Life Outside The Box by Marilyn R. Wilson – Book Review & Giveaway

Life Outside The Box

Life Outside The Box – Book Review

I have always been fascinated by the stories of successful people – who they are, where they come from, and what inspired them to become the person they are today.

Did they have a burning passion inside of them that drove them forward when times got tough? Did they come from nothing and have something to prove? Were they inspired by a vision or a dream they had inside them from an early age?

What lessons can I learn from their lives that might help me achieve my own dreams?

Freelance writer and editor Marilyn R. Wilson also shares that fascination. For over a year, she made it her mission to interview over 100 people who have carved successful lives for themselves according to their standards.

Then, she selected the stories of seven women and three men and shared their unique journeys in her first book, Life Outside The Box: The Extraordinary Journey Of 10 Unique Individuals.

The individuals featured in Life Outside The Box are:

  • Ruthie Davis (Top US Luxury Shoe Designer)
  • Katherine Soucie (Artist, Textile/Fashion Designer)
  • Geir Ness (First Norwegian Fragrance Designer)
  • Patricia Fieldwalker (Fashion Designer)
  • Pamela Masik (Artist)
  • Shane Koyczan (Spoken Word Poet)
  • Lisa-Marie Mazzuco (Photographer)
  • Caroline MacGillivray (Actress)
  • William Orlowski (Tap Dancer)
  • Julie Salisbury (Publishing Entrepreneur)

Each of these stories is a joy to read, for each individual has pearls of wisdom to share as they candidly discuss the circumstances that shaped their lives and how they chose to respond to each opportunity that presented itself to them.

Life Outside The Box is one of those books that you will want to read with a pen in hand to mark all of the quotes and passages that speak to your heart.

If you are looking for a book that will inspire you to be your best – do your best – follow your dreams – never give up – and remind you that all things are possible, then Life Outside The Box is for you!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Video – Interview with Marilyn R. Wilson, Life Outside The Box

About Marilyn R. Wilson

Marilyn R Wilson

Marilyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for interviewing. It all began in 2006 when the she answered a Craigslist ad from a NY magazine asking for story submissions. Two were accepted. The first live interview was life changing and Wilson has never looked back. With over 150 interviews now behind her, the love of interviewing is still as strong as ever. Whether through a random encounter on the New York subway or via a “one-on-one” interview with an internationally recognized artist, the goal is the same—to share the unique journeys of inspiring individuals.

In 2007, this goal led the author to co-launch a successful, innovative magazine focused on professionals working in the fashion industry, paired with photography and illustrations by local artists. Now on staff at Raine Magazine (NY/Miami/LA), as well as freelancing for other publications, Wilson has taken her passion to a new audience with the release of her first book.

Life Outside The Box – Book Tour

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The Life Outside The Box Book Tour runs from May 18 through June 26, 2015.

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18 Responses to “Life Outside The Box by Marilyn R. Wilson – Book Review & Giveaway”

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  1. Melanie Backus says:

    Nothing like a good book and this sounds like a dandy! Thank you for the opportunity !

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review Life Outside the Box. I am filled with gratitude that you enjoyed it. Love the line, “Life Outside The Box is one of those books that you will want to read with a pen in hand to mark all of the quotes and passages that speak to your heart.”

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thank you so much, Marilyn, for stopping by – it was a pleasure to “meet” you through your book and your site and I truly appreciated the inspiring interviews and book you wrote!

      You are just as much of an inspiration as the people you interviewed and I look forward to hearing continued great things from you! 🙂

  3. Marie says:

    This sounds totally inspiring and informative. Thanks for reviewing this!

  4. Alex says:

    This sounds like a very interesting book. Would love to read it. Going to add it to my list.

    Alex – Funky Jungle

  5. Lisa Ehrman says:

    I would love to read this inspiring book. The idea of reading with pen in hand sounds very good to me 🙂

  6. Great review! Sounds like an excellent book!
    Blessings to you! 🙂

  7. heidi says:

    I think it would be interesting to read the stories about who people who have followed their dreams and become successful.

  8. Melissa B
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    Sounds like a great book!
    Great review!

  9. Gail Williams says:

    I have always lived my life outside the box. I would like to win this book to be inspired by some of these other individuals who also have stories to tell.

  10. Kirsten says:

    I love Shane’s work so I’m really intrigued to read more about him, and others she would include with him. Thanks!

  11. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    I love stories that tell how writers succeeded. Thanks for sharing on Literacy Musing Mondays.

  12. Sounds like a fascinating and inspiring book! Thanks for the great review – I hadn;t heard of this one before.

    Found your post through Small Victories Sunday link-up!


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  13. Sounds like a good book! I would love to get a chance to read this book …being a bookworm I have trouble passing up a chance for any sort of book prize 🙂

    Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup …I’ve pinned your post… hope you join us again this week!

  14. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    This sounds like an important book. Thanks for sharing at Literacy Musing Mondays.

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