Foreword by Di Riseborough

Intuitive Life Strategist, Best-selling author, featured on Oprah's OWN Network's "Life Story Project"

"As witnessed in this book, the miracle of gratitude will shift your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see. Each woman in this book was opened to gratitude and grace by paying attention and staying the present moment. Each woman acknowledged her emotions, her fears, and her situation; each honored her process with loving kindness, tapped into the resilience of her spirit, and remembered that she was infinitely supported by the divine consciousness that resides within her."


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Meet The Visionary Authors


I couldn’t put down Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace. I loved this book and I loved meeting all these courageous women. I laughed, I cried, I was deeply moved and profoundly inspired to bring even more grace and gratitude into my life.

Dr. Margaret Paul, co-creator of Inner Bonding, coauthor of
Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By You? and Healing Your Aloneness,
and author of Inner Bonding and Do I Have To Give Up Me To Be Loved By God?

Gratitude is a superpower that, once fully embraced, is truly life changing. In Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace, Linda Joy has compiled a beautiful collection of moving stories from women who have experienced the abundant powers of gratitude and grace, as they share how their lives have been changed. This is an important book that will inspire true transformation.

Kristi Ling, best-selling author of Operation Happiness: The 3-Step Plan to Creating a Life of Lasting Joy, Abundant Energy, and Radical Bliss

Read this book! You will be inspired. You will be moved. It will change you.

Terri Britt, former Miss USA & author of Women Leaders
of Love
and The Enlightened Mom

In Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace, once again Linda Joy has brought together a moving and inspiring collection of stories. This book is a feel-good gem of goodness to read to start the day, close out the night, or uplift you whenever you need it. Highly recommended!

Amy Leigh Mercree, best-selling author of A Little Bit of Chakras, The Spiritual Girl’s Guide to Dating, and Joyful Living: 101 Ways to Transform Your Spirit and Revitalize Your Life

The stories in Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace reveal how being in a state of gratitude causes the frequency and grace of miracles. Every story is a template to help transcend the impossible. It infuses hope in the belief of the secret energy of the mind, body, and spirit!

Cindy Heath, Kundalini Yoga Teacher and author of
Real Beautiful: The Secret Energy of the Mind, Body, & Spirit

Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is a rare book that will stay with you for a very long time. It genuinely explores the challenges and often life-threatening circumstances each author faced and how they rose above them with the healing power of gratitude and transformative grace. A loving introduction by publisher Linda Joy, heart opening stories, and activities to unburden your heart and be free.

Dr. Jo Anne White, international award-winning, best-selling author, Certified Professional Coach, and Energy Master Teacher

Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is a beautiful compilation of heartfelt, vulnerable, and inspiring stories shared by an incredible gathering of women. As each author shared her path to gratitude I felt my heart open to a new level of love and compassion for my own journey and a flow of gratitude touched every area of my life. Within each story I could see parts of myself. I could see my mother, my sister, my friends and the themes that connect us all. A soulful revelation of the power of gratitude!

Lori Andrus, Shamanic Priestess​

Wow! Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is a masterfully transformative read. Each story takes you on a journey of self-discovery, healing, growth and release. These pages not only nourished my soul, but inspired me to keep going no matter what dark nights I may face--we all face them. Thank you for crafting this soul-edifying masterpiece that will knit together the hearts and spirits of women around the globe in a poignant and soothing way just as it did for me. This is a must read for every woman.

Katie Mazzocco, founder of,
Small Business Systems Strategist, author of Revolutionary Productivity: 
How to Maximize Your Time, Impact, and Income in Your Small Business

What's In the BOOK ?

Chapter 1

Grace Is...


In order to experience grace, we must first heal the parts of ourselves that resist it. Authors Dr. Debra L. Reble, Diana Beaulieu, Dr. Bonnie Nussbaum, PhD, Felicia D’Haiti, Dr. Kimberly McGeorge, ND, NCH, and Dr. Mary E. Pritchard, PhD, HHC, share their personal healing journeys.

Chapter 2

Grace Is...


When we rewrite our old stories from a viewpoint of gratitude, our entire life experience suddenly shifts. Authors Peggy Nolan, Cindy Hively, Mal Duane, Dr. Angela Joyner, Stacey Hoffer, and Laura Clark shifted their perspectives and discovered that grace can be found in even the most challenging of places

Chapter 3

Grace Is...


Often, it’s the journey itself which holds the lessons we need to move forward in grace. Authors Melissa Rapoport, Sheila Callaham, Stacey Curnow, Pamela Henry, Stacey Murphy, and Stacey Martino share how trust, patience, and faith hold the keys to moving forward in grace.

Chapter 4

Grace Is...


The elders in our lives have many things to teach us about ourselves, our gifts, and the power of love. Authors Jill Celeste, MA, Kailean Welsh, MS, LPC, Shelley Riutta, MSE, LPC, and Suzanne Moore show how embracing the gifts and values of our elders can pave the way to greater understanding of ourselves.

Chapter 5

Grace Is...


When life offers up its hardest tests, sometimes the only thing you can do is breathe through it. Kellyann Schaefer, Beth Marshall, Dr. Colleen Georges, Alex Bratty, Kelley Grimes, MSW, and Bailey Frumen, MSW, LCSW open up about some of their most challenging moments, and how their gratitude and trust in grace led them through the darkness.

Chapter 6

Grace Is...


There is a place deep inside all of us where grace lives. In this chapter, authors Karen Spaiches, Shelley Lundquist, Tonya Melendez, Bev Janisch, and Dr. Taura L. Barr, PhD, RN, FAHA share their stories of finding the light within.

Chapter 7

Grace Is...


A deep connection to feminine energy held the key to transformation for authors Zinnia Gupte, Karen Smith, Sara Turner, Lore Raymond, and Lisa Marie Rosati. When we tap into the goddess within, all things are possible!



Editor Bryna René Haynes shares her thoughts on the stories in this anthology and their transformative potential for readers.

Journaling Prompt Pages

Dive deeper into the wisdom and lessons contained within each woman’s story.

Three Journaling Prompts after each story help you delve deeper into the vital lessons these women’s experiences have to offer.


Wow! Linda Joy and Inspired Living Publishing have done it again. I sit here with tears of sadness and gratitude running down my cheeks. The stories in this book are not just beautifully written, but honest, deeply transformational, and inspirational. Each story is followed by a series of reflection questions that encourage the reader to take a look at her own life and to reflect on the impact of each woman’s story on her own life. I am so grateful to each of the authors for their contribution, their wisdom and their willingness to share their stories.

Dr. Minette Riordan, best-selling author of The Artful Marketer:
The Fundamental Business Guide for Creative Entrepreneurs

The thirty-eight voices and stories in Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace inspire appreciation of the gifts in our lives, even those that at first appear not to be gifts at all—illness, abuse, divorce, the loss of a job. The questions for reflection after each chapter support readers to mine their own lives for evidence of gratitude and grace and to celebrate their presence in readers’ lives. The themes of healing, forgiveness, empowerment and love offer readers relief from their personal suffering and the opportunity for a powerful shift in consciousness.

Lisa Tener, Book coach, Silver Stevie Award Winner,
Mentor/Coach of the Year 2014

Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is an incredible gathering of stories by strong and courageous women. Their stories not only opened my heart to a greater sense of gratitude, but deeper self love, self worth and forgiveness by inspiring me to release what may no longer serve me and be fully present with grace. I highly recommend this book to women of all walks of life!

Kim Lachapelle, best-selling coauthor of Inspiration for a
Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy

The beautiful stories in Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace are like a soothing balm for the soul. Each of the authors shares a story of a pivotal moment in her life that opened her to experience the presence of grace and gratitude in ways that forever changed her perspective of life. Reading these stories feels like receiving an infusion of grace yourself. They offer a great reminder that gratitude and grace can transform absolutely anything when we allow ourselves to open to their blessings.

Tina van Leuven, founder of InnerDelight, international best-selling coauthor of Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Choosing Happiness and Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy, and author of Money and Miracles: 40 Days to The Perfect Relationship Between Who You Are and What You Make.

The beautiful and well written book Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is a must-have for every woman’s bookshelf! Each contributing author teaches the reader how to triumph over obstacles and challenges and how to do it in a graceful and elegant way. They also show how appreciation and being thankful and showing gratitude help us get so much more out of life. These amazing, heartfelt stories helped to not only heal my heart, but to guide my heart to have more gratitude and grace in my life.

Kellie Poulsen-Grill, happiness expert, best-selling author,
founder of the Happy Success Ranch Retreats

Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is full of grit and grace. Each uplifting and inspirational story encourages readers to reflect and refuel. The journal prompts at the end of each chapter provides an opportunity for deep discovery, soul searching and renewal. This work of art is a bookshelf blessing.

Lorna J. Brunelle, best-selling author of The Buoy Projects: A Story of Breast Cancer, Bucket-Lists, Life Lessons, Facebook and Love and Dirty Bombshell: From Thyroid Cancer Back to Fabulous.

Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is an invitation to truth. These powerful stories, one after another, bring home the real magic of inviting gratitude into your life: that of receiving grace. You will be inspired. You will be filled with the ineffable quality of possibility. May you be opened to the fullness of life, as I was, after reading these women’s stories.

– Laurie Seymour, Founder The Baca Journey​

The transformational stories in Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace inspire readers to create a satisfying life full of magic and miracles. No matter where you are on your journey, the deeply personal narratives shared in this book will help you open to living from a place of appreciation and will inspire you to begin living the fullest expression of who you are.

Shann Vander Leek, Transformation Goddess, best-selling author,
award-winning producer

Gratitude and grace are a potent combination and one is incomplete without the other. Linda Joy understands that on a heart level and brings together other women’s hearts in this new book Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace to share their life experiences and deep wisdom of how gratitude and grace touched their lives positively. It’s pure joy for the heart to read these courageous and loving women’s life stories. The stories inspire, motivate, and most of all give you immense courage. I love this book and all it embodies. Every woman needs this inspiration on her bed stand!

Zeenat Merchant Syal, Counseling Psychologist, Spiritual Counselor, motivational speaker, naturopath, holistic healer, writer, and founder of

In Linda Joy’s, Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace, you will connect to women, like you and me, who have bared their souls in order to share how grace and gratitude helped them transform their thinking during life’s difficulties. A great reminder for all of us that demonstrates the healing power of grace and gratitude despite the chaotic appearing events of our lives.

Lisa Hutchison, LMHC, #1 international best-selling coauthor, coauthor of two Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Intuitive Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Angel Card Reader

Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace is a gorgeous book with beautifully written stories that flow from the heart of each author and speak to the soul of the reader. We are reminded that spirit is always nearby, caring for us, teaching us, and lifting us into an understanding that changes the direction of our life, always leading us in the way we are meant to grow.

Janet G. Nestor, author, licensed professional counselor,
and Energy Psychologist

Once again Linda Joy has harnessed the healing power of story with Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Opening to Gratitude & Grace. What a beautiful and soul-igniting collection of wisdom, courage and lessons lived and learned. We can see ourselves reflected in the stories of each of these amazing women, with the prevailing awareness that we are so much more than our circumstances. Read this book, and you’ll be more connected than ever to your own capacity to cultivate grace and the magic of gratitude … like medicine for the soul!

- Michelle Leath, founder of

About Publisher Linda Joy

Best-selling inspirational publisher, Radio Show Host, and Authentic Marketing Catalyst Linda Joy is one of today’s premier voices in women’s inspirational publishing and a powerful advocate for women's dreams.

Linda is the publisher of Aspire Magazine, the premier inspirational digital magazine for women since 2006, host of the Inspired Conversations radio show on the #OMTimes network, host of the Inspired Living Giveaway, host of Inspired Living Secrets as well as the Creatrix behind the eight time best-selling boutique publishing house, Inspired Living Publishing. 

Ms. Joy is passionate about encouraging women to rediscover and reconnect with their inner wisdom, and empowering them to live deeper, more authentic, inspired lives both personally and professionally--and all of her brands are dedicated to publishing and producing projects that support them women in doing so.

Her well-respected multimedia brands serve over 44,000 women and 25,000 social media fans who embrace her message of love, feminine wisdom, and self-empowerment.

About Inspired Living Publishing

Inspired Living Publishing is a best-selling boutique publishing house providing visionary female entrepreneurs, coaches, therapists and healers with high-profile publishing and marketing packages that shine a spotlight on their brand and message.

Over 180 visionary entrepreneurs have published with Inspired Living Publishing's sacred anthology division and become best-selling authors. Inspired Living Publishing's powerful Authentic Storytelling(TM) model guides their authors through a transformative writing process that brings their truth and essence to the page.  

Inspired Living Publishing recently launched a new hybrid publishing division offering solo female authors high-profile publishing and marketing packages that bring their brand and message to the global audience they are meant to serve. 

Their first two titles, Being Love: How Loving Yourself Can Create Ripples of Transformation in Your Relationships and the World by Dr. Debra Reble, (May 2016) and The Art of Inspiration: An Editor's Guide to Writing Powerful, Effective Inspirational and Personal Development Books (June 2016) topped multiple best-seller and hot new release lists within hours. To learn more about  their high-visibility publishing and marketing services visit