Suzy Approved Book Tours Review: Gather As You Go by Carol Lavin Bernick

Posted 21 February, 2020 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Suzy Approved Book Tours Review: Gather As You Go by Carol Lavin Bernick
Title: Gather As You Go
Author: Carol Lavin Bernick
Published by Indie
Date Published: 2018
Pages: 455
Genres: Non Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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A true “life resource,” Gather As You Go – Sharing Lessons Learned Along the Way is a collection of 300+ stories with powerful lessons, key insights and helpful tips from Carol Lavin Bernick, learned through her experiences as a corporate and civic leader, working mother and philanthropist. Through her insights, thoughts, and wisdoms, she provides people of all ages practical advice to enjoy a more resilient, positive and productive life.

Rather than writing several books, Bernick chose to create one self-help book imparting easily digestible short stories of her experiences for people with crazy, busy lives. Gather As You Go is part business book - sharing stories from her thirty-seven years at the Alberto Culver Company and encompassing new product development, branding, the company’s cultural overhaul she led, and the challenges in a family-owned business.

It’s also part family focused – with advice on raising great kids as a working mom, losing loved ones - one to drugs and one to cancer, and the challenges of and solutions to helping elderly parents.

It’s also part coffee table and lifestyle book – providing tips on designing, building and decorating homes; entertaining, throwing great parties and weddings; and creating meaningful and major charitable efforts to make communities stronger through philanthropy.

Gather As You Go covers a lot of ground. Organized into 10 chapters that take the form of quick, informative and empowering life lessons and reflections, each chapter features introductory thoughts from well-respected people speaking to their own expertise.

With its beautiful photographs and artful illustrations, this substantive, 455-page book is a must-have. From Millennial to Baby Boomer, readers will find Bernick’s teachings to be authentic, sincere, and down-to-earth.

All net proceeds from the sale of Gather As You Go benefit Enchanted Backpack, a nonprofit that delivers school supply essentials, books, education resources, winter coats, art supplies, recess equipment and more to under-resourced schools in the Chicagoland area. Each year the organization will touch the hearts and minds of 20,000 students.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

My Thoughts
Those that know me, know I don’t read many non-fiction books. However, something about this one really called to me. Whether it was the design of the cover, or the description of the content within, I don’t know, but I do know this. It’s one that won’t soon leave me!
The wisdom in this book, the way it’s written, is amazing. Filled with lots of the authors life happenings, she creates passages in the book that draw from those lessons. The pictures that are included within this book are beautiful. It’s eye catching, thought provoking and stunningly created! As someone who suffers daily from severe panic disorder and depression, these life lessons truly helped me!
If you want a book that will get the conversations flowing, turn to this memoir. You will be pleasantly surprised! This is a book that you will want to put on the coffee table and keep it there for all to see. Let your friends and family come over and hand it to them. Take it work and leave it on the break room table for all to see. Simply put: read this now, enjoy and share!
And, just a note. Net proceeds from the sales of Gather As You Go support Enchanted Backpack, a Chicago-area nonprofit founded by the Lavin and Bernick families with the belief that all children deserve to have the tools they need to learn and excel.

About Carol Lavin Bernick

Carol Lavin Bernick is former executive chairman of Alberto Culver, civic leader, working mother and philanthropist. Bernick is the author of Gather As You Go, a collection of short, digestible stories that offer powerful lessons, key insights and helpful tips based on her life experiences. Visit Bernick’s online community at to read more about her wisdoms, and even offer one of your own. Net proceeds from sales of the book benefit Enchanted Backpack, a nonprofit supporting under-resourced elementary and middle schools through deliveries of a variety of school supply essentials, including books, winter coats and clothing, art supplies and recess equipment to more than 20,000 students each year.

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