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The #1 bestselling author of ON FIRE shows us how to rediscover our childlike wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy.

There was a time when we once joyfully raised our hand high to answer every question, connected more easily with others around us, believed that anything was possible and fearlessly jumped into new experiences. There was a time when we regarded our days, not as something to endure, but as a marvelous gift to savor. There was a time when we danced through our days IN AWE of the ordinary moments of the day and anticipated eagerly the promise of tomorrow.

Unfortunately, many of us experience life very differently today.

The pace of change has never been so stunningly rapid, and it will never be this slow again. With engagement within our professional organizations waning and burnout rising, many of us find ourselves feeling disconnected from a life of dogged responsibility and mind-numbing repetition. Social media reminds us we don’t measure up and mainstream media barrages us with constant negativity. The years of test-taking, relentless striving toward someone else’s goals, and the daily struggle to earn a living, have caused us to lose the sense of wonder that we once awoke with every day.

In his new book, IN AWE, John O’Leary invites us to return to the joy of navigating life like a child. He identifies the five senses children innately possess, explains why those senses fade, and shares emotional, humorous, inspirational and actionable stories of how we can return to them.

Although the senses that flourish in children fade as we age, there’s reason for hope: the damage is reversible!

Strengthened by the past, and empowered for the future, IN AWE shows us how to seek fresh insights, reach for new solutions, connect with those around us, and live our best lives.
It’s time to rediscover our childlike sense of wonder to unleash inspiration, meaning and joy. It’s time to relearn what we once knew was possible. It’s time to live IN AWE.

IN AWE published by Penguin Random House on May 5, 2020 + was an instant bestseller on Amazon. A testament that this book has never been more relevant. 

Calling all book clubs + corporate reading groups!

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(This guide is great for corporate groups + book clubs alike and includes facilitation best practices.)

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Early praise for IN AWE.

“Awe comes naturally to children. Somewhere en route to adulthood, we lose it. John O’Leary’s engaging new book encourages us to see the world through a child’s eyes, and in doing so, rediscover its wonder.”

– Mitch Albom, author, runaway bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie; Finding Chika

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“In a world full of negativity, John O’Leary will remind you that you always have a choice. Life is still good and the best days remain ahead. This is a must read. You’ll be “In Awe” at how John changes your outlook and the possibilities you will see still present in your life.”

– Mel Robbins, daytime talkshow host, The Mel Robbins Show, and bestselling author, The Five Second Rule

“Life-giving. That is the most accurate description of In Awe. Once again, John O’Leary manages to reach us right where we are and inspire us in ways very few books have ever done… Every human being needs this book.”

– Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author, Hands Free Mama; Live Love Now

“If the greatest advantage in this life is a positive brain, it is vital we find a way to bring joy back into our work and relationships. John O’Leary shows us that joy and awe can not only be recaptured, they must be. They are the fuel we use to face a challenging and complicated world with boldness and confidence. Reading In Awe will return hope and wonder to your pursuit of happiness.”

—Shawn Achor, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage

“When it comes to energy and optimism, John O’Leary never takes a day off. He is absolutely ‘game on’ every moment, and his enthusiasm is contagious. His passion for life drips from every page of In Awe, so get ready to lose every excuse for staying mired in whatever rut has you stuck.”

– Dave Ramsey, bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

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“Do you remember that last time you were fascinated by something most people consider ordinary? How old were you when it happened? John O’Leary’s new book shows the reader how to regain the excitement for life that many of us are not even aware we have lost. In Awe is a book I needed.”

– Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author, The Traveler’s Gift; The Noticer

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Count Down to Publish Day!


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What past clients + community members are saying.

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In Awe Book just received Instagram story

In Awe Videos

I’ve recorded 5 videos, to share key stories + take aways from the book. Releasing them one at a time… Enjoy!

From prison life sentence to Harvard professor

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Playing the Piano without Fingers (Turning impossible to possible)

Skipping Jack Buck's Funeral

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Business Lesson: Which wall is your ladder leaning against?

Videos with a peek behind the scenes:

In Awe Audio Book Recording - Behind the Scenes

Good Reads Book Tour

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In Awe Quote Cards

Share the best quotes from the book so your friends and family can live IN AWE too.

Click your favorite quote + you’ll be taken to a page to download it.

Did you know?

100% of proceeds from all books sold the first week of publication ($22,750) were donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri to support youth impacted by the economic fallout from the pandemic. (Read the story behind the donation here.)