Fierce Love: The Book

Here’s how Fierce Love: How One Mother Reinvented Herself by Saving the Planet opens:

“I don’t wish divorce on anyone. Anyone. But in the summer of 2006, in the midst of a divorce with two little guys in diapers– really thanks to my divorce– I found a cause. And I will never be the same.”

Here’s how I’ve reinvented myself by getting involved in a cause:

  • I’ve discovered my voice. I’ve gotten informed, and I’ve discovered that my voice matters. That’s been empowering.
  • I’ve grown into a bigger version of myself. I’m more fearless and outgoing.
  • I’ve expanded my Spheres of Influence and found new outlets for my skills and talents.
  • I have a deeper sense of purpose. Much deeper.
  • Last but not least– I’ve become more attractive. Strange, and seemingly superficial… but true. The reason? I’ve grown into myself.

Want to learn more of my story as a psychologist and divorced mother– and learn how you can reap the personal rewards of expanding and using your Spheres of Influence? DOWNLOAD Chapters 1 and 2 here:

https://ecoactionplan.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/fierce-love-ch-1-2-revised-august-31-2011.pdf

The book Fierce Love rolls out chapter by chapter.  The complete book will be available soon.

Please share your comments below! This will help me fulfill my mission of helping more people reap the benefits of getting involved in a cause by showing publishers that I have an engaged audience.

  • Do you want to reinvent yourself? 
  • Are you looking for a sense of purpose?
  • Do you want to leave your children a legacy you can be proud of?
  • Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you knew what to do to assure your kids a bright future?

Fierce Love is a story of adventures in transformation– both personal and social. It shares my personal transformation as a psychologist specializing in addictions, in the midst of a divorce, as I joined the growing movement of “unlikely environmentalists” and tackled our addiction to oil.  Fierce Love captures the personal rewards I’ve reaped– and the challenges I’ve faced– in becoming a new environmentalist. This is a “Go Green, Go Happy” story– I’ve become less reserved and enjoy working on a larger stage than I ever imagined.

But it’s not just a Go Green, Get Happy Story. It’s a story about how we can all enrich ourselves by channeling our talents and energy to solve problems– of all sorts, big and small, ecological and social,  global and local.

It’s also a love story because my decision to use my professional expertise to tackle our addiction to oil is inspired by my intense love for my two young sons– aka the DudeSter and the HamSter. At the same time, my passionate motivation is balanced by reason as a trained social scientist.

Please share your comments below! I really appreciate your feedback!

Who is Fierce  Love for?

It’s for…

… parents and grandparents who want to leave their children a world in which they can thrive.

… all who want to enjoy the rewards of personal transformation by getting involved in a cause– any cause.

… divorcees who want to reinvent themselves in the aftermath of a divorce.

…anyone who wants to learn how to live a greener life for the sake of our kids and our children’s children.

Fierce Love chronicles my adventures as I transform from a casual recycler to an “unlikely environmentalist”  and overcome my natural reserve by finding my mission in life. The book also offers a psychological perspective on how people change as they become engaged in a cause such as protecting the planet, and how people often change in the aftermath of life changing experiences such as illness, divorce, or job loss. Fierce Love also describes what our addiction to oil means in our day-to-day lives, and highlights signs of hope and progress. The book concludes with actions you can take to use your spheres of influence,  however big or small, to make a meaningful difference in whatever cause you find.

I invite you into my world–my dilemmas, my challenges, my insights, my family, my metamorphosis, my adventures. I hope that you will enjoy the book and join me in the adventure by finding your mission!

To get inspired, DOWNLOAD Chapters 1 and 2 here:

https://ecoactionplan.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/fierce-love-ch-1-2-revised-august-31-2011.pdf

Please post your comment below! I want to know what you think!

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A message from Dr. Sarah…

If you like Fierce Love, please share! Send an email to your friends, post a tweet on Twitter, share on Facebook. Or buy an advance copy!

And please share your comments below! I value your feedback!

Place an advance order nowand save $10! www.ecoaction.ecoactionplan.org/spheres/bookorder.php

Follow me on Twitter @drsarahwarren and Facebook/DrSarahWarren as the book rolls out.

I hope you will join the growing movement of unlikely environmentalists…  Change your lifestyle, use your voice 

And if you’re not moved to join the growing movement of new environmentalists, I hope that you will find a cause that gives your life deeper purpose and meaning.

Dr. Sarah and the boys

Dr. Sarah and the boys

23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rrandallfl  |  October 21, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Dr. Warren: Your passion for the subject shines through in these draft chapters amd I look forward to reading the rest of the book. I also loved reading the context of your motivation and can relate to the intense desire to make the world a better place for our beloved kids. I’m excited to read the rest of the book!

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    • 2. ecoactionplan  |  November 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you so much Raymond! I really appreciate your interest. To be continued.

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  • 3. bethjacobs  |  October 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Dr. Warren’s writing is informative and accessible and as important as anything you will read. She carries you into the world of activism on the personal scale in a way that helps you over the hurdle of being overwhelmed by the problems we are facing today in the world’s ecology. Her backgrounds in psychology, coaching and parenting make her work reach us all and inform us all. Thanks, Sarah!

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    • 4. ecoactionplan  |  November 2, 2009 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks Beth! Coming from a fellow psychologist and author and mother, your feedback means a lot to me!

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  • 5. nagoldstein  |  May 5, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    The issue of global warming and of what we as individuals can do is an important one. Dr. Warren’s book brings not only academic and experiential expertise to this issue, but also a deeply honest and personal story. This fusing of the empirical and the personal helps make complex issues understandable and in just the first two chapters alone I made notes of things I can do now to take action. Thank you Dr. Warren!

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  • 6. ecoactionplan  |  May 7, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Thank you Nancy for the comment! Nice to know that the book works on both the personal and scientific levels works! And coming from a strategic marketing whiz, your feedback means a lot!

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  • 7. mafiahairdresser  |  May 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Fierce Love: How One Mother Reinvented Herself by Saving the Planet is for anyone who has ever felt alarmed, agitated, overwhelmed or paralyzed by the state of our addictions to stuff or how our children are affected by pollution of our planet. The impetus for Dr. Warren to write this book came out of her motherly love for her sons but she has re-inspired my own call to action. Her calming words encourage us all to just put one foot in front of the other. The people and actions that we need will present themselves at the time I need to know who and what they are — if I just take that first step. Uplifting. Kind. Inspiring. This book will be on my list of gifts to give to my friends, greenies and I’ll re-read it when I feel like I’m not up to making a difference or when I’m fearful of the changes that I will undoubtedly have to make in my future. Reading this book is a step forward.

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    • 8. DrSarah  |  May 26, 2010 at 9:30 am

      Thank you for your lovely comment! I’m glad that the book may serve as a source of sustenance when your faith in your ability to make a difference wanes. We are the change!

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  • 9. jean1l  |  June 1, 2010 at 2:15 am

    THe first 2 chapters of your book were great. I was pleased to see that I am somwhat energy efficient and can see ways to improve my relationship with the planet. Jean

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    • 10. DrSarah  |  June 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      So glad that your current efforts to save the planet were reinforced and that you learned more! Keep going!

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  • 11. greentalksforkids  |  June 16, 2010 at 5:39 am

    My first thought as I was reading the two chapters was “This is the proof that we can change the world for the better for our kids” and that felt just right. We each have a story, we can make excuses as to why not do more for the planet, but the reality is that we’re running short on time. Something has to be done. Thank you, Sarah, for a great reminder that each of us can and should do something.

    Looking forward to reading the boom and changing the world with you!
    Daniela
    http://www.ThinkOfClouds.com

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  • 12. DrSarah  |  June 16, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Thank you Daniela, both for your comment and for YOUR work to ensure a greener world for the children we love.

    I look forward to continuing the conversation and the work we share!

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  • 13. lornajohnson  |  June 17, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I loved the two chapters of “Fierce Love”! It was full of incredibly important information about things I never knew that make me think twice about a lot of my choices I never would have known to think about (like unplugging my cell phone charger when my cell isn’t being charged because it uses up electricity. Never knew!). I loved the story of your journey into eco-awareness and action and how you tell it through the lens of your love for your two boys. I can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    • 14. DrSarah  |  June 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

      Why thank you Lorna! Your support and feedback means a lot to me!

      Glad I was able to give you the kind of information you need to protect the planet for your daughter!

      Delighted to have you on the road with me!

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  • 15. nobleshouse  |  July 22, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I am Michael Noble at Fresh Energy, and met Dr. Sarah on Twitter, where you can find me @NobleFreshEnerg. I read her first two chapters of Fierce Love. My organization has for twenty years toiled to raise the alarm of our fossil fuel dependence, as have hundreds of other groups and individual voices in government, scientific community, academia and civil society.

    President Obama ran for President raising this critical issue, but has been unable or unwilling to mobilize the public outcry needed to force any meaningful Senate action at this time of grave crisis.

    Dr. Sarah Warren has experienced the kind of ‘spear to the chest’ that Ray Anderson of Interface wrote about a decade ago–realizing in her heart that we are in fact destroying our world with our addiction to fossil fuels and waste.

    As a psychologist with years of work in the addiction field, Dr. Warren is uniquely qualified to help Americans think about what it really means to be addicted–and what the outcome inevitably is if we continue to deny the truth about our condition.

    As an “unlikely environmentalist” and a mother, I hope she can break through the clutter of messages that have so far fallen on deaf ears. I hope moms everywhere hear her story and rise up angry to protect their daughters and sons.

    Even with the ongoing Gulf catastrophe, and 2010 shaping up as the hottest year globally since the invention of the thermometer, Americans slumber along in their addicted stupor–unwilling or unable to face the truth.

    Good luck Dr Sarah. Love fiercely and godspeed to you with your new book.

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  • 16. DrSarah  |  July 23, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Michael

    I am genuinely moved and honored by your comment.

    We all need to love fiercely and act accordingly, don’t we?

    Thank you also for all of your work to create the clean energy options that will afford coming generations the bright future we want for them.

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  • 17. lurainpenny  |  January 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Dr. Warren, Congratulations! You’ve turned misfortune into active compassion which serves as an inspiration for us all. Those boys of yours must be so proud of their Mama. I hope everyone joins you in the struggle to save our Planet from the greed which threatens to overtake our survival. All change begins at home, which you exemplify with this tremendous achievement.
    All the best,
    LuRain Penny
    x

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    • 18. DrSarah  |  January 3, 2011 at 10:18 am

      Thank you LuRain for your comments and for all that you do as well. I do believe that we can turn adversity into opportunity for personal transformation. And we can leave the world a better place. I very much hope that my story inspires others to find a cause– and if that cause is protecting the planet for our children, the more the merrier!

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  • 19. ClimateMama  |  January 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    Dr. Warren. “Love Fiercely” will hopefully become the rallying cry for parents everywhere, after they read your book. Your call to action is more than just a call. You eloquently show each of us, how we can, step by step, follow your example. You serve as a role model for each of us. If in the midst of a deep crisis, you turned your world around and have begun to turn ours around as well. We too see that we can become “unlikely environmentalists.” At ClimateMama.com we are striving to do a similar “dance” to show parents everywhere that we ARE our children’s future. We need to take a stand now, so that the world they inherit from us, is at least as good as the one we had the privilege to grow up in! Looking forward to future chapters..power you to and thanks for leading the charge!

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    • 20. DrSarah  |  January 31, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thank you Harriet for your enthusiastic support! From one mom who loves her chidren to another– Thank you for all you do to protect the planet for our kids– for all kids! They are our future!

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  • 21. jperrykelly  |  April 6, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Dr. Sarah, thank you for sharing these generous excerpts of your excellent book, which I look forward to reading cover-to-cover. Your writing stirs my heart, your content my mind.

    I too became an activist (re science and stem cells) due to sadness touching my life. However, the points you raise regarding Psychology as it shapes Man’s relationship with Earth are precisely those that caused me to abandon Biotech activism and my dreams of walking to join the battle against Climatic Change. In short, daily interaction over six years with White House and Congressional staffs taught me your concerns are more than credible: They’re 100% accurate regarding aspects of our cultures and psyches that threaten life on Earth to face an eco-tragedy, or offer our greatest sources of hope…beginning with a mother’s love for her children that drove her to look beyond comfort and ease to defend the foundation of their futures: the health and viability of their planet. Very respectfully yours! James P. Kelly

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    • 22. DrSarah  |  April 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

      James, thank you so much for sharing your story and your perspective! I look forward to sharing the whole book with you and others!
      I appreciate your taking the time to share your comment– and I’m glad to share the road to a healthier planet with you.

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      • 23. jperrykelly  |  April 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

        Dr. Sarah, your words and actions as revealed in “Fierce Love” call to my mind the lyrics of singer/songwriter Loreena McKennitt in “Beneath of Phryigian Sky.”

        “Our love must make us strong. The truth will set us free.”

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