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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Outsiders Press (November 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986722804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986722806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,039,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Shawn has put together a beautiful, sometimes darkly funny series of short stories about the people she met on her epic seven-month overland journey who transformed her and her life along the way. She also provides insight into what it's like to live and struggle with depression, social anxiety and an autoimmune disorder, all while backpacking alone through foreign countries.

Her message is simple--almost so simple it's easy to miss the profoundness of it--that the more you connect with people in an authentic way (let them see the real you), the more you--and your life--will be transformed by those people. "Each connection you make in life turns you into who you will become."

From the Author

It took me 10 years and 11 drafts to publish this book. It'll probably take another 10 years for me to fully integrate everything I learned from the people I met and the experiences I had. But I want you to know that the things I learned and shared in this book completely transformed my life, and it just keeps getting better every year. So, if you're feeling unsatisfied with your life, give this book a shot...and let me know if it helps you.

More About the Author

Shawn Phelps is an author, coach and facilitator. She created both The Turning Points Framework and The Life Purpose Roadmap to help entrepreneurs uncover the hidden value in their life story, which helps them make better decisions, faster.

She has studied the subconscious mind for 20 years, including 13 years of intensively studying her own mind with a daily meditation practice. She is also an expert on story frameworks with over 20 combined years as a national magazine writer and editor, college magazine writing instructor, corporate workshop facilitator and brand storytelling consultant.

After writing her travel memoir, "Help Me, Asia", she co-founded and managed a children's education charity for five years, building schools and toilets in Laos and India. She also tried her hand at permaculture farming in Northern Ontario. She now lives in a Toronto condo where she grows a full vegetable garden on her balcony.

Website: www.shawnphelps.com
Twitter: @ShawnDPhelps

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Her writing style is very readable, if you know what I mean by that.
Marly
I commend her for sharing her story and for sending a beautiful message of connection, love, and awareness to the world.
Anfernee C
I learned surprising things about the countries she visited along with some very helpful tips on living a happier life!
LM

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Torontonewbie on January 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
With "Help Me, Asia" Shawn D. Phelps has written a book that is relate able to most travellers. She studies how travel changes you and makes you open to new ways of thinking. The book is made as a travel statement of her own experiences ten years ago, and gives an honest view of the life of a searching traveler. It's an easy read in the best meaning of the word, it's more or less a collection of short stories, that as a whole gives the reader a story about a woman searching for a higher purpose in life, and who finds it the most unlikely places. My favourite story is when she meets an Indian couple where the husband is a hustler and the wife very authentic and nice, to follow the struggle within Shawn between heart and mind is highly entertaining and keeps you guessing till the last page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marly on January 8, 2011
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I truly liked the book and would have given it a good review no matter who the author was but it was a bonus that she is Canadian. Her writing style is very readable, if you know what I mean by that. The story and how she put the words together and the story threads connecting topics and countries made it a page turner. This is a must read for people of all ages. It is at times funny, introspective, educational, self-deprecating but always interesting.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anfernee C on February 8, 2011
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This is not a fluffy self-help guide nor does it to pretend to provide all the answers to the eternal question of how one finds eternal happiness. What this book does offer is one woman's brave and inspirational journey - spiritually, emotionally, and physically - through some pretty challenging places and situations. It's easy to read, engaging, and is filled with little nuggets of wisdom that are not entirely new to me but serve as good reminders for how I choose to live my own life. Shawn Phelps also knows how to laugh at life, and at her self, and this really comes through in the book. I commend her for sharing her story and for sending a beautiful message of connection, love, and awareness to the world.
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Help Me, Asia explores the unique individuality of a universal phenomena that just falls short of being a cultural cliche - 'western woman follows the hippy trail to find herself.' The concept, although a true story, could have ended up being self-indulgent and superficial, or preachy at best, but instead is incredibly relatable, especially for anyone who has done any kind of real "travel".

Shawn writes in a simple, easy and yet compelling manner, peppering in deep wisdom offered in the most gentle manner. I smiled, giggled, laughed out loud, and had moments of holding back tears. This book is a lot of fun, light reading, with profound insights if you happen to be looking for them.

Also, be warned - you will be moved to get moving!
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By LM on January 6, 2011
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I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in journeying - around the world and within. This author writes in a clear, engaging manner with an artful touch. I learned surprising things about the countries she visited along with some very helpful tips on living a happier life!
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