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Waking Up Happy: A Handbook of Change with Memoirs of Recovery & Hope Paperback – December 7, 2011
About the Author
Juliana (Jill) Muehrcke is the founding editor of the award-winning magazine Nonprofit World (snpo.org) and author, co-author, or editor of dozens of books, including the best-selling Map Use. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Waking Up Happy is also a handbook, a very useful reference book, on how to live through the most difficult challenges in life. It offers the reader numerous (I am tempted to say exhaustive) ways to consent to and contribute to his or her own happiness each day. Because of the scope and depth of Muehrcke's work, the reader can consult the book daily for specific encouragement and action ideas to make his or her life more wonderful.
This would make a great book club selection because of its wonderful personal stories. I can imagine many great questions and fascinating discussions stimulated by each memoir. Waking Up Happy would also make a lovely gift to treasured friends and family members who may be personally struggling through difficult times or witnessing loved ones struggling. Its positive messages cannot help but lift the reader's spirit.
You don't need to be an addict to use this self-help guide, everyone could use a little bit of transformation to regain balance, a new direction and find true happiness at some point in their lives. In Waking Up Happy, the reader will find a little bit of guidance, revelation and hope to help them kick-start their lives in a new direction, and have the best life they can have. This self-help guide has a hands-on style that focuses on tools for self-reflection, reinforced with examples of how others have prevailed to turn their lives around. Change doesn't happen in a moment, it takes initiative, dedication and drive ... like Jill says "you're the artist of your own life. All you need to do is pick up the tools for change and begin to use them."
Waking Up Happy will help you realize how fulfilling life can be, how much you have to live for, how to learn to accept yourself for who you are, have the courage to change, and most of all ... to enjoy each day. As you read the testimonials and review the inspirational quotes and exercises, it will give you a reason to ponder what areas in your life that you may want to change. This is a wonderful book of inspiration and guidance that everyone could utilize at some point in their lives. It is a guide book that you can go back and reference whenever you feel the need to change something in your life.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event.
The recovery memoirs are honest and inspiring, acknowledging that recovery is often "two steps forward, one step back." However, this book is NOT by any means only for people who wish to overcome addictions--it has something to offer to anyone who is seeking new ideas about how to move forward in life and actively engage in "pursuing happiness." The author draws on diverse resources throughout the text, then makes it easy for us to find out more by organizing a comprehensive index and appendix at the end of the book.