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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (10 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273728881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273728887
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Writing a book called The Life Book was enough to get every single little voice in my head going `Who you?!'... `A book about life' ... `You've got to be joking!' and it's so easy to say `Yes, you're right. Why me? What do I know about life?' But The Life Book isn't about me, it's about you. With every page you'll be thinking about yourself and discovering more and more about what life means to you.

My first foray into the world of self-knowledge was, age 16, buying a copy of Linda Goodman's Star Signs, which I read over and over again (I'm a Capricorn with Gemini ascendant) until I decided that the school magazine needed an astrology column and put my energy into making one up - having truly no knowledge of life then (and not much of astrology). I haven't really looked back, although until recently I only used to work in the field of self-improvement as a hobby - helping friends and friends of friends find their life purpose. My day job was writing books about pregnancy and childcare.

In 2004 I started my weekly workshops for anyone interested in getting more out of their lives.The workshops are for anyone of any age to come along, meet others, have fun and get a clearer way of thinking. We run workshops throughout the UK and Canada and for the NHS and corporates.

Watching people discover themselves has been fantastic. To see clubbers skipping out is both exciting and rewarding. I knew I wanted to write a book that would accompany them on their way. A book that would act as a reference book for anyone at any stage of their journey of self-exploration.

I've always turned to my Reader's Digest manuals and thought how great it would be to create one about life. In the same way you can look up how to plant a shrub or put up wallpaper, I wanted it to be practical, helpful, interesting and easy to understand. I wanted everyone to be able to learn something from it whether about assumptions or goal-setting or money. I wanted it to be the kind of book I'd like to own. A book I could dip into when I needed it (the way I use the I-Ching) or read from cover to cover.

I used to be a graphic designer so, like my other books, I wanted The Life Book to be beautiful. I love colour and pictures and I thought The Life Book should be full of both. I've used proverbs throughout to illustrate points because I felt that in a book about life the quotes wanted to be universal. And there are stunning large chapter opening letters in the book that remind me of the first mug I bought for myself from Habitat.

When I started being interested in self-improvement I had no idea where to go or what to do. If only The Life Book had been around then. It's a perfect book for someone at the start of their adventure, getting curious about themselves and unsure of what to do next. It's also great for someone fully immersed in the subject as a bedside dipping into book to use at a deeper level. What can I say... I hope you enjoy it!

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Wherever you are in life, whatever challenges you face, there’s something in here to help you live the very best life possible.

The Life Book is your life ‘bible’. See it as a life-long companion you can turn to time and time again, no matter what. Whether you need to manage your time better, make clearer decisions, boost your confidence or improve your relationships, you’ll discover powerful techniques and advice to bring you the life you want.

With The Life Book, there’s no limit to your self-improvement and no challenge, big or small, you can’t face.

 

‘A practical and inspiring guide to living life to the full.’

Psychologies Magazine

 

The Life Book is the first place to start if you have a problem – whatever it may be.

Zest Magazine

 

‘Nina’s inspiring book will help you find the answers you need – even if you’re not sure what the questions are!’

More! Magazine

 

‘At last! Nina has crammed all the inspirational, life-affirming advice from her hugely successful Life Clubs into one handy book.’

Easy Living Magazine

 

‘Far too many live their lives full of fear and regret. Nina Grunfeld shows you how one can live a flourishing, happy and loving life.’ 

Anthony Seldon, Head of Wellington College

 

‘Nina Grunfeld’s energy and her commitment to embracing life are truly inspiring.’

The Big Issue

 

‘A great, creative book that will help you reflect and explore your thoughts and feelings on all the important areas of your life.’

Steve Nobel, co-director of Alternatives

 

Nina Grunfeld set up Life Clubs in 2004. These weekly workshops now take place around the UK and in Canada, and give people the space to understand and improve their lives. At Life Clubs you’ll find like-minded people exchanging ideas, supporting each other and moving forward.  She is the author of The Big Book of Me: Creating the life you want and The Big Book of Us: Creating the relationships you want. Nina lives in London with her husband and four children.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
Resolutions aren't really my thing (except, maybe, to stop spending so much money on Amazon!) but when it comes to reviewing some of life's challenges and choices, a little help seldom goes amiss. The publishing world trots out self-help books but few are really well structured or helpful, often only a sharing of the author's pet theories, but Nina Grunfeld has devised a really thoughtful and useful way to look at life through her Life Clubs, founded by her in 2004. These weekly 90 minute workshops focus on different topics that contribute to a better understanding of what small, incremental steps you can take to improve your life's balance. This book is a very creative but practical workbook, and takes you through the Life Clubs approach - a work-out for the mind. It's also beautifully produced and lovely to look at, full of practical suggestions, inspirational and wise thoughts. Plus, as a previous reviewer said, it's a book for Life not just for Christmas - and certainly if you want to balance your life better, this book could really help.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rasdia Wilmor on 8 Dec. 2010
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This book is AMAZING!! It is helping me to change my life for the better. I find the multi-cultural proverbs inspiring! Decision making is key, this book encourages you to be proactive and passionate. It is well-structured and quite clear with balance charts and life building tools from meditation to de-cluttering (mentally and physically). This book literally goes in depth on all aspects of life, hence the title, which I thought was bit dodgy at first LOL Im really enjoying this and think everyone should give it a read. The lightbulb moments are the most significant. You can literally have one at any point in the book. I hope there are loads of people reading this, this is a LIFE changer!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. M. Gould on 15 Dec. 2009
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This is Nina's third book, and it is really incredible. I bought it as soon as I could off Amazon, and it is just like having an encyclopedia on life! It is very easy to use. I can see that out of all of the books I have sitting on my coffee table at home, this is one that I actually will dip in and out of regularly. I really am a big fan! I haven't only bought it for myself... I got it for 6 friends as well. It really does make a lovely gift, because it is not only filled with guidance and tips on how to make the best out of your life, but it is also designed beautifully - EVEN better than the others The Big Book of Me and The Big Book of Us: The Workbook That Will Change Your Relationships!

The Life book is top notch. It is full of photographs, pictures and proverbs that are all very thought provoking - great for deciding the impending news years resolutions!

However, as the title insinuates, this really is a book for life, not just for Christmas! I hope you and your friends enjoy it as much as I have and do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry Argyll on 3 Aug. 2010
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I was feeling a little low when I came across this book and thought I'd give it a try. It's like an encyclopaedia and so I started by looking up everything to do with confidence and then moved around the book, reading all about work and then friends and then what I wanted to do with my life. All I can say is it's brilliant. Each thing you read has you thinking about something different and gets you in a good place. It certainly helped me get out of my blip and made me feel more confident and secure about who I am.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PJB on 30 Jan. 2010
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I love this book! It is big and bright, and set out in a great format that makes it easy to dip in and out of - I particularly like the alphabetical section - easy to find topics with simple, straight forward advice on how to find to many of our big life questions. Nina has a a wonderful way of writing, including personal anecdotes that everyone can relate to, and the pictures and illustrations are just lovely. The book is full of simple wisdom - a handbook, with easy tools for creating the Life we all want, in very easy steps.
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By Olks on 30 Nov. 2011
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I saw the book in one of the book stores and got it from Amazon, because it's much cheaper.
The life book offers lots of useful tips, light bulb moments and ideas how to resolve some matters. It's like a little book of creative and innovative thoughts- it's nothing exceptional in a way, that the author didn't discover anything new, but she gathered everything in this yellowish book, in alphabetical order.
I used mini sticky notes for the topics that I would like to work on and deal with in greater depth. You can go back to the book any time you want :)
Good start if you want to change your life for the better.
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I have a selection of 'self help' books, but this one has to be the most useful. It's easily accessible, very well researched, not patronising in the least and I've seen some real changes in my life since I go this book at the end of last year. It's a good supplement to Nina's Life Clubs (...) which run throughout the country and I can recommend either (or both!!) if you're feeling stuck, needing to make decisions, wondering what comes next, or simply want to laugh more, love more, play more, learn more!!
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By Annie Lionnet on 6 Dec. 2010
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Nina's book is full to the brim with inspirational as well as practical insights into how to live your best life. The unique design enables you to cherry pick the area of life that you would like to focus on as well as discover how the different parts of ourselves join up. I love the way in which you can keep dipping into this richly packed book and continually find new gems. I've learned so much from this book and will continue to do so. The Life Book really is for life and not just for Christmas!
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