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Dare to Be Kind

How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World

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"Sometimes we are met with overwhelming challenges that knock us off our feet-but [Lizzie has] been able to embody the power of hope and compassion in everything [she does]." --Michelle Obama
Born with a rare genetic condition, Lizzie Velasquez always knew she was different, but it wasn't until she was older that she understood what that meant to herself and others.

In this daring, inspirational book, Lizzie reveals the hidden forces that give rise to self-doubt and empowers us to unlock empathy and kindness for ourselves and others. Through her own battles with anxiety and depression she demonstrates how we can overcome obstacles and move forward with greater positivity and hope.

Dare to Be Kind offers the path to self-acceptance, love, and tolerance, and provides a framework for living with confidence and resilience, and ultimately, forging a radically compassionate world.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 23, 2017 – Debut author and motivational speaker Velasquez delivers a heartfelt and powerful treatise about the importance of being kind, gleaned from first-hand experience. The author, who has neonatal progeroid syndrome, a rare combination of Marfan syndrome and lipodystrophy that prevents her from gaining weight, was bullied in school and online. One day she found that a picture of her had been made into a cruel meme that identified her as the world s ugliest woman, accompanied by comments like Why didn t her parents abort her? Not one comment was kind, Velasquez remembers. Velasquez s solution to this kind of harassment is to create a culture of kindness, extended even toward bullies. This might seem inconceivable, she admits, but she believes it s the only way to solve the problem of bullying. She also points out that serious challenges can bring personal depth and understanding that s impossible without those lessons. The author doesn t pretend to be a Pollyanna, however like anyone else, she has faced dark times, even becoming for a time addicted to anti-anxiety meds. Velasquez counsels readers to lose the shame over their problems it s a complete waste of time and energy and focus on their own gifts. Readers will be inspired by Velasquez s resilient spirit.

Customer Reviews

Touched my heart

God looketh on the heart, and every once in a while we get to see a glimpse of the light and love and kindness he sees. Lizzie and her heart that she shared in this book are no less majestic and beautiful than the mountains, the stars, or the Lily's of the field. He who has eyes to see...

Dare to Be Kind
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Self-Improvement
  • Published: Jun 06, 2017
  • Publisher: Hachette Books
  • Seller: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Print Length: 208 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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