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BOOK – The Secrets of The Bulletproof Spirit


How to Bounce Back from Life’s Hardest Hits

In The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit, internationally honored author, speaker and peace-activist Azim Khamisa and author, inspirational speaker and interfaith minister Jillian Quinn reveal the thirty keys to emotional resiliency and the corresponding strategies that they themselves have used to transcend their own heart-wrenching losses. Nutritious food-for-thought, these techniques teach us to reframe loss as a bridge rather than an abyss; to appreciate that forgiveness is a practice, not an event; to question the value of consistency and find opportunities in instability.





When life deals you a particularly difficult blow or a staggering loss, how do you handle it? If you’re like most, you might think Why me?, struggle to find your way, or lash out at those around you. But there are a select few who seem emotionally hardier, who are able to face life’s physical, emotional, and financial hits undeterred and perhaps even forge ahead, empowered in the face of adversity. These people aren’t more deserving or luckier than the rest of us; they simply think differently–they are connected with their steady inner self and find strength where others might see meaninglessness; they make life-affirming choices instead of defeatist ones. In short, they are spiritually bulletproof. They face as many of life’s slings and arrows as the rest of us, but they don’t succumb to hardship or misfortune. And you can be one of them.

In The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit, renowned peace activist Azim Khamisa and inspirational speaker Jillian Quinn reveal the thirty essential keys to emotional and spiritual resiliency. Based upon their own experiences with heart-wrenching loss, the strategies they present may seem simple, but their advice can open up a whole new way of thinking. Khamisa and Quinn will help you discover

• that your thoughts help to create your reality, and that you can use them to take control of your life
• the potentially damaging mental routines you’re running on autopilot
• the vital connections between your upbringing and your “resiliency quotient”
• spiritually affirming thoughts that may help you make more spiritually empowering choices

“What lies within you really is more powerful than any hit you may take physically, emotionally, or materially,” the authors write. With their help, readers will find themselves more confident and secure in a volatile and uncertain world. When you learn to identify most strongly with that invincible core–your bulletproof spirit–you tap into the truest source of security available to you. And while there’s no foolproof way to stay out of the proverbial line of fire, the information, inspiration, and tools in this book will provide you with an emotional bulletproof vest, a way to take hits and come out on top.

Following the murder of his son in 1995, Azim Khamisa founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation (, which started a subsequent forgiveness movement that has reached millions. In 2002, he received Search for Common Ground’s prestigious “Award for Building Better Communities.” In 2004, he participated in the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and in 2006 he was given the “Spirit of Crazy Horse Award” from the Reclaiming Youth Network. In addition, Azim has been the recipient of the California Peace Prize.

Azim has served as TKF’s founder and chairperson for over 22 years. He is an emissary of peace and an international inspirational speaker with over 600 keynotes, including one to 300,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial at the Stand For Children Rally, as well as a speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Azim lives in La Jolla, California and is the proud father of daughter Tasreen and grandfather of Shahin, Khalil and Miya.

With a strong passion to share his message with the youth, Azim has given over 1,000 presentations to over a million students worldwide. He is the author of four books and has been featured countless times in local, national and international media. In 2017, Azim spoke for TEDWomen. View this video here: go.TED

Jillian Quinn is an associate minister at the Interfaith Temple in New York City. She is a member of Spiritual Directors International and a life and spiritual coach who has reached thousands across the country through her workshops and classes. She recovered from the loss of her third child in late pregnancy by traveling to the other side of the world to adopt a child who had lost her mother. She lives in Millbrook, New York, with her husband and three children.