Mohrbooks Literary Agency
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Riverhead (2013-10-10)
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Self-help, personal development & practical advice


Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave

by Anker, Patty Chang

Chronicling Anker's and others' efforts to conquer everyday fears (of water, heights, public speaking, and failure, to name a few) and break out of their comfort zone in order to live life to the fullest, building upon the advice and insights of psychologists and other experts.

Patty Chang Anker grew up eager to please and afraid to fail. But after thirty-nine years, she decided it was time to stop being a chicken. Motivated initially to become a better role model for her two young daughters, she vowed to master the fears that seemed to have taken root like weeds, choking the fun and spontaneity out of life. She learned to dive into a swimming pool, ride a bike, do a handstand, and surf.

As she shared her experiences, she discovered that most people suffer from their own secret terrors—of driving and flying, heights, public speaking, and more. It became her mission to help others do what they thought they couldn’t and to experience for themselves the incomparable joy and aliveness that is the true reward of becoming brave.

Inspired and inspiring, SOME NERVE draws on Anker’s interviews with teachers, therapists, coaches, and clergy to convey both practical advice and profound wisdom. Through her own journey and the stories of dozens of others who have triumphed over common fears, she conveys with grace, disarming humor, and infectious exhilaration the most vital lesson of all: Fear isn’t the end point to life, but rather the point of entry. Patty Chang Anker is the creator of the award-winning blog “Facing Forty Upside Down.” She has also been a professional publicist, a yoga instructor, and an advisor on children with special needs.

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I am so much more inspired by Patty Chang Anker's memoir than I am by all those books people write about scaling Mount Everest or hiking across the Gobi Desert. This is the tale of a very normal woman, beset by very normal fears, who decided at the age of 40 that she was simply tired of living in a state of constant anxiety. With humor, humility and (most of all) self-compassion, she tells a compelling story of everyday courage—one that is sure to touch and help countless other people like her, like me, like all of us who have made worry into an art form. She proves that it's not too late, that we can truly change ourselves and enlarge our worlds as a result.

Quote: Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

This book is for anyone who needs to be reminded that it IS possible to conquer our greatest fears at any age, and in the process learn more about what it feels like to really live.

Quote: Lee Woodruff

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