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Books by Transformational Speakers 2023

“Shopping is so tempting. You get to abdicate your throne for a bit and let China and New York dictate your life.” — Janice Haynes

That was my sister Janice’s response when I winced at what I’ve spent on stuff I’ve never used after months of clearing out what no longer serves. Yet I’m finding that the books I love are the “keepers” and I can return to their wisdom again and again.

We all need fresh and inspiring ideas for our holiday gifts, so last year I started a new tradition: highlighting the books of my Transformational Speaking clients. Here it is for 2023 and beyond. It’s as diverse as my amazing clients are, and I’m confident you’ll find just the right book for anyone on your list!

This year I have added a new category to honor a particular group of change artists:

KICK ASS ELDERS!

And of course, there’s a story about that! Here’s our April 2021 Transformational Speaking Immersion group where the name originated.

L to R: Katy Shannon, Dinah Lin, Sheila Ohlsson Walker, moi, Esther Jantzen, Lindsay Quinn, Mika Barber

L to R: Katy Shannon, Dinah Lin, Sheila Ohlsson Walker, moi, Esther Jantzen, Lindsay Quinn, Mika Barber

 

To my right in the photo is Esther Jantzen, who has walked the Camino several times and coined the phrase “kick ass elder” during class. With Esther and I in our 70s and Dinah at 80, Sheila made us Kick Ass Elder t-shirts, with “Elder in Training” shirts for the rest of the group. Dinah did the Chinese lettering, “Wisdom is earned.

 

Wisdom is earned for all of these authors, and I want to especially highlight the elders who continue to thrive by living their purpose and bringing their gifts to the world.


KICK ASS ELDERS!

Esther Jantzen - Walk


An award-winning history, mystery, and travel tale about the missteps, adventures, and heroism of a boy who walks the ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain with his home-schooling family. WALK is in special edition for home schoolers, and Esther has been approached by a producer about optioning WALK for a TV series! For the children and young person on your list, this is the book!

Susan B. Eirich, Ph.D. - Whispers from the Wild: An Invitation

I met Susan through a Social Venture Network conference when we were paired up to share a room because we both stretched financially to even get there! Later I visited Earthfire Institute, the sanctuary for rescued wildlife which Susan founded in 2000. These whispers from the wild vividly illuminate the incredible connection of these animals to each other and the humans who care for them and provide a taste of the laughter, joy, love and insight they generate. They are indeed ambassadors for their species.

Gladys McGarey, MD - The Well-Lived Life

Dr. Gladys was my doctor back when I lived in Phoenix and was an inspiration 30 years ago. Known as the “Mother of Holistic Medicine,” she is now 102 years old and still in practice. I still remember her stories from my fledgling Real Speaking program in the mid-90s, and her book is full of practical wisdom that will transform your relationship to your body. Reading it brings me to tears as I recognize how much Dr. Gladys has influenced my path.

Dinah Lin -Daring to Dream Once Again - It’s Never Too Late!

Dinah, along with her mom and two siblings, escaped on the last boat out of Shanghai in 1949. Be inspired by Dinah’s courage, determination and grit, from growing up in a small town in Ohio as the only Asian family, living in five countries in Asia as a young wife and mom, getting her MBA at age 40, to finally ‘break the glass ceiling’ as VP, International Business Development of a Fortune 500.


New Releases


 Kris Carr -

I’m Not a Mourning Person

 Alex Howard -

It’s Not Your Fault

 Erin Leider-Pariser -

Get Lost

 Margaret Graziano -

Ignite Culture

 Gregg Brown -

Spark Action: How to
Lead Change That Matters

 Cynthia Jurs -

Summoned by the Earth

 Terri Cole –

Boundary Boss
Workbook

 Emma Jarrett -

Grace, Sophia and Me

 Tricia Dietrich Amara -

Rooted in Purpose

 Katrina McGhee -

Taking a Career Break
for Dummies

 Ronna Detrick -

Rewriting Eve

 Maya Shetreat MD -

The Master Plant
Experience

Inspiration for the Life You Want to Live


 Elizabeth B. Crook -

Live Large

 Donna Bond -

Original Wisdom

 Kate Eckman -

The Full Spirit
Workout

 Danielle LaPorte -

How to Be Loving

 Rebecca Campbell ?-

Letters to a
Starseed

 Gabrielle Bernstein -

Super Attractor

 Ruby Warrington -

Sober Curious

 Leah Pearlman -

Drawn Together

 Nancy Levin -

The Art of Change

 Patty Lennon -

Make Space for Magic

 Nancy Pickard -

Bigger Better Braver

 Kate Sutherland -

Make Light Work: 10
Tools for Inner
Knowing

 Kate Sutherland -

We Can Do This!

 Sheila Whittington -

The Daily Seed

 Victoria Price -

Living Love

 Maryse Cardin ?-

5-Minute Morning
Magic

 Sandra Joseph -

Unmasking What
Matters

Living and Working with Intention


 Gayle Colman -

The Body of Money

 Sheila Ohlsson
Walker ?-

Wise Decisions

 Beth Kempton -

The Way of the
Fearless Writer

 Ezzie Spencer -

Lunar Abundance

 Lynda Monk -

The Great Book of
Journaling

 Kimberly Napier -

Elevated

Memoir


Bonny Meyer -

Perfectly Paired

Linda Durham -

Still Moving

Geneen Roth ?-

This Messy
Magnificent Life

Julie Jacky -

On the Other Side

Anne Heck -

A Fierce Belief
in Miracles

 Kelly Snider -

Your Story Your Strength

 Kathy Elkind -

To Walk It Is to See It

 Kathe Crawford -

Unlocking Secrets

For Youth and Children


Esther Jantzen -

Walk

Monique Gray Smith -

Braiding Sweetgrass

Monique Gray Smith -

I Hope

Michelle Spalding ?-

Nathaniel's Journey

Annmarie Chereso ?-

Little Seed's Journey

Health and Healing


Elisa Hallerman PhD -

Soulbriety

Margaret Paul -

6 Steps to Total
Self-Healing

Gabby Bernstein -

Happy Days

Azita Nahai -

Trauma to Dharma

Kimberly Ann Johnson -

Call of the Wild

Merina Ty-Kisera -

Acupressure with
Essential Oils

Robyn Youkilis -

Reset your Gut

Relationships and Transitions


Terri Cole -

The Boundary Boss

Nancy Rose -

Raise the Child
You've Got — Not the
One You Want

Amy Chan -

Breakup Bootcamp

MaryAnne Howland -

Warrior Rising

Martha Jo Atkins -

Sign Posts of Dying

Sylvie Thiffault ?–

Choisir et
être choisie

Especially for Women


Geneen Roth -

Women Food & God

Ruby Warrington -

Women Without Kids

Pasha Hogan -

Third Time Lucky:
A Creative Recovery

Sylvia Theisen -

Break the Rules

Susanna Liller -

You Are a Heroine

Lee Irwin -

Radiant Wise Woman

Sandra Felt -

Beyond the
Good-Girl Jail

Business & Entrepreneurial Success


Joel Solomon -

The Clean Money
Revolution

Hamza Khan -

Leadership, Reinvented

Diana Chapman ?-

15 Commitments of
Conscious Leadership

Susie deVille -

Buoyant

Tia Graham -

Be a Happy Leader

Anna Tsui -

Shadow Magic

Michelle Spaulding ?-

Glitter, Duct Tape
and Magic

Beth Cougler -

Design to Engage

Juanita Brown and
David Isaacs -

The World Café

Shamanism, Nature, Animals


Renee Baribeau -

Winds of Spirit

Carol McClelland -

The Seasons of
Change

Jennifer
Bauer -

Nature
Guides

Linda Bender -

Animal Wisdom

Lori Robinson -

Saving Wild

Debra Rosenman -

The Chimpanzee Chronicles

 
May this list tempt you to shop with purpose and give gifts of lasting value to delight and inspire the people you love!

And for you, right now, might I suggest…

Beth Kempton – Calm Christmas and a Happy New Year

Beth’s book will help you celebrate a new kind of holiday season this winter — one where you radiate calm and cultivate delight.

That is my wish for us all.

May we radiate calm and cultivate delight.

 


 

P.S. Transformational Speaking continues to reach a global audience. Here’s why:

Transformational Speaking “When Danielle LaPorte recommended I attend the Transformational Speaking Immersion, I first bought the book to get clarity on what I needed to say – and how to say it. Traditional models give you script. Gail’s book and the Immersion helped me uncover my own. To keep this profound teaching alive, I downloaded the book and went for a walk listening to it every morning for about a year. I still pull it open on digital or hardcopy or audio when I need reminders to reconnect to my authentic way of speaking and storytelling—what Gail calls the HomeZone™!” – Gregg Brown, Professional Speaker on Change & The Future of Work

“I’ve dog-eared your book Transformational Speaking so much that I’m tempted to walk it before going to bed, and give it its own water bowl. I want so badly to plagiarize from it, but I know that’s naughty so I restrain myself. It’s just that when something is said in such a way that it can never be said any better, what am I to do?” – Esther Luttrell

 

Birthing the New Story! Imagining a World that Works for All of Life

In 1987 my sister was 40 years old and having her first baby. She chose a home birth with a midwife. I questioned her choice, but Janice is a smart woman and had done the research to understand that the approach of hospitals and doctors adds unnecessary layers of procedures for protection (often their own from malpractice suits) that can often result in harm to a newborn. That’s likely why the US is “the most dangerous developed country to give birth in” according to Newsweek in 2018*. Janice gave birth to her second healthy child at age 44, again at the home of her midwife.

Back in 1987, most of us put our trust without question in the promise of existing structures and heedlessly follow their protocols in an attempt to create lives that work within an established system. Unfortunately, even though our lives as a whole aren’t working all that well, we still do. But it is 2020 and we’re starting to break the spell of believing someone knows more than we do about how to create the world to which we want to belong. Our blind allegiance is faltering, and well it should. We’re in a time of health, political, environmental, racial and financial crises. The structures we’ve relied on are crumbling, and no election or single leader can change that.

What will it take to break the spell of believing in an old way and imagine a world that works for all of life?

For years, I have been captivated by the Rumi quote, “Speak a new language so the world may be a new world.” I’ve spoken about that as I’ve sensed that there are languages of the soul that can awaken us to new ways of seeing and being that open the way to the new world we trust is possible and want to co-create.

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4 Ways to Work with Gail

Let’s stop watching the news

and make the news!

I invite you to join the unmistakable calling of our times

to bring your imagination and voice to a new story

that is being born in your heart!

Like many of us, I’ve been in a wait and watch mode since early March. I’ve sensed something is incubating that is not yet formed. With scheduled travel cancelled, it seemed like a good time to bring a new puppy into my life. What an adventure that has been–for both me and my 9-year old dog Paqo — who is sort of adjusting but remains less than thrilled!

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A new rhythm for new times

Some of you know that my customary way to just stop has been to break bones. Yes, sometimes two, or sprain both feet! All amount to a full stop. Enforced! No negotiation!

I’m not kidding. The day I was to start my Transformational Speaking book tour, I broke bones in both legs and was confined to bed for a week until the swelling subsided and I could be trussed up. (My friend Lisa called it “extreme avoidance.”)

Then when I launched Transformational Speaking Online, I broke my hip in the middle of our series of 8 weekly community calls. I didn’t see my home again for nearly 3 weeks.

When my dear friend Margaret died, I missed two stairs and her memorial service in San Miguel de Allende when I sprained both feet.

In the shamanic path, we know that breaking a bone is about breaking a pattern. It was clear to me in all the above cases that my pattern was to move too fast to pay attention to what my body and soul were telling me. 

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Calling All Voices

The Four Questions You Must Ask Yourself to Ignite Your Holy Fool

Many of you are asking for the four questions from our Calling All Voices event. Yes! When you take the time to thoughtfully consider your answers, you’re on track to stewarding your strand in the web of life.

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One Woman’s Effect: Zoe Tryon, Disturbing the Comfortable!!

The Honourable Zoe Tryon could have married a “lovely” Earl or Lord and lived in a castle.  But the Amazon called to her instead, inspiring her great passion to be a voice for the voiceless.  She has fallen in love with a people whose ancestral lands are being devastated by oil drilling, whose children are dying because their only source of water is poisoned.

Zoe in Ecuador -“Big Oil’s Dirty Secret”

Wisdom from Holy Fools

Here is some sage counsel from last year’s featured Holy Fools.

Chris Jordan:  When someone says, “Be more practical,” they are scared for you.  You don’t really overcome fear, but you can develop a relationship with it and learn to contain it. The bigger fear for me was not living my own life.

Atina Diffley.  I knew I was the person to take on the Koch brothers to stop a pipeline on our organic farm. To keep going, I kept giving myself little dares. Taking the leap is a lot like planting a field. You keep working and never know if you’ll get a crop. I call that “engaged optimism.”

Karen Brody:  Every day I wake up with a huge YES! Follow your yesses. It is hard? Absolutely.  It is worth it?  Absolutely. Continue reading

Personal Reflections on We the People

We the People

We the People

The U.S. mid-term election results were a reminder that once a constituency is “won,” it is only the beginning of a relationship. Just as motivational fervor is quick to die after the speaker sells a bunch of product, a politician’s success is not sustainable without continued attention to those who voted. Last week’s Transformational Speaking class said it well: Love Your Audience! As evidence of the disengagement of Obama’s base, only 9 million young people voted this week compared to 23 million in 2008. At the same time, the zeal of the Tea Party ignited a movement. It seems the rigor of getting elected pales in comparison to that of governing. Continue reading

Your Soul is Rooting for You

Danielle LaPorte writes a blog www.WhiteHotTruth.com I wouldn’t miss. On this day of Thanksgiving in the U.S., she reminds us “Your Soul is Rooting for You.”

I love this! Because today I am packing my car for a 4-day journey to Santa Fe and an unknown adventure which I am taking at the urging of my soul. My soul wants winter sunshine and a place of belonging . . . where my body feels good to live in, my heart expands, and my spirit soars. (My mind simply wants a rest.) Continue reading

The Bachelor, The Dumpee, and The Rest of the Story

Last week “The Bachelor,” a long-running television reality show where bachelors and bachelorettes alike meet eager singles in the hope of finding lasting romance, broke its psychological contract with its millions of viewers. The story line is that over several weeks the bachelor will winnow down the field of 25 eager young women, each week handing out roses to those he wishes to keep on board for glamorous dates in exotic locales, to one lucky “contestant” who will receive a marriage proposal. The show is an ego-enhancing exercise for the bachelor-in-season and a challenging competition for the ladies in waiting. On the last show, it came down to two women, only one of whom would receive “the final rose.” Yet the marriage proposal by Jason to Melissa was just the beginning of the off-television romance where the bloom wore off. As Paul Harvey, the beloved radio personality who passed last weekend, consistently reminded us, “Now, for the rest of the story.” Continue reading

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