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The Tools Audiobook

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

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.
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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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    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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    Amazon Customer 02-25-15
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    "Great read"

    Techniques made simple and created a whole new outlook for me. I appreciate the reference stories. Easy to relate to. Thanks!

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    V. Bradshaw 02-11-15
    V. Bradshaw 02-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Very interesting"

    I heard the book twice and every time I learned something new...very good tools if you put them in action to create happy and very satisfy people

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    Paul 04-27-14
    Paul 04-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent advice to listen to regularly"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a very powerful story from Kabbalah and I would love to find that story in writing- one downside of audiobooks I suppose!


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    nellie Hacienda Heights, CA, United States 02-22-13
    nellie Hacienda Heights, CA, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A couple of great highlights"
    Would you try another book from Barry Michels and Phil Stutz and/or Phil Stutz and Barry Michels ?

    Yes I would try another book by the authors.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Some of the tools resonated more than others. The ones that did stand out were really good. The ones that did not fell a little flat.


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

    Their own personal story and their experiences.


    Was The Tools worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raajan BELLINGHAM, MA, United States 09-18-12
    Raajan BELLINGHAM, MA, United States 09-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome - Practical guide for day to day living"

    I have listened to a few self-help audiobooks and this book by far, has the most practical prescriptions to handle day to day crisis. The book is well laid out and the final tool ensures that the user makes a concious attempt to utilize the right tool for a given situation. In addition to this book, I love the app available on the itunes store. Be sure to download the app once you have grasped the key concepts of the various tools.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Kuna, ID, United States 08-27-12
    Pamela Kuna, ID, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Freedom"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tools to be better than the print version?

    Yes


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

    Learning about being a victim and moving into being a creator


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

    Loved them both


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, working through the pain, one's comfort zone instead of shrinking back into victim mode.


    Any additional comments?

    Very freeing book.....it works!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Fletcher Mesa, AZ, United States 11-05-12
    Jerry Fletcher Mesa, AZ, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Psychobabble"

    Psychology mixed with New Age. Nothing new. Just a waste of time and money. Two more guys that had no business writing a book. Absolutely nothing scientific here - nothing provable. Might as well take LSD or go on an Aborigial Walkabout. I couldn't even stand to finish it. Biggest disappointment of ANY Audible book I have ordered, ever.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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