THE FOUR DOORS: A Guide to Joy, Freedom, and a Meaningful Life

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A little over a decade ago, bestselling novelist Richard Paul Evans was asked to give an impromptu talk to a group of students in Dayton, Ohio. As he looked out into the audience, Evans decided to simply share with them what he what he wished he had known at their age. The talk had a powerful impact on not just the students but on their teachers as well. Since that initial presentation, Evans has given the talk hundreds of times and all around the world in places as diverse as the Harvard Club and Sundance, the Utah State Penitentiary and Opryland, to all kinds of groups, from recovery drug addicts to recently graduate Ivy League MBAs. After every presentation, audience members have asked for a book covering the talk – not just for themselves but for their friends and families whom they wished to share it with.

Now, in one of his rare nonfiction books, Evans has provided just that: a message to those who seek inspiration in their lives. THE FOUR DOORS includes stories his readers have told him, stories about great achievers who overcame hardships, and stories about his own struggle growing up in a large family with financial difficulties and a suicidal mother, and about his diagnosis of Tourette’s Syndrome later in life. These inspiring stories are woven through his identification and careful explanation of the four doors to a more fulfilling life:

  1. BELIEVE THERE’S A REASON YOU WERE BORN: You are not a mistake of God or Nature. Listen to your inner voice, and you will find it.

  1. FREE YOURSELF FROM LIMITATION: The three insidious cages that stunt or kill emotional growth and how to escape them.

  1. MAGNIFY YOUR LIFE: Embrace the risk of being.

  1. DEVELOP A LOVE-CENTERED MAP: Open the power and fulfillment of love, gratitude, and service to the world.

Evans believes that we all want to know the meaning of our lives. In THE FOUR DOORS he shows how even the quietest life can be full of purpose and joy, if we choose to take that first step over the threshold.

 

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November 24, 2013 Show Details: A Cornucopia of Holiday Tips and Trends
Dr. Mendelsohn - How to look great for the Holiday’s in less than an hour

November 3, 2013 Show Details: Holiday Slim Down
WEIGHT-LOSS SECRETS FROM THE LEANEST STATE IN THE NATION
October 20, 2013 Show details: Being your best self...

THE 12 WEEK YEAR with Michael Lennington
October 13, 2013 Show Details: Sweet & Savory!
Jo Robinson's EATING ON THE WILD SIDE:The Missing Link to Optimum Health

Dan DeFigio gives advice from Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies®
September 29, 2013 Show Details: Howdy Y'all! It's an All-American Week on Amy's Table
September 15, 2013 Show Details: Konnichiwa ! It's everything Asian this Week on Amy's Table

September 1, 2013 Show Details: Locally Grown...it's all about Cincy
August 25, 2013 Show Details: It's all good for the Soul...health, travel and relaxation
Dr. Katherine Kelly on Soul Health: Aligning with Spirit for Radiant Living

August 18, 2013 Show Details: Feeding your Body, your Soul and YOU!
August 11, 2013 Show Details: It's all about a Happier, Healthier YOU!
August 4, 2013 Show Details: Keeping the Peace, the Richer Sex, an Engaging Child & MORE!

July 28, 2013 Show Details: Willpower & Food or Willpower vs Food?
July 21, 2013 Show Details: Creating Memories...Food, Family and Fun!
July 14, 2013 Show Details: Vacation & Staycation Fun!

Rita's Herb Tips
EAT YOUR WAY TO SEXY with Elizabeth Somer
Dr. Scott Haltzman and The Secrets of Surviving Infidelity

Breakthrough Your Workout Plateaus and Boredom with Power Ryde
June 16, 2013 Show Details: Hip Hip Hurray for Dads!
June 9, 2013 Show Details: A Sunshiny Stress-Free Summer

Feng Shui tips for Harmonic Prosperity from Cyd Alper-Sedgwick
June 2, 2013 Show Details: Graduation Shui & Shindigs
GOOD JEANS: 10 Simple Truths about Feeling Great, Staying Sexy, and Aging Agelessly with Diane Gilman

May 26, 2013 Show Details: Kicking-Off Summer!
May 12, 2013 Show Details: Just for Mom's!
Why Are Mother/Daughter Relationships So Stressful? Surviving Mama with Dr. Pamela Thomas

May 5, 2013 Show Details: It's a Cinco de Mayo celebration today on Amy's Table!
April 28, 2013 Show Details:Put a little SPRING in your Style!
Creating A Beautiful Bare Complexion For Summer from Dr. Jon Mendelsohn and the eam at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center

Skin-Smart Tips for Spring Skin from Dr. Jon Mendelsohn and Advanced Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Center
Meditation is to the Mind what Resting is to Meat
April 21, 2013 Show Details: Loving, Learning & Engaging

Kimberly Mitchell, author of LOVING WITH PURPOSE
April 14, 2013 Show Details: Spring has Sprung!
Weight loss is about skill, not willpower!

April 7, 2013 Show Details: April Showers Bring...
March 31, 2013 Show Details: Good-Bye March, Hello April!
March 24, 2013 Show Details: Put a SPRING in your step!

If you have teenager, Dr Gregory Jantz says you know The Stranger in Your House
March 17, 2013 Show Details: Lots-o-Luck
Thinner this Year with Dr. Jen Sacheck

March 10, 2013 Show Details: Unconventional, Unexpected, Fun & Healthy!
Unconventional/Unexpected (and Fun) Ways to Beat Stress from Kristen Brown, author of The Happy Hour Effect
March 3, 2013 Show Details: WOW Women of Power

Food Tank: The Food Think Tank with Ellen Gustafson
February 24, 2013 Show Details:Tips, Tricks and Recipes
Naturally Pain Free with Letha Hadady

February 17, 2013 Show Details: Celebrate YOU!
February 10, 2013 Show Details: Love is in the Air
February 3, 2013 Show Details: Super Powers and Super Grains

The Willpower Instinct with Dr. Kelly McGonigal
January 27, 2013 Show Details: Food for Thought & Thoughtful Food
7 Simple Stress Busters

January 20, 2013 Show Details: Sliders, Soup, Sweets and more!
9th Annual Chicken Soup Cook-Off
DESIGN WITH INTENTION - American Accessories Company Empowers, Educates and Employs Nepalese Artisan Women

January 13, 2013 Show Details: Fuel Saving Tips for your Car, your Wardrobe and your Body
Jennifer Scott reveals lifestyle secrets and rules that guide the French
Off to DREAMLAND with David Randall

It's all about Comfort
Ann Young, certified Health and Nutrition Counselor, talks about detox and pHbalance
December 16, 2012 Show Details: MMM, it smells like the Holiday's!

Susan Albers on EATING MINDFULLY during the holiday's
December 9, 2012 Show Details: All that Glitters
December 2, 2012 Show Details: 'Tis the Season

November 18, 2012 Show Details: A Healthy & Happy Thanksgiving!
Vicki Southard talks about Beating the High Cost of Staying Beautiful
"Take two spoonfuls of sunlight and call me in the morning"

November 11, 2012 Show Details: It's a THANKFUL time of year - Thank you to our Veterans
November 4, 2012 Show Details: How to make the most of your "Time"
Rebecca Apsan talkes about "unmentionables"

“Real Housewife of NJ" Teresa Giudice talked about her new product line
Michael Terman, author of CHRONOTHERAPY, talks about resetting your Inner Clock
How to find true Happiness from Peter Fairfield

Top 6 Ways to look great for the Holidays in less than 1 hour
October 14, 2012 Show Details: Amy’s Table Explores Happiness
Dr. Steve Amoils: GET WELL & STAY WELL

Todd Patkin on FINDING HAPPINESS
Shari Goldsmith: 31 Days to Finding your Inner Sass
October 7, 2012 Show Details: Amy’s Table Embraces & Empowers Women

Daring Greatly with Dr. Brené Brown
Vickie Milazzo discussed strategies from her New York Times bestseller Wicked Success Is Inside Every Woman
September 30, 2012 Show Details: Amy’s Table Welcomes Fall

Mary Hunt prepared listeners to debt-proof their kids
Amy McCready discussed how to get your Kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling
Grant Petersen shared his [quirky] rules to prepare riders for every bump in the road

September 23, 2012 Show Details: Howdy Y'All! It's an All American week on Amy's Table
Leaders for Linda's Legacy Team at the Race for the Cure September 29, 2012
September 16, 2012 Details: Bonjour mes amis! It’s tres French this Week on Amy’s Table

September 9, 2012 Show details: Konnichiwa ! It's everything Asian this Week on Amy's Table
Palace Restaurant Chef Jose Salazar dished on Gourmet Sensation
August 26, 2012 show details: Back to school, back to your yard and window boxes for WOW curb appeal

August 19, 2012 Show details: From Picky Eaters and Lunch Wars to Raising an Engaging Child
Lunch Wars with Amy Kalafa
August 12, 2012 Show details: Making cheese, popsicles- and money!

August 5, 2012 Show details: Sun, Fun, Style and Raising Kids
7 Essential Coping Skills from Dr. Madeline Levine
Expert advice from Dr. Jon Mendelsohn

July 22, 2012 show details: Color, style and Food Trucks
July 8, 2012 show details: Quickies, Flips and GF Treats
June 10th show details: Parties, Pure food, Purposeful Kids and Perfect Bathing Suits

May 27th show details: Detox, Declutter, Delight
The Charisma Myth with Olivia Fox Cabane
Unjunk your Junk Food with Andrea Donsky

May 20th show details: Skinny chefs, better junk food, more money- and your psychic abilities
Infinite Quest with John Edward
Feel better fast with Essential oils

May 13th show details: Cooking Mom, Baking Mom, Busy Mom, Mom likes you Best
May 6th show details: Drinks, Detox and getting Better Each Day
Wishes Fulfilled with Dr. Wayne Dyer

April 29th show details: Wayne Dyer, Ellen Whitehurst and Emily Maynard
Feng Shui Cleaning Tips from Better Living Expert Ellen Whitehurst
April 8, 2012 show details: Slow cooking meals, long lasting husbands, the (new) richer sex and staying safe

The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have
April 1, 2012 show details: Lost and Found (Weight, Meat, Love and Fitness)
Three Diet Rules from Fitness Expert Todd Scarborough

March 25, 2012 show details: Finger Food, Flowers, Asian Splendor and Personal Safety
Personal Safety with Marcia Peot and Streetsafe
Organize your mind; Organize your life with Coach Meg

March 18, 2012 Show details: Music, Mad Men, Coaching and Confession
The Art of Confession with Paul Wilkes
Sleep tips from sleep expert Dr. James Maas

March 11, 2012 Show Details: Sleep, Space, Supper and Salary
March 4, 2012 Show Details: Fresh look at Flavors, Vegetables and Restaurants
Fresh, local produce delivered to your door with Green Bean Delivery

February 19, 2012 show details: Getting real, light, glam and inspired
The Impostor Syndrome
February 12, 2012 Show Details: Love, Money, Friendship....and Dessert!

Pink Kisses: discovering your inner bombshell
Spontaneous Happiness with Dr. Andrew Weil
February 5, 2012 Show details: Happiness, Heart, Hops and Hues

How to: clean those places where germs lurk
How to prevent wrinkles- and what to do if it's too late!
Todd Patkin’s Ten Simple Secrets for a Happier Life

January 29th Show Details: Soup, Beer and Happiness
January 15, 2012 show details: Notable obits, effective self-defense and getting rid of Mr. Wrong
Self-defense tips with Shawnie Haskell

January 8, 2012 Show Details: Daily thoughts and thanks, getting glam and royally fed
Dr. Jon Mendelsohn on refreshing your look, no matter your budget
Better Each Day: 365 Expert Tips for a Healthier, Happier You

6 Top Tips To Navigate Holiday Eating
5 Ways to Overcome the Crazy Busy Syndrome
December 4, 2011 Show Details: Great gifts from the Kitchen

Amy's Amazing Adventures: The Ozone Zipline
Top 10 Way to Stress Less
November 6, 2011 Show Details: Life, Love and Ice Cream

October 23, 2011 Show Details: The habits and careers of marvelous Moms
October 16, 2011 Show: Sweet dreams- and dreamy casseroles
The Entitlement Trap

October 9, 2011 Show: Spooky, Seasonal, Savvy and Sweet
October 2, 2011 Show: Savvy Strategies for a well-run home and family
Dr Jon Mendelsohn chats about the latest cosmetic surgery procedures and "CoolSculpting"

September 25, 2011 Show: Makeover ideas for your skin, face, wardrobe and space
September 18, 2011: Celebrating Bad Girls, Great Careers and Dynamite Dining
ABC's of Vitamins

September 11, 2011 Show: Beauty, Bounty and Boy R Dee
September 4, 2011 Show: Color, Cooking for a Crowd, Cheap Eats and Classrooms
Raising Extraordinary Kids

Raising Philanthropic Kids
August 28th Show: Canning, Caring and Cocktails
August 7th 2011 Show Details: Keeping the Peace, the Kids and Sleep

Fueling the Teen Machine with Ellen Shanley
What's Eating your Child with Kelly Dorfman
July 31st Show: Feng Shui, Fish, and Good Things in Town

Good things are going around with Lisa Desatnik
World without Fish
7 Steps to Clearing out the Clutter

The Veganist, Kathy Freston
Back to School: Make it the best year yet!
July 24th Show: Drinks, Dogs and Dresses

Pet Adoption tips from Harold Dates and the Cincinnati SPCA
July 10th, 2011 Show: Confidence, Love & Vegetables
July 3, 2011 Show Details: Danger, Daring, Defining- and Dinner!

June 26th show details: cooking, caring -and looking cute at the beach
Summertime Safety Tips
Eating Clean with Tosca Reno

Handy Seafood Wallet Card
Molly Morgan's Skinny Girl Rules
This is not the story you think it is: A season of unlikely happiness

April 3, 2011 Show Details
More of this, less of that
Cut food consumption by 20% with small plates

Feed Your Face
Boost your Metabolism
The Art of Happiness

Super Foods for Super Skin
Tips from the happiest cultures in the world
Stress reducer: press the clear button

Sleep tips from Dr. Michael Roizen
Food Mood Connection
Tips for feeding kids

Romance Rehab
Food Label 101: Nutrition Facts
Take a Happiness Quiz

Take this personality quiz to discover your dieting style
The Hard Times Happiness Revival
Take time for yourself- get a little spinach and sleep!

An easy way to lose 10 pounds this year
Best juices to start your day
10 Tips for a healthier you

Soy Savvy
30 days to a happier life
How (and why!) to get Great Sleep

The Power of Meditation
10 Tips for Enjoying a Snow Day
Best Bedtime Snacks

How to Think Better
Flat Abs Diet
30 Things Every Woman Should Have by 30

Wills, Living Wills & Health Care Power of Attorney
365 Thank Yous
Bob Greene
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