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Publisher's Summary

The transformative new book by the authors of the New York Times best-seller The Tools (and the resident shrinks on Goop) reveals how to deepen your emotional and spiritual experience and realize your full potential.

In The Tools, Barry Michels and Phil Stutz revolutionized the world of personal growth and self-actualization by offering doable, dynamic actions that transformed challenges into opportunities for change. Now, in Coming Alive, they provide four vital tools for tapping in to the Life Force that resides within each of us - a wellspring of positive energy that is the source of creativity, renewal, confidence, and engagement.

The first step in gaining mastery over one's life is identifying the enemy within, which Michels and Stutz have named Part X. This formidable adversary is a shape-shifter - it may be the voice in your head that is a torrent of negativity, persuading you of the futility of finding love, starting a business, or pursuing a creative passion; it may sap you of energy, convincing you that your inner resources are limited; it may take the form of outside forces that conspire against you. In whatever guise it appears, Part X aims to derail your progress, keep you small and stuck, and defeat hope.

The tools in Coming Alive help you connect to the Life Force and harness the energy and will to combat Part X. These are tools of ascendance - they activate your aspirational self; they spark creativity and resilience; they help you to transcend the mire of negative thoughts and circumstances and align with a powerful ally that unites us in our common desire to live lives of meaning and engagement.

Drawing insights from their decades of psychotherapeutic practice, their lived experience, and their moving and generous understanding of our interconnectedness, Michels and Stutz have created a paradigm-shifting guide to achieving optimal mental health and spiritual well-being.

©2017 Barry Michels (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"There is something indescribably beautiful about living life in integrity. The tools Barry and Phil teach in Coming Alive gave me the courage and clarity to align myself with the truth - no matter how hard or painful it seemed at the time." (Gwyneth Paltrow)
"What a gift! A riveting exploration of four (bone-chillingly relatable) modern ailments and their thrillingly practical solutions...Singular in its approach and deeply spiritual in its concerns, Coming Alive is a book I'll be pressing on friends and foes alike." (Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette and Today Will Be Different)
"'Practical' and 'effective' are words psychology has always been afraid to embrace. But after working with Barry and Phil for years, I can tell you that they deliver spiritual and psychological transformation. The results, at least for me, have been life changing." (Adam McKay, Academy Award-winning writer, director, and producer)

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A Stunning Work of Generosity

In the 15 or so years that I've been listening to audible, this (and their first book) is perhaps the most consequential book I've ever listened to. This book offers an incredibly helpful roadmap to overcoming emotional challenges the prevent us from achieving our full potential. The instruction may be too "spiritual" for some. I approached both their books with an open mind and I'm glad I did. I've felt enormous positive change from using the tools. This is the only roadmap that has worked for me. Thank you, Phil and Barry. God bless you both.

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AMAZING!

Would you listen to Coming Alive again? Why?

I am listening to this book for the second time. The authors do a fantastic job narrating the book. It confirms my experiences and gives tools to help me get out of the mental maze I can find myself in.

Have you listened to any of Phil Stutz and Barry Michels ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I love their first book The Tools.

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

I have bookmarked several places in the book.

Any additional comments?

To the authors - LOVE LOVE! I wonder if there is a therapist in my area using these tools I could talk with - really! Thank you for this gift.

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I did not like the content, and did not like the secondary reader. He had no stamina.

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Book held my interest. Always excited to listen.

The Book held my interest. I was Always excited when I had an opportunity to listen.

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Life changing

If you have. open mind and give them a chance you’re life will get better

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Definitely worth a listen

I think it would be easy to dismiss some of the ideas in the book as new age strangeness. I’m allergic to magical thinking, or at least I have been traditionally. However I believe what the authors are trying to point to are ways to create meaning from a universe that is intellectually without meaning. I think the tools motivate a part of the mind that doesn’t have words at its disposal. This framework for thinking and feeling is worth a try if you’ve tried other things that don’t work.

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Even more powerful than the first book!

Me: Bro. You've gotta check out this book.
Brother: Oh yeah
Me: It's going to sound silly if I explain it but the vortex tool is legit. I just ran 2/3rds of my usual hour walk. I even sprinted the last part.
Brother: How are you feeling now?
Me: I'm ready to go again. I'm sending you a 3 month audible subscription. Just listen to it.

I have been on the fence about the tools, mostly because I have convinced myself that everything I could ever need is within me. This book teaches that greater forces are at work and gives you tools to connect with them.

Highly recommended.

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I think this is what I have been looking for!

I just finished listening to this wonderful book and I am going to start it all over again immediately. I want to master the tools given and reawaken the life back into my deadened soul. This has been helping me get out of bed and out of victimhood thinking. Thank you!

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WOW!!!!!!

I'm speechless, awed, grateful and inspired. Thank you so much for giving me a real chance to live.

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Amazing

changed my life! I will use these tools in my life! The best audio book I have listened to.