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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800723880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

Women are powerful yet peaceful. We are strong yet sensitive. We are listeners yet we lead. We are resilient yet we remember. We are sacred yet sensual. We are wives and we are mothers. We are single and we are caretakers. We are spiritual and we are sisters.

There is something about women that makes us uniquely connected and, beyond that, simply powerful! In The Woman Code, author, journalist, and TV personality Sophia Nelson shows women that everything we need to lead the lives we want is already inside us. Nelson helps women create a road map of timeless values coupled with modern-day approaches to help us face the challenges of our time.

It is time for women to return to a universal Code of personal and collective conduct, a
Code that will allow us to fulfill all we are born to be.

From the Back Cover

Your Key to Unlocking a More Fulfilling Life

Every woman lives by a Code, whether she realizes it or not. The Code is as old as time. It has been practiced for thousands of years, quietly, among the sisterhood of women. This Code is her road map to living, a guidepost residing deep within her spirit. It governs her romantic relationships, friendships, family ties, career choices, and personal sense of well-being and value. And when her Code is out of balance, her life is out of balance.

Drawing from her personal faith and from her experience in the business world, Sophia Nelson explores 20 keys to unlocking the life you want, such as:

· Knowing your innate value and worth
· Teaching people how to treat you
· Making peace with your past
· Learning to lead from within
· Lifting other women as you climb

The Woman Code helps women to honor themselves while navigating the demands of work, home, family, and friendship. It not only calls on women to practice purpose in their lives, it shows them how to do it with grace.

"The Woman Code is a book for our time. Nelson shares the ways women can understand that a truly successful life is shaped from the inside out."--Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post; author of New York Times bestseller Thrive

"The Woman Code is a life compass that holds to timeless principles of faith, family, friendship, and sisterhood, all in one inspiring book."--Serita Ann Jakes, bestselling author, director of Women's Ministries, The Potter's House

"Nelson's passionate mission is to see other women empowered with these 20 keys for becoming unstuck to finally fly free."--Sheila Walsh, bestselling author; speaker at Women of Faith conferences

"Sophia Nelson is a powerful and poignant voice for women of our time. By challenging us to unlock our inner greatness or Code, she is calling women to live higher, to live on purpose, and to succeed first from a deep place within."--Sunny Hostin, CNN legal analyst, attorney, and journalist

"We all encounter chapters in our lives that test us to our core. Sophia has put together a remarkable Code for living life that will enable modern women to face those tests and not just survive them but thrive despite them."--Sherri Shepherd, cohost of ABC's The View

More About the Author

Sophia A. Nelson is an award-winning author and award winning journalist. She is also a highly sought-after corporate leadership trainer and motivational speaker. Nelson has a national platform that is making strides to help women lead more fulfilling and powerful lives in and out of the workplace.

Nelson's personal and professional journey is the basis for her popular columns, writings, events, corporate workshops and TV appearances. A former Congressional Committee Counsel, Lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a senior attorney with the international powerhouse law firm of Holland & Knight, LLP. Nelson left the practice of law in 2008 to pursue her life-long goal of becoming a journalist and TV commentator during the historic 2008 Presidential campaign.

She became an MSNBC political analyst, and a White House Correspondent for JET Magazine after the election. She also decided to write her first non-fiction book, "Black Women Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama" to tackle the issue of negative stereotypes around African American women. The book went on to win a 2011 Best Non-Fiction Book Award. A Pulitzer nomination in Letters. And the 2012 Corporate Champion of Diversity Award. Black Woman Redefined sold over 50,000 copies in print and electronic formats. It is still a top-selling book three years since its publication.

Nelson presently runs SAN Enterprises, LLC. A successful Virginia based national public affairs consulting firm. She freelances for The Huffington Post Healthy Living and Women sections as well as Newsweek Daily Beast, Women in the World and appears regularly on MSNBC as a contributor to the She has appeared on numerous other networks such as the BBC, CNN, FOX, C-Span, NBC the Today Show, ABC Nightly News with Diane Sawyer, and more as a political & cultural expert, thought leader, and attorney, covering many topics of national and global interest.

Finally, she is a much sought after motivational speaker, life-style expert and leadership trainer in the Fortune 500, industry and universities. She has contributed to USA Today, Essence Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her 2nd book The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life (Revell), is due out in stores world-wide October 2014.

Customer Reviews

Sadly, I found it disappointing and difficult to finish.
While it seems like a good, effective book overall---I feel it only applies to this type of women.
Jalynn Patterson
We must be informed by our past but not let it define us.
Joan N.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy KW on October 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Women live by an inner "code", according to author Sophia Nelson in her new book The Woman Code. This code is actually a combination of a number of codes which fall into five major categories: Personal Codes, Emotional Codes, Spiritual Codes, Professional Codes, and Relational Codes.
I have always enjoyed self-improvement books, methods, resources. As a result, several of the ideas contained within this book I have heard before, but not in this way.
Sophia Nelson takes examples and personal incidents, and shares them in wonderfully beautiful ways to help us, the readers, understand what she is helping us learn. The examples of Donna and Janet in "Know Your Value" are examples that, I believe, will resonate with every woman. When we can look at this third-party instance, we realize the impact our understood value as girls has created us to be the women we are today. Additionally, her grandmother's reminder to "never cut what you can untie" is a poignant reminder to keep the right doors open in our lives. In the same Code, she helps us understand when to "cut" and when to "untie" to best serve the needs and times in our lives.
One part of this book that was a little overwhelming was the number of Codes Nelson introduces (twenty of them!). However, once I got into this book, I saw how they were easy to group together under the major Code areas. Although they were each separate, they were all interwoven with one another which made it easy to continue to read and grow from her writing.
An added bonus to this book is the Study Guide that is included as part of this book.
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By Marie on October 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is a heartfelt book, written obviously by someone who has lived and learned. She shares much of what she has learned through life in a very informative and wordy way to help empower women. Though the author chose Christian book publishing group Revell to distribute this book, readers should be aware that it does not contain much Scripture from the Holy Bible nor does it discuss the Sacrifice and Resurrection of Christ. It reads more like a self-help book, although it does contain Christian principles, as the author publically identifies with Christianity as her faith. I had difficulty following some of the advice and anecdotes, but maybe it had something to do with the writing style in which they were presented. Perhaps it would have read better as a memoir, because the author seems to be trying to share what she learned personally through the loss of a very significant relationship. I am just not sure that all she learned and discusses in this book would apply to all women as we are uniquely created in God’s Image. The title, “The Woman Code” suggested to me more of a universality that would be discussed consistently throughout the book, however some of the advice, keys and codes may only apply to a subset of women, not necessarily due to a season of life they happen to be experiencing, but more to do with their temperament,, personality, and/or chosen career field. Although I appreciated the concept, attempts to organize the vast quantity of helpful material, and some of the quotes included, (especially the one by Dr. Maya Angelou for the introduction); I really would have liked to see more encouraging, exhorting and comforting Scripture verses utilized, especially at the beginning of each chapter.Read more ›
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book came out of Nelson's own deep self-discovery after enduring an even deeper pain. This is a book about self-worth, about how we treat ourselves and how we teach others to treat us. It is about making peace with our past, about finding our value, about finding our voice.

Each of us live by a code and Nelson gives us hers. We must first know our value, our worth. We must put ourselves at the top of the list. We must be informed by our past but not let it define us. We are to be authentic. We are to be accountable for our life. We are to protect our heart.

She goes on to write about resilience, aging, gossip, apology, the power of thoughts and words, and untying rather than cutting relationships. In the workplace she advocates leading from the heart and advises bravery. About relationships she addresses the inner circle of friends, love, laughter, loyalty, and having courageous conversations.

She writes about these key areas and includes suggestions to live out the principles, including practical steps. There is also a study guide at the end of the book.

Nelson is writing to women who have been beaten down, who have been deeply hurt. The attitude needed is, “Enough. I am going to live my life for me before it is over.” And, “We do not put husbands and kids so far above self that we forget we have dreams, needs, wants, and desires too.” And, “Here's the thing: the only way we grow into better human beings is by facing ourselves and facing our problems so we can fix them.”

It is important for potential Christian readers to know that there is never mention of the work of the Holy Spirit, or allowing God to transform us, etc. Nelson does identify herself as a Christian and she does say women should have a strong spiritual life.
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