Tiny Buddha Book Review and 2 Giveaways

Lori Deschene is a young person with a big and wise heart. Her new book is moving, creative, and insightful.

I laughed, I cried, I dog-eared and highlighted my way through it over the weekend. I'm going to put it on my night stand to reread and enjoy again, a bit at a time.

Lori's online journey began when she opened a Twitter account, @TinyBuddha, 2008, and began posting quotes on wisdom. Today she has more than 200,000 followers.

She developed her blog Tiny Buddha in 2009 in order to grow a community where anyone can send in their personal stories about everyday wisdom and life. 

Woven through the book, Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions is a collection of the hard questions about life that Lori asks her community of followers, on Twitter, and their incredible responses.

Lori also shares her own thoughts on life's difficult questions, engages us in her personal struggles, and profound wisdom throughout, along with the wisdom of other great masters.

After each chapter, Lori suggests action-oriented steps that will help you experience love, peace, and happiness regardless of what is going on in your life or the world.

There is no fluff. Lori states, "I'm not a fan of vague, flowery, New Age jargon, I've gone to great effort to keep this book practical and rooted in reality."

If you are struggling with the hard questions in life about pain, meaning, change, fate, happiness, love, money or control get a copy of Lori's book, take notes, do your homework and jump into the flow of life. 

I would suggest you buy one copy and gift yourself. Get another copy and gift a friend. 

Know that you don't ever have to struggle alone. There's a Tiny Buddha community that welcomes and invites you to join them in learning, loving, and growing together. 

Lori offers a life-changing opportunity to a digital world. I'm honored to be a part of it and hope you jump on board as well!

I'm have two copies of Lori's book to give away. If you want to be eligible to win please leave a comment below, tweet this review or share on Facebook.

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  • Suzie Cheel December 11, 2011, 7:09 pm

    Hi Tess,
    I Love Tiny Budda and Lori. Souns like a book I would love to read, thanks for sharing ?

    • Tess December 12, 2011, 5:00 am

      Yes I think you would love to read it. It’s one you can’t put down.

  • Betsy at Zen Mama December 11, 2011, 9:17 pm

    I am a Tiny Buddha follower and fan. I love to read her blog posts. I would absolutely love to read her book and be inspired! And if not I will buy it myself!
    Thanks Tess!

    • Tess December 12, 2011, 5:01 am

      Thanks for stopping by. I think this new book will bring Lori a ton of new fans. I’m excited for her and for all who read it. I personally think it’s that good.

  • Bryan Thompson December 11, 2011, 9:52 pm

    I discovered TinyBuddha about a year ago on Twitter. Some pretty incredible insight! I will check out the book! Thanks Tess!

    • Tess December 12, 2011, 5:02 am

      Yes she is sooo insightful. She mentions the titles of many books I’ve never heard of. I think she must read 24/7 and when she isn’t…she’s writing.

  • Cathy | Treatment Talk December 11, 2011, 11:27 pm

    Hi Tess,

    We can all use some Tiny Buddha wisdom. Lori has an amazing blog. I will check into her new book – sounds like a good one! Thanks for sharing.

  • Tess December 12, 2011, 5:03 am

    She has me questions things I’ve always believed in. It’s very enjoyable and again thought provoking!

  • Evelyn December 12, 2011, 8:02 am

    TinyBuddha is such an amazing blog! 🙂 Lori’s posts are full of wisdom and inspiration.

  • kelly December 12, 2011, 9:41 am

    I love Lori’s blog, Tiny Buddha! Her posts are very thought-provoking and I especially love the daily quotes!! I use many of them as affirmations 🙂 I’m sure I would lover her book as well.

  • Lisa December 12, 2011, 10:17 am

    I recently found Tiny Buddha and I love her posts. They are a daily inspiration and I am sure the book is fabulous too.

  • Lori Morton December 12, 2011, 10:18 am

    Receiving new posts from Tiny Buddha is like receiving a sparkly twinkling gift – always thought provoking! Thanks for sharing!

  • Lisa Roth December 12, 2011, 10:31 am

    Tiny Budha emails are a bright spot in my mornings!

  • Geneviève December 12, 2011, 10:43 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have been reading some reviews and they are all fantastic.

  • Patty Dno December 12, 2011, 11:15 am

    Thank you for the wonderful gift of your ebook: “Peace, Love, Connection”. I’ve only recently discovered your site via Tiny Buddha’s page. I’m very much enjoying your missives thusfar and look forward to “what will be”.

  • Galen Pearl December 12, 2011, 11:16 am

    I have heard of her book and her website. Now you really have me intrigued! I hope I win a copy of the book and if not, I will go buy one!

  • Elizabeth E. December 12, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I recently found Tiny Buddha, I think its great that there are wisdoms by section. I frequently send them to friends and look for myself when I need some inspiration. Thanks for your work on putting these wisdoms together!

  • Christine December 12, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Tiny Buddha is amazing. I would love to win this book!

  • The Tiny Homestead December 12, 2011, 12:58 pm

    thanks for the chance! I love checking out Tiny Budda in my reader daily.

  • Tiffany December 12, 2011, 1:10 pm

    I like that you highlighted your way through the book this past weekend! Also like that there are action-oriented steps at the end of each chapter. Would love a shot at winning this book!

  • Kevin Ross December 12, 2011, 1:48 pm

    I would love a copy. Thanks. Wonderful site… I always look forward to your emails !

  • Rachel December 12, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Love the Tiny Biddha posts/emails. It’s become a source of daily inspiration/calm in the midst of chaos known as life. can’t wait to read the book!

  • therapeutic threads December 12, 2011, 1:49 pm

    This looks like a great book. I’ve been drawn to this wisdom through the current difficulties in my life and I am eager to read the whole thing.

  • Joby Remigio December 12, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Ive been following on twitter for a while now id love a copy! 🙂

  • Cee December 12, 2011, 1:50 pm

    I really enjoy the tiny buddha site, and appreciate this giveaway. Thank you!

  • Lindsay December 12, 2011, 1:51 pm

    i would love to receive a copy of this book. i have been following tiny buddha since last year and absolutely love it 🙂

  • Sean December 12, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Honestly, many people do not have the ability to take a step back and analyze a situation because they are caught up in their own head. I frequent the Tiny Buddha website every so often, it allows me to think about the situation and question if i have had any control in it. If not, i just let it go and chalk it up to the statement “it just had to happen” and keep on with my life. Being able to tell others about this book, if i am lucky enough to win, would give me the chance to teach this to others and increase my understanding of patience and acceptance. Thanks for this opportunity.

  • Olivia December 12, 2011, 1:59 pm

    Pick me pick me! lol Seriously may the most deserving person win. And thank you, Tess, for the give away and giving your readers an opportunity to bring more wisdom and peace into their lives.

  • Catherine Rexford December 12, 2011, 2:02 pm

    tinybuddha’s is a voice i love to hear in the chorus of this wild, crazy life’s song! yay!!

  • Shirley December 12, 2011, 2:02 pm

    What a great giveaway! thank you!

  • maggie December 12, 2011, 2:05 pm

    I recently found the Tiny Buddah…and have passed it on to my family when I find something particularily inspirational. This past week has been chock full of delicious insights and wisdom that i needed to hear to either move on from something that wasn’t serving me or knowing (as I tell clients) that this too shall pass. I sure would love to have the book at home so that I can reference it when I need and share w/ visitors and/or clients.


  • Theresa December 12, 2011, 2:18 pm

    I love visiting Tiny Buddha on Facebook and Twitter everyday! I love sharing the quotes!! Brightens each day!

  • Cubs Win December 12, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I enjoy this blog and the perspective it has given me at important times. Money’s tight, so I woul dlove to win this book!

  • denise December 12, 2011, 4:44 pm

    Oh, I love, love, love Lori’s Tiny Buddha newsletters. The thing that struck me most at first, was Lori’s courage! Unlike a lot of others out there, she didn’t claim to have it all together. She was always RIGHT THERE WITH US, making mistakes, learning and growing, listening to her heart, practicing, be mindful. I loved it (and still do)! Her courage to do things this way makes her more real to me. Makes the journey THAT…a journey that never ends. The joy IS in the journey. I would love to have a copy of her book! I would keep it next to my bed to read every night to have the wisdom of her words spinning around in my dreams! xoxoxo!!!

  • Michelle Fairchild (aka Ida Shine) December 12, 2011, 5:24 pm

    I would love to receive a copy of the book. So happy that Conari Press mentioned this on Facebook.

  • Sandra / Always Well Within December 12, 2011, 6:15 pm

    What a beautiful success story all coming from the heart of love and wisdom. I’m so happy to see Lori’s book in print. Thanks for giving us the heads up and this great review, Tess.

  • Betsy December 12, 2011, 6:23 pm

    I love getting her blog in my email. I really look forward to the bits of wisdom I read every day. She always has something to say that relates to what I’ve experienced.

  • Jim Krenz December 12, 2011, 7:19 pm

    Thanks for holding this giveaway!

  • Erin December 12, 2011, 10:24 pm

    I started reading/following TinyBuddha a couple of months ago. I didn’t realize there was a book, so thanks for the heads up. Maybe someday I’ll be able to add it to my collection of books I keep around to help me deal with anxiety/negativity, and simply to relax.

    “Know that you don’t ever have to struggle alone.” I think this itself is a key piece of wisdom. I’m working toward becoming a psychiatric/mental health nurse because I want to help more people understand this very thing: that there’s always hope, and that reaching out to someone else can help us access it.

  • Patti Foy | Lightspirited Being December 12, 2011, 11:04 pm

    Hey, Tess,
    I’d love to win a copy of the book. I love tinybuddha, and found out about it when YOU guest posted there! So, there ya have it!
    Thank you, and great review.

  • Crystal December 13, 2011, 3:04 am

    Wow, I also did not realise there was a book!
    No matter if I win it or buy it, either way I think it sounds like an awesome read

  • Dylan December 13, 2011, 3:31 am

    I would love to read this book!

  • Kris December 13, 2011, 4:28 am


    Lovely to see something positive in amongst all the doom and gloom at the moment!

    Thank you for the competition!


  • Hitomi December 13, 2011, 7:03 am

    I’ve been reading Tiny Buddha emails for many months now (they pop one into my inbox every day)… It’s been inspiring me everyday, the stories written by real people, who have experienced the ups and downs, and as I recognise with some of the emotions that they write about, pieces of peace take root and I try better everyday…
    Thanks for writing the review and holding the giveaway! 😀 (fingers crossed)

  • Laurie December 13, 2011, 9:27 am

    As a Tiny Buddha subscriber, I would love this book! Thank You.

  • Wendy Irene December 13, 2011, 3:48 pm

    Tiny Buddha is one of my favorite accounts to follow on Twitter! I would love to read the book! Thank you for the chance to win it 🙂

  • Kymberly Fergusson December 14, 2011, 7:39 am

    I love how Lori is on a journey, just like the rest of us, and is not ashamed of sharing! Thanks for holding this contest, I’d love to win (and read) the Tiny Buddha book!

  • Ken Wert December 14, 2011, 1:11 pm

    Hi Tess!

    I’ve read Simple Wisdom and loved the way you walked us through it. It is so packed with insight and you were able to deftly introduce us to some of its highlights. Some of those passages you shared here were the ones I underlined while reading it myself. 🙂

    Awesome job, Tess!

    PS: Don’t add me to the freebie giveaway.

  • John Sherry December 16, 2011, 7:34 am

    Real glad you posted this Tess as I think Lori’s site is fabulous and I never knew she was creating a book. What an oracle of wisdom it must be after three years and over 200,000 fellow wisdomites later. If her blog posts are anything to go by this will be a wonderful read to spark a 2012 to remember (especially if I win one *wink wink*). Thanks for sharing this Tess, you always come up trumps!!

  • Christopher Foster December 16, 2011, 11:54 am

    Tess, your own wise, encouraging and supportive spirit shines through every word of this post. I loved reading more about Lori and her blog, what an amazing story. Hey. If I happen to be gifted a copy of Lori’s book, that will be a lovely surprise. Blessings to you.

  • mubin December 16, 2011, 12:04 pm

    i’d be happy if I won 🙂

  • James Pope December 16, 2011, 12:07 pm

    sounds like cool book

  • Chaeli December 16, 2011, 12:58 pm

    love the blog/ daily email!

  • Robin Glossner December 16, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Thank you for bringing Tiny Buddha to my attention! I would love to have a copy of the book. I am always looking for inspiration in my work and in my life.

  • Charlotte Rains Dixon December 16, 2011, 3:10 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, sounds like a great book!

  • Noel December 16, 2011, 8:48 pm

    “Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Question” This sounds very interesting and promising. Gotta check it out. Tess, thanks for sharing!

  • Louisa December 17, 2011, 2:42 am

    Sounds like a great book. I like that there’s no “new age fluff”! I will check out tiny buddha on Twitter as well. Thanks 🙂

  • Tali@treehousechatter December 18, 2011, 10:22 am

    Thank you for sharing this review with us!
    I am very much looking forward to reading this,

  • Vicky December 19, 2011, 4:51 am

    New Tiny Buddha fan….Thanks!

  • Devin Schuyler December 20, 2011, 10:02 am

    I’m not sure if the giveaways are still available – but this seems like a book I must have! Whether I win a copy or not, I’m picking up a few copies of this book!!! Thank you for bringing it to our attention!

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