I’m Giving All My Books Away …. Want One?

by on October 18, 2012

**And I can hear you all going, “WHAAAAT?”

There was a time when this goddess would never have even contemplated a life without books.

But two things happened … and everything changed.

Thing #1

I’ve always loved libraries ~ to me, the energy of the wisdom, wit, learning and laughter contained within those bright covers is absolutely palpable, and the coffee shop at Barnes and Noble is my happy place of choice.

But then I got a Kindle Fire!

Now, to be honest, this goddess is not big on keeping up with the newest electronic doodad, (if you saw my Nokia brick phone you’d understand) but, Oh the sweet heavenly joy of being able to have ALL my books with me, ALL the time!!

My scanner self revels in the delight of moving from one book to another at whim and at will, and my shoulders rejoice at not having to bear the weight of several tomes in the tote that I lugged with me everywhere, just in case I had a few spare minutes to read.

Oh and the shear freedom of being able to virtually scribble in my books!

I’ve always felt iffy about writing in books … like it somehow violated the author’s sacred space, and so would always have a journal to hand to make note of awarenesses, OMG’s and the inevitable ‘to do’ lists that followed an expanded education.

Being able to highlight and make notes actually IN my kindle … awesomesauce!

So, in a kind of bibliophile nirvana, I loaded my virtual shelves with digital copies of all my favorites and relished being able to dip into them whenever I felt drawn/nudged/prompted.

While on my shelves, the hardcovers gathered dust …

Thing #2

For the past few years, Husband Muffin and I have been dreaming of thoroughly exploring the incredible country we live in.
Of living the modern-day equivalent of the gypsy life, moving to different cities or states every few years to thoroughly explore the treasures of this vast country.

We want to feel the heat of Nevada deserts,
take morning walks along a Florida coast;
explore the mountains of Wyoming or Montana;
feel the thrilling energy of living downtown in a big city;
and the close-to-nature peacefulness of a rural town.
Discovering all the things one misses when one is merely on vacation.

We want to immerse ourselves for a year or two in a new city/town/geography and fully experience it the way only the locals can.

And when we’ve had enough … we’d move on.

After all, he works from home, and my coaching practice and Skinny Goddess 90 Day Challenge can be run from anywhere there’s an internet connection. So it truly feels … possible.

Needless to say, owning a home doesn’t quite fit into that scenario, so we’ve put it on the market.

And I really don’t want to pack all those books!!

Plus, I’m getting a jumpstart on the Creating a Goddess Haven e-course that I’m doing in a couple of weeks.

(Actually, this will be a revisit, since I did it last year and it had such a humongous impact on every area of my life that I wanted to do it again, in preparation for both selling this home and settling into the new one.)


Sooooo, those are the two main reasons I’m giving most of my books away…

But there’s also another reason.

When I was struggling to build my business/find my voice/unleash my goddessy-ness, the wisdom in these books became like signposts and streetlights, pointing the way and illuminating the possibilities.

Each of these books has spoken to me in some way or another.

I have a feeling one of them might do the same for you.

So here you are, dahling heart …

all the books I’m giving away. Amazon has full reviews and descriptions of each, if you need more info.


On Goddessy-ness

Be a Goddess, A Guide to Celtic Spells and Wisdom for Self-healing, Prosperity and Great Sex,by Francesca De Grandis

Goddess Gift, Discover Your Personal Goddess Type,by Sharon Turnbull, Ph.D.

Diary of a Modern-Day Goddess, by Cynthia Daddona

13 Lessons Every Goddess Must Know, A Sacred Planner for Your Soul, by (the incomparable) Leonie Dawson. (I have two of these, otherwise I’d not give it away!)



On Network Marketing 

MLM Nuts and Bolts, How to Build A Network Marketing Business, by Jan Ruhe

Build It Big, 101 Insider Secrets from Direct Sales Experts, by the Direct Selling Women’s Alliance

Seven Years To Seven Figures, the Fast Track Plan To Becoming A Millionaire, by Michael Masterson

Big Al’s – How To Create A recruiting Explosion, by Tom Schreiter

How I Raised Myself From Failure To Success In Selling, by Frank Bettger

Beach Money, Creating Your Dream Life Through Network Marketing, by Jordan Adler


On Thinking Outside the Box

People Are Idiots And I Can Prove It!, The 10 Ways You Are Sabotaging Yourself And How You Can Overcome Them, by Larry Winget

Why You’re Dumb, Sick & Broke, And How To Get Smart, Healthy & Rich, by Randy Gage

The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferris

The Compound Effect, Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success, by Darren Hardy


On Various Other Useful Stuff

Full Steam Ahead, by Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner

The Millionaire Messenger, Make A Difference and a Fortune Sharing Your Advice, by Brendon Burchard  (Absolutely BRILLIANT, btw)

Strengthsfinder 2.0, by Tom Rath





So, there you are, scrumptious one.

If any of these titles is on your wish list, I want you to have it.

As a gift.

Just choose which one you want,
pop over to my Facebook page and tell me which one it is.

If you’d like to share why it’s calling to you, I’d absolutely love that!

(and in the event of more than one request for a specific book,
the best ‘why’ gets it!)

PLUS if you are on my list, or sign up for it right now, you’ll get an extra little giftie! (the opt-in box is up there in the right hand corner)

I’ll be in touch soon, probably by FB private messages, to get your mailing address, etc.

You won’t have to pay for it, or cover shipping  or anything,
(although I do have to limit this to within the US only).

I thought about donating them to the library, or Goodwill, but it felt much more ‘right’
to give them to someone who’ll take the information and make a better world with it.

A gift …

from me to you.

Because wisdom is no use if it just sits on a shelf.


Ta daaaa!!  It’s DONE!

The first instalment of my Big Book Gift-Away. I have more to sort through, but this is a good start.

It’s interesting that I feel lighter already …

Funny how de-cluttering does that.

Bliss-ings and clutter-free love,

the goddess known as Jacqui


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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Griffin October 18, 2012 at 4:22 pm

What a great thing to do, I should have done the same thing long ago. With my purchase of a Kindle and how I enjoy reading on it and various other mobile devices I realized that my books were superfluous too. Best wishes on your vagabond life.


Jacqueline Gates October 19, 2012 at 9:31 am

Thank you, sir Mike. It’s so funny … I really never thought I’d be without shelves and shelves of books … but once the traveling bug bites, it’s hard to stop scratching!


Starqueen October 19, 2012 at 2:05 am

Hi Jacqui,
I’m not an fb person, but if perchance, The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard is still available, I’d love to receive it. I know I’m a messenger, communicator, networker and I’d love to reach a wider audience, and be inspired doing so! The book called to me, and your endorsement of it confirmed it.
Thanks for all you do and all you share…inspiring and so empowering! I love you for it!


Jacqueline Gates October 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

Aww you’re such a sweetie!

I absolutely loved that book … had a humongous impact on me … as did Burchard’s latest one, The Charge.

I’ve sent you an email, angel, with next-step details.

Hugs and bliss-ings
g aka J


Megan@ Storage Toronto October 19, 2012 at 2:38 am

Oh Jacqui!! What wouldn’t I give to have a life like yours? I hope you have great years ahead and don’t forget to keep telling us how the years are going. I got a Kindle myself and I know the joy of having all your books with you. Take care Goddess. Keep us posted.


Jacqueline Gates October 19, 2012 at 9:32 am

Megan dear, I’m such an over-sharer there’s no way you won’t get to hear every detail of my vagabond life! *gigglesnorts*

Love that you came to visit, gorgeous one!


Sarah Park October 19, 2012 at 5:33 am

That is so generous act of you to give books to those who will learn so much from it.
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Heather Bestel October 19, 2012 at 8:56 am

What a fabulous idea and a great way to de-clutter. Good luck on your journey to create a Goddess Haven. I hope you’re going to blog about it. Thanks
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Jacqueline Gates October 19, 2012 at 9:27 am

Don’t you just luuurrve the idea of a Goddess Haven, Heather?

I always find that even if I don’t accomplish it completely, just moving in that direction and doing little stuff completely changes the energy of my nest.


Kimba October 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

I love the idea of getting rid of all “the stuff” and just living life. I hope you blog about your adventures.


Diane Marie October 19, 2012 at 9:48 am

I love my Kindle Fire to but I still haven’t been able to part with all my books that I already have. I still use them as resources and some I haven’t even read yet! Best wishes on your new adventure. Sounds like something I would do, or have done! LOL


Suzanne October 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

Oh, I can just feel your excitement of this cleansing cycle! Wooo-Hoooo. I love the word, awesomesauce. Funny!
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Christina October 19, 2012 at 11:19 am

Hi Jacqueline,

This is so awesome of you and I *love* the reasons you’re doing it!

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Thomas@travel deals October 23, 2012 at 2:13 am

Hey Jacqueline that was a great step, I really hope women take your books for their betterment. I have always followed your posts and have drawn inspiration too. I can understand the excitement you must be feeling on starting afresh, its a great feeling to be true. And hopefully you will be blogging wherever you go, and we will get to learn new things from you.


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Kellie Hosaka @social network marketing October 25, 2012 at 8:39 pm

Aloha Goddess!

Oh I totally agree with you! Once you’ve experienced a Kindle book with highlights and everything, you’ll never go back! I love my Kindle books too! And I can take them all on the plane. 🙂

And exploring the country! Woohoo! Sounds like a great adventure for you two.

Thank you so much for always sharing yourself and your journey with all of us! You are truly inspiring!

Much love & aloha,
Kellie 🙂
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Jack Smith@Wisdom Teeth Removal October 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

Getting rid of books specially written by you is a difficult thing. But good thing here is you are spreading your words to others by passing away your books. This is remarkable thing Jacqueline. Great going! I have always loved your post and the way it is being written.


Suzanne October 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

We must be next to each other in alternate universes. I also got a kindle fire and made a vow not to purchase any more books. I LOVE the idea of always having my books with me. Reason #2 for me is my husband and I want to travel the world and live in a few foreign countries. Ecuador and Costa Rica are tops on our list.
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Melissa McCloud November 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

goddess, you and i both must have been bit by the same decluttering bug… i love getting rid of stuff! it’s an addiction. there’s something about letting go of the attachment we have had to physical things that feels SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD. i am so so so impressed. i used to think that it was hard to part with things that i felt i had invested good $$$ in, but i’ve learned that creating that space just opens me up to receiving more abundance. so i congratulate you on participating in the universal movement of giving and receiving–i bet you are about to receive BIG TIME! love to you…melissa


Darcy@PC Flight November 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

My goodness, Jacqeline, you’re a stronger woman than I could ever be! I’m not too far behind with technology but there is something about the look, feel and smell of a book that I simply couldn’t part ways with!

Bravo to you! I could never manage to give my books away 😛


Elaine Salt@Rental Property Management November 10, 2012 at 2:22 am

Wow! This is generosity of sharing and inspiring of people. How I wish I could be like one. Thanks Jacqui!


Nile November 18, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Wow… that is quite the giveaway. I love my books and have been collecting them since I was a teen. In fact, my youngest sister and I now share our collections and we have our own mini library. I do like Kindles, but I like the smell and feel of a book… don’t know why, but I do…lol
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Smith@Wedding Halls NJ December 1, 2012 at 2:31 am

I went through the book titled “Goddess Gift”, it is amazing. A guide on the path of self-discovery and personal growth helping you to recognize your strengths in ways that allow you to use your innate talents and strengths is worth commendable. I have never read such inspirational book. Great Book! I am glad you came up with such idea of distributing books. J


Andrew Williams December 8, 2012 at 12:14 am

It’s seemingly a hundred years since I’ve heard from you, Goddess Jacqui. But now I understand. My whole life before becoming a butler was all about travel, exploration, new places, new cultures — just keep going and never look back. So I don’t blame you one bit for taking off and hitting the road! Just hope you’ll take us along, and keep reporting! All the best, and Happy Holidays!



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