How long has it been since you’ve read a book from cover to cover? It has been a really long time for me.
I love books and buy a lot of them. My office is overflowing with business books, style books, motivational books and beautiful table-top books (I rarely read fiction). I love biographies and stories about people who have “overcome” something. Rarely do I finish a book and if I do, it generally is over a few weeks. My most recent read was different.
I was sent a copy of JJ Virgin’s new book, Miracle Mindset. This book is about the time her oldest son was the victim of a hit-and-run accident and left for dead. I remember following JJ on social media when this occurred. I remember her posting from the hospital, during the days and weeks after her son’s brush with death. When I was asked if I wanted to review the book, I jumped at the chance.
You should first know that JJ is a fitness and nutrition expert and much of what she practiced in life prior to the accident helped her have strength, clarity and physical well-being during the most trying time of her life. When her son was in the hospital for months, JJ was by his side but she made sure she took the time to run up and down the hospital stairs or get a workout in at the hotel she was staying in. She made her own fresh juices and meals to bring with her to the hospital and as soon as her son was able to eat without a tube, she was providing quality nutrition for him. Without these practices, the story could easily have turned to depression and illness for JJ. When your child is fighting for his life, there is no time to be sick.
I found this book easy to read because I am a mom and I have deep empathy for the situation. No, my child has never been near death but I do remember clearly the time my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and spent several nights at the hospital. I know that I was drained from the experience, the stress and the unknown. Clearly taking care of myself, so I could take care of my daughter, would have been helpful. It is not selfish to take care of yourself, it is necessary if you want to give the best care to your kids and husband. This is a lesson for EVERY DAY, not just the emergencies in life.
The book shares JJ’s journey of helping her son recover and the mindset principals that got her through the experience. Lessons she has learned throughout her life came into play and not only helped her but inspired others, most importantly, her son.
The seven Miracle Mindset lessons shared are:
- Don’t Wish It Were Easier- Make Yourself Stronger (I use this one on my PE class all the time!)
- You Can’t Course- Correct Standing Still
- Your Limitations Will Become Your Life
- Little Hinges Swing Big Doors
- If You Want to Take the Island, Burn All the Boats
- A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats
- Forgiveness Will Set You Free
I use each of these lessons in my personal life and business. JJ’s book clearly shares each of these lessons in a way that is easy to understand and apply. She shares how she used them in helping her son recover and how she used them in other parts of her life so you will have some great examples to learn from. Life is easier when you can learn from other people’s experiences rather than navigating through hardships on your own. You’ll really learn a mindset that will help you with your everyday struggles.
I read this book quickly. I couldn’t put it down. It is exactly the type of book I like to read- a personal story mixed with motivation principles and really powerful lessons. If you are looking for your next book, this is it. Grab a tissue and get started.
Miracle Mindset is available on Amazon in hard cover, Kindle, Audio CD and Audible.
Learn more about JJ Virgin on her website: JJVirgin.com
I received a copy of Miracle Mindset for review. Opinions stated are my own.