All Along You Were Blooming

All Along You Were Blooming
Author: Morgan Harper Nichols
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9780310454045
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Release: 2020-01-21
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A celebration of hope. An encounter with grace. A restoration of the heart. A healing of wounds. An anthem of freedom. All Along You Were Blooming is the ultimate love letter from the pen of popular Instagram poet Morgan Harper Nichols to your mind, heart, soul, and body. On Instagram @morganharpernicols, Morgan has over a million followers. Fans can add Morgan's beautiful artwork and thoughts for boundless living to their library. All Along You Were Blooming is a striking collection of illustrated poetry and prose, inviting you to "stumble into the sunlight" and delight in the wild and boundless grace you've been given. Morgan reminds you: There is a purpose in every season No matter how you want to race through this day or run away from this place, you are invited to live fully--right here, right now Light will always find you, even when the sun sets and you sit awaiting the dawn That you are always blooming in the way you were meant to All Along You Were Blooming is perfect: For men and women of all ages For teachers to share with classrooms during poetry focused lessons Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, National Best Friend Day, birthdays, and holiday gifting In each small moment, whether in the light or the dark, you can make room for becoming, for breathing, for stumbling, and for simply being--for there is grace, today and every day.

All Along You Were Blooming

All Along You Were Blooming
Author: Morgan Harper Nichols
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0310454077
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Release: 2020-01-21
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

All Along You Were Blooming is a dynamic collection of illustrated poetry and prose inspiring you to live boundlessly right where you are. With every turn of the page, Instagram poet Morgan Harper Nichols invites you into a life of hope, trusting there is purpose in every moment and new mercy every morning.

How Far You Have Come

How Far You Have Come
Author: Morgan Harper Nichols
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780310456551
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Release: 2021-04-27
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

How Far You Have Come is an exquisitely illustrated collection of poetry and essays from bestselling artist and writer Morgan Harper Nichols. In the midst of the hurt and the mundane, the questions and the not yets, we can forget just how far we have come. Morgan weaves together personal reflections with her signature poems to share her journey to reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hope. The stories and illustrations in How Far You Have Come are organized around a familiar path Morgan has traveled all her life, along the southern border of the United States. As Morgan reflects on the moments that shaped her, she invites us to: Awaken our hearts and recognize how our own histories have made us who we are today Have a deeper understanding of pressing on and pressing in, of transformation and surrender, of meaning in the losses and wild anticipation for the splendor ahead Reclaim moments of brokenness, division, and pain and re-envision them as experiences of reconciliation, unity, and hope Become who we are in the moment you hold right now A Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly bestselling author, Morgan has cultivated a loyal online community, over a million Instagram followers, and an in-person following as she shares her unique message around the country. How Far You Have Come is an excellent gift for college and high school graduations, faith celebrations and anniversaries, life transitions, and birthdays.

Storyteller

Storyteller
Author: Morgan Harper Nichols
Pages: 108
ISBN: 1979990522
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Release: 2017-12-05
Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For over a decade, many of the stories and poems I have written eventually turned into songs, and for that, I am grateful. Over the past year, much of what I have written has turned into letters: letters to people, their stories, and the seasons they are in. Even though I suppose, technically, what you will find in this book is considered poetry, I hope they read as letters: letters for people, places, things, seasons, years-letters for the story and for the storyteller. There are one hundred poem letters in this book. I share them with you because I believe you have a story to tell, and I hope these poem letters encourage you to keep telling it. -Morgan Harper Nichols Writer, Artist, Musician

The Apricot Memoirs

The Apricot Memoirs
Author: Tess Guinery
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781524870416
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Release: 2021-04-13
Editor: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This romantic fusion of art—poetry, prose, and unbridled creativity—was birthed from one soul’s season of adventure and unraveling, inviting us to surrender the great for the greater. What started as a break from Australian artist Tess Guinery’s rapidly growing design business turned into an instinctive, playful experiment with words, colors, and sounds—and eventually into a tangible book, The Apricot Memoirs. This collection of poetry and prose, thoughtfully illustrated and printed on colored paper, is infused with grace and playfulness. It explores love, personal growth, creativity, spirituality, vulnerability, and motherhood in the art medium of words, all the while creating a rich portrait of a deeply empathetic, talented, and whimsical artist. Esoteric, mysterious, and unfailingly beautiful, The Apricot Memoirs is an invitation to dig deep, embrace the uncomfortable, and free your creativity, unbound.

I Am Definitely Probably Enough I Think

I Am Definitely  Probably Enough  I Think
Author: Tori Press
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781507212912
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Release: 2020-11-10
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Begin your journey to self-love with inspiring messages of hope as well as actionable moments from Instagram artist Tori Press. Life is a journey. And even though everyone’s journey is different and unique, we all share one thing that binds us together—our search for self-acceptance and self-love. Half the time, we feel like we have no idea what we’re doing—and that’s okay. It’s something that author and Instagram artist Tori Press knows all too well. In I Am Definitely, Probably Enough (I Think), Press uses the power of image to tackle the major themes in her life that keep her from loving herself—questions about self-worth, fluctuating self-esteem, anxiety, depression, external pressures from society, body image, and so on. She may not have all the answers, but she’s trying, and half the time that’s all that really matters. Practicing self-love takes patience, devotion, and a little bit of heart. Now you can be inspired by the honest advice and understanding Press provides to help you continue, or even start, your own journey to self-love.

Where to Begin

Where to Begin
Author: Cleo Wade
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781982138806
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Release: 2019-10-08
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Author and poet Cleo Wade will make your day with her inspiring and uplifting outlook on life” (People) and she returns with another moving collection of poems, mantras, and illustrations encouraging you to remain hopeful and harness your inner power and create change through self-care and social justice. If you are ready to be a part of building a society rooted in love, acceptance, justice, and equality, Where to Begin is the ultimate inspirational guide. Building on the wisdom of Cleo Wade’s national bestseller Heart Talk, this heartfelt collection will help you stay connected to hope during difficult moments and remind you that no matter what, you still have the power to show up and effect positive change. Remember, your big life is made up of a collection of all of your small moments. Our big world is a made up of a collection of all of our small actions. This book is about where to begin.

Heart Talk

Heart Talk
Author: Cleo Wade
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781501177354
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Release: 2018-03-06
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A beautifully illustrated book from Cleo Wade—the artist, poet, and speaker who has been called “the Millennial Oprah” by New York Magazine—that offers creative inspiration and life lessons through poetry, mantras, and affirmations, perfect for fans of the bestseller Milk & Honey. True to her hugely popular Instagram account, Cleo Wade brings her moving life lessons to Heart Talk, an inspiring, accessible, and spiritual book of wisdom for the new generation. Featuring over one hundred and twenty of Cleo’s original poems, mantras, and affirmations, including fan favorites and never before seen ones, this book is a daily pep talk to keep you feeling empowered and motivated. With relatable, practical, and digestible advice, including “Hearts break. That’s how the magic gets in,” and “Baby, you are the strongest flower that ever grew, remember that when the weather changes,” this is a portable, replenishing pause for your daily life. Keep Heart Talk by your bedside table or in your bag for an empowering boost of spiritual adrenaline that can help you discover and unlock what is blocking you from thriving emotionally and spiritually.

I Used to Have a Plan

I Used to Have a Plan
Author: Alessandra Olanow
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780063093935
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Release: 2021-02-02
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Balm for the soul—Alessandra Olanow offers advice, inspiration, and encouragement for anyone who needs a shoulder to lean on during a difficult time. “I Know This Too Shall Pass. (But It Would Be Helpful to Know When).” After a series of events left her a divorced single mother questioning herself, her relationships, and basically, everything she thought was true about her “picture-perfect” life, Alessandra Olanow began drawing and posting illustrations on Instagram that reflected her feelings and struggles to right her life. She chronicled her journey of healing, expressing the shock, delusion, denial, self-pity, and self-doubt she experienced and the self-empathy and forgiveness that ultimately helped her regain a sense of self—but stronger, more fearless, and more hopeful than before. Her charming illustrations and keen, memorable observations—struck a chord. Within a year, her audience grew dramatically, from 9,500 to 157,000 followers, including celebrities Katie Couric, Jennifer Garner, Elise Loehnen (chief content officer at Goop), the poet Joao Doederlein, and Joanna Goddard (founder of A Cup of Jo). I Used to Have a Plan brings Olanow’s soothing sensibility to a wider audience, featuring new drawings and ideas that touch upon the universal experiences of unexpected change and loss. Divided into five parts—“I Didn’t See That Coming,” “It’s OK That You’re Not OK,” “Where’d I Go,” “The Only Way Out Is Through,” and “I Like It Here, Can I Stay a While?”—the book beautifully encapsulates the experience of encountering difficulty, processing it and healing from it, and becoming stronger and with a better sense of self. Full of advice, commiseration, empathy, and wit that is comforting, helpful, direct, and remarkable in its truth, I Used to Have a Plan helps everyone through the painful yet ultimately uplifting process of healing. I Used to Have a Plan includes 75-100 illustrations.

Poems

Poems
Author: C. S. Lewis
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780062565518
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Release: 2017-02-14
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A repackaged edition of the revered author’s poetry—a collection of verse that exemplifies and celebrates his breadth of knowledge, his wide-ranging interests, both spiritual and earthly, and his never-ending search to find God and understand the mysteries of the world. Known for his fiction and philosophical nonfiction, C. S. Lewis—the great British writer, scholar, lay theologian, broadcaster, Christian apologist, and bestselling author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia, and many other beloved classics—was also an accomplished poet. In Poems, Lewis dives deep into a wide range of subjects—from God to nature to love to unicorns—revealing his extensive imagination and sense of wonder.

Forty Days on Being a Five

Forty Days on Being a Five
Author: Morgan Harper Nichols
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9780830847518
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Release: 2021-08-17
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What is it like to be an Enneagram Five? These forty daily readings from Instagram poet and artist Morgan Harper Nichols reflect on this question with a desire for personal and spiritual growth, using illustrations from both Scripture and life. Each reading concludes with an opportunity for further engagement such as a prayer, a spiritual practice, or a reflection question.

Auguries of a Minor God

Auguries of a Minor God
Author: Nidhi Zakaria Eipe
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9780571367238
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Release: 2021-06-29
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY RECOMMENDATION Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe's spellbinding debut poetry collection explores love and the wounds it makes. Its first half is composed of five sections, corresponding to the five arrows of Kama, the Hindu God of Love, Desire and Memory. From 'stunning' and 'paralysing' to 'killing' and 'destroying', each arrow has its own effect on some body - a very real, contemporary body - and its particular journey of love. The second is a long narrative poem, 'A is for [Arabs]', which follows a different kind of journey: a family of refugees who have fled to the West from conflict in an unspecified Middle Eastern country. With an extraordinary structure, yoking abecedarian and Fibonacci sequences, it is a skilful and intimate account of migration and exile, of home and belonging.

Trust No Aunty

Trust No Aunty
Author: Maria Qamar
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9781501154737
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Release: 2017-08
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Based on her popular Instagram @Hatecopy and her experience in a South Asian immigrant family, artist Maria Qamar has created a humorous, illustrated “survival guide” to deal with overbearing “Aunties,” whether they’re family members, annoying neighbors, or just some random ladies throwing black magic your way. We’ve all experienced interference from our Aunties—they are at family parties and friendly get-togethers, finding ways to make your life difficult, trying to get you to marry their sons, and telling you to lose weight while simultaneously feeding you a second dinner—and it has stunted our social growth and embarrassed us in front of our friends and cool cousins for years. This tongue-in-cheek guide is full of advice designed to help you manage Aunty meddling and encourages you to pursue your passions—from someone who has been through it all. Qamar confesses to throwing sweatshirts over crop-tops to get out of the house without being questioned, hiding her boyfriend in a closet, and enduring overbearing parents endless pressuring her to become a doctor, lawyer, or engineer. Holding onto your cultural identity is tough. Always interfering Aunties make it even harder. But ultimately, Aunties keep our lives interesting. As an Aunty-survivor and a woman who has lived the cross-cultural experience, Qamar defied the advice of her aunties almost every step of the way, and she is here to remind you: Trust No Aunty.

The Art of Aliveness

The Art of Aliveness
Author: Flora Bowley
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781950253111
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Release: 2021-03-23
Editor: Hierophant Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Creativity has informed every aspect of Flora Bowley’s life. A professional artist whose workshops and online courses have inspired thousands, Bowley believes that every person is here for a profound purpose—a purpose that can be discovered and embraced. This book provides a roadmap for living an art-filled life—a life in which creative expression animates the body, soul, and spirit. Bowley shares tools for plumbing the depths of one’s being, and encourages readers to discover inner resources that enable them to live with bravery and spirit. Packed with exercises and prompts to help guide readers through their own process, The Art of Aliveness teaches that creativity goes well beyond just “making stuff.” Creativity is a whole way of being—one that stands in opposition to productivity for productivity’s sake. A full life, infused with Aliveness, is a life of courage, intuition, spontaneity, discernment, and joy. If your creative potential feels buried beneath years of old stories and stagnant patterns, it’s never too late to revitalize these parts of yourself. This book shows you how.

The Dogs I Have Kissed

The Dogs I Have Kissed
Author: Trista Mateer
Pages: 90
ISBN: 1514287315
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Release: 2015-06-24
Editor: CreateSpace
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Known for her eponymous blog and her confessional style of writing, this is Trista Mateer's second collection of poetry. REVIEW: "The Dogs I Have Kissed is the kind of book you could read in one sitting and the kind of book you want to tuck underneath your pillow for a month. It's gripping and powerful and disturbingly honest. There are poems that are incredibly comforting and others that are so painful. Trista has the rare talent of writing poems that are both good and true. In terms of literary art, this chapbook is brilliant. Trista weaves together religious overtones with raw sensuality and heartache. She's so purposeful with the imagery, connecting and breaking motifs from each section of the book: how peaches become cherries, how salt is everywhere, the shape of same-different mouths. There is this lovely irony in these poems, how sometimes the speaker of these poems is the one who is described like a dog: sloppy, rabid, hungry, whining. Maybe that's not an irony at all. The Dogs I Have Kissed is for anyone who has felt the tough underside of love, anyone who has been angry and hurt and still strangely hopeful. One of the most striking lines in the entire book is something I keep thinking about: 'Is this okay, is this okay, is this okay, or does it make me weak?' Do yourself, your heart, and your current/ex/next lover a favor: buy this book. Devour it immediately." --Yena Sharma Purmasir, author of Until I Learned What It Meant

One Day You Will Look Back and See That All Along You Were Blooming

One Day You Will Look Back and See That All Along You Were Blooming
Author: Jacob Smith
Pages: 120
ISBN: 1092129448
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Release: 2019-03-30
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When we are stressed with a problem, writing it all down can help with identifying the causing factor. Writing things done can help alleviate the difficulties you are creating inside your head and move to a healthier life.

There I Am

There I Am
Author: Ruthie Lindsey
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781982107925
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Release: 2021-04-20
Editor: Simon and Schuster
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Brain on Fire meets Carry On, Warrior in this inspirational memoir and “testament to the things that break us, heal us, and make us who we are” (Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author) that explores one woman’s journey from chronic pain and hopelessness to finding joy, redemption, and healing. At seventeen years old, Ruthie Lindsey is hit by an ambulance near her home in rural Louisiana. She’s given a five percent chance of survival and one percent chance of walking again. One month later after a spinal fusion surgery, Ruthie defies the odds, leaving the hospital on her own two feet. Just a few years later, newly married and living in Nashville, Ruthie begins to experience debilitating pain. Her case confounds doctors and after numerous rounds of testing, imaging, and treatment, they prescribe narcotic painkillers—lots of them. Ruthie has become bedridden, dependent on painkillers, and hopeless, when an X-ray reveals that the wire used to fuse her spine is piercing her brain stem. Without another staggeringly expensive experimental surgery, she could well become paralyzed, but in many ways, she already is. Ruthie goes into the hospital in chronic pain, dependent on prescription painkillers, and leaves the same way. She can still walk but has no idea where she’s going. As her life unravels, Ruthie returns home to Louisiana and sets out on a journey to learn joy again. She trades fentanyl for sunsets and morphine for wildflowers, weaning herself off of the drugs and beginning the process of healing—of coming home to her body. Raw and redemptive, There I Am is not just about the magic of optimism, but the work of it. Ruthie’s extraordinary memoir “like going on a walk with a best friend and listening to a life-changing speech at the same time: it’s equal parts familiar and profound, warm and insightful, comforting and challenging, relatable and unlike anything you’ve read before” (Mari Andrew, New York Times bestselling author).

Recipes for Self Love

Recipes for Self Love
Author: Alison Rachel
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780062864000
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Release: 2019-04-16
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Based on her popular Instagram feed of the same name (144k followers and counting), Recipes for Self-Love is a book by Amsterdam-based artist Alison Rachel of empowering images of and for women, and accompanying mediations on feminism, self-care, boundaries, intersectionality, sexuality, anxiety, ritual, beauty, individuality, and self-expression. Featuring all-new images in her bright, distinctive style in a gifty full-color package (7 x 7” POB), Recipes for Self-Love is the ultimate appreciation gift for the powerful, incredible women in your life (or for yourself).

Finding Quiet

Finding Quiet
Author: Jamie Grace
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781493428083
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Release: 2020-10-13
Editor: Baker Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

We live in a loud, loud world. Whether it's the criticism of others, the clamor of injustice, or the voice of anxiety from within, we are constantly being bombarded with noise. So what does it mean to find peace in the midst of all the noise? Is there a way to acknowledge the struggles we face and learn how to manage the stressors and voices that trigger us while believing in the promises and goodness of God? Jamie Grace has lived in the middle of noise for most of her life. Many know her as a singer with radio hits who has spent the last decade on stages and in front of the camera, but behind the scenes, she has struggled with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and an anxiety disorder for most of her life. But in the middle of both inner and outer noise, Jamie has learned how to manage the negative effects of her diagnoses, make the most of her strengths, and lean into the journey God has led her on. A journey of Finding Quiet.

Rivers Are Coming

Rivers Are Coming
Author: Minaa B.
Pages: 114
ISBN: 1532727534
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Release: 2016-07-12
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Rivers Are Coming is a classic compilation of essays and poems on healing from emotional wounds inflicted by depression and trauma, and celebrating the survival of being lost and discovering ones ability to live wholeheartedly. In Rivers Are Coming, Minaa uses the river as a metaphor to solicit change, and extends an invitation to welcome the power of uncertainty into the lives of people so that we can be introduced to love, hope and healing, and to progress in an upward trajectory.Minaa B intertwines her enriched teachings as a psychotherapist into this book to offer us wisdom and a profound sense of wholeness as we navigate through our journey. Rivers Are Coming is a reflective and thought-provoking book that helps people to reclaim their lives, proclaim their truths and learn how to piece their peace back together.