North Bay Woman

June 2020

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S P R I N G | S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 NORTH BAY WOMAN 53 many people, I wanted to create a book that was a viable, affordable forum for self-develop- ment," Manly says. In "Joy from Fear," Manly helps readers stop running from fear and face it head on through real-life ex- amples and interactive exercises. "It is my hope that readers enjoy the benefits of improved self-awareness — and even profound healing — as a result of their individual journeys," Manly says. Learn more at drcarla- manly.com. "Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out," by Cathy Wild Healdsburg author Cathy Wild has a pas- sion for helping people unlock and access their creativity. This was the catalyst behind her vibrant book, "Wild Ideas," a self-improve- ment guide full of sto- ries about the creative path and inspirational exercises meant to stim- ulate the inner artist. "After struggling for years with my fears and insecurities, the creative process offered me a way to express my deepest pas- sions," Wild offers on her website. "Wild Ideas" was Wild's way of offering the same thing to artists of any capacity by providing a gentle nudge to those struggling through doubts and uncer- tainties in their creative life. The book takes the reader through sev- eral stages of the creative life, revealing the reality that it's not always smooth sailing. It also shows how to break through creative blocks. With personal stories from Wild, examples from other artists, and gentle tips on moving past hardships in their creative process, "Wild Ideas" is the answer for any artist who needs a friendly voice to reactivate their m use. Learn more at cathywild.com. "Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World," by Madeline Levine, PhD With some scary things happening in the world today, a book like this feels timely for Bay Area parents. "Ready or Not," by Marin psychologist Madeline Levine, addresses the anxiety most par- ents and children feel due to constant access to world news and social media, and the rapid pace in which our world is changing. "Anxiety is nothing new," Levine told the Marin Independent Journal. "His- torically it has hummed along in the background. But our anxiety is no longer background noise…Anxiety is now the No. 1 mental health disorder for both adults and children." Levine identifies the common paren- tal practice of sheltering children from discomfort or anxiety, and how it sets up future generations on a course to over- whelm and distress them — especially as the world continues to change. "Ready or Not" offers the skills children will need to navigate their future world, and what parents can do now to set them on the path of success. Levine's easy solutions will help parents raise confident children, ready to take on the world. Learn more at madelinelevine.com. "Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything," by Geneen Roth Marin author Geneen Roth's most popular self-help book, "Women, Food and God," has not only affected countless readers, it was embraced by Oprah Winfrey as the tool that helped her come to terms with her relationship with food. A familiar name across the nation, Roth wrote a book that explores emotional eating and what prompts us to use food as a distraction from hard feelings. It explores how to change our views into ones of love and acceptance — all while breaking the chain of yo-yo dieting. While the spiritual side of this book is moderate, the message is clear: Food is not the enemy, and neither are our bodies. If you've struggled with your body image or your feelings around food, "Women, Food and God," will guide you to a gentler path of health and body acceptance. Learn more at geneenroth.com. n Page 52: "Joy from Fear, Create the Life of Your Dreams by Making Fear Your Friend" courtesy of Dr. Carla Marie Manly. Page 53 top to bottom: "Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out" cour- tesy of Cathy Wild; "Women, Food and God: An Unexpected Path to Almost Everything" courtesy of Geneen Roth; "Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Chang- ing World" courtesy of Harper Collins Publishers.

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