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About the Author

Jane Nelsen, Ph.D. is a licensed Marriage, Family and Child Therapist and author or coauthor of eighteen books, including the best-selling Positive Discipline series. She is a popular keynote speaker and workshop leader throughout the country.

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The four basic and easily applied principles from Serenity:

Free yourself from the filters of your thought system.

Understand how feelings can act as a personal compass.

Improve relationships by understanding and respecting differences.

Learn how to overcome depression, anger, or any negative feeling.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; 2nd edition (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157324354X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573243544
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read and understand. Excellent description of "Thought System" (our busy mental chatter) as opposed to our "Natural State of Mind," and how to differentiate. I have been reading this book since it first came out under its original title ("Understanding"); and continue to read it on occasion for the excellent reminders it gives me, especially when I find myself becoming unloving or intolerant of anyone or any group/political party/religion, etc. One cannot help but increase one's own understanding of oneself and others by seeing more clearly the Principle of Separate Realities, defined so clearly and eloquently here. Written lovingly and tolerantly of we the readers, this book is not only a solace for all those who misunderstand or feel misunderstood, I believe it is an incomparable, stellar work which, had it not been re-titled several times, would surely be an on-going, perennial best-seller.
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SERENITY: SIMPLE STEPS FOR RECOVERING PEACE OF MIND, REAL HAPPINESS, AND GREAT RELATIONSHIPS applies four basic principles to improve relationships, enhance freedom from thought processes, and understand the roots of negativity. Simple joy is missing from too much in life: SERENITY identifies why - and how to return to it to achieve quality of life. Both new age and general interest libraries will find it a fine pick.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane on April 12, 2008
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Many of you know me as the author and co-author of the Positive Discipline series, but you may not know that my favorite book that I have written is the newly released "Serenity."

The philosophy discussed in Serenity has changed my life more than anything I have ever studied, and greatly influenced the many revisions of the Positive Discipline books. I first self-published this book with the title "Understanding: Eliminating Stress in Life and Relationships." It became very popular in recovery groups in Minneapolis (the manager of Charlie Orr's bookstore said it was the only book he ordered 200 at a time), so I changed the title for the next printing to "Understanding: Eliminating Stress and Finding Serenity in Life and Relationships." It was picked up by Prima Publishing and continued to sell well until they decided to try giving it another boost by changing the title to "From hereto Serenity." That title did not do well and all and the book went out of print. Since it is my favorite, I self-published again with the title "Understanding Serenity." A very short time later, Conari Press decided to publish the present edition as "Serenity" the subtitle is Simple Steps for Recovering Peace of Mind, Real Happiness, and Great Relationships."

I want to share just a few comments from others who have found this book as transforming as I have:

I want to thank you for the insights you provide in your incredible book, From Here to Serenity. I am trying to apply the principles you teach in every aspect of my life right now. I feel like I need to carry it around with me constantly to remind myself not to listen to my crazy thoughts, but to my heart instead.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Matthews on March 11, 2011
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Jane Nelsen's 'Serenity' does what it promises: it delivers clear advice for recovering peace of mind, real happiness, and great relationships. 'Serenity' is philosophically reminiscient of Mills and Suarez' "Sanity, Insanity, and Common Sense," and Richard Carlson's "You Can Be Happy No Matter What!" Nelsen delivers similar explanations of the principles of thought and reality, and her explanations are just as clear and well thought-out.

Nelsen offers a deep understanding of the nature of psychological problems and problem-solving. Nelsen explores the basic nature of problem formation by exploring the negative and painful states of mind in which problems often arise. We often, according to Nelsen, struggle with painful problems, and feel as though we must fix our problems in order to return to a more relaxed state of mind. However, we are usually unable to fix our problems, or marshall the confidence and help that we need, in a troubled and distressed state of mind. Unwilling to allow ourselves to return to a state of relative peace, we often remain in a state of distress and are unable to solve the problems we believe we must solve in order to end our distress!

Nelsen argues: we should never feel afraid to privelege, support, and believe in the importance of a serene state of mind. She gently de-centers our common understanding of "problems" as fixed and static realities. She points out that we experience different realities depending on the fluctuations in our moods and thoughts. By questioning the idea that there is a fixed, definite reality 'out there,' which necessitates a fixed emotional reaction 'in here,' we are free to prioritize helpful, relaxed states of mind and helpful, compassionate and action-oriented styles of thought.
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