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Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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“Has there ever been a more crucial time for Big Love to be released into our world? Scott Stabile is one of my favorite love artists and activists. His voice in this vital new book is fresh and relevant — his message urgent and universal. Scott is a force for love in a time when we are all desperate for healing. I look to Scott for wisdom and leadership, and he has delivered both with Big Love. This book opened my heart and mind, and I’m forever grateful.”
— Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Momastery
“Scott Stabile is a wonderful presence of love, advocacy, warmth, resilience, and grace in our world. I adore and admire everything he creates.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love
“A must-read for anyone wanting to figure out how to authentically show up for your life (for better or worse). . . . It’s never about those treacly, saccharine “just stay positive” admonitions. . . . In fact, the book is funny as hell.”
— The Advocate
“At the end of life, the core question we ask is, Was I well loved and did I love well? Scott Stabile doesn’t wait to ask this fundamental question — love is already the center of his solar system. Big Love is an operating manual for living a heart-centered life in good times and bad. I’ve never read a more poignant and powerful ode to the power of love.”
— Chip Conley, bestselling author of Peak and Emotional Equations
“In Big Love, Stabile isn’t afraid to let his vulnerability show while reflecting on his own journeys of excavating buried pain, acknowledging fear, finding paths towards forgiveness (including from ourselves), living authentically and developing resilience. He offers a sincere blend of honesty and humor while replacing platitudes with perspectives grounded by individual experiences.”
— Shelf Awareness
“Big Love, big heart, big opportunity to bring way more love into your life and consciousness with buoyancy, beauty, and boldness. Infinite love to Scott Stabile for bringing this everloving book into being.”
— SARK, artist and coauthor of Succulent Wild Love
“Big Love is a fast and enjoyable read marked with philosophical, ethical and spiritual points woven into a very personal account. To quote Stabile directly: ‘Love makes life better. Love heals.’ Few people probably understand that better than the author himself.”
— Spirituality Today
“Big Love is heartbreaking, hilarious, and entirely real. I saw parts of myself in every one of Scott’s stories, and that is perhaps the greatest gift of this book — that he writes so openly about the struggles so many of us experience but hesitate to express, and he does so with incredible compassion, insight, and authenticity.”
— Mike Robbins, author of Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken
“Big Love is one of those rare gems that spares us the pretension of light-and-fluffy love rhetoric and instead truly guides readers in how to love themselves and others without holding back. Thank you for this gift, Scott.”
— Chris Grosso, author of Indie Spiritualist, Everything Mind, and Dead Set on Living
“Big Love does something that many books strive for but fail to achieve. It cracks open the happy image of its author, Scott Stabile, and reveals the heartbreaking, life-altering realities that have shaped this man and what he teaches. Leading by example with this book, Scott shows what it means to live wide open and how vulnerability is true power.”
— Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives
“Big Love isn’t simply about making a choice to be kind, compassionate, respectful and loving. At its core it all comes down to forgiveness.”
— Albany Times Union
About the Author
Scott Stabile’s inspirational posts and videos have attracted a huge and devoted social media following. His previous works include Just Love, Iris, and the Li’l Pet Hospital series. Scott also wrote the feature film The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, an eye-opening experience he writes about in Big Love. A passionate speaker and love advocate, Scott runs daylong empowerment workshops nationally and internationally. He lives in his home state of Michigan with his partner.
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Are you paralyzed by your fear and looking for a way to go beyond it? There's a chapter for that.
Are you tired of the grip your shame holds on you? There's a chapter for that.
Are you finding it hard to forgive someone? There's a chapter for that.
Stabile covers so much important ground in this book, but I never felt weighted down by the prospect of diving into his experiences, or considering my own. He writes in a way that inspires, rather than overwhelms, and if his vulnerability is the most important trait he brings to the table, his humor may be the next most important. Big Love had me laughing A LOT. Stabile is not afraid to laugh at himself, or call himself out for all the ways he's just another messed-up human being. I prefer this to the guru types who claim to know it all.
If you're looking for a thoughtful, uplifting, funny and hopeful book, I can't recommend Big Love more highly. It's the perfect balm for all the chaos and division we're seeing in our world. I'll go back to this book all the time.
"I used to be so afraid to be with my sadness -- over my parents' death, my brother's addiction, the state of the world -- that I did everything in my power to avoid it. I turned my sadness into a monster that would crush me if I faced it. So I didn't. Only when I started to look at my sadness honestly, to sit in it and feel the pain of it, was I able to see that I could survive it. It wasn't comfortable, but it didn't destroy me; it made me stronger and more compassionate, for myself and others. I don't fear my sadness like I used to. Or my anger, or my pain. I pay attention to them, I feel them, I stay as open as I can to the lessons they want me to learn. And I take care of and love myself through them. Love matters. It's our greatest healer."