If you don’t suffer from a chronic illness, especially those that seem to still be a mystery to the medical community, you can’t possible imagine what it’s like.  I myself have dealt with severe fibromyalgia for over a decade.  Some of us are willing to sit by, giving up on ever having a better quality of life.  After fighting for so long, sometimes that’s all the strength a person has left.  Others of us are determined to do whatever it takes to help ourselves.  No matter how large or small an improvement we make, it is still an improvement. 


For those of us who have made the decision to take our health into our own hands, Inner Power is an invaluable resource.  I admit, when I first received this book I was a bit skeptical about its claims.  I even went through reading all of the testimonials first and thought, “That can’t possibly be true.  That simple little thing couldn’t possibly make such a difference.”   But, I figured it couldn’t hurt to try. I must say, the improvement in my fibromyalgia is so remarkable that friends, family, and co-workers are all asking me what has happened to make me so much better.


As the first step towards healing, you are taught how to deal with stressful situations in a healthier way and how to release stress from your life.  In today’s world, I doubt there is anyone who couldn’t benefit from those lessons.  As you begin to release this stress and tension, you work towards getting in touch with your true self.  There are moving meditations and spiritual journeys throughout the book, but for my recovery, the most important exercises were those dealing with energy work.  After working with all these tools comes perhaps the most difficult part of the process – the Psyche Inventory.  If you take an honest look at yourself, you will discover things from your past that are still affecting your life today, even if you thought you had moved past them.  All of these practices help you find your own Inner Power and reach a point of balance and harmony in your life.


I realize this book is more designed for those with chronic illness, but I honestly think that anyone could gain from this book.  If you’ve ever wanted to improve your life, Deatsman’s techniques just might help you find what you’ve been looking for.


~review by Jennifer Erwin

Author: Colleen Deatsman
Llewellyn Publications, 2005
pp.308, $16.95