New Life Direction Guide Named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012—LIVING THE LIFE YOU LOVE
Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation by Life Direction Coach Paula Renaye is one of only four self-help and how-to books named to Kirkus Reviews' Best of 2012 Indie top 100 books list.
"Indie publishing exploded in 2012," says Karen Schechner, Editor, Kirkus Reviews. "With nearly a quarter of a million titles self-published in the U.S. this year alone, just about everyone can now name at least one self-published superstar. Indie editors Ryan Leahey, David Rapp and I narrowed this worthy assemblage to our top 100 titles."
Renaye's book made the list and is also pegged as a self-help superstar by mental health, medical and other professionals. Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation is widely endorsed as a practical and effective template for self-discovery and determining life direction.
George Pratt, PhD, renowned Energy Psychology leader and author of Code to Joy, says Renaye's personal development guide is a "no-nonsense, get-to-the-point approach to real-life self-improvement that works."
Douglass Cook, MD, of The Sober MD, agrees. Having treated thousands of addicts in his career in addiction medicine, Dr. Cook says the book is "a perfect supplement to anyone trying to overcome addiction by working a 12-step recovery program."
Living the Life You Love was also selected as a critics' pick and received a Kirkus Star, which is awarded to books of exceptional merit.
The critical praise and professional accolades come as a surprise to Renaye. "I had no idea it would touch a common chord with so many and have such a universal appeal, or that it would be recommended as self-therapy." She explains that she was simply writing the book she needed and couldn't find, hoping it would help others get out of their misery much quicker than she had. "I was in pain and I wanted a way out-a simple and practical one. I needed a how-to manual to help me get my head straight and my life on track. I never found one, so I wrote it."
Renaye's journey to writing acclaimed self-help nonfiction actually began in fiction. Writing as Paula Boyd, she is the author of the award-winning Jolene Jackson Mystery Series. "People often assume that Living the Life You Love is my personal therapy book, but it isn't. I do my own self-help work when I'm writing murder mysteries." She adds, "Knowing you can kill anyone who ever did you wrong is quite therapeutic. Of course, realizing you no longer need to is the real therapy part."
Her tongue-in-cheek comment is a glimpse into the frank, no-holds-barred approach she takes in her self-help book as well. Kirkus Reviews says of Renaye, "She calls her methods tough love, but they're also deeply human, compassionate and supportive. A self-help guide with real-world value and applicability." Kirkus Reviews (starred review, critics' pick)
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Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation by Paula Renaye is available at neighborhood and online bookstores in both paperback and digital formats. Trade Paperback • 5 ½ x 8 ½ • 288 pages • $15.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9674786-9-2 • eBook ISBN: 978-0-9674786-8-5
Paula Renaye is a tough-love media expert, empowerment speaker, certified professional coach and five-time award-winning author of Living the Life You Love: The No-Nonsense Guide to Total Transformation. Writing as Paula Boyd, she is the author of the award-winning Jolene Jackson Mystery Series. Visit http://www.paulaboyd.com and http://www.paularenaye.com.