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Freedom Is an Inside Job: Owning Our Darkness and Our Light to Heal Ourselves and the World Hardcover – October 2, 2018
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“Not often does a book hold up a mirror to our souls, helping us to find courage and inspiration from within. Here Salbi gives us an extraordinary personal story, told with touching candidness that, though unique to her life, will deeply resonate with women all across the world. Her human approach to hard issues is shaped by compassion, intelligence, and emotional wisdom. Deeply human, sensitive, and sturdy, Salbi’s writing will heal hearts.” ―Elif Safak, author of the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve
“If you want to know what true self-power is, then read this book. Zainab Salbi, a modern-day icon of empowerment and an inspiration to millions of women and to men like myself, shares her journey from an environment of subjugation and cruel circumstances to inner freedom and leadership. The poet Rumi said, ‘Why do you stay in prison when the door is wide open?’ The prison is the mind-forged shackles of our own conditioning. Zainab’s book will open your inner eye to the beauty of your own being.” ―Deepak Chopra, MD, author of The Healing Self and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
“A true spiritual seeker must eventually search inside her own self. This Zainab Salbi does with great consistency and courage in Freedom Is an Inside Job. Sharing her discoveries with determination and resolve, she demonstrates what is possible for anyone who sincerely desires to be part of a new imagination for changing the world.” ―Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and The World Will Follow Joy
“Freedom comes from telling our own story, and empathy comes from listening to the stories of people very different from us. Zainab Salbi inspires us to do both. May her book help create bridges to a much bigger and kinder world.” ―Gloria Steinem, author of My Life on the Road and Revolution from Within
“What Zainab Salbi has given us with this book is a tremendous act of courage. Freedom Is an Inside Job is a deeply felt revelation of Zainab’s heart and mind and her hopes for a better world. She provides for us all an example of what searching within ourselves can look like, and the powerful results of such a journey. We owe her no less than our thanks, but also to follow her exacting lead.” ―Mychal Denzel Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
“In this prescient and timely work, Salbi offers us a path to personal authenticity and freedom. It is an inner journey that demands we see with absolute clarity both the light and darkness we harbor within.” ―Sharon Salzberg, cofounder of Insight Meditation Society and author of Real Love
“Zainab Salbi has written exactly the book we need for our fear-ridden and divided world. It’s time for each of us to do our own work and embody the change we want to see; only then, from a place of fullness, can we light the way ahead. Read this book and then help point the way for others.” ―Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post and author of On Becoming Fearless and Thrive
“There could not be a more critical time to read this book―and act as it recommends―than now, in these incredibly divisive times. In beautiful prose, and with extraordinarily moving stories, Zainab Salbi shows us how we can open ourselves to ourselves―and then to others―and actually then reach across seemingly impossible divides to achieve healing for the human condition. All of us who seek justice―and anybody who seeks understanding―must start here, with compassion. This book is like a salve for our collective wounds―we all need it now.” ―Saru Jayaraman, attorney, activist, and author of Forked
“Freedom Is an Inside Job is a remarkable testament to the adage that only what we achieve inwardly can change outer reality. Zainab Salbi’s courageously honest journey to excavate her innermost truths and reveal her truest self is a precious gift for anyone who aspires to live their fullest and truest life. It’s equally an essential guide for leaders devoted to making the lives of others better. Readers who join Zainab on her quest for true freedom will be inspired to emulate her humble and bold example.” ―Dov Seidman, bestselling author of How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
About the Author
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Hardcover : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683641779
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683641773
- Product Dimensions : 6.38 x 0.91 x 8.98 inches
- Publisher : Sounds True; Unabridged edition (October 2, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #835,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Zainab Salbi’s story takes us from her childhood in Iraq to an arranged marriage in America to founding an organization to help women all over the world. She’s very accomplished. The book is her life story along with all the lessons she’s learned along the way.
Her story is unique, yet many women can relate to her emotions and lessons learned. I liked that we get a peek into daily life of women living in Iraq at that time, not just what the U.S. mainstream media was delivering - a very limited, one sided view of the world. The life lessons of forgiveness, shame and fear, taking inventory of one’s inner self, and rediscovering your feelings is a main focus. There’s a lot to learn from her experiences and revelations.
However as great as her story is, it isn’t captivate me personally. It’s not boring by any means, but jumps around a bit. Also some parts feel like a therapy session for her; a book of remorse and past mistakes. It’s important to acknowledge but it dominated a lot of the chapters.
Overall, the story of the author’s life combined with the lessons she learned pull together to educate, inspire and enlighten others. The cons of the book made it not quite as enjoyable as I had hoped.
I was deeply inspired by Zainab’s writing about the power of telling the truth about your life; her admission and story of how a loving marriage was not fulfilling anymore; how making hard life decisions that propel us out of our comfort zones can be daunting but so ultimately freeing for our soul. She writes, “For years, it was normal for me to experience waves of tears or spasms of anxiety, to not be able to breathe fully, to suffer moments of anger and pain, or to become obsessed with work, pouring all my energy into it. That’s where I hid, in all these extremes.” This book is a great prompt for uncovering your true self at any age and a running start for lots of deep dive journal writing. If I could buy a copy of this book for all my women friends, I would. Great book club choice. Ultimately this book is about getting past your own stuff so you can go out and have a healing effect on world problems (exactly what Zainab has done in her Humanitarian efforts). Her writing style is friendly and accessible...I felt like I was hearing from a wise therapist at times and also being with a close girlfriend having a heart-to-heart talk.