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Independent Publisher Book Awards 2000 - Ten Outstanding Books of the Year

Here are the profiles of the seventh and eight Award-winning titles.
" Most Life-Changing " - Create a Life that Tickles Your Soul: Finding Peace, Passion, and Purpose , by Suzanne W. Zoglio, PhD; published by Tower Hill Press. Email for more info.

Have you ever wished you could shift gears and lead a more satisfying life? Do you sense that something's missing from your life, but you're not quite sure what? This book helps answer those questions, through simple to understand methods of self-assessment, and offers exercises and techniques to help us follow through on what we learn about ourselves.

Learn how to:
- Zero in on what is best for you next
- Increase your sense of inner peace
- Find renewed confidence in your self
- Rev up your passion and love of life
- Create relationships that last over time
- Make every day count...inside and out

Author Suzanne Zoglio is an organizational psychologist who helps individuals and work groups unlock their potential. Her executive coaching and team-building clients include major corporations, government agencies, and entrepreneurs.

From the chapter entitled, "Dream 'Til You Get Light-headed," here is a "Sample Action Objectives List for a Goal of Less Stress."

- Drink only two caffeine drinks per day.
- Sleep at least seven hours every weeknight.
- Listen to uplifting audio tapes weekly.
- Meditate for 30 minutes 3 times per week.
- Exercise 30 minutes 3 times per week.
- Work a maximum of 50 hours per week.
- Delegate one administrative task a month.
- Work from home one day a week.

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The Ten Outstanding Books of the Year

For 18 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about changes, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society, our environment, and our collective spirit. Click here to see the entire listing of Ten Outstanding Books.

Search keyword outstanding in the IP Archives for profiles of other Outstanding Books of the Year. " Most Original Concept " - States of Mind , by Brad Herzog; published by John F. Blair, Publisher. Photography by Amy Herzog; design by Debra Long Hampton.

Reading this book's subtitle and get an immediate impression of how unique a journey you'll be embarking on when you crack the cover: "A Search for Faith, Hope, Inspiration, Harmony, Unity, Friendship, Love, Pride, Wisdom, Honor, Comfort, Joy, Bliss, Freedom, Justice, Glory, Triumph, and Truth or Consequences in America." It takes a few seconds, but you soon realize that this list of nouns represents small towns in America.

Author Herzog is a Gen-X'er who felt a strong need to learn about America, and felt that the answers to his questions could not be found on the evening news and talk shows, but rather in the nooks and crannies of the nation. So he and his wife Amy emptied their bank account, compacted their lives into a 34-foot Winnebago, and set a course for America.

From the Epilogue:

"My journey began two years ago, also in the dead of winter, only it was the numbing dead of a Chicago winter, when the wind stiffened the soul. There was a fire there, too, a log burning in an old potbelly fireplace in a Lincoln Park apartment. We were staring at the flames, my wife and I, two newlyweds taking stock of our lives. Marriage should have seemed the culmination of a journey all its own. It had started with a dinner, a movie, and a kiss good night when I was seventeen and Amy was sixteen and the world was at our feet. But a decade later, when the final thank-you note was mailed and the last vase returned, there was something missing--not between us, but within ourselves and beyond ourselves. There must be more out there, we felt, despite the rumors...

The need to cleanse one's soul and restore one's confidence through travel goes by many names. Steinbeck's "virus of restlessness" was Whitman's "resistless call of myself" and Thomas Wolfe's "hunger for voyages." It can take many forms--a meandering journey without itinerary, a Kerouacian dive into the fringes of society, a rush to the farthest point from departure. We decided ours would be a mission in the form of destinations, an experiment to find out if cynicism was justifiable-if our generation reflected the state of the union or merely misjudged it.

We would search for the things that seem elusive in modern America by seeking out Pride (Alabama), Faith (South Dakota), Wisdom (Montana), and Inspiration (Arizona). Some may call them virtues; I call them states of mind. After all, one man's pride is another's arrogance; one man's faith is another's folly. Knowing nothing about these places except what emanated from the fine print of the atlas, we would embark on a literal and figurative search for states of mind often overwhelmed by many Americans' state of panic.

We headed for the middle of nowhere. More people squeezed into a stadium for a typical pro football game than can be found in all eighteen towns, villages, and hamlets we visited combined. But as the Zen believers say, one can learn much about the tree by studying the simple shrub. Large insight is the amalgam of small discoveries."

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The Ten Outstanding Books of the Year

For 18 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about changes, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society, our environment, and our collective spirit. Click here to see the entire listing of Ten Outstanding Books.

Search keyword outstanding in the IP Archives for profiles of other Outstanding Books of the Year.


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