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Don't Just Sit There, DO NOTHING
Healing, Chilling, and Living with the Tao Te Ching
Jessie Asya Kanzer, Foreword by: Laura Day
ISBN: 9781642970357
Book (Paperback)
Hampton Roads Publishing Company
5.5 x 8.5 Inches
256 pages
March 1, 2022


"An honest, magnificent journey of courage and insight. The unveiling of light in a way that illuminates the light in each of us. I think you will find a hero in this book. And that hero is you." —Laura Day (New York Times Bestselling author of Practical Intuition, The Circle, and How to Rule the World from Your Couch

“Stressed-out readers will find her advice a salve in an overly hurried and critical world.” Publisher’s Weekly
“Jessie Asya Kanzer's book is witty, wise and wonderful.  Don't just sit there, READ IT!” —Tal Ben-Shahar, author of Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy

"She's at once frank, funny, poignant.  I laughed out loud and nodded in agreement as I wiped away a tear." —Jen Pastiloff, author of the national bestseller On Being Human
"Jessie Asya Kanzer is like a Taoist Anne Lamott, and she's written a practical and actionable guide." —Joel Fotinos, Vice-President and Editorial Director, St. Martin's Essentials 
Don't Just Sit There, DO NOTHING covers the spectrum of human emotion — Jessie writes so honestly about experiences which all of us can relate to. She takes us through her painful, hilarious, miraculous journey, shining light on our own. She shares the epiphanies that have changed her life and that can change ours too. She pieces together fun and humor (celebrity run-ins, Hollywood sets) with darker subjects (her immigration, eating disorder, date rape) much like life itself does. Get ready for a ride!” —Karen Salmansohn, multi-bestselling author and award-winning designer

“Jessie Kanzer's refreshing voice carries a clarity and candidness that pulls you in, that makes room for the unseen magic in life as it unfolds.” —Erin Khar, Managing Editor at Ravishly
"Jessie Kanzer’s book, as well as her personal story, are inspiring, insightful and beautifully written. For anyone looking to connect more to their higher self, I highly recommend reading this!" —Serena Dyer Pisoni, author of The Knowing and Don’t Die With Your Music Still In You
"Jessie Kanzer shares funny, frank and engaging stories of her exile from the Soviet Union, finding spirituality, serenity and love as an American wife and mom.” —Susan Shapiro, bestselling author of Unhooked and The Forgiveness Tour

“Stressed-out readers will find her advice a salve in an overly hurried and critical world.” —Publisher’s Weekly
"Jessie Asya Kanzer is like a Taoist Anne Lamott, and she's written a practical and actionable guide." —Joel Fotinos, author of The Prosperity Principles

Here are 47 inspirational pieces that are smart, hip, accessible, and rich with insight; Jessie Asya Kanzer’s bite-sized stories of struggle, triumph, and contemplation provide a quick burst of mindfulness. Each chapter begins with a verse from the Tao, followed by sharp observations and anecdotes from her own life that give the teachings of Lao Tzu applicability to contemporary life. And each chapter concludes with a “Do Your Tao” section that offers an actionable step, leaving the reader with a sense of grounding and fluidity. 

Chapters include: “Success Sucks (Sometimes),” “F*ck This, I'm Water,” “I Love You, I Not Love You,” “The Tao of Babushka,” and “Mystics Wear Leggings”.

Jessie Asya Kanzer was born in the Soviet Union. At the age of eight, she emigrated with her family to Brooklyn. She is a writer and former reporter and actress. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, The Independent, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Ravishly, and Romper. Jessie lives with her two daughters and husband in Dobbs Ferry, NY. Follow her on Instagram at @jessiekanzer.
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Laura Day’s work has helped demystify intuition and bring it into the mainstream. In her workshops and presentations, she demonstrates the practical, verifiable, and sometimes astonishing uses of intuition in the fields of business, science, medicine, and personal growth. Laura has trained thousands of people and companies to use their brains, perceptions, and “sixth sense” in effective ways to realize their goals. She is the author of six bestselling books: Practical Intuition, Practical Intuition in Love, Practical Intuition in Success, The Circle, Welcome to Your Crisis, and How to Rule the World from Your Couch.
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