All In With Love

my journey to the hero within

Non-Fiction - Memoir
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 08/24/2022
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Author Biography

As a man who has lived a colorful life including sports accolades, pursuing a Hollywood celebrity lifestyle, his own television show, and even a Chippendale bow tie, James has now embarked on traveling and speaking about his powerful new memoir, All in with Love: my journey to the hero within. This book chronicles his amazing life experiences and accomplishments as well as showcases how he turned poor choices and failure into a recipe for personal growth. But above all it is a story of reconnection. Of getting back to the wonder and curiosity of the inner child and living life to its glorious potential. Beautifully and compellingly written, his story telling is not only entertaining its readers but also providing them with deep introspective questions and thoughts about life and their younger selves.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

A long way from home and in the deep, muddy waters of disappointment, James Gardiner questioned the choices that led to his quest for superstardom and the extravagant lifestyle of famous Hollywood stars. Meanwhile, his friends were building their finances and families, and what he had to show for his efforts was relatively mediocre. All In With Love: My Journey to the Hero Within is the story of a man whose connection to himself, his soul, and his true needs were drowned by his addiction to the cheers of the crowd and his burning desire to act his way to fame in Hollywood. At different points in his career, James was forced to choose between accepting embarrassing roles and maintaining his dignity. He eventually built another life for himself outside acting - one that involved starting a family, winning medals at rowing, and managing restaurants.

I fell in love with James Gardiner's utterly beautiful and alluringly poetic memoir from the very beginning, and to my surprise, it got better with every page. As someone who realized that the cost of being a celebrity musician was too great after testing the waters, I identified deeply with James's initial strong desire for fame and his subsequent sense of appreciation for the simple things. Every story in All In With Love is adorned with a most engrossing discussion about the key themes, which adds to the wonderful experience of the book. Gardiner spins a courageously sincere and deeply moving story that anyone who knows what it's like to experience having a burning desire, fatherhood, infidelity, depression, and divorce will relate to it. It's an unforgettable story about finding one's way from the darkest parts of the tunnel and discovering the true power of love and family.

Tina Overbury

“When I first read that chapter, I was like ‘holy shit, this guy can write!’ We can all create art and you have lots of artful, authentic, intelligent moments… But the craft of writing? To me, the “Nine Hearts” chapters… I was like ‘what the “f@&k, who is this guy?!’

Cindy Van Arnam

“It is one of the most powerful books I’ve ever read, and I read a lot. It’s rare that I find a book that is outside the realm of self development and personal development that touches me in such a unique way. It’s powerful.”

Independent Book Review

Everyone has an inner child. But are you listening? Gardiner reminds us that no matter what happens, we must look within. We must ask, “What does our inner child want?” All in With Love is a motivating memoir filled with all sorts of nice and heartfelt moments. We get so caught up with society’s expectations and pressures that we forget our authentic selves and real goals. Gardiner’s book is a friendly self-care reminder. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to put your needs first (as long it doesn’t hurt others). Sometimes we have to do things that are exciting to our inner child, and sometimes, we need to become the heroes our younger selves would look up to.
All in With Love is highly recommended for those who need a touching and inspiring life story.