Growing up with a dad who is a best-selling self-help guru is something that few people experience. Serena Dyer, daughter of Dr. Wayne Dyer, happens to be one who did, and she now shares her experiences for the benefit of the rest of us. In Don't Die With Your Music Still In You, published by Hay House this month (June, 2014), Serena interweaves her autobiographical experiences and observations with key themes taught over the years by her father, with each chapter highlighting one of those principles. Her personal tales are engaging and she offers valuable insights about how she has come to appreciate the wisdom of Dr. Dyer's teachings. Each chapter concludes with a commentary by Wayne Dyer himself, called "Wayne's Response," where he adds his observations about the topics referenced by Serena.
Wayne Dyer's 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace that form the framework of this memoir, are:
1. Don't die with your music still in you
2. Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing
3. You can't give away what you don't have
4. Embrace silence
5. Give up your personal history
6. You can't solve a problem with the same mind that created it
7. There are no justified resentments
8. Treat yourself as if you already are what you'd like to be
9. Treasure your divinity
10. Wisdom is avoiding all thoughts that weaken you
This book can be read as an informative and inspiring autobiography, as well as being used as a good reminder and reinforcement for these guiding principles for living a more enlightened and purposeful life. For those who have enjoyed Wayne Dyer's inspirational books and videos over the years, this book offers an additional window into the experiences of his family and the way that these teachings can help us shift how we relate to life. This is a great debut Hay House book from Serena Dyer, who is part of a new generation of self-help authors bringing these inspirational insights to the public's attention.
Being in the role of a spiritual writer, counselor, and healer myself, I am impressed by the way Serena has presented The 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace in her own original, deeply personal way. I've seen her father speak in person (nearly 15 years ago) and followed his books and video presentations for many years. I'm also personally acquainted with another recently published Hay House author named Jennifer Grace (I facilitate singing bowls meditations at Jennifer's The Center of Grace in South Florida), whose book Directing Your Destiny includes a foreword by Serena Dyer. Serena's gracious support was part of the magical process of Jennifer's excellent book being published by Hay House in 2013, and it's great to see Serena's own book now published.