We have had a quite a few guest on the show over the past few weeks, who have written books and novel about various aspects of self help and life improvement, however Jill Meuhrcke has with her book “Waking Up Happy” managed to cover so many aspect of people’s lives within its pages.
Juliana (Jill) Muehrcke is the award-winning author of many books and articles, as well as the founder and editor of the international magazine Nonprofit World.
Her book whose fill title is “WAKING UP HAPPY: A HANDBOOK OF CHANGE WITH MEMOIRS OF RECOVERY AND HOPE” is a powerful, absorbing, and beautifully written, this first-of-its-kind book . The pages are full of memoirs of people, who have recovered from addictions, harmful habits, and intolerable situations, including her issues as well as several of her family.
The title WAKING UP HAPPY came from Skye, who is one of the 30 plus memoirists who tell their stories in the book. Skye describes the journey of changing her life after she quit using heroin and other harmful substances in her late twenties. At first, it seemed unbelievably hard to make the changes she needed to build a new life. But one day, she suddenly realized that she was waking up happy! All the memoirists in the book – including me – had that same epiphany. It’s the best moment imaginable, because you discover that by doing just one small thing differently every day, you’ve turned the pain of your life into joy.
Jill chose the book’s subtitle A HANDBOOK OF CHANGE WITH MEMOIRS OF RECOVERY AND HOPE as she wanted to emphasize that it’s a handbook – a book full of exercises people can do and can keep close at hand as a kind of companion to creating a happy life.
Although WAKING UP HAPPY is especially beneficial for people recovering from addictions, harmful habits, or intolerable situations, it’s actually helpful for anyone who wants to live a more fulfilling live. In other words, it’s for everyone.
As one reviewer put it…
This book is refreshing and valuable for its emphasis on the joy of recovery. The author's story and the stories of her daughter, granddaughter and other contributors are honest, tender, and filled with hope. The snippets of wisdom and questions offered for reflection are insightful and urge the reader to exercise a compassionate awareness about her own journey. The memoirs are accessible to readers who might be struggling with a variety of challenges. At the heart of it, this book is a resource for anyone who wants to lead a more wholesome and authentic life.
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