Balanced books 2016 Christmas gift ideas


In 2016 we’ve interviewed some fantastic authors and three of our talented coaches have just released new books, so here is our Christmas book gift guide:

(Note: You can buy these books using the links at the bottom of the post or by clicking on the cover image)



Lyndall Mitchell and Shannah Kennedy
Chaos to Calm – take control with confidence

Lyndall Mitchell and Shannah Kennedy are two of our favourite people. They are insightful, kind, generous and caring individuals and we’ve interviewed them for Balance, shared their Life Coaching courses with you and we recently took Lyndall along as a special guest on our inaugural food, wine and wellness Balance cruise.

Lyndall and Shannah are experts at helping you find wellness and order in your life so it’s no surprise that this book is going to change your life if you are stressed, out of control, overwhelmed or suffering from low self-confidence.

In Chaos to Calm, Shannah and Lyndall offer you a simple step-by-step approach to taking charge and living a more fulfilling life.

Packed with advice, tools and exercises that will show you how to switch off, reach your potential and achieve your goals, this book will enable you to thrive and live each day with confidence!

Find out more about Shannah Kennedy HERE and check out her online life coaching course, SIMPLIFY, STRUCTURE, SUCCEED  exclusive to Balance.

Or watch Deborah’s interview with the delightful Lyndall Mitchell HERE and get enrolled in her online course for Wellness HERE.

Holifest by Noni Boon

Noni Boon

Author and Balance life coach Noni Boon has passion for changing the world and encouraging others to do the same. In Holifest, Noni offers an easy, two-ingredient recipe to follow to initiate self-growth, build strength of character, and achieve abundance in all areas of your life while evolving into what you can become.
Abbreviated from holistic-manifest, Noni describes Holifest as the power and force that rockets “manifest” to “magnifest.” Noni has designed an effective, accurate, and holistic way to manifest through developing greater strength of character and establishing a deeper knowledge of self. Holifest is built on a list of twenty-one specially selected virtues that you will discover and develop in yourself to enhance your mind, body, and soul.

Holifest gives you the creativity, courage, and confidence to transform into your next best magnificent self, move up to what you can become, and begin living your greatest life yet. When you change yourself, you change your world.

Find out more about Noni Boon HERE or enrol for her Online Life Coaching Course HERE.


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Lorraine Murphy
Remarkability: Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Be so good they can’t ignore you. How to succeed at business and life by one of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs and founder of The Remarkables Group.

Success isn’t made up of huge leaps forward, but instead small repetitive actions completed each day. These small steps eventually lead to great achievements in the pursuit of your goals.

This book is an inspiring look at the lessons Lorraine has learned during her entrepreneurship journey – through study, trial and error; the strategies she has developed and the habits she religiously follows.

Be remarkable in work and life, following the advice of one of Australia’s most exciting thought leaders.

Read also: The remarkable Lorraine Murphy and her remarkable book


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Michelle Bridges
Make It Happen: Live Your Best Life 

The difference between the life you want and the life you have is YOU!

So what are you waiting for?

Michelle Bridges knows what it feels like to face your fears, chase your dreams and handle setbacks – she’s been there too and has come out stronger through self-belief, hard work and having a plan.

The girl from Newcastle who is now one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs shares what she’s learnt on her own journey, providing real solutions to everyday challenges with her toolkits of insightful advice and practical life lessons. Whether you want to get a new job, find a partner, lose weight or buy a house, she’ll help you break down the barriers that block the path to reaching your goals. Michelle is a champion of change, encouraging small positive actions every day that empower you to be the best version of yourself.

‘When you know what it is that you are destined to do and you start planning for it, acting on it, believing in it, living it, pursuing it with gritted-teeth, clenched-butt determination, making sacrifices for it and backing yourself all the way, your future changes. Nothing is ever the same again.’

Read also: Michelle Bridges on making things happen



Rick Stein
Rick Stein’s Long Weekends

Cadiz, Palermo, Copenhagen and more… Rick Stein goes in search of good food in fabulous locations, and all of them just a quick hop, skip and a jump from the UK.

Rick Stein’s Long Weekends will accompany the second half of the BBC One series, airing in Autumn 2016.

Watch: Rick Stein’s 19 books and counting on seafood


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Indira Naidoo
The Edible City: Grow Cook Share

A look at some truly creative and unique urban gardening solutions, along with practical tips and recipes

When Indira Naidoo transformed her tiny 13th-floor balcony into a bountiful kitchen garden, it changed her life forever. She joined the quiet revolution rolling through our cities—the army of urban gardeners turning concrete into crops, and harvests into hope. She also came to realize that gardening spaces in cities are limited only by the imagination.

Join Indira as she visits some of Australia’s most innovative and memorable kitchen gardens—the audacious garden in the sky providing a haven (and honey) for homeless visitors, the school bush-tucker garden reconnecting Indigenous kids with their heritage, the rooftop worm farm combating food waste at a Melbourne restaurant, and the community gardens bringing neighbors together to share meals and stories.

Indira also offers gardening tips and practical advice on beekeeping, worm farming, composting and setting up your own community garden, as well as 40 of her delicious recipes. Includes dual measures.

Read also: Indira Naidoo’s ‘grow, cook, share’ philosophy


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Neil Perry
Spice Temple

Spice Temple is a collection of renowned chef Neil Perry’s signature recipes from his restaurant of the same name, honed after eating his way across China and years of experience mastering the balance of flavours and textures that Chinese cuisine offers.

Neil Perry’s love of Chinese food – first eating it, and then cooking it – goes back to his earliest memories. Since then, he has dedicated himself to mastering its unique balance of flavours and textures, culminating in the Spice Temple journey.

Here, in seductive and sultry surroundings, diners experience fiery heat, silken coolness and numbing spice. From signature pickles that fire up the appetite to classic yum cha dumplings, three-shot chicken, and flathead drowned in heaven-facing chillies and Sichuan peppercorns, these are the authentic tastes of regional China.

Read also: Neil Perry talks about his latest book Spice Temple

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Cynthia Morton
Four Seasons of the Heart

Cynthia’s quartet of books is designed to comfortably reside as a complete calendar year resource in a sleeve and can be purchased as a complete set or as individual books.

Each book, Anger, Change, Sadness and Growth offers advice and inspiration for how to weather each of life’s unrelenting emotional seasons. There are approximately 90 topics per book, therefore 365 days of help.

Read also: Four Seasons of the Heart – a new book by Cynthia Morton


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Anna Bligh
Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival

An uplifting memoir of resilience and strength from ex-Premier of Queensland, Anna Bligh.

Anna Bligh knows something about hard knocks and high walls. She was raised by a single mother in the working class Gold Coast, a young girl with a soon-to-be-estranged dad who struggled with alcoholism. She spent over 17 years in the rough and tumble of the Queensland Parliament (seven of them as either Deputy Premier or Premier) and she was the first woman to be elected Premier of an Australian State in her own right. In 2011, she led Queensland through the devastation of Australia’s largest natural disasters. Her Party then lost the 2012 State election and Anna stepped down to start a new life, only to find herself diagnosed with cancer.

Writing with her trademark honesty, warmth and humour about the challenges that public and private life have thrown her, Anna reflects candidly – as a wife, mother, daughter, friend and political leader.

Read also: Through the wall with Anna Bligh

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Helen Joy Butler
Paperwork Is Not Your Problem: A Busy Mum’s Guide to Moving From BUSY to Balanced

Helen Butler is a Professional Organiser who has worked with clients in their homes for close to ten years, organising and decluttering every area of their home – the kitchen, office, toy room, bedroom, wardrobe, garage, underwear drawer.

In her book she shares her revolutionary, practical and enlightening insights on how to move from BUSY to Balanced with long lasting effects.

Read also: Helen Butler: Is it possible to be busy and balanced?, Sustainability bringing balance to your life and implementing the Balanced Approach

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Dr. Libby Weaver
Exhausted to Energized: Dr Libby’s Guide to Living Your Life with More Energy

It’s easy to pass off feeling tired and put it down to a multitude of things in our life – your job, your children, your relationships, but there is an enormous array of factors that might be draining you of energy – and often without you even realising it.

For example, just sitting for more than an hour produces biochemical reactions in the body that make you feel more lethargic. Also, having open loops churning over in your mind impacts your body in a similar way to having too many apps open on your phone, flattening its battery and draining you of energy.

Read also: Dr Libby Weaver tells how to go from exhausted to energised

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Dr. Libby Weaver
Women’s Wellness Wisdom: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Being a woman is a beautiful gift – however, at times it can be easy to lose sight of this. We can often feel betrayed by our bodies, and feel as though we have no control over our thoughts, leaving us feeling like we’re grasping for air while trying to meet everyone else’s expectations. It doesn’t have to be this way.

This book will help you to understand the “why” behind some of your common frustrations – from the weight you can’t shift, to why you feel trapped on the “stress express”, or why you find it so difficult to say “no” to some people.

Read also: Dr Libby Weaver explains the health crisis women face

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Ruben Meerman
Big Fat Myths: When You Lose Weight, Where Does the Fat Go?

Most people assume it turns into heat and energy, but Albert Einstein showed us that diets would be devastating if this were true.

The correct answer is that fat is converted to carbon dioxide and water. Energy is released, but no mass is created or destroyed. This was known when the First Fleet sailed into Sydney and yet it took two more centuries for Ruben Meerman to show that precisely 8.4 kilograms out of every 10 kilograms of fat are exhaled, while the remaining 1.6 kilograms become crystal clear water. His calculations were published in The British Medical Journal in December 2014.

Meerman begins this diet myth–busting book by reminding us what we already know: that human beings are carbon-based, oxygen-dependent life forms. Where do the carbon atoms we exhale come from? Carbohydrates are hydrated carbon, and so are fats, whether they’re saturated or not. Eat less, and you’ll exhale the excess carbon stored under your skin.

Big Fat Myths lifts the veil on weight loss by tracing every atom you eat into and out of your body. Diet myths and wellness nonsense topple like dominoes along the way, restoring your confidence in common sense and the age-old wisdom that to lose weight, you simply need to eat less and move more.

Balance Team

This article was written by the brains trust of Balance . We are a talented team of writers and contributors with real life experience and a passion for finding balance.

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