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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Three Wings Press (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981603300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981603308
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The latest effort from author and "practical spirituality" proponent Spadaro (co-author, Your Seven Energy Centers, with Elizabeth Clare Prophet) is a tightly woven guide to achieving inner peace with help from East and West spiritual traditions. The depressed, the alienated, and those recovering from a toxic relationship will undoubtedly appreciate the analogies from all corners of the globe; anyone suffering from self-doubt will find Spadaro's unwavering faith and enthusiasm encouraging; and the perpetually stuck will want to consult Spadaro's chapters on "giving yourself away," including a handy look at the idea of "flow," a psychological work state currently in vogue among efficiency experts. Though at times repetitive, Spadaro's nurturing, worthwhile endeavor will prove helpful to readers attuned to her perky cheerleader approach.
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"Patricia Spadaro is a marvelous guide through the inner realms of the heart. I always feel uplifted by her words." --Marianne Williamson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love

Honor Yourself is more than just food for the soul, it is true healing for the heart. Patricia Spadaro provides an honest approach to self-love that will help us overcome the mental and emotional roadblocks that have created imbalances in our lives today. Taking a cue from ancient scriptures and healing traditions, she helps us understand the daily dance of give and take that makes up life's experiences. She is a new voice to be reckoned with as a pioneer in healing. --Ann Louise Gittleman,New York Times bestselling author of The Fat Flush Plan and Before the Change

A tightly woven guide to achieving inner peace. --Publishers Weekly

If you happen to be someone in need of a good book in a bad time, then you’ve just met this season’s must-read. --Good Books in Bad Times (HarperOne blog)

Essential reading.... Her writing is a breath of fresh air. --Chris Prentiss, author of Zen and the Art of Happiness

Engaging, compassionate, and at times, surprising. --ForeWord magazine

A compendium of insight, advice, and practicality….Highly recommended for personal self-help, self-improvement reading lists as being especially user friendly and ‘real world’ oriented.  --Midwest Book Review

Rich in insight and practical wisdom, this wonderful book is an essential guide to making the choices that are right for you. It will touch your heart, move your spirit, and propel you forward. I highly recommend this exceptional book. --Dannion Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Saved by the Light

A must read. Not only the best guide for developing a healthier relationship with yourself but filled with the wisdom of the ages. Incredibly informative and uplifting. --Bill Cloke, author of Happy Together

Offers wise counsel on giving birth to your best self through the practices of giving and receiving.  --Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, SpiritualityandPractice.com

Patricia Spadaro’s elegant writing takes us exactly where we need to be, on the journey inward…. A must-read for everyone who struggles with balance: executives, stay-at-home moms, politicians, celebrities, and anyone who works hard and wants to live fully.” --Iris Martin, author of From Couch to Corporation

A must read for those wanting to nurture and enhance the greatest relationship you will ever have . . . the one with yourself." --Ann Boroch, author of The Candida Cure

Rarely does a debut solo work of nonfiction explode on the scene with such deftness and clarity.... What makes any book great, from Dostoyevsky to Tolle, is when the reader pauses every so often to ponder what he has just read. This is just what I found myself doing. --ReverseSpins.com

More About the Author

Patricia Spadaro is an award-winning author of books on personal growth and practical spirituality. She is dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to live more deeply, fully, and authentically. Patricia's works have been translated into more than 20 languages and are available worldwide.

Her book "Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving" combines wisdom from around the world with real-life stories and practical tools to create an inspiring guide to honoring your own needs, giving with the heart in ways that matter, letting go of energy-draining regrets, and celebrating your unique voice. "Honor Yourself" is the winner of two national book awards.

One of Patricia's favorite themes is how we can embrace and work with the power of paradox in our lives. "Patricia Spadaro is a marvelous guide through the inner realms of the heart," says bestselling author Marianne Williamson. "I always feel uplifted by her words."

Patricia Spadaro is also a publishing coach who has helped many successful authors publish and market their works. Patricia invites you to join her at www.HowToHonorYourself.com

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Spadaro shows us how in a beautifully sensitive and insightful work.
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She provides practical advice and tools to help create an environment of self-care.
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I highly recommend this book and would love to see it featured on Oprah.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Eckl on May 1, 2009
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Beautifully written and designed, Honor Yourself is a perfect book. Author Patricia Spadaro has given us a gift from her heart that is sure to transform the lives of many, many people. Drawing on her own impressive knowledge of the perennial wisdom of East and West, she has created an ideal self-help guide. Honor Yourself never preaches, but illuminates life's paradoxes with easy clarity, gently leading us into wise choices based on Spadaro's rich personal experience and insightful stories from the world's great sages. This is a book to relish and ponder--and then recommend to everyone you know who has ever struggled with the question of how to give to others without losing your self in the process.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Susan Harrow on March 31, 2009
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I read Patricia's book eagerly.....almost obsessively. I recognized so many sign posts of life on the path of personal growth, stories of detours we have all taken, plus practical insight and advice. I am re-inspired to make my own life more expansive, expressive and rich in the spirit.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By W. C. House on April 5, 2009
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Rarely does a debut solo work of non-fiction explode on the scene with such deftness and clarity. In the first chapter alone, every sentence can stand on its own, demonstrating a paradox. Does writing so perfectly executed just flow from brain to text? The answer is no. Something so fluid, so easy to read took painstaking correcting and rewriting until the finished product looks natural and flows seemlessly off the page. But what makes any book great, from Dostoyevsky to Tolle, is when the reader pauses every so often to ponder what he has just read. This is just what I found myself doing from chapter to chapter. The author teaches us the path of balance and the middle way, pointing out that this oftentimes requires us to recognize and navigate life's paradoxes. Ms. Spadaro's command of the English language is equalled if not surpassed by her knowledge of the world's great mysteries, healing traditions, writers and philosophers, all of which she brings to bear in illuminating quotes and examples of the higher path.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nigel J. Yorwerth on April 1, 2009
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I loved how this author shatters the myths about giving and receiving that so many of us have grown up with. She shows us how it is not only OK to seek wholeness and care for ourselves before we try to help others but how it is in fact essential. We no longer need to feel guilty about balancing what others need with what we need. It also shows when we do need to give. Her story about the little girl and her open-hearted giving is worth the price of the book and will bring joy to your heart and a tear (of happiness) to your eye. This is a beautiful and empowering book that in a practical and heartfelt way will show you the keys to drawing boundaries, finding your own voice, honoring endings and giving with the heart in lieu of the head. This book showed me that I don't need to accept everything that comes to my doorstep as preordained but that I have the power and duty to be true to myself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kelley on April 13, 2009
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This book was fun and exciting to read. I was astounded at how my beliefs and behaviors about giving and receiving affect so much of my life--finances, relationships, career, everything. I loved how I was able to discover my own personal patterns of giving and receiving(some of them pretty destructive--although very common). And I liked the tools the author provides to help change bad beliefs and bring them back into balance. I highly recommend this book and would love to see it featured on Oprah. I think the author, Patricia Spadaro, would be an insightful guest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Text Heavy on May 25, 2009
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The real question about Honor Yourself is not whether it is a good book or a great book (it's the latter) but what kind of great book. To answer that takes some perspective. Beneath the subtle beauty of the writing, Honor Yourself, positioned as a self help book, delivers its "help" by providing a host of practical spiritual and psychological solutions.
But that's not what makes it great.
This book deals with the play of paradox in a way not attempted since the Tao Te Ching which, according to tradition, was written millennia ago by Lao Tzu. The Tao, as it is commonly referred to, is an enigmatic text that deals with the ultimate paradox, the flow of the infinite and ungraspable principle through the polarities of yang and yin. The Tao is an obscure book, one that is intentionally hard to grasp, especially by minds in our time that want to measure, quantify, calibrate, cogitate. Lao Tzu, translated variously as Old Master or Old Fellow, was skilled in cloaking the essence of the Tao from the concrete mind. And so that ancient text has remained a beacon that lures people to a higher place.
It is, however, a beacon that does not provide a practical set of ideas or exercises to apply its insights. And it could not. It was not until our time that we had the requisite accumulation of social, spiritual and psychological knowledge to put the Old Master's insights into action. And that, precisely, is what Patricia Spadaro has undertaken to do, consciously or not, in Honor Yourself.
If the Tao te Ching is theory, Honor Yourself is practice. It isn't a cookbook or a treatise that tells you how to paint by the numbers. It doesn't merit over used terms --like memorable, exceptional, unique--that people repeat when reviewing books.
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