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My Gutsy Story Anthology (My Gutsy Story® Anthology Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sonia Marsh (et al) , Sonia Marsh
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Sonia Marsh, author of Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, celebrates the gutsy in each of us with this collection of stories from 64 authors who found the courage to face their fears and live their dreams. What makes these stories unique is the authors’ willingness to openly share the obstacles they surmounted, and the strength they developed to overcome doubt, fear, rejection, and grief. These stories of love, courage and adventure will inspire you to follow their lead and experience your own gutsy adventure. If one story speaks to you directly and results in a change in your own life, please e-mail Sonia Marsh directly at sonia@soniamarsh.com. As Sonia says, "My goal is to bring out the gutsy in you."

Some take off for distant places, others dive into the deep. Many quit successful jobs to sail around the world, write a novel, or take on an inner challenge. This book is filled with tales from people who have decided to live their passion, act out their dreams, revisit the challenges of their youth. It’s about conquering fears, taking risks, and learning to love the person you’ve become. Leap into this book. It’ll be the first of some gutsy decisions you’re sure to make.
Rita Golden Gelman, Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World

Not only do the 64 provocative essays include inspirational stories of courage, emotional risk-taking and adventure, but also My Gutsy Story sheds new light on what it takes to step out of the ordinary to find happiness. Marybeth Bond, National Geographic Author, Gutsy Women. Travel Advice, Inspiration. Stories.
--Marybeth Bond www.GutsyTraveler.com National Geographic Author, Blogger, Contributor to LA Times, USA Today, PBS, CNN

By turns humorous, poignant, and surprising, the personal stories in My Gutsy Anthology are captivating and inspirational. This book is a must-read for anyone who has wondered whether or not to take a chance, make a leap, or follow their dreams.
--Debra Ginsberg, Author of Waiting and Raising Blaze: A Mother and Son’s Long, Strange Journey into Autism

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About the Author

Sonia Marsh is a “Gutsy” woman who can pack her carry-on and move to another country in one day. She’s a motivational speaker who inspires her audiences to get out of their comfort zone and take a risk. She says everyone has a “My Gutsy Story®”; some just need a little help to uncover theirs. Her travel memoir has won 7 Awards, Freeways to Flip-Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island, and is about chucking it all and uprooting her family—with teenagers— to reconnect on an island in Belize. Sonia has lived in many countries – Denmark, Nigeria, France, England, the U.S. and Belize – and she considers herself a citizen of the world. She holds a degree in environmental science from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and now lives in Southern California with her husband, Duke, and their rat terrier Cookie. Sonia welcomes new friends, bloggers, writers and readers at Soniamarsh.com (http://soniamarsh.com) Contact her at: sonia@soniamarsh.com www.facebook.com/GutsyLiving or Twitter.com@GutsyLiving

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1246 KB
  • Print Length: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Gutsy Publications; 1 edition (1 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F3NDB9Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,278,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guts in Action 8 Oct. 2013
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This was a book which in part showed true courage in action. Those people who have overcome great obstacles to succeed or great illness with dignity and survived ( or died) are true icons for others to follow. Some stories struck me as less so though I suppose it's all a matter of perspective.
Anyone reading this should find themselves open mouthed in awe at certain points but hopefully not open mouthed and yawning at others.
There is true strength of character and real dignity to be found here which should be an inspiration to most of us.
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By Bex
Format:Kindle Edition
A diverse selection of how people have overcome adversity in some way or another and altered their lives. Not in any way 'fairytale,' just simple, real life tales. Some are more serious than others, but as a previous reviewer has noted: who are we to judge what is important or not to an individual?
One thing is for sure: this is a collection of stories from gutsy people - collated by the gutsy Sonia Marsh. If you're looking for a kick up the backside, but from a non-self-help style of book, this is it.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars More useful than any self-help book 1 Sept. 2013
By Mary Hamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A collection of 64 bite-sized stories of personal triumph that will give you more tools for living than any self-help book. These are snatches of autobiography, tales of lives, modest just like yours and mine, that have been almost wrenched, bit-by-bit onto a new track. I was struck by these testaments to courage, the courage to follow promptings that came from within. Refusing to be put off by their own anxieties or by critical voices from outside, these writers managed to trust their own impulses. For Iowa native Brooke Bridenstine, by nature a cautious girl, it meant allowing herself by tiny steps to give space to her passion for theatre. `Becoming an International Teacher in Bangalore, India' was the challenge that Sandra Bornstein met, when she dared to face a semester on her own in South India, a world away from all she knew. It went against all common sense but Jason Matthews did it anyway, when he gave up a lucrative business as a house-painter to write out the stories that kept going round in his head when he was up a ladder: after a long haul his tenacity as well as his courage was rewarded. Unlike details of celebrity handbags, these stories could help the rest of us live more fully.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courage leads the way in these "gutsy" stories 23 Sept. 2013
By Penelope James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Too often "gutsy" personal stories go unheralded, unknown and unheard of, which is only one reason why I recommend this selection of true life stories of courage - many different kinds of courage. The message that runs through all of these stories is their shared "gutsiness" a term adopted by gutsy writer, Sonia Marsh, author of "Freeways to Flip-Flops" who put together this anthology.

Importantly, these stories are a testament to the human spirit and its greatness: to endure, overcome, rise again, smile in the face of adversity, fulfill dreams, or achieve seemingly impossible goals. Some overcame daunting obstacles, sickness, loss, death-defying illness, and others set almost impossible goals such as sailing across the world, starting a new project late in life, working in a foreign land, or making a comeback.

This anthology has at least one story if not several that any reader can relate to. Just open it at random and read whatever is on that page, and I can bet that it will be hard for you to put it down without reading more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reflections of Grace 1 Sept. 2013
By Dixie Diamanti - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have enjoyed, been inspired, rejoiced, and cried reading Sonias Gutsy Stories from so many diverse people. These stories of love and adventure and trial offered so many different perspectives of how people survive and thrive in diverse and interesting ways and, not to mention, challenging valleys. Everyone has a story, and when we realize that, it makes us all come a little closer in spirit and the world seems a little smaller. And we grow!! You will want to read this book!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a great collection 11 Aug. 2014
By Gisela Hausmann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sonia Marsh's "Gutsy Anthology" project (I have heard she is working on Gutsy Anthology #2) is a wonderful idea. "Having guts" is and has to be something different for all of us. `My Gutsy Story Anthology #1" present s the reader with many different versions of gutsiness, some of them short events, others long pursuits lasting for years, both types - unwavering. The sixty-four storytellers overcome heart ache, find new love and/or lost relatives, quit their jobs and start over, take unbelievable trips, and much more...

Closest to my heart are travel stories:
Bonnie Kassel's `Crossing the Sahara', in her red Volkswagen - without a spare. Her description of the night sky reminded me of the magnificent skies I had seen in the Himalayan mountains. Now, after reading Bonnie's story I will have to put `crossing the Sahara' on my bucket list, though I'd rather do it in a jeep with 4-wheel drive.

Jerry Holl "was determined to feel alive again" and decided to travel from Alaska to Mexico, by bike, a Surly Long Haul Trucker. That is a distance of 3634 miles in 50 days - `one man, one bike, one tent'. Also loved that he took the time to count the nineteen bears and two moose he encountered.

Having traveled China quite a bit I loved Carla King's "Alone, Illegal, and Broken Down". Though I have never slept at a brothel, I could relate to resting at unusual locations. Somehow it is empowering to take such hurdles. I also envy her for her trips.

In `Holocaust Revelations' Esther Goodman tells of her journey trying to find the man, who saved her mother during the final days of World War II. Looking for Ernest Finch she meets and touches so many people's hearts, but never gives up. Eventually she finds out that Ernest Finch had lived an hour from her home, before he passed away. Esther's guts to stick to plan and not give up is immensely impressing.

Finally, the story, which touched my heart the most, was Kenneth Weene's story of how he saved a life of a woman he did not even know. Kenneth starts his story admitting that by nature he is a coward Working as a summer intern in the psych ward of the community mental health unit, he is supposed to lay low and sort papers, and similar activities. However, when he sees a patient climb onto the roof with the plan to jump to her death, he does not hesitate and follows her. Even though far from an expert he shows guts, intelligence, and heart when he tells the suicidal patient that he does want her to jump - that he is the friend, who cares. This is in stark contrast to Kenneth's supervisor, who is only worried, whether Kenneth delivered a reason for a liability suit. Having guts shows heart.

My Gutsy Anthology is a fascinating read. By showing the reader endless opportunities to be gutsy it stimulates readers' minds, makes them laugh (and cry), and reexamine our own lives. 5*****
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Their Gutsy Stories 9 Jan. 2014
By Mountain reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Though many of the stories were heartwarming or exciting, I found the book to be an anthology of promotions of other people's books, which is not what I expected.
Sonia's first book was well written and engaging, I did not find this one so.
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