Innately Good is one of the most moving books I have ever read. Its message is also one of the most important messages for us all. Stating her thesis that “you are love” and documenting it in multiple sources, the author then locates the anti-thesis, that we are not “good enough,” in our evolutionary, religious and psychological history. Then vulnerably using her personal history as the narrative thread, and weaving in the experiences of her clients, she eloquently describes the appalling negative impact of trying to be “good enough” on our personal and relational lives and its debilitating impact on society. But she does not leave us with a scholarly analysis only. She closes the book with concrete processes of discovering our innate goodness and experiencing ourselves as “love.”
Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., coauthor of Receiving Love: Transform Your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved
Innately Good is an absolutely wonderful book, full of wisdom, great stories, and the kind of truth that will set you free.
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
Jan Denise takes the work out of finding the path to who we truly are through this beautiful book. She dismantles “the lie” that we are not enough. She asks us to see “the dream” of being pure love as a reality we can grasp. And, she shows us how to surrender to the pure love we are, always have been, and will continue to be. Bravo, Jan! You are love!
David Essel, Author, TV and Radio Host, Adjunct Professor, Edison State College, Fort Myers, FL
In Innately Good, Jan Denise shines a clear and powerful spotlight on a critical epidemic of our time — the widespread disease of feeling, and believing, that one is not good enough. This is the debilitating root of so much mental, emotional, and spiritual suffering … and physical illness as well. With eloquence and grace — born from the crucible of her own self-healing — Jan skillfully and compassionately guides readers on the hero’s journey from shame and isolation to the discovery of the true Self, filled with radiance, love, and possibility. This is an important and deeply inspiring book. A rare gift.
Jeremy Geffen, MD, FACP, Author, The Journey Through Cancer: Healing and Transforming the Whole Person
With a clear eye and a warm style, Jan Denise frankly sympathizes with our human need to be accepted and found “worthy,” then cuts through the myths we want so desperately to believe: that “stuff” will make us happy, that love can be accumulated from the outside. Whatever the reader’s personal belief system, there is much in Innately Good that we ought to consider in our efforts to live more simply good, compassionate and happy lives.
Ann L. Weber, Ph.D., author of Perspectives on Close Relationships and Psychology: Core Concepts
Love your book, Jan. You have combined your wisdom with that of other spiritual leaders, into a fabric that is woven of your personal experiences. Thank you for sharing your fears, anger and worry, for in doing so, we confront ourselves, and as the old comic strip character Pogo said, “We have met the enemy, and they is us.” So, Miss Squeaky, little person, you are indeed a major spirit in my life, hey, my mother was shorter, at 5’2″. I now totally understand your words about self-esteem, especially about men dealing with women. As for me, and thanks to you, I learned to open my heart, and to let go of fear. And I found my love. You are an angel, Jan, you know that. Love you, Paul
I’ve been devouring your book and re-reading parts of it that are really ringing true to me. It makes so much sense, but I have questions about some things. Good questions. It’s all good. I’ve been getting a lot of comfort out of the book. I will email you next week for a consultation. You’ve been wonderful to me — always taking time to listen. I appreciate you very much. Priscilla
Wow! “Innately Good” made it half way around the globe! I don’t know if you still recall me, but you counseled me overseas a couple of years ago. The reason I’m writing to you is, I was in Borders in UAE, and I bumped into your book, Innately Good, and of course I had to get it! I thought I’d tell you, I’m glad you made it all the way to UAE, almost half way around the globe. I am going through the first part of the book, which is extremely interesting to me coz you’re discussing how raising kids can ‘break’ them, and I’m going through a lot of thinking in that area. I shall write you back with my comments, once I have finished a decent part of the book. Until then, I hope you continue spreading truth, hope and love as you always have. Cheers
I find love to be some kind of anesthesia, a rest from deep pain and suffering. I speak patience to my soul, and try to grasp that love is real, it is for me, and in this life. I practice invoking love, aligning myself with love, and being love. God thought of me, when you wrote the book … I needed that like I need breath or water. I know what it’s like to hold the broken, and now I know what it’s like to be held. Regina