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Publisher's Summary

In this hilarious, candid, and warm debut, Icon for Hire vocalist Ariel Bloomer bares her soul and shares her struggles, coupling accessible autobiography with practical advice and inspiration for navigating the messiest parts of life.

From growing up a passionate but troubled spiritual seeker to chasing her rock 'n' roll dreams, Bloomer's journey illustrates the importance of cultivating self-love and the transformational nature of creativity, and how to access the artist inside all of us. Turning one's pain into art is an intense but rewarding endeavor, and is one we can all benefit from if we're brave enough to say yes to the challenge.

©2018 Ariel Bloomer/Happy Hurts Publishing (P)2018 Ariel Bloomer/Happy Hurts Publishing

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Honest and Inspiring

I very thoroughly enjoyed this book. I have read many books on the topic of navigating the storms of life, and I found this book to be a refreshing, honest and inspiring take in how to deal with life’s challenges and find everyday happiness and joy. She read it with passion and conviction, as authors tend to do. I am a big fan of Her band and art as well, but even if her music isn’t your thing, this book is a must listen. Valuable, insightful, helpful, inspirational and downright fun.

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This is book is amazing!

It has taught me how I need to love myself in order to be happy and that recovery doesn't take a day, it is a continuous journey I must make an effort to choose recovery and joy over pain and sorrow!!!

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Christian based - hidden to lure purchase

I bought this book a couple of hours ago, thinking it was about 'art' (silly me) and getting
artists to give more energy/ enthusiasm into making art. I was very wrong. This author and book is an autobiography
on a Christian raised by fundamentalist parents, who ended up 'successful' with a rock band...Christian,
of course. I resent being lured into buying a book with a subject that, not only have I no interest in, but
on a topic that I avoid. Possibly as bad, the focus of this author seems to be teens....high school goths, depressive,
miserable, and specifically, self harming. Had that been stated in the description, I would have stopped reading
the description immediately. This was bait and switch. Too bad Amazon and the publisher of this book
felt it was necessary to hide the content, unless that was the only way to sell a few more copies.

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An absolutely beautiful and inspiring read by an inspiring musician/singer

A few days ago I decided to buy my own physical copy of Turn Your Pain Into Art (I wanted the real thing that I could read.) and after I had made the purchase I noticed that the Audio version was free on Audible with a thirty day free trial (or something like that.) so I decided too give it a listen and I was NOT disappointed. Ariel has written such a personal book and I absolutely love how she takes her own experiences and lessons she has learned and incorporates them into tips and advice that ANYONE can use to better their own lives. I have never, since I could read non-picture books, read a book more powerful or relatable than Turn Your Pain Into Art. Ariel explains what it’s like to live with Depression, Self-Hatred and Self-Harm to a T. I’ll be honest, I cried A LOT listening to the Audio version alone and I am sure I will cry even more when I get to read the book in real life. I cried because Ariel’s descriptions of her struggles and what she felt were so REAL and so close to the stuff I have dealt with in MY life. I felt a kind of relief when she started to talk about her experiences with Religion as they came very close to what I have dealt with when it came to Religious people. The Judgement, Being told I was nothing without God and that I had to obey EVERYTHING my elders told me or I’d burn in hell. Ariel, Thank you for doing what you do. Thank you for making your music and most of all thank you for writing a book so amazing that I will never forget. Thank you for giving me a guide so I can turn MY pain into Art. You’re truly an amazing woman and a great inspiration.

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Inspirational

I loved this, everything about it. the first half felt like my youth just with all of the details being different. The narration reeled me in right away and kept pulling me further in. The only axe I have to grind with this is where was this in 2004 huh? HUH?!
I would recommend this to all, those who currently struggle, and those who have overcome their inner stuggles.

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Good IF you like "Sex & the City" & Autobiography

Probably a bit more for the female audience since it reads more like an episode of "Sex and the City" in my opinion. I was able to get a few hours in but It wasn't for me. Just wasn't what I was expecting. Good narrator and person but seemed more of an autobiography than a self help book. It did slowly start getting to tips and practices for turning "pain into art" but it is mixed SO much with autobiography and personal opinions. I was waiting for some sound advice or practical application but almost halfway through didn't hear much. I did not finish it so can't say that it doesn't offer value.

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just within the first two chapters helped me

just within the first two chapters helped me I have listened to the entire book and oh my God... it's crazy I had a lot of the same experiences and now I can see where some of my self hate was coming from this book is amazing I highly recommend it to anyone struggling with self hate it's a must read/hear .really hoping for another book soon Ariel thank you for being you thank you for telling it like it is your amazing thank you for understanding I will see you on stage (for the second time) February 24th 2018 - cbagshaw

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The greatest life advice ever!!!

I loved how well I was able to connect with Ariel’s journey through life and the way she presented guide to escaping sadness by thinking more positively. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone I know!!!

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Overall. . . A life saver!!!!

Thank you, Ms Bloomer. Who knew the life of a young rocker would affect this 65 year-old-grandma like this book did? Certainly not me when I bought "the daily deal". But that little voice said "grab it!" Bottom line, I'm now committed to painting or sewing or gardening an hour a day. A beautiful, sometimes brutal, hour for me. And that Does bring joy which, with work, will become easier and easier to spread through the rest of my life. Amazing.

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Self-Help for Self-Esteem

A good motivational and uplifting story/biography of the author, Ariel Bloomer. Ariel is the vocalist with the band Icon for Hire. She tells her story of on the road tours and the life of a rockstar. At first when reading I was skeptical what this had to do with art and where she was going with her stories. Her stories were interesting and her reading and vocals and articulation was excellent given she is a rock singer. Ariel voiced enthusiasm, a love of life, and appreciation for her singing talents. She fought human battles, emotional struggles, and deep falls into the pit of despair. She pulled herself out through spirituality, which she also questioned, but I believe she is a person who doesn’t leave one stone unturned. Therefore, Ariel turned her pains into her art form of loving who she is and putting her soul into enjoying everything about her life, including the continuous ups and downs.

If you want to read an uplifting get your sad soul off the couch then listen to this audio book. I loved her high spirited voice. I am years older than Ariel, I’ve been in the pit of despair and I recognized some of her emotional struggles. I would recommend this audio book to lift your spirits, to realize you are worth more than you realize, and to add some humor to your never ending questions about life and its continuous ups and downs.

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  • R. Allan
  • 04-05-18

Brilliant

Not only is this an entertaining book but its also inspirational. After listening to the whole book in one sitting, it left me feeling happy and full of energy to want to go out and make my mark on the world. You wont be disappointed with this audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-18

a must read!!

an excellent book that we'll help a lot. Ariel is very emotional and real in it.