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Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience

by Michaela Haas, PhD

Author's Mission

Bouncing Forward is your best friend when you`re facing tough times. It delivers deeply personal interviews and time-tested, empathetic heartfelt advice for finding healing and new resilience after setbacks: a cutting-edge look at the uplifting discovery of how we can turn pain into purpose.

Bouncing Forward

About Bouncing Forward

About Bouncing Forward

About the book

Bouncing Forward: The Art and Science of Cultivating Resilience radically shifts our perspective on adversity. Author Michaela Haas, PhD, explores the new science of posttraumatic growth through her moving personal story, encounters with survivors from all walks of life—from soldiers to surfers—and a practical take on the latest scientific research. Filled with powerful insights and more than 60 tried-and-true methods to grow in five areas of your life, this treasury of wisdom will shine a light when life seems overwhelming.


How the book works

  • Michaela Haas presents twelve inspiring stories from survivors of cancer, addiction, PTSD, the Holocaust, loss of mobility, loss of a loved one, and childhood abuse to show how to transform pain into a journey to wisdom, love, and purpose.
  • This book will help you become more resilient, stronger, and happier in the face of life’s inevitable setbacks.
  • The author immersed herself into her subjects’s lives, and even interviewed the late Dr. Maya Angelou, who shares with us how her childhood trauma led her into a passionate life of meaning; ex-POW Rhonda Cornum, who found a new purpose after being captured in Iraq; renowned autistic pioneer Temple Grandin, who overcame crippling panic attacks; paralyzed surfer Jesse Billauer (Life Rolls On); and famed jazz guitarist Coco Schumann, who played for his life in Auschwitz.
  • In Bouncing Forward, Michaela Haas draws upon powerful storytelling, psychology, history, and twenty years of Buddhist practice to reshape the way we think of crisis.
  • You’ll walk away with a deep understanding of the strength of your spirit and five powerful practices to transform your own life. It’s also a great gift for friends who are going through a rough time.


About the Author

Michaela Haas, PhD, is a resilience researcher and author of Bouncing Forward  (Atria/Enliven, 2015) and Dakini Power (Shambhala, 2013). She is a reporter, educator, and consultant who has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of the West, and all over the world. In her 20s she left her career as a TV host to study meditation and Buddhism in Asia. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation for more than twenty years and combines powerful storytelling with scientific research and spiritual depth. Visit!


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 Reader reviews & reveals


“Engaging stories of modern survival with uplifting and often surprising takeaways.” 

—Gay Hendricks, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of The Big Leap and Conscious Loving


“Bouncing Forward shows us how adversity can turn us toward our deepest inner resources of trust, wisdom, and love.”

—Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge


“Discover the advantages of adversity and find meaning in the messiness…[Bouncing Forward] shows the reader how to cultivate the mindset of resilience that can catalyze healing and growth from catastrophe. Brilliant, inspiring, to be read, re-read, and treasured.”

—Linda Graham, MFT, author of Bouncing Back

“One of the most inspirational books of 2015”

—Cyrus Webb, Conversations Book Club


“So beautiful! The world needed that!”

—Jenny McCarthy, Sirius XM


“A great message of hope.”

—Claire Fordham, The Huffington Post


“Some of the most interesting research I`ve ever read. I don't think this has ever been done before.”

—Sheila Hamilton, Kink FM Radio


“This book is phenomenal!”

—Allen Cordoza, Answers for the Family LA Talk Radio


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