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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 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.

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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 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.

30 review for Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christina Falante

    This book is a rollercoaster of emotions, in all the most perfect ways. I cried a bunch, I laughed even more, and between it all I learned a lot, not just about the author but about myself. That sounds weird, I know, but this book made me consider so much about my life. It's simple and profound at the same time. Half the time I was saying "yeah!" and the other half "whoa!" This guy's got some serious wisdom and some serious guts. I loved this book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily Tygum

    BIG LOVE was sent to help us on our journey of becoming more authentic, loving selves. Through the pages, it tells us to be courageous in the search for what serves us and others, but reminds us to give ourselves a break along the way. The author shares incredibly vulnerable stories that have the reader relating and reflecting. Through vivid examples, we remember we're all battling something and the importance of reaching out to connect with one another. Each story throughout the book, while uni BIG LOVE was sent to help us on our journey of becoming more authentic, loving selves. Through the pages, it tells us to be courageous in the search for what serves us and others, but reminds us to give ourselves a break along the way. The author shares incredibly vulnerable stories that have the reader relating and reflecting. Through vivid examples, we remember we're all battling something and the importance of reaching out to connect with one another. Each story throughout the book, while unique, is tied together with key themes of self-understanding and the inevitable needs of humanity. Not only do the stories thoroughly entertain, often with awesome humor, they force you to look inward as the author poses direct questions to press the reader to dig into their own "stuff". This book is highly recommended, especially in today's world where the soul-searching among us really need to know we're not alone and to get some tools to help us through. I'm thankful for BIG LOVE and you will be too!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    I first stumbled across Scott via his Facebook page. Immediately I felt a strong connection to his message of love. After meeting him at a book signing for "Just Love" I discovered why. Scott is as real and honest as they come. While others sugar coat, Scott's words are vulnerable and raw. I've been through many difficult personal experiences (loss, chronic illness) and it was Scott's words in both "Just Love' and "Big Love" that reminded me that I'm not alone. Scott and his words are not only re I first stumbled across Scott via his Facebook page. Immediately I felt a strong connection to his message of love. After meeting him at a book signing for "Just Love" I discovered why. Scott is as real and honest as they come. While others sugar coat, Scott's words are vulnerable and raw. I've been through many difficult personal experiences (loss, chronic illness) and it was Scott's words in both "Just Love' and "Big Love" that reminded me that I'm not alone. Scott and his words are not only relatable, they are comforting. He's a ray of hope in an all too often dim and dark world. If you're looking to pass along comfort, hope, and inspiration, I can not express how lovely of a gift this book would make. I will not only read this time and time again, I will share it with those that I love. It truly is a beautiful gift of love from Scott to his readers.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane Taylor

    Big Love is an epic book that will touch you to the core! I laughed. I cried. Then I laughed again. As I read through each of the stories I felt a connection. Although my own experiences are very different, I felt like I could almost always relate on some level, which made reading this book a cathartic experience. Not every book has the magic to leave you feeling happier, more deeply rooted in yourself and free. This one does!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Kurowski

    Have you ever read a book for fun that made you think as you were reading and afterwards as well? Think about yourself, where you've been, who you are and what you will become. Well Scott's book Big Love, will do that. I will be the first to admit that thinking and talking about myself and my feelings is totally not my thing. Bottle it all up, it's better that way. But somehow while reading Scott's book I found myself really thinking about myself, and how to love and be better to myself. He has Have you ever read a book for fun that made you think as you were reading and afterwards as well? Think about yourself, where you've been, who you are and what you will become. Well Scott's book Big Love, will do that. I will be the first to admit that thinking and talking about myself and my feelings is totally not my thing. Bottle it all up, it's better that way. But somehow while reading Scott's book I found myself really thinking about myself, and how to love and be better to myself. He has a way of writing and opening up about himself that makes the book so easy to read and go back to over and over again. Each chapter has its own story and message, making it easy and enjoyable to contemplate the message and relate it to yourself. There are chapters I loved and I am sure I will go back to them again and again. Scott doesn't claim to know how to fix the reader or make everything all better, nor does he make himself seem perfect. But he does know how to relate to the average person in a thought provoking and really funny way. Which I think is even better. So do yourself a favor; grab this book and a cup of green tea, but don't let it brew for too long, (read the book to find out why) and sit back to just love yourself more. You will not be disappointed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Swanson

    At a time in our lives where the world is scary and hard, Scott's book comes to the rescue to remind us all that love and empathy still exist, all we need to do is open our eyes and look for it! I very much enjoyed Scott's book of short, simple stories. Some made me laugh, some made me cry. Overall, Scott's message of love shines through. Scott reminds us all that everyone we encounter has something going on behind the scenes and life's crappy moments aren't just all about you! If you have never At a time in our lives where the world is scary and hard, Scott's book comes to the rescue to remind us all that love and empathy still exist, all we need to do is open our eyes and look for it! I very much enjoyed Scott's book of short, simple stories. Some made me laugh, some made me cry. Overall, Scott's message of love shines through. Scott reminds us all that everyone we encounter has something going on behind the scenes and life's crappy moments aren't just all about you! If you have never heard of Scott before and this book pops up as a recommendation for you, please do read it! And follow Scott on Facebook. I admire him greatly and think his message of love first is something that every single person on Earth could benefit from.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Poppy

    Immensely sweet. I especially recommend the essays/chapters on forgiveness, living in a cult, and sperm donation. Scott is a wonderful light in the darkness.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Megan Brownie

    If you want to read a book full of true emotion, read Big Love! Scott takes his own life experiences and uses them as examples for other people to learn from. It is a combination of tears, sadness, honesty, and happiness. From talking about unfortunate loss to how to make a perfect tea, he will having you crying then laughing.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mindy

    Books always seem to find me exactly when I need them and Big Love was no exception. The very honest account of Scott Stabile's life intertwined with the lessons on love and forgiveness he's learned along the way makes it not only a thought provoking book, but a truly enjoyable one to read. I found myself either laughing or crying while being able to connect the stories to my own life from cover to cover.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Johnny

    My roommate brought this book home from some conference she went to, and I loved the cover so I checked it out. Well I ended up reading the book in two days and I'm a slow reader but it's that good. I just found the writer so likable and funny and kind of weird but in a good way. The book gets heavy and deep and made me think about things in my own life that I probably don't think about enough. And it's really frickin funny. The writer knows a lot about life but he doesn't come across as a know My roommate brought this book home from some conference she went to, and I loved the cover so I checked it out. Well I ended up reading the book in two days and I'm a slow reader but it's that good. I just found the writer so likable and funny and kind of weird but in a good way. The book gets heavy and deep and made me think about things in my own life that I probably don't think about enough. And it's really frickin funny. The writer knows a lot about life but he doesn't come across as a know it all even though so many of his conclusions are gold. And there's so much love in the book. It all comes back to love and I believe that's true. Love wins. I loved this book and I kind of feel like I'm a better person for reading it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book is about love. Big Love. I love the way it was written. The chapters are stories from his life. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll read these personal experiences, and you WILL inject yourself into them. You'll draw strength and inspiration from his words. There were many times I felt like I just stole his personal journal. I promise you, you have never read a more real, honest, and authentic book. If you tend to stay away from the "Self-Help/Guru" books like I do - good, because this is This book is about love. Big Love. I love the way it was written. The chapters are stories from his life. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll read these personal experiences, and you WILL inject yourself into them. You'll draw strength and inspiration from his words. There were many times I felt like I just stole his personal journal. I promise you, you have never read a more real, honest, and authentic book. If you tend to stay away from the "Self-Help/Guru" books like I do - good, because this isn't one of them. There isn't nothing "woo woo" about this. Scott isn't a guru. Scott isn't telling you to just be happy. Scott isn't telling you everything will be okay if you just look toward the sun. He's telling you that his life has kicked him in the face - and how he dealt with it - the good, the bad, the ugly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Hoffman

    What an amazing read! Scott Stabile opens his heart and soul in this book to give the readers an insightful view on life and love. So much of what is written resonates in my own life, my own journey. His openness and vulnerability is truly inspiring. I couldn't wait to see what the next chapter had to offer. It is so true, LOVE conquers all!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tristy at New World Library

    Endorsements: “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 Melton, auth Endorsements: “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 Melton, author of #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: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow and Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success “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: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity “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 ever-loving book into being.” — S.A.R.K., bestselling artist and coauthor of Succulent Wild Love: Six Powerful Habits for Feeling More Love More Often “Big Love is one of those rare gems that spares us the pretention 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: A No Bullshit Exploration of Spirituality, Everything Mind: What I've Learned about Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening, and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All, and Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from F#*king Up to Waking Up “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

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tami Long daniel

    Do you ever have those books that end and you flip to the beginning and start over...that is Big Love for me! I came across Scott Stabile a few months ago through some quotes on Instagram and quickly started following him and when I found out he was writing a new book was very excited...however, I have never been one for "short stories" so wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a book I will read over and over again and have already ordered as Christmas gifts to share with friends and family Do you ever have those books that end and you flip to the beginning and start over...that is Big Love for me! I came across Scott Stabile a few months ago through some quotes on Instagram and quickly started following him and when I found out he was writing a new book was very excited...however, I have never been one for "short stories" so wasn't sure what to expect. What I got was a book I will read over and over again and have already ordered as Christmas gifts to share with friends and family. Big Love is written where you feel a connection to Scott...not the "author" but to Scott...you laugh, you cry, and you THINK!! This to me was not a "self help" book in any way - it was a book written from the heart...but there were many things in the book I would think about throughout my day just because Scott writes in a way that connects to you...even if it doesn't match your life EXACTLY the thoughts and feelings - you realize that there are other people out there feeling that same way and he does it with a sense of humor and wit that sticks with you. Big Love isn't a book that will collect dust on a bookshelf but one that is to be read over and over again, gathering tidbits each and every time...and leaving you feeling full of love for not only others but yourself!! <3

  15. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    I opened "Big Love" today intending to read one chapter, maybe two, with my morning coffee. Six chapters later, I was entranced, so grateful, and happily late for work. "Big Love" addresses our biggest and most powerful experiences as human beings -- love, loss, forgiveness, healing, and the capacity for change -- with humor, tenderness, authenticity, and hard-won insight. It makes you laugh and it makes you think. It reminds you to be kind to yourself and honest with yourself. I felt like Scott I opened "Big Love" today intending to read one chapter, maybe two, with my morning coffee. Six chapters later, I was entranced, so grateful, and happily late for work. "Big Love" addresses our biggest and most powerful experiences as human beings -- love, loss, forgiveness, healing, and the capacity for change -- with humor, tenderness, authenticity, and hard-won insight. It makes you laugh and it makes you think. It reminds you to be kind to yourself and honest with yourself. I felt like Scott Stabile was sitting with me and telling me his beautiful story as I drank my coffee this morning. "Big Love" inspires me to bring more compassion, clarity, and love to my own life. This book is a gem.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Glenda Miles

    I could write plenty of endorsements with emphasis on words about Connection, Empathy, Vulnerability and Compassion [and of course, the obvious, Love] to celebrate the work of Scott's newest book, Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart. I took a meaningful look within and without while reading his significant essays. What struck me the most about his book, was the insta-belonging recognition of “Aww, me-too!” Cozying up to his experiences and writings felt like sharing stories with I could write plenty of endorsements with emphasis on words about Connection, Empathy, Vulnerability and Compassion [and of course, the obvious, Love] to celebrate the work of Scott's newest book, Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart. I took a meaningful look within and without while reading his significant essays. What struck me the most about his book, was the insta-belonging recognition of “Aww, me-too!” Cozying up to his experiences and writings felt like sharing stories with an old friend; full of emotion, comic relief, and the bone honest falterings and ascensions of our human condition.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    As I read this book, I felt as though Scott was sitting right here with me. Over a cup of tea, he was sharing these little nuggets of wisdom he had gained through the trials and triumphs of his life. I felt at times shocked, angered, in disbelief as he relayed some pretty horrible life events. At the same time I felt encouraged, uplifted, and full of hope, as I read how he continued to come to places of love, bravery, and forgiveness of others, the world, and himself. Scott gave me so much to th As I read this book, I felt as though Scott was sitting right here with me. Over a cup of tea, he was sharing these little nuggets of wisdom he had gained through the trials and triumphs of his life. I felt at times shocked, angered, in disbelief as he relayed some pretty horrible life events. At the same time I felt encouraged, uplifted, and full of hope, as I read how he continued to come to places of love, bravery, and forgiveness of others, the world, and himself. Scott gave me so much to think about and take with me into my own life, but not in a preachy way. Big Love is a beautiful, heartfelt reminder for us all that love can and should win.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine Taylor

    One of the best books I've read this year. The fabulously talented Scott Stabile cracks our hearts wide open while making us laugh, cry and ponder our own lives. This will be a book that I'll read again and again.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Karr Marie

    Scott Stabile, has written BIG LOVE with such a deep level of openness and honesty, that one immediately develops a connection to the author. It's as if you and he are close friends and he is sitting right in front of you chatting, sharing his life experiences with you. His manner of writing/speaking is such that it evokes thought, inciting you to go deep within your own-self, to consider an alternate perception of those you encounter in your daily life ... be they family, friend or stranger. Thi Scott Stabile, has written BIG LOVE with such a deep level of openness and honesty, that one immediately develops a connection to the author. It's as if you and he are close friends and he is sitting right in front of you chatting, sharing his life experiences with you. His manner of writing/speaking is such that it evokes thought, inciting you to go deep within your own-self, to consider an alternate perception of those you encounter in your daily life ... be they family, friend or stranger. This book is one that will have you asking questions of yourself, rethinking your thoughts and actions. It will leave you wondering how can you change your immediate world, and that of those you love, or simply cross paths with. I should say it left Me with these thoughts. It had me highlighting bits, so I could go back to them easily, for deeper consideration. BIG LOVE makes me want to be more cognizant of how I take care of myself. Gives me pause, makes me look at myself with more compassion and acceptance. I'm sure it will be a book that will keep adding to my life, as I'm certain I will refer back to it time and time again. BIG LOVE, doesn't have to be read in a start to finish manner. This book is one that you can read any chapter, any order and find it to be complete. Each chapter is a story, a lesson, in and of itself. I highly recommend you check out BIG LOVE. I can't imagine you'll be disappointed at all. ~~ Karr Marie P.S. it asks when you started the book and when you finished it ... I read it in 6 hours!!! YES it was THAT GREAT!!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Foster

    Reading each of the 18 chapters (aka short stories), provoked my curiosity, tugged at my heart-strings, and inspired me to handle some of my life’s challenges differently. Big Love is an easy read, but gives the heart and mind a work out! Scott Stabile has written Big Love from a place of love and honesty, a no–holds–barred look at his life, and thus, making it seem possible that we too, can live and think from a place of love. Big love for sure. Starting with ourselves. My mantra now is, “Love i Reading each of the 18 chapters (aka short stories), provoked my curiosity, tugged at my heart-strings, and inspired me to handle some of my life’s challenges differently. Big Love is an easy read, but gives the heart and mind a work out! Scott Stabile has written Big Love from a place of love and honesty, a no–holds–barred look at his life, and thus, making it seem possible that we too, can live and think from a place of love. Big love for sure. Starting with ourselves. My mantra now is, “Love is the answer.”

  21. 4 out of 5

    Scott Stabile

    At the risk of being completely inappropriate, I've not only given my book 5 stars (Come on, you'd do the same with your book!) but am going to review it as well. It's terrific! It's a game-changer! It's the Harry Potter of self-help memoirs! (What does that even mean?) Okay, I'm not really going to review my own book, because that would be seriously over the top, but I am going to share a little something from it, so you have a sense of why I wrote it and what I hope it offers the world, and you At the risk of being completely inappropriate, I've not only given my book 5 stars (Come on, you'd do the same with your book!) but am going to review it as well. It's terrific! It's a game-changer! It's the Harry Potter of self-help memoirs! (What does that even mean?) Okay, I'm not really going to review my own book, because that would be seriously over the top, but I am going to share a little something from it, so you have a sense of why I wrote it and what I hope it offers the world, and you, should you choose to read it. Here's a snippet from the intro: "Shortly after I began writing this book, I stood in front of the mirror and asked myself, “What do you want Big Love to do?” An important question, the answers to which I have no control over. A man can hope, though, so . . . I’d like this book to remind you that you are not alone, not by a long shot. We are all imperfect; we all have busy, fearful minds; and we all struggle. Every single one of us, every single day. I’d like the book to emphasize that you are as worthy of love as anyone who has ever lived, and that nothing you do could ever make you any less worthy. Or more worthy, for that matter. I’d like it to encourage you to take responsibility for every aspect of your life, knowing that by empowering yourself this way, you set yourself up for deeper peace and greater joy. I’d like it to open you up to perspectives you may not have considered, or reinforce ones you may have forgotten, all of which will lead to a more open and honest relationship with yourself and others. Most important, I’d like this book to inspire you to consider love as the guiding force in your life, regardless of circumstance. Nothing stands to transform us, our relationships, and our world, more than a commitment to live our lives from love. The bigger the better." I'll leave it with that. Should you choose to read my book, allow me to thank you in advance. Thank you. Whether or not you choose to read my book, please remember you are absolutely beautiful, exactly as you are. Did I mention BIG LOVE is the Harry Potter of self-help memoirs?

  22. 5 out of 5

    Delana Jamal

    This book is an amazing treasure trove of helping one feel connected and accepted. While reading "Big Love" it seemed as though Scott and I were sitting down, chatting over some good "tea"--the kinda tea we all deserve to treat ourselves to. He has this realistic grasp of the inner-doings, and goings-on of our self-talk, and somehow helps one feel like it's all okay, no matter what any of has been through or chosen in the past as reactions! There's Hope And Love in all of it! we still can choose This book is an amazing treasure trove of helping one feel connected and accepted. While reading "Big Love" it seemed as though Scott and I were sitting down, chatting over some good "tea"--the kinda tea we all deserve to treat ourselves to. He has this realistic grasp of the inner-doings, and goings-on of our self-talk, and somehow helps one feel like it's all okay, no matter what any of has been through or chosen in the past as reactions! There's Hope And Love in all of it! we still can choose Love at any given moment. So reassuring, so inviting to just be "Us." I loved his informative, yet chocked full of raw, real-emotions-shared-at face-value, writing style. Thanks so much for this book, for writing it, for creating it, & for allowing Love in the Biggest Way to shine thru as the TAKE-AWAY. 💜

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christy Grob

    This book couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. Recent feelings of loneliness have crept into unworthiness, unhappiness, and even anger. A far cry from my previous self that was oozing love and joy from every crevice. Reading Big Love, feeling Scott’s vulnerability, and knowing the beautiful, authentic soul he is today gives me hope. It inspires me to push through, knowing that I will return to the best version of myself, if I cling to love. Because of the relatable stories Scott This book couldn’t have come at a more perfect time in my life. Recent feelings of loneliness have crept into unworthiness, unhappiness, and even anger. A far cry from my previous self that was oozing love and joy from every crevice. Reading Big Love, feeling Scott’s vulnerability, and knowing the beautiful, authentic soul he is today gives me hope. It inspires me to push through, knowing that I will return to the best version of myself, if I cling to love. Because of the relatable stories Scott shares, so much encouragement and simple reminders can be gleaned from Big Love. I am better for having read this book. My life is better because of Scott, and his love for love.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Abby Kojola

    I've long admired Scott's message inspiring us to be our authentic selves in authentic ways. 'Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart' helped me reach a new level of honesty with myself. Reading about such pivotal moments of Scott's life and how each one changed and molded him makes me determined to reveal the more vulnerable parts of myself and re-commit myself to keeping love and kindness as priorities in my day to day life. Living in this way is an intricate, ever-evolving skill, I've long admired Scott's message inspiring us to be our authentic selves in authentic ways. 'Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart' helped me reach a new level of honesty with myself. Reading about such pivotal moments of Scott's life and how each one changed and molded him makes me determined to reveal the more vulnerable parts of myself and re-commit myself to keeping love and kindness as priorities in my day to day life. Living in this way is an intricate, ever-evolving skill, hard won from many life experiences, as Scott shows us with his willingness to reveal his humanness and real inner dialogue. I'm so grateful for his decision to shift from posting all upbeat, positive messages on his Facebook page to being open and real about his day to day struggles, imperfections, heartbreaks, breakdowns, and breakthroughs. Each of the 18 essays in 'Big Love' resonated with me deeply. Stabile's dialogue really opened my eyes to new possibilities of forgiveness and acceptance of myself and others. I find this book to be a powerful reminder of what can happen we commit ourselves to being loving and keeping our hearts open. Scott's writing is accessible, authentic, and engaging. I want to read more!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arika

    "Big Love" alternately made me chuckle and brought tears to my eyes. In his open and honest style, Scott Stabile shares some of his own relatable life experiences and tells us of devastating losses. And we get to see how he chooses love and forgiveness again and again. I love Scott's lack of pretense and his willingness to be vulnerable. I appreciate the gentle reminders that we are all more alike than we are different, that we are all connected, and that being loving is a choice.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ross Blocher

    Big Love is a lovely book full of heart, vulnerability, and good advice. I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Scott Stabile, at a retreat last week, and was interested in learning more about his story. Scott wears the various tragedies, failures and insecurities of his life on his sleeve and opens up completely in order for us to realize that we ALL struggle with the same issues of self-criticism and self-doubt, but can choose a better path and recognize what is beautiful within us. Scott h Big Love is a lovely book full of heart, vulnerability, and good advice. I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Scott Stabile, at a retreat last week, and was interested in learning more about his story. Scott wears the various tragedies, failures and insecurities of his life on his sleeve and opens up completely in order for us to realize that we ALL struggle with the same issues of self-criticism and self-doubt, but can choose a better path and recognize what is beautiful within us. Scott has some really tough stories; more than most of us ever have to deal with: the murder of his parents, the heroine-overdose death of his brother, over a decade spent in a cult, struggles with sexuality and self image, and even writing a film that became the worst-performing wide release in history. Along the way, he faces these issues (and more) with patience, understanding, perspective and even humor. The observations may seem like common sense, but hearing them in combination with Scott's stories makes this a very useful and memorable tool to have in one's belt. I listened to it as a an Audible book (with Scott narrating), and I'd recommend it to others who need a reminder about self-love and a boost in battling life's difficulties.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Juliano

    I love a good dose of positivity and enlightenment from authors. What I love even more is when an author can achieve sharing such things while also remaining both authentic and realistic. Don't let the title of this book deceive you. Scott Stabile is not all about puppies and rainbows. Yes, there is plenty of Big Love and feel good moments to be found in these pages, but they are blended in with the realities of life. As he asks at one point in chapter three, "When did it become destructive to f I love a good dose of positivity and enlightenment from authors. What I love even more is when an author can achieve sharing such things while also remaining both authentic and realistic. Don't let the title of this book deceive you. Scott Stabile is not all about puppies and rainbows. Yes, there is plenty of Big Love and feel good moments to be found in these pages, but they are blended in with the realities of life. As he asks at one point in chapter three, "When did it become destructive to feel anything but happy?" Scott's ability to capture universal struggles and condense them into poignant 2-3 sentences that speak to your heart, is what originally drew me to his Facebook page many moons ago. But it is his willingness to put himself out there and share not only his *Isn't Life Grand, Let's All Hug It Out Hippie Style*, but also his *I've Had A Crap Day, And Life Kinda Sucks* moments with his readers, that has kept me faithfully following him all these years later. Big Love: The Power of Living with a Wide-Open Heart is one of those books I found myself highlighting and dog-earing as I devoured its contents (my apologies to the book purists). Each chapter is setup like a personal essay of sorts, with a lesson to be taken away from each. By the end, I almost felt like I had had a really great conversation with a good friend. Scott's writing style is pure and draws the reader in from beginning to end. Whether you are reading about poorly made green tea, the death of a loved one, or random strangers in airports, you can trust that by the end of the story, not only will you have become invested, but Scott will have found a way to flawlessly weave in little nuggets of wisdom along the way. As time marches on, I know this book will get several rereads from this Stabile fan.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    I have followed Scott Stabile on social media for years and am a self-proclaimed fan girl, so reaching for this book was a no-brainer for me. However, I was not ready for the soul-baring truths I found within the pages of Big Love. Big Love is comprised of essays detailing the ups and downs we all experience in this thing we call LIFE. Mr. Stabile honestly reveals trauma he has experienced, disappointments he has weathered, and joys that have filled his heart to show a path of true love. I found I have followed Scott Stabile on social media for years and am a self-proclaimed fan girl, so reaching for this book was a no-brainer for me. However, I was not ready for the soul-baring truths I found within the pages of Big Love. Big Love is comprised of essays detailing the ups and downs we all experience in this thing we call LIFE. Mr. Stabile honestly reveals trauma he has experienced, disappointments he has weathered, and joys that have filled his heart to show a path of true love. I found myself identifying with many of the emotions in this book; I was alternately laughing, crying, cheering, and empathizing my way through every page. If you are looking, searching, seeking to be a more kind, compassionate, authentic you then you will find inspiration, understanding, and encouragement within the pages of Big Love. I am an even bigger fan now, Mr. Stabile! I received an advanced copy for my review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Olson

    In his book BIG LOVE Scott Stabile takes you, the reader, on a journey of self discovery. He does this by intertwining the challenging, sometimes happy and sometimes sad, events of his life and those of his family and friends. Topics such as Love, Kindness, Authenticity, Gratitude, Resilience, and many more are explored. Scott's insights and experiences flow in a manner that connects to the reader's own life and this creates a deep relationship between author, book, and reader. Each chapter is a In his book BIG LOVE Scott Stabile takes you, the reader, on a journey of self discovery. He does this by intertwining the challenging, sometimes happy and sometimes sad, events of his life and those of his family and friends. Topics such as Love, Kindness, Authenticity, Gratitude, Resilience, and many more are explored. Scott's insights and experiences flow in a manner that connects to the reader's own life and this creates a deep relationship between author, book, and reader. Each chapter is a mini story on its own, yet the chapters are linked together by the main themes of love and being true to yourself. We are all here on this earth and we can make it a better place each day by sharing and giving of ourselves without judging or belittling others. You never know the impact you have on those you encounter in your life. Go forth with BIG LOVE and a smile on your face, ready to learn from all life has in store for you to experience. Also remember that you are never alone as love flows between us as an universal thread of support. Thank you Scott Stabile for writing and sharing this powerful book with us . BIG LOVE ❤️!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Misty Gilbert

    Scott openly shares his life with us, inviting us to look into the depths of our soul and ask how we can be honest with ourselves in order to share that honesty with others. He compels the reader to find ways to be vulnerable, open, honest and kind in communication. How love is a choice, each and every day. Whether you have faced the trauma and challenges he has, you will find yourself drawn to his words as he helps you to see the power of living with a wide-open heart! His stories beg you to a Scott openly shares his life with us, inviting us to look into the depths of our soul and ask how we can be honest with ourselves in order to share that honesty with others. He compels the reader to find ways to be vulnerable, open, honest and kind in communication. How love is a choice, each and every day. Whether you have faced the trauma and challenges he has, you will find yourself drawn to his words as he helps you to see the power of living with a wide-open heart! His stories beg you to a deeper self-acceptance, self-compassion, and self-love inviting you to empathy at a deeper level towards each person you meet. You will review your life and wonder how much BIG LOVE you have and how you can have more of it! In my opinion, you can never have too much love and to look at more ways to invite this into your life, is a boldness we all need to breathe into today!!! And this choice is one we get to make every second of every day. Will you?

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