Synopses & Reviews
Sue Patton Thoele continues her quest to help readers enhance their self-esteem and tap into their core emotional strength. Geared to women who too often find themselves meeting the wants of others at the expense of their own needs, the book provides necessary tools to help readers transform their fears into the courage to express their own authentic selves. By sharing her own journey and the journey of other women, Thoele helps readers learn to set boundaries, change self-defeating behavior patterns, communicate effectively, and become a loving and tolerant friend to themselves. This tenth-anniversary edition contains 30 percent new material, including a new introduction.
"As a minister, I counsel as many women as I do men. More than any other author, Sue Patton Thoele has helped me understand what it is like to be a woman in today's culture. She writes like an angel yet somehow transcends words and communicates directly to the reader's heart. The Courage to Be Yourself is a classic, a masterpiece, yet it is so honest that each time you read it, it speaks with a fresh, new voice." -- Hugh Prather, author of The Little Book of Letting Go and Spiritual Notes to Myself.
Geared to women who find themselves meeting the wants of others at the expense of their own needs, this guide provides necessary tools to help readers transform their fears into courage to express their own authentic selves.
This work aims to provide tools for growth beyond emotional dependence. These include: increasing awareness and the eventual overcoming of fears; setting boundaries; changing self-defeating patterns of behaviour,; communicating effectively; and becoming a friend to oneself.
About the Author
A licensed psychotherapist for 17 years and a Hospice Chaplain with membership in the Association for Transpersonal Psychology, Thoele earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and B.A. in Drama from Kansas University. In addition to her writing and speaking career, Thoele has worked as the director of a counseling center, a retreat leader, and a high school and adult education teacher. She is the author of nine other titles, including The Woman's Book of Courage, The Courage to Be A Stepmom, The Woman's Book of Soul, and Freedoms After 50. Her work has been translated into nine languages, including Spanish, German, Chinese, and Italian. Thoele and her husband, Gene, live in Boulder, Colorado, close to their four adult children, son-in-law and grandsons.