Shine On, You Crazy Diamond:
Even When Your Crown Feels Heavy
Interview With The Author
In this up close and personal interview, Catherine shares what motivated her to write her Internationally Award Winning book, along with the process of overcoming the common barriers and roadblocks that so many people face when deciding to write a book. Catherine offers the audience additional insight and heartfelt experiences that speak to the purpose, goals, and hope for this incredible book that continues to inspire, touch and leave a lasting mark on all those that read it.
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Shine On, You Crazy Diamond:
Even When Your Crown Feels Heavy
Awards & Recognition
American Writing Awards Winner
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Independent Press Award
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American Bookfest Finalist
Shine On You Crazy Diamond is a book written especially for women. Through inspirational quotes and personal experiences, Catherine shares lessons learned as she went through the process of clearing out the debris of shame, guilt, unrealistic expectations from self and others, social stigmas and conditioning, childhood traumas, and all the other unnecessary and unrealistic pressures that we as women often put on ourselves.
Literary Titan Gold Award Winner
The Literary Titan Gold Award is bestowed on books that we have found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, utilizing fresh themes to convey innovative ideas, and deftly uses elegant prose to transform words into expertly written literature. The award is given to books that astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise, and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.
Editor in Chief, Literary Titan
"Shine On, You Crazy Diamond: Even When Your Crown Feels Heavy by Catherine L. Owens is a phenomenal self-help book. It was written originally for women but is suited for anyone and everyone who needs help finding themselves again, needs some guidance, advice, or just wants to read someone's life story and get inspired. While sharing her life stories. Owens talks about subjects such as shame, guilt, religion, self-love, societal expectations, and so much more.
Owens writes honestly, and there is no better way to connect with a reader than being 100% honest. She shares her raw emotions, even giving readers parts of her personal diary entries. She puts into words thoughts we have all had at some point in our lives. The focus is not on fixing flaws but accepting that we are flawed and still have value despite those flaws.
One of the topics Owens covers is being raised Mormon. how that affected her growing up and how her premarital pregnancy with her first daughter changed the way she viewed the Holy Spirit and religion. Who gives the right to a random person to tell her what her relationship to God will be like? The way society views families and what they should be, and other related topics.
The book is lengthy. However, the chapters are written so perfectly that you will read them in no time. In addition to that, the book is overflowing with all sorts of self-love and acceptance quotes that will make you feel better about yourself and your life.
Shine On, You Crazy Diamond: Even When Your Crown Feels Heavy by Catherine L. Owens is more than a self-help book; it is a book that will help you raise your head and be proud of yourself, your life, and your accomplishments. This book will appeal to women looking for uplifting journals. books on women's issues. and educational books."
- Review from Literary Titan
"Catherine L. Owens, and this incredible book that felt as if it was written just for me has managed to make my ‘top ten’ list of 2021. There are many out there who write books that are focused on helping females in this world. They address a variety of issues, like being seen as the “underling” to a man; attempting to be an equal in the workplace; balancing a career and motherhood so that you can be successful at both, and more. But when it comes to a majority of those tales, the information is either seen from a clinical point of view or an emotional one that leaves us more disappointed than we were before we chose to read that particular book. In “Shine On You Crazy Diamond,” however, we are offered a collection of poignant and witty stories, quotes, experiences, and even journal entries by the author that help a woman increase her self-esteem, laugh out loud, and find a way to embrace her flaws while building confidence at the same time. And there’s nothing clinical about it. Strength and boldness are taught to us by this author, who shares personal lessons she has learned throughout life. Whether it be the over-the-top expectations people had for her that added extra stress to her days or trying to get over the social issues and beliefs that negatively affected her, Catherine’s stories have the ability to advise and help women in all stages of life. On each page, the author shows how to transform disappointments into opportunities; she teaches ways that women can escape the “cage” society puts them in and allows them to see the incredible person they were born to be. One of my absolute favorite sections in this book is titled, “Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who’s the Fairest of Them All?” The subject matter is not only helpful for a woman turning fifty, but it also would equally help the millions of young girls out there who need someone to talk to—a mentor who will help them through the most difficult times in early life where self-worth is lost due to the fact that young girls are inundated with the pressure of being slim, pretty, and popular.
“Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is definitely a work I wish I had been given back in the day. The empowerment it gives to women, I believe, has no equal on bookshelves today. I would recommend reading this and then passing it to all generations of females in your family."
- Reader Views Review
"Full of poignancy and wisdom, Owens draws on a lifetime of personal experiences and lessons to inspire and guide the women of today. With an artful balance between short vignettes and quotes from the collective female conscious, she hones down on practical insight that many spend months or years in therapy to figure out. What is wonderful about this book is its simplicity-- its designed to be picked up again and again, whether that's because you need to review a chapter to ground yourself or "find that one quote" to share with your mom group."
- Alyssa Botte, Good Reads 5-star review
This book allows women to become confident, bold, and strong!
"Sometimes it is hard to be a woman. Oftentimes we feel we need to act like we are doing fine when really inside not everything is. Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Catherine L. Owens is a book to help you break away from the cages we put ourselves in and live our best lives. The book covers all the things that we as women encounter and how we deal with them. By exploring the things we are taught and questioning them, exploring our self image and embracing our flaws, this book allows us to become confident and empowered.
I really enjoyed the quotes in this book from a wide variety of strong individuals. The book itself is also beautiful with fun eye catching fonts. The book is packed full of sound advice that is appropriate for any age or stage in life. The author lends a personal stories and journal entries to each lesson.
I would recommend this book for all women who wish to be strong, confident, and bold."
- Bridget Ball, Good Reads 5-star review
"I downloaded Shine Bright You Crazy Diamond, just before I got on a 1 1/2 hour flight to San Diego. I couldn’t put it down. I saw myself, my sisters, daughters, and friends in this book. It’s one of those gems that each time you read it you’ll glean something different depending on what you are going through. It’s definitely a keeper. Men should read it too if they want to get a peek into the soul of all women. Bravo, Catherine. Thank you for this life changing masterpiece. I will buy one for all the women I love. We are all ENOUGH!"
- D. Rothfield, Amazon 5-star review
What I needed to hear!
"So much of this book speaks to me and it is exactly what I needed to read at this moment in my life. I felt like I was listening to a good friend share her journey and uplift/empower me at the same time. This book will definitely be cracked open as needed when my crown feels heavy.
Keep shining, Catherine Owens. Bravo!"
- Brooke Roberts, Amazon 5-star review
"This book is one that should be read over time. There is so much to absorb and consider. The author shares very personal information followed by quotes from many people that support each challenge she faced. The insight on women, their feelings and behavior, can help others navigate difficult situations. There truly is something to learn for every reader, even if they may not feel they have anything in common with the author. We carry so much deep inside that can be triggered at any moment. Things that happened to us as children, teens or young women. Feelings of inadequacy, fear of stepping out of our comfort zone or always being a people-pleaser at the expense of our own growth or happiness. Simply by reading some of the author's journey and the supporting quotes can make the reader feel more confident. Yes, our crown can feel very heavy, at times unbearable, but realizing we are not the only one who has stumbled and fallen gives us courage to get up, dust off, straighten our crown and hold our head up high while we face life's challenges."
- R. Richards, Amazon 5-star review