Accidental Courage: Finding Out I'm a Bit Brave After All [NOOK Book]

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Are you scared? Are you afraid of public speaking, heights, flying, change, or any number of inexplicable things?

You're not alone. The level of fear in this country has never been higher than it is right now. But it isn't run-through-the-streets-screaming fear. It's not terror. Rather, this new fear is quiet and relentless. It's 3:00-a.m. fear—a strange sound from who knows where, a shadow, a feeling, a dread that has you pinned to the bed, ...
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Accidental Courage: Finding Out I'm a Bit Brave After All

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Overview

Are you scared? Are you afraid of public speaking, heights, flying, change, or any number of inexplicable things?

You're not alone. The level of fear in this country has never been higher than it is right now. But it isn't run-through-the-streets-screaming fear. It's not terror. Rather, this new fear is quiet and relentless. It's 3:00-a.m. fear—a strange sound from who knows where, a shadow, a feeling, a dread that has you pinned to the bed, waiting, praying, wondering what's out there and whether you're next. It's as pervasive as night itself. It's the futile struggle against the unidentifiable that causes helplessness. Indeed, the majority of those with fear will never try to confront or conquer it. Instead, they'll make excuses and apologies, and just learn to live with it.

Joe Kita was like that. He was functional, successful, for all intents and purposes normal. But the older he got, the more he felt plagued by worries and fears and doubts, some of which he could barely admit to himself. He saw his future contracting instead of expanding. And he finally decided to do something about it. He gave himself one year and set out to face his 12 biggest fears—not from the safety of some psychiatrist's couch but out in the real world. His goal was to discover, once and for all, what he was so damn afraid of—the mother of all fears.

Here's a sampling of what he did: Drove a beat-up wreck in a demolition derby. Engaged in an airborne dogfight. Chased twisters in Tornado Alley. Served as a target for an aging knife thrower. Performed a stand-up-comedy routine before a raucous audience. Spent the night with Lizzie Borden. Went into solitary confinement at an abandoned prison.

From the fear of ghosts to the fear of death, from the fear of flying to the fear of being alone, from the fear of public speaking to the fear of car accidents and even the fear of God, Joe Kita faced it all. His is a journey of humiliation and heroism, of embarrassment and enlightenment, of absurdity and, ultimately, appreciation. It is a tale that is as full of wisdom as of wit, as profound as it is, at times, pathetic. You will be fascinated, and at the same time, you will find inspiration, laughter, and courage.
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Editorial Reviews

psychotherapist and author of Embracing Fear - Thom Rutledge
Accidental Courage is truly a unique book. Joe Kita spent a year walking toward and through 12 of his own personal hells, and he has emerged a wiser man. The good news is that we can become wiser by simply reading this intelligent, insightful, and cleverly written book.
associate clinical professor at UCLA School of Medicine - Robert Maurer, Ph.D.
Fear is the most basic and powerful emotion in the brain, and Accidental Courage is a powerful journey through this landscape. Joe Kita's heart and humor guide us towards creative and healthy strategies to engage and walk through our fears.
author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway - Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.
In this delightfully entertaining and enlightening book, Joe Kita has won my heart and, I suspect, the heart of every other person who reads it. Be prepared...Accidental Courage may be just what you need to give you the push to change your life!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940148127949
  • Publisher: Joseph Kita
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

JOE KITA has been a professional journalist for more than three decades. He has authored six books, written for numerous national magazines including Men’s Health and Reader’s Digest, taught writing at Lehigh University, launched magazines in such diverse places as Korea and Kazakhstan, and appeared on Oprah, Montel, Charlie Rose, CNN and other programs.

Joe specializes in writing about health and wellness. Since 2007, he has been splitting his time between his home office in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and teaching memoir writing and yoga for Crystal Cruises. He and his wife, Maria, have sailed around the world six times. For more information visit www.josephkita.com and www.kitayoga.com.
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