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Life’s Not Yoga: A Memoir is the story of one woman’s journey as she travels through America to make sense of her multiple traumas. "Some people travel to India to find themselves, others to the USA! Life's Not Yoga is a compelling UPLIFTING must-read memoir. Through her story Jacqui Burnett shows us how to stay present in the face of our pain and fear, to overcome anxiety Life’s Not Yoga: A Memoir is the story of one woman’s journey as she travels through America to make sense of her multiple traumas. "Some people travel to India to find themselves, others to the USA! Life's Not Yoga is a compelling UPLIFTING must-read memoir. Through her story Jacqui Burnett shows us how to stay present in the face of our pain and fear, to overcome anxiety, heal our inner child and build a brighter future." - Natasha Dom, @sashadomyoga She was born into a perfect family, but by age 16 Jacqui Burnett wants to kill her father. Decades later Jacqui believes she's left her turbulent childhood past and the trauma of multiple near-death experiences behind her. On the surface, she has everything she’s ever dreamed of – a solid education, success, and a wonderful husband. What Jacqui doesn’t know is that she’s about to lose everything. She was about to step into a board meeting but instead she slid from her office chair and cowered under her desk, sobbing. As managing director, she was meant to announce a year of outstanding results; instead, she was paralysed.’ In a desperate search for answers, Jacqui travels to America. Alone in the Rocky Mountains, her life starts unravelling and the truth of her chaotic childhood begins to emerge. Amidst confused attempts to find love and meaning, Jacqui has to face death one more time, along with an avalanche of unexpected obstacles, before rising from the ashes to heal. “What I found amazing about Life’s Not Yoga, is that many people write a memoir and tend to sugarcoat their role in the story, while painting other people with a bit of a tar brush. Jacqui Burnett does not do this and is open and honest about the times in her life when she does not come across looking so great.” – Janice Leibowitz – 101.9 ChaiFM "Life's Not Yoga bounces between stream-of-consciousness and the exasperation of 'moving-on' and honest to goodness declarations of frustration at her own life choices. Burnett opens to her readers in the most admirable and courageous of ways, and I would be remiss as an empathetic reader if I did not acknowledge how difficult that must have been. Jacqui Burnett is a superb storyteller. Her life has not been easy, and it is an honor to read the prose of an incessantly curious and deeply courageous human being who seems to have made a lot of sacrifices to pursue her dreams. – Meg Orton, For the Love of MEG Book Reviews "Equal to the power of Jacqui’s circumstances is the power of her voice (her written word). It is one of the most commanding voices of any memoir I have read, filled with clever observations that ring true. Thank you, Jacqui Burnett, for being so courageous to share and thus providing 'an educational tool for readers also wanting to live a life of joy'. - Natalie Wittwen, Stillness in Motion “It’s Jacqui’s engagingly frank voice and fierce self-enquiry that drives this fast-paced gripping tale through all its spirited twists and turns.” - Nina Geraghty, Writer and Developmental Editor “On one level, this is a tale of looking for love in all the wrong places, but on a deeper level, it’s a story of how adversity, viewed through the lens of insight and wisdom, leads to hope and redemption. The miracle is that she comes out the other side alive - and willing to use her life story to inspire others to survive and flourish.” - Giles Griffin, Writer and Writing Guide This memoir is for anyone who has battled with emotional abuse, financial loss, depression, heartbreak, divorce, burnout, PTSD, anxiety, or fibromyalgia, looking for understanding on how to heal themselves.


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Life’s Not Yoga: A Memoir is the story of one woman’s journey as she travels through America to make sense of her multiple traumas. "Some people travel to India to find themselves, others to the USA! Life's Not Yoga is a compelling UPLIFTING must-read memoir. Through her story Jacqui Burnett shows us how to stay present in the face of our pain and fear, to overcome anxiety Life’s Not Yoga: A Memoir is the story of one woman’s journey as she travels through America to make sense of her multiple traumas. "Some people travel to India to find themselves, others to the USA! Life's Not Yoga is a compelling UPLIFTING must-read memoir. Through her story Jacqui Burnett shows us how to stay present in the face of our pain and fear, to overcome anxiety, heal our inner child and build a brighter future." - Natasha Dom, @sashadomyoga She was born into a perfect family, but by age 16 Jacqui Burnett wants to kill her father. Decades later Jacqui believes she's left her turbulent childhood past and the trauma of multiple near-death experiences behind her. On the surface, she has everything she’s ever dreamed of – a solid education, success, and a wonderful husband. What Jacqui doesn’t know is that she’s about to lose everything. She was about to step into a board meeting but instead she slid from her office chair and cowered under her desk, sobbing. As managing director, she was meant to announce a year of outstanding results; instead, she was paralysed.’ In a desperate search for answers, Jacqui travels to America. Alone in the Rocky Mountains, her life starts unravelling and the truth of her chaotic childhood begins to emerge. Amidst confused attempts to find love and meaning, Jacqui has to face death one more time, along with an avalanche of unexpected obstacles, before rising from the ashes to heal. “What I found amazing about Life’s Not Yoga, is that many people write a memoir and tend to sugarcoat their role in the story, while painting other people with a bit of a tar brush. Jacqui Burnett does not do this and is open and honest about the times in her life when she does not come across looking so great.” – Janice Leibowitz – 101.9 ChaiFM "Life's Not Yoga bounces between stream-of-consciousness and the exasperation of 'moving-on' and honest to goodness declarations of frustration at her own life choices. Burnett opens to her readers in the most admirable and courageous of ways, and I would be remiss as an empathetic reader if I did not acknowledge how difficult that must have been. Jacqui Burnett is a superb storyteller. Her life has not been easy, and it is an honor to read the prose of an incessantly curious and deeply courageous human being who seems to have made a lot of sacrifices to pursue her dreams. – Meg Orton, For the Love of MEG Book Reviews "Equal to the power of Jacqui’s circumstances is the power of her voice (her written word). It is one of the most commanding voices of any memoir I have read, filled with clever observations that ring true. Thank you, Jacqui Burnett, for being so courageous to share and thus providing 'an educational tool for readers also wanting to live a life of joy'. - Natalie Wittwen, Stillness in Motion “It’s Jacqui’s engagingly frank voice and fierce self-enquiry that drives this fast-paced gripping tale through all its spirited twists and turns.” - Nina Geraghty, Writer and Developmental Editor “On one level, this is a tale of looking for love in all the wrong places, but on a deeper level, it’s a story of how adversity, viewed through the lens of insight and wisdom, leads to hope and redemption. The miracle is that she comes out the other side alive - and willing to use her life story to inspire others to survive and flourish.” - Giles Griffin, Writer and Writing Guide This memoir is for anyone who has battled with emotional abuse, financial loss, depression, heartbreak, divorce, burnout, PTSD, anxiety, or fibromyalgia, looking for understanding on how to heal themselves.

30 review for Life's Not Yoga: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people - Carl Jung⁣ ⁣ Life's Not Yoga or is it... Finding love in the chaos of life by @jacquiburnettauthor.⁣ ⁣ Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jacqui for sending me her memoir, it was insanely encouraging and took me back to places I never thought I'd ever visit again. ⁣ ⁣ Jacqui is born into a "Christian" household in the 70's,when apartheid is at its peak and keeping up with with The Joneses in the Afrikaans cult Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darkness of other people - Carl Jung⁣ ⁣ Life's Not Yoga or is it... Finding love in the chaos of life by @jacquiburnettauthor.⁣ ⁣ Thank you, thank you, thank you to Jacqui for sending me her memoir, it was insanely encouraging and took me back to places I never thought I'd ever visit again. ⁣ ⁣ Jacqui is born into a "Christian" household in the 70's,when apartheid is at its peak and keeping up with with The Joneses in the Afrikaans culture is at an all time high.⁣ ⁣ From traveling to the Holiday in, where I grew up as a child. To trips to Gordans Bay with the grandparents. Jacqui takes us on the highs and lots of lows of her upbringing and her life as an adult. ⁣ ⁣ Congratulations on becoming the woman you are today because wow you overcame alot and have encouraged me, that no matter what my childhood may have looked like. We can still achieve so much more. ⁣ ⁣ 📚God is supposed to be Love. But in Christianity I experienced growing up, there was overwhelming fear and love was conditional.⁣ ⁣

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nursebookie

    This was a powerful and emotional memoir about one woman’s courageous journey of her life through countless adventures and near death experiences, while also a story of adversity and finally reaching redemption.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rozanne Visagie (Willow's Corner)

    *Disclaimer: I have been kindly gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Life's Not Yoga is Jacqui Burnett's first book. This memoir is honest and beautifully written. This story is personal and when something is personal it's not always comfortable and it takes strength to share your pain. Life's Not Yoga is divided into three parts:Burning Shame, Burning Bridges and Rising Phoenix. Jacqui starts her story with memories from her childhood and continues to adoles *Disclaimer: I have been kindly gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Life's Not Yoga is Jacqui Burnett's first book. This memoir is honest and beautifully written. This story is personal and when something is personal it's not always comfortable and it takes strength to share your pain. Life's Not Yoga is divided into three parts:Burning Shame, Burning Bridges and Rising Phoenix. Jacqui starts her story with memories from her childhood and continues to adolescence. She shares her journey from shame, distancing herself from certain people and situations and finally where she rises from the ashes of shame and is transformed into a woman with self-acceptance and a newfound joy for life. Transformation isn't easy, it's painful. While reading, the reader experiences Jacqui's pain and anger, but also the peace and love she finds after her journey. Through sharing her story, Jacqui is empowering others to deal with their difficulties. This is not a self-help book, this is a self-discovery book. "I have to break everything apart and tear myself to pieces if I am to save myself from the person I have become."-- Jacqui Burnett I have personally learned a great deal while reading this book, finding answers to questions and knowing how to handle certain emotions. As Jacqui writes in her book, "Writing my story has freed me to live beyond my shame, guilt and blame stories", through this I have learned that we must all write our story, not necessarily on paper, but emotionally. Face the anger, the guilt or whatever it is that is holding you back so that you can be freed to live beyond that anger, shame or guilt. Dealing with emotions is messy, but there's beauty in it. Jacqui helps the reader to see beauty in this mess and helps redirects our perspective to love, to be love to ourselves and to others. Readers will be able to relate to Jacqui's pain and will be confronted with uncomfortable emotions, but by confronting and handling these emotions like Jacqui is showing us, I believe a great deal of healing will take place in many readers' hearts and lives. Life's Not Yoga is an inspirational read and definitely a book everyone has to read. It is eye-opening, emotional and empowering. You will not be left feeling the same after reading this book. Jacqui shows us the good and the bad of her life, and she decides to focus on the good. This helps us to realise we can also make the choice to focus on the good, no matter what we have experienced in life. This review is posted on my blog (including a video where the author reads an excerpt of her book): https://willowscornerbook.wordpress.c...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Thank you to the author who I found on The Girlfriend Book Club wanting reviewers. I'm so glad I took her up on her offer to read. It was a very emotional read and hard to read in some places and that is the truth in all memoirs but especially this one for me. I was amazed at how Jacqui lived through so much of her childhood with her father's verbal and emotional abuse. Her mother's not remembering things in Jacqui's life was just so unbelievable and how because she was the only girl with so many Thank you to the author who I found on The Girlfriend Book Club wanting reviewers. I'm so glad I took her up on her offer to read. It was a very emotional read and hard to read in some places and that is the truth in all memoirs but especially this one for me. I was amazed at how Jacqui lived through so much of her childhood with her father's verbal and emotional abuse. Her mother's not remembering things in Jacqui's life was just so unbelievable and how because she was the only girl with so many brothers, her father never respected her. Her life was not easy and I loved how she found herself in the mountains hiking and traveling everywhere "trying to find herself." Not only did she find herself she found Dan. Don't get me started about Dan who was obsessed with her but yet didn't want to leave his wife even though he kept saying he would divorce her and wants to make a life with Jacqui. As for Michael, her ex-husband, he had a good heart and was basically a good guy but he relied on her too much and she got screwed overall in his business and divorce. Thank you Jacqui for sharing your life story with me and I will always remember this book. Good luck in life and I hope there will be more books in my reading future.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Booksandchinooks (Laurie)

    I love memoirs but I find them so hard to review. This memoir by Jacqui Burnett is raw and honest. Growing up as a privileged white girl in South Africa during Apartheid Jacqui’s childhood was far from perfect. Her father was so emotionally abusive it was horrific. Her mother, always under the control of her husband, was also emotionally abusive to a lesser degree but also failed her daughter in so many ways. Jacqui has a business degree and went on to work at her husband’s business while puttin I love memoirs but I find them so hard to review. This memoir by Jacqui Burnett is raw and honest. Growing up as a privileged white girl in South Africa during Apartheid Jacqui’s childhood was far from perfect. Her father was so emotionally abusive it was horrific. Her mother, always under the control of her husband, was also emotionally abusive to a lesser degree but also failed her daughter in so many ways. Jacqui has a business degree and went on to work at her husband’s business while putting her goals and dreams aside. Eventually she reaches a breaking point - both with her husband and the business and she heads to the US to pursue her love of writing and to rebalance herself emotionally. Throughout all this Jacqui questioned her spirituality. As she made major life decisions and was slowly able to focus completely on what she wanted she was at peace with her relationship with God and herself. I was amazed at the author’s capacity for love and forgiveness toward the people in her life. I am very impressed with how much Jacqui has overcome in her life and how she is hoping to inspire others. Thank you to the author for sending me her book for review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Meg Orton

    Disclaimer: The author Jacqui Burnett kindly sent me a copy of her memoir in exchange for an honest review. “This is just yoga...This is an uncomfortable pose. Find comfort in the discomfort” The title of this incredibly personal memoir refers to every single step on the path of author Jacqui Burnett's life. Not just her childhood fraught with trauma, or her teenage years of confusion and experimentation or even the near-death experiences as a young adult. It refers to what came afterwards, and ev Disclaimer: The author Jacqui Burnett kindly sent me a copy of her memoir in exchange for an honest review. “This is just yoga...This is an uncomfortable pose. Find comfort in the discomfort” The title of this incredibly personal memoir refers to every single step on the path of author Jacqui Burnett's life. Not just her childhood fraught with trauma, or her teenage years of confusion and experimentation or even the near-death experiences as a young adult. It refers to what came afterwards, and everything in between. The author grew up in South Africa, and describes her life during the 1970s and 1980s as a blur of family holidays, church meetings, running around as a tomboy with her four brothers, a mother who said very little and a father whose relationship with his daughter was fraught with tension and anger. It is this relationship with her father that will mark Life's Not Yoga with the first of many obstacles and harrowing life experiences. As Jacqui is growing up, and surrounded by her large family, she can't seem to understand why the family's maid was in fact not considered 'family'. She couldn't understand why her family's notion of Christianity was so different to what her own spirituality eventually led her to believe. In fact there were a lot of things that Jacqui didn't quite understand about her upbringing and about apartheid, and about preferring to be a 'tomboy' rather than the well-behaved girl in a dress her parents envisioned. At fifteen Jacqui is diagnosed with chronic scoliosis, and attempts suicide twice as a teenager. This is only the beginning of an eventful adolescence that culminated in an almost fatal car accident in her twenties. Jacqui's life reads like something out of a book. The type of life experiences usually scattered among several people, Jacqui's are all her own. As an adult she married Greg, and when that didn't work out and she met Michael her father refused to acknowledge his new son-in-law. Burnett describes her grief and guilt at the eventual demise of her marriage to Michael whom she'd spent ten years with, and shared a business. When she finally makes the decision to divorce Michael and pursue her passion for writing (something she'd been considering for a while), she takes herself to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and rents a cabin where she can be alone with her work. It is here that she will meet Dan... Other than describing a typical South African childhood living in Somerset West and then moving to Natal (now Kwa-Zulu Natal) as a young girl, Burnett's challenging relationship with her parents taints most if not all of her early years. Her journey is a very personal one, as most memoirs tend to be, and yet Burnett's raw and unadulterated honesty are rare traits to find in the genre. Life's Not Yoga bounces between stream-of-consciousness and the exasperation of 'moving-on' and honest to goodness declarations of frustration at her own life choices. Burnett opens up to her readers in the most admirable and courageous of ways, and I would be remiss as an empathetic reader if I did not acknowledge how difficult that must have been. Whilst the first half of the memoir delivers a deeply entertaining and fascinating foray into her humble beginnings, the middle chapters focus on the demise of her marriage and the possibility of a new relationship, and how deeply and easily we can fall right back into love – even if its not always the future we imagined. Burnett's business affiliations fall to the wayside (and cause major anxiety in the process) and she is forced to physically let go of a lot of what she spent decades working towards. In the interim her relationship with yoga and writing allow her to work through the fact that not only had she experienced a total of eight near-death experiences, participated in two divorces, but had also kept a dark secret about her father for most of her life. Jacqui Burnett is a superb story-teller. Her life has not been easy, and it is an honor to read the prose of an incessantly curious and deeply courageous human being who seems to have made a lot of sacrifices to pursue her dreams. Through all the trauma, and all the drama, and the fear and the pain Jacqui Burnett shows an incredible strength that need not be defined by her family, or the men in her life or even in the close female friendships she honors – her strength is defined by her own ability to love, to be loved and to tell her story knowing it is laid out there for all the world to see, and ultimately find comfort in.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    Jacqui Burnett reached out to me about her book and after reading bits and pieces, I couldn’t wait to read the rest. Not only is it real, raw, inspiring, and truthful in her own journey...she encompasses her self devotion to overcome her struggles. Heartbreak is one of the hardest things anyone can overcome. In Jacqui’s memoir, she relates her story to share and empower others. I admired her ability to write in a way that connected the reader to her experience with grace.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Pena

    Goodreads giveaway. The first half of the book was riveting. The memoir was on its way to a 5 star rating. The story of her childhood worth an abusive, racist, criminal father and her overcoming her past was quite the page turner. As the story moved more into her love life and the lying men she can’t get rid of I lost interest. It just wasn’t the story I wanted to hear. The author is a talented writer and I hope she explores her childhood more.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Jacqui has written a very direct account of her life. Her upbringing, in a staunchly Christian home, with a racist, misogynist father, was less than idyllic. She is a very brave woman, for choosing her own path in spite of the bullying, and for choosing to share her story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Grant Cave

    A Must Read Memoir An amazing journey by an amazing woman. Courageously told and beautifully written. Highly recommended for anyone overcoming emotional loss or trauma.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Valerie

    What an incredibly brave, and beautifully crafted story. Jacqui gifts us readers a memoir of her childhood, and the course of lifetime events that leads her to the woman she is today. While this book wasn't easy to read, it was extremely difficult to put down. It wasn't easy because a lot of the topics and events were dark, disturbing and most likely traumatizing. As I said, it isn't a novel you'll want to breeze through while sitting poolside in Miami. However, it is a powerful novel you'll wan What an incredibly brave, and beautifully crafted story. Jacqui gifts us readers a memoir of her childhood, and the course of lifetime events that leads her to the woman she is today. While this book wasn't easy to read, it was extremely difficult to put down. It wasn't easy because a lot of the topics and events were dark, disturbing and most likely traumatizing. As I said, it isn't a novel you'll want to breeze through while sitting poolside in Miami. However, it is a powerful novel you'll want to read, absorb and think about long after you finish. Incredibly blessed to have received a copy through a Goodreads giveaway. While this isn't the type of genre I typically look to read, this one is a MUST. It's compelling, raw, and absolutely beautiful. Definitely recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Beryl Eichenberger

    Life’s not Yoga is Jacqui Burnett’s candid memoir of her journey to self -discovery and the real meaning of love and life. Childhood trauma has led her to the brink, both mentally and physically. The only girl of five siblings, she was born into a God -fearing family where church ruled and any deviation was seen as the way to hell. Judgement day was always near at hand. Her mother turned a blind eye to her controlling husband’s failings and her brothers were more favoured, yet she was the darlin Life’s not Yoga is Jacqui Burnett’s candid memoir of her journey to self -discovery and the real meaning of love and life. Childhood trauma has led her to the brink, both mentally and physically. The only girl of five siblings, she was born into a God -fearing family where church ruled and any deviation was seen as the way to hell. Judgement day was always near at hand. Her mother turned a blind eye to her controlling husband’s failings and her brothers were more favoured, yet she was the darling of her father, loving him unconditionally. But when the feisty girl challenged him his mood changed and he hurled abuse at her. But still she forgave him. He moved the family often, chasing one deal after another, moving from grand to mediocre to staying with family. When she discovers that he committed insurance fraud – she confronts him, exhorting all the faith teachings that he has laid at her feet – own up and you will be forgiven. The threat of Jacqui exposing him leads to more abuse and the child is marked for ever. As often happens, a spirited child becomes the target of a parent’s inadequacies resulting in first loving and then abusive behaviour. Subliminally trying to break the spirit and restore order in the chaotic world of the parent’s making. So it was in Jacqui Burnett’s case. Since our first male role model is our father what can we expect from our subsequent male relationships? Always seen through her father’s eyes, Jacqui is never able to view herself objectively but finally she has to face herself with some devastating consequences. Nine near death experiences shape her finding of the truth. As a determined, adventurous young woman she seeks answers in unlikely places, pushing herself beyond the pale as she pieces together the chaos of her early life and her reactions. She takes herself into extreme conditions, testing her endurance to look for answers. What follows is a roller coaster ride as we experience a life unravelling and a painful reconstruction to a life worth living. The palpable anger that pushes her to action shapes the woman she is today. Love affairs, success, failure, travel, yoga training (with a very judgemental teacher) move her forward until her final epiphany, when like a butterfly, she emerges stronger and wiser bringing all her experiences together into a comforting quilt of calm, peace and love that she can pay forward. That Jacqui loves writing is evident and she pens a spirited and descriptive story that is engaging and thoughtfully crafted. As she bares her soul taking us into the very depths of her confusion and anger, she is brutal in her honesty and candour. At times it is an uncomfortable read as so much of what she has experienced will resonate. At others frustrating, as you cry, ‘no, don’t do that again!’ But ultimately it is a forgiving and brave story, with mindfulness and spirituality at its core. It is a true test of courage to face and battle the demons which colour and shape our lives. Using quotes as openings for each chapter this one by Viktor Frankl sums it up: ‘When we are no longer able to change our situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.’ Jacqui has successfully taken that path. (find her on facebook daretobelove or go to jacquiburnett.com)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Booksandcoffeepleasemx

    “𝘖𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴; 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘴.” - 𝘒𝘢𝘩𝘭𝘪𝘭 𝘎𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘯 Powerful and brutally honest. I’m impressed with this incredible and emotional journey, it was raw and difficult to read at times, but overall a great story about strenght and finding yourself. I just couldn’t stop reading. Thank you Jacqui Burnett for this copy. https://www.instagram.com/booksandcof... “𝘖𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘴; 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘤𝘢𝘳𝘴.” - 𝘒𝘢𝘩𝘭𝘪𝘭 𝘎𝘪𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘯 Powerful and brutally honest. I’m impressed with this incredible and emotional journey, it was raw and difficult to read at times, but overall a great story about strenght and finding yourself. I just couldn’t stop reading. Thank you Jacqui Burnett for this copy. https://www.instagram.com/booksandcof...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shani

    I’m in awe of the bravery and strength that are represented so well in this beautiful memoir! The author's ability to share their stories really moved me. In life, it’s not always easy to be open and honest. The truth can often be a lot harsher than what is perceived and for Jacqui, this was very apparent. It wasn’t just what she wasn’t saying, it what people weren’t seeing. Not having others understand you, listen to you, or appreciate what you’re conveying is hard enough. But when you throw in I’m in awe of the bravery and strength that are represented so well in this beautiful memoir! The author's ability to share their stories really moved me. In life, it’s not always easy to be open and honest. The truth can often be a lot harsher than what is perceived and for Jacqui, this was very apparent. It wasn’t just what she wasn’t saying, it what people weren’t seeing. Not having others understand you, listen to you, or appreciate what you’re conveying is hard enough. But when you throw in the many moments of trauma and heartache, it only compounded everything she has endured. I felt a kinship to her, having been through my own trauma. What I hadn’t expected was to feel a sense of hope that this isn’t all it. There’s more to life, to our given stories, but we have to find it and keep pushing. Really, an empowering read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    John Kerry

    There really is nothing more painful in life than heartbreak. We all go through it at one point or another. But the beauty of heartbreak is that these moments have the power to transform us. Whether it’s a sudden break-up or losing your job unexpectedly, they happen for reasons we’ll never know. And they will keep happening over, and over, and over, again until we have the balls to stand up for ourselves and make a change. LIFE'S NOT YOGA: Or is It? . . . Finding Love in the Chaos of Life by Jacq There really is nothing more painful in life than heartbreak. We all go through it at one point or another. But the beauty of heartbreak is that these moments have the power to transform us. Whether it’s a sudden break-up or losing your job unexpectedly, they happen for reasons we’ll never know. And they will keep happening over, and over, and over, again until we have the balls to stand up for ourselves and make a change. LIFE'S NOT YOGA: Or is It? . . . Finding Love in the Chaos of Life by Jacqui Burnett is a beautiful , Raw , love , life , inspirational , transformational tale of human spirit less a memoir than a reflection on life and purpose. A great, indelible book ... as intimate and illuminating as Jacqui Burnett’s life. This book has exceptionally wide appeal ... I guarantee that finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option ... gripping from the start ... None of it is maudlin. Nothing is exaggerated. The power of this book lies in its eloquent insistence that we are all confronting tough times every day to day, whether we know it or not. The real question we face , is not how long, but rather how, we will live – and the answer does not appear in any textbook. Done reading, I am leaving this book on my shelf, nestled between Viktor Frankl’s magnum opus ‘Man’s Search for Meaning’ and Anne Frank’s ‘The Diary of A Young Girl’, because I really feel that this book deserves its place up there! Highly Recommended!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Garber

    You can’t tell from the book title but what makes Jacqui’s life unusual is that she survived eight near-death experiences! Through all this, she finds out about love but not necessarily in the way you expect. I thought for sure I knew how the book would end but I was completely wrong. Even though this is nonfiction, with memoirs, sometimes near the end you can predict how it all turns out. I thought I knew but I didn’t. This made it more interesting. Another thing that makes her story different fr You can’t tell from the book title but what makes Jacqui’s life unusual is that she survived eight near-death experiences! Through all this, she finds out about love but not necessarily in the way you expect. I thought for sure I knew how the book would end but I was completely wrong. Even though this is nonfiction, with memoirs, sometimes near the end you can predict how it all turns out. I thought I knew but I didn’t. This made it more interesting. Another thing that makes her story different from many other memoirs I’ve read is that she was born in South Africa. She is white and she was a child in the 70s when apartheid was still a thing. So her life was very different from my experiences. I enjoyed reading Jacqui’s memoir. The book talks about emotional abuse, suicide, trauma, racism, divorce and most importantly, love. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dallas Shattuck

    Everyone knows how much I enjoy reading memoirs, so I was really excited when @jacquiburnettauthor asked me to review hers! Jacqui’s story was heart-breaking, eye-opening, but also empowering. She’s endured so much throughout her life, and was brave enough to share her experiences with readers. All of it—From growing up in South Africa during apartheid, to her strained relationships with her parents, her near-death experiences, and her journey to find herself. I loved reading about Jacqui’s story Everyone knows how much I enjoy reading memoirs, so I was really excited when @jacquiburnettauthor asked me to review hers! Jacqui’s story was heart-breaking, eye-opening, but also empowering. She’s endured so much throughout her life, and was brave enough to share her experiences with readers. All of it—From growing up in South Africa during apartheid, to her strained relationships with her parents, her near-death experiences, and her journey to find herself. I loved reading about Jacqui’s story. She is strong and resilient. I enjoyed her questions and deep examination on religion and spirituality and how it’s different for everyone. If you enjoy memoirs, please check this one out!! Thank you, Jacqui, for the #gifted copy of your beautiful book ❤️ CW: racism, white supremacy, abuse (all), divorce, infidelity, suicidal ideation and attempts, death

  18. 4 out of 5

    Yoda

    Very much enjoyed this book by Jacqui. I loved learning more about South African customs, history and language... but I also found the story itself very heartfelt and uplfiting. There's some heavy themes and stories of abuse, but the book has such a positive message. Highly recommend it as I could not put it down! Very much enjoyed this book by Jacqui. I loved learning more about South African customs, history and language... but I also found the story itself very heartfelt and uplfiting. There's some heavy themes and stories of abuse, but the book has such a positive message. Highly recommend it as I could not put it down!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Spirited, impactful and it will leave you breathless. How much pain can one person take? And find a way through? This book will give you pause...the meanness of a parent and how our childhood influences our adulthood. Read this and learn something new about yourself!

  20. 5 out of 5

    LinnRandom

    Jacqui Burnett's beautiful, often times poignant Life's Not Yoga: A Memoir, is an amazing biographical journey of a courageous woman who openly exposes her flaws to reveal the magnificent beautiful woman she is inside. The writing is flawless and her vivid descriptions take the reader from South Africa to the snow cap peaks of the American Rockies. Whether in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and places in between, her adventure becomes your adventure. Throughout the journey, her resilience Jacqui Burnett's beautiful, often times poignant Life's Not Yoga: A Memoir, is an amazing biographical journey of a courageous woman who openly exposes her flaws to reveal the magnificent beautiful woman she is inside. The writing is flawless and her vivid descriptions take the reader from South Africa to the snow cap peaks of the American Rockies. Whether in New York City, San Francisco, Toronto and places in between, her adventure becomes your adventure. Throughout the journey, her resilience and her belief in love and in her own spirit is dazzling. Her journey is not easy, but its honest and true. Life’s Not Yoga, is a non-stop adventure that you simply can’t put down. I recommend this beautiful memoir, so eloquently and honestly shared with all of us, in this very well written book. I can’t wait to read about her next adventure!!! I recommend this book!!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    YVETTE SMITH

    I was born and grew up in South Africa, and having gone to school with Jacqui, we soon became good friends. And I'm grateful that we have remained in contact no matter the distance between us. We made some unforgettable memories and I will always feel privileged to call Jacqui my friend. I couldn't wait for Jacqui to publish her first book, and when she messaged me to say her book was published, I immediately ordered it. And I quite literally could not put it down from start to finish. I was riv I was born and grew up in South Africa, and having gone to school with Jacqui, we soon became good friends. And I'm grateful that we have remained in contact no matter the distance between us. We made some unforgettable memories and I will always feel privileged to call Jacqui my friend. I couldn't wait for Jacqui to publish her first book, and when she messaged me to say her book was published, I immediately ordered it. And I quite literally could not put it down from start to finish. I was riveted all the way through. She's a brilliant writer and for me, the pages came to life and I felt like I was part of her story. I now have a new level of respect and admiration for Jacqui and I truly cannot wait to see her in person again so that we can hug each other and share our stories. Xx

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Families have secrets, struggles and sins. A refreshingly honest memoir of finding the courage to acknowledge and accept experiences, and then get on with living your life. She states “writing my story has freed me to live beyond my shame, guilt and blame stories.” I loved how each chapter began with a positive, thought provoking quote relating to her journey of self-discovery. I would have liked more stories of her yoga experience (despite the book’s title) and less stories of Dan (another weak Families have secrets, struggles and sins. A refreshingly honest memoir of finding the courage to acknowledge and accept experiences, and then get on with living your life. She states “writing my story has freed me to live beyond my shame, guilt and blame stories.” I loved how each chapter began with a positive, thought provoking quote relating to her journey of self-discovery. I would have liked more stories of her yoga experience (despite the book’s title) and less stories of Dan (another weak and confused married man). Her perseverance is inspirational as well as her discipline to find peace in hiking, writing and daily yoga. I recommend this book and look forward to her next. And thank her for bravely sharing her story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. There were times that I was internally screaming “girl, stop it!” But I have gone through some of the same things regarding relationships and I know how those feelings can sometimes take over. It was a very honest and open account. She doesn’t always paint herself in the best light because she knows she’s not perfect. Nobody is. We all make mistakes and we all go through struggles. How we react to those things is the important thing. This wa This book was exactly what I needed to read right now. There were times that I was internally screaming “girl, stop it!” But I have gone through some of the same things regarding relationships and I know how those feelings can sometimes take over. It was a very honest and open account. She doesn’t always paint herself in the best light because she knows she’s not perfect. Nobody is. We all make mistakes and we all go through struggles. How we react to those things is the important thing. This was a journey of self discovery and love, for her as well as myself while I was reading it. Life is not made of roses and sunshine, but it can be if you dig into yourself and find what’s important to you. Thank you for an eye opening experience Jacqui!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Claudie Torrez

    WoW! What a riveting read this was! I didn’t think I would finish the book as quickly as I did, but I could not put it down. In the book Jacqui shows us how to love every part of our life story - the good, the bad and the ugly. She does the hard work to shine light on her broken places and to allow that light to burst through and heal the hurt kept bottled up deep inside. I wasn’t prepared for the emotion this book would awaken in me, but I am forever grateful that I was gifted this book. Thank WoW! What a riveting read this was! I didn’t think I would finish the book as quickly as I did, but I could not put it down. In the book Jacqui shows us how to love every part of our life story - the good, the bad and the ugly. She does the hard work to shine light on her broken places and to allow that light to burst through and heal the hurt kept bottled up deep inside. I wasn’t prepared for the emotion this book would awaken in me, but I am forever grateful that I was gifted this book. Thank you Jacqui for being brave enough to put your story on paper so we can learn to love ALL OF OURSELVES.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rob Cameron

    So glad to see that you finally pushed through and completed this book. Easy to find myself rather anonymously, within the pages about the short time while you were here in Toronto, in my own comfort, as I now understand clearly the depths of your struggles, which you were open about, if not yet able to untangle. This book reads easily, yet uncomfortably, in that most everyone should find a parallel, that we need to take responsibility for our own happiness in the present, which together with se So glad to see that you finally pushed through and completed this book. Easy to find myself rather anonymously, within the pages about the short time while you were here in Toronto, in my own comfort, as I now understand clearly the depths of your struggles, which you were open about, if not yet able to untangle. This book reads easily, yet uncomfortably, in that most everyone should find a parallel, that we need to take responsibility for our own happiness in the present, which together with self love and a dream are all that is real. RC

  26. 5 out of 5

    BalaKudu Bookstore

    Reviewed by Staff Member: Anika Jooste Jacqui Burnette is truly a gifted author. This book will definitely take you on a journey as you experience Jacqui's past and present. At times I was angry, happy, sad, and laughed with her. I personally loved reading about places in South Africa such as Somerset West where I have grown up. As Jacqui experiences life and all its curves, you relate to her struggles. This book has left me inspired and has made me realise that no matter where you are in life yo Reviewed by Staff Member: Anika Jooste Jacqui Burnette is truly a gifted author. This book will definitely take you on a journey as you experience Jacqui's past and present. At times I was angry, happy, sad, and laughed with her. I personally loved reading about places in South Africa such as Somerset West where I have grown up. As Jacqui experiences life and all its curves, you relate to her struggles. This book has left me inspired and has made me realise that no matter where you are in life you can always dust yourself off and face the world head-on.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendi Oliveros

    I don't know where to begin on this book. It took me on a roller coaster ride which was unimaginable and yet it was Jacqui's real life. She wrote with such honesty about her pain; she is a brave person. I am grateful to have read Jacqui's story. It is thought provoking and inspiring because she never gave up, she persevered when others (like me) would have hidden under the covers for years. Thanks Jacqui for sharing your personal story and for the inspirational quotes before each chapter. Victor I don't know where to begin on this book. It took me on a roller coaster ride which was unimaginable and yet it was Jacqui's real life. She wrote with such honesty about her pain; she is a brave person. I am grateful to have read Jacqui's story. It is thought provoking and inspiring because she never gave up, she persevered when others (like me) would have hidden under the covers for years. Thanks Jacqui for sharing your personal story and for the inspirational quotes before each chapter. Victor Frankl brings back memories of 11th grade religion class at my Catholic high school.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Summer Mclean

    Life's Not Yoga: A Memoir is an inspirational read, one that hit me on a personal level. This raw, haunting telling of Miss Burnett's life struggles is a haunting, personal tale that I don't think I'll ever forget. It is told in such a way that makes the reader reflect on themselves, and their own life- or at least, that was what it did for me. Honestly, this book has become one that I will keep on my shelves for many years to come, and is my favorite book I've read so far this year (2021). I wo Life's Not Yoga: A Memoir is an inspirational read, one that hit me on a personal level. This raw, haunting telling of Miss Burnett's life struggles is a haunting, personal tale that I don't think I'll ever forget. It is told in such a way that makes the reader reflect on themselves, and their own life- or at least, that was what it did for me. Honestly, this book has become one that I will keep on my shelves for many years to come, and is my favorite book I've read so far this year (2021). I would wholeheartedly recommend anyone with a desire to do some soul searching to read this book, and put themselves in the shoes of Miss Burnett.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    An inspiring read. The book reminds one that you can overcome anything if you have the will. And not just overcome difficulties life throws at you, but overcome it with a sense of peace and love and acceptance. Having grown up in similar times as author, I found much I could relate to - especially concerning the apartheid times. I feel the author wrote from a true-self perspective with no airs and graces. I highly recommend this book for all.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    I am not a big reader but this book captivated me. Such a page-turner and I read it in two weeks. Because I was so captivated by it I recommended it to my sister, who is a big reader, and she highly recommends that every young girl should read it and thinks it should be in every library. I have now passed it on to my niece who is reading it and anxious to hear her review on it once she has finished.

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