The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith

In her latest book, The Universe Has Your Back,New York Times best-selling author Gabrielle Bernstein teaches readers how to transform their fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life. Each story and lesson in the book guides readers to release the blocks to what they most long for: happiness, security and clear direction. The lessons help readers relinquish t...

Title:The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
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ISBN:1401946542
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:182 pages

The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith Reviews

  • Jennifer
    Sep 23, 2016

    Call me a skeptic, or maybe I'm just too old to be part of Gabby's target audience. In her 5th book, Bernstein is back at it calling on her "Spirit Junkies" to say "yes" to the love of the Universe, stop living a life of fear, and open themselves to love, miracles, and abundance.

    Some of Bernstein's advice is sound. She advocates meditation (which science is even proving to have health benefits), cultivating an attitude of compassion, and aiming to have a positive attitude. I start to raise my ey

    Call me a skeptic, or maybe I'm just too old to be part of Gabby's target audience. In her 5th book, Bernstein is back at it calling on her "Spirit Junkies" to say "yes" to the love of the Universe, stop living a life of fear, and open themselves to love, miracles, and abundance.

    Some of Bernstein's advice is sound. She advocates meditation (which science is even proving to have health benefits), cultivating an attitude of compassion, and aiming to have a positive attitude. I start to raise my eyebrows when the book implies that good things don't happen to a person (or bad things do happen to a person) because their vibe is "blocking positive energy" or some other silly nonsense like that. I don't know why bad things happen to good people, but I'm darn sure than in most cases it isn't their fault.

    I've read a few of Gabby's books before, and there's not much here that's new. Her tribe will love it, but I've recognized that while I was once on the periphery of that tribe, it's time for us to wish each other well and part ways. Namaste.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Hay House for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Joanne Nock
    Oct 04, 2016

    This was "assigned" to me via a book club that I belong to. Like all " self help" books, I think the intention is to take what you need from it. Lots of the points are reiterating things you already know but can still be handy reminders.

    Interestingly the section on attracting love into your life got me the offer of a date from a handsome but random date within 72 hrs of reading it. I didn't want a date at that time and didn't accept it., but clearly I underwent some sort of frequency shift. Th

    This was "assigned" to me via a book club that I belong to. Like all " self help" books, I think the intention is to take what you need from it. Lots of the points are reiterating things you already know but can still be handy reminders.

    Interestingly the section on attracting love into your life got me the offer of a date from a handsome but random date within 72 hrs of reading it. I didn't want a date at that time and didn't accept it., but clearly I underwent some sort of frequency shift. The section on asking the universe for a sign was also helpful for me. It was owls for Gabby and horses for me !

  • Yelda Basar Moers
    Dec 01, 2016

    I'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it is not cruel or playing tricks on you. I have to be honest with you, there were moments in my life when I questioned the benevolence of the Universe. I'm sure many of us have experienced this kind of doubt at some point. For me it was when I watched the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapse right before my eyes. I was just two blocks away a

    I'm going to let the title do all the talking here. It is a wonderful blessing and a sense of peace to know that the Universe is behind you, that it is not cruel or playing tricks on you. I have to be honest with you, there were moments in my life when I questioned the benevolence of the Universe. I'm sure many of us have experienced this kind of doubt at some point. For me it was when I watched the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapse right before my eyes. I was just two blocks away and ran for my life. I questioned everything from that moment on, and began to operate in a very fear-based way, a way that was very much opposite to my true nature. I turned to the comfort of books, many gave me the courage to believe that things would get better. And I began a search of my own through many different avenues including books, a steadfast meditation practice and a spiritual pilgrimage. In the end I was convinced wholeheartedly that the Universe DOES have our back, if we have faith in it. I believe Gabby had a similar experience of her own and made the journey to discover whatever truths the Universe had to offer.

    I enjoyed my time with this book very much! Gabby is a wonderful thinker, spiritual activist and inspirational figure. She is a follower of A Course in Miracles, a type of non-dogma spirituality that Marianne Williamson also follows. Gabby's book is brimming with positivity both inside and out; much love and light beams through her pages. She is right that we can live our lives fear-based or love-based. I never thought of this dichotomy, but it's true. One way gives us freedom to soar and progress, the other bounds and limits us. I believe courage is the key, when fear switches to love. And Gabby does what she can to guide the reader to courage and love. I believe she sincerely and deeply cares for her readers and wants them to live their full potential.

    I would try this one, at least to remind yourself that the Universe DOES have your back!!! I truly believe that if you are reading this, it is a sign to you that it does!

  • Aubree Deimler
    Oct 06, 2016

    I LOVED this book. This is the first I've read from Gabby, though I've listened to her speak several times and was drawn to her energy. The core message within is to turn to love. The book is filled with exercises and meditations to help you be present, open, and surrender to the higher workings of God, the universe, however you describe it.

    My favorite tidbit came from the story of the monks who were sent into a city with a lot of violence and crime. Through focused meditation the monks were ab

    I LOVED this book. This is the first I've read from Gabby, though I've listened to her speak several times and was drawn to her energy. The core message within is to turn to love. The book is filled with exercises and meditations to help you be present, open, and surrender to the higher workings of God, the universe, however you describe it.

    My favorite tidbit came from the story of the monks who were sent into a city with a lot of violence and crime. Through focused meditation the monks were able to lower the crime rate. This is due to the change in energy of what Carl Jung refers to as the collective consciousness. So, by choosing to meditate, you increase positive vibes and the ability to heal the world.

  • Bella
    Oct 08, 2016

    I really like the idea of the universe having my back. I can believe it. However, this book ... I can't put my finger on it but it felt empty or lacking something, as if the author was holding back the real "meat" (i.e., full truth) behind the premise behind the book. The examples felt shallow and I highly doubt the author is shallow, so that's why I say there is something behind the scenes not fully in the light. The book has a premature birth vibe and prob could have taken more time to let div

    I really like the idea of the universe having my back. I can believe it. However, this book ... I can't put my finger on it but it felt empty or lacking something, as if the author was holding back the real "meat" (i.e., full truth) behind the premise behind the book. The examples felt shallow and I highly doubt the author is shallow, so that's why I say there is something behind the scenes not fully in the light. The book has a premature birth vibe and prob could have taken more time to let divine right timing do its thing.

  • Anne
    Oct 15, 2016

    Lots to take in here and plenty of ways to think about losing the fear that guides our lives, but ultimately this is a narcissistic, simple minded belief system. What about systemic racism and poverty? What about the ways that people struggle and can't manifest mountain houses? If the author addresses this, I must have missed it.

  • Frances
    Dec 12, 2016

    I consider myself half Scully, half Mulder. I am skeptical.

    I believe that walking under a ladder is only a bad idea if it's unstable, that black cats are only unlucky if it's a panther that wants to eat you and the number 13 has no physical powers. I also believe that there's probably something out there (even if it's sea plankton), that positive thinking can improve your rate of healing, that religious buildings are nice spaces to be in; I meditate, I do yoga every day.

    I used to laugh at Brid

    I consider myself half Scully, half Mulder. I am skeptical.

    I believe that walking under a ladder is only a bad idea if it's unstable, that black cats are only unlucky if it's a panther that wants to eat you and the number 13 has no physical powers. I also believe that there's probably something out there (even if it's sea plankton), that positive thinking can improve your rate of healing, that religious buildings are nice spaces to be in; I meditate, I do yoga every day.

    I used to laugh at Bridget Jones and her self-help books (I still maintain "Men are from Mars..."is bollocks) because they all sounded ridiculous. However, I am always willing to have a look at the other side and I enjoyed this book.

    A lot of the "Power of the Universe" is about perspective and choosing to look at things a certain way. If you see a penny, pick it up then all day you may have completely average lucky but if that penny made you notice little joys or you gave it to someone and it made them smile then you're choosing to look at it in a certain light.

    I don't like when people imply that unimaginably horrible things were brought into your life because you weren't positive enough - sometimes life is horrible and hard and no amount of positive thinking will undo the terrible. However, very often 'this too shall pass' and we find, even though it may never be 'fixed', things get a little easier every day. That's a good time for this book.

    I won't get too personal but I wanted a little guidance and this book was good. A lot of it is Gabby explaining how something happened to her and this is how she found a new way of looking at things and that improved the situation.

    My personal mantra has long been 'don't be a dick' and I like that some of Gabby's stories are about how she realised she was being a, shall we say, diva? And chose to be more loving and empathetic and people reacted well.

    This book won't magically fix your life may help you be more aware, recognise patterns, take another look at things and gain some perspective

  • Tami
    Jan 28, 2017

    I actually loved most of this book, but a few things bothered me.

    The main things I didn't like were:

    a) The "trying-to-be-relatable" stories that Gabby told throughout the book; most of them weren't relatable, they just seemed like rich girl problems and her solutions wouldn't work on more complicated issues.

    b) A LOT of the book seemed repetitive to me - especially the first few chapters. I feel like she could've done a lot more with them but she pretty much repeated the same info over and ove

    I actually loved most of this book, but a few things bothered me.

    The main things I didn't like were:

    a) The "trying-to-be-relatable" stories that Gabby told throughout the book; most of them weren't relatable, they just seemed like rich girl problems and her solutions wouldn't work on more complicated issues.

    b) A LOT of the book seemed repetitive to me - especially the first few chapters. I feel like she could've done a lot more with them but she pretty much repeated the same info over and over.

    Those points aside, I love the concept of this book and I did take a lot away from it. Even though some of her anecdotes weren't relatable, the lesson of the book was.

    I'm definitely a worrier. I have a hard time making big decisions without doing careful research, planning, and assessing. This book gave me insight into how to just trust in God instead of trying to anticipate and worry about what's going to happen all the time. Choosing to view your problems from a lens of love instead of fear can totally put your mind and body at ease.

    It also taught me how to set my judgments of other people aside in order to see things from their point of view for a minute. I mean, we're all going through life together, we all have struggles, but sometimes we just perceive things differently. Choosing to see other people through a lens of love and understanding instead of fear and judgment can help us all live more peacefully.

    Basically, this book teaches you how to choose love and to consciously make the decision to choose love every day through meditation, prayer, and mindfulness. A lesson that I think we could all use nowadays.

    I feel like I'll probably end up reading this book again!

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