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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

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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.

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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TheGlammGirl on November 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Sophia A. Nelson – Award winning author and journalist, a former White House reporter, former Congressional Committee Counsel, Motivational Speaker, Attorney and Leadership Trainer. She was on tour to promote her book The Woman Code and made a stop in Houston, Texas. I’ve heard her speak before on a webinar so I was familiar with her message to women and I did not want to miss the opportunity to see her in person.

Hearing her speak was not only enlightening but eye opening and liberating as well. She shared such profound knowledge for all women. Her message is that every woman lives by a Code that will either propel her to greatness or will keep her stuck in the challenges of life. The Code you live by is the foundation of your life. She talked about how women can be very hurtful amongst each other especially when we gossip. Don’t do it! Period. Even if another woman offends you or does not maintain her character or integrity, we should not seek to hurt her the way she hurt us, but instead, we should wish her well and essentially move one.

Her book, The Woman Code is a collection of 20 codes or keys of personal conduct that every woman should live by. It challenges women to honor themselves in the workplace, at home, with family and in relationships and friendships. It not only teaches us what to do but how to do it with grace.

When I began reading the book I got stuck on Making Peace with Your Past. We all have a past. Some of the things I’ve endured in my past were out of my control. One of the hardest things to do is to let go of those things, forgive and move forward. Instead we tend to allow regret to take over and we blame our past for our inability to achieve or be successful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VicG on October 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Sophia A. Nelson in her new book, “The Woman Code” published by Revell gives us 20 Powerful Keys to Unlock Your Life.

From the Back Cover: Your key to unlocking a more fulfilling life

Every woman lives by a code, whether she realizes it or not. It informs how she treats others and herself, how much she expects of herself, and how far she is willing to go in order to find success. But is the code we’re living by truly helping us create the lives of purpose and fulfillment we desire? Or are we sacrificing the deeper things for mere achievement?

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. With the wisdom that comes from experience, Nelson reveals to women

· the true meaning of “having it all”
· how to take better care of their minds, bodies, and souls
· how to achieve professional excellence without compromising their values
· how to find lasting love and purpose in life beyond their accomplishments
· how to navigate the sisterhood of women, to build collaboration rather than competition
· how to heal from past hurts, rejection, and life’s inevitable storms
· and much more

The Woman Code is a way of living, of navigating life’s challenges, and of interacting positively with other women. It’s a way of pursuing our dreams and our deepest desires. It reveals a universal and timeless set of principles of the mind, body, and spirit that help women balance the demands of work, home, family, and friendship. The Woman Code not only calls on women to practice purpose in their lives, it shows them how to do it with grace.
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