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The Velveteen Principles was a surprise bestseller and now a limited release of a beautiful holiday edition is available as the perfect gift to celebrate the land of REAL - real values, real emotions, real self--with the help of a the beloved Velveteen Rabbit. In The Velveteen Principles, psychotherapist Toni D'Antonio laid out the 12 principles she learned about how to li The Velveteen Principles was a surprise bestseller and now a limited release of a beautiful holiday edition is available as the perfect gift to celebrate the land of REAL - real values, real emotions, real self--with the help of a the beloved Velveteen Rabbit. In The Velveteen Principles, psychotherapist Toni D'Antonio laid out the 12 principles she learned about how to live an authentic life from the classic children's book, The Velveteen Rabbit. The timeless advice, compelling anecdotes and friendly, encouraging voice immediately struck a chord with thousands of readers and made the book a surprise hit in 2004. This limited edition holiday release is a celebration of renewal and living a life that is true to one's aspirations. This beautiful gift book will be treasured for holidays to come.


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The Velveteen Principles was a surprise bestseller and now a limited release of a beautiful holiday edition is available as the perfect gift to celebrate the land of REAL - real values, real emotions, real self--with the help of a the beloved Velveteen Rabbit. In The Velveteen Principles, psychotherapist Toni D'Antonio laid out the 12 principles she learned about how to li The Velveteen Principles was a surprise bestseller and now a limited release of a beautiful holiday edition is available as the perfect gift to celebrate the land of REAL - real values, real emotions, real self--with the help of a the beloved Velveteen Rabbit. In The Velveteen Principles, psychotherapist Toni D'Antonio laid out the 12 principles she learned about how to live an authentic life from the classic children's book, The Velveteen Rabbit. The timeless advice, compelling anecdotes and friendly, encouraging voice immediately struck a chord with thousands of readers and made the book a surprise hit in 2004. This limited edition holiday release is a celebration of renewal and living a life that is true to one's aspirations. This beautiful gift book will be treasured for holidays to come.

30 review for The Velveteen Principles (Limited Holiday Edition): A Guide to Becoming Real; Hidden Wisdom from a Children's Classic

  1. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Lord

    Despite sounding like an exercise in schmaltz, this turns out to be a surprisingly good exploration of how meaning and principles can guide one's life and work. Psychotherapist Raiten-D'Antonio bases her explorations on the wisdom of Margery Williams's classic The Velveteen Rabbit. The author encourages readers to "become Real" like the rabbit and the skin horse by rejecting the superficiality and surface beauty so prevalent in the "Generic State of America." Her work as a therapist informs and Despite sounding like an exercise in schmaltz, this turns out to be a surprisingly good exploration of how meaning and principles can guide one's life and work. Psychotherapist Raiten-D'Antonio bases her explorations on the wisdom of Margery Williams's classic The Velveteen Rabbit. The author encourages readers to "become Real" like the rabbit and the skin horse by rejecting the superficiality and surface beauty so prevalent in the "Generic State of America." Her work as a therapist informs and deepens her comprehension that becoming Real is the "purpose of every kind of psychotherapy." Twelve principles (e.g., be generous, careful, empathetic, grateful, and ethical) are explored, and though the basic message is not new, the book's clarity and readability more than compensate. Find reviews of books for men at Books for Dudes, Books for Dudes, the online reader's advisory column for men from Library Journal. Copyright Library Journal.

  2. 5 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    Very enjoyable read with lots of sensible thoughts and advice on becoming your most 'real' self. I would have loved it even more if she offered some strategies of dealing with the 'unreal' people of the world, the ones who deliberately harm people, who sabotage, lie, cheat, steal or worse still. I do accept that many things done/said to us are done by people who are so broken that they no longer know or care what they do, but I don't hold that for every case on earth. There are those who create ha Very enjoyable read with lots of sensible thoughts and advice on becoming your most 'real' self. I would have loved it even more if she offered some strategies of dealing with the 'unreal' people of the world, the ones who deliberately harm people, who sabotage, lie, cheat, steal or worse still. I do accept that many things done/said to us are done by people who are so broken that they no longer know or care what they do, but I don't hold that for every case on earth. There are those who create havoc and sleep quite peacefully in their beds at nite. ( and to say nothing of criminals who rape, murder, molest.........). To learn empathy and self-empathy is very very important and will help avoid a ton of hurt feelings and misunderstanding, but it would have been great to have some guidelines to self-protection as well.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    In this book the author, Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, uses the story of the Velveteen Rabbit to teach us twelve principles. These principles or ideas will help us become real just like the beloved rabbit in the story book. She has some wonderful ideas and thoughts that can be of great help to anyone struggling to know who they are or just struggling to be more true to themself. In this year I have been striving to live in joy and I have discovered that the more true to myself I am the more joy there i In this book the author, Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, uses the story of the Velveteen Rabbit to teach us twelve principles. These principles or ideas will help us become real just like the beloved rabbit in the story book. She has some wonderful ideas and thoughts that can be of great help to anyone struggling to know who they are or just struggling to be more true to themself. In this year I have been striving to live in joy and I have discovered that the more true to myself I am the more joy there is to be found and shared. If you are seeking joy or striving to be more real then you really must read this book. For more information and to speak with the author please visit her website, www.velveteenprinciples.com. I also highly recommend reading the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It is one of my childhood favorites. I have made a point of making sure every niece and nephew receives a copy. It is a beautiful story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rohani

    "The Velveteen Principles" is actually a self-help book inspired from the popular children's classic by Margery Williams, "The Velveteen Rabbit", a book I hold very dear. Which is one of the reasons why I bought this book in the first place, I was very intrigued by the title (stumbled upon this online by accident). Now I don't normally read self-help books, but I guess it is very fitting to read this at the start of the new year, so I'm happy this was my first read of 2017. There's a lot of real "The Velveteen Principles" is actually a self-help book inspired from the popular children's classic by Margery Williams, "The Velveteen Rabbit", a book I hold very dear. Which is one of the reasons why I bought this book in the first place, I was very intrigued by the title (stumbled upon this online by accident). Now I don't normally read self-help books, but I guess it is very fitting to read this at the start of the new year, so I'm happy this was my first read of 2017. There's a lot of really great advice and life lessons here, especially in times like now where we place so much importance in material things (or "Objects", as Raiten-D'Antonio puts it) rather than value who we are as individuals. It's very inspiring, I highly recommend it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Eliza Fayle

    Who does not know and love the children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams? It is certainly a book I read to my children and I will definitely be reading it to my grandchildren when they come along. Toni was so inspired by the words of wisdom found in this book that she wrote an entire book on becoming real, just like the Velveteen Rabbit did. She did an absolutely brilliant job! If you are on your own journey to Real, The Velveteen Principles is an excellent road map. To read the Who does not know and love the children’s classic The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams? It is certainly a book I read to my children and I will definitely be reading it to my grandchildren when they come along. Toni was so inspired by the words of wisdom found in this book that she wrote an entire book on becoming real, just like the Velveteen Rabbit did. She did an absolutely brilliant job! If you are on your own journey to Real, The Velveteen Principles is an excellent road map. To read the full review visit http://silverandgrace.com/book-review...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Bought this book in New York over a year ago. My daughter loves the story of the Velveteen Rabbit. She too how a "lovie" that is quite "real". I have read the story so many times that this book really caught my eye. I have truly enjoyed the authors insight and I loved being able to read this story to my daughter again and again and find "real" meaning in it for me. For anyone who feels a bit lost at times and has a great love for children's books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Yes, you need to re-read the original Velveteen Rabbit. The author does use quotes from the story to illustrate the points she wants to make in each chapter however reading the Velveteen Rabbit in its entirety will help with a reader's knowledge and perspective. Ultimately Raiten-D'Antonio is talking about being real, authentic, our true selves. She points out and discusses those things which get in our way and also what will help us achieve authenticity. Food for thought as well as action.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    This wise little book seems especially timley right now, with the economic fallout causing many people to re-evaluate their priorities and shift attention back to people and relationships versus things. It's not only a feel-good read. It's a useful reminder of what's really important in life and where true happiness comes from.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Quite enjoyable. The only "self help book I have ever gotten completely through. Short and to the point it is a good, quick read that gives you a little to think about in your day to day handling of life. If you understand what "agreements" are from the first chapter or two of "The Four Agreements" (That is as fas as I got in that particular book)then this book makes even more sense.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lei

    This book appealed to me because of the author's use of the story The Velveteen Rabbit. Overall, this was not a spectacular book, but I did have a few ah-ha moments while reading it. The author related portions of The Velveteen Rabbit to the principles she was discussing very well, but I found completing the book to be a struggle due to the number of principles laid out by the author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeannene Simonton

    Great reminders for all of us. She describes living as "REAL" as "the living in the moment with the deepest respect for yourself and for others. It is a way of thinking that allows us to express ourselves and experience life--including its stress, conflicts, sorrows and losses--with grace, kindness and integrity."

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jill Myers

    Many years ago my Mom gave me this book and I found it to be a little treasure. I adore the classic children's book, The Velveteen Rabbit and its moral about being and becoming Real. The Velveteen Principles is a further study into the book and its moral. Additionally, it's a nice "refresher"course in authenticity and the pursuit of joy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kyriss Kristin

    If you loved the Velveteen Rabbit as a child you won't be able to put this down. The adult version of the Velveteen Rabbit on how to become "real" and true to yourself. A great gift for any graduate or friend who may need a pick me up.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    I have recently begun utilizing this book in my counseling sessions with clients. Before reading this book, I never realized how many of life's lessons are presented in The Velveteen Rabbit. I especially enjoy the sections on becoming real.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beth Galloway

    This book was sitting on my sister-in-law's coffee table and I picked it up and just started reading it. It took just a few hours to read but here, weeks later, I am still pondering some of the insights from this book. I think EVERYONE should read it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Dixon

    This book is well-written and has some excellent advice for readers, but there's nothing new in it for me. I didn't expect anything new, but I thought on browsing that it had some exercises to do and therefore I would gain some reflection. It doesn't though.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    "The Velveteen Rabbit" has always been one of my favorite stories. The priest who married us used the tale in his homily that day. When my daughter recommended this book, I jumped at the chance to read it. A warming review of the concepts in the 'rabbit' book, I recommend it to all.

  18. 5 out of 5

    mac

    I liked the idea of this book, but by the end I got really tired of seeing the word "Real" . The concepts are great though and I totally agree with the principles set forth.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marka

    This book should be read by anyone who cares or wants to care about themself. I think it's one of those "important books".

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    I need all the self-help I can get. :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura Casper

    You will love this, its a must read. Wisdom always starts and ends with children.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    One of the best books I have ever read about being real, loving ourselves and others for who we are as we are.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    An inspiring book that reveals the life-changing principles we can gleen from the beloved story of the Velveteen Rabbit. This book was given to me as a gift.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    A Great analogy from a Great classic ! A little more about it here A Great analogy from a Great classic ! A little more about it here

  25. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lund

    This is a great book to help you really know who you are, how you got there and where you are heading.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jen Schroeder

    A fun self-help book! :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    One of the best books I have ever read! It is about learning to be truly ourselves, and not a version of something we think we are supposed to be. A guide to being....Real.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Things I hope we all know, but that I need reminded of, and in a package that is original and nostalgic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    a break down on how to live simply.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Based on the children's book The Veveteen Rabbit the author helps th ereader see what being "real" is about. A guide to living a happeir more fulfilling life.

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