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Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.

Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.
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Authors share their compelling true stories and great ideas for living well. All the books are insightful, inspiring, and uplifting.






N4L 052: "The Sleep Solution" by Dr. Chris Winter

Dr. Chris Winter, an international sleep expert, combines traditional medicine with more than two decades of research and practical experience to give us The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It. Packed full of proven techniques applied to the most current sleep science, the book is designed to help you rest well and sleep better than ever before. Winter maintains that, unlike many ailments, sleep skills can be learned. And, with proper sleep, you can eliminate pills,...


N4L 051: "Storyworthy" by Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks, a bestselling author, shares "superhero" secrets in his latest book, Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life Through the Power of Storytelling. He reminds us that we all have stories to tell. In fact, sometimes the smallest moments in our lives make the most compelling stories. Leave it to Dicks to help us find the ones that are "storyworthy" and share them through our own storytelling powers. BUY Storyworthy: Engage, Teach, Persuade, and Change Your Life...


N4L 050: "Wish You Happy Forever" by Jenny Bowen

Wish You Happy Forever chronicles Half the Sky founder Jenny Bowen's personal and professional journey to transform Chinese orphanages—and the lives of the neglected girls who live in them—from a state of quiet despair to one of vibrant promise. After reading an article about the thousands of baby girls languishing in Chinese orphanages, Bowen and her husband adopted a little girl from China and brought her home to Los Angeles, not out of a need to build a family but rather a commitment...


N4L 049: "The Finnish Way" by Katja Pantzar

Journalist Katja Pantzar, author of The Finnish Way: Finding Courage, Wellness, and Happiness Through the Power, introduces the powerful Finnish concept of “sisu.” This unique form of resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity helps Finns stay happy and healthy all year round. After spending her 20s working in the media industry, Pantzar decided to leave the stressful environment of the Americas that was fueling her anxiety and depression. She moved to Helsinki, Finland,...


N4L 048: "On the Brink of Everything" by Parker J. Palmer

Parker J. Palmer looks back on eight decades to explore his life in On the Brink of Everything. He shares lessons learned about "Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old" as he travels the arc toward the sunset of his life. Some of his discoveries for a happy life include: With earned wisdom counterbalanced with honest, unanswered questions, Palmer expresses himself in prose and poetry. Also, collaborating with songwriter/singer Carrie Newcomer, Palmer shares three free, downloadable songs that...


N4L 047: "Editor's Picks - Biographies and Memoirs"

In our latest “Editor’s Picks” podcast, we focus on Biographies & Memoirs. To celebrate America’s Independence Day, we’re showing our patriotism by highlighting famous Americans. First, we recommend the biography Benjamin Franklin, An American Life by Walter Isaacson (2003). Franklin is known for a myriad of things, but here are just three: BUY Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Our next recommendation is Abigail Adams, Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober (1995). We see...


N4L 046: "Getting Back to Happy" by Marc & Angel Chernoff

After their own share of ups and downs, Marc and Angel Chernoff capture tricks, strategies, and skills for "Getting Back to Happy." The Chernoffs are the creators of Marc & Angel Hack Life, recognized by Forbes as "one of the most popular personal development blogs." Through their writing, coaching, and annual live events, they've spent the past decade sharing proven strategies for getting unstuck in order to find lasting happiness and success.


N4L 045: "Rebuild" by Dr. Robert Zembroski

Dr. Robert Zembroski, functional medicine specialist and clinical nutritionist, discusses his book Rebuild. After his own bout with cancer and surgery, Dr. Z. developed Five Proven Steps to Move from Diagnosis to Recovery and Be Healthier Than Before. Navigating his own health journey, coupled with the struggles, frustration, and confusion his patients have experienced in the typical healthcare system, inspired him to create unique personalized protocols focused on results. Rebuild...


N4L 044: "Reading with Patrick" by Michelle Kuo

In her coming-of-age memoir Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, A Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship, Michelle Kuo chronicles her time in Helena, Arkansas. Kuo is a Chinese-American woman of privilege teaching English at an alternative high school in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. There she develops an unlikely friendship with one of the teenage students who is arrested and imprisoned for murder. For seven months, the two of them study literature, memorize poems, and consider the...


#43: Special Announcement from Nonfiction4Life

At Nonfiction4Life, we're celebrating the one-year anniversary of our first podcast. Today, we're rolling out our brand new YouTube channel! This new platform will help us extend our reach to readers and listeners who aren't on podcast platforms or who just don't know how to use them. Also, YouTube's "closed caption" feature makes it possible for many to "listen" without using the volume control. We're especially happy the hard of hearing and deaf community now have equal and easy access...


N4L042: We Love Book Blogs!

In addition to publishing podcasts, Nonfiction4Life posts book blogs so you can find even more content in your favorite categories: Our blogs feature true stories and great ideas, but these are a little different from standard book reviews. Instead, we give you some background about the book, then we offer just three points or highlights. From there, we let you decide if you want to read it or move on to another compelling true story or a different book with great ideas for living...


N4L 041: "Grandma Gatewood’s Walk" by Ben Montgomery

Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail is the sensational true account of Emma Gatewood, the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) Ben Montgomery, Gatewood’s blood relative and now Pulitzer-Prize-winning reporter, bases his New York Times bestseller on personal diaries, trail journals, newspaper articles, and countless personal interviews. We learn that Emma Gatewood “through-hiked” the Appalachian Trail not once but twice, and...


N4L 040: "The Magic of Tiny Business" by Sharon Rowe

In The Magic of Tiny Business, written by Eco Bags Products, Inc. founder Sharon Rowe, we learn "You don't have to go big to make a great living." Speaking from her own experience, Rowe tells would-be entrepreneurs how to build a profitable business without compromising personal values. Women especially like her advice: rather than fantasizing about going into business while fretting about going into debt, start by going tiny. As a young mother with a newborn child, Rowe was most...


N4L 039: "Find the Good" by Heather Lende

For more than 20 years, Heather Lende has written obituaries for the Chilkat Valley News in the tiny town of Haines, Alaska. Now, in her latest book, Find the Good: Unexpected Lessons from a Small-Town Obituary Writer, the New York Times bestselling author becomes as vulnerable as the grieving she interviews. Weaving together her own life lessons with recollections of the deceased, we get a memoir mixed with humor, sensitivity, and insight. More than a storyteller, Lende is a “story...


N4L 038: "The Upside of Digital Devices" by Nicole Dreiske

SUMMARY: After years of running children’s film festivals, educational innovator and media guru Nicole Dreiske developed “Screen Smart” workshops kids. She includes the program in her new book, The Upside of Digital Devices: How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart, Literate, and Emotionally Intelligent. Aptly nicknamed “The Essential Survival Kit for Parenting in the Digital Age,” Dreiske’s book helps not only parents but also teachers, pediatricians, and other adults train children how...


N4L 037: "The Ten Laws of Trust" by Joel Peterson with David Kaplan

After decades of doing business, Joel Peterson has distilled his most powerful learnings in The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great. At the core of all strong business relationships, we find trust. According to Peterson, it means "willingly ceding a measure of control to another.... Trust is a leap of faith rooted in optimism." This deeply held belief in the goodness of others drives us to choose trust over skepticism and negativity. Then we allow trust to...


N4L 036: "Vitamin N" by Richard Louv

Richard Louv, co-founder of the San Diego-based Children & Nature Network, author Richard Louv adds Vitamin N to his growing list of books encouraging us to get outside. Aimed especially at families eager to share nature with their kids, Louv’s practical guidebook offers "500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family & Community." All are appropriate for Earth Day, but they're also fitting throughout the year. Through his 2008 landmark book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our...


N4L 035: “13 Series” (Art “Children Should Know”) by Prestel Publishing

Prestel Publishing curates what “Children Should Know” about art. So far, the “13 Series” includes 20 books about architecture, photography, design, fashion, craft, culture, history, and ethnography. Each volume is filled with colorful double-page spreads, highlighting 13 of the most important, famous, or influential things around a single art topic. For example, in the books, we discover the 13 most famous “Bridges” and “Skyscrapers” and the 13 most influential “Modern Artists” and “Art...


N4L 034: "Full Steam Ahead" by Jesse Lyn Stoner with Ken Blanchard

Business consultant Jesse Lyn Stoner partners with Ken Blanchard to write bestseller Full Steam Ahead!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Company and Your Life. Using a parable format, they illustrate the ongoing need for “visioning.” Unlike the one-time experience of creating a mission statement, visioning is a process, a journey. Visioning requires three essential elements: A significant purpose.whywhatreallyClear values.A picture of the future. So, why is visioning important?...


N4L 033: "The Newcomers" by Helen Thorpe

To capture stories of immigrant students for her book The Newcomers, journalist Helen Thorpe spends a year in a beginner-level ESL classroom of South High in Denver, Colorado. Day by day and layer by layer, she pulls back the curtain on unimaginable hardships and atrocities suffered by immigrant teenagers. With resilience and fortitude, they not only learn English but they also adapt to a new country and adopt a new culture. With help from their exceptional teacher Mr. Eddie Williams, the...