Book review + win a copy of Mindset Medicine by Mari L. McCarthy

Mindset Medicine

Today I’m reviewing the book Mindset Medicine by award-winning international bestseller Mari L. McCarthy and also offering my readers the opportunity to win their own copy!

Those of you who know me will no doubt be aware that in addition to my frugal French leanings I am a writer and also a BACP accredited psychotherapist, so when I was invited to be part of Mari’s book tour for her newest book Mindset Medicine I was excited to join in.

As a blogger and Instagrammer I am often offered products to review, but I rarely ever do because they are something that I wouldn’t use or be interested in – however journaling and self-reflection as a means of managing our mental health is very much my idea of a good time!

In my work I encourage my clients to come to their own conclusions about why certain thoughts or feelings might occur – often this means that we do a deep dive into their experiences and feelings.

When the session is over I am keen for my clients to continue this work so that they may come to understand themselves really well, and that they can continue their good work in therapy long after they have finished paying for sessions. A great, structured way for them to do this is through bibliotherapy (reading for therapy) and also reflective journaling.

In her third book, Mari reveals a journaling power path that leads to an awareness of how vibrant your life will be when you…

• Understand why you absolutely have to love yourself first

• Tap into your hidden gifts and talents

• Declare why others must ALWAYS respect you

• Establish rock-solid unbreakable boundaries

• Promise to be YOUR own superhero!

Loving the sound of this, I dove into the book and was pleasantly surprised to find the language approachable and readable – a tone often missing from many self-help books which can lean towards being clinical and difficult to relate to.

Mari also talks about her own experiences using journalling to deal with her issues (we all have them, even the helpers!) and I found it really made the book relatable and approachable.

Personally, I use reflective journaling to organise my thoughts and understand myself better – as one of my writing heroes once said:


“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

Joan Didion

If I didn’t write, I am confident that I would have a much poorer view of who I am and what I’m doing here. But I appreciate that not everyone thinks like that, so Mindset Medicine is a great tool for all of us in the exploration of ourselves. It offers guidance, prompts, exercises and examples of how to do this and I found the exercises really useful, even as a seasoned reflective journaler.

If you too would like to read Mindset Medicine, you can enter my competition (UK & EU only) by sharing my related Instagram post in your IG stories and tagging me @frugalfrance – all of these shares are to be completed by midnight CET on 14/02/2022 and I will randomly select a winner – who will receive a hard copy of Mindset Medicine – to be announced on my Instagram account on Tuesday 15/02/2022. Bon courage!

Missed out on the competition? You can pick up a copy of Mindset Medicine here. My copy has been #gifted to me as part of the Mindset Medicine Women on Writing book tour, however, my review and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Mari L. McCarthy, Founder and CEO – Chief Empowerment Officer of, teaches curious health-conscious action-takers how to use Journaling For The Health Of It®️ to heal the emotional, creative, physical, and spiritual issues in their tissues. She also shows them how to use this powerful personal transformation tool to know, grow and share their True Self. Mari is the multi-award-winning author of Journaling Power: How To Create The Happy, Healthy Life You Want To Live, Heal Your Self With Journaling Power and Mindset Medicine: A Journaling Power Self-Love Book. She’s also created 20+ Journaling For The Health Of It® Self-Management 101 Workbooks including Who Am I?, Take Control Of Your Health! and Start Journaling For The Health Of It® Write Now.


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