16 Brilliant Bloggers with Books

Posted by Robin Easton

NOTES: Some of you asked for the links to my two most recent interviews. If you wish to read or listen to other previous interviews you can do so HERE. Thanks for asking!! :)

*Evita Ochel: interviews me on her site, Evolving Beings. Video HERE

*Jenny Mannion: interviews me on her site, Heal Pain Naturally:
Part I HERE and Part II HERE

*My New Article: “Something Never Before Seen”, in Jonathan Wells amazing monthly newsletter, “Sharing Life Skills”.

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16 Brilliant Bloggers with Books

Today I honor sixteen brilliant bloggers with books, who have affected my life in profound ways. Some of them probably don’t even realize that they have done so, as they’re exceedingly humble. I’ve written more about how they FEEL to me than about what they “do” for a living. Usually I care less about what someone does, than how they make me feel. And these folks are all “feel good people”. Each of them has written a book, which I have linked to. They are all wonderful souls and offer great resources for changing our lives. Listed alphabetically they are (click green titles to view blogs or books):

1. Steven Aitchison - Change Your Thoughts – Steven’s Store on his blog has a variety of books. The one I’m reading is “100 Ways to Develop Your Mind” – (I LOVE it!). He also has several others. Steve is a powerhouse of energy, and blows me away with all the projects he has going on. Take the time to explore his archives, books and various projects. He is devoted to his readers and everyone who comes his way. Steve’s not only a dynamo, but he’s genuinely kind, honest, deeply caring, and helpful to all those around him. His earnest heart just shines and is his most powerful and beautiful asset. I love when he shares stories and lessons from his own life. They’re powerful.

2. Alex Blackwell - The Bridge Maker free ebook,“How to Love Consciously”- Alex’s gift to the world is his integrity in telling his own life story, where he once was headed in life and how he turned his life around. He is filled with uplifting energy, beautiful spirit, and wonderfully inspiring stories. There is a lot of light around him that touches the world with innocence and glowing beauty, I am so glad that he honors who he is and shares it with others, because it is magnificent. His book, “How to Love Consciously” is a beautiful reflection of his love for his family, humanity and the world.

3. Chris Edgar - Work ConsciouslyWork Consciously Audio Course and book “Inner Porductivity: A Mindful Path to Efficiency and Enjoyment in Your Work” – Chris is such a delightful mix of playful warm humor and incredibly down to earth insight. One of his many strengths is his ability to see right through us. But it is the way he does this that is pure magic. He touches humanity with so much disarming warmth, humor and insight that I swear he could open the doors to the most hardened heart. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. His audio course strongly expresses these traits. I can easily see Chris with his own TV show. I tell him it will be called, “The Show: by Chris Edgar”.

4. Christopher FosterThe Happy Seeker – free ebook, “The Wisdom of Serenity” – Christopher is a complete marvel. He hit the blogging world running. For Christopher it is not necessarily concept or strategy that makes his blog glow with beauty, although he is excels at both these things. His crowning strength is his wide open heart. I was completely taken by him, because the first time I went to his blog and commented he was “full-on” warmth and wide open heart. He signed his response “Blessing and love, Chris”. He makes his readers feel loved, as if they are a dear friend sitting in his home talking with him. His gift to the world is love and peace. His blog feels like a haven of acceptance. One senses in all his words the depth of a life well lived.

5. Dr. Lori Franklin - Jane Be Nimble – free series, “Your Fortress” – Lori is pretty much beyond words. I don’t think there is much that this woman hasn’t done in her life. She is profoundly courageous in her living and spirit, as well as her loving outreach to those around her. At her blog I always feel this great sense of strength. I go away feeling humbled, yet stronger in my self. It really doesn’t matter what Lori writes about, I just feel stronger, accepted, loved, more whole, and okay about myself and life. If my ship went down, I would want Lori in my raft. I would know that I could count on her and trust her. She radiates love.

6. Mike King - Learn This – ebook, “Building Better Relationships” – Mike is an individual, who is not only dynamic, but very comfortable being his own person. This guy taught himself to ride a uni-cycle, and he actually rides it up steep rocky mountains, often by himself. He has a passion for nature and is a phenomenal nature photographer. Like the wild, his heart is open and freshly innocent, and he is willing to try new things. When I visited his blog I was struck by what a deep methodical thinker he is, and not just methodical, but incredibly insightful. It’s kind of like he dove to the bottom of the pond with the rest of us, but then found a crevasse and dove another 50 feet.

7. Sandra Lee - Always Well Within – contributing author of free ebook – “Small Ways to Make a Big Difference” – Sandra Lee is an amazingly kind and loving soul. She not only has a soft open heart, but a keen intellect, a sharp mind. I think people flock to her because she embraces many diverse beliefs and opinions, and expresses her own with compassion and grace. I’ve noticed in her responses to comments that she beautifully express her life experience and beliefs while staying lovingly open to those around her. Her wisdom runs deep, which I find repeatedly reassuring. One of Sandra’s many gifts is her way of lovingly inviting readers to “explore”, even if they express differing opinions.

8. Jenny MannionHeal Pain Naturally – ebook, “Discover How to Heal Pain Naturally” – Jenny is dynamic and her life story is as remarkable as she is. She went from extreme long-term pain and ill health, to completely healing herself in a very short time. She is also a spiritual pioneer when it comes to exploring new ways of living, being, and experiencing (and viewing) life. Talk about an open heart and mind, she has them in spades. Jenny is not only openhearted but deeply compassionate. I believe she transformed her years of suffering and pain into abundant wisdom, compassion and love.  You can sense this transformative power in all Jenny does, and it is healing in itself.

9. Tess Marshall - The Bold Life – book, “Flying By the Seat of My Soul” – Tess is just POW!!-erful. She is one truly gutsy lady. Around her I always feel like I am dealing with someone who is not only soft love, but rock solid. She is incredibly complex and yet incredibly simple. By that I mean this: Tess grew up working her family’s farm and has nature imprinted on her soul, along with the value of hard work. She has the softest heart, yet is totally practical in ways that people seem to need. She helps people bridge two worlds: the practical and the magical. She is a runner, an amazing mother with clear boundaries and yet, boundless love. She helps people wherever she goes, and people seek her out in droves. I don’t think there are words that can describe or contain Tess.

10. Evita OchelEvolving Beings – go to Evita’s site Evolving Wellness to read more about her powerful and highly informative book, “Healing & Prevention Through Nutrition” (in both hard copy and kindle). Being in the presence of Evita is akin to being in the presence of a divine being or angel. I always feel I am connecting with an “old soul”, one who is innately wise beyond her years, one who eagerly embraces new ideas, experiences, and ways of living, loving, and healing. She has a direct line to nature and feeds chipmunks and birds from her hand. These little creatures sense her gentle soul and know she won’t harm them. I too feel this same nurturing quality in Evita, and open my heart wide to her. She is a wise woman and brightly shining star. (She is another one who I envision having her own show.)

11. Nadia Ballas-RutaHappy LotusThe Buddha Blueprint – Nadia is fascinating woman. In some ways her journey reminds me of myself in that she walked away from all she’d known and worked toward, to travel the world, and live an entirely different life. She is a healer, mystic, amazing philanthropist, and wise woman. Her wisdom comes from her vast well of life of unique experiences. Every time I read Nadia’s blog, I relate to her freedom of thought. She might not use this word herself, but she is a non-conformist, with a beautifully loving and open heart. She lives life from a place of courage, adventure and love.

12. Trish Scott - Breathing and Scott Free 2B – ebook, “An Introduction to Animal and Nature Communication” – Trish is unlike anyone I know. She is not just brilliant, but she is a compelling intuitive communicator, reiki master, life coach, ordained minister, and has a sizzling wit! I swear this woman must be from another planet of highly evolved beings. Her view of the world is so vast and profound that she would run rings around most of us. However, she is exceedingly humble…and funny! Trish is someone who has to be experienced. She communicates on such an elevated level that I easily understand why other species—who have not been heard for so long—hungrily gravitate toward her. Through her they are heard often for the first time.

13. Zeenat Merchant-Syal - Positive Provocations – free ebook, “The Best of Positive Provocations”- Zeenat reminds me of a young Mother Teresa. She is literally buoyant with love. I think she breathes love into everyone and everything she comes in contact with. She has an energy very much like what I experienced in the rainforest, the eternal “Mother” who is compassionate, tender, 100% open and loving. To be in her presence is to be loved without reservation. She is good medicine for a world that’s often hurting, anxious, confused, and lost. Zeenat scoops up everyone who comes her way and simply loves them, whether they want it or not, or are comfortable with it or not, they are loved.

14. Lauren Sierra Thomas, Psy.D.Best Relationships Ever – ebook, “Fall in Love: With Your Body Now” – Lauren understands relationships better than anyone I’ve ever read or known. She is another soul who moves though life with the volume turned “full-on”. She holds nothing back when she reaches out and loves people. She literally lives what she teaches, and knows how to be in loving relationship with those around her. I have experienced this firsthand, and it has changed my life. She also is irreverently funny in an exceedingly healthy way. I just love it. I also love how Lauren sometimes shares her own life story and how she came to be who she is today. It is an amazing story.

15. Jonathan Wells - Advanced Life Skills – book, “True Self” – Jonathan is remarkable. He once interviewed me, and that one conversation changed my life. He has done more living in his lifetime than most people would live in a 100 lifetimes. I relate to that. He recently decided to return to life-coaching, to work with people on a “one-on-one” bases. When I heard this I wanted to stand up and do a happy dance. Why? Because Jonathan has not only done a lot of living, but he has had many extremely unique, “out of the box” life experiences. This has increased the vastness of his perspective on life. I found him exceedingly free thinking (thrillingly so), as well as highly innovative. I am hoping one day he might write a book and share more of his life story. I doubt I’d be able to put it down.

16. Patricia “Wise-woman”Patricia’s Wisdom – free ebook, “Harvest Potluck” (All the donations for this E-Book go for Food and Medicine for the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF.) – Patricia is just wonderful. I love her site because it is full of warmth. I often feel like I am sitting in a cozy country kitchen when I read her blog. I half expect her to start handing out warm oatmeal cookies and homemade bread. YUM!! She is exceedingly bright and extremely creative. Her site is full of creative ideas, insights, new books, and a sense of one who cares profoundly about her fellow beings. Patricia is someone who always seems to have her finger on the pulse of “community”. There is a strong sense of conscience about her that I deeply admire and feel humbled by.

With love,


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Evita Says:

15 November 2010 at 12:35 pm.

Hi Robin!

Oh my goodness, what an amazing tribute to all these wonderful people and their work that is born out of their passions to help, to heal, to share, to teach all of us about ourselves, our world and life!

This is so, so, so amazing of you, but how could I expect anything less from your Pure-Love-Filled Heart overflowing with so much love for everyone. You, Robin, are at one of the most busiest times in your life, and here you are still thinking of all of us and sharing our work. WOW!

Robin, I am deeply, deeply honored to be mentioned and included here today. And I have no words for what you said about me, I only have smiles on my face and tears in my eyes.

Robin, you call us all brilliant, and what a gift that is, but Robin to me, your brilliance on every level of life, especially those that really matter, continues to move me and inspire me beyond all limits!

Thank you soul sister – thank you….

And… I am so excited to check out some of these other bloggers – some I know, some are new, and check out their material.


Robin Easton Reply:


I am really touched by your response to this list. It took a lot of work putting it together, and yet as I went to each site, there was a wonderful feeling of getting reacquainted with the author. I could have easily made the list 4 times longer. But decided that I would simply do it again.

The internet has really changed our lives and the amount of positive support, feedback or information we can access. I realize that there is much negative, and even horrific, “junk” on the internet, but I have found that the good far out weighs the horrific. Again it all comes down to what we choose to focus on.

The longer I am on the web, the more I find incredible people doing incredible things, living astounding lives, and sharing mind blowing wisdom. The internet allows many people to connect in ways they might not otherwise be able to. It always touches me when I read stories of housebound people being able to reach out to the world via the net. They are able to connect with kindred souls, form a community that they can interact with daily or as needed.

I also think that voices which once were silenced by “officialdom” are becoming harder to silence. And voices that were once not loud enough—because people couldn’t as easily gather to join in a common cause for truth and justice—are now able to gather and be heard.

Thank you all for not only taking the time to visit me (I cherish it and you), but for also being part of the amazing force of goodness that is changing the world. It does not need to be one person making ALL the difference. We are each part of a great fabric, and every kind act, compassionate response, total forgiveness, non-judgment, embracing love, that we do, strengthens the fabric that we all ARE. And “I” feel that.

So I encourage you all, and myself, to be the goodness that we really are.



Tom Sörhannus Says:

15 November 2010 at 12:39 pm.

Thank you for this list of books and blogs Robin! It´s good get all of this information gathered at one place.


Alex Blackwell Says:

15 November 2010 at 2:10 pm.


I don’t know which grabbed my heart more: Being placed on this list or your heartfelt description of me. Tears filled my eyes after reading your generous words. On the days when I feel like my writing is not making a difference and no one is paying attention, I will find this bookmarked page to remember why I write in the first place. Thank you for this wonderful gift.

Now, on to checking out the other bloggers on your list – I can’t wait to discover more about each one.




Trish Scott Says:

15 November 2010 at 2:11 pm.

Well unlike Evita I do have words to express what you said about me. HOLY CRAP!!! In other words, I’m astonished, blown away, in disbelief – like that. Robin! You are just TOOOOOOO good to those of us who are, after all, just enjoying our bliss.

I really DO NOT have words to describe how much your encouragement and WAY OVER THE TOP expression of love and appreciation means to all of us here and EVERYWHERE ELSE you ply your gift of loving appreciation. You are one of a kind and I am so glad we came across each other here in beautiful, beautiful cyberspace.


Sandra Lee Says:

15 November 2010 at 2:28 pm.

Dearest Robin,

You are such a beautiful spirit! I loved reading your insights into the unique qualities of each of these wonderful bloggers. I know each of them are doing so much to help others and to create a better world. Thank you for your kind words about me ~ I’m far from perfect, but I will do my best to live up to them!

I’m glad you mentioned Small Ways to Make A Big Difference, which is really the brainchild of Ram Dev [from http://www.raamdev.com because it can really help people to find manageable ways they can make a difference. I was just one among many contributors to this very practical and inspiring ebook.

I’ve been missing you so much! I’m glad you are unplugging to some degree and nourishing your soul. I support you and miss you too. Here’s a big hug.


supernalsteve Says:

16 November 2010 at 11:27 am.

Thanks for sharing this Robin – really useful and inspiring.


Lynda Lehmann Says:

16 November 2010 at 11:46 am.

Wow! What a wonderful and inspiring collection, Robin. And your words are inspiring, as well. This is a post that I will have to bookmark and return to when I’m in need of inspiration and courage. Which is fairly often, these days, lol…

Thank you for your generous post and sharing.


Nea | Self Improvement Saga Says:

16 November 2010 at 2:10 pm.

Hi Robin. I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the time you took to share these wonderful recommendations. The descriptions are so amazing that I barely know where to start.


Lori Says:

16 November 2010 at 2:44 pm.

Hi Robin,
This post came with perfect timing!
To be amongst these brilliant people filled me with love — like you wrapped us all in a friendship blanket and lit the campfire while you shared your fiery thoughts about each person in the blanket. You are amazing.
Thanks for the links to your interviews, too. Now, I have a compilation of amazing sources of light and inspiration, which I need now more than ever. I’m honored you’d include me here, Robin. Truly. Blown away. I love you, you amazing woman you!


Christopher Foster Says:

16 November 2010 at 5:16 pm.

An honor to be in this fine company Robin. Thank you so much for including me, and for your kind and generous comments. I’ve a lot of good reading ahead of me!

I feel so happy and proud to be included in this “circle of grace” that you have woven together. Ultimately, I think, it’s born of oneness, the inherent oneness of life — one heart, one being, the same impulse of love in us all.


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills Says:

16 November 2010 at 9:13 pm.

Robin, I am so honored both by your kind, encouraging words, and because of being included in such a remarkable group of bloggers. Feeling extremely grateful, thank you.


Create My Mind Movie Says:

16 November 2010 at 10:38 pm.

Wow Robin, thanks so much for putting together such a great compilation of e-books, I’m sure to get stuck into them =)


Em Says:

17 November 2010 at 7:36 am.

Sun coming over the mountains (AND the house to the East), just thinking of you. Lots of Love, E


Hilary Says:

17 November 2010 at 9:07 am.

Hi Robin .. I am certain this is a brilliant list – some of the authors I know – I have your book .. and I really want to spend some time with Nadia’s Buddha Blueprint .. as her book recommendations are phenomenal .. and then the other inspiring wonderful people .. so much wisdom all in one post .. and the chapters and verse that will underline this sageness in their books …

Thanks so much – I love having book recommendations .. if someone would give me some sleep and some energy .. I’d love to read?! One day soon .. I hope … happy days .. you’re always giving and sharing .. which is wonderful to be a part of .. love Hilary


Marc Says:

17 November 2010 at 9:22 am.

Thanks for the recommendations


patricia Says:

17 November 2010 at 5:50 pm.

whew! I made it out of the rain and wind and downed power lines to discover your nice honoring of my humble book and efforts with such gracious and lovely words. Thank you so much, I feel like I am flying high and what an award to be listed on Robin’s amazing blog…
made me happy dance with joy…Thank you so very much.

…and then with all these amazing writers to join the list – WOW!


Mike King Says:

17 November 2010 at 10:31 pm.

Robin, WOW! You have outdone every aspect of what I think is a fantastic article. You’ve introduced all these great folks in a way, I respect dearly. The connection and how they make you feel is a gift you have like no other, and you present in a way that makes me really want to get to know some of these other bloggers I’m not familiar with yet, which I will be doing. I know I can trust that, because those I do know already, your comments and opinions of how they impact you are spot on and resonate strongly for me as well. Thank you for that, its a joy to read…

As for your comments, I am deeply honored and I have a little anecdote about your comment of my diving 50ft deeper than the rest would go. This reminds me of a time I actually was skin diving (either in Mexico or the Dominican) and I was diving down after a beautiful 3 foot parrot fish in a brackish lagoon area. Well, I am a very good swimmer but my curiosity almost did me in. I followed this fish down under some rock ledges and through the lagoon waters probably about 10 feet down. I went a bit farther than I should have and by about 20′, lost the fish and decided it was time to surface as I was running out of air. Well, looking up, I had an overwhelming moment of fear as up was all rock and I couldn’t see the surface to get my way out of the narrow channels I had swam down. I remember having those scary thoughts but as a confident swimmer, knew not to panic and I did make it to the surface, but well past my air should have lasted. I thought OK, no need to worry, just don’t do that again and no body needs to know. Surprise surprise my wife was snorkeling at the surface, watched me go down and saw me disappear. She was relieved when she saw me come out a different spot, but she was not as willing to accept the danger of my little adventure as I was, needless to say, she was not very impressed with me. So, I didn’t get away with it, and feel bad for putting her through that fear as well. I will remember it forever and you triggered that memory with your comment immediately. It makes me smile since I know it defines me and describes me well.


The Exception Says:

18 November 2010 at 10:00 am.

Robin –
I read many of these writers and they are, as you have so eloquently stated, fabulous and brilliant. Thank you for assembling this list, your loving descriptions, and the addition of new names for me to check out!
Have a wonderful and compassionately kind day! ;)


Zeenat{Positive Provocations} Says:

18 November 2010 at 11:56 pm.

Oh My sweetest and dearest Soul Sister,
You made me cry buckets of happy tear with your words about little ol me :) Thank you!
I am blessed to be in your network and in your heart. And thank you for pointing your readers to my ebook.!!!
I love all the other beautiful bloggers here too! I have read most of their work..but yes there are still some I haven’t. I have got to check them out. Sometimes there is so much going on in life that we tend to miss out on all the good stuff online :)

You are such a beautiful and loving soul to put this all together…
Here is a lot of love, positive energy and huge hugs coming your way…..
You are truly the Bestest!! :)


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now Says:

19 November 2010 at 3:07 pm.

There are some amazing bloggers out there. We are lucky to live in such a mind expanding time. One of my favorites on this list was Evita’s ebook. I recently found out I have cancer. Caught it early, but this book has been a huge help in guiding me through to a healthier me.


jonathanfigaro Says:

22 November 2010 at 10:06 am.

Great list. Keep them coming.


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