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THE LIGHT IN YOUR POCKET:
Illuminate Your Life in 140-Characters or Less
by Judy M. Ford
We all seek meaning and purpose in our lives, to know what truly lights us up, and to allow that light to illuminate our lives and our world. But, that takes time. And time is something our emailing, texting, Facebooking, Twittering, sharing-our-lives-in-140-characters-or-less culture has very little, well, time for. While technology is facilitating our discovery of ever faster ways of moving through our lives, and keeping us more connected than ever, we are actually experiencing less meaning and purpose in those connections; with our desire to know what truly lights us up often remaining unfulfilled. Balancing the reality of our 21st century lifestyle with this deep need for inner understanding, meaning and purpose is the challenge of our times.
The Light in Your Pocket: Illuminate Your Life in 140-Characters or Less was written to assist you with that balance. Based on Judy’s own life lessons, and her work as a life coach, writer and speaker, this book is a unique collection of Judy’s illuminations: insightful quotes and mantras reflecting themes of spirituality, Oneness, community, nature, Divine energy, feminine power, joy, freedom, peace, compassion, forgiveness, self-esteem, letting go, receiving, creativity, gratitude, self-empowerment, being and love.
The Light in Your Pocket is intended to inspire not only the social media generation, but everyone who could use a small word, or a brief turn of a phrase, that just might be the spark to illuminate your own inner light of meaning and purpose for the life you truly desire. And, in so doing, help you discover the universally enduring truth that, in fact, the light in your pocket … is YOU!
Haneef R. Jordan w/ Author Judy M. Ford
Listen to Judy’s April 2014 interview with Haneef Jordan, host of Talking With Truth Radio, as she discusses the content, philosophy, and inspiration that informed her writing for The Light in Your Pocket.
“This is the book that Judy Ford was meant to write. From a unique set of experiences, Judy has developed keen insights into what it takes for an individual to truly thrive. She strongly encourages us all to ‘unleash (our) light and allow it to illuminate (our) life and the world,’ something that in this time in history and in western space can prove extremely challenging. It is gut-wrenching work she challenges us to do, but a work that she ensures is right there in our pocket, close by and familiar. We owe it to ourselves to be illuminated through what she has to offer. The Light in Your Pocket is wonderfully designed to carry you from message to message through a set of ‘BEs’ at the end of each illumination, meant to offer the substance of mantras that you can practice whispering to yourself in those moments of daily challenge and self-doubt. Having known Judy for nearly 20 years, I have seen this project building in her for some time. She means to help makes us all well, and she waits patiently for the flood of success to come. Be well in your illumination!” Dr. Katrina Bell McDonald, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University; author, Embracing Sisterhood: Class, Identity and Contemporary Black Women
“Judy knows that the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves shape our lives; and she knows that a story is a creation not a news report and that we have the power to change our stories dark with self-doubt to ones bright with self-love. These days, many are discovering the power of affirmations – but Judy’s illuminations are special, shining with her love of words. Rather than statements that you grasp once and at once, she makes you look behind everyday words that give surprising epiphanies. For example, “Does your ‘profession’ reflect what and who you profess yourself to be?” Judy’s illuminations, so lovingly offered in The Light in Your Pocket, are little treasures of reflected light that you can examine and re-examine for unexpected flashes. Illuminating for sure!” Meizhu Liu, co-author, The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide
“A major component of the work I do with my coaching clients involves facilitating a shift in narratives … holding up a mirror for them to look at their current narrative, and inviting them to step into a new one. The Light in Your Pocket is an excellent resource to help with the facilitation of that shift. Additionally, if you find yourself in the midst of a transitional period in your life, and you need a beacon to guide you back to your own light, The Light in Your Pocket is that guiding light; delivering a huge impact with a few words.” Vernita Parker, Integral Coach and Bikram Yoga Teacher; Principal, VF Parker Group, LLC
ADDITIONAL PRAISE FOR
“Incredibly inspirational! Spiritually uplifting! Powerfully insightful!”
~Lisette Johnson Hill, Independent Philanthropist
“With her infectious loving energy, Judy lights up the dark corners of our lives with her thought-provoking illuminations. After reading The Light in Your Pocket, I feel like the next steps on my own journey are a little more illuminated.”
~Trista Harris, co-author, How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar
“The Light in Your Pocket is a toolkit for empowerment. In our society of the ‘buzzclip,’ this book is a welcome refuge for, and reminder of, our purpose in this life; and how important it is for each of us to make space for nurturing and renewal. I can’t wait to give this book as a gift to all my sister friends, as a powerful reminder for each of us to take the time to honor our light.”
~Shannan L. Hicks, Lawyer Leader Librarian
“With The Light in Your Pocket, Judy Ford asks us to do something so difficult, yet so simple. She asks us to be. To be who we are; to be the light that is within us all. The idea of just being, and knowing what that comfortably means to us as individuals, is something very few people talk about. Just being does not mean living without a purpose. Indeed, truly being is a state guided by purpose. The Light in Your Pocket serves as a hymnal for the purpose-driven individual to recite, reflect and retain.
~Michelle Newman Brady, Founder, MNB Wellness Consulting
“Exhalation! Deep and grateful exhaling was my response to reading Judy M. Ford’s The Light in Your Pocket. Through questions, observations, and affirmations, The Light in Your Pocket: Illuminate Your Life in 140-Characters or Less invites readers on a journey of connecting thoughts, spirituality, gratitude, love and action. This work holds brilliance, power and wisdom; nurturing healing by sparking self-inquiry, self-exploration and intentional action. The Light in Your Pocket is a timely reminder of how to approach relatedness on every level; with self, with Divinity/the Divine, with others and with the world around us.”
~Dr. Mayowa Obasaju, Clinical and Community Psychologist