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by Thom Rutledge


Thom's latest book is Embracing Fear (HarperOne). Visit his main web site, thomrutledge.

Thom's latest book is Embracing Fear (HarperOne). com, and his new site, created to register his objections and concerns about the runaway best selling dvd/book project, The Secret: thesecretantidote. Books by Thom Rutledge. Fear is bold, but insists that you be timid. Take a chance and there will be hell to pay: fear will call on its dear friend, shame, to meet you on the other side of your risk taking, to tell you what you should not have done.

Fear underlies most if all negative emotions. I found this book to be very helpful. Thom Rutledge quotes an attendee at one of his seminars shaking his hand and saying, "Thanks for being so messed u. leading me to see where my fears stopped me. Another technique he uses is splitting our self-talk into the negative voices of unhealthy unnecessary fear (which he calls The Bully) and the positive voices of what we know with our heads and hearts (which he calls The Ally).

Embracing Fear challenges us to confront and move beyond the destructive control of unhealthy fear.

Fear is our constant companion. It haunts us day and night and prevents us from living to our potential. May contain highlighting, handwriting or underlining through out the book. Book may show some wear. Whether we are afraid of the dark or of being alone, failure or commitment, public speaking or flying, fear dominates our lives, affecting nearly every decision we make. Embracing Fear challenges us to confront and move beyond the destructive control of unhealthy fear.

Embracing Fear challenges us to confront and move beyond the destructive control of unhealthy fear

Embracing Fear challenges us to confront and move beyond the destructive control of unhealthy fear.

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Embracing Fear - Thom Rutledge

Embracing Fear - Thom Rutledge. President Roosevelt spoke with courage about protecting lives and a way of life: In future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and e in the world.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts  . We should not shirk the complexity of the world we live in or the complexity of ourselves.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts - Marcus Aurelius. The destined emperor took the tutor’s advice and fully embraced the Stoic philosophy until his death. Marcus Aurelius’s philosophy in ten quotations. Below I have taken a top 10 of Marcus Aurelius quotes and placed them in the context of Stoic philosophy. If we contemplate, we too can be free of emotional turmoil, spiritual weariness and muddled thinking. It takes time and courage to contemplate. If we are blessed with the former, we should embrace the latter.

It′s Time to Take Back Your Life. Whether we are afraid of the dark or being alone, of failure or commitment, of public speaking or flying, fear dominates our lives, affecting nearly every decision we make. Fear takes many forms - dread, panic, anxiety, self-consciousness, superstition, and negativity - and manifests itself in many ways - avoidance, procrastination, judgment, control, and agitation, to name just a few.

Fear takes many forms -- dread, worry, panic, anxiety, self-consciousness, superstition, and negativity -- and manifests itself in many ways -- avoidance, procrastination, judgment, control, agitation, and perfectionism, to name just a few. Fear is our constant companion. It haunts us day and night and prevents us from living to our potential. Whether we are afraid of the dark or of being alone, failure or commitment, public speaking or flying, fear dominates our lives, affecting nearly every decision we make.

Embracing Fear challenges us to confront and move beyond the destructive control of unhealthy fear. Utilizing the acronym F-E-A-R, psychotherapist Thom Rutledge maps out a step-by-step methodology:

Face itExplore itAccept itRespond to it

Instead of repressing or ignoring the voices of panic and dread, we learn that it is only through facing, exploring, accepting, and responding to fear that we free ourselves from its paralyzing grip. Combining compelling stories from the author's twenty-year practice, examples from his own struggles with addiction and depression, and practical exercises and tools, Embracing Fear does not pretend to teach the impossible and eliminate fear, but rather shows us that once we understand it we can live beyond its tyrannical control. This powerful life-transforming guide is for everyone who constantly worries about the what-ifs, but is ready and willing to triumph over fear's pervasive presence once and for all.

Yggfyn
After a very difficult family issue, I felt that everything negative in my life was catching up with me. I was afraid to confront my sister who needed to be confronted and I felt like I was having a mental break. All my life (age 58), I was afraid. I picked this book out of many listed on Amazon. It was the beginning of a new me. The writing style is very relaxed. It was like talking to a friend. It had examples of difficult situations that we have all experienced. It opened my eyes to a world where everyone is like me and I am like everyone. It was the beginning of a journey that has made me stronger. I am a force to be dealt with now and I trust myself to handle whatever comes my way.
Jeronashe
*****

This book is a great read all about fear. Specifically, it is about embracing fear---facing fear---rather than running from it, stuffing it, etc. Unlike most self-help books, the author does not presume to be an authority with easy answers; instead, he is a fellow human being who struggles with his own fear and that of his clients. He shares very practical techniques to approach your fears so that you can still have the life you want, regardless of your fears.

Fear underlies most if all negative emotions. I found this book to be very helpful. The author asks many helpful questions such as "What would I do today if I were brave?"...leading me to see where my fears stopped me.

Another technique he uses is splitting our self-talk into the negative voices of unhealthy unnecessary fear (which he calls The Bully) and the positive voices of what we know with our heads and hearts (which he calls The Ally). This has been really helpful to me, too. He makes the point that we will never rid ourselves of fear, but we will be less and less bothered by it as we learn how to face it.

This book differs from an ordinary self-help book in that it is amazingly useful, plus the author is practical, transparent, realistic, and humble. I loved reading it, highlighted it all over the place, and will read it again.

It is an excellent value and worth hours of therapy. I would even suggest it in lieu of therapy! I immediately bought two copies to send to two of my closest friends.

*****
Still In Mind
Thom Rutledge quotes an attendee at one of his seminars shaking his hand and saying, "Thanks for being so messed up."

Rutledge, a recovering alcoholic, knows about fear from firsthand experience and not from reading psychology textbooks about it (he's a therapist). That's the best aspect of Embracing Fear. He never talks down to the reader, as if he, Rutledge, has all the answers.

How odd it is that we go through 12 years of public school and learn useless facts about the speed of light and how to measure the area of a triangle, but we're never taught how to deal with fear. That is one of life's most vital skills.

Rutledge points out that fear is universal. Everybody suffers from fear of something. It helps to know that.

I liked Rutledge's wife's naming of the two voices inside us as "The Ally" and "The Bully." Most of us go through life being cowed by The Bully. Rutledge shows how to stand up to him.

The author admits this book is not the cure, but I say it's a big help. When we face our fears as he explains how to, we discover they don't have as much power over us as we imagined. The tragedy is that most of us go through our entire life before we learn this. Some folks never learn it.

This is a worthwhile book. Your money will be well spent. You'll learn important, useful things from it. Read it, think about it, then put his suggestions into practice in your life.

You won't become fearless, but you'll be much less afraid of fear.
Hasirri
Opinions: Bought this book used, and it was pretty beat up when it arrived. However, the book itself has something to offer.

It is written in an easy to read style, and while it gives some good advice, the main premise is pretty basic: Stop running from fear. Running doesn't work, running hasn't worked, running won't work. Ultimately, all you do by dodging or denying uncomfortable emotions is make them more potent and scary the next time around...and there WILL be a next time.

If you struggle with worry and fear, you may well want to consider this book. This is no magic cure-all by any stretch, but it does take a somewhat different look at fear.
Simple
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and was exactly what I needed at the time. I have integrated Rutledge's techniques into my everyday interactions and they have improved the quality of my life dramatically.
Thorgahuginn
A down to earth walk through our mind's "talk".... Practical, very helpful, very empowering!! Thom's book in conjunction with a Heartstream Journeys workshop helped me walk through a VERY scary passage in my life. High praises!!!
Llathidan
I have read alot of self help books and this one is spot on. It is clearly written and deals with fear in a very realistic way. I can tell the author has walked the walk and is not just writing from theory. He offers methods and solutions and new ways of thinking and exploring the issue. If fear or anger play a role in your day to day life I highly recommend reading this.

This book spoke to me so much that I have called the author for a phone consultation ! I've never done that before.
After years of struggling ,this book and the authors down to earth,practical approach helped me reach to "Bottom rung" of my core issue.FEAR.Thank you ,thank you, thank you Thom Rutledge !
Embracing Fear:  and Finding the Courage to Live Your Life ebook
Author:
Thom Rutledge
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