Glow-Worthy: Practices for Awakening Your Inner Light and Loving Yourself as You Are—Broken, Beautiful, and Sacred

BenBella. Oct. 2023. 256p. ISBN 9781637743720. pap. $21.95. SELF-HELP
Silcox’s follow-up to Happy, Healthy, Sexy provides advice for people seeking to recover a sense of beauty, value, and self-worth. She presents a three-part guide to building a “foundational glow,” finding inner light, and ultimately sparking a glow in all aspects of life. This enables readers to embrace opportunities and acknowledge the ways in which brokenness, wounds, and surrendering better equip them for happiness. The book draws heavily on concepts of embodiment and promises to help people establish alignment between mind, heart, and soul—while acknowledging the ways in which these alignments are often messier and less linear than they appear on social media or when gurus describe them. For Silcox, that means acknowledging trauma and moving toward healing, using strategies that the book aims to teach but are, she acknowledges, intensely private, idiolectic practices that people often need to discover on their own through deep structural and spiritual work.
VERDICT This title centers concepts of holiness and mysticism, making it more appropriate for readers of authors such as Gabrielle Bernstein than for more skeptical soul-searchers. Offer it to the new-age-spirituality-curious and those searching for accessible entry points into practices related to healing, self-care, and mind-body connectedness.
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