gabri, the local bookstore owner, Myrna, and the town's curmudgeon and poet Ruth Zardo.

The writing is superb. Penny keeps the story moving forward one clue at a time. Toward the end of the book, the reader, like Gamache, has changed his/her mind about who the murderer must be. In the end, it is the victim herself who solves the crime in a twist that will have the reader saying, "I should have known that, the clues were all there." An added bonus is that while I don't expect to laugh out loud while reading mysteries, I did in this one.

I read Penny's latest entry, "Bury Your Dead," in this series first. I loved that book so much that I immediately went out and bought "Still Life" and the other books in the series. I have three or four authors who I consider among the best mystery writers writing today. I have put Penny on that list, which includes P.D. James, Charles Todd, and Laurie R. King.

If you like your mysteries intelligent, subtle, well written, and, at the end, wanting the book to go on for a while longer, then this is the series for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A uniquely Canadian mystery ... brava!
Louise Penny has done Canada truly proud with a debut mystery novel that can be characterized as roughly halfway between the cozy mysteries of Agatha Christie and the deeper, psychological much darker mysteries starring the likes of angst-ridden detective Harry Bosch.

Three Pines is a small, primarily English-speaking town in Quebec's Eastern Townships, the beautiful wooded area bordering on the more rugged White Mountains of Vermont. The citizens of Three Pines are shocked when the body of long-time resident, Jane Neal, a local artist whose painting "Fair Lady" has recently been accepted for showing in an important local exhibition, is found dead in the nearby forest. She has been shot through with a hunting arrow and it is unclear whether her death is the result of a hunting accident or something entirely more sinister. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec is assigned from Montreal to investigate.

Louise Penny clearly has the chops to concoct a clever mystery and that would have been enough all by itself to commend any lover of the genre to read STILL LIFE. But there is so much more ...

For example, the bilingual and bicultural aspects of life in Quebec and their political fall out are neither explicitly spelled out or preached about to any great extent. They're just there and they bring the setting of this novel very close to home and make it seem exceptionally real. After interrogating one of the English residents of Three Pines, for example, CI Gamache muses:

"It was ... one of the fundamental differences between anglophone and francophone Quebecers; the English believed in individual rights and the French felt they had to protect collective rights. Protect their language and culture."

I had never thought of our differences in quite that light and it seemed a particularly instructive, intuitive and enlightening observation.

Secondly, I've just got to add as well that I positively love it when a mystery or thriller author can effectively and unobtrusively add some bonus education and information or even tidbits of trivia to a story. For example, STILL LIFE used some of the more arcane aspects of archery, bow-hunting, bows, arrows and target shooting as integral parts of the mystery and its solution. In addition, art, its interpretation, the styles of painting and even the uses of certain colours were important in the mystery. When the exhibition panel discussed Jane Neal's "Fair Lady", for example, they commented:

"For whatever reason, Fair Day challenges us. It moves us. To anger, ..., to confusion, to ... joy. ... The truth is, I don't know whether Fair Day is a brilliant example of naive art, or the pathetic scrawling of a superbly untalented, and delusional, old woman. That's the tension."

Interesting, challenging and evocative art analysis without any of the typical pretentious snobbery that we're used to hearing!

Finally, there is some positively brilliant characterization happening. Aside from the studied, interesting development of a calm, introspective and intelligent lead man in CI Gamache, we are treated to some very interesting and colourful side players as well - the acerbic, self-centered and bitter niece, Yolande; the humorous, loving and clearly out of the closet gay couple, Olivier and Gabri; and the apprentice police woman, Yvette Nichol, who clearly has enormous difficulty keeping her intellect under wraps and acknowledging that her superiors have some insight and wisdom to pass on to her.

A wonderful story of a small town in Quebec and a well-crafted mystery as well. Highly recommended with the additional comment that I can't wait to lay my hands on the second novel in the series, A FATAL GRACE.

Paul Weiss
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2. A Fatal Grace (Three Pines Mysteries, No. 2)
by Louise Penny
Mass Market Paperback: 368 Pages (2008-02-05)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$4.08
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Asin: 0312947135
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Winner of the 2007 Agatha Award for Best Novel!

When Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is called to investigate a woman’s death, it doesn’t take long for him to realize that no love was lost on Miss de Poitiers. But even if everyone hated her—her husband, lover, and daughter among them—how is it that no one saw her get electrocuted in the middle of a frozen lake in the center of town?

Gamache digs beneath the surface of Three Pines to find where the real secrets are buried. But other troubles lie ahead for the detective. It seems he has some enemies of his own…and with the coming of the bitter winter winds, something far more chilling is in store. 
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! I read without being able to stop!!!
The second of this author after Still Life that I got free and I got the same feeling with it! I don`t know if it`s because I know Eastern Township region but WOW! Thanks so much to this author that I just discovered because of Amazon but I just bought the third and start to read it!! I recommand to every one who enjoy a good thriller!

2-0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like it, all the way through ...
I read the first in this series, Still Life, and found it enjoyable. I've been through Montreal's eastern townships a few times, and while this village seemed more like a Montreal neighborhood dropped, whole, into the country, rather than a real country village, I could suspend disbelief to read it.

In Still Life there was a character so terribly drawn that she could only be a caricature, and I thought the novelist just hadn't completely found her way with characterization yet -- it's a first novel, after all. But here, in the second, this one-dimensional caricaturing is rampant. The first 15% of the book -- Kindle has no pagination, just % -- is devoted to a horribly-drawn character who is the face of new-age pedantry and hypocrisy: evil reincarnated as Deepak Chopra. Then it's off to meet more such characterizations. The girl from Still Life even makes a "fresh" appearance here. Everyone here is perfect (perfectly honest and comfortable with their flaws) or unbelievably imperfect. How does a perfect Gamache, quoting poetry and listtening with great care and humility to all those around him, keep Beauvoir as his team leader, when Beauvoir is unable to understand his chief's techniques of interview and paths of inquiry, even unable to listen to suspects, after years together?

Still, I read all the way to the end, where loose ends were flapping in the Quebecois winter winds. The "resolution" of the crime seems contrived, and I guess the intimation of intrigue against Gamache is meant to draw us back for the next novel; but I'm afraid I've had enough of Three Pines and the cardboard people who inhabit it.

I admit, I read it all the way through, it wasn't a book I threw away in disgust. But in the end I really don't think it was worthy enough to take my reading time away from other books which still await my attention.

5-0 out of 5 stars Super
This particular item I believe was a CD audio production of this book. I enjoyed reading the book and I enjoy being able to listen while multi-tasking. And as a side advantage I think I may be learning some French along the way. At least a word here and there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Louise Penny--Fatal Grace
"Fatal Grace" is the second of Louise Penny's Three Pines mysteries.
Like "Still Life," this novel held my interest by the characters and the setting more than "whodunnit." And that's saying a lot. Louise Penny is a marvel!
In my opinion, this is the weakest of the five Three Pines mysteries I have read, but it is still better than most. I did not want it to end.

5-0 out of 5 stars Another Treat

The second novel in the Inspector Gamache Three Pines series is just as elegant and breathtaking as the first.Penny's writing style defines traditional genre stereotypes, and the second in the series matches the first in careful construction and execution.For Penny, it seems the conclusion is not the point of the narrative.Rather, it's the journey through life,and the language that carries the reader there. ... Read more

3. A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache Novel)
by Louise Penny
Hardcover: 322 Pages (2009-01-20)
list price: US$24.95 -- used & new: US$9.45
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Asin: B003P2VDRE
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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“What happened here last night isn’t allowed,” said Madame Dubois.
It was such an extraordinary thing to say it stopped the ravenous Inspector Beauvoir from taking another bite of his roast beef on baguette.
“You have a rule against murder?” he asked.
“I do.  When my husband and I bought the Bellechasse we made a pact....Everything that stepped foot on this land would be safe.”

It is the height of summer, and Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are celebrating their wedding anniversary at Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn not far from the village of Three Pines. But they’re not alone. The Finney family—rich, cultured, and respectable—has also arrived for a celebration of their own.
The beautiful Manoir Bellechasse might be surrounded by nature, but there is something unnatural looming. As the heat rises and the humidity closes in, some surprising guests turn up at the family reunion, and a terrible summer storm leaves behind a dead body. It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles. The chase takes him to Three Pines, into the dark corners of his own life, and finally to a harrowing climax.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Really fun read!
Just recently became a fan of Louise Penny's delightful mysteries.'A Rule Against Murder' had me in its' spell,didn't want to put it down. Armand Gamache is a fascinating main character along with his wife and two main assistants in the Surete.I woud love to meet each of them and go along on a case.Louise Penny makes her stories and characters come alive, so easy to visualize.

5-0 out of 5 stars Gamache's Paradise

Louise Penny does not need another glowing review for the Chief Inspector Gamache series; those who have made it this far into the series already know full well what to expect from Madame Author, and she still does not disappoint.Instead, I would like to share a personal response that has been building as I make my way through the series:

I loathe Beauvoir.

Gamache's second-in-command makes my skin crawl.Even when other unappealing officers are involved in the narrative*, Beauvoir seems like the real monster on the team.And yet, it is her ability to present such a detestable individual as one of the "good guys" that makes the series so compelling.

Penny's characters are people, with all the flaws ad undesirable characteristics that the term can imply.In Three Pines there is no true good and evil, because the town is made of life, and not fantasy.

* I would also like to say that I was very pleased with the resolution involving this particular team member in the last book.I won't say anything more, for fear of spoiling another reader's enjoyment.

4-0 out of 5 stars civilized AND engrossing
The characters are unusual, interesting and charming and very civilized, retaining an old-world courtesy, which is lovely to find today.The mystery is complex and engrossing and the setting beautifully described.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great
I have noticed in the later books that Ms. Penny has cleaned up the language somewhat. Her first couple in this series did use some offensive language. Occasionally popping up I don't mind too much but frequent use I can do without. As I said they have gotten much much better. I truly enjoy the story lines and I am patiently awaiting the next book.

4-0 out of 5 stars "Rule: never perform card tricks for people you play poker with." Proverb
Armand Gamache and his wife arrive at Manoir Bellechasse, for their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, expecting a quiet, romantic vacation.

They are the ideal guests, not complaining and happy with the room they are given. They are greeted by their old friend, innkeeper Clementine Dubois, at the reception desk.

Clementine tells them that the Finneys have taken the other five rooms for a reunion, all coming in their expensive cars and asking for free upgrades.

The highlight of the Finney's vacation is the unveiling of the statue of Mrs. Finney's former husband, Charles Morrow.

We learn some of the family antagonisms which come to a point when the statue of Morrow is overturned and beneath the statue is the body of one of the Finneys.

As the family is interviewed, we learn more of the petty jealousies and dislikes that members of the family had toward each other.

The author has a way of describing the action as if the reader was a guest at the inn, observing the character's actions and listening to their complaints.

A well done mystery with excellent characters and a well described setting. I kept trying to guess who the killer might be, only to be surprised. ... Read more

4. Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Way to Overcome Them
by Louise Hay
Paperback: 144 Pages (2001-01-01)
list price: US$11.95 -- used & new: US$6.81
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Asin: 1561707929
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A fresh and easy step-by-step guide, set up in an A-Z format. Just look up your specific health challenge and you will find the probable cause for this health issue, as well as the information you need to overcome it by creating a new thought pattern. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ready to heal?
This book is for those individuals who are ready to heal their lives. It will slap you in the face with the reality of how our thoughts effect our health. This book is a great reference for the healer/therapist as well as the person seeking alternative health cures.
Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Way to Overcome Them

5-0 out of 5 stars Great little book!
This book really makes you stop and think about the mind set your have regarding your aches and pains. Our thinking can affect our body pain. The mantra's are short and positive. Everyone will benefit from reading this book and practicing the positive message.

5-0 out of 5 stars heal your body book
I had this book years ago. Loaned it to a friend who was fighting health problems and told them to keep it. I was excited to finally replace it. the positive affirmations are wonderful to use. It is a great way to heal yourself.

5-0 out of 5 stars How to better understand the mind and body connection
This was the 2nd. time I purchased this book. And I am grateful to Amazon
for making it so easy and affordable to order.
The information contained in this book is priceless and Louise Hay is one of my most favorite authors. The information she shares with us is so enlightning, and
her style of writing is so easy to understand. In my opinion, the information she shares with us in her books is life-saving.
Thank-you, Louise, I look forward to meeting you in person one day soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars BRAVO to HAY!!!
This book does a great job with raising folks awareness; that thoughts do become things! (Mike Dooley, quote.)
Thanks to Louise and all involved with getting this book out there, much needed ideas for a sleeping planet. ... Read more

5. The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel (Armand Gamache)
by Louise Penny
Mass Market Paperback: 416 Pages (2008-12-30)
list price: US$7.99 -- used & new: US$4.14
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Asin: 0312944500
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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When a group of villagers decide to celebrate Easter with a séance at the Old Hadley House, they are hoping to rid the town of its evil—until one of their party dies of fright. Was this a natural death? Or was the victim somehow helped along?

Enter Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. He knows evil when he sees it. But this time, he’s investigating a case that will force him to face his very own ghosts...as well as those residing in this seemingly idyllic town. Are the residents of Three Pines hiding something great and sinister about their past? Or is April about to deliver on its fateful threat?

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4-0 out of 5 stars "...to live in a place where kindness trumps cleverness"

Canadian author Louise Penny has created a fascinating little world in her Inspector Gamache series. The town of Three Pines is off the beaten path and "only ever found by people lost.". And yet...through the author's artistic license, the town attracts murder. "The Cruelest Month" is the story of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache's third murder investigation in Three Pines.

This time it's a suspicious death at a seance, which turns out to be murder.What led the townspeople to hold a seance at the old Hadley house, which has been the source of so much darkness and death already? Who would murder Madeleine, a perennially sunny and magnetic newcomer to the town, seemingly loved by everyone? You'll have to follow Gamache and his team through the investigation to find out.

This series is highly character-driven. The townspeople have their own complications. The gay bistro proprietors Olivier and Gabri, Myrna at the bookstore, misanthropic poet Ruth Zardo, and husband-and-wife artists Peter and Clara: they all have their reasons for hiding away in Three Pines and all have "evolved" in the course of the series. The big surprises in this book, for me, are Peter's breathtaking jealousy of his wife's artistic talent, and Ruth Zardo's first sign of tenderness--toward two ducklings who follow her everywhere.

Chief Inspector Gamache's team members have their own complexities. Gamache is embroiled in a political situation at the Surete du Quebec, the provincialpolice force, which threatens to overturn his career. We know there is a spy planted on his team, but do we know who it is, and who is so determined to bring Gamache down that he put this "cuckoo in the nest?"This political plot threatens to overwhelm the book at times; we expect the lead policeman in a series to have some ghosts, but this side plot feels too all-consuming.

Like the rest of the series so far, The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel contains an abundance of art and culture, and an evolving story line and company of characters--probably a challenge for readers starting with this book. There is also--another recurring element in the series--a hint of weakness in the plotting of the mystery case; it requires far too much exposition at the end and even then it doesn't work as well as it might.

In spite of these problems,Louise Penny rewards her readers with thoughtful prose and glimpses of a way of life that we'd all like to sample from time to time--if we could just find this elusive place called Three Pines.

Linda Bulger, 2010

5-0 out of 5 stars Three Pines mysteries just keep getting better . . .
I'm so glad I took Amazon's recommendation on Louise Penny's series set in Quebec.I began with STILL LIFE and decided to read them all in order, just now finishing THE CRUELEST MONTH.
Must say I have enjoyed them not only for the insight into things Canadian, but for the well- developed characters, intriguing plots, and for the creation of Armand Gamache.Reading the novels has been like traveling to Three Pines, sitting down in Gabri and Olivier's B & B, and enjoying a frothy cafe au lait---a bit of cinnamon in mine, please.
You must know that, although I have enjoyed them all and am pacing myself reading another book or three between each one, THE CRUELEST MONTH is my favorite of all so far.---Give us a touch of the supernatural, insight into what's called the "near enemy" psychological theory, and an appalling political scandal within Canada's police force that just keeps on reverberating---and what do you have?---A poignant thriller that educates, surprises, and delights.
Penny's Gamache can't escape comparison with Poirot, of whom I am also very fond, but to me, the difference between the two is that Christie's catalog of Poirot's eccentricities seem to ridicule him rather than inducing respect.It's obvious that Penny respects Gamache and all his sterling qualities, but she also gently reveals to us his Achilles heel---he loves to forgive, as another character opines.
I don't want to give short shrift to the other Three Pines residents or to Gamache's homicide squad, but I think readers had best discover them on their own.It's enough to say that they are full of life and eccentricity and I feel like I know them well enough to invite over for dinner---If Myrna will bring flowers, Gabri will bring baguettes and pate, Peter and Clara will bring a casserole, and Ruth won't drink all my scotch.

3-0 out of 5 stars Going downhill?
First, let me say I really loved Still Life. And while No. 2, A Fatal Grace, left me puzzled over being not up to the standards of the first book, I still went right on and bought the rest of the Three Pines/Inspector Gamache books for my Kindle.

As of now I'm approximately finished with Book 3, The Cruelest Month. While I find I still enjoy the wide range of characters, well described and delineated, I'm growing downright agitated over a quirk of the author appearing over and over: the almost OCD preoccupation with describing minutiae such as food, decor -- whatever -- at the most peculiar moments. It is becoming very distracting. Here's a sample, Gamache questioning a witness at a seance where a woman died:

"What happened then?" Gamache asked, taking an open-faced melted goat cheese and arugula sandwich on a warm baguette.

"Monsieur Beliveau carried her downstairs while Gilles ran for his car," said Myrna, helping herself to a grilled chicken and mango sandwich on a croissant."


3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings
I just this morning finished "The Cruelest Month," the first mystery I've read by Louise Penny.I probably would have been happier if I had read the first two books in the series first, because I definitely had trouble "getting into" the book.(This was a library book discussion group assignment, which I probably would not have chosen for myself.)I had trouble familiarizing myself with the characters -- there are a good many of them, most with French names.After I had reached the middle of the book, it went faster, and I did enjoy the murder plot.
However, the conspiracy against the main character, Gamache, kept getting in the way.I know nothing about Canadian politics or police procedure, but some of the tactics seemed unbelievable to me -- notably that the primary media would publish such vitriolic rumors and pictures without proof of their accusations.And that the members of the police force would remain loyal to an officer who had been tried and convicted and sent to prison for heinous crimes.
Also, the village and its inhabitants seemed a little too good to be true!Good character definition though!
Overall, I enjoyed it enough that I most likely will go back and read the first two books, for closure if nothing else.

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love the Armand Gamache-Three Pines Mystery. I have yet to figure it out in the end. In this particular book I think he got the wrong man we shall see in the next book. ... Read more

6. The Brutal Telling: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
by Louise Penny
Paperback: 400 Pages (2010-08-31)
list price: US$13.99 -- used & new: US$8.52
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Asin: 0312661681
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Chaos is coming, old son. 

With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. Everybody goes to Olivier’s Bistro—including a stranger whose murdered body is found on the floor. When Chief Inspector Gamache is called to investigate, he is dismayed to discover that Olivier’s story is full of holes. Why are his fingerprints all over the cabin that’s uncovered deep in the wilderness, with priceless antiques and the dead man’s blood? And what other secrets and layers of lies are buried in the seemingly idyllic village?

Gamache follows a trail of clues and treasures—from first editions of Charlotte’s Web and Jane Eyre to a spiderweb with a word mysteriously woven in it—into the woods and across the continent, before returning to Three Pines to confront the truth and the final, brutal telling.

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5-0 out of 5 stars 1st part of a 2-parter
THE BRUTAL TELLING once again takes us to the charmingly murderous town of Three Pines and introduces several colorful new characters as well as revealing some very surprising secrets of old friends.
I happened to purchase THE BRUTAL TELLING along with BURY YOUR DEAD.Although both novels can stand alone, it's obvious Penny means them to be companion pieces and back-to-back reading will enhance the very satisfying themes of need/greed, loss and letting go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Multi-layered story with 'unresolved' ending
I have read and enjoyed all the prior 'Three Pines' mysteries by Louise Penny, but this one warranted re-reading (before I read her new one - 'Bury Your Dead'), as I have found that the inhabitants of Three Pines are becoming richer in character with each book, but not necessarily more likeable. As with people the world over, even the best people have sides to themselves which are darker, a little mean, a little small-minded at times. When the body of a unknown murdered hermit is found in a public (and well-know to Three Pines readers), Chief Inspector Gamache is called in to get to the bottom of the story. I won't give anything away, but I found the ending of the book to be 'unresolved', on purpose. Not all mysteries/crimes have a definite ending and one knows this story would not be resolved as one neared the end. Well-written and a good 're-read' before her new book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Top notch
Penny has become one of my favorite writers, which is interesting because the other is James Lee Burke. They are very different writers--Penny, while she does through in an occasional curse word, does not have near the coarseness in her language as Burke. And while both do an excellent job of drawing characters, Penny's are ones you want to spend time with, Burke's not so much. Both also do a fantastic job of delineating the world their characters live in, but Iberia Parish is a place that does not beckon, while Three Pines seems like a great place to stay a while. Both writers captivate and spin a good mystery, and use many of the same pictures, but their pictures are decidely different. Either one are winners for me, but Penny is definitely the pick for those who like only the minimum of violence. Penny is in a very small class.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quality fiction- mystery with depth.
This book was beautifully written. Louise Penney is a gifted writer who knows how to draw you into a totally different world. Her setting is a rural village outside Quebec. I find the dual culture of French Canadian/Anglo Canadian wonderfully portrayed.

She took some risks by continuing to write about familiar and beloved characters while exposing their most dark, secret places. Daring to delve into character, contrasting the outward appearance with the inner, allowing ambiguity this is quite a feat. I do not want to spoil the ending, but this truly is a good read.

2-0 out of 5 stars No point for anyone not already familiar with the series
2.5 stars, really. Over the Labor Day holiday, the body of a man is found in Gabri and Olivier's Bistro. No one knows (or will admit to knowing) who he is, so Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team of homicide investigators once again descend on Three Pines to seek out a murderer.

As always, Penny's prose is lovely (and Ralph Cosham's narration is such a pleasure). But I've finally decided the plots have to be seen as symbolic, much like Ruth's poems or Clara's paintings, because they bear less and less resemblance to things people would actually do. This book was all over the place to very little end. I also found it interesting that Penny managed to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with complaints about the confusion of the transition.

This is not the place to start with Penny's Armand Gamache series, she relies a little too much on the reader having previous knowledge of the characters and the village. I don't think there's much tension in the narrative for anyone who isn't already familiar with Gabri and Olivier. Series fans should probably read it because there are some elements set for future books. ... Read more

7. You Can Heal Your Life
by Louise Hay
Paperback: 251 Pages (1984-01-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.38
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Asin: 0937611018
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Louise explains how limiting beliefs and ideas are often the cause ofillness, and how you can change your thinking...and improve the quality of your life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great tool
Great tool for healing your life--if you are ready to change your beliefs!
You Can Heal Your Life

1-0 out of 5 stars Louise Hay - not the solution
My original review, which was written in 2009 - was mysteriously deleted along with many other negative reviews.I think the fact that Louise would have her thought police remove critical reviews is telling in itself. She claims she healed herself of cancer, but has never offered any proof of her claims.She maintains that her doctor's records are no longer in existence - yet at the time her book was first published, there would certainly have been records on file, if in fact she was ever diagnosed as having had cancer.It is certainly conceivable that she could have healed from cancer - people do it all the time - but she has never shown any documentation which verifies her claims.
Her basic premise - which is that all you have to do is think positive thoughts and the world is your oyster - is flawed.It is our unconscious thoughts which run the show - and most people, by definition, are not aware of their unconscious thoughts.
Some of her assertions are not only erroneous, but actually harmful - such as feeling guilt is toxic.If you do something wrong you are supposed to feel guilty!The only people who feel no guilt are sociopaths.Another one of her maxims - stare in the mirror and tell yourself how much you love yourself.All your problems are caused by low self esteem.Most legitimate therapists know this is a bogus assertion.One of the defining characteristics of criminals is narcissism - they have plenty of self esteem, and in fact think they're just fine!Genuine self worth is a by product of doing good in the world, not just staring in a mirror and talking to yourself.
There are many people looking for answers to their maladies - and Louise Hay's quick fix is not the answer.
Louise is a high school drop out, with no education or legitimate credentials who happened to luck out when she capitalized on the AIDS crisis.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic reference on body vs. mind
Louise Hay is the "go-to" expert when it comes to the mind-body connection. This book is a classic reference for exploring how our bodies relate to our thinking. A permanent fixture in my library.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice material quality from Amazon.com
It is a great book, and we should keep it to read it as many times as needed.

3-0 out of 5 stars mixed reviews
i like parts of it and i don't like parts of it. louise hay is into energy and how energy works in the universe and for the most part i can deal with that. what i can't deal with is how she blames people for their illnesses and says if they change their thoughts they will be cured. she even states the reason for cancer and for lupus is on the patient's thinking. i hope she never gets cancer! maybe she's right but i seriously doubt that. while i do believe in a mind body connection righting your thoughts cannot cure the world of it's ails. ... Read more

8. You Can Heal Your Life (Gift Edition)
by Louise Hay
Perfect Paperback: 267 Pages (1999-09)
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This gift edition is a beautiful book complete with four-colorillustrations throughout. "An excellent book for restructuring one's life and finding self-esteem and self-love."Amazon.com Review
If you haven't seen Hay House's Lifestyles series of gorgeous gift books, there is no better way to acquaint yourself than with publisher/author Louise Hay's You Can Heal Your Life. A bestseller for many years, You Can Heal Your Life has been republished with bright, beautiful illustrations in full, living color and exquisite typography--each and every page is a work of art by artist Joan Perrin Falquet. The timeless message of the book is that we are each responsible for our own reality and "dis-ease." Hay believes we make ourselves ill by having thoughts of self-hatred. She includes a directory of ailments and emotional causes for each with a corresponding affirmation to help overcome the illness. For example, the probable cause of multiple sclerosis is "mental hardness, hard-heartedness, iron will, and inflexibility." The healing "thought pattern" would be: "By choosing loving, joyous thoughts, I created a loving joyous world. I am safe and free." --P. Randall Cohan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for anyone going through something...
Healing your life begins with healing your spirit.Louise Hay show in this book the secret to successful living by holding yourself accountable for your own life. Her true to life teachings and powerful affirmations help you to focus on true healing through thought and spirit.If you are going through something no matter how strong, powerful or detrimental, You can Heal Your Life can be a step to helping your pull yourself up out of the muck and mire of negative thinking that has brought you to your current situation.You journey to an outstanding life beings with an outstanding you.You can Heal Your Life can help you find the great and wonderful person that exists within you even in the worst of times. If you heart is heavy:if you are sad or depressed; if you are feeling lonely or confused; PLEASE get this book.It can literally heal your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars best book ever
I love this book. I've given several of these as gifts throughout the years. Louise Hay is the Goddess of self help. I highly recommend this to anyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for everyone to read before they die.
One of my favorite all-time books. Recommended it to my best friend, my sisters, my mother...

Once I read through I had to share it-- whether they wanted to read it or not. This book isn't overwhelming for the non-reader. I know it changed my life. But it doesn't end there. Over time I've read other Louise Hay books, collected them; collected helpful recordings. And from time to time, if there's something I need to hear, I put it on and I always learn something new. I pick up something new from the message that I didn't quite engage from last time.

Like with any author's writing style, I switch it up (as we're always changing beings), and I pick up other books with a similar and related message to have as a reminder. Hay House also publishes Lauren Mackler's book, Solemate. I highly recommend that read too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Now there is hope
A friend of my from Australia recommended this book to me. She said it would be like a tale and it was: an easy to read, no sophisticated words, and making you curious about what the next sentence says.
The life of the author and her experience are so impressive. It makes you feel like all the bad things are in the past and it is time for something new and better. If Louise Hay had the strength to go ahead and confront everything in her life, anybody can do the same and be successful. The most important: she gives you hope!

Thank you.

PS: The book was new and in time.

5-0 out of 5 stars this book helped in many ways
one of my best friends gave me her copy years ago. I have read it off and on over the last 6 years. I got it out last december when my husband was given 6 months to live. we read from it each day, it brought him commfort and peace. Someone visiting thought they needed it more than he did. its a wonderful book for anyone at any age. ... Read more

9. Power Thought Cards (Beautiful Card Deck)
by Louise Hay
Cards: 64 Pages (1999-01-01)
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Asin: 1561706124
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A deck of 64 Affirmation cards to help you find your inner strength ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful cards
If you love Louise hay you need to buy this cards, they are beautiful and mind as well be great for a gift to a special friend

5-0 out of 5 stars Power Thoughts
Searched for this product because the spa at Pala Casino in CA always left one card in my locker.Was so fascinated, I searched for them.Now, they're great to give to friends on particular days in their lives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great encouragements!
I keep my cards at my work station at the office so I can see it frequently throughout the day. They keep me focused and remind me of what's really important.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fun and inspiring
These cards are great. I use them every morning before I do anything else. They offer a positive outlook to begin my day. I have bought several decks to give to friends as gifts, they all loved them too! The cards are brightly colored and beautiful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I have been a big fan of Louise Hay since the 80's and am already familiar with the power of affirmations.I started using these cards...picking just the ones I wanted to work with and leaving them around my home and office to look at.They are great little reminders of what I'm intending.And, interesting enough, things started to change in my life, even though I wasn't consciously saying the affirmations all the time.Very cool.I didn't expect that.The artwork on these are beautiful and inspiring and fun...surely that has some power in them too. These cards are a wonderful addition and support for the work that you're already doing toward changes you want to make in your life. ... Read more

10. Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workbook (Insight Guide)
by Louise Hay
Paperback: 169 Pages (1990-05-01)
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Asin: 0937611697
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This companion workbook to You Can Heal Your Life includes valuablewriting exercises that teach you how to connect with your higher self. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love yourself heal your life workbook
It's amazing how you can find the areas of improvement just by answering questions that you would not ask otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Probing Insight into your Spiritual Self from Louise Hay
This is another wonderfully self-probing yet uplifting book from Louise Hay!I've just started working with the workbook, and I find it fascinating. It challenges my thoughtfullness, reflection and insight.I've discovered so much about my spiritual self from Ms. Hay.I highly recommend it and all of her books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was very happy with my purchase. It was exactly as described and I received it promptly.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book, lots of help and goes great with the actual book...Love yourself, heal your life.
Excellent resource to go with the book...Love yourself, heal your life. I highly recommend this workbook to help really understand what she is trying to teach you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Workbook
This a a very good workbook for combating low self-esteem issues and negative self-talk. While having the book is useful, it is not a requirement to get a lot out of this workbook. ... Read more

11. Love Yourself, Heal Your Life Workbook (Insight Guide)
by Louise Hay
Paperback: 169 Pages (1990-05-01)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$8.00
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This companion workbook to You Can Heal Your Life includes valuablewriting exercises that teach you how to connect with your higher self. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Love yourself heal your life workbook
It's amazing how you can find the areas of improvement just by answering questions that you would not ask otherwise.

5-0 out of 5 stars More Probing Insight into your Spiritual Self from Louise Hay
This is another wonderfully self-probing yet uplifting book from Louise Hay!I've just started working with the workbook, and I find it fascinating. It challenges my thoughtfullness, reflection and insight.I've discovered so much about my spiritual self from Ms. Hay.I highly recommend it and all of her books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was very happy with my purchase. It was exactly as described and I received it promptly.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great book, lots of help and goes great with the actual book...Love yourself, heal your life.
Excellent resource to go with the book...Love yourself, heal your life. I highly recommend this workbook to help really understand what she is trying to teach you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Workbook
This a a very good workbook for combating low self-esteem issues and negative self-talk. While having the book is useful, it is not a requirement to get a lot out of this workbook. ... Read more

12. I Can Do It
by Louise Hay
Hardcover: 79 Pages (2004-01-01)
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Asin: 1401902197
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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In this concise yet information-packed book—which you can listen to on the enclosed CD or read at your leisure—bestselling author Louise L. Hay shows you that you "can do it"—that is, change and improve virtually every aspect of your life—by understanding and using affirmations correctly.

Louise explains that every thought you think and every word you speak is an affirmation. Even your self-talk, your internal dialogue, is a stream of affirmations. You’re affirming and creating your life experiences with every word and thought. Your beliefs are merely habitual thinking patterns that you learned as a child, and many of them work very well for you. But other beliefs may be limiting your ability to create the very things you say you want. You need to pay attention to your thoughts so that you can begin to eliminate the ones creating experiences that you don’t want.

As Louise discusses topics such as health, forgiveness, prosperity, creativity, relationships, job success, and self-esteem, you’ll see that affirmations are solutions that will replace whatever problem you might have in a particular area.

By the end of this book, you’ll be able to say "I can do it" with confidence, knowing that you’re on your way to the wonderful, joy-filled life you deserve. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good motivator!
I listen to the CD 2-3 times per week on my way to work and I love it!It really opens your eyes to a new perspective on life and the way you think.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is my kaleidoscope of Life
This book is like my little bible for me: it is my kaleidoscope of Life. Louise Hay deals with 8 essential topics: Health, Forgiveness, Creativity, Prosperity, Job Success, Romantic Relationships, Stress-Free Life, Self-Esteem. At the beginning of each chapter, she gives explanations about each subject and ends the chapter with 20 affirmations. At each affirmation, I give to myself a mark over 10 (1 is minimum, 10 is maximum), so this scale shows me how far I am on the spiritual growth path. When I make a progress from 8 over 10 to 10 over 10, for example, which takes me some weeks or months (it depends on the difficulty of the subject and the speed of my evolution), then I am very glad. When I am able to give to myself 10 over 10 at each and every subject, then I would be able to say that all of my needs are fulfilled.

5-0 out of 5 stars Inspired & motivating
As usual Louise Hay uplift you. Recommend it & also buy her book You Can Heal Your Life, it's a classic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for
Excellent!My world is improving by using these tools to improve the way I process my thoughts.

Thank you Louise, you are a gift.

1-0 out of 5 stars Way too much time spent on the negative???
I have really appreciated all that Louise Hay's has done throughout the years, but the CD that comes with the book spends way too much time on the negative. I thought it was suppose to be inspiring affirmations. Instead, each track starts out for the first couple of minutes on how bad we are, I can't even listen to the CD. I can see mentioning on the first track that we need to be aware of how many negative thoughts are ruling us then go onto how we can improve those negative thoughts. You are supposed to focus on what you do want so I guess I will have to make my own CD. I still appreciate all Louise Hays has done, this review is just to express my confusion on what I thought I was purchasing, "positive affirmations"? ... Read more

13. Colors & Numbers: Your Personal Guide to Positive Vibrations in Daily Life
by Louise Hay
Paperback: 112 Pages (2010-08-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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“Colors and numbers have a lot of significance for us. We each have our own personal number vibrations and personal color vibrations. Some of these numbers, such as our date of birth, are permanent. We also have temporary personal colors that change with the calendar. By consciously surrounding ourselves with our personal colors, we become more in tune with the cosmic forces.
“Colors and numbers are useful to our lives and attitudes. They may form a basis for our affirmations and declarations about ourselves, which is exactly the purpose of this book.
“May every Colors & Numbers day be a joyous one for you!”
Louise L. Hay
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5-0 out of 5 stars Fun & useful!
I have really enjoyed this book.It's not so much a book as fun little guide as the title implies.It's a quick easy read.Even my eight year old daughter loves to ask what her color is each morning and pick an outfit to match.I like how it sets a beginning, middle and end cycle to the days in 10 day increments.I haven't done or not done something in my life because it's a certain number day, but I have used it to be mindful of where I am at on each day and the daily affirmations are beautiful and inspiring.Thank you Louise L. Hay.

4-0 out of 5 stars colors and numbers
I received the book very quickly. I was very pleased with its condition and the speed of delivery.

5-0 out of 5 stars Colors & Numbers
I found the book to be very interesting/informative.And I have found that through using the number/color combination that my days are more harmonious.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it
I Usually like Louise Hay's books, but I'm very disappointed with this one, doesn't contain some much information, it's tiny and poor, you can find more and free information on the web.Colors & Numbers: Your Personal Guide to Positive Vibrations in Daily Life

1-0 out of 5 stars Big Let Down In One Little Book
I can't believe this came from Louise Hay. Colors? Well more like kindergarten numerology that you can find better versions of anywhere online for free. She mentions colors that relate to the numerology, in a word or two - literally. That's it for the colors. Name a color as it relates to a sort of numerology. NAME a color that relates to numerology, not describe color meaning, mind you. Just say its name.

The middle section of this tiny book are blank monthly calenders for you to fill in. Can we just call them what they are, "fillers"? These are not needed but the book had to be more than 50 pages in length. Now it's 60 plus advertising. I have no problem with small books at all. I have written them. Who cares about size as long as the material is useful? That's the trouble here.

I really like Louise Hay and her work usually. If you can't get on the internet and look up basic numerology, and I do mean basic with a capital B, then you might like this if everything along these lines is utterly new to you. If you know nothing at all, you might like this.

Otherwise, I always say I can find one good idea in a book and that makes books worthwhile. I am still looking to find anything at all in this one.

Save your money and get other works by Louise instead. I can't feel any life in this one in the least, I am very sad to say.

I hope Louise can explain sometime what she saw in this that I and others are missing. I almost never write a bad review because I figure it is a personal thing. In this case, I simply had to do so...to warn others who are informed in such matters in any manner at all, even in the most basic of ways, that this is nothing new or likely useful. You get a few affirmations...Maybe that will be worth it to you?

Buy something else to support Louise instead, is what I suggest.
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14. Experience Your Good Now!: Learning to Use Affirmations
by Louise Hay
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2010-05-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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In this delightful book, Louise L. Hay discusses the power and importance of affirmations and shows you how to apply them right now!

Louise explains that when you state an affirmation, you’re really saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.”

Within these pages, Louise discusses specific topics and concerns (health, fearful emotions, addictions, prosperity issues, love and intimacy, and more) and presents exercises that show you how to make beneficial changes to virtually every area of your life.

      On the enclosed CD, Louise offers you helpful information about affirmations that you can also use to your benefit. She recommends that you listen to the CD at any time of the day or night—whenever you’d like positive thoughts and ideas to permeate your consciousness and fill you with hope and joy.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Louise Hay!!!!
I am so happy my mom bought this book (WITH CD! :) . If I could personally thank the author, I definitely would.I love the book, it is filled with positivity, and the theory is that if you think negative, of course you are going to feel negative, and bring more negativity to you... so its a vicious circle....so THINK POSITIVE!Learning to change my thinking has really helped improve my life.While this book is valuable to me, I find the included CD to be absolutely wonderful.Louise Hay is the one talking, and she has such an incredibly calm voice, that whenever I am feeling stressed out, I pop in my headphones and listen to the CD of Affirmations.I always feel better after listening to the CD. Sometimes you just need to be reminded that your life is wonderful, as long as you recognize the wonderful things in it (think positive!)! So, thank you Louise Hayes!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Saddened
Well I'm ready to be hit with comments about how negative my review is...and how we shouldn't (oops, I mean couldn't because shouldn't can't be used with Louise, though if I say couldn't then it wouldn't mean the same thing...how about "ought not") add negative thoughts to the world around us.
I have read Louise's books, listened to her cds and watched her movie (recent) for 20 years now.She has taught me so much about our thoughts and how we think them and what they can bring about.
So this book was a bit of a...can I say sham?I mean really.It's a total repeat of everything she's already said and done; and yes, that may be the case with many self-help teachers, but at what point do you kinda start to think that she might be just milkn' you for every penny she can get?Wow.That was negative, but hey, it's a valid feeling and thought and you know many people have wanted to write that but are afraid of the the great-lord-of-naughty-negative-thinking coming down on them.
Next I have to say (and this might sound silly) that on the cd she goes OFF about how one cannot win the lottery and even if one does...well then one will loose it anyway because people who win the lottery don't know how to manage money that well.WHAT????So ok.I'm not so caught up in winning the lottery that it made me cry to hear that, but it did make me wonder why she gets to set the rules of who deserves to win and who deserves to think they can win.Basically she's saying that throughout the years, people have come to her and asked her why they aren't winning the lottery - after all, they are doing affirmations for it.She's sick of hearing it (and possibly upset that she has not won a lottery herself?) so the best way to deal with it (so that people don't question the validity of affirmations) is to say that you can't win it and if you did, it wouldn't be good for you anyway.
That's not good.And yes, that's an actual negative affirmation.But really people!Why do we give other people the power to decide what's right or wrong for us??
I love Louise for what she's done for me in my life.But I resent hypocrisy and I resent it when people make money off of repackaging the same old thing over and over.
From each teacher, you take what you can learn and move on.Stop thinking that anyone on this planet has all the answers and that we have to live by them to a fault.

3-0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me?? Same CD as "I Can Do It"
I love Louise Hay and her work. And "I Can Do It" is a great book and the CD is wonderful. But I was very disappointed that the CD included with this book is recycled from "I Can Do It." While there is some helpful, new material in the book, kind of a condensed form of some of the material from "You Can Heal Your Life," it's really too bad that none of the new material was even considered for the CD.

3-0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed
I'm a big fan of Louise, and have gotten a lot out of her books, including this one. However, I was disappointed that this book contained so little new material, and the CD is identical to the one that accompanied I Can Do It --not similar, but identical, only with a different label. And unmarked tracks, so you can't repeat a chapter or skip around among sections. It's all on one track. That's odd, because the I Can Do It version has tracks. And none of the new material from the book is on the CD.

I bought the book in advance after receiving an email from Hay House (the publisher) encouraging fans to buy the book right away so that it could get high sales, which would boost its Amazon ranking among best sellers. So, I ordered the book without benefit of any reviews. I thought it might be helpful to folks who are not familiar with Louise's writings, that boosting the sales might help them find this wonderful resource.

But I do feel a bit deceived, in that so much of the material is just a repeat.

Nonetheless, if you are new to Louise Hay's books and philosophy, I would highly recommend either this book or I Can Do It. This book does have a little bit of additional material. However, if you are primarily interested in listening, I'd get I Can Do It for a more satisfying listening experience.

3-0 out of 5 stars Kindle version, no cd included
The Kindle version of this book DOES NOT INCLUDE the cd which everyone is enjoying.I purchased the book via my Kindle last night without realizing that there even was a cd.

Kudos to Amazon Kindle Customer Service, however, because I am already in the process of receiving a refund.
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15. Self-Esteem Affirmations
by Louise Hay
Audio CD: 1 Pages (2006-08-01)
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Asin: 1561705322
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This compact disc contains a series of positive affirmations created and narrated by Louise Hay, renowned metaphysical teacher and lecturer and bestselling author of 19 books, including "You Can Heal Your Life" and "Empowering Women". ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great audio book
I really did enjoy this audio book. I'm a fan a Ms. Hay; and have read most of her books and follow her teachings (which they work). I never thought I needed help on self esteem, but....I now know I do and did.

4-0 out of 5 stars Affirmations
I can't be more satisfied with this transaction.The content of the CD is exactly what was advertised.

3-0 out of 5 stars Somethings wrong
The CD is labeled wrong, even on the play list.I don't feel any better after listening to this, I feel worse.Not for everybody...

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good tape
I feel happy each time I am listening to this tape. It is part of my morning routine and I feel that my days are much better since I am listening to this CD. Louise is in the same time soft and determinate, the best combination to train your mind.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely Works!
I popped this into my car and have been using it for about three weeks.I have noticed an improvement in all my interactions, so it has been well worth the purchase.Yeah, some of the music isn't the greatest...but I use the portion of the CD where Louise's voice is audible...it leaves enough silence between the affirmations for me to say it out loud myself...very beneficial. ... Read more

16. I Think, I Am!: Teaching Kids the Power of Affirmations
by Louise Hay, Kristina Tracy
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2008-10-15)
list price: US$14.95 -- used & new: US$7.47
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Asin: 1401922082
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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“Your thoughts create your life!” This is the message that Louise Hay has been teaching people throughout the world for more than 27 years. Now, children can learn and understand the powerful idea that they have control over their thoughts and words, and in turn, what happens in their life.

      Within the pages of I Think, I Am! kids will find out the difference between negative thoughts and positive affirmations. Fun illustrations and simple text demonstrate how to make the change from negative thoughts and words to those that are positive. The happiness and confidence that come from this ability is something children will carry with them their entire lives!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is a very nice addition to my children therapy books library in my private practice.Have read it to my own 6 year old who also enjoyed it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very readable
This book is an excellent way to assist children to improve their own thinking and is very well illustrated.

4-0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it a lot-requires me to make it work well
I love the book as does my 6 year old son but it does sort of require me to reinforce the doing of affirmations which sounds like a great idea but does not always happen. Definitely worth it and hopefully we'll spend more time telling ourselves how great we are in front of the mirror!

5-0 out of 5 stars Positive messages about how to change your thinking
As a big fan of Louise Hay I was thrilled that she wrote a book for children.While it's not the most exciting children's book, my son has grown to like the way when things are bad in the story they change their outlook.The concept is not entirely lost on him and I'm hoping that these are lessons that he can take out into the world as he grows.

It is about self-impowerment and making a bad situation into a more positive experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a wonderful book to build character.Louise Hay is a excellent writer and I love all of her books.You can heal your life is one book I cherish, and when I saw she wrote a children's version, I bought it.I will enjoy reading this book to my grandchildren and inspire these powerful affirmations. ... Read more

17. A Village Life: Poems
by Louise Glück
Paperback: 80 Pages (2010-09-14)
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Asin: 0374532435
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A Village Life, Louise Glück’s eleventh collection of poems, begins in the topography of a village, a Mediterranean world of no definite moment or place:


All the roads in the village unite at the fountain.

Avenue of Liberty, Avenue of the Acacia Trees—

The fountain rises at the center of the plaza;

on sunny days, rainbows in the piss of the cherub.

—from “tributaries”


Around the fountain are concentric circles of figures, organized by age and in degrees of distance: fields, a river, and, like the fountain’s opposite, a mountain. Human time superimposed on geologic time, all taken in at a glance, without any undue sensation of speed.

Glück has been known as a lyrical and dramatic poet; since Ararat, she has shaped her austere intensities into book-length sequences. Here, for the first time, she speaks as “the type of describing, supervising intelligence found in novels rather than poetry,” as Langdon Hammer has written of her long lines—expansive, fluent, and full—manifesting a calm omniscience. While Glück’s manner is novelistic, she focuses not on action but on pauses and intervals, moments of suspension (rather than suspense), in a dreamlike present tense in which poetic speculation and reflection are possible.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Village Life: Poems
A truly evocative, yet restrained series of images in the life of a village, one that the poet clearly cares for, even is within. The strongest
poem for me was/is "A Corridor", which speaks to the humanity and tragedy of alcoholism: the daily hope, and daily despair, deeply embedded in a family, and a village.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gluck continues her leading role in American poetry with this volume

Louise Gluck's A Village Life will continue Gluck's leading role in American poetry, although it presents a more narrative style than her earlier work. We are presented with a unnamed, vaguely Mediterranean setting in an unclear time. In other words, the focus here is on the people.

The theme is familiar, but Gluck's presentation is unique. Here people, you and old, are faced with the reality that life moves forward whether they are ready or not. Indeed, our own choices may move the direction slightly, but finding our ultimate destination is clearly something we do not control. While we expect this in the older people facing death, Gluck knows that such experiences are not lost on the youth.

In "Noon" we find the tale of a "boy and girl" heading out into the meadow where they talk and picnic.

The rest--how two people can lie down on the blanket--
they know about it but they're not ready for it.
They know people who've done it, as a kind of game or trial--
then they say, no, wrong time, I think I'll just keep being a child.

But your body doesn't listen. It knows everything know,
it says you're not a child, you haven't been a child for a long time.

As the poems move on we see that many of these youth listen to their bodies and find their life now laid out for them. Some go away and come back, but they only suffer more.

To my mind, you're better off if you stay;
that way, dreams don't damage you.

This theme of longing for what we cannot have continues with age.

My body, now that we will not be traveling together much longer
I begin to feel a new tenderness toward you, very raw and unfamiliar,
like what I remember of love when I was young--

While all this starts to sound like another aging poet becoming depressed over life, Gluck is not complaining. Instead, even as seen in the stanzas above she finds those moments in life to enjoy and sees change, no matter how much we resist it, as a normal part of life. These changes in our lives are inevitable, but not to be mourned. But she is intentional about recognizing where we are and living in the moment we have.

In "Walking at Night" we see an older woman who takes advantage of the fact that men no longer desire her to take her walks at night where "her eyes that used never to leave the ground/are free now to go where they like." She is rejuvenated by her age and situation and seeks nor needs any pity.

This joy is seen best in "Abundance," a glorious ode to spring which celebrates its newness while recognizing its transience. A boy touches a girl "so he walks home a man, with a man's hungers." The fruit ripens, "baskets and baskets from a single tree/so some rots every year/ and for a few weeks there's too much." The mice scamper through the harvest, the moon is full, "Nobody dies, nobody goes hungry" and the only sound is "the roar of the wheat." Gluck calls on us to revel in these moments without fearing what has preceded and what is to come.

Much of Gluck's intent is seen in three poems all entitled "Burning Leaves." As the leaves burn we are left with little, but the burning is important in creating room for the new. We are offered no promise of anything more.

How fast it all goes, how fast the smoke clears.
And where the pile of leaves was,
an emptiness that suddenly seems vast.

But while the fire is burning, it has life.

And then, for an hour or so, it's really animated
blazing away like something alive.
death making room for life

Gluck has created a volume that will benefit from repeated readings, and her easy, unhurried rhythm makes the return that much easier. She has the gift of all great poets in seeing the commonplace, and finding in it a celebration of life as it is. ... Read more

18. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
by Kate Dicamillo
Hardcover: 56 Pages (2008-10-01)
list price: US$17.99 -- used & new: US$4.56
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Asin: 0060755547
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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She longed for adventure.

So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world.

The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar.

Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . .

She was brave.

She was fearless.

She was feathered.

She was a chicken.

A not-so-chicken chicken.

Her name?

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She longed for adventure.

So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world.

The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar.

Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . .

She was brave.

She was fearless.

She was feathered.

She was a chicken.

A not-so-chicken chicken.

Her name?

A Look Inside Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken(Click onImages to Enlarge)

Louise Meets Some PiratesLouise Meets a Fortune Teller

Questions for Kate DiCamillo

Amazon.com:Tell us about Louise--how is she so brave? What do you do when you’re feeling a little bit chicken?

Kate Dicamillo: When I think of Louise, the words that come to mind are insouciant and unflappable.I suppose that when all is said and done, she is brave.But she's also kind of, um, *clueless.*As for me, when I am feeling afraid, I squawk and flap my wings and run around in circles and then I go ahead and try to do the thing that I'm pretty sure I can't do.

Amazon.com:I know pirates don't keep very good records, but have you found any historical evidence of chickens adventuring with pirates?

Dicamillo: Yes, it's true, pirates don't keep great records.But there are several diaries of chickens that have survived through the ages and they paint a quite colorful (and detailed (and sometimes horrifiying)) picture of the many adventures that chickens have had with pirates.I refererred to these diaries when I was doing my research.They were written in chicken scratch; it was slow going.

Amazon.com:If Louise, Despereaux, and Mercy Watson went on an adventure together, what do you think would happen?

Dicamillo: Wow, there's a picture . . . let's see.I can envision Louise standing on Mercy's back and Despereaux perched on Louise's head.*Anything* could happen, I suppose.And would. But I'm sure that whatever happened, it would involve toast, hot air balloons, cluelessness and Despereaux ultimately saving the day.

Amazon.com:This is your first collaboration with Harry Bliss. Did you have his style in mind when you wrote the story, or did you join up with him afterward?

Dicamillo: When I wrote Louise, I didn't have a particular illustrator in mind.But the chicken (the whole world!) that Harry has brought to life in this book has delighted and humbled me.He's a genius.

Amazon.com:You've written award-winning books for kids of every age. Do you tell a different kind of story for each age, or do you think all kids find the same elements appealing?

Dicamillo: I don't think about what age the story is for or who or why.I just try to tell a story that makes me happy, one that makes me laugh, or cry; I try to tell a story that makes me glad to be here.

Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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2-0 out of 5 stars Could have been great...
I was excited to pick up this book, but ultimately disappointed once I read it.Louise longs for adventure, but lacks character or charisma.She simply picks up and goes, and the story lacks in flow and cohesion, and is very choppy in writing.

Sadly, Louise's feelings of adventure might actually be described as adrenaline, since she only finds "adventure" when in dangerous situations.In Chapter 2, Louise is tight-rope walking and gets bored, so when the lion gets lose she feels, "Here at last, was true adventure!"Furthermore, in Chapter 3, a dark stranger grabs her by the feet and carries her away (kidnapping her), and she says "Here, at last, was true adventure!"I think this sends a very unnerving message to our children...while we dream of our warm and cozy beds, being dragged off into the night is adventurous!Not my idea of fun or fantasy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not up to the DiCamillo standard.
Kate DiCamillo, Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken (Joanna Cotler Books, 2008)

One of the things about Because of Winn-Dixie that made the book so great, in my eyes, was how well DiCamillo draws characters. I was hoping that gift would bleed over into her writing for the tot set, but such was not to be in Louise. It's amusing enough, to be sure, but shallow. Louise is a chicken who dreams of adventure, and regularly takes off from the farm to get herself involved in various peccadilloes. Comes off more as a shaggy dog joke than anything else, and that's acceptable in a forty-eight page book, but Louise learning from the situations she got herself into and adapting her behavior over the course of the book (which would have turned this from a sitcom into a quest narrative) would have made for another classic DiCamillo release. ***

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is one of our favorite books! My daughters are 4 and 5 and this is part of their regular rotation. It is a little long, but well-paced and entertaining. At first my extremely sensitive kids (they are afraid of some of the plots on Sesame Street) were afraid of the picture of the drowning pirate. They quickly go over it and now quote the book. It's really funny to hear a 5 year old call someone "my sweet coq a vin"!

4-0 out of 5 stars A charming, humorous book
THis a charming and humorous book that can be enjoyed by children and the adults reading to them.My grandchildren like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Too cute!
I have read and reread this book to my nephew.He adores Louise's adventures.Great illustrations.Kate Dicamillo is awesome! ... Read more

19. Receiving Prosperity
by Louise Hay
Audio CD: Pages (2005-01-15)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$5.43
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Asin: 1401904130
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Are you as wealthy and successful as you'd like to be?Whether you realize it or not, your level of wealth and success reflects exactly what you believe you deserve.

In this lively discussion with her audience, Louise explains how we can use our mindpower to attract anything we want into our lives—more money, a rewarding career, fulfilling relationships, and more fun!

Feeling "not good enough," fearing success, and accepting our parents' negative attitudes and beliefs about money are a few of the feelings and patterns that can prevent us from having a prosperous life.Once we stop our self-criticism and learn to move beyond our limitations, we will begin attracting more "good" into our lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars astounded and surprised
The material in this cd is different then other cd's of hers that I own. This is from what would have appeared to be a live seminar. As such there is give and take between Louise and the audience. The experience being a little different then I had anticipated. Despite the discrepancies of what i thought would be and what is... this is a totally powerful cd just as much of any of her work is. Which caught me by surprise. The power of hearing a gifted healer at work on real live people, who have moved on I am sure, is astounding. You realize just how powerful any thought is and especially that which is a belief and coupled with years of emotion and underlying complexities..
Buy it and see for yourself the healing, revelatory energy produced..... I immediately saw change in my life and habits!

5-0 out of 5 stars Louise Hay, "Receiving Prosperity" CD
A clear, enjoyable lecture that lasts about 1/2 hour or so. Anyone who knows who Louise Hay is, doesn't need to haveit explained, but I recommend it to anyone with self-esteem issues.

4-0 out of 5 stars Recieving Prospertiy CD from Louis Hay
Having read Louise Hay's books in the late 80's "You can Heal your Life" in particular I was excited to see her name again in this CD offering.I enjoyed listening to it and found her to be verbally enjoyable .Her message is a positive one and I benefited from having listened to it.I would recommend it to anyone.

2-0 out of 5 stars I was so disappointed!
Let me first say that I love the work of Louise Hay and have recommended her products for years. This is the first one that I have ever been disappointed with. Here's why:
1. the sound quality is dreadful
2. The info was uninspiring and ended abruptly.
3. This is a recording of a live workshop, and it is primarily Louise answering questions re people's issues. This is only helpful forsomeone who has the particular challenges outlined.
4. This is a recording for listening to with the mind, rather than processing and working through, with the heart. If you are a 'feeler' rather than a 'thinker' this is most probably not going to appeal to you.
5. Personally I have gotten so much more from the audiobook I Can Do It (Louise L. Hay Subliminal Mastery). This cd will give anyone what they need to overcome life challenges. It will work for anyone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
Love it!! Everybody should get it, I listen to it everyday while in my studio creating for my website ... Read more

20. Meditations to Heal Your Life
by Louise L. Hay, Jill Kramer
Paperback: 256 Pages (2001-05)
list price: US$10.95 -- used & new: US$6.00
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Asin: 1561706892
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Louise shares her philosophy of life on a multitude ofsubjects from addictions to fears to spiritual laws, and everything inbetween. Her loving insights will enrich your body, mind, and soul,while giving you practical knowledge to apply to your day-to-day life. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great for the soul.... love it!
I really enjoyed this book, and continue to read it everyday.It's easy to ready and very uplifting.
Thank you

5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book
I use this book everyday. The pictures are lovely, and I find the words inspiring and centering. Has certainly improved my attitude about life in general. Well worth it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Meditations to Heal Your Life
This book is absolutely amazing!Whatever your issue, there is a written affirmation to help you get through it positively.I feel that this book is so great, that I have given one to anyone that I thought would appreciate it.SPECIAL!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book
Just starting the book...a followup to "You can heal your life" by Louise Hay.I believe that it will help me as I continue with my journey of surrender and restoration.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential words
Louise Hay is absolutely the best if you're wanting to make a HUGE shift in your life.It all starts with loving yourself, and she's got it down !!I highly recommend all her work. ... Read more

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