Soul Models: Transformative Stories of Courage and Compassion That Will Change Your Life

ISBN: 9780757317866

Publishers: HCI Books
Soul Models is a collection of stories proving that, when we use our challenges to fuel actions that make a difference for others, we feel valued, discover our purpose, and live happier, healthier lives.

 

Authors:

Elizabeth Bryan is a nationally recognized author, artist, advocate and speaker. She co-authored the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings, and partnered with Franklin Covey to invent the 7 Habits of Happy Kids game. She has been featured in national publications, was a spokesperson for First Alert, and hosted a sellout segment on QVC.

Angela Daffron is an internationally recognized advocate, speaker, and marketer. She has successfully lobbied for legislative change for stalking victims while running a successful marketing firm and producing several shows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. She is a motivator, speaker, and an anti-stalking expert.

I loved the concept of this book – especially relevant in a world that is constantly seeking heroes. These are ordinary people who have often overcome great hardship and personal loss, and have stepped out of their comfort zone and taken extraordinary steps to challenge systems, create solutions, or just be wonderfully inspiring souls for their families. Some of these individuals have founded non-profits, some have taken on issues and others written books. What is inspiring about these souls is that they were driven by the need of others.

One of the stories that really touched my heart was that of Ben Daniel Breedlove, who died at the age of 18 from a cardiac arrest. Having suffered most of his life from a heart condition, Ben, is truly a soul model. He created a YouTube channel called Breedlove TV on which he would answer questions about relationships and give dating advice. Prior to his death he secretly recorded a video telling of his-near death experience and asking: “Do you believe in angels or God? I do.”  This young man’s faith is truly an inspiration.

Most of the stories are told in the first person and this made the book very readable and even more inspiring. Their stories of courage and transformation certainly move the readers and empower them to become Soul Models themselves.

 Soul Models are individuals who touch the hearts, minds and souls of everyone they meet. They are the role models of today, whose journeys showcase the power we each have to discover purpose in challenge, and use what we find to better the world. Everyone can be a Soul Model – including you. – from the introduction to Soul Models

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review.