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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
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bright Beacon of Hope in Today's World. March 3 2009
By David Ellzey - Published on
Look in the right place and find GREAT inspiration to move past your fears. This book is such a place ...

When Stephanie asked me to share a story in her great anthology, I was honored.

Letting go of whatever appears as an obstacle is magic, miraculous, and totally your choice, but how to do it?! Read this book and find out.

With greatest wishes for each of you,
David Ellzey ~ The Sedona Method
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