From the Author
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!
From the Back Cover
Wherever you are in life, whatever challenges you face, theres 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, youll discover powerful techniques and advice to bring you the life you want.
With The Life Book, theres no limit to your self-improvement and no challenge, big or small, you cant face.
A practical and inspiring guide to living life to the full.
The Life Book is the first place to start if you have a problem whatever it may be.
Ninas inspiring book will help you find the answers you need even if youre not sure what the questions are!
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 Grunfelds 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 youll 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.