From Publishers Weekly
Everyone feels overwhelmed by lifes increasingly dizzying whirlwind, believes Ryan: we all worry that we cant keep up with our to-do lists or avoid the messages from media and advertising telling us that our homes arent fancy enough, our teeth arent white enough, or our parenting skills arent good enough. Its no wonder, she says, that many people today turn outward for help, seeking advice from friends, the Internet, talk show expertsanyone who will help them keep up with the world around them. However, the real problem is not that people are inadequate, says Ryan, but that "we seem to have lost the sense of ourselves as reliable sources of the wisdom we need to navigate through our lives." Instead of looking to others, she says, people in fact have the power to help themselvessimply by trusting themselves. Ryan (The Power of Patience) instructs readers how to learn the attitudes and behaviors that encourage self-trust and lead toward a happier, more peaceful life. In a cozy, inviting style, she draws readers into her asset-focused approach with friendly advice, anecdotes and exercises. By focusing on what is right and strengthening that quality, we will, she promises, find that life is more fulfilling; we can learn to realize our talents and accept our shortcomings. For worry-freaks, perfectionists, those who just cant say "no," or those stuck in stale careers or unhealthy relationships, the book is particularly refreshing. Ryan is neither overbearing nor preachy, but instead allows readers to make their own connections to her words.
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"Mary Jane's book has softened and yet empowered me with insights, information and inspiration on the life enhancing benefits of self-trust. I wish she had written this while I was raising Wynonna and Ashley. If you'll take her wisdom to heart you'll find greater happiness in your relationships and in your mind."
–Naomi Judd, author of Naomi’s Breakthrough Guide
"MJ Ryan is right: many of our individual problems and collective unhappiness stem from our lack of self-trust. TRUSTING YOURSELF
reminds us of this essential aspect of living a full life and offers us stories and practical suggestions for re-establishing self-trust even as we face our human foibles and flaws with honesty and humor. A valuable book for living today to the fullest."
-Oriah Mountain Dreamer, author of The Invitation
and The Call
"With clarity and compassion, MJ Ryan provided priceless guidance for filling in my self-trust blanks and, better yet, convinced me that I had the ability and wisdom to do so. TRUSTING YOURSELF
has shot to the top of my gift-giving list!"
-Sue Patton Thoele, author of The Courage To Be Yourself
"Cultivating genuine self-trust is at the heart of living and loving fully. In her new book, TRUSTING YOURSELF
, M.J. Ryan not only shows us how, she gives us the confidence to take the necessary steps. Through heart-warming stories and insightful guidance, M.J. reminds us of our inherent value, wisdom and wholeness."
-Tara Brach, author of Radical Self-Acceptance
"M.J. Ryan has identified the great Teacher within us all, that gentle presence, whole and certain, that is always here to guide us. It is no less than the essence of our self. But how do we access it? In engaging personal narrative and precise precept, Ryan takes us by the hand and gently leads us back to ourselves. Perhaps more than any other book, TRUSTING YOURSELF
is an invitation to come home."
-Hugh Prather, author of The Little Book of Letting Go
and Notes to Myself