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Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Unbinding the Heart invites us on an inspiring journey of inner exploration to reconnect with our true selves.
Born in Greece, a country that celebrates life, Agapi Stassinopoulos learned the essential truths of happiness through the examples of wisdom, caring, playfulness, and generosity she saw all around her, starting with her own mother. She came to realize that we are
Paperback, 216 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Hay House, Inc. (first published February 1st 2012)
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Finally finished. She doesn't break any ground, but she does have some good reminders here and there. The problem is she's so enamored of herself and her wisdom and she has such an insatiable need for attention that you're tired just reading about her; she must be exhausting to be around. ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
It is very seldom that I read a book and think "Everyone I know would both enjoy and benefit from this work." Agapi Stassinopoulos' "Unbinding the Heart" is just such a book.

Stassinopoulos shares 32 short stories and one poem in this book, which is actually a memoir of sorts. She talks about a number of life lessons she learned from her Greek family (in particular her mother) and, along the way, shares ideas about reconnecting with one's true self. So many people have found that their true desir
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful, thought provoking book. I completely enjoyed this novel. As other readers have expressed, I couldn't put it down. I lost myself while reading.
Unbinding the Heart is a perfect title. We could all use a little unbinding at times.

This is the book you should give to friends as a gift. Everyone has stress in their lives, especially with today's economy and problems. We can all learn from Agapi's
words and experiences.
Be good to yourself, while getting this for friends, don't forget
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I could give more than 5 stars I would. This book is life changing!
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, self-help
I got this at a women's conference and thought for sure it would be a flip through and donate--but then somewhere around the middle it took a turn for the (somewhat) profound. Or, given the amount of time it took me to read this, she just happened to catch me at a less cynical time.

Her book is a series of short parables, taken from her own life, with maxims either directly in the chapter title or at the end. Sometimes they're in both places. The beginning is more autobiographical, and when you a
Jenalee Paige
“Unbinding the Heart” was a mix of getting to know about Agapi Stassinopoulos and compelling ways to overcome life’s challenges. This book has many of Agapi’s experiences told in such a way that it inspires and motivates the reader to foster a better understanding of what life is all about.

Beautifully written, this book is one that reads fast and is hard to put down. The reader will enjoy traveling with the author from Greece, London, California, and New York as Agapi goes through her life less
Ashu Kandam
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The purchase of this book was very instant for me. I am happy the decision I made and would recommend this book. This book has incidents, stories and an exposure to the Greek culture which was enticing for me to read. I completely enjoyed reading the book because it was an opportunity I felt forgotten to reconnect the wires to oneself.
Reading this book has been completely easing, relaxing. I always enjoyed especially on my weekends with some coffee I felt was being part of the talks incidents, a
A lovely read, at just the right time. "Unbinding the Heart" is the perfect mix of memoir and life lessons.

Agapi Stassinopoulos is the younger sister of Arianna Huffington. I saw Agapi speak in June 2013, and she is a fabulous, dynamic speaker. Through this book, she offers insight into her life and the lessons learned along the way. Her mother is present in every chapter, and it sounds like she was a truly remarkable woman. Very grateful to have received a copy of this book at S.H.E. Summit.
Yeah so either I'm super cynical, or just not into self-help books, or both, but I found the author's voice SUPER ANNOYING!! I thought it'd be this great book with uplifting advice, quotes and yummy Greek recipes thrown in. I've spent some time in Greece, and it's one of my favorite places. A place to relax, learn and eat, but I felt the author(based in the US) skimmed over difficult processes and tied up loose ends too easily. Glad I read it, but don't know how much of the advice I'll take into ...more
One sitting, 2 hours total. Done. Agapi has a way with words, that makes you say that's me, that's me. You will love her story, her mom's words of wisdom will stay with you forever. Unbinding your heart, what does that mean? Read this book, you will be touched forever.

"Take care of your capital" --- so many other brilliant words of wisdom in this book. What an excellent gift for all the women in your life.

Make sure you go online and check out Agapi's website, --

Fiona Tuite
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this is like having a hot chocolate with your best friend. She is such a gorgeous story teller, and beautifully authentic. I didn't want this book to end. I feel like I have a new friend, and when I meet her one day I know I'll hug her inappropriately and she will love it. Enjoy this truly fabulous book. ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow .. This book is like a warm hug. It inspires you, moves you makes you think and mostly makes you feel like you want to live. Agapi shares her stories that is somewhat connects with all of us in someway or another. This book will make you want to love yourself and people around you. It is a great book.

It is such well written book that i cam up to a point that i never wanted it to end.
Arminda Lindsay
In a beautifully subtle way, Agapi teaches without teaching, as she shares stories and memories of her Greek upbringing and how the lessons her mother so gorgeously lived impacted and informed the way she now interprets the world around her.

I listened to the audio version read by Agapi and it's beautiful to hear the stories with the author's own inflections.
Deborah Hart
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written book about her life, and living more fully. I found her descriptions of her mother and father's relationship, her love for them, and her experiences when they died, deeply moving. But there's also many, many more riches here. I was halfway through the book when I realised Arianna Huffington is her sister. They are both excellent writers. ...more
A series of short stories, each with its own message to share. I highlighted lots of passages that provide great insights on how to live life in the moment. I had the pleasure of listening to Agapi in person. What a beautiful, outgoing lady
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a lovely compilation of life lessons shared in the form of charming short stories from the author's life. It's a nice mix of memoir, insight, and inspiration with a handful of Greek goddesses sprinkled on top. ...more
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Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful book. Tremendously powerful in a light way. Love is present in every line.
Jim Schroer
Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous story of the Pursuit of Happiness, done the right way!
Alexa Carlin
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A must read
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful short chapters. Wise messages
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice book about how to really live. Nice, feel-good book!
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a book worth giving! It’s lighthearted with practical wisdom from Agapi’s upbringing and life experiences. Little jewels of wisdom from her unique perspective.
Marie Therrien
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book !
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AGAPI STASSINOPOULOS is a best-selling author and speaker who inspires audiences around the world. In her previous book, Unbinding the Heart: A Dose of Greek Wisdom, Generosity, and Unconditional Love, she shares the wisdom from her life’s adventures and experiences. In her new book, Wake Up to the Joy of You: 52 Meditations and Practices for a Calmer, Happier Life, she takes readers on a journey ...more

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