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The Tools Audiobook

The Tools: Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity

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Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking book about personal growth that presents a uniquely effective set of five tools that bring about dynamic change.

The Tools offers a solution to the biggest complaint patients have about therapy: the interminable wait for change to begin. The traditional therapeutic model sets its sights on the past, but Phil Stutz and Barry Michels employ an arsenal of techniques - "the tools" - that allow patients to use their problems as levers that access the power of the unconscious and propel them into action. Suddenly, through this transformative approach, obstacles become opportunities - to find courage, embrace discipline, develop self-expression, deepen creativity.

For years, Stutz and Michels taught these techniques to an exclusive patient base, but with The Tools, their revolutionary, empowering practice becomes available to every reader interested in realizing the full range of their potential. The authors' goal is nothing less than for your life to become exceptional - exceptional in its resiliency, in its experience of real happiness, and in its understanding of the human spirit.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Barry Michels and Phil Stutz (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"With deceptively potent visualization exercises, psychiatrist Stutz and psychotherapist Michels promote a rapid and streamlined method of self-improvement. . . . The clear, user-friendly approach plus a belief that "the power of higher forces is absolutely real" is a winning combination. Here is the rare self-help book that doesntt end with the self" (Publishers Weekly)

"Barry Michels and Phil Stutz are profoundly talented guides to the inner workings of the psyche. The Tools is breakthrough material that ignites your own capacity to transform your life" (Marianne Williamson)

"These tools are emotional game changers; they can help you work through conflicts, get happier, and feel a deep sense of purpose. As simple and practical as they are, they do nothing less than deliver you to your best and most powerful self" Kathy Freston, author of Quantum Wellness: A Spiritual Guide to Health and Happiness)

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    Patrick-G NH 10-08-16
    Patrick-G NH 10-08-16
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    "I Loved the Visualisation exercises and the Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this audiobook to many of my facebook friends. I love the visualisation or I like to call them mini meditations. You don't have to believe in God or a higher power but I took the authors challenge to just try the exercises. The authors also say you don't have to do these tools perfectly. I feel like the tools are helping me already. I was drawn to this book by the interview I heard on the WTF podcast that Marc Maron did with Ron Perlman. Ron said that Phil Stutz didn't just hellp him but he worked a miracle in his life and healed him over night with the use of the tools. That's one hell of a recommendation! And of course, I read the reviews on Amazon and here on Audible and I read the 1 and 2 star reviews and there were a lot of the negative reviews. I hesitated to buy the book but thought to myself that I did enjoy hearing them speak about the tools on their own podcast and they even interviewed Ron Perlman and Ron explained a lot more there about how the tools worked for him in his life. So I figured if I didn't like it I could turn it in to Audible for a refund on my credit.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I couldn't stop listening to it and loved hearing the story about how Phil came up with these tools in his practice. To me it's also a story about how creatvity reallly works and can work in each of our lives. The authors read this together and I didn't feel like they were reading a book to me but instead if felt like they were telling me their story from their hearts. I felt like I got to know these guys on a personal level.


    What does Phil Stutz and Barry Michels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They brought their personalities as expressed in how they speak about how they created the tools to help their struggling patients and I heard stories of others lives and how these tools worked for them when they used them and how their lives fell back apart when they didn't use them. It helps to know that I'm not alone struggling to live my life and that it's possible I can navigate my life better if I use these tools as needed.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Tools?

    I use these tools every day and only in one week I do feel better about my life already. I also use the tool (The Outflow of Love) of the yellow liquid light of cosmic love surrounding my whole body every morning when I meditate. And whoever comes to my mind in my life I imagine beaming a ray of light from my heart to theirs. I realize its more for me than for them really.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the audiobook and use the tools. This is the first review I've given for an Audible book in the six months that I've been listening to these and for now on I'm using this book as the ruler to measure every other book by and if they don't measure up, I'm turning them in for a refund and if I'm previewing it I will pass on it.

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    Brayan 09-20-16
    Brayan 09-20-16
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    "Madurez mental y espiritual"

    Éste es uno de los mejores audiolibros que he escuchado. Permite aumentar el empoderamiento de tu vida y tus proyectos para que los continúes. Es un audio muy grato al ser narrado por sus autores, dando énfasis a las partes claves.

    Algunas de las herramientas habian estado conmigo por mucho tiempo, pero hasta ahora logro verlas como tal y establecer su uso en pasos fáciles de realizar.

    La última herramienta es la mas útil de todas, así que si te pierdes por alguna razón durante el libro, será mejor que tengas clara por lo menos esta última herramienta.

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    Dc1313 08-27-16
    Dc1313 08-27-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Still working on it"

    good way to remind yourself, you are always a work in progress. Use these tools and you'll find your life improving in tremendous ways.

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    JEN 08-18-16
    JEN 08-18-16
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    "Brings your inner guidance to the surface and breathes life into it."

    The last self help book you'll need if you embrace and use the tools. Excellent presentation of what the tools are with examples of common situations as experienced by the authors' patients, as well as each author's personal experiences. I'll be listening to it again, as well as reading the paperback, then donating the rest of my less useful, somehow incomplete self help books.

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    Tiffah 06-18-16
    Tiffah 06-18-16 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing read"

    I bought the book for additional references I feel its worth it! I enjoyed this book deeply

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    Cicmic 06-09-16
    Cicmic 06-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book is amazing"

    This book is amazing! A spiritual spin on psychology. Truly groundbreaking in my opinion! I have read/listened to a lot of material, but this is one of the best I have ever come accross in spiritual pshycology. It has packaged ideas which I have often intuitively felt i should be using through my on spiritual evolution, and made them into practical easy to use tools. This book can be truly life changing for someone who makes using the tools into a daily routine. i highly highly recommend for everyone to read/listen to it! The key is to keep practicing, as the book also states, making this into a routine is the way to change a life for good. In my opinion, anyone who follows will come closer and closer to being an enlightened human being. Thank you for such great material!

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    Kirk 11-29-15
    Kirk 11-29-15
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    "Must Read"
    If you could sum up The Tools in three words, what would they be?

    Inspiring, use full, Hope


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tools?

    Realizing that you can stop wishing for easy street


    Which character – as performed by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels – was your favorite?

    Phil


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    should be required reading

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    Billy Berlin, Germany 10-21-15
    Billy Berlin, Germany 10-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Get on it."
    What did you learn from The Tools that you would use in your daily life?

    Using the Tools has completely shifted my paradigm and allowed me to operate in the world with much more grace, efficiency and efficacy in all of my roles, especially as a father. The work it has done and is doing on my heart's connection to something greater has really multiplied and accelerated what I thought I could do. Get on it.


    Any additional comments?

    I can really recommend this one.

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    Floris De Smedt 09-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "religious book"
    What would have made The Tools better?

    There are definitely some usable ideas and 'tools' in this book that can change the way you go through life if you're willing to change. But then again, most books do... if you're willing.
    What disturbed me is the religious undertone in this book. The authors claim in multiple parts in this book that it's impossible to use these tools if you don't accept that the universe has some sort of supreme intelligent being behind the controls, or something in that line. I don't have anything against religious people, but I feel audible should clearly mark this book for what it is.
    If they had done so, I wouldn't have bought it.


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    michael 05-04-15
    michael 05-04-15
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    "I've listened 40-50 more Times and still learning"

    I've got a few relatively complex questions. I'm not sure they, would be welcomed in this setting...
    However, how Aware of us are you guys meaning to suggest and depict Higher forces to be of us?
    I know notifed that you've somewhat addressed this question in the FAQs...

    And I've been helped greatly by my efforts towards applying thankfulness. ... Which
    seems to get me pass my preoccupations with it most of the time...
    But is it possible to avoid some of the false interpretations presented or does that really matter?

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