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Editorial Reviews


“In this important book, Jennifer Louden shows you how to live with more courage and greater intention, and how to embrace the truth that you are enough right now. You’ll write in it, dog-ear it, and use it until it falls apart. It’s just that good.”
Brené Brown, PhD, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Daring Greatly

“Jennifer Louden ‘gets’ what it takes to live our beautifully messy human lives centered in our hearts and watered by the wellspring of Soul desires. Here is a book that helps us remember and love the questions that matter.”
Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation

“Jennifer Louden's daily prompts and strategies bring our attention back, again and again, to what really matters to us and help us to infuse our daily lives with the wisdom of our own hearts. This is a clear-eyed and warmhearted guidebook.”
Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness

“If time-management checklists and calendar boxes don’t work for you, have hope. Jen Louden offers a colorful, intuitive way to shape your life’s days with reverence and soul. With The Life Organizer at your side, you can make your days holy, feeling by feeling, question by question, intention by intention. (And it works for men, too.)”
Jeffrey Davis, author of The Journey from the Center to the Page

“As a busy creative entrepreneur and mom, I find it tempting to be run by my to-do list. If I’m not careful, I wind up feeling stressed — and I don’t get to fully enjoy the process of all that I’m doing. Seeing The Life Organizer on my desk gently reminds me there is another way, a way to live with joy and productivity. I love this book!”
Karen Salmansohn, bestselling author of Prince Harming Syndrome
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"This wonderful book is a tribute to the sacred and very practical aspects of time management. If you want a more soulful, clear life, follow Jennifer Louden's advice."
-- Judith Orloff, MD, author of Positive Energy

"You are not holding in your hands a book. Instead, imagine a set of sacred nesting dolls that you open, one by one, each delighting you more than the last. As you get to the precious one in the center, you find your own heart. It whispers, `welcome home.'"
-- Dawna Markova, author of I Will Not Die an Unlived Life and cocreator of Random Acts of Kindness

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (January 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315544
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jen Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with her first book The Woman's Comfort Book. She's the author of 5 additional books on well-being and whole living, including The Life Organizer, that have inspired more than a million women in 9 languages. Jen has spoken around the world on self-care, written a national magazine column, and even sat on Oprah's couch talking about the power of retreats. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. Visit for fab free goodies and upcoming retreat schedule.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

177 of 181 people found the following review helpful By M. E. Sumner-Wichmann on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For years, twenty-six to be exact, I have longed to return to the life of my heart's desire, theatre. Instead, I cared for aging parents, moved to the country to raise our daughter and tried to substitute other creative endeavours for my lost love. As my daughter nears college age, this desire began looming again, creating no end of frustration and self-bashing for wanting something that was impossible.

Then I ordered The Life Organizer, being a great fan of Jennifer's work. I took some time for myself and began reading the first chapter and when I reached the line "Desire is the flow of life we yearn to swim in, the urge to be one with Spirit, and the way to stay in touch with this flow is through knowing what we want without insisting that we get it", my world blew apart.

It was like a huge weight falling off my shoulders. I felt free at last to let my desire flow, to stop blocking it with shoulds and impossibilities. Within days, my whole life had turned around. Now, instead of sitting here, falling into depression when my daughter leaves for university, my husband and I will be moving temporarily so that I can get my MFA in costume design. Everything fell into place, from finding the perfect place to apply, to renewing my old theatre contacts and finding more than enough recommendations to accompany my application.

Now, I will be using this delightful book week to week, to help me stay in touch with who I really am, while still carrying on as a member of this wonderful family with whom I am so fortunate to share my life.

Not everyone will have such explosive results, but I cannot recommend this book highly enough. As with all of Jennifer's work, it is truly a creation of the heart.
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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By woman of heart and mind on June 27, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At a low point in my life, I am groping for ways to anchor myself. Books on decluttering, novels detailing spiritual odyssey, and poems have all intrigued, and been at least partially helpful. Just not on point, exactly. Louden's book distills and clarifies profound questions I didn't previously know I had. I find I mark something on virtually every page, as my instincts cry, "Yes, exactly"--or, "Think more about this; it matters." This book is both beautiful and nonlinear (yet not chaotic or cluttered--qualities unnerving to anyone with incipient ADD tencences! Visually as well as linguistically, it's a serene book). If you are not exactly depressed but moping/groping through midlife ennui, I heartily recommend it. Oh, by the way, I virtually never write book reviews, but this time it felt mandatory.
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108 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Meg Cox VINE VOICE on February 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This very unusual book is not linear and takes some getting used to, but it's a powerful tool. Jennifer Louden has put a lot of years into studying what women need to do to sustain and nurture their own best selves. This book invites women to create a Life Plan, and shows intriguing examples of plans created by other women. This book can be used in so many ways: pick it up at random and you'll find a pithy quote you can ruminate on for hours. Try some of the more formal exercises, such as following the guidelines week by week. The Life Organizer isn't about making your closets neater: it's about penetrating more deeply into who you are every day, embracing what that is, and taking yourself to whatever is the next level for YOU. Jennifer, you just keep getting better!
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186 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"I had to create a new way of dealing with the overwhelm after trying to squash my life into organizing systems that didn't fit and didn't help." - Jennifer Louden

I'm used to reading books cover to cover, so The Life Organizer by Jennifer Louden threw me for a loop. Decidedly non-utilitarian, I found the book disconnected and disorienting--at first. I set it aside in mild frustration.

But amid the dozens of books, audios, DVDs and decks strewn about my house waiting to be read/heard/viewed/reviewed, The Life Organizer kept calling out to me. I just HAD to pick it up...more than once.

Apparently, I didn't take the author seriously when she wrote:

"This is not a typical self-help book--it's not meant to be read cover to cover. It's not offering you advice and it doesn't contain a single idea about how to make yourself better than or different from how you already are. Rather, it's an interactive guidebook, a collection of possibilities to inspire you in creating your way of participating with life and with your gifts."

Ahhhhh...something different. An approach from the right brain--a place of intuition and heart-centered, body-honoring knowing, instead of the usual left-brain "do this or else" analytical approach.

Louden acknowledges that living from the inside out may feel like "we're making it up as we go along"--and this is perfectly normal. In fact, her method of life organizing is "fluid and flexible improvisation"--it is "always evolving and is unique to you."

So I delved right in to the Life Organizer--randomly and frequently--and wouldn't you know it...I found exactly what I was looking for every time! It was uncanny how I stumbled on relevant anecdotes, observations, or questions for contemplation.
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