By Sassafras Lowrey
By Stephanie Krikorian
Hooked on Self-Help
A craving for quick fixes: When the recession turned her life upside down, Stephanie Krikorian had to reinvent her life…and fast. She started ghostwriting self-help books for women. Between writing and researching she realized that everywhere she looked there was AFOG. Another fu*king opportunity for growth. Soon she wasn’t just writing each book; she was living them! This was the start of a ten-year zen bender of dieting, dating, journaling, meditating, and Marie-Kondo-ing on a quest for that ultimate self-help high.
Fifty and fabulous: Stephanie Krikorian spent her forties trying all of the dating hacks to find love and respect, all of the diets to build self-esteem in a new body, and all of the spiritual guidance to become centered through self-care. On the brink of turning fifty she realized that being better wasn’t what she craved; it was something else altogether.
How to love yourself: Zen Bender is the story of one woman’s journey to radical acceptance and self-love, with some questionable advice along the way. In a collection of witty, moving, insightful stories, the woman behind bestselling celebrity self-help books shares her story of being hooked on the self-help fix for a decade before learning that all the self-help in the world won’t create self-love.
A self-confidence book for women: For anyone tired of promises to change everything in just thirty days, this book is a breath of fresh air. Readers who enjoyed self-confidence books for women like The Universe Has Your Back, The Self-Love Experiment, The Gifts of Imperfection, and Yoga Bitch will love the message of radical acceptance in Zen Bender: A Decade-Long Enthusiastic Quest to Fix Everything (That Was Never Broken).
By Joseph Hayden
By Marc Silber
Creative Conversations from some of the world's top photographers, filmmakers, Grammy award winners, TED presenters, actors, CEOs and more!
Many of us think of creativity as something distant and incompatible with daily life—a skill that artists get to use, but not the rest of us. Maybe you feel like a land-locked surfer, yearning for exhilarating rides. Or maybe you live for the few hours a week when you can take photographs, paint, or write. It’s time for a new mindset. From the parent coming up with ways to keep the kids entertained, to the entrepreneur inventing a new product—all of us have many opportunities for creative expression. Successful people know that living itself can be an art. Create shows you how to rediscover the artist within you.
Live a More Creative Life through Creative Conversations and Understand the Natural Cycle of Creativity: People who make a living in the creative arts know that there is a cycle to unlocking the imagination. Visualize, know your tools, work your craft, refine, share. When you tap in to this cycle, you’ll find ways to operate at your highest state in all aspects of life.
Find your creative purpose: Overcoming the barriers to innovation is easier than you think.Marc Silber, best selling author, award-wining creative and educator, will show you how to avoid the traps of procrastination, overthinking, and self-doubt. The exercises in this book are specifically designed to help you find certainty and confidence in self-expression.
Create is not like other art books about the techniques of a specific style. This is a guide for personal development.
In this guide, you’ll learn how to:
- Master the techniques of visualization
- Draw inspiration from the world around you
- Collaborate with people who can further your vision
- And share with others to spread the joy
If you enjoyed motivational books like The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, and Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way: 25th Anniversary Edition, you’ll love Create.
By Nita Sweeney
#1 Amazon New Release! — Reclaim Your Life and Choose Joy Over Fear
Learn to find joy in every day: Susie Rinehart seemed to have it all—two beautiful kids and a loving husband, a job where she was respected as a leader, and medals as an ultramarathon champion. Then she found out that a tumor on her brainstem threatened to take away her voice…and her life. With so much at stake, Susie had to rethink how she wanted to live. Fierce Joy is the incredible story of one woman who learned to shed perfection and find joy in every day.
Brave is better than perfect: So many of us grew up believing that achievements would lead to love and acceptance. Just ace that test, win that race, get that job, and happiness will follow. But it’s hard to arrive at happiness when we’re motivated by fear. When she faced losing everything, Susie learned to choose joy over fear, and brave over perfect.
Find strength in your voice: This incredible story is about healing, rediscovering yourself, and becoming a warrior in a new way. For anyone who has lost their voice in the never-ending struggle to please others, Susie offers hope. In each section of the book she offers a series of takeaways—lessons she learned when life forced her to slow down and step back.
Readers of Fierce Joy will:
- Learn how to overcome fear and choose joy
- Stop trying to be perfect and choose to be brave
- Learn to slow down and enjoy life
- Become a warrior for healing and happiness
Fierce Joy is a memoir perfect for readers who loved The Unwinding of the Miracle, Love Warrior, and Risking the Rapids.
By Latoyia Dennis and Others
By Bobby Parrish and Others
By Will Castro
Learn From a Giant in the Business of Customizing Cars
A “Unique” car book: Will Castro, star of Velocity Channel’s Unique Rides and one of the most popular car customizers in America, has achieved the American Dream, finding great success doing something he loves. He has worked with marquee names in entertainment and Unique Hustle is packed with anecdotes of some of the biggest names in sports, music, film and television; including P. Diddy, LeBron James, Nicki Minaj, Carmelo Anthony, Jason DeRulo, IceT and DJ Khaled, just to name a few.
The hustle of customizing and restoring cars: Discover Will’s inspiring journey to success from growing up poor in the housing projects in New York’s Lower East Side to customizing the rides of the rich and famous. A Unique Life tells his personal stories of trial and triumph. With only a high school education, audacity, and passion, he ground out a place for himself in the world and hustled his way to the top.
How to customize your car: Alongside Will’s story, Unique Hustle provides a “how to” from a professional to readers who love to learn about cars and customization techniques. Readers will learn:
- Which cars are best suited for specific customizations
- The do’s and don’ts of car exteriors including paint jobs, rims, and wraps
- The do’s and don’ts of car interiors
- How to add “unique” flair with stereo and video systems, cigar boxes and more
An inspiring true story of struggle, cars and the American Dream
By Karen Arrinston and Others
How Big Do You Want to Live?
Channel your black girl magic: If you’re feeling stuck or trapped by other people’s expectations of what you can achieve, it’s time to stop playing small and start redefining what success can mean for you. It’s time to get that upgrade. Karen Arrington—founder of the Miss Black USA Pageant, creator of the Next Level Women’s Summit, and mentor to thousands of confident, successful young black women—is your guide to getting your next level life.
Leave a legacy of black excellence: With the seven simple rules, you’ll learn how to bring your career, income, and lifestyle to that next level. Don’t settle for a life of invisibility and mediocrity. Set ambitious goals, reach for bigger opportunities, and know that you are brave enough to get what you deserve.
The rules of success in Your Next Level Life will show you how to:
- Create all the money you need
- Position yourself like a star
- Connect with other powerful women
Give a gift of confidence: For anyone looking for inspirational gifts for women in their lives, Your Next Level Life is unlike other self-help books for women. It’s a guide to opportunity that recognizes and celebrates the true magic of ambitious black women.
Your Next Level Life is where Gay Hendricks’s The Big Leap meets Shonda Rhimes’s Year of Yes. If you liked personal development books like Believe Bigger and Don’t Settle for Safe, you’ll love Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules of Power, Confidence, and Opportunity for Black Women in America.
By Sherry Richert Belul
Creative Ways to Show Your Love Every Day
Inspiration when the words are hard: Sometimes it’s difficult to find the right way to say “I love you” to the people you appreciate the most in life. The emotions are there, but the words don’t come. Say It Now shows you how to put your feelings into words—and actions, too. From activities that take just a minute, to love letters, joy jars, tribute videos, surprise parties, and more, this book helps you celebrate the most important people in your life.
Appreciate the time you have together: We never know how much time we have left with our loved ones. If there’s someone you care about deeply—a parent, grandparent, child, friend, colleague, teacher, or neighbor—don’t wait to express how you feel. Say It Now offers inspiring stories and ways to write those first love notes and share couples gifts that you’ll treasure for years.
Ideas for every love language: Whether it’s words of affection, thoughtful actions, handmade love gifts, or just your time and attention, Say It Now has ways for you to express your love in your own way. Start with these thirty-three ideas and make them your own. If you are a daughter looking for the right way to say “what I love about Dad,” or a husband looking for creative anniversary gifts, Say It Now has the inspiration you need.
Say It Now: 33 Ways to Say I LOVE YOU to the Most Important People In Your Life is an activity book to spark creativity, perfect for anyone who enjoys books like What I Love About You: Fill In the Love Journal, The Big Activity Book for Couples, or I Love You: The Activity Book Meant To Be Shared.
- Get inspired to say “I love you” to the important people in your life
- Make a big impact in someone’s day
- Save money with gift ideas that don’t cost much to create
- Build a stronger bond with friends
- Make someone’s day
- Feel positive, optimistic, and connected
By Julie Peters
Rediscover Love and Desire after Sexual Assault
Readers of The Body Keeps the Score, The Deepest Well and Trauma Stewardship will want to pick up Want: Recovering Desire after Sexual Assault.
Have the courage to heal: We know, increasingly, how common and devastating sexual violence is for women, but we don’t always talk about how survivors can recover from the trauma and return to desire, sexuality, trust, and pleasure. Want is the story of how Julie Peters did just that—and how you can, too.
Move past the fog of trauma: In the years after the assault, Julie was in what she calls the fog of trauma: the colorless, tasteless experience of barely getting through the day. No one—not counsellors, support groups, or other survivors—could give her any advice about how to find the desire that could bring her back to joy, intimacy, and connection, so she had to make it up on her own. In Want, a genuine, vulnerable, and accessible account, Julie tells the story of getting from the devastation of trauma to living a full life in eight sometimes challenging, often bumbling, and occasionally totally delightful steps.
Experience hope, healing and recovery: We have plenty of stories about the helplessness, frustration, and vengeful feelings that can come up after trauma. Culturally, we have started a conversation about these experiences, and we’re all confused about what this all means for our relationships with each other. We badly need stories of hope, healing, and recovery. Survivors of assault, if you've been thinking to yourself, "I thought it was just me," Julie is here to show you that you are not alone. Your loved ones may not know how to support you, but they can learn more about your experiences and how to walk alongside you through this book, just as you can learn how to recover from the trauma you've experienced. Want offers a window into one person’s experience of recovery—plus the happy ending we all need to know is possible after trauma.
Want: Recovering Desire after Sexual Assault is Julie's story of getting through the devastation of sexual assault to living a full life. In this book, you will learn how to implement the eight steps Julie took to recovery:
By Greta Solomon
Discover the Life-Changing Power of Freewriting and Journaling
Discover who you are: Writing for yourself is an incredible way to heal your heart, find happiness, and reconnect with the things that matter most. Journaling and freewriting can bring you a deeper level of self-awareness, allowing you to truly know who you are. Heart, Sass & Soul will show you how to develop a writing practice that nurtures inner strength and promotes a rich, fulfilled life.
Recover the joy of creative self-expression: As kids, many of us had vibrant imaginations and our lives were full of creativity. Over time, that self-expression gets lost in the busy routine of everyday life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. The tips, techniques, and exercises for freewriting in this book will help you tap into that creativity deep in your soul.
Writing can be your best self-care therapy: Most of us, at some point in our lives, will lose something we truly love. That time in-between jobs, friends, relationships, homes, or whatever else, is the “great unknown.” Contrary to what some may tell you, this is not the time to make major, life-changing decisions. In the midst of loss and grief, you need self-care more than ever. In fact, the best thing to do in these times is write.
A new approach to finding happiness: If you love self-help books for women like Start Where You Are, Practice You, and 52 Lists for Happiness, you’ll love this new approach. Heart, Sass, & Soul is not a journal. It’s a method for writing freely that will change the way you live.
With this essential guide, you will learn how to:
- Overcome self-doubt and develop a new creative identity
- Transform dark times into something beautiful
- Find moments for healing yourself without judgement
- Become empowered with uninhibited self-expression
By Allen Klein
Rarely before in history has the United States and the world at large been so divided. With each new Tweet, falsehood, or upsetting news headline, the things we once took for granted, and believed in, have become upended and, in the process, have crushed our spirit. The inspired ideas and power thoughts in Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times will provide you with hope, a renewed spirit and a new perspective at viewing our worrisome times.
Author Allen Klein, the world’s only Jollytologist, knows how the right thought at the right time can change your day for the better and, in this book, offers a lifetime of positive change.
Positive Thoughts for Troubling Times provides you with succinct ideas to help rise above present-day frustrations, hurts and worries. Some of the categories covered are: Change, Choices, Fear, Hope, Love, Never Give Up, Positivity, and Staying Strong.
By Ilja Grzeskowitz
Personality is the Key to Professional Success
Personal relationships are key to success: In a time when workplaces are becoming more digital and more automated every day, our mindsets and our personal relationships will determine whether we succeed in tomorrow’s markets. We all have one shot to make a lasting impact. Innovators with the changemaker mindset know how to see that opportunity when it comes and make it matter.
The human success factor: In the coming years, the human success factor will determine who is among the winners and who is among the losers. All business adventures start with a focus on the self. When you know who you are and develop a deep sense of confidence in yourself, you’ll have the flexibility to roll with the punches.
Change comes from within: Whether your goal is to lead a self-determined life, position your company for the future, or be a successful part of a team, external change starts with internal transformation.
With The Changemaker Mindset, you’ll master the three Ps of personal development:
- Purpose. Reconsider what motivates you and find your non-negotiable core principles.
- People. Build a strong inner circle of peers, because nobody wins alone.
- Persistence. Develop the confidence to take action, navigate setbacks, and implement change.
Readers who liked The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Leading Change by John Kotter, and The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen will love this new approach to effective business management from personal development.
By BJ Gallagher and Others
Inspirational and Spiritual Prayer Guide
If you liked Help, Thanks, Wow by Anne Lamott or Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado, you’ll love Your Life is Your Prayer.
Prayer can point your life in the right direction—or the wrong one: Whatever you’ve got going on in your life is what you’ve been praying for—sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously. If you want something different in your life, you must pray a different prayer. Your Life is Your Prayer by BJ Gallagher and Sam Beasley will show you how to do just that.
Everything you do is prayer: You may not realize it—many people don’t—but the decisions you make throughout the day, the attitudes you adopt, the conversations you have, the way you respond to other people, and the thoughts you think are all prayers. The food you choose to eat is a prayer, the way you spend your money is a prayer—even the way you drive is a prayer! We are constantly communing with the Divine, even in our most mundane activities. And our prayers are always answered in the affirmative: “Yes.”
The Universe will give you what you're praying for: Whatever you’re thinking about (and therefore praying about) will manifest in your life. If you are worrying, "I don’t have enough money," the Universe will say ‘Yes, you don’t have enough money.’ If you’re constantly lamenting, "I don’t have a man in my life," the Universe will respond, ‘Yes, you don’t have a man.’ If you frequently complain, "I’m fat," the Universe will answer, ‘Yes, you’re fat.’ Your thoughts and words are prayers, and the Universe always gives you what you’re praying for.
Your Life is Your Prayer will show you how to change your life by changing your prayer:
- Learn how to stop complaining
- Discover how to focus on what you do want, not what you don’t want
- Learn how to make your prayers positive and affirming—to get more of what you want in your life
- Discover how, by constantly choosing new thoughts and new conversations, you will literally create a new life for yourself
By Gautama Buddha
Inspirational Llamas and Alpacas
Readers of Start with Why, You Are Here and Whatever You Are, Be A Good One will love the quotes and teachings of Zen Llamas (and Alpacas)
Advice from Zen Leaders: Join some cuddly llamas for encouragement from Buddhist teachers like Thich Nhat Hahn and the Buddha himself in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas). Don’t let the adorable alpacas fool you—they have plenty of mindfulness wisdom to share in the form of quotes and verses. These timeless verses will continue to be helpful and relevant to your life for years to come.
Daily Mindfulness: Meditate along with these verses daily. Learn from the lovely llama to be true in body and mind. If you appreciated the mindfulness encouragement from Peace Is Every Step, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching and Together Is Better, you will love the quotes in Zen Llamas (and Alpacas).
Let your inner Zen Llama guide you to enlightenment.