New book May Cause Miracles preaches positive message, but does it deliver?

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JOANNE RICHARD, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:17 PM ET

No miracles here. No light on my inner darkness just yet.

Spirit junkie Gabrielle Bernstein, author of May Cause Miracles, is selling her brand of enlightenment and I’m trying to buy it. Possibly I just need time to bust through my blocks, to junk my junk, and bulldoze my fears, so an abundance of happiness and peace come pouring in. I’m on day five of Bernstein’s book, May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness, and I have to admit it’ll be a miracle if I make it through all 256 pages.

Not only am I a cynic when it comes to spiritual self-help books – peddling happiness is hot - but I had expected a boost of energy and a peek at enlightenment during our 20-minute phone interview. Instead, the motivational speaker wasn’t too motivating – surprisingly, she came across as mechanical, lackluster, with a predictable message. I did not feel the love. May Cause Miracles is her third transformation book and, like her other two, simply regurgitates positivity over negativity, pushes replacing love with fear, so you make happiness a way of life.

Basically, you need a major mind cleanse to cause this miracle. Sort of like a body cleanse except you detox your brain by eliminating all the fear crap and embracing a perpetual diet of the F-word – forgiveness – along with gratitude and love. “I’m not saying anything new. It’s the way that I deliver the message that’s new. People are resonating with the fact that I’m speaking from a truthful place,” says the best-selling author and life coach.

Bernstein is a former party girl addicted to drugs, romance and food – obstacles she’s turned into opportunities. Transformed through affirmation and meditation, the good-thoughts guru shares her unspiritual wild-days and taps into a generation of 30-something women who’ve been looking for love in all the wrong places. Spirit junkies worldwide now look to this super soul saver for guidance. No doubt soul-searching and redemption capture attention when it’s repackaged all pretty and hip. Attractive, photogenic and blonde, the messenger is fresh, the message Gabbified in uber-hip lingo, although it’s a shared positive truth.

She’s a marketer’s dream with massive reach. Face it, it’s a wonder to be heard over the noise today, but she’s working miracles and leading the spiritual self-help circuit – all hail, the groovy New New Age queen, Princess of Inner Peace. Getting a nod from Oprah sure helps. She named Bernstein the voice of a spiritual generation. Making Forbes list of the 20 Best Branded Women is a big boost too.

Spreading the love is big business, including blogs and vlogs, to livestream/phone courses, lectures, workshops and coaching, plus her own social media machine, herfuture.com.

According to Bernstein, she went from “emotional and spiritual bankruptcy” to woo-hoo happiness by reconditioning her fear-based thoughts, reframing her perspective and rewriting her story. “My dedication to miracles got me to this groovy state.”

She wants readers to re-script their lives too with her words and tools to bust through their blocks and create mind-blowing change. “There’s no heavy lifting – it’s all very manageable and simple,” adds Bernstein. “All you need is a willingness.” Fears run our lives, in areas of finances, relationships, health and more. “It’s all about changing our perspective and seeing more positivity at any given time,” says Bernstein.

Kick that fear habit. Drink in the “cool” aid. Just “dig it” and become a “groovy” full-on miracle worker. Spirit junkie or spirit junk? I shift – not subtly – while reading more of the fluffy psycho-babble, uncomfortable with any whimsical cure-all from a self-promotion whiz with a cult-y following and nothing new to say. But I have pages to go before I sleep – truthfully, it puts me to sleep every time and at this rate I’ll never connect with my inner spirit, my inner miracle worker, or bask in light and love.

It’ll take a full-on miracle to be spiritually moved by Gabby and her unabashedly rehashed brand of blind positivity.


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