The Compass

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PublicAffairs, 2009 - Fiction - 212 pages
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The Compass is a life transformation novel that will guide you on a journey of self-discovery. At the core of The Compass are specific life lessons about belief systems, authenticity, and understanding who you really are in order to live out your destiny. Jonathan, the main character, escapes his suburban life after a tragedy that alters his existence and plans for the future.

Numb and paralyzed by grief, Jonathan decides to journey across the globe in an effort to realign his inner compass. He sets off with a backpack, leaving behind his career, friends, family, and home, to journey around the world. His travels begin in the dry desert of Nevada, and continue on to the pristine mountains of the Adirondacks, and then to a medieval village in Romania. In every destination Jonathan encounters one pivotal person who offers a major life lesson, and he begins to realize that each individual was placed there for a reason, and represents a specific element of life.

The Compass is a metaphor for the journey of life, with its intermittent peaks and valleys. Each destination Jonathan visits is unique with a diverse mix of people, representing the kaleidoscope of our individual lives. His journey of self-discovery will move you to contemplate your own life, gaining valuable lessons along the way.

In the tradition of The Alchemist, at its core The Compass teaches specific life lessons about belief systems, authenticity, self-empowerment, believing in dreams, and understanding who you truly are. As humans we are all connected—by love, by pain, and sometimes even by tragedies or events we cannot control. Each one of us travels a very specific and unique path, yet we are linked by experiences and emotions. In this connectedness, there is life. Reading this story will lead you to ask the ultimate question:

What will move your inner compass?

• The film/DVD The Compass features spiritual, motivational, and inspirational leaders from across the globe, including many core cast members from The Secret. Cast members include bestselling author T. Harv Eker, as well as John Assaraf, Dr. Joe Vitale, Marie Diamond, and Dr. John Demartini. All twenty-three contributors to The Compass DVD will actively promote The Compass, the novel, through lectures, panels, websites, conferences, and e-mail blasts, utilizing a database of 2 million strong.

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User Review  - Nadder Hani - Goodreads

I loved how the book is written. Telling a story and revolving around a main character that stumbles upon and experiences a lot of different encounters. And through these encounters, reflections are made upon the message this book is intended to deliver. Read full review

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User Review  - Ania Reid - Goodreads

Somewhat similar to Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist, this book is filled with life lessons that will make you think twice about your current situation, your goals, your priorities, your relationships with other people, and the way you look about life. Read full review

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John Spencer Ellis is America's leading expert on fitness, personal development, and healthy living. John has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX, FOX Sports, FOX Reality, SPIKE and ESPN. He is the fitness and lifestyle expert on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Orange County and Daybreak OC. John is a Fellow of the National Board of Fitness Examiners, the author of "How Badly Do You Want It? - Your Ultimate Guide to Optimal Fitness," and a contributor to "Power of Champions" and “Peak Vitality.” He is the producer of the documentary The Compass (Jan. 2009), and hosts The Fit Show,, The OC Body, The Spencer Power Hour, and the Ms. Fitness U.S.A and World pageants. John stars in the workout DVDs Playground Boot Camp and Kung-Fu Fitness, and has created fitness programs used by Cirque du Soleil, the U.S. Secret Service, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard. John was nominated for induction to the Fitness Hall of Fame. John is the CEO of NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association), the Spencer Institute for Life Coaching, and the Get America Fit Foundation. He is on the Advisory Boards of the National Health, Wellness and Prevention Congress, Exercise TV, Sleep Number Bed, Medical Wellness Association, and Health Journal Television among others. He created Adventure Boot Camp, the largest fitness boot camp system in the world. His TriActive America signature series of outdoor exercise equipment is used worldwide.

Tammy Kling is an international author and literary coach to the world's leading CEO's, celebrities and individuals who want to pursue their dreams of writing a book. Her work has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Dateline NBC, Extra and Primetime. She has co-authored and collaborated on books with NFL players/ other athletes and the CEO’s of Dial, First Command, and executives at other major corporations such as Wrigley, The John Maxwell Group, and Wal-Mart. Her most recent release is There’s more to Life than the Corner Office; the secret to total life prosperity, (McGraw Hill/2009) Tammy guides executives, entrepreneurs, athletes, and individuals at all levels to achieve life and business transformation. The clarity of her life’s purpose is to write books that change lives.

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