May’s Books To Live By

Are you safeguarding your future? The second half of life offers different challenges than the first half, and you have be ready for them.

This month’s Books To Live By will give you the help you need to create plans and gain peace of mind.

I am so pleased to present our May selections:

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What You Really Need to Know for the Second Half of Life and Protect Your Family: Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home

One of our country’s top eldercare attorneys, Julie Steinbacher, who also is featured in the Women on Fire May membership package, was a co-author of the books.

She planned and organized the writing of this compilation book from a handpicked team of certified attorneys from across the nation who specialize in elder care law and estate planning.

The information is written in clear, direct language. It gives you the essential knowledge and best advice for planning for retirement, long-term-care options and end-of-life issues for yourself and your loved ones while protecting assets.

There is work to be done, but the groundwork is laid out for you here.

Topics include wills, senior living options and life care needs, business succession, Social Security, Medicaid, planning for an adult child with special needs, protecting seniors from financial exploitation, determining caregivers and decision-makers, and so much more.

You will learn about pitfalls, the documents you need and how to choose the best professionals to help you.

These books are filled with valuable information — real tools with real solutions.

You can be ready for whatever situations life throws at you!

 

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April’s Book To Live By

Have you ever stepped from another’s shadow to stand in your own light? Now that is something to sing about!

In the April membership interview, “20 Feet from Stardom’: From Superstar Backup Singer to Solo Spotlight,” I spoke with songstress Lisa Fischer, who has spent three decades sharing the stage and studio with such superstar acts as the Rolling Stones, Luther Vandross, Sting and Tina Turner.

To celebrate this amazing woman, this month, instead of a book to inform and inspire you, I want to introduce you to music that will touch your heart and make your spirit soar.

I am so proud to announce that our April 2016 Songs To Live By selection is Lisa’s solo album:

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So Intense by Lisa Fischer

In this incredible album, Lisa unleashes a superb range and thrilling, emotive delivery that will knock your socks off.

You may already know the monster-hit single “How Can I Ease the Pain?” — one of three songs on the album that Lisa co-wrote — which won the 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The yearning in Lisa’s voice can bring you to tears.

From get-on-your-feet dance beats (“Save Me”) to soulful ballads (her cover of the classic “Wildflower,” produced here by Luther Vandross) to goosebump-inducing vocal acrobatics (“Chain of Broken Hearts”), So Intense is a stunning, soul-soothing, heart-pounding encounter. I cannot recommend it more highly!

And if you get the chance to hear Lisa in person — she is currently on tour — you simply must go! Lisa is a true gem.

 

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March’s Book To Live By

How is your health? If you are anything like me, you are a work-in-progress, striving and desiring to feel your very best.

This month’s Books To Live By choice expands and deepens the discussion we began in our March membership interview, “Five Steps to Take Charge of Your Health Now!”

I am proud to announce that our March 2016 selection is:

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The Mysterious Mind: How to Use Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science to Heal Your Headaches and Reclaim Your Health by Trupti Gokani, M.D.

In this remarkable book, our own Trupti Gokani, a board-certified neurologist with a medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an expert in the ancient wisdom and traditions of Ayurvedic medicine, leads us through the wondrous mysteries of the mind-body connection so we can claim vital health and well-being.

Beyond her thriving medical practice in Chicago, Dr. Gokani has written and lectured extensively in the areas of neurology and psychiatry, and has generously shared her insights into such widespread modern-day ailments as migraines, insomnia, mood disorders, food allergies, autoimmune diseases, and digestive and hormonal issues.

In The Mysterious Mind, with clarity and compassion, she guides you to such discoveries as your true physical nature (your dosha), which holds the key to your health.

Her simple yet elegant diet and lifestyle choices will lead you through detoxification processes and help you to balance your hormones so you can finally feel your best.

This book has now replaced the more dated health book go-tos on my shelf. It’s a winner!

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October’s Book To Live By

This month’s book choice was recommended to us from one of my favorite inspiring women.

Sheri Salata, the president of The Oprah Winfrey Network, was the subject of our featured interview in this month’s Women on Fire membership package.

If anyone knows the best and latest book to recommend, it’s Sheri, and she didn’t disappoint!

Our October Book To Live By selection is….

 

Find Me Unafraid: Love, Loss and Hope in an African Slum by Jessica Posner and Kennedy Odede is the true story of two young people from entirely different worlds who fall in love — and change the world.

Jessica Posner is a Wesleyan College graduate from Denver,and Kennedy Odede is a young man from Kibera, the largest slum in Africa.

Together, their work has changed the lives of many in Kibera’s most vulnerable population: girls.

They founded Kibera’s first tuition-free school for girls, a large, bright blue building, which stands as a bastion of hope in what once felt like a hopeless place.

There is intrigue and suspense in this book, and it’s impossible to read it without feeling uplifted for what is possible for the human spirit.

Mia Farrow called the book “an astounding story of love, hope, inspiration and triumph. It is a mesmerizing love story; two young people from very different cultures join forces to build a life together—and a new life filled with promise for others. I don’t think either of them understand the word ‘impossible.’ ”

Please order your copy today and let me know what you think. It’s a perfect book to curl up with this weekend.

Thank you, Sheri Salata. This book is such a winner!

Love,

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P.S. Please join me in New York City on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:30PM for an intimate evening, workshop and discussion of the Women on Fire book series.

Sponsored by BookTheWriter at a private home, the evening promises to be fun and inspiring! All information to register is here. I hope to see you there!

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Women on Fire’s September Book To Live By Is…

This month’s Books To Live By selection was written by one of my all-time favorite authors — and maybe one of yours, too?

She is beloved in our Women on Fire circle, and I have a feeling you are going to love her latest novel.

Our September selection is….

 

I’m particularly delighted to introduce you to this latest adult novel by Judy Blume, who is often best known for her books for children and young adults.

(It’s hard to find a woman — or her daughter — who didn’t read Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret.)

She’s had a huge impact on my life, as I know she has had for many of you.

If you’ve been following along with us, you already know how near and dear Judy Blume is to our Women on Fire community. I interviewed her two summers ago for our monthly membership program.

These days I spend so much time reading non-fiction that it is a treat when I can luxuriate in a work of fiction. I read Judy’s In the Unlikely Event on vacation last week — and I was completely engaged by it.

You are instantly transported back to the early 1950s, in the familiar and nostalgic way that she describes so well.

There we meet 15-year-old Miri and an elaborate cast of characters that learn to live, love and cope during unimaginable loss after three plane crashes in three months upend their small town.

Remarkably, these were actual events that happened in Judy’s hometown of Elizabeth, New Jersey. Although the book is not an autobiography, you can’t help but wonder if Miri’s character provides a window into what Judy experienced at the time.

Full of surprises and heartwarming nods to the past, In the Unlikely Event will steal your heart, as Judy Blume novels tend to do.

I hope you will read this book, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Love,

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P.S. Want a chance to win your own copy of In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume?

Join me for our monthly member Live Chat Master Class on September 15 at 8 p.m. EST for your chance to win! I’ll be talking about how to recharge your goals to finish 2015 strong.

P.P.S. You know that interview with Judy Blume that I mentioned above? It’s one of my absolute favorite monthly member interviews to date, and it is my gift to share it with you. Free.

Click here to download and enjoy!

August’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the topic of our membership Inner Circle for August: It’s Never Too Late to Pursue Your Passion: The Life of Peggy Freydberg, age 106, A conversation with award-winning producer Laurie David and acclaimed writing coach Nancy Aronie.

Our August selection is….

Poems from the Pond: 107 Years of Words and Wisdom, The Writings of Peggy Freydberg, Edited by Laurie David

I have never been so blown away by a collection of poems than I was by those of Peggy Freydberg. And I must say, I’m not normally one to pick up a poetry book.

But after reading Nancy Aronie’s moving foreword and inhaling Peggy’s first poem, “Chorus of Cells,” I was hooked.

The poems are hauntingly beautiful, and every single piece radiates the courage, insight and love that Peggy had for life.

And the way the book came to be is almost as remarkable as Peggy’s desire to start writing poetry at age 90.

While flipping through this stunning book, you’ll learn about Peggy’s life, read touching excerpts from her family members and discover why editor Laurie David was inspired to bring Peggy’s words to the world.

Poems from the Pond is a true masterpiece that speaks to women of all ages. And even if poetry isn’t usually your first reading choice, this collection is an absolute inspiration that belongs on every woman’s bookshelf!

Lots of love~

P.S. I look forward to hearing what your favorite poems are. Let me know in the comment section below!

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July’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for July: Finding Your “Sweet Spot” for Joy and Productivity, featuring Christine Carter, Ph.D., happiness expert, sociologist, speaker, author, blogger and mom.

Our July selection is….

 

The Sweet Spot: How to Find Your Groove at Home and Work  by Christine Carter, Ph.D.

If you’re overwhelmed, overscheduled, overflowing with stress and have a tendency to seek perfection over progress, order this book immediately. 🙂

Christine has crafted one of the most powerful and practical guides to seeking more balance and less “busyness” that I have ever read.

The Sweet Spot is full of down-to-earth strategies that don’t require you to embrace an entirely new way of living and thinking in order to see change take place. Instead you’ll find easy-to-implement little tweaks that allow you to form healthier habits, leading you to genuine happiness and ease.

Not only that, Christine shows you proven practices that will help you transform your daily stress into fuel for more productive, patient and creative energy. And who couldn’t use a little more oomph? 🙂

Whether you’ve only glimpsed your sweet spot or are in it but afraid you’ll lose it, or even if you doubt that you have a sweet spot, Christine will help you find what she calls your “place of greatest strength but also greatest ease” and make sure you know how to stay there!

Lots of love,

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P.S. If you aren’t in our Women on Fire Inner Circle yet, I invite you to join us today for your chance to win a copy of The Sweet Spot on our inspiring live-stream master class and chat for members only on July 21, 2015.

I’ll be coaching you on the topic of Self Care. On the master class I’ll be sharing tons of tips and strategies on how you can strengthen your inner self and feed your soul!  Hope to see you there! 🙂

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June’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for June: Embracing the Unpredictable: Discover the Rewards of Surprise, featuring LeeAnn Renninger, Ph.D., surprisologist, research psychologist, author and speaker.

Our June selection is….

Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected by Tania Luna and LeeAnn Renninger, Ph.D.

Whether you love or loathe surprises, this book will open your eyes to the unexpected benefits that come from allowing more unpredictability in your life.

Luna is the founder of Surprise Industries, the only company that specializes in surprise, and Renninger is one of the world’s leading surprisologists. Together they have created a fun and illuminating look at how surprise can lead to more growth, innovation and connection in all aspects of life.

This book is the perfect combination of entertainment and science, and it will inspire you to invite and engineer more surprises into your day-to-day routine. You’ll gain tons of strategies that will empower you to seek out surprises, and you’ll discover why this skill is absolutely vital to staying engaged and energized in your life.

Surprise is a truly fresh perspective on what it takes to have a positive and fulfilled life. You never know, adding more surprise to your life could be the key to propelling you further than you ever thought possible. 🙂

With lots of love~

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P.S. If you aren’t in our Women on Fire Inner Circle yet, I invite you to join us today for your chance to win a copy ofSurprise on our inspiring live-stream master class and chat for members only on June 16, 2015. I’ll be coaching you ongrief relief and how to work through your losses to find peace and compassion.

Even if you are not actively grieving a loss right now, we all have them. It’s important and helpful to know how your losses might hold you back, as well as how to recognize when others are grieving and ways to help them. Hope to see you there! 🙂

May’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection highlights the theme of our membership Inner Circle for May: Ignite Your Passion and Fall in Love with Your Life, featuring Gregg Levoy, an author, speaker, teacher and media expert.

Our May selection is….

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion by Gregg Levoy.

Gregg is a longtime friend of mine and the author of Callings, one of my favorite books about finding and trusting your true path. I couldn’t wait to share Vital Signs with you. This book is a work of art on the topic of following your passions, and it enables you to easily take Gregg’s invaluable insights and put them to work in your own life.

Throughout these pages, Gregg thoughtfully guides you on how to activate your spark from within. Whether you are looking to discover your passion for the first time or want to reclaim a long-forgotten dream, I can’t stress enough that this is the book for you!

You’ll be ignited in ways you never thought possible and gain tools that will empower you to re-engage with what you want most in your life.

I’ve never met a person who didn’t have a big dream stirring inside, and neither has Gregg. Vital Signs reminds us that our passions are possible. What could be more inspiring than that? Let me know your thoughts on this brilliant book in the comments section below!

With lots of love~

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P.S. If you aren’t in our Women on Fire Inner Circle yet, I invite you to join us today for your chance to win a copy of Vital Signs on our inspiring live-stream master class and chat for members-only on May 12, 2015.

I’ll be coaching you on how to create the essential building blocks to grow your own business or to expand your big dream. We will look at how to develop a business and a life that serves you and your highest good, rather than allowing yourself to be overwhelmed by serving everyone in your path. Hope to see you there! 🙂

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November’s Book To Live By

This month’s Books To Live By selection is a perfect companion to brighten the impending change in seasons, the chaos of the holidays and those quiet winter nights.

From celebrated author and seasoned psychotherapist Gunilla Norris comes one of the best spiritual practice books of 2014.

Our November selection is….

Match: Bringing Heart and Will into Alignment by Gunilla Norris.

Gunilla guides you through a transformational 90-day journey that motivates you to commit to yourself and your inner light. The beauty of her prescribed practice lies within its simplicity and the profound aftereffects.

“For ninety consecutive days, light a match with purpose, a feeling or a desire in mind,” writes Norris. If you happen to miss a day, you simply restart the 90-day countdown. You’ll be inspired and encouraged to not only nurture, but also to fire up your inner most desires, truths and feelings.

As the author of some of my all-time, favorite self-improvement books, such as Inviting Silence: Universal Principles of Meditation and Sheltered in the Heart, I can attest to Gunilla’s expertise in stripping away external and internal barriers to help you get to the heart of whatever it is that you truly want.

Match makes a beautiful gift for the upcoming holiday season and an even better “just because” gift to yourself! Here’s to lighting the spark within this winter! 🙂

With lots of love~


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