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Swiss Cheese Theory of Life {Review}

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Swiss Cheese Theory of Life

I'm a Stinky Cheese!! Are you?!! It's the reason you are reading this review right now instead of several weeks ago. It's the reason I'm up until 1am (or 3am) every single night. It's the reason I'm behind at work ALL. THE. TIME. I can't even begin to tell you the impact The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life has had on me and how much of it I wanted to share with you!! I would have to just embed it on my blog for you all to read!!

The theory is that Life is like Swiss Cheese – full of holes (i.e. imperfections) – it's the holes that give us character and make us unique. Did you know that the larger the holes in Swiss Cheese, the sweeter and tastier the cheese?!!

Swiss is not like any other cheese and likewise, you are unique and not like anyone else!

I have to start with introducing you to the characters used throughout the book so you can understand what I'm talking about!!

Swiss WizThe Swiss Wiz is your mentor. He guides you through the book while you learn about the Slices of Life. He teaches you not to stress over the holes in your life, but gives you pieces of wisdom to guide you through. He may say, "The mindset of mindfulness helps us be at peace with the way things are. It allows us to see things in a very different perspective…"



Fairy of Life The Swiss Cheese Fairy of Life is a complement to the Wizard, but she's your nurturer. She sprinkles fairy dust – or Parmesan cheese – to remind you of your inner strength. She will teach you about self-love and self-acceptance. She will teach you to love yourself. She may say, "You need not prove yorself to be worthy-you are worthy no matter what.You are special without being perfect. Have fun trying and learning new things!"



Stinky Cheese The Stinky Cheese is our unhealthy thoughts and habits, that self-sabotaging self-talk. It may say, "I have so much on my plate, there is no way I can get all this done! It’s useless!"

My own personal take on this that just came up for me while I'm writing this and has nothing to do with the authors' intention (maybe): Okay, here's an observations for you!! The man is the wisdom and the leader, the woman lifts you up and loves, and it's an inanimate object that talks to you about negativity…hmm…sound like God's plan?!!

This book is like the self-help book of all self-help books. No, really, let me tell you. It starts out telling you the Theory of Swiss Cheese, how it relates to life and why the authors came to this conclusion. It introduces the characters above and the authors and then jumps into the slices – there are TEN Digestible Slices of Life!!

Fondue Can Never Turn Back Into a Block of Cheese Giving up the Habit…of Regret

There is No Such Thing as a Perfect Slice of Cheese! Transforming Mistakes and Failure Into Success

No Whine With the Cheese, Please! Healthy Thinking for Life!

If the Cheese is Ripe, DIG IN! Be Proactive, Not Reactive!

Living Whole Despite the Holes! Mindfulness and Spirituality

Enjoy the Wine and Cheese Party! Making People Connections

Cheese Lite! Welcoming Wellness for a Healthier YOU!

The Cheese Wheel of Life – How Do You Slice It? Achieving Life Balance

Mastering the Cheese Wheel of Change! How to Be a Stress Manager…and Not a Stress Carrier!

Smile and Say Cheese! Forgiveness, Gratitude and Optimism

The Extra Slice – You Can't Miss With the Swiss!

So…why do I say this is the ultimate self-help book?!! Because it's just so much more than that!!

The authors use their experiences as a psychotherapist and life-coach consultant to bring client examples of how they have used these theories into their sessions and how the clients reacted. You will find "Client Examples" from both authors throughout the book!!

"Ask the Therapist" answers questions that we ask ourselves, things that baffle us about our own behaviors, such as "Why is it so tempting (with the benefit of hindsight), to use the past as a hitching post, rather than a guidepost?". The authors use their education to help explain the answers to these questions.

The authors reference many other teachings throughout their explanations which can be useful for another therapist reading this book. It's like a one-stop shop for self-help knowledge!!

Finally, throughout the Slices, you will begin to assemble the

Swiss Cheese Tool Kit

Swiss Cheese Tool Kit

If you haven't guessed it yet, this book is just so much fun!! It's not a self-help book that you end up feeling worse about yourself before things get better. It's not about lecturing you on what you NEED to do, what you SHOULD do, or what you COULD HAVE DONE to make your life better.

It just feels like you're reading a story, maybe a comic strip book, but you're feeling better and better about yourself as you go along!!

If you're not convinced, go over to The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life and download the first two chapters for FREE!! If you're not hooked after that, come back and tell me because I'm going to be amazed!!



 Judy BelmontJudith A. Belmont, MS, is a national speaker, corporate wellness trainer, member of the National Speakers Association, and a member of the association for Journalists and Authors. With a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann Medical College, her experience as a psychotherapist and educator spans over 30 years.



Lora ShorLora Shor, MSW, LSW, is a work/life consultant to global corporations, health care systems, universities, employee assistance programs, and The United States Government. She has written and presented hundreds of workshops and seminars for Fortune 500 companies including Wells Fargo/Wachovia, United Health, Merck, Morgan Stanley, PG&E, Arrow International, and DuPont, among many others.




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About JanetGoingCrazy

Janet is a work outside the home mother of one rambunctious four year old boy. She works in the Child Safety field by day and blogs by night. She is best at cracking herself up while always trying to find the humor in parenting and life in general. Janet is reviewing new products left and right and trying to keep up with this craziness called blogging!! (Oh, and she likes exclamation points!!)


  1. Awesome review! Thanks so much. I’ll check it out!
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  2. Danielle

    Mmmm… cheese! And when you pair it with a learning experience how can you go wrong. Definitely a book that has caught my eye. Must put it on my Christmas list :)
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  3. Isra says:

    Janet, you had me at swiss cheese= sabotaging thoughts! Aren’t we our own worse enemy after all? It does feel good knowing I’m not the only one who is trying to do it all, and falling, or seem like I’m falling behind. Is there a kindle version? I’m all about my e-reader! Thanks for a great review!
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  4. Judy Belmont says:

    Janet – Thanks you for the amazing review. You have beautifully captured the essence of what this book is all about! Thank You!!!!

    We are thrilled that you have embraced The Swiss Cheese Theory of Life! We really appreciate your endorsement and are very grateful that you are sharing it with others.

    We love your very colorful and well done site and are enticed by those greats giveaways you have!

    Wishing you and your viewers to go forward in appreciation and gratefulness, and from the inside to the outside, be able to “Smile and Say CHEESE!” – Judy Belmont

    • janet says:

      Judy, thank you so much for the compliments and coming by my site!! Feel free to enter all the giveaways…aren’t they fun?!! I love the book and can’t wait until I have a color printer so I can print it in color and read it over and over!! It really is fun and a great tool for people wanting to feel better about themselves, parents to help their children grow up strong, and even therapists looking for more ways to help their clients!! I couldn’t figure out how to put it all into one post!!!! Thank you for letting me review it!!

      • Judy Belmont says:

        Thanks Janet – No need to print it in color – we will send you a copy of it in full color when it comes out in December. Just in time for the holidays!!!! Since the book is so colorful and was designed in color, the publisher is publishing a color version too – and you will be one of the first one to get it ! We will be taking re-orders in a few days for the color version on our web site.

  5. Looks like a great book!
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