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Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,498 ratings  ·  198 reviews
From the powerhouse Mind Body Green calls "the Brené Brown of Wonder" comes a self-help book that will reframe the way we look at ourselves and the world, and help us reach our full potential.

"Amber Rae is the Elizabeth Gilbert of her generation." —Stacy London, New York Times bestselling author of The Truth about Style

WONDER is what we’re born with.
WORRY is what we learn.
Hardcover, 235 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Wednesday Books
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Brittany My opinion is that it's better for a high school/college-aged person, but 12 might be too young. While the book is uplifting and encouraging, Amber Ra…moreMy opinion is that it's better for a high school/college-aged person, but 12 might be too young. While the book is uplifting and encouraging, Amber Rae curses a lot, and covers topics like her father's death, drug abuse, and lust/cheating that might be a bit mature for a 12 year old. The encouragement is also aimed at older people, using examples about entrepreneurs who didn't actually want to have started a business, and other similar "adult problems" that might not be as relatable or helpful to someone in middle school.(less)

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Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giveaways
Choose Wonder Over Worry... Amber Rae's autobiographical journal, NOT a book to help you live with more wonder. As an autobiography, this book has the start of a fantastic outline. Amber's personal story is fascinating; it's brave of her to share her struggles.

As a self-help book, it does remind readers how precious our one life is. Amber used the following (too many!) Worry Myths to explain how we refrain from living with wonder: SHOULD, FEAR, SELF-DOUBT, PROCRASTINATION, STRESSED OUT, UNCERTAI
Farhad Attaie
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW. Amber Rae’s honesty and transparency in sharing her story is both confronting and inspiring. I'm more honest and true in my own life and writing because of her. Through her journey she allows us to reveal our own journey's - our struggles, our pain, our mistakes, our triumphs - with others in a way that allows them to be real too. Thank you for going there and entrusting your story with the reader. I am certain that we need books like this to inspire generations to come to be real, true, ho ...more
Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, thanks to some personal stuff in my life lately, I've been on a self-help kick, so when I saw this one and read the blurb (and saw that it wasn't too long), I asked for an ARC. And I'm glad I did. While this book isn't extremely life-changing or chock full of advice, it was engaging and thought-provoking and really drives home the point that our perspective drives our happi
Leigh Ann
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helpful for those willing to recognize, confront, and accept their own flaws.

Other reviews express displeasure at the personal nature of Choose Wonder over Worry, but they seem to miss the point: Amber Rae attempts to show how she was and how she came to be. Her examples, anecdotes, and revelations are meant to show us that we're not alone, just as she's not alone, and that everyone can use the tools and tips she demonstrates in the book.

She's not dictating, she's guiding, and without personal
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
I chose this book because of the brightly colored cover and because the title implied it would help me with my anxiety. In truth, this book was like most personal growth books I've read recently. The advice is good, but it mostly comes from various other sources (Julia Cameron, Elizabeth Gilbert, Seth Godin, Oprah Winfrey, Brene Brown, etc.) and is compiled in one place. I liked the chapter titles, which gave examples of problems we deal with. I think this book would appeal to a younger audience ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley, self-help
As a 'self-help' book, this didn't really do a lot for me. It's more like a load of anecdotal essays from the author about her experiences, interspersed with some 'motivational' quotes which seem to be the extent of the 'self-help' bit. Admittedly the anecdotes help to apply some of the guidance, but I certainly wouldn't have marketed this as a self-help book. If I had bought this with that belief in mind, I would have been sorely disappointed. ...more
Nov 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Calling Amber Rae the Elizabeth Gilbert of Millennials is an insult to millennials and Elizabeth Gilbert. I came, I read, and I left...underwhelmed. If you're looking for REAL self improvement, look at the people she quoted all along. They are surely much more qualified, educated, and wise than the "advice" I got from this book.

Speaking of which, what is this book even? It's a bastard memoir that wanted to be self help and the only one who is actually receiving help is the author. Sure, she may
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
In my opinion, something about this book is not right. The intention behind it and the topic being tackled is a big issue nowadays for people everywhere, but as someone who had high levels of anxiety it before, I know this book wouldn't do much for me. Amber starts with a preface that sounds a bit promising stating that she wants to write a book that would make "people" upset but the whole book just sounds like ongoing rambling.Nothing in this book is new or innovative comparing to what has been ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
(2.5 stars) I swear I just read this book, and it was called Girl, Wash Your Face. Most of the time I was reading this I was thinking "Oh hey, she read Brene Brown and repackaged it with fun fonts" Bonus half star for the journal prompts. Maybe I'm just old and grumpy and need a book called "When Your Passion Won't Pay the Bills" ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
**I received this book via Goodreads Giveaway.***

I've been following Amber Rae for many many years (I want to say since 2009 or 2010?) and have enjoyed witnessing (and been deeply inspired by) the unfolding of her entrepreneurial and creative journey over the years. This book details much of that. It is clear from reading this book that she is someone who out there "in the arena" living the creative process every day. It's also clear that she spends time with many inspiring artists and entrepren
Stephanie Thoma
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amber Rae writes in a way that mirrors the self-doubt I've felt, with the pragmatic reasons why your dream or goal won't work, you're not qualified, etc. and then SHUTS IT DOWN. This book is a friendly reminder to lead with curiosity (logic) or wonder (emotion) versus worry and doubt. Her illustrations and journal prompts are open-ended and ripe for getting some clarity and her personal stories really drew me in, knowing she was opening herself up vulnerably by sharing some things she could be j ...more
Nov 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
This was a memoir written by someone who just wanted to say they wrote a book. The author spent the entire book trying to prove that it was necessary and "brave" of her to write a book. However, this book did not have much substance or credibility. The book felt like a compilation of other peoples' quotes and ideas sprinkled among some personal stories that didn't always feel genuine. The constant use of expletives took away from the message as well. The entire message could have been condensed ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time finishing this book. The author has her heart in the right place but the book didn't seem to have much substance to it and wasn't very helpful. Maybe for a younger (teenage) audience it would do better. I didn't feel like I learned anything new to help me and the information was covered in a more engaging way in other self help books. ...more
Sep 16, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
What this book is: a sort of memoir where she talks of her experiences, a lot of quotes from other people who have written self help books, a small space for journaling some ideas.

What this book isn’t: a self help book, anything to do with anxiety/worry, a solution to a problem.

Where I stopped: I made it to Part 2 but only because I was listening on audio during a walk.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now I feel like this is the kind of book I’ll need when I get older and get a job. I fear that when I grow up, mental problems will take action and throw way too many knives at me. I’m glad to have it in case! And this book stays on topic on how to solves problems really well, too!
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok

It felt like I was reading a very long inspirational poster about "Hanging In There" and "Perseverance". No real depth and emotional connection to the book.
Teri Temme
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. Motivating. Must read. Often 😊
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Goodreads through a giveaway, but my thoughts are my own..

I liked this book. It had it's moments that made me roll my eyes and moments when it told me exactly what I needed to hear.

When I first started this book, a lot resonated with me. I always ask myself what would happen if I put myself out there and get rejected. Do I have enough experience? That person over there is better than me because blah blah. Reading Gilbert’s same doubts felt refreshing and real, like I w
Cassius Cassidy
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The end is the beginning.

Phenomenal book my friend. As one of the back quotes says this is a book “you buy copies for all the people you care about.” So. Much. Vulnerability. That shows your truth and how to live in the tension. This book will sit with me for a long time. Thank you for writing this and sharing it with the world.

I remember meeting Amber while walking by her office in South Park in San Francisco several years ago. I've always been captivated by Amber's sense of wonder...her storie
Jess Macallan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspiration
This is the kind of book I would recommend for someone who needs the reminder that they're worthy, capable, and should get out of their own way to make magic happen (so basically everyone). I appreciated the supportive tone and journaling exercises. I'm easily bored with journaling exercises in most self-help books because they frequently come across as contrived. This book is different, and the prompts and graphics were simple, powerful, and focused. Two exercises readers will find especially h ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I follow Amber Rae on Instagram, so I thought I'd check out her new book. I like the overall concept of choosing wonder over worry (my default is worry HAHA), and I was hoping for some tips on how to actually DO that. Unfortunately, there was a lot of advice that works great in little sound bites (and looks pretty made into graphics on Instagram) but aren't really a how-to. The cute journal pages written in fancy script felt a bit like filler. Other reviewers were bothered by her stories and fel ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something I love about this book is how it so cleverly speaks to the many worries and fears that hold us all back from being more bold with making choices in our life - the choices that often make all the difference to us either living a life of 'meh' or a life of 'ahhhh yeah.' Amber presents her work as an artist and storyteller often does - with interesting and captivating anecdotes that allow for the reader to reflect and relate with ease. I'm only half way through and already excited to see ...more
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mindset
I followed Amber Rae's blog online for soooo long and even e-mailed her one day to tell her she should write a book - I'm sure I was one of many. Here is that long-awaited book. There are so many valuable messages inside that I think everyone needs to hear & be reminded of (even if they think they already know it). I see myself in her stories, many I have finally outgrown and got on the other side of, and some I am still holding on to out of fear. A good read for anyone who is holding themselve ...more
Jamie Alger
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book gave me ALL the feelings. It's healing. It's inspiring. It made me dig deep and feel truly seen. It's one of those rare ones that you highlight all over the place, can't wait to get back to and don't want to end. I have a feeling I'll keep flipping it open over the years for gems of inspiration and wisdom. Amber Rae takes you into the world of emotions and helps you navigate your way to greater freedom and truth. ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway. While the book does focus more on the author's personal journey, I think there was a lot of advice that could be applied to anyone. We all have a choice to make as to how we live our lives and this book has some good thoughts and worksheets as to how we can best apply ourselves and be happy. ...more
Amanda Russell
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It was a fairly easy read and I felt very inspired after reading it. I really enjoyed Amber's ability to weave her personal trials, successes, and failures into advice and inspiration for others. ...more
Glenn Stenquist
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining and informative. A good self help tune up for everyone.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
Thank you for the free, advanced copy! I just couldn't get into this book. ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I saw Amber Rae speak at the Watermark conference and wanted to know more. Turns out she covered it all.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amber Rae (aka @heyamberrae) is a speaker, artist, “guinea pig for self-discovery,” and the author of Choose Wonder Over Worry.

Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with bite-size aha moments, and has reached over 5 million people in 195 countries. Her public art has spread to over twenty countries, and she's spoken to and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple, Amazon, and Unile

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