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Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons that Will Change Your Life [Paperback]

Kathy Ireland
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Book Description

January 20, 2004
Kathy Ireland first gained recognition as a supermodel, but today she is respected for her design talents and business acumen as CEO and Chief Designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide. Ireland, independent and strong-minded, has an entrepreneurial drive coupled with the desire to break free of the skewed standards of the modeling business, that gave her the impetus she needed to start her own company. Her billion-dollar business began with a line of socks, then apparel, and today it extends into home furnishings, flooring, and accessories designed for women like herself — busy moms whose top priority is taking care of their families. She also dedicates her energy to a wide range of nonprofit organizations, many of them dedicated to improving the lives of women and children.

Powerful Inspirations
reveals the sources of Kathy’s strengths and enthusiasm, through insightful lessons that form a life-changing plan for her readers. In sharing her plan, Ireland also tells stories from her life, describing her close-knit family, the work ethic her parents taught her, and the sense of compassion they instilled in her. She offers an intimate portrait of her inner life and her spiritual growth, writing movingly of the support and comfort she has found in the Bible and other Christian teachings. She writes movingly of her failures and the lessons she’s learned while triumphing over them. Kathy’s account of her journey from the beaches of Santa Barbara to the boardroom, from supermodel to successful businesswoman provides readers the inspiration and encouragement to create a rich and rewarding life for themselves.


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Model, actress and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland proves that she's not just another pretty face in Powerful Inspirations: Eight Lessons That Will Change Your Life. The self-help lessons presented here cultivate strong families, understand your own worth, save part of your income, etc. may be prosaic, but Ireland salvages the book with down-to-earth personal anecdotes. This book will be most appreciated by conservative Christian women, since Ireland often speaks to women directly and peppers the chapters with discussions of her faith in God and the rationale underlying her pro-life activism.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How the supermodel became an entrepreneur with a bent for charity.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook; Reprint edition (January 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385503083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385503082
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,952,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kathy Ireland.......Babe May 3, 2017
By Fox
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Kathy Ireland ain't she sweet a nice book of someone who has been blessed with it all and is willing to share her thoughts on having an inspirational life with charm elegance grace poise and an unshakeable belief in God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great investment August 6, 2014
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Okay, I'm a guy who read what appeared to be a woman's book...no funny business going on here--just saw an interview with Kathy Ireland and was struck at how intelligent she seemed to be. I read through the book in a few days, her points were well spoken and easily received. She makes her arguments for the strength of her faith and values in ways that are firm but not arrogant. I am thankful that I spent the time and money on the book, I'd recommend it highly for anyone seeking direction, encouragement, improvement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good August 6, 2009
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I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but someone recommended it to me, and I bought it for less than $1. To be honest, I was wondering what a short, relatively plain woman would have to learn from a successful model/businesswoman. Still, I respected her for being a Christian in an industry where Christians aren't exactly plentiful. Worth a shot, right?

It's well-written, probably a combination of Ireland and her co-author. As she tells her story, I find myself identifying with her. Me, a 37 yo SAHM, identifying with a woman of Ireland's ilk. She makes you realize that, no matter who we are or God's place for us in this lifetime, we are all God's children and equal in His sight. These chapters are good lessons for reminding us some essential truths about Christianity, reminding me of some of the basics--faith, selflessness, family, and that God is always faithful, always there for us.

This book is a very good read, a good tool for nurturing/reinvigorating/starting your faith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Inspirations March 21, 2014
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This book was informative and helpful with good information. I wanted a copy for my bookcase along with my book collection!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2015
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Great person, great book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not very helpful for the average person February 14, 2015
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I am very much trying to get through this book, but it just kind of drags on. No doubt that Kathy Ireland is a lovely, genuine, kind hearted, successful woman. But she hasn't had any real struggles to overcome. She was born with a go-getter mentality as well as many other advantages. To the average person reading this, it seems as if she has never made any mistakes in life, only wise choices. After reading Jillian Michael's book, Unlimited, I was very inspired and enthusiastic about reading more of these inspirational type books. This book just isn't doing much for me other than giving me a short version of her life story. Sorry Kathy, I do believe you had good intentions when you set out to write this though...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book by an amazing lady. April 8, 2012
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Kathy Ireland is truly an inspirational woman. I love her honesty and willingness to stand up for what she believes in. She isn't afraid to work hard and doesn't let the word NO stop her. She is the perfect example of keeping your chin up and having faith to get you through the hard times and seeing that something good can come out of something bad. This book gives us the basics to live by like living below our means, learning through failure and realizing that change is going to happen. I keep this book by my night stand and go through the recaps of the lessions regularly. How powerful is it to read the first bullet point in Lesson 2 The power of you...you are powerful. This book inspires me to be and do better. I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ireland in person and she was extremely approachable and gracious. She is the real deal. I highly recommend this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wise Lessons & Truths For Daily Living. September 15, 2005
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This beautiful young woman shares stories from her life (as I do occasionally); also writes about her failures and the lessons she learned while triumphing over them. She's the new Martha Stewart -- a former model who started her successful business with her own line of socks (my favorites). She added apparel, home furnishings, flooring and accessories designed for the busy women with families who depend on them. "She doesn't just talk the talk, she walks the walk."

Her brand garned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for consumer excellence. In order to accomplish things we desire, we need the love and support of others.

She lists eight lessons to get the reader started on the road to happiness and fulfillment. Powerful Inspirations: When God is with us, who can be against us? Powerful You: Failure is an education in itself; even with self-esteem, you will get hurt from time to time. Powerful families: With family, you are never alone. Powerful Answers: When you ask powerful questions, you may get powerful answers; be ready to act on them.

Powerful Changes: It's great to have goals, but don't forget to enjoy the journey. Powerful Financial Wisdom: Money won't solve all of your problems, but it helps along the way. Powerful Beliefs and Boundaries: Wise people constantly discover what they beleive and act on these beliefs. Powerful Joys and Sorrows: Without sorrow, true joy cannot be understood.

This is a powerful book to help realize your potential without all the stresses of life we all endure. She is a good teacher with her examples and experiences.
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