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Audacious Creativity: 30 Ways to Liberate Your Soulful Creative Energy--And How It Can Transform Your Life [Paperback]

Stephanie Gunning
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Dec 2 2008
Audacious (noun): 1. intrepidly daring, adventurous, bold, 2. marked by originality and verve. It's the way to be. Your success in life depends on how creative you are and on how willing you are to act boldly on your creative ideas. Meet 30 notable professionals (including bestselling authors, well-known speakers, career and life coaches, spiritual teachers, business leaders, healers, therapists, musicians, actors, and artists) whose audacious creativity has touched the lives of millions of people. From them, you'll learn how to make better decisions, design a vision for a fulfilling future, overcome the fear of self-expression, access your inner genius, get into the flow of universal energy, manifest wealth, raise good kids, enjoy optimal health, and lead an energized lifestyle. As you read their stories, sometimes you'll be moved to tears, other times to laughter. At the end, you'll be ready to shine your bright light in the world-audaciously.

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Stephanie Gunning is an author, editor, and publishing consultant. Her A-list clientele includes bestselling authors (such as Gregg Braden, Hale Dwoskin, Ernest Chu, Sandy Grason, and Ruby Payne), major publishing firms (such as Hay House, McGraw-Hill, Crown, J.P. Tarcher, and Jossey-Bass), top caliber literary agencies, and innovative small presses. She has coauthored and ghostwritten sixteen books, including Whiff, Will Power, Easy Homeopathy, The Passion Principle, Total Renewal, Exploring Feng Shui, and Creating Your Birth Plan. She is the author of several audio programs on publishing, including: Seven Quick & Easy Steps to Write and Sell Your First Book Proposal, Partner with Your Publisher, Social Media for Authors, and Planning Kick-Ass Book Events. She is co-creator of the nine-week audio meditation course Nine Steps to Heaven and the popular online 30-day course Stop Thinking Now. After graduating with a B.A. from Amherst College in 1984, Gunning launched her publishing career in New York City, rapidly rising through the editorial ranks at HarperCollins Publishers, then being recruited as a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and ultimately establishing an independent consulting practice, Stephanie Gunning Enterprises LLC, in 1996. Currently she resides in Manhattan, where in addition to her writing, she teaches teleseminars and workshops. To find out more about Ms. Gunning, and her products and services, visit:

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5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book! Jan. 9 2009
Stephanie Gunning has done a remarkable job of bringing this compilation to life. The contributors share their views and experiences with the creative process in funny, touching, and even poignant stories. I find myself going back to read portions of it over and over again. Pick up a copy. You will be richer for it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, unexpected inspiration Feb. 18 2009
By Laura Whitaker - Published on
I recently procured a copy of "Audacious Creativity" from a friend and found myself idly perusing through the different contributor stories on my subway ride home from my grad school class. To be honest, I expected to find the anthology, a basic, albeit extremely well-written, collection in which the contributors discussed how they inspired others and their methods for connecting with my personal creative processes. You know, the same old, same old "I can do this, so YOU can do this" rah-rah designed to make me believe that I can do/be anything before I once again realize my own creative limits.

Instead, I found myself transported by the essays and actually inspired to practice what the contributors suggested. Instead of feeling force-fed wisdom and sickened by the realization that I could never possibly be as perfect as the people whose stories I was reading, I felt like I engaging in a conversation with a really good friend.

One of the most profound ways I was affected by the book took place as the result of my attempt to go an entire day without talking about people behind their backs, as suggested by Reverend Allan Lokos in his essay, "The Spiritual Practice of Creativity." It astounded me that I could only last two hours before succumbing to a need to gossip. I've always considered myself to be fairly free of the need to put other people down to feel better about myself--but quickly realized in doing this exercise how much negativity comes out of me every day. It forced me to take a long, extremely hard look in the mirror and actively change the way I approach the people in my life. I will fully admit that i feel that I am a much healthier person emotionally because of what he and other contributors had to teach me.

As a young professional in New York City, I often find myself rushing from one task to the next--I'm so rushed and focused on the needs of others, that when it comes time for me to tap into my own creativity, I feel confused and uncertain of my own creative potential. It can sometimes take me several hours before I'm able to get myself in the proper mind frame to fling open my figurative creative gates and be comfortable letting what's inside of me flow out into physical reality. It's not easy to find comfort in just being you--letting all of the expectations and needs of others fade into the background--but the contributors in this anthology help you to realize how absolutely necessary indulging in your creativity is to your emotional health.

I consider myself lucky to have received a copy of this book. It's going on my bookshelf right next to my copies of Madeleine L'Engle's books--the books that fostered my creativity as a child--as a reminder to re-read several of the essays whenever I doubt my capability to be an audacious creator in my own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! Dec 17 2008
By Laura Duksta - Published on
I just received my copy today and thrilled with how fantastic it turned out! Congratulations Stephanie on putting together this inspiring and much needed book. In times of economic difficulty it is important for us to remember that our biggest resource is our own God/spirit given creativity! This book is a collection of stories of how regular people have tapped into their own inner reserves and created extraordinary lives. Creativity is contagious...if you're interested in tapping into your own Creative Power order your copy today and open yourself up to a world of possibility, abundance and audacious-ness!!!
Keep Shining!
Laura Duksta
author, NY Times Bestseller, I Love You More
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of Inspiration Nov. 28 2009
By Christie - Published on
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I love this book! I keep it next to me when I need a little inspriation or advice. This book is full of creative people's views and advice. If you are looking to unlock your creative potential this is the a great book to get you started. Thank you for this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Successful People Tell How They Transformed Their Lives Oct. 10 2009
By Regis Schilken - Published on
In Audacious Creativity, author Stephanie Gunning has collected the thoughts of successful people who have grabbed hold of their lives and created their way. They are their own heroes. This book evidences that in the lives of its thirty writers, allowing a pity-puss attitude is not permitted. The thread that stitches together the lives of these creative people is: You Are What You Want To Be!

Early on in the book, we learn that "You and I are a process of continually unfolding events." Yes, you might say, but events have not unfolded in my life the way they have for more successful people. Audacious Creativity maintains that therein lies the hue and the cry which created your life events.

If you interpret how you live as dull, stagnant, unhappy, worrisome, poverty-stricken, or just plain ordinary and/or wasted without futuristic dreams, you have scored an A+, 100% grade on the Stifling Creativity Test. Sadly, it is not outside events or people that cause your pathetic attitude. It is you--it is only you!

To change, you must awaken your creative voice. Looking into your inner self, you don't have to search hard to find some vision you wish or wished for yourself. It may be an old deeply hidden idea you've paid little attention to because you felt incompetent. Those feelings: Unacceptable!

Suppose you enjoy watching TV cooking shows because you'd like to possess those same skills. You watch chefs create mouth watering wonders with foodstuffs and it all look so simple. According to Audacious Creativity, yes, you can continue to view those programs, but it is time to create for yourself, too.

You might start a cooking club in your own neighborhood. This will give you a chance to hone cooking skills while learning from others. You can use creativity to decorate your dining area in the spirit of the season, or according to your creative whim. The important thing is that you make up your mind and start. You can run your own show.

"We make it all up anyway ... might as well make it up good," says Audacious Creativity. The power of our words, the power of what we tell our minds about hidden talents, the power to love and be thankful just to be is what is directing our lives. Repeated positive stories told to your psyche will cause positives to happen because you believe they will and you act accordingly.

But I've lost a loved one, I'm alone, I've lost my job, I'm not well--yes, these are devastating situations, but do they not happen to each and every one of us? If you've lost a loved one, body-slam your loneliness. Remember the loving times you had with that person and rather than wallow in sorrow, regain your love and wholesomeness by giving it away; volunteer where you can put forth love: at hospitals, in food kitchens, at children's camps. Do latchkey tutoring, take in a foster child.

But I have no job; I'm overwhelmed--Nonsense! It is time to readjust and create a winning attitude. If you were an expert in one area, hunt employment in another field. If you have to work at Wendy's to make ends meet while retraining, there is nothing wrong with labor. Besides, with a soulful positive attitude and a winsome smile, you can make it your goal to create a cooperative, positive, memorable work experience for others.

Audacious Creativity asks you to approach life as an author would approach the massive task of starting a new novel. Let's use an example.
-- First, you accept yourself as a hero in your ordinary world. You've survived this far--not everyone has.
-- Next, you specifically name the creative adventure you will start: "I want to be a mechanic." You squarely face the negatives: "I might not make it, but I'll try."
-- Then you seek guidance from a wise one: you talk to an advisor in a training program.
-- You start your training with a lot of personal questions but you seek guidance.
-- Finally, you pass your tests and win a diploma.
-- Now you visit car dealerships and garages seeking employment with a positive resume and an uplifting attitude.
-- When hired, you return to your ordinary world but you've changed your life. You are your own hero!

I enjoyed Audacious Creativity as much as I enjoyed writing this review. Reading the advice and tales of Stephanie Gunning's notable professionals, created in me the positive feelings I've put into words here. As a whole, I think I've synthesized the critical attributes of all their feelings. The book helped transform me; it will do the same for you.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking an explosive change to their present existence. Each chapter is fascinating and extremely easy to read. I even liked the font. What will amaze you is how often its authors, including Stephanie Gunning herself, restate the same themes but in different ways. The time to create a new life is now. Enjoy

Other fascinating reads:
Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
The Secret to Life Transformation: How to Claim Your Destiny Now!
Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of insights on Creativity! July 4 2009
By C. M. Van Langenberg - Published on
This book contains a wealth on visions on creativity. (And I have read lots and lots of books about creativity, being a creative work coach). Every writer has his/her own perspective on it - and they all lived it themselves. This gave me valuable insights on Creativity and more. Sometimes stunning views - which took my breath away. I can highly recommended this book!!
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