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Jeffers, author of several books including Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, offers a program designed to help readers achieve greater peace of mind and optimism in today's troubled times. Jeffers believes that too many people spend needless energy and effort trying to control every aspect of their lives-career, health, finances, etc. Since no one can control the future, Jeffers encourages people to accept three major principles: "The only certainty is that life is uncertain"; "Once you surrender to the fact that you are unable to control the uncertainty, you will, at last, be able to breathe a sigh of relief"; and "A `deep' acceptance that life is uncertain opens the door to a powerful way of living." Essentially, Jeffers wants people to be more optimistic and enjoy whatever is happening at the moment without excessively worrying about the future. Instead of playing the endless variation of "what ifs," people should focus on the positive aspects of their lives. She suggests people try to give back to others, which in turn will bring more love and positive events back to them. While readers looking for innovative strategies may be disappointed by Jeffers's somewhat simplistic suggestions like "Lighten up. Play with Life. Laugh a Lot," her comforting, no-blame tone may strike the right chord among those looking for a calming perspective in today's stressful world.
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"Exceptionally helpful in learning to handle life's greatest challenge. I love this book!"--Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of Wisdom of the Ages

-Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of "Wisdom of the Ages"

"Now more than ever, Susan Jeffers' wisdom feels like a precious gift. Her counsel is profound and meaningful." -Marianne Williamson, bestselling author of "A Return to Love"

"Susan Jeffers exudes warmth, compassion, and positive energy...The aura that she radiates is transferred into her books." -"L.A. Weekly Press"

"Her comforting, no-blame tone may strike the right chord among those looking for a calming perspective in today's stressful world." -"Publishers Weekly"

"For anyone who has ever felt lost, hurt or frightened by life's challenges, Susan Jeffers is the best guide one could wish for. " -Wayne Muller, author of "Legacy of the Heart" and" Sabbath"

"Susan Jeffers' books are always fun to read...She leads the reader through the art of enjoying life in her own unique style!" -Louise L. Hay, author of "You Can Heal Your Life"

"A wonderful book with a huge payoff peace of mind about the future. " -Jack Canfield, co-author of the #1" New York Times" Bestselling "Chicken Soup for the Soul "series"

"Jeffers describes, with brilliant clarity, how to deal with ambiguity in life...I'll be quoting this classic over and over again." -Mona Lisa Schultz, MD, Ph.D., author of "Awakening Intuition"

"Original, courageous, and brilliant! Jeffers alters the mind without drugs, freeing it to free us to become ourselves." -Warren Farell, Ph.D., author of "Why Men Are The Way They Are" and "Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say"

Exceptionally helpful in learning to handle life's greatest challenge. I love this book!--Dr. Wayne Dyer, author of Wisdom of the Ages

Now more than ever, Susan Jeffers' wisdom feels like a precious gift. Her counsel is profound and meaningful.--Marianne Williamson, bestselling author of A Return to Love

For anyone who has ever felt lost, hurt or frightened by life's challenges, Susan Jeffers is the best guide one could wish for.--Wayne Muller, author of Legacy of the Heart and Sabbath

Susan Jeffers' books are always fun to read...She leads the reader through the art of enjoying life in her own unique style!--Louise L. Hay, author of You Can Heal Your Life

A wonderful book with a huge payoff peace of mind about the future.--Jack Canfield, co-author of the #1 New York Times Bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series"

Jeffers describes, with brilliant clarity, how to deal with ambiguity in life...I'll be quoting this classic over and over again.--Mona Lisa Schultz, MD, Ph.D., author of Awakening Intuition

Original, courageous, and brilliant! Jeffers alters the mind without drugs, freeing it to free us to become ourselves.--Warren Farell, Ph.D., author of Why Men Are The Way They Are and Women Can't Hear What Men Don't Say
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (March 15, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312325835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312325831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #259,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
By the time I had finished reading Chapter 1 of Susan's wonderful book, I had made a life-changing decision. The large house my husband and I loved had become a burden in this wretched economy, and we were agonizing over whether to downsize or struggle to hang on. "What if we'll never be able to own such a fabulous house again?" we thought. "Are we failures because we haven't been able to keep up with the Joneses?" "What will happen to us now?" The fear, longing, and possible disgrace were eating us alive. Then I found Susan's book. Stop hoping and start wondering, she counsels. Look at life not with fear, hope, and expectations, but with curiosity, she says. "I wonder how this will turn out" is the attitude to take. Turn your life into a story, one in which you can't wait to get to the next episode to see what will happen. Boom! Her advice knocked my socks off. I've never been able to resist seeing what's around the next corner. I decided to let the house go, and my husband agreed. Let the adventure begin!
I once knew a woman who claimed that she was so optimistic that she could even look on the bright side when someone was dying of cancer. I never understood what she meant, but I've kept her mysterious statement in the back of my mind all these years. Susan's book made my friend's statement clear at last. When you can infuse your life with meaning and purpose, find the positive in both good and bad experiences, and use everything you've been through as an opportunity for learning, you can be optimistic in the face of hardship. Susan tells of a holocaust survivor who found fulfillment in helping other concentration camp inmates; a stroke victim and a quadriplegic who lived full, meaningful lives by focusing on helping others.
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Format: Hardcover
Embracing Uncertainty was one of the first self help books that I have ever read.

I found it so helpful that it motivated me to find and read more books that would help me as much at achieving peace and happiness in my life.

Jeffers provides 58 simple exercises that can be practised throughout your day to help you deal with the challenges of life.

I've yet to find another book that offers so many tools to help teach you to control your mind. I use two of the exercises so much that they are now second nature to me!

The first exercise helps me whenever I find myself worrying about something and I can't seem to stop.

I simply tell myself that I'll worry about it tomorrow every time the thought comes up. It's a great mind trick saying you'll worry about it tomorrow when really you'll never let yourself worry about it. This exercise has let me enjoy the present moment without wasting it on useless worrying.

The second exercise that I found very useful was to teach myself to stop `hoping' for things. Instead, I only let myself `wonder' about what might happen. Wondering instead of hoping stops me from feeling disappointment that can come when something I hope for doesn't happen. A `wondering' world is a much easier one to be in than a `hoping' world!

There are 56 other good techniques in Embracing Uncertainty so I'm sure if these two don't quite speak to you, you'll find at least a couple of others that will make your world a lot better.
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I have read Embracing Uncertainty by Dr. Susan Jeffers a couple of times and I find it the most comforting self-help book that I have ever read. Seldom is one provided with so many wonderful tools to overcome the stress and anxiety caused by the troubled world around us. Against the background of the current world crisis, a lousy economy and the constant threat of terrorist attacks, we all need help to keep calm and balanced, and I found Dr. Jeffers's advice to be ideal in terms of leveling my personal equilibrium. Now, I can approach each day with much more confidence and handle the uncertainty in the world without feeling fearful and stressed. Further, the book is filled with such common sense advice that's so clearly stated, it is accessible to everyone. I can't recommend this highly enough! A great gift for loved ones...
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Format: Hardcover
Dr. Susan Jeffers suggests a methodology for people to attain mental equilibrium and serenity in an uncertain world that seems increasingly unpredictable since 9/11. The author feels that too many people waste time, energy, and money trying to control what the future will bring to them. Instead, Dr. Jeffers advocates acceptance of three prime "realities" before one can learn to live life to the fullest.
In other words, Dr. J encourages readers to "live for today and don't worry about tomorrow". Though nothing innovative (Grass Roots offered the same advice thirty-five years ago) to embrace in this self-help book, Dr. Jeffers provides a timely tranquil message in a world that seems as if stress is the solo measure.
Harriet Klausner
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Susan Jeffers is a national expert on fear and tools to move past fear. This book is a recent effort, and is in a sense the next stage past her best-seller "Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway." She takes what has to be one of the most unnerving topics for most people to even consider, embracing the uncertainty of life, and offers pragmatic, clear tools for doing exactly that. Just the discussion of letting go of outcomes should be required reading for anyone 10 years old and up. While the book has a spiritual leaning it is by no means necessary to be of any spiritual belief, or even spiritual at all, to find this book highly useful.
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