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My Friend Fear


When was the last time you felt unafraid?

What if our deepest fears are shining guideposts, lighting the way to what we truly want in life? Instead of pushing them aside, what happens if we begin listening to our fears—and allow them to lead us bravely into the unknown?

Through a mix of personal essays, awe-inspiring paintings, and questions for reflection, this vividly inspiring book will help you make friends with fear—in order to become who you really are.

On the heels of her bestselling journal Start Where You Are, author and illustrator Meera Lee Patel takes us deeper into her artistic vision and emotional journey in this stunning new four-color book. A mix of personal reflections, inspirational quotes, questions for reflection, and breathtaking watercolor visuals, My Friend Fear asserts that having big fear is an opportunity to make big changes, to discover the remarkable potential inside ourselves.

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Features & kind words

"Meera Lee Patel is the real deal: philosopher, poet, artist, and emotion-driven intellectual. It can be so easy to let your fears rule your life without noticing it, and so hard to figure out how to stop doing it. Incredibly, this simple, beautiful book offers a real remedy. Patel does more than just lay out a problem and a solution; she takes you by the hand and helps you feel your way closer and closer to a life where you can finally breathe freely and experience the world the way you were born to do. When you're done reading this book, somehow the whole world feels so much more exciting and welcoming. I love this book so much it hurts!"

Ask Polly columnist for New York magazine, author of How to Be a Person in the World

"Experiencing this book feels like sitting in a quiet corner with a trusted friend, having a conversation that affirms your faith in yourself and the world. Meera Lee Patel has taken the big, scary concept of fear and crafted a personal, yet universal love letter to it, made all the more beautiful by her ethereal, yet down-to-earth illustrations."

Creator of Emily McDowell Studio, author of There is No Good Card For This

“You find certain books and certain books find you. Consider this the latter. Meera makes fear that kid you thought was too cool to be your friend, but turned out to be more like you than you could have imagined. My Friend Fear is a beautiful, visual journey into your mind and heart with a very gentle and generous narrator.”

Writer, comedian, and actress

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