How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World: A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul

Author(s): Sophia Stuart


Sophia Stuart led a busy life. Stressed by her impressive, yet taxing career, she started writing and taking photographs - on long business trips and during her infrequent downtime - to decompress. Writing was something she'd done for a living as a journalist back in England. Eventually her musing turned into a character, Gloria - a trainee angel who passed her time watching old Doris Day movies. Gloria's ability to see the world through rose-coloured glasses inspired Sophia to do the same. She started her blog,, to give herself a place to write in Gloria's voice and document glorious people, places and things. Then, at a doctor's visit a tumour was found in Sophia's throat. Over the course of a year, biopsies and ultrasounds would reveal two more tumours and a mass that required a five and a half hour surgery for removal. became an even more valuable refuge for Sophia and she began to recognize that the documentation of all the glorious things in life could help others in the same way they helped her. How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World is an inspirational guide to living fully, peacefully and surrounded by beauty.
With charming photographs throughout - all of which were taken by Sophia - readers will enjoy this beautiful, simple, honest and funny book about getting healthy, creating beauty and when necessary taking to your bed to rest, recuperate and dream.


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"Who but Sophia Stuart, creator of the delightful, could make 'taking to one's bed' seem like a victory instead of defeat? In her lovely book of hours, she weaves together wisdom and witticisms, slowly convincing you that you have been chasing all the wrong things in this mad, mad world. Fortunately, she instantly provides the antidote: cashmere blankets, a pot of tea, and a gentle, encouraging nudge that tells you to open your eyes and see the world anew. A necessary book. And an irresistible one, too."--Stacy Morrison, author of Falling Apart in One Piece and former editor in chief of Redbook magazine

Sophia Stuart is a writer, photographer and award-winning digital strategist/creative director with over 17 years of experience in building digital products within the USA & international (Asia/Europe) publishing and Hollywood movie industries. Most recently she was an Executive Director, Digital for Hearst Magazines International, a Non-Executive Director for the UK Trade & Investment USA Council, and digital adviser to the Smithsonian.

General Fields

  • : 9781401944100
  • : Hay House Inc
  • : Hay House Inc
  • : January 2014
  • : 178mm X 152mm
  • : United States
  • : February 2014
  • : books

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  • : Sophia Stuart
  • : Hardback
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