Is it possible to change your thoughts and see possibilities rather than limitations? Is it possible to change your perspective on your life’s greatest problems? This is what Morten Bonde investigates in his book Sentenced to Blindness – Now What? A Journey from Hopelessness Street to Possibility Road.
With research into the human mind, the practice of mindfulness behavior and meditation, and four challenges in four months to reprogram his subconscious mind, he shares how he decided to become greater than his greatest life-challenge: BLINDNESS!
Morten Bonde has an eye condition that is slowly making him go blind. In 2016, his vision was so severely reduced that his life couldn’t continue as before. It had been all go with a family and a career as senior art director at the LEGO Group. Then his whole world collapsed. But when everything was at its bleakest, he experienced a sudden clarity for how to regain zest for life and emerge from the darkness stronger than ever before. He succeeded in returning from hopelessness to regaining a positive and indomitable view of life.
”I found a process that turned my fading vision into clarity. I turned a weakness into a strength. That process can be copied by anyone for any challenge in life”.
Far too often, life’s challenges and questions cause people to fight feelings of doubt and despair, as they search endlessly for hope. In Singing in the Dark, Ginny Owens introduces the reader to powerful ways of drawing closer to God and how the elements of music, prayer, and lament offer rich, vibrant, and joyful communion with Him, especially on the darkest days.
Ginny has gained a unique life perspective, as she has lived without sight since age three. She brings rich, biblical teaching that will encourage readers and compel them to dig deep into the beautiful songs, prayers, and poetry of Scripture—the same words through which the people of the Bible flourished in impossible circumstances.
Singing in the Dark includes reflection and journaling prompts at the end of each chapter.
You will feel 20-32% better about your own life after reading The Book of Failures.
Reviews: "THE FUNNIEST, WITTIEST, AND MOST RELATABLE BOOK A GIRL COULD EVER READ." A. Evers, BlueLine.com "If you have ever been married, divorced, had a relationship where he/she was not that into you, been a student, s*** your pants, had a crazy-awesome friend, or have kids in your life, you'll find something relatable in this book. Jessica Van Derven, Wisconsin Trophy Wife, "This book will make you feel, as a woman and as a mother, that you suck less." Angie Stati, CarPool Shamers, "Don't Read While Drinking (Your coffee or anything else, it will shoot out your nose from laughing.) R Johnson, Ivy owl Reviews, " Amy's self-deprecating style and short story format will remind you of David Sedaris, Jenny Lawson, and Tina Fey."
You will appreciate your own dysfunction a little more as you take a journey through Amy's debacles including I Was Not Talking To You, where Amy mistakes a handsome man waving at her as a potential suitor but in reality, he was only trying to inform her that her coat belt was dragging on the freeway and In The Neighborhood, where members of a cult moving in concurred with a suspicious decline in the cat population. You will relish the chapters entitled Calls From Sharon, where Amy's best friend rants about her kids not getting a fair shot because public schools are 'so political,' her OBGYN reported that her vagina was 'too clean' and why the most eligible bachelor from 1982 had married a whore. Enjoy I'm Going to Kill You, where Amy compares her lack of sleep from her husband's snoring to the tactics CIA agents use to extract secrets from POWs.
The book has been featured on the popular morning show Atlanta and Company, NPR, LA Talk Radio, What Women Want Radio Show, Just4Fun Radio, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Points North Magazine, My Forsyth Magazine, Scoop OTP, Northside Woman, and multiple blogs. Amy Lyle is a comedienne, screenwriter, playwright for a large non-profit, and monthly contributor to multiple magazines. Book Club Guide Amy's funny book is available in all formats including Kindle, paperback, and as an audiobook.
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When 18-year-old Becky Andrews is diagnosed with the degenerative eye condition retinitis pigmentosa, she finally understands her childhood challenges of softball strikeouts, notorious clumsiness, and why she's never been able to see the stars.
As her vision narrows, she must give up driving and accept her need for a mobility cane. In the process, she learns to embrace her new identity as a blind woman, one step at a time. Undeterred by the certainty of eventual blindness, Becky adopts a proactive approach to creating a life of purpose and joy.
Becky's remarkable story of living life to the fullest is a journey of courage and determination. Part memoir and part resilience manifesto, Look Up, Move Forward will inspire readers to face their own lives with more creativity, grit, determination, and joy.Visit Website
For anyone seeking to live life to its fullest potential, Blind Ambition is an eye-opening account of a tech industry star executive who overcame fear and hopelessness to turn his disadvantage of blindness into a powerful competitive strength.
While most people were preparing for the adventure of adult life, Chad E. Foster was watching the world he grew up with fade to black. But that didn’t stop him from becoming the first blind person to graduate from the Harvard Business School leadership program and climbing the corporate ladder as a successful Finance/Sales executive. With determination, ambition, and drive, Chad created what Oracle said would be impossible. He gave millions of people the ability to earn a living by becoming the first to create customer relationship software for the visually impaired.
In these pages, readers will:
Chad is happier and more successful today than when he could see. Overcoming the challenges of blindness has improved his perspective, making him more resilient and grateful for the life that he has. Ultimately, Chad's unforgettable lessons and outlook will inspire readers to overcome their perceived limitations and explore new possibilities where they once may have only seen obstacles.Visit Website
Blindness. A tough topic to discuss? Not anymore. In this groundbreaking book, readers will see blindness in a whole new light. In fact, the compelling and entertaining stories will not only change perceptions of blindness, they’ll make readers forget the people featured are actually blind.
Author Kristin Smedley’s journey began with devastation and tears after her two sons were diagnosed as blind when they were each just four months old. Eventually, she met a few people would who change her perception of what is possible for those navigating the world without sight. Those role models were the tipping point for Kristin and her sons to move from surviving blindness, to thriving. Thriving Blind introduces the reader to thirteen of those pivotal people--including a reality tv star, YouTube sensation and Teacher of the Year!
While the stories in Thriving Blind demonstrate how blind people used creativity and determination to live the life of their dreams, the lessons they convey about facing fears and crashing through society’s barriers are transformative for all who experience struggles. Kristin herself applied these lessons to her own journey. She has testified at the FDA for the first ever treatment for vision loss, coordinated the first legislation in US history to be submitted in Braille, and is a highly influential voice around the world for those living with rare eye diseases.
Thriving Blind will transform your idea of what is possible for people who encounter a devastating disability or life challenge and will catapult your motivation to set extraordinary expectations for your own life.
From the Foreword by Erik Weihenmayer (blind Author, Filmmaker, International Speaker):
“In Thriving Blind, Kristin beautifully presents how her beliefs and fears, her perspective and mindset could become either her boys’ biggest barrier or the boys’ most powerful catalyst. My mom believed in me. She saw strength, opportunity, and promise, while others saw only problems, obstacles, and limits. My dad taught me a lot about what I now call ‘a No Barriers Mindset.’ With the right support, encouragement, and belief, your child will survive (blindness). In fact, as Kristin so poignantly describes, ‘They’ll do better than survive. They will thrive.’”
John Bramblitt makes his living as a visual artist. His works have been sold in over twenty different countries, and he’s received three Presidential Service awards for the art workshops he teaches. He’s painted portraits of skateboarder Tony Hawk and blues legend Pops Carter. He’s given talks about his art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and there has even been a documentary made about him. And . . . he’s blind.
When Bramblitt was declared legally blind ten years ago due to complications with epilepsy, his hopes of becoming a creative writing teacher were shattered and he sunk into a deep depression. He felt disconnected from family and friends, alienated and alone. But then something amazing happened--he discovered painting. He learned to distinguish between different colored paints by feeling their textures with his fingers. He taught himself how to paint using raised lines to help him find his way around the canvas, and through something called haptic visualization, which enables him to "see" his subjects through touch. He now paints amazingly lifelike portraits of people he's never seen--including his wife and son. Shouting in the Dark is the story of Bramblitt's life, his journey navigating through this new territory of blindness, and how he ultimately rekindles his joy, passion, and relationships through art.
The Curiosity of Change: How to Bring Light to the Dark Side of Change
André van Hall will convince you that:• Change is not the enemy. Your blind spots are the enemy.• If you develop your curiosity and your imagination, you will learn to thrive in disruptive change. If you develop your humility, you will be willing to accept a hand up from a friend rather than rejecting a handout.• Happiness is not dependent on change. Happiness is your responsibility, a choice you make, a state of mind.
André van Hall suddenly became blind.Let him help you discover your blind spots. André draws from his personal experiences—including his battle with blindness and cancer—to inspire you not to fear change.— James Reisig, General Manager, Union Club of the City of New York.
If you’re feeling stressed by change, "The Curiosity of Change" will open your eyes. This remarkable book will help you light new candles in your life to overcome the dark side of change.— Tom Pierce, President, Pierce Management Development, Washington, D.C.Visit Website
By the time native Sicilian Mariagrazia Buttitta turned twenty-six, she'd planned out the perfect life. After finishing her residency in Buongiorno Medical School, she'd be primed for a job at the prestigious Roma Hospital, the first step toward becoming an Italian Dr. Oz. And what life is complete without a handsome prince by her side, gracing the face of Italian People Magazine as one of Italy's "Most Beautiful Couple"?
Instead, she wakes up to discover a medical diagnosis that leaves her almost completely blind. Her family, frustrated and desperate, seeks medical aid in the United States, but it comes with a steep price. Along the way, Mariagrazia must battle bullies, an obsessive lover, and her two biggest enemies: anxiety and depression. Tortured by her thoughts, she finds herself toeing the line between life and death, contemplating ending it all. As a last resort, she turns to a childhood diary of poems and creative writing to rediscover herself and the will to live ... before it's too late.
Now I See is a heart-wrenching yet humorous true tale of struggle, survival, amazing grace, unconditional love, and a fresh look at the American Dream. It's an account of one young woman's journey overcoming devastating odds while stumbling her way through darkness into light.Visit Website
By the age of seven, Kyle Coon had his second eye removed and became totally blind. Discovering a Life Without Limits is the true story of Kyle going from the darkness of blindness to the world's mountain peaks while navigating everyday life. Through the journey, Kyle learns how to trust a world he cannot see and how to conquer the fear of the unknown while asking the reader a simple question: Are you ready to live a Life Without Limits?Visit Website
Just because Grace has been an elite level gymnast for a couple of years doesn't mean she doesn't grow nervous about a performance, especially when that Big Blue Mat is staring her down. How will she overcome her fears? Can her coach help her handle her nerves? And angry squirrels?
With Brandon May's clever and relatable text and John Rogeles' expressive characters, Grace and the Big Blue Mat is a story your whole family will love. Enjoy a funny, heartwarming story of how Grace learns to turn her fear into a friend instead of an enemy.
Leading You Out of the Darkness Into the Light: A Blind Man's Inspirational Guide to Success is a motivational guide book in which blind man Max Ivey shares the 11 steps of his success as a blind entrepreneur and the lessons he has learned from his journey.
It also provides 11 exercises readers to do, complete with email support from the author, whose sincerest desire to help you succeed in accomplishing a big goal or achieving your dreams!
Stop the excuses and get started on your journey today!
This is more than just a book. It’s a chance to change your life.Visit Website
Is meditation right for me? Maybe you’ve tried meditation in the past, but it just “never worked”. Maybe you’ve never meditated but want to incorporate it into your life because you’ve heard it has so many wonderful benefits such as more peace, joy, and calmness. Meditation For Everyone will give you all those benefits and much more! Jay brings a practical approach to meditation that he gained over 15 years of meditating, which will make it incredibly simple to do and to stay with. He takes what can seem like a daunting endeavor and makes it accessible for every person, regardless of who you are or what your background is. Jay brings practical advice and lays out a detailed plan for meditation that’s easy to apply immediately! You will experience powerful changes in your life in as little as a few days and even more profound changes over the next weeks and months. He deals with virtually every conceivable obstacle to meditation that many people may face. He also lays out a path for making meditation, something that will be a part of your life for decades to come! Jay will give you:The basic building blocks to start effectively meditating, such as applying mindfulness, affirmations, and stillness. Mapping out a game plan to meditate such as establishing timing and setting for your meditations as well as any potential pitfalls that may crop up to distract you from your goal. What the actual practice of meditation will involve and what to expect as you begin to meditate.A template that you can use to meditate right now! Once the essentials are in place, Jay will go deeper in exploring greater wisdom and designing the life that you really want, using meditation for greater fulfillment. After each chapter will be an Application Section, which will give you easy to follow exercises to start applying what you’re learning immediately! Jay’s book has something for everyone, whether you're a newcomer to meditation or a seasoned meditator. Meditation for Everyone can help to revolutionize your life quickly and for many years to come! Start the journey with Jay now by reading and applying Meditation for Everyone!Visit Website
The year is 1970. Emma Gable, a blind teenager coming of age in a small industrial town in Western New York, is about as far from the seismic cultural transformations rocking campuses and city streets across America as a person can get. Emma escapes the chaos of her dysfunctional family by dialing up random numbers on the phone in her bedroom, just to see who'll answer.
But when a fateful call connects her to a mysterious band of proto-hackers calling themselves "Phone Phreaks", the revolution comes home, changing Emma's life for good. Because, Bell Telephone, the world's biggest corporation, is not amused that a handful of...Visit Website