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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: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nelson explains how women can recognize the codes they operate by and use them to reshape aspects of their lives, using what she calls the "Personal Codes," the "Emotional Codes," the "Spiritual Codes," and the "Professional Codes." Unlike many of today's self-help authors, Nelson doesn't indulge in an us-against-them mentality. Rather, she says that women should be strong, assured, and responsible for their own actions and choices. This refreshing approach is both empowering and enlightening and should appeal to women of all ages."

-Publisher's Weekly, August 2014.

"The Woman Code exposes the personal, emotional, spiritual, professional and social areas where the distortions lie, and shares principles for making genuine life transformation. Nelson's words appear like rest stops welcoming the reader to bring forth her true self, "To be a woman is power in motion." The Codes challenge antiquated ideas on womanhood, including attitudes that women have toward one another. The Woman Code is a straightforward, comprehensive guide to liberate the true woman inside."

-Huffington Post Book Review, September 2014

"Sophia A. Nelson unlocks the secrets to finding your purpose. Nelson, a card-carrying supporter of sisterhood, suggests that in an interdependent world, women must work together to build better lives and more meaningful professional achievements. This book is grounded in 20 Principles that will provide greater balance with family and friends, and in one's spiritual walk and romantic relationships."

-Essence Magazine, December 2014

"Realizing that there are a certain set of codes that unite us, and at times divide us, Nelson sat down and wrote out the lessons and key tips that have helped her overcome her own hardships. Referring to these principles as "the code," Nelson narrowed down her list of 100 codes to a list of the top 20 that she found to be most important. She shares these tips with readers in an effort to encourage all women to live out their best life."

Black Enterprise, November 2014

"In "The Woman Code" women will be inspired, and challenged to recognize their power in the world, open their hearts to their purpose, and take responsibility for themselves and their actions. This impactful book is for women of all ages who desire to live a life of meaning and fulfillment with love and grace. Nelson writes from her heart, walks the walk, and talks the talk. "The Woman Code" is a powerful manifesto and a clarion call for women to rise up, thrive, lead, love, and be successful from the inside out. We highly recommend this book."

-Black Christian News Network

From the Author

Thank you for stopping by. It is such an honor to be a published author. And like all of my colleagues in this field, I understand that without your support I would not be an author. I encourage you to learn more about me, beyond the short bio, images and videos. Read book excerpts, and download samples from audible or Kindle.  I appreciate all of you as my fans.  I look forward to writing many more books in the years to come.  God bless and keep you.

Sophia A. Nelson

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

This book is easy to get into and read as Sophia writes in a style that is easy to read.
K. Ingerto
I like the fact that she uses Christian values throughout her book or should I say make reference to those values that are so lacking in today society.
In this inspiring book, Sophia A. Nelson calls women to live out a powerful life code that will lead them to purposeful and successful lives.

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4 of 4 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ChooseWisely on October 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Before I begin, I want to disclose to anyone who might read my review of this book that I only read books I believe I will enjoy. I never select a title unless I have some confidence it will result in a positive review. I honestly wish I had not picked this particular title to review. The Woman Code has a who’s who of endorsements. Big names have given high praise to this book! I was so hopeful in its message. Sadly, I found it disappointing and difficult to finish.My problem with this book began early in its pages. In Chapter 1, “Code 1,” author Sophia Nelson writes about knowing your value. She lists three keys to unlocking your value as a woman, the third of which is, “Shift your thinking to put you at the top of your list.” In later pages she explains this key and her explanation helps me a little with the check I felt inside about reading such advice. However, later in the book I feel like the “Me, Myself,and I” doctrine is preached and promoted. Of course there are instances where people put others needs before their own in a way that is harmful. But as a Christian, a mother, a wife, a sister, and a friend I cannot believe the “Me, Me, Me,” doctrine as a value that deserves an investment. Really, aren’t Servant Leaders the best kind of leaders? Woman or man, a person who puts others needs above their own is leading on an entirely different level. A higher one.
Beyond the aforementioned issue I have with this title, there is some value in later chapters. Specifically, I do appreciate Section III The Spiritual Codes. Sophia Nelson offers some sound advice on the perils of gossip, apologizing, and controlling your thought life. It is good advice and a great reminder.
Just to be clear, I hate giving bad reviews.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Maddox on October 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Woman Code hits the mark on several points. The most important to me being self respect, teaching others how to treat you and know your row. The author has managed to capture basic life principles combined with tried and true spiritual -- not religious doctrine. It's a book for all women; young and old. Sophia Nelson encourages us to embrace our self confidence without neglecting our families, friends and livelihoods. As a servant leader and Gen Xer, I wish this book was written 20 years ago as an up and coming young executive climbing the corporate ladder. Good read and very relevant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Holly Layman on October 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The Woman Code not only encourages women to finally put themselves at the top of the list but gives actionable and straightforward advice on how to do it. This book does NOT encourage self-centeredness. Quite the opposite. It encourages women to take care of themselves in order to better lift up and take care of those around them. Definitely a win-win.
(Disclosure: I was given a copy of the manuscript in exchange for my honest opinion.)
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I just finished reading The Woman Code by Sophia A. Nelson, which offers 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life. Sophia offers encouragement and challenges in this book to get you motivated for success. Women tend to look at their friends and husbands/boyfriends (or all men in general) for validation and purpose. We forget that there is so much more to us than who we marry or who we are associated with. In truth, God created us all as unique individuals with a purpose for our lives. We can only find that purpose when we dig deep inside and begin to know ourselves better than anyone else knows us and better than we know them. This requires balance, boundaries, priorities, and a relationship with our Creator.

The book starts off talking about how we all live by a code whether or not we realize it. The code resides deep inside us and naturally governs what we do. We have values, morals, things that we will tolerate and things we will not. There are certain types of people we blossom around and certain types that deplete our soil. We have things in our past we would like to forget and things that we never want to forget. These things, good or bad, make us who we are but they don't have to define us.

Say you made a really bad mistake. Does that make you marked for life? You cheated on a test or you were responsible for getting someone fired from a job. Does that make you a cheater, liar, or enemy to all co-workers? No! What if you've had one failed relationship after another? Does that mean you will never have a successful one? No!

What about the opposite? Say you did something wonderful. Maybe you were prom queen or you made the highest score on your SAT or graduated from college with the highest honors. Does that mean that for the rest of your life you can never fail?
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