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July/August 2013

Our July/August online book discussion will be based upon Renée Peterson Trudeau's book Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life.

To join the discussion, please click here to be taken to the GoodReads website.

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family touches upon API's Eighth Parenting Principle: Personal and Family Balance. What I loved about this book is that it really went to the heart of things in a very friendly manner that was gentle and thought-provoking. She had you do little meditations at the beginning to help frame your mind for the discussion and gave you exercises at the end to put into practice what you learned. This is one of the few family balance books out there that seemed to fit in with the attachment parenting lifestyle we so value.

A message from Renée on why she wrote this book, as well as her bio:

Why I wrote the book:

My mom suffered from clinical depression and I grew up navigating a lot of chaos and uncertainty (part of this was due to coming from a family of nine). I never knew what to expect day-to-day and feelings of peace and harmony seemed fleeting and far between. My emotional well-being was entirely dependent on what was going on around me. I was never taught that it's possible to tap into or experience inner peace even in the midst of disequilibrium and chaos. Nurturing the Soul of Your Family teaches parents an invaluable skill: to anchor within themselves and that they can experience happiness, harmony and well-being, even in the midst of mayhem.


Interesting bio:

Image removed.Renée Peterson Trudeau is an internationally-recognized life balance teacher/speaker and president of Career Strategists. Raised by spiritual seekers, Renée is the oldest of seven Montessori-inspired children. Growing up in Northern California, she attended a yoga school based on the teachings of Parmahansa Yogananada, rode horses bareback and hiked in the vast wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and learned stained glass window-making and philosophy from the Bhagavad-Gita . Her clients include Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Ernst and Young and national women's organizations/conferences and her work has appeared in The New York Times, US News and World Report, Good Housekeeping and more. She is the author of the award-winning The Mother's Guide to Self-Renewal: How to Reclaim, Rejuvenate and Re-Balance Your Life and Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life (March 2013). Thousands of women in more than eight countries are joining and being trained to lead Personal Renewal Groups based on her work. Renée is on the faculty of Kripalu Center for Yoga & Wellness and Esalen Institute and she speaks and leads life balance workshops/retreats for corporations, conferences and organizations worldwide. She lives in Austin with her husband and son. Visit and for more info, or connect with Renée's Facebook community at Also, read Renée's blog "Live Inside Out" at for more tips and insight from Renée.

Why I do the work I do: