Praise for Jenny Messerle’s I am a Golden Buddha

I am Golden Buddha is a gorgeous book filled with wonderful cartoons and lovely words.  The book is amazing and I can see myself in it so much. Thank you to Jenny for being so vulnerable and for sharing herself so beautifully with the world. This book is a treasure.” – Violette Clark, author of Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric

"There is a purity in the book I am a Golden Buddha, and combined with a reader's open heart, these pages are sure to heal. We all carry stories from our childhood that have the potential to fracture our perception of self-worth. Not only does Jenny provide a structure to begin seeing yourself anew, but she also provides a vehicle through personal stories and tender illustrations that will melt away any defenses. Read this book, as I did, and fall in love with both Jenny and with yourself!" – Rachel Awes, psychologist, author, speaker, & art playgroundist, at rachelawes.com

Jenny Messerle

42 five-star Amazon reviews

I am a Golden Buddha is one of my favorite new books. Reading this book, I kept thinking, "Oh my gosh, she is writing about me." In that thought process I alternated between feeling exposed - "I am so weird "- and feeling encouraged and aligned. My thoughts of inadequacy and self-esteem in progress were normalized by hearing a shared journey, albeit with different details. Hearing someone tell their story so authentically, and seeing how they rose above those pernicious voices telling them (us!) that we are not good enough, gives me both courage and understanding to rise above those same voices that keep me small. Thank you, Jenny. I hope everyone who reads this endorsement will read your important book.” Molly Lannon Kenny, author of No Gurus Came Knocking and founder and director of The Samarya Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to individual transformation and radical social change

“I just love this book Jenny Messerle wrote. Her gentle wisdom and encouragement on handling self-criticism is healing to my heart.” - Sabrina Ward Harrison, author of Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself

"I loved this book so much I bought several. I put two in my office lobbies, and gave others to my loved ones of all ages who I thought would benefit greatly from reading it. I gave I am a Golden Buddha to my nephew and he began reading it right away. He told me, ‘This is exactly how I feel. How did you know that I needed this book?’…”– Jennifer K. Amazon reviewer

“Ahhhhhh! GIRL! I can relate! This book is so so good! Part memoir, part "self help", part awesome art. This is going under the tree this holiday for EVERY woman in my life!” – Bessie P. Goodreads reviewer

“This book spoke to me in so many ways. Every time I'd turn the page, there was another story, example, or concept, that made me feel like "that's me!" It's a beautiful journey and a beautiful book.” – Cheryl E. Goodreads reviewer


“This book hit very close to home for me. As a first generation Asian American myself, Jenny's experiences are very relatable and it also shed some light on where some of my own anxieties come from. I read this book when I was struggling through some anxiety and depression and this book made me feel less alone. In our crazy world today, it's so easy to lose yourself. This book teaches us to love and appreciate ourselves, which is so hard sometimes! I also enjoyed the graphical comics that she included. I thought it was a unique approach. Thank you, Jenny, for sharing your story with the world.” - ML Amazon reviewer


 “I am a Golden Buddha is …a book that stays with you long after you've turned the last page, disarmingly simple and yet very profound.” – Mardie R. Goodreads reviewer

“I am a Golden Buddha is a powerful read— a uniquely personal self-help book, unlike any I’ve ever read….” – Zannah M. Amazon reviewer

“This wonderful book is a gem. I read and reread many passages and will again I'm sure. Do yourself a favor and get this book. Everyone should read this to understand a bit more about others, their struggles, their strength, and the beauty in the world…” – Amy C. Amazon reviewer

“This book is so inspiring! When I read the last page I immediately started reading the book again. I am a Golden Buddha contained information about ways to help silence your inner critic which I found incredibly helpful. Reading this book was truly a healing experience.” Richard G. Amazon reviewer

“What a courageous, insightful, beautiful book I am a Golden Buddha: A Journey from Self-Criticism to Inner Peace is. We need to get it out into the world. So many people are going to identify with and benefit from it. But they have to read it for that to happen.”

Jill Badonsky, author of The Muse Is In: An Owner’s Manual to Your Creativity