The Church of 80% Sincerity [NOOK Book]

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The Church of 80% Sincerity shares the inspiring, poignant, wickedly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking story of motivational speaker David Roche's journey from shame to self-acceptance. Born with a severe facial deformity, David has had a life that's been anything but easy. Still, over time he's learned to accept his gifts as well as his flaws, and to see that, sometimes, they are one and the same.

In this compelling book, he shares his ...
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The Church of 80% Sincerity

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Overview

The Church of 80% Sincerity shares the inspiring, poignant, wickedly funny, and sometimes heartbreaking story of motivational speaker David Roche's journey from shame to self-acceptance. Born with a severe facial deformity, David has had a life that's been anything but easy. Still, over time he's learned to accept his gifts as well as his flaws, and to see that, sometimes, they are one and the same.

In this compelling book, he shares his hard-earned lessons, providing an irresistible and unforgettable glimpse of his (and everyone's) inner beauty and worth, and offers profound encouragement in dealing with whatever life brings.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Starred Review …powerful little book that's part memoir, part inspirational handbook. For Roche (now in his 60s), being himself has meant coming to terms with a face so severely disfigured by a benign congenital tumor that he's been spat at and called a monster. A performer and motivational speaker, Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap. He's well aware that people find him inspiring, but he doesn't try to hide his flaws, and that makes him more inspiring.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013679511
  • Publisher: David Roche
  • Publication date: 1/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 714,498
  • File size: 390 KB

Meet the Author

David Roche is an inspirational humorist, motivational speaker, and performer. He has performed his signature one-man show, The Church of 80% Sincerity, across the United States and Canada, and in England, New Zealand, Australia and Russia. He has also appeared at the Clinton White House and headlined at the Sydney Olympics Arts Festival in Australia. David has been featured in four films, including Shameless, a 2006 feature-length documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, and has spoken to many universities, organizations and corporate clients.

David was born in Hammond, Indiana, the eldest of seven children. His sixteen years of Roman Catholic education included four years studying to be a priest. David graduated magna cum laude from Saint Joseph's College with a BA in philosophy.

The Church of 80% Sincerity is David's first book and is based on his signature one-man show of the same title. He and his wife, Marlena Blavin, live on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia and in Marin County, California.
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  • Posted April 26, 2012

    Many reasons to read this book!

    As a big fan of David Roche's stage work, I was thrilled to learn that he has authored a book. The Church of 80% Sincerity lives up to all expectations - it's smart, funny, honest, inspiring, edgy, heartbreaking and powerful. A line in the Publisher's Weekly review says it well: 'Roche is frank and witty and incapable of resorting to sentimental pap.'

    This book is both personal and universal. For those of us who sometimes feel that we don't 'fit in' or struggle with self-acceptance, Roche's take on living with a severely disfigured face is heartening, hopeful and, oddly enough, offers real, practical guidance. And in the process of sharing his slightly skewed perspective on what it means to be human, Roche completely reframes the disability paradigm. He doesn't 'overcome' his challenge, living with a non-conforming face, instead he integrates the experience into his larger human self, and gets on with life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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