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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (October 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062517759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062517753
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Take a wonderful journey through and beyond your fear with Thom Rutledge.” (Melody Beattie, author of Choices)

“An insightful, moving and gracious book!” (John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity For A New World)

“An insightful and clear guide that shows how to turn fear into a powerfulresource in our lives.” (Gavin de Becker, best-selling author of THE GIFT OF FEAR and FEAR LESS)

About the Author

Thom Rutledge has over twenty-five years' experience as a psychotherapist. Thom's trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads that run throughout his unique brand of self-help psychology. Thom also writes regularly for self-help/recovery publications around the country, including Steps for Recovery (Los Angeles), The Phoenix (Minneapolis), and Recovery Today.


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Thom Rutledge has over thirty years experience as a psychotherapist. Thom's trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads that run throughout his unique brand of self-help psychology. He has been featured on NBC's Today Show, Fox News, CNN and has consulted with the Dr. Phil Show.

In addition to his private therapy practice in Nashville, Tennessee, Thom is internationally known for his personal growth workshops and professional training seminars. He also facilitates his Recovery Recharge Weekend Retreats 3 times a year at Onsite Workshops, in Cumberland Furnace, TN, just west of Nashville.

Thom self-published his first book, Simple Truth, in 1990. After self-publshing a second book, If I Were They, he wrote 2 books, The Self-Forgiveness Handbook and Earning Your Own Respect, and an audio workbook, Practice Makes Practice, for New Harbinger Publications in Oakland, California. In 2002, Harper SanFrancisco (now HarperOne) published Embracing Fear. In 2003 McGraw-Hill published Life Without Ed, which is written by Jenni Schaefer with contributions from Thom's work with her in therapy for eating disorder recovery. Also in 2003 Thom released Nutshell Essays with iUniverse.

KINDLE PUBLISHING: Now that Thom has come to understand that loving his kindle was not a betrayal of his love of books, he has begun releasing a series of exclusively kindle books. The first two of these will be kindle versions of his 2 New Harbinger books, released with new names: The Power of Self-Forgiveness and The Power of Self-Respect. (Both of these books are out of print and available as used books on amazon) Future kindle book releases will include Thom's reflections on the meaning of success called The Greater Possibilities and an alcoholism/addiction recovery book called The Recovery Decision.

Anyone interested in remaining current with Thom's work, can visit his website -- www.nutshellwisdom.com --- and/or follow him on Facebook -- http://www.facebook.com/thom.rutledge.9 -- and/or follow him on Twitter --- @thomrutledge

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By happenstance I bought a great read.
JK Scott
This book has given me hope and tools I can use to move forward and work towards being the person i want to be in 2014.
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You know while reading this book that it is so in his heart to help people and have fun along the way.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By JK Scott on October 6, 2007
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I read an Amazon Reviewer who mentioned this book while reviewing another book. By happenstance I bought a great read. Thom Rutledge writes from the heart and mind and simply communicates his wisdom about embracing fear. On page 35, Ruthledge writes a poignant sentence, "...how we relate to fear determines how we do in life, and maybe it is the essence of who we are." It is a must read if you want understand the root of your fear and how to transform it into a benefit.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Perkins on September 8, 2007
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I read this book as a follow-up to Jenni Schaefer's book "Life Without Ed" since I was fascinated with Thom Rutledge's methods of externalizing our fears or "Bullys" as he calls them in this book, and taking authority over them with the "Ally" we all have in us. I have NEVER read a book that consistently made me nod my head the entire way through. This book touched my spirit and made me realize how we really can be in charge of those voices within our mind that threaten us or tell us what we should have or could have done better or how their way, despite being so destructive, is really the way we should go. It amazes me how many times I have followed the destruction course of the bully only to find myself more saddened by these fear-induced choices. Thom Rutledge is so real, funny and compassionate. We need more of this guy in the world. He just wraps you up from the first page and you truly feel like you're hanging out in a cozy place with him as he takes you on this wonderful journey of self-discovery and empowerment. I will be giving this book as gifts to so many people I know. I feel this book in itself is a gift to any individual who wants to improve the quality of their life with such a simple approach as a change in the way we look at fear. Thom Rutledge has a servant's heart by sharing such great wisdom in such a simple, enjoyable book. You know while reading this book that it is so in his heart to help people and have fun along the way. It's a book you'll want to read over and over again, as it is so life-affirming and encouraging!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer L. Pearce on October 27, 2007
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I really got a lot of useful tips/reminders out of this book in dealing with stress, fear and panic attacks. It is an easy read and the author has a good sense of humor. All good things when dealing with fear!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Cutts on August 10, 2009
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I run a community called MentorCONNECT, and our several hundred members who are in recovery from eating disorders are very vocal about their favorite books. I came across this book after several MentorCONNECT members very persistently brought it to my attention (I was already a fan of one of Thom's other great books, Life Without Ed, which he co-wrote with Jenni Schaefer). From the first page I was hooked. This book takes the reader through strategies to confront and triumph over not just their specific struggles but the essence of all human limitation - self-limiting FEAR. Thom teaches us a simple acronym for FEAR, and a simple four-step process for addressing it that helps us welcome fear as the great teacher that it is. I highly recommend this book. To anyone.
Shannon Cutts
Founder of MentorCONNECT: Where Relationships Replace Eating Disorders
Author of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life BackBeating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder and Take Your Life Back
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