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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.; 3 edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401930743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401930745
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Agapi Stassinopoulos is an authentic, genuine, and inspirational writer and speaker who knows how to connect with and move her audience. She brings out the beauty, power, and independence in all of us.”

— Deepak Chopra, author of War of the Worldviews



“Besides being a loving sister, Agapi has an innate wisdom and a gift for communicating it to her readers. The insight and passion that she brings to Unbinding the Heart, and the lessons it holds for bringing freedom and grace into our lives, make it a must-read book.”

— Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group



“I laughed, I cried, I got a craving for hummus . . . read this book, it’s smashing.”

— Tracey Ullman



“Agapi shares her heart with us through her personal stories, full of hope and possibilities, and inspires us to open our own hearts to more loving for ourselves and others.”

— Donna Karan, founder of Urban Zen



Unbinding the Heart is like a sumptuous Greek feast. It is a place filled with family, friends, and lovers, offering sustenance for the mind and spirit. Agapi’s colorful stories are full of spiritual depth and personal insight, which will nourish the soul of her readers.”

— Lisa Oz, author of Us



 “Agapi’s book is a life changer, one that triggers us to find the richness in our hearts and share it with others.”

— Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe giver of TOMS



Unbinding the Heart, with its beautiful prose, comes at a perfect time, reminding us, that even if life’s grip becomes cold, we have the resources to heal each other and to heal ourselves. The book is as warm as any hearth in any loving home. It is a call to the remembrance of love’s power.”

— Anna Deavere Smith, actress and playwright



“Agapi’s book is like a warm hug that inspires you to live as authentically and openly as possible.”

— Marlo Thomas, actress and best-selling author of Growing Up Laughing

 

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Agapi Stassinopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and afterward became a member of the Young Vic. She moved to the United States to do film and television, and later attended the University of Santa Monica, where she completed her Master’s in Psychology.

While her sister, Arianna Huffington, was doing research for her book about Greek mythology, Agapi’s love for the gods and goddesses was ignited and led to two books of her own—Conversations with the Goddesses and Gods and Goddesses in Love—as well as a one-woman show and a PBS special. She also coproduced and cohosted a documentary called “Quest for the Gods,” shot on location in Greece.

Agapi has been invited to speak at various international events and global conferences, and has also spoken about health and well-being for The Spirit of Women organization, which represents hundreds of hospitals around the country.

An inspiring teacher, Agapi conducts seminars worldwide for both men and women, empowering them to recognize their individual gifts and create the lives they want. She is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Agapi Stassinopoulos was born and raised in Athens, Greece. At age 18, she entered the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and afterward became a member of the Young Vic. She moved to the United States to do film and television, and later attended the University of Santa Monica, where she completed her Master's in Psychology.

While her sister, Arianna Huffington, was doing research for her book about Greek mythology, Agapi's love for the gods and goddesses was ignited and led to two books of her own--Conversations with the Goddesses and Gods and Goddesses in Love--as well as a one-woman show and a PBS special. She also coproduced and cohosted a documentary called "Quest for the Gods," shot on location in Greece.

Agapi has been invited to speak at various international events and global conferences, and has also spoken about health and well-being for The Spirit of Women organization, which represents hundreds of hospitals around the country.

An inspiring teacher, Agapi conducts seminars worldwide for both men and women, empowering them to recognize their individual gifts and create the lives they want. She is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post.

Customer Reviews

The book is a very easy and fun read with short chapters.
Susan Schenck
Whatever your age or life situation, if you are looking for inspiration to be all you can and contribute to a better world, you will really, really enjoy this book.
Miriam Knight
They found Agapi and her stories so enjoyable, and their hearts were touched in magnificent, unexpected ways.
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald on January 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After having read this wonderful book for the third time, I had to post a review! When I first opened Unbinding the Heart, I thought I would just read a chapter or two. As I finished each chapter, I kept saying telling myself "one more chapter" until I found myself staying up all night to finish the book! Usually I fall asleep with a book in my hands; this is the first time I can remember a book having the opposite effect.

What about this book kept me wanting more?

What is unique about this book is that the author, Agapi Stassinopoulos, conveys her authenticity, warmth, and vulnerability in a way that draws you in. Agapi takes you through a fascinating journey of her life in Greece and the United States. As you read the stories, you connect with Agapi's amazing heart. The book is so well written and intimate that I felt like Agapi was holding my hand through the journey of life, guiding me with real life examples that helped her find her authentic self. She gave me hope that I can find mine. Agapi doesn't shy away from sharing her deepest struggles. She comes across as a very sincere and humble person with a deeply caring heart. She also has a great sense of humor!

Some books that fall into the self-help category can be useful in that they give us principles to ponder. Often those ideas primarily affect our intellect, however, and we think these principles would be good to incorporate, and we may consider them. What sets Unbinding the Heart apart from most self-help books that I have read is that this book speaks from the heart of the author to the heart of the reader. As I was reading and simply enjoying the stories, not looking for any advice, per se, I found that I experienced several insights that allowed me to experience healing in my own life.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Rich on January 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Agapi Stassinopolous, sister of Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington, is a force of nature. Her newest book, Unbinding The Heart, more than lives up to her name, Agapi, meaning unconditional love. Like a cornucopia overflowing with goodness, Agapi is the personification of abundance. Her love of life, her passion, generosity, and authenticity literally flies off the page, lands in your lap and wraps itself around you like a big, warm hug that immediately melts your heart and lays it open.

This book is an invitation for each of us to discover who we are as we share the author's journey of self discovery, one that takes her from her home in Greece where she was born and grew up, to London where she studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, to Los Angeles in hopes of becoming an actress, and ultimately, all over the world. Her story is as much about her disappointments as her triumphs, and the valuable wisdom she learned from each.

Unbinding The Heart is ultimately a tribute to, Elli, Agapi's mother, who not only gave her the name that would define the path she traveled throughout her life, but also imbedded in her very soul, the practical wisdom and guidance that would help to keep her on that path when the way became obscured. And obscured it became, as it surely does for each one of us.

This book made me laugh; it made me cry. I heard the voice of my own inner critic echoed through Agapi's voice as she shares her struggle to find authentic self- expression, and the courage to love and accept her self. In finding her way through and beyond her fear, Agapi illuminates the path for others who dare to know who they are.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By nitsa VINE VOICE on January 21, 2012
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Prior to reviewing this book, I wanted to get some background on the author Agapi Stassinopoulos. I was surprised to find out that she is the sister of Arianna Huffington. Agapi, at the age of 18 was inspired to start an acting career, moving to London to study at the Royal Academy of Arts. She then moved to the United States pursue acting and eventually obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. The reasoning for my research of the author is being that I am of Greek descent I wanted to find out who she was and what inspired her to write such an insightful book. Based on her mother's simple lessons that author has broken up the book into 32 chapters and ending with the poem "Itahaka" by C.P. Cavafy.
Each story includes her mother' s wisdom and sayings. Both Arianna and Agapi had different talents but their mother treated them as such and did not compare nor insinuate why one sister was a better dancer than the other.
The stories include Greek customs and traditions such as being surrounded by family and friends. Agapi shows that in your time of need they will be there to help. She provides a funny story when the they were getting ready to go to the theater and the mother locked her handbag in the apartment with the tickets and money along with her keys in the bag. While her daughters were worried as to how to get to the theater, what to do without any tickets, the mother relied on the help of friends and even the fire department to make the evening enjoyable. The lesson here was to stop worrying and enjoy the present moment. Everything will be alright and it was. We need to stop thinking about the negative and tun it around to a positive experience in order to enjoy life.
Forgiveness plays an intricate part in the book also.
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