The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit

How to Bounce Back from Life's Hardest Hits

By Azim Khamisa; Jillian Quinn
Ballantine Books, Hardcover, 9780345506030, 288pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2009

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When life deals you a particularly difficult blow or a staggering loss, how do you handle it? If you’re like most, you might think Why me?, struggle to find your way, or lash out at those around you. But there are a select few who seem emotionally hardier, who are able to face life’s physical, emotional, and financial hits undeterred and perhaps even forge ahead, empowered in the face of adversity. These people aren’t more deserving or luckier than the rest of us; they simply think differently–they are connected with their steady inner self and find strength where others might see meaninglessness; they make life-affirming choices instead of defeatist ones. In short, they are spiritually bulletproof. They face as many of life’s slings and arrows as the rest of us, but they don’t succumb to hardship or misfortune. And you can be one of them.

In The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit, renowned peace activist Azim Khamisa and inspirational speaker Jillian Quinn reveal the thirty essential keys to emotional and spiritual resiliency. Based upon their own experiences with heart-wrenching loss, the strategies they present may seem simple, but their advice can open up a whole new way of thinking. Khamisa and Quinn will help you discover

• that your thoughts help to create your reality, and that you can use them to take control of your life
• the potentially damaging mental routines you’re running on autopilot
• the vital connections between your upbringing and your “resiliency quotient”
• spiritually affirming thoughts that may help you make more spiritually empowering choices

“What lies within you really is more powerful than any hit you may take physically, emotionally, or materially,” the authors write. With their help, readers will find themselves more confident and secure in a volatile and uncertain world. When you learn to identify most strongly with that invincible core–your bulletproof spirit–you tap into the truest source of security available to you. And while there’s no foolproof way to stay out of the proverbial line of fire, the information, inspiration, and tools in this book will provide you with an emotional bulletproof vest, a way to take hits and come out on top.

About the Author

Following the murder of his son in 1995, Azim Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and the subsequent forgiveness movement, which has reached millions. In 2002, he received Search for Common Ground’s prestigious Award for Building Peaceful Communities. In 2004 he participated in the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in 2006 he received the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award from the Reclaiming Youth Network. Azim is also the recipient of the California Peace Prize. He lives in La Jolla, California.

Jillian Quinn is an associate minister at the Interfaith Temple in New York City. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and is a life and spiritual coach who has reached thousands across the country through her workshops and classes. She recovered from the loss of her third child late in pregnancy by traveling to the other side of the world to adopt a child who had lost her mother. She lives in Millbrook, New York, with her husband and three children.

Praise For The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit

Advance praise for The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit

“Codifying that elusive thing we call emotional resilience, The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit is also a clear call to action. With sensitive hand-on-your-shoulder encouragement, the authors prescribe practical strategies to prevail over the disappointments, losses, and tragedies that befall every human life.”
–Walter Anderson, editor of Parade and author of The Confidence Course: Seven Steps to Self-Fulfillment

“Skillfully describes the invincible spiritual backbone with which we are innately equipped. The authors compassionately introduce us to it, and are our wise guides to developing and activating it in all aspects of our life. Don’t just read this book, let its spirit sink deep into your awareness and come radically alive.”
–Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Potential

“Here we find the wisdom, practical help, and comfort we need to rebound from any kind of hardship, crisis, or adversity. Azim Khamisa and Jillian Quinn inspire and empower us to transform our most difficult and heartbreaking experiences into soulful journeys. They walk us step-by-step on a path of spiritual alchemy both simple and profound. This book is a gift to one in need of solace; I pray it finds its way to every heavy heart.”
–Marianne Williamson, author of Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles

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