The Tiny Buddha Book, Bonus Gifts, and Win a Kindle or DSLR Camera

UPDATE: Please note that the pre-order bonus promotion described in this blog post ended on December 8, 2011.

This is a post that’s been a year and a half in the making, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally write these words!

Today is the official pre-order launch day for my first print book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, and I have some exciting promotions to share with you!

In this post you’ll find:

-Information about Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions

-A description of the pre-order bonuses (totaling more than $150 in value) that you will receive if you purchase between now and December 8, 2011

-Instructions to enter the “Life’s Hard Questions” contest for a chance to win:

  • A Canon DSLR Camera
  • 1 of 2 Kindles, each with a free digital version of my book
  • 1 of 10 free hard copies of my book

About Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions

You may have previously seen information about my eBook, Tiny Buddha’s Handbook for Peace and Happiness. This is a compilation of my most popular posts from the first year of the site, and it’s only available as a digital product.

Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions is entirely original, available both in print and as an eBook, distributed through Conari Press. And it started as a collaborative project.

Last year, I asked @tinybuddha Twitter followers a number of challenging questions, including “What’s the meaning of life?” “What does it take to be happy?” and “How can you make each day count?

I received more than 1,000 tweeted responses, and narrowed them down to 200 that form the backbone of this book. Tiny Buddha is a combination of their insightful answers, stories from my life, and lessons from wise teachers around the world and throughout time.

I wrote this book because I lived much of my life feeling paralyzed by pain and uncertainty. While there is much that may always be unknown, we can still empower ourselves to live peaceful, purposeful lives based on what we do know.

The Pre-Order Bonuses

Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, will ship from Amazon on December 8, 2011 (and will be available in stores by January 1, 2012).

Anyone who pre-orders my book before or on December 8, 2011, will receive the following bonus items (for a total value of more than $150):

1. Love for No Reason Workbook, by Marci Shimoff, bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason

Included in the Love for No Reason Workbook are the Love for No Reason Self-Assessment, 14 Love for No Reason Exercises, and Love Quotes from Love for No Reason.

2. Seeing with New Eyes, an eCourse from Tara Sophia Mohr of Wise Living

Seeing With New Eyes is a 15-day journey to waking up to the goodness and possibility of your life as it is now. You’ll learn 15 simple, easy to use practices that help you experience more daily joy.

3. Simplify Your Life with Balance Workbook, by Anastasiya Goers of Balance In Me

Through the Simplify Your Life with Balance Workbook you’ll learn to simplify from the inside out for a more balanced, peaceful life.

4. Live Happily Ever After Now Workbook, by Dani of Positively Present

Live Happily Ever After Now is a compilation of tips, tricks, articles, and exercises that will
help you stay present in your everyday life.

5. 2012 Goal Setting and Action Workbook, by Scott Dinsmore of Live Your Legend

Use the 2012 Goal Setting and Action Workbook to get crystal clear on your goals and the action steps required to make them happen.

6. The Jewel of Awakening, Teachings and Meditations on Natural Freedom from Sounds True

Is true spiritual awakening possible for each one of us? Explore this question with The Jewel of Awakening, a collection of inspired contemplations and reflections from five leading Sounds True authors as they investigate the potential that is always available in this very moment.

7. Meditation Music from Sounds True

An invitation to still the mind and open the heart.

8. Sample package of mindfulness MP3s from More Than Sound, including tracks from Relax and Awake at the Wheel

Includes tracks for stress reduction, mindful driving, training the brain, and knowing your emotions.

9. Spirit Junkie Meditations from Gabrielle Bernstein, bestselling author of Spirit Junkie

Includes meditations for honoring yourself, healing challenging relationships, and releasing attachment.

UPDATE: Please note the pre-order promotion ended on December 8th.

The “Life’s Hard Questions” Contest

To support my book launch, I decided to host a fun, creative contest around the question:

What’s the hardest question in your life?

The prizes for this contest include:

  • 1 Canon DSLR Camera (approximately $500 in value)
  • 2 Amazon Kindles (each with a free digital copy of my book, approximately $100 in value for each)
  • 10 hard copies of my book (approximately $16.95 in value)

To enter, all you need to do is take a photo of yourself displaying the hardest question in your life. Your question might be about love, happiness, forgiveness, meaning, money, social change, religion, politics—anything that you’ve struggled to answer.

There aren’t many rules for the photo—just that you must be in it, and your question cannot include profanity, nudity, or other people.

You can feature your question in any way. You could write it on a piece of paper and hold it, or do something more creative, like:

  • Write it on a chalkboard
  • Use a stick to draw it in the sand at the beach
  • Paint it on a canvas
  • Write it on an Etch A Sketch

 What matters is that you communicate your question, but creativity is a good thing!

How to Submit a Photo

You can submit your photo using the entry form provided on lifeshardquestions.com, where the photos will show in a slideshow. Please note that there is only one photo entry allowed per person. Be sure to read the official rules—you’ll need to agree to them when you submit!

The Contest Deadline

The contest will run for approximately two months. You can submit a photo any time between now and January 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. This project may continue beyond that date, but any photos submitted after then will not count as entries to the contest.

The Winners

Though creativity is encouraged, the winners will not be selected by judging or voting. Everyone who submits a photo will be eligible to win one of the prizes. The winners will be chosen by a random drawing n January 16, 2012.

Need a little inspiration? One of these photos may help get your creative juices flowing (and yes, the first one is me):

You can also view the early submissions in the slideshow at lifeshardquestions.com.

Thank you

This is a big day not only for Tiny Buddha, but for me personally. I appreciate that because of this site and your support, I had the opportunity to publish this book. I also appreciate that some of you contributed tweets for inclusion. It wouldn’t be a Tiny Buddha book if it didn’t include reflections from the community.

Lastly, I appreciate that you bring such kind, loving energy here. I’ve had insightful, heart-opening conversations with many of you, through comments and through emails, and that’s why I do this. Every one of those exchanges matter to me—thank you for being a friend. 🙂

About Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She started the site after struggling with depression, bulimia, c-PTSD, and toxic shame so she could recycle her former pain into something useful and inspire others do the same. She recently created the Breaking Barriers to Self-Care eCourse to help people overcome internal blocks to meeting their needs—so they can feel their best, be their best, and live their best possible life. If you’re ready to start thriving instead of merely surviving, you can learn more and get instant access here.

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