Since my last review in December, I have been impressed with five top-notch books. Below, you will find a brief synopsis of my favorite 2021 reads!

‘Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life’

By Byron Katie, this 2002 self-help book is hands-down the most thought-provoking and paradigm-shifting masterpiece I have ever read. I will definitely add this to my to-keep shelf for anticipated future countless references. The four questions are “Is it true?,” “Can I absolutely know that it is true?,” “How do I react when I think that thought?” and “Who would I be without the thought?” And then turn it around. Disclaimer: This process is not as simple as it sounds. I just checked out her impressive website (, which includes several electronic worksheets to get your thought processes flowing.

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‘Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds’

Recently, a patient asked me to read this book by Kelly A. Turner, PhD, which contains content similar to “Remarkable Recoveries: What Extraordinary Healing Tells Us About Getting Well and Staying Well” by Carlyle Hirshberg and Marc Ian Barasch. Turner divulges the nine key factors that can make a real difference. These factors are as follows:

  • Radically changing your diet

  • Taking control of your health

  • Following your intuition

  • Using herbs and supplements

  • Releasing suppressed emotions

  • Increasing positive emotions

  • Embracing social support

  • Deepening your social connection

  • Having strong reasons for living

‘Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing’

Speaking of intuition, Caroline Myss, PhD, is a medical intuitive who wrote this gem way back in 1996 and the information is not at all out-of-date. She highlights the seven stages in which we must pass to reach spiritual maturity. Myss does a fascinating job of connecting the Hindu chakras to the Christian sacraments and the Jewish tree of life. This book provides insights to help an individual identify stresses, beliefs and/or attitudes which can cause illness and tools for healing and spiritual growth.

‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering’

Probably the only time in my entire life where I will tell you to watch the Netflix series “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” first before reading this tiny, little book. Watching the series will help you envision her many clever book suggestions on decluttering your home and your life. (The book is devoid of illustrations.)


Written by Fredrik Backman, the same author who crafted “A Man Called Ove,” this book is a captivating winter snow read (as opposed to a summer beach read) for both male and female fiction lovers filled with discussion-worthy content. After finishing and rating this book on Goodreads, I learned it is the first in a two-part series. I will definitely track down and read “Us Against You” to dive back into the engrossingly messy saga of a small hockey town.

Rachel Oppitz has lived in Park Rapids with her husband, daughter and dog since 2006. She is a naturopathic doctor and owns Itasca Naturopathic Clinic in Park Rapids and Bemidji. In her spare time, she loves to read, workout with friends, play games, do jigsaw puzzles, camp, hike, bike, canoe, travel, do guided meditations on Insight Timer, try new recipes, listen to music and journal.

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