Book Review: Bright Light

Bright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in ActingBright Light: Spiritual Lessons from a Life in Acting by Dee Wallace

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dee Wallace’s Bright Light is in part a memoir and in part a new age self help book. (In case you are wondering who the heck Dee Wallace is – she played the mom in ET.) Her philosophy seems very similar to the the New Thought movement and The Secret – basically that positive affirmations, thinking and energy can heal both mind and body and help one achieve ones life goals.

Dee walks us through her career and personal life and points out when and how things went well and explains what she was doing energetically at that time. She also is not shy about pointing out her shortcomings and explaining how she unconsciously sabotaged her life at times.

As an amateur actor myself, I found reading about her acting classes and techniques very interesting. I also liked learning more about the professional side of the business. I was less interested in her New Age philosophy but by the end of the book, she had me thinking that she might be on to something. There is not much “how-to” information in this book but she includes a bibliography of recommended books at the end if the reader wants to learn more about her spiritual practices.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Dee Wallace since she’s from Kansas City so I was pleased that she came across as charming and likable in this book. Fans of hers will like it as well as people interested in reading about the spiritual journeys of others.

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(I received this book courtesy of the Goodreads Firstreads program.)