The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart
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  • Author: Scott Stabile
  • Product Code: 84939
  • ISBN: 978-1-60868-493-9
  • Pages: 240
  • 1 Hardback
  • Size: 5.50 x 8.25


What happens when you fully commit yourself to love? Endless good, insists Scott Stabile, who found that out by overcoming plenty of bad. His parents were murdered when he was fourteen. Nine years later, his brother died of a heroin overdose. Soon after that, Scott joined a cult that dominated his life for thirteen years before he summoned the courage to walk away. In Big Love, his insightful and refreshingly honest collection of personal essays, Scott relates these profound experiences as well as everyday struggles and triumphs in ways that are universally applicable, uplifting, and laugh-out-loud funny. Whether silencing shame, rebounding after failure, or moving forward despite fears, Scott shares hard-won insights that consistently return readers to love, both of themselves and others.


“Has there ever been a more crucial time for Big Love to be released into our world? Scott Stabile is one of my favorite love artists and activists. His voice in this vital new book is fresh and relevant — his message urgent and universal. Scott is a force for love in a time when we are all desperate for healing. I look to Scott for wisdom and leadership, and he has delivered both with Big Love. This book opened my heart and mind, and I’m forever grateful.”
— Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Love Warrior and founder of Momastery

“Scott Stabile is a wonderful presence of love, advocacy, warmth, resilience, and grace in our world. I adore and admire everything he creates.”
— Elizabeth Gilbert, bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love

“A must-read for anyone wanting to figure out how to authentically show up for your life (for better or worse). . . . It’s never about those treacly, saccharine “just stay positive” admonitions. . . . In fact, the book is funny as hell.”
The Advocate

“At the end of life, the core question we ask is, Was I well loved and did I love well? Scott Stabile doesn’t wait to ask this fundamental question — love is already the center of his solar system. Big Love is an operating manual for living a heart-centered life in good times and bad. I’ve never read a more poignant and powerful ode to the power of love.”
— Chip Conley, bestselling author of Peak and Emotional Equations

“In Big Love, Stabile isn’t afraid to let his vulnerability show while reflecting on his own journeys of excavating buried pain, acknowledging fear, finding paths towards forgiveness (including from ourselves), living authentically and developing resilience. He offers a sincere blend of honesty and humor while replacing platitudes with perspectives grounded by individual experiences.”
Shelf Awareness

Big Love, big heart, big opportunity to bring way more love into your life and consciousness with buoyancy, beauty, and boldness. Infinite love to Scott Stabile for bringing this everloving book into being.”
— SARK, artist and coauthor of Succulent Wild Love

Big Love is a fast and enjoyable read marked with philosophical, ethical and spiritual points woven into a very personal account. To quote Stabile directly: ‘Love makes life better. Love heals.’ Few people probably understand that better than the author himself.”
Spirituality Today

Big Love is heartbreaking, hilarious, and entirely real. I saw parts of myself in every one of Scott’s stories, and that is perhaps the greatest gift of this book — that he writes so openly about the struggles so many of us experience but hesitate to express, and he does so with incredible compassion, insight, and authenticity.”
— Mike Robbins, author of Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken

Big Love is one of those rare gems that spares us the pretension of light-and-fluffy love rhetoric and instead truly guides readers in how to love themselves and others without holding back. Thank you for this gift, Scott.”
— Chris Grosso, author of Indie Spiritualist, Everything Mind, and Dead Set on Living

Big Love does something that many books strive for but fail to achieve. It cracks open the happy image of its author, Scott Stabile, and reveals the heartbreaking, life-altering realities that have shaped this man and what he teaches. Leading by example with this book, Scott shows what it means to live wide open and how vulnerability is true power.”
— Jacob Nordby, author of Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives

Big Love isn’t simply about making a choice to be kind, compassionate, respectful and loving. At its core it all comes down to forgiveness.”
— Albany Times Union