Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Serenity: Simple Steps for Recovering Peace of Mind, Real Happiness, and Great Relations

Many of you know me as the author and co-author of the Positive Discipline series, but you may not know that my favorite book that I have written is the newly released "Serenity."

The philosophy discussed in Serenity has changed my life more than anything I have ever studied, and greatly influenced the many revisions of the Positive Discipline books. I first self-published this book with the title "Understanding: Eliminating Stress in Life and Relationships." It became very popular in recovery groups in Minneapolis (the manager of Charlie Orr's bookstore said it was the only book he ordered 200 at a time), so I changed the title for the next printing to "Understanding: Eliminating Stress and Finding Serenity in Life and Relationships." It was picked up by Prima Publishing and continued to sell well until they decided to try giving it another boost by changing the title to "From here to Serenity." That title did not do well and all and the book went out of print. Since it is my favorite, I self-published again with the title "Understanding Serenity." A very short time later, Conari Press decided to publish the present edition as "Serenity" the subtitle is Simple Steps for Recovering Peace of Mind, Real Happiness, and Great Relationships."

I want to share just a few comments from others who have found this book as transforming as I have:

I want to thank you for the insights you provide in your incredible book, From Here to Serenity. I am trying to apply the principles you teach in every aspect of my life right now. I feel like I need to carry it around with me constantly to remind myself not to listen to my crazy thoughts, but to my heart instead. Barb McK

I admire your great knowledge and ability to write from your heart. Your book is amazing, just LOVE IT! Blanka Williams
One day I heard the podcast about "Understanding Serenity" (or whatever it's called now.) I wanted to pull over and buy it at the first bookstore I could find. I read through it voraciously. It covers so much of what I've been working on in terms of my self-development. I love the many analogies you give in the hope that one "rings true" for the reader. Thank you. You inspire me. Debbie Ramirez

I read your book on Understanding Serenity. Phenomenal! Barbara Helms-Bot

I'm reading From Here to Serenity and it has already had a "miraculous" effect on me. Usually I race through a new book, but I want to read this one slowly and "feel" each new insight... let myself experience each warm blanket of understanding before I move on to the next.
Mary Parker

1 comment:

Stephana said...

I just started reading your book (the original of Serenity - Understanding...) It is the most phenomenal, profound and yet simple, intelligent, powerful book of true wisdom - and I have read and "studied" a LOT of philosophies and self help books. This is by far the most concise yet simple to comprehend and therefore easy to apply immediately. I am thrilled to find your site and your information! I can't wait to get your book on Positive Discipline. Thank you so very much for your work and words!!! Best, Stephana Johnson

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