• Happiness Becomes You

    Over the past decade it was my delight and honor to work with Tina Turner on her book of inspiration, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good. Tina dreamt of writing this book about how she transformed her life for a long time. In fact, she started talking about it and planning more than 30 years ago! Now her gift of inspiration to the world is available in 18 languages and more than 50 nations. Soon after it debuted, Amazon’s editors chose it as one of the Best Nonfiction Books of the Year, and in Germany it became an instant Spiegel Bestseller:

    I dedicate this book to you…
    in honor of your
    unseen efforts to
    triumph over each problem
    life sends your way.

    Tina Turner, from the introduction

    Tina Turner, one of the world’s most beloved performers, reveals the joyful wisdom behind her inspirational life story in this powerful guide to finding happiness, hope, and love in your own life.

    In Happiness Becomes You, Tina shows how all of us can overcome life’s obstacles—even change the impossible to possible—and transform our lives. She explains how we, too, can realize our dreams, empowering us with spiritual tools and sage advice to enrich our unique paths.

    Now, Tina offers the wisdom gained throughout her extraordinary life in Happiness Becomes You, making this the perfect gift of inspiration for you and those you love.

    From the introduction: “Each of us is born, I believe, with a unique mission, a purpose in life that only we can fulfill. We are linked by a shared responsibility: to help our human family grow kinder and happier.”

    Happiness Becomes You was first published in the USA, UK, Canada, the Netherlands, and Germany (titled Happiness: Mein Spiritueller Weg) in December 2020, and has since been released in a total of 57 countries and 18 languages including Sweden, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Japan, Poland, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Turkey, Albania, and Brazil.

    Tina Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, is a singer, dancer, and actress whose career has spanned six decades and garnered numerous awards, including eight Grammys. After her early hit songs “River Deep—Mountain High” and “Proud Mary,” Tina’s well-publicized hardships forced her to virtually disappear from the music scene. In the 1970s, she began practicing Buddhism and rebuilt her life by tapping into her spiritual strength. She rose up to recreate her career with a string of megahits, including her 1984 album Private Dancer. In 1986, she published a bestselling memoir, I, Tina, which became the 1993 Academy Award-nominated film What’s Love Got to Do with It. Her follow-up book, My Love Story, was a global success in 2018. One of the world’s most popular entertainers, Tina has sold more concert tickets than any other solo music artist in history. During her 50th Anniversary Tour (2008-2009), she performed for more than a million fans.

  • Living Wabi Sabi

    Synopsis of Living Wabi Sabi

    (by Andrews McMeel Publishing)

    In this beloved book by author Taro Gold, we find easy, practical advice to create the joyful life of our dreams. The beautiful message of Living Wabi Sabi shows us that our hearts already hold everything we need to be happy. This book celebrates the perfectly imperfect uniqueness of you and me and everything. It reveals the joy, creativity, and empowerment of imperfection through a new way of looking at life: the way of Wabi Sabi.

    Living Wabi Sabi helps us to see the beauty in imperfection and to discover that our so-called flaws can also lead us to our greatest strengths and treasures. When we know this fundamental joy here and now, we can reveal the most powerful and positive sides of any trouble, from the smallest of our daily problems to the biggest of life’s adversity. This is an exquisite keepsake and guide to the joy of living that every reader will cherish for years to come.

    Excerpt from Living Wabi Sabi: “Appreciate this and every moment no matter how imperfect, for this moment is your life. When you reject this moment, you reject your life. You don’t have to settle for this moment, you are free to steer a different course, but for now, this moment is yours, so be mindful to make the most of it.”

    Love for Living Wabi Sabi

    A Recommended Read by TIME, Publisher’s Weekly, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and by countless newspapers and magazines around the world.

    “This beautiful book from Taro Gold helps readers see that problems in life are sometimes the source of the greatest personal growth and happiness. It celebrates life’s quirks, problems and blemishes. Gold calls it “the appreciation of the value and beauty of imperfection,” and writes that it is a virtue he learned from his sage Japanese grandmother in Kyoto. In short and beautifully designed chapters, he shares optimistic, common-sense philosophy of finding joy in the present despite our weaknesses, failures and flaws. Throughout the book, carefully selected quotes from great thinkers and world leaders invite readers to transform their defects and difficulties into opportunities for great hope and positive change.” – Jana Reiss, chief reviewer, Publishers Weekly

  • Open Your Mind

    Synopsis of Open Your Mind, Open Your Life

    (by Andrews McMeel Publishing)

    By the time he was in high school, Taro Gold had journeyed to more than two dozen nations. Along the way, he entrusted his feelings, discoveries and cherished quotes to his beloved journals. When he shared favorite passages with friends, their reactions were so warm and deep that he decided to expand upon the passages in local publications. While studying at UCLA, Taro gathered his favorite quotes and insights from those treasured diaries and published them in his first mini-edition of Open Your Mind, Open Your Life. Filled with sage advice on opening your life to its inherent joy, it includes gems such as:

    • Master your past in the present, or the past will master your future.
    • True happiness in life is found always within oneself.
    • As water can carve through stone, those who persevere will win.
    • Turn your face to the sun and shadows will only fall behind you.

    An overnight success, that first little book was soon expanded into a larger second edition. Both versions guide readers along the path to lasting happiness with hundreds of encouraging and uplifting thoughts. Open Your Mind, Open Your Life is richly illustrated with exquisite and original watercolor art. This inspiring collection, recently repackaged as a delightful Box Kit with Fortune Stone, continues to gain fans around the world.

    Love for Open Your Mind, Open Your Life

    A Recommended Read by Publisher’s Weekly, Barnes & Noble, Borders and by more than one hundred newspapers and magazines in North America and Europe.

    “Taro Gold’s creations are a refreshing breeze of loving inspiration and encouragement, flowing through the window of your heart.” – Dr. Deepak Chopra

    “This book will enlighten and ennoble the reader.” – Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and director of the Gandhi Institute

    Open Your Mind, Open Your Life has been published in English, Korean, Hebrew, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.

    Original and Commemorative Editions

    To celebrate the popularity of the original mini edition of Open Your Mind, Open Your Life, a limited edition bookmark charm edition was added to its design on the anniversary of the book’s initial release in 2001. Etched in gold on the emerald green charm is the Chinese character for “Longevity.”

    A limited edition fortune stone box kit was created in 2005 to commemorate the success of all editions of Open Your Mind, Open Your Life around the world. The box kit includes a purple-colored prosperity stone with the word “fortune” etched in gold, a bookmark with inspiring words from Taro Gold on the back, and a small booklet with the most popular excerpts from Open Your Mind, Open Your Life.

  • What Is Love?

    Synopsis of What is Love?

    (by Andrews McMeel Publishing)

    Why is it that love receives less instruction than the average driver’s education class? We don’t learn to drive a car by crashing until we get it right, but this seems to be how we learn about love. In this bestselling book, What Is Love?, Taro Gold offers simple, practical guidance that can steer us through the twists and turns of love. By leading us first to become happy within, Taro offers us empowering advice on creating the love and happiness of our dreams.

    What Is Love? contains three sections:

    1. Love and Illusion: The Outer Path (Searching Through the Fantasy)
    2. Love and Reality: The Inner Path (Finding True Love Within)
    3. Love and Life: The Middle Path (Creating Love and Happiness Now)

    Inspirational quotes are sprinkled throughout the text, enriched by full-color watercolors. Like a sweet box of fine chocolates, it’s a great gift for Valentine’s Day, a wonderful gift to give oneself everyday, or to give a friend to make any day a special day.

    Love for What is Love?

    A Recommended Read by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, and by more than fifty newspaper and magazine reviews across North America.

    “This is a beautiful and enlightening book about love. It is realistic, visionary, and practical, giving readers a better understanding of how they can contribute to the quality and outcome of all their relationships – friendships, work and school interactions, and romantic relationships. Everyone will be challenged, encouraged and enriched by reading it.” – Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of the number-one New York Times best-selling book Get the Love You Want

    What Is Love? is an inspirational handbook to happy, healthy, and fulfilled relationships. Reading it will uplift your spirit, clarify expectations, and open the door to the relationship of your dreams.” —Chérie Carter-Scott, Ph.D., author of the number-one New York Times best-selling book If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules

    What is Love? was awarded the ForeWord Book of the Year Award (Gold Seal / First Place) in the self-help/love category.

  • The Tao of Dad

    Synopsis of The Tao of Dad

    (by Andrews McMeel Publishing)

    The Tao of Dad celebrates the nobility and courage of men—the leaders, the thinkers, the teachers, and the soldiers—who shape our world today. Real words about real life show us how we can be wiser and happier, when we open our hearts and minds.

    Taro Gold’s life has been enriched by the guidance and comradeship of many great dads—from his father and stepfather to his grandpa and great-grandpa. The Tao of Dad is a fountain of insightful gems inspired by these men and many more dads around the world and throughout history.

    Illustrated with bold and stunning watercolor art, this collection of inspiring words offers important lessons and hope-filled visions including:

    • Physical force is temporary, as the body is transitory. But spiritual power is permanent, as the spirit is everlasting. —Mahatma Gandhi
    • Peace, like charity, begins at home. —Franklin D. Roosevelt
    • A day without laughter is a day wasted. —Grandpa

    The Chinese word Tao means “way” and implies “teachings” or “wisdom,” making The Tao of Dad the way to great, wise fathers. With more than 400 uplifting and thought-provoking quotes with Eastern sensibilities, The Tao of Dad will remind readers of the cherished moments, important lessons, and forward-looking visions that they have shared with the favorite men in their lives, dads, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, teachers, coaches, and friends.

    Love for The Tao of Dad

    A Recommended Read by Publishers Weekly, Barnes & Noble, and by more then fifty newspapers across North America.

    “One of the best collections of wisdom I’ve read. Packed with inspiring, sometimes funny, sometimes deeply thought-provoking gems.” – Jana Reiss, chief reviewer, Publishers Weekly

  • The Tao of Mom

    Synopsis of The Tao of Mom

    (by Andrews McMeel Publishing)

    Another of bestselling author Taro Gold’s beautiful creations, The Tao of Mom is a rare jewel of a book, celebrating the timeless theme of mothers’ love with a daily dose of inspiration.

    In The Tao of Mom, Taro Gold shares with us 365 rare and insightful quotations from mother figures around the world, revealing on each page the wisdom, courage, and compassion that define mothers. “Tao” is a Chinese word meaning way or path. The Tao of Mom, then, is literally The Way of Mothers.

    Many of the women celebrated in The Tao of Mom are well-known, while some are not. To further enrich our journey into the thoughts of each motherly figure, background details are included about each woman, such as Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the democratic movement in Myanmar; Maria Montessori, Italian educational reformer; and Abhirupa-Nanda, the great Indian poet—to name only a few.

    Lavishly illustrated, this gem of a book is for you to give to the moms in your life, for moms to give to you, for everyone to give to dads (as a loving reminder of how wise moms can be!) and of course for you to give to yourself. The Tao of Mom is for everyone in need of a daily dose of motherly love, wisdom and encouragement.

    Love for The Tao of Mom

    A Recommended Read by The Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and by more than fifty newspapers across North America.

    “Taro Gold’s book of quotations is centered on mothers, yet this book transcends that category to serve as an enlightening collection of knowledgeable sayings for anyone. Taro presents hundreds of quotations, ranging in length from three words to three sentences. The subjects encompass every aspect of daily life, and all readers will find inspiration and thought-provoking wisdom in its pages. Printed on an array of brightly colored patterns, this palm-sized volume makes a lovely gift.” – Jana Reiss, chief reviewer, Publishers Weekly