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UP UNTIL NOW, Actress Tina Lifford has come into your home starring opposite such icons as Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Bruce Willis and Jennifer Lopez. You’ve seen her in films like “The Temptations” Mini Series, and “Grand Canyon,” and starring in more than a hundred television performances. Her characters have ranged from sweet and naive to strong and sometimes hard- UP UNTIL NOW, Actress Tina Lifford has come into your home starring opposite such icons as Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Bruce Willis and Jennifer Lopez. You’ve seen her in films like “The Temptations” Mini Series, and “Grand Canyon,” and starring in more than a hundred television performances. Her characters have ranged from sweet and naive to strong and sometimes hard-hearted. But here in The Little Book of BIG LIES she comes with her heart wide-open. The truth she shares about the dramas, traumas, upsets, and disappointments that come with life is stunningly honesty. In personal stories that read like a novel she gives readers uncommon strategies for navigating life challenges that are sure to encourage and strengthen.


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UP UNTIL NOW, Actress Tina Lifford has come into your home starring opposite such icons as Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Bruce Willis and Jennifer Lopez. You’ve seen her in films like “The Temptations” Mini Series, and “Grand Canyon,” and starring in more than a hundred television performances. Her characters have ranged from sweet and naive to strong and sometimes hard- UP UNTIL NOW, Actress Tina Lifford has come into your home starring opposite such icons as Clint Eastwood, Sidney Poitier, Bruce Willis and Jennifer Lopez. You’ve seen her in films like “The Temptations” Mini Series, and “Grand Canyon,” and starring in more than a hundred television performances. Her characters have ranged from sweet and naive to strong and sometimes hard-hearted. But here in The Little Book of BIG LIES she comes with her heart wide-open. The truth she shares about the dramas, traumas, upsets, and disappointments that come with life is stunningly honesty. In personal stories that read like a novel she gives readers uncommon strategies for navigating life challenges that are sure to encourage and strengthen.

30 review for The Little Book of Big Lies and TRUTHS That Set You Free

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kay P (MelaninMindscape)

    This book was amazing! Once I finished, I immediately knew that a re-read would be necessary in order to catch all of the gems and wisdom (and take notes). Tina Lifford is truly thee "inner workout" coach and trainer. This book is well-written and easy to ready. It's full of honesty and "aha" moments. She lays out the blueprint for living well, removing the barriers that hold us back and how to thrive. This is one book that you will need to keep on the nightstand and refer to over and over again This book was amazing! Once I finished, I immediately knew that a re-read would be necessary in order to catch all of the gems and wisdom (and take notes). Tina Lifford is truly thee "inner workout" coach and trainer. This book is well-written and easy to ready. It's full of honesty and "aha" moments. She lays out the blueprint for living well, removing the barriers that hold us back and how to thrive. This is one book that you will need to keep on the nightstand and refer to over and over again.

  2. 4 out of 5

    J Lopez

    This book was very powerful. A must read and definitely one that I have to reread often in my self developmenr/growth journey.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Book Reviews by Tara aka Queen of Memoirs

    As a lover of personal growth and self-development books I found The Little Book of Big Lies very fulfilling. Tina drops a lot of gems within these pages. I had many ah-ha moments while reading & journaling this book. ⠀ To begin, Tina introduces us to three parts of ourselves. 1. T𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 - The fearful part of us that is always ready to fight to protect itself. Quick to judge and take things personally. 2. T𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 S𝐞𝐥𝐟 - The part of ourselves that want to grow. Believes everything ca As a lover of personal growth and self-development books I found The Little Book of Big Lies very fulfilling. Tina drops a lot of gems within these pages. I had many ah-ha moments while reading & journaling this book. ⠀ To begin, Tina introduces us to three parts of ourselves. 1. T𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 - The fearful part of us that is always ready to fight to protect itself. Quick to judge and take things personally. 2. T𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐧𝐠 S𝐞𝐥𝐟 - The part of ourselves that want to grow. Believes everything can change for the better. 3. T𝐡𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐞 SELF - The God within us. The highest self. ⠀ In the book we learn how we are affected by these three parts of ourselves. The ultimate goal is to leave behind the surviving self, because it serves little to no purpose in adulthood. Living from the surviving self is what causes problems like insecurities, anxiety and many other emotional issues. We must graduate from the “surviving self” to the “thriving Self”. What I enjoyed about the book is that it’s not over complicated. It is very easy to read. Even when the author introduces a new concept, she provides simple definitions for us to understand. Her ability to break down her theories in a relatable, easy to process way is what I like most. ⠀ Another great aspect of the book is that it is filled with many thought provoking questions. For example, on page 62 Tina asks, “What does your mind dwell on when you don’t pay attention?” I think this is a great question! Most people live on mental autopilot, not giving any consideration to their own thoughts. But this book allows us to see how our unconscious thoughts affects us both physically and emotionally. Tina tackles so many concepts. She writes about insecurity and confidence, the necessity to change, the power of visualization, how to handle negative emotions, the truth about becoming upset, and so much more. This book is a very easy and quick read. If you’re looking to increase your emotional IQ, then you may want to add this book to your library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Brown

    This is a must-read in the area of Self-care. Tina has created some easy-to-model tools for unpacking the baggage that weighs us down and keeps us playing small. Once the bags are unpacked, new stuff goes in, like self-appreciation and a renewed zest for life. I love the simplicity of the book. There are 14 stories that help identify life-sucking lies and how to knock them down to size. I really recommend this book for anyone who has unresolved hurts that seem to mask life's joy and happiness. This is a must-read in the area of Self-care. Tina has created some easy-to-model tools for unpacking the baggage that weighs us down and keeps us playing small. Once the bags are unpacked, new stuff goes in, like self-appreciation and a renewed zest for life. I love the simplicity of the book. There are 14 stories that help identify life-sucking lies and how to knock them down to size. I really recommend this book for anyone who has unresolved hurts that seem to mask life's joy and happiness.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Robinson

    “The Little Book of Big Lies” is brilliant! The use of eleven questions and hence eleven answers, told in engaging life stories, leading to an understanding of “up until now” and “from this point forward” is life changing. Simply put this book resonates and unlike many books in this genre it is easy and actionable, not overwhelming. Thank you Tina Lifford for this gem, sharing your approach on a return to Self.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    Is there a grade better than A+? This book should receive that grade. It would be a disservice for me to try and re-explain the lessons taught here; instead, anyone should just give it a read (or listen - the author reads the audiobook!) I appreciated learning about why we experience the same pain and dysfunction over and over in life, and how to stop the cycle.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    This is Nonfiction. Many readers have shelved this as "self help" but I'm not sure I got that vibe. It felt more like the author's memoir. She had a story to tell and used a lot of personal experiences. She shares the information that has helped her deal with life events and overall, how she became a better, stronger person. I liked the positivity in this one. As the title implies, the author stresses how toxic it is to NOT believe the lies others tell us about ourselves as well as the lies, we This is Nonfiction. Many readers have shelved this as "self help" but I'm not sure I got that vibe. It felt more like the author's memoir. She had a story to tell and used a lot of personal experiences. She shares the information that has helped her deal with life events and overall, how she became a better, stronger person. I liked the positivity in this one. As the title implies, the author stresses how toxic it is to NOT believe the lies others tell us about ourselves as well as the lies, we tell ourselves about ourselves. Even with that being said, I'm not sure I was the target audience for this because, while I thought this was nice, it was in the back of my mind that I'm sure it would probably be helpful to someone else. So 2 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kiera

    Great reminder of how to change our negative ways of thinking. We often forget how to boost ourselves up and think positively. We constantly need reminders of how to think of ourselves positively. We have reinforced negative thinking by remembering negative scenarios rather than the positive ones. I suggest everyone pick up this book to remind yourself that you can generate positive energy around you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    This book is a must read! We all think of being healthy physically but inwardly we could actually stand to be a little more healthier. My personal take away from Tina's book is to remember that being comfortable is good but stepping out of our comfort zones and pursuing our deepest desires is way better. This book is a must read! We all think of being healthy physically but inwardly we could actually stand to be a little more healthier. My personal take away from Tina's book is to remember that being comfortable is good but stepping out of our comfort zones and pursuing our deepest desires is way better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sadie Hall

    This little book made me smile almost the whole way through, and there were many moments of eye-opening self-reflection and appreciative nods. I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by the author, and it took the experience to the next level. Lifford's voice is beautiful, powerful, and calming. Her words, too. I'm not a spiritual person so I thought I might not connect with those parts of the book, but I actually found them just as fascinating. I would definitely read more by Tina Liffor This little book made me smile almost the whole way through, and there were many moments of eye-opening self-reflection and appreciative nods. I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by the author, and it took the experience to the next level. Lifford's voice is beautiful, powerful, and calming. Her words, too. I'm not a spiritual person so I thought I might not connect with those parts of the book, but I actually found them just as fascinating. I would definitely read more by Tina Lifford!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chasity R

    I love self-help books so my affinity probably sways my rating 😂 But I really enjoyed how the author shared her experiences & wove in uplifting words of encouragement in the text. I also enjoyed the exploration/transformation of Self and Source. If you don’t believe in those things this book may not resonate with you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    A profoundly good read. Tina Lifford's charming voice guides a practical course through healthy ways of experiencing life and tending to mental health. I deeply appreciate the relateable, real-life examples given and am filled with hope and a better understanding of myself. I plan on re-listening to this quite a bit.  Thank you. A profoundly good read. Tina Lifford's charming voice guides a practical course through healthy ways of experiencing life and tending to mental health. I deeply appreciate the relateable, real-life examples given and am filled with hope and a better understanding of myself. I plan on re-listening to this quite a bit.  Thank you.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Feisty Harriet

    Maybe a little more memoir than self-help book, and more religious-based woo-woo than scientific based fact. 2.5 stars for me, this isn't really my jam. Maybe a little more memoir than self-help book, and more religious-based woo-woo than scientific based fact. 2.5 stars for me, this isn't really my jam.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shravni

    Absolutely stunning writing which pushes one towards soul searching! It's not a self-help, but a self-healing book. Would recommend 💯. Absolutely stunning writing which pushes one towards soul searching! It's not a self-help, but a self-healing book. Would recommend 💯.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kianah Brooks

    Tina provides practical steps to deal with negative thinking and bad circumstances.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    This was an unconventional self-help book. It was a living document. I totally think it should be a journal of some sort. It’s so good. I will definitely revisit this book over and over again. The way Tina wrote it was so graceful and delegate regarding us doing the work of inner fitness. I ready for my bookclub and I wish I had read it personally because one month is not enough time for this but you really have to sit with it and reflect on it. Tina graciously attended a Book Club meeting for u This was an unconventional self-help book. It was a living document. I totally think it should be a journal of some sort. It’s so good. I will definitely revisit this book over and over again. The way Tina wrote it was so graceful and delegate regarding us doing the work of inner fitness. I ready for my bookclub and I wish I had read it personally because one month is not enough time for this but you really have to sit with it and reflect on it. Tina graciously attended a Book Club meeting for us and it was just as eye-opening as reading the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joi

    Great read. It is one that I will reread and apply to different areas of my life. I like the authors relatable stories. I also liked the steps and questions. Definitely worth trying.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ruby H

    Good points This book was recommended to me by a good friend. She's read it several times as she has made breakthroughs within her self. That's what prompted me to read it. While it did open some ideas of myself I hadn't previously considered, it wasn't life altering. Good book, though. Good points This book was recommended to me by a good friend. She's read it several times as she has made breakthroughs within her self. That's what prompted me to read it. While it did open some ideas of myself I hadn't previously considered, it wasn't life altering. Good book, though.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I appreciated the words that Tina offered. There are quite a few gems in this book. For example: “To get to ‘one day,’ we must invest in today.” Another gem that resonated with me was “Healing happens when we change our old response and respond with more self-acceptance and love.” It’s a self-help book that will have you highlighting and that’s definitely how it should be. In my opinion, there is something for everyone, in between her pages. She uses personal stories (which are just right) to gu I appreciated the words that Tina offered. There are quite a few gems in this book. For example: “To get to ‘one day,’ we must invest in today.” Another gem that resonated with me was “Healing happens when we change our old response and respond with more self-acceptance and love.” It’s a self-help book that will have you highlighting and that’s definitely how it should be. In my opinion, there is something for everyone, in between her pages. She uses personal stories (which are just right) to guide us in understanding the lessons that she is trying to present. I like that she comes off as understanding and empathetic, throughout the book. I’ve read self-help books where authors use the opportunity to brag, but Tina was very mindful with her choice of words. She made sure to always keep the reader first, which I appreciated. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for some enlightenment. It’s a quick, simple but yet, profound read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Parkway

    No novel advise and uneventful.

  21. 5 out of 5

    slscot

    I felt like I was in my own individual coaching session! This book was wonderful to read. Tina Lifford asked us as readers questions that helps us become aware of Self. I appreciate the authors transparency that allowed me to not only relate but also have action steps I can apply. There are so many takeaways but one nugget of truth that the author have that spoke to me is: " I can't is not a choice. It is a fussy avoidance of a deeper truth. " Now when and if I say "I can't" - I should really think I felt like I was in my own individual coaching session! This book was wonderful to read. Tina Lifford asked us as readers questions that helps us become aware of Self. I appreciate the authors transparency that allowed me to not only relate but also have action steps I can apply. There are so many takeaways but one nugget of truth that the author have that spoke to me is: " I can't is not a choice. It is a fussy avoidance of a deeper truth. " Now when and if I say "I can't" - I should really think about the truth behind that statement in that moment and own it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Talitha Baker

    Solid and helpful little book. If you’ve done the work in therapy (or elsewhere) to build a baseline level of inner fitness, this should help amplify that. Low grade spiritual.... like an episode of Oprah not a religious book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shelley Rocha

    Truly enjoyed Easy to read. Lots of practical ideas to incorporate into my journey. They say I need 8 more words to review - so there

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Medley

    A must read to rewrite the negative story in our head. A must read to start over and be successful and face challenges.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Review to come, maybe? I have thoughts.

  26. 5 out of 5

    WritingReadingSoul

    Lifford’s The Little Book of Big Lies is not a one-stop read or quick fix. Filled with practical steps to create a life of “inner fitness," it is a reference manual for a person who believes the lies that family or society have imparted and who needs a resource for transformation. Organized by “11 Questions for Unpacking the Lies that Make You Feel Sad or Small,” this guide is filled with Lifford’s own real-world examples that make the book readable and believable. She doesn’t sidestep revealing Lifford’s The Little Book of Big Lies is not a one-stop read or quick fix. Filled with practical steps to create a life of “inner fitness," it is a reference manual for a person who believes the lies that family or society have imparted and who needs a resource for transformation. Organized by “11 Questions for Unpacking the Lies that Make You Feel Sad or Small,” this guide is filled with Lifford’s own real-world examples that make the book readable and believable. She doesn’t sidestep revealing difficult situations or impossible people. They all serve as wayshowers for the reader’s internal growth. At the end of each chapter, Lifford includes an “Inner Fitness Practice” with steps on how to integrate the “truth” and the possibilities for change. Examples of the “big lies” include “some pain lasts forever,” “you don’t matter; your feelings don’t matter,” and “other people and things cause you to be upset,” to name a few. I recommend this book if you’re looking for an information-packed gem of wisdom and practical advice. 4.5 stars/5

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    I would really rate this a 3.5 Simple but profound, is how I would best describe this book and the power is in the doing (some of the exercises) not just reading. I read this book as a buddy read with two other people and it made for rich discussions and led to insights I might have glossed over. Points off for the ending, I would have liked a better wrap up. Still, there are many thoughtful ideas and there were lots ‘aha’ moments had while reading this book. Many were reminders of things we know I would really rate this a 3.5 Simple but profound, is how I would best describe this book and the power is in the doing (some of the exercises) not just reading. I read this book as a buddy read with two other people and it made for rich discussions and led to insights I might have glossed over. Points off for the ending, I would have liked a better wrap up. Still, there are many thoughtful ideas and there were lots ‘aha’ moments had while reading this book. Many were reminders of things we know, but don’t always focus on. Here is one of many favorites: “‘One day’—when life is better—is a lie that can take half a lifetime to see. “One day” brings us nothing if we don’t learn what “today” has to teach us. I refer to one-day thinking as chasing the future at the expense of today. It’s a ruthless, irrational no-win game, because it mows past the present moment looking for something better, as though the present moment doesn’t count.” p. 128 I hope you enjoy this “small but mighty” book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chi-Chi

    At first I didn't realize that Tina Lifford was the actress who plays Aunt Violet on Queen Sugar. I did keep thinking that her voice was so familiar. It gave me quite a chuckle to realize that she was one ann the same period and also to realize that she was in the space of self-improvement and spiritual growth. I really, really enjoyed this book and the presentation of the material was accessible and easy to implement. It is one that I intend to come back to many, many times. Inner fitness is ju At first I didn't realize that Tina Lifford was the actress who plays Aunt Violet on Queen Sugar. I did keep thinking that her voice was so familiar. It gave me quite a chuckle to realize that she was one ann the same period and also to realize that she was in the space of self-improvement and spiritual growth. I really, really enjoyed this book and the presentation of the material was accessible and easy to implement. It is one that I intend to come back to many, many times. Inner fitness is just as important as outer fitness (physical) fitness and Ms. Lifford does an excellent job of providing exercises and perspectives on how to become fit on the inside by dispelling lies that we have taken for granted as truth for so long. I would recommend this book to anyone on a journey of self-realization, true self-love, and freedom.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    This book was right on time! I am so happy that I discovered this book!! This was exactly what I needed right now, at this stage of my spiritual journey, awakening, and path to self love and healing… I highly recommend this book if you are ready to let go of the lies that you’ve believed about yourself that come from childhood, painful experiences and the ego! It has left me feeling empowered and worthy of the life that envision I can have. I took many notes and have shared them with other. I am gra This book was right on time! I am so happy that I discovered this book!! This was exactly what I needed right now, at this stage of my spiritual journey, awakening, and path to self love and healing… I highly recommend this book if you are ready to let go of the lies that you’ve believed about yourself that come from childhood, painful experiences and the ego! It has left me feeling empowered and worthy of the life that envision I can have. I took many notes and have shared them with other. I am grateful for this inner fitness journey!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    CASSANDRA J

    This book is absolutely amazing! I’d recommend it to anyone that is looking for inspiration to embrace self-care! “Self-love starts with an unwavering commitment to the idea that we are innately worthy. It does not matter if we doubt this in the beginning—just making space for this idea is powerful.”Tina Lifford As I begin a new journey, I also wish much success to ANYONE on the journey back to SELF!!

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