Nancy Pristine – The Zen Game: How to Win at the Game of Life Without Selling Your Soul

Tell us about your most recent book.

The Zen Game: How to Win at the Game of Life Without Selling Your Soul is centered around the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. It is an ancient principle that, when applied to twenty-first century situations and everyday life, will help you have more patience, understanding, and presence of mind. I think everyone can benefit from this. Do you want to say or do the right thing at the right time? This book will help you gain inward and outward control of yourself and difficult situations.

Why did you write this book?

We all have to deal with difficult, passive-aggressive people every day who want to prove us wrong, intimidate us, or push our buttons. Yet, the answer is not to change other people. The answer lies in changing ourselves. The Zen Game shows you how to alter your thoughts about and responses to difficult people and circumstances in a positive way, so that you can maximize your own enjoyment of everyday activities.

Is The Zen Game a religious book?

No, it’s a philosophy, a “win-win attitude” that will help you achieve happiness and inner calm in a sometimes chaotic world. When you have a Zen Game mindset, people are more likely to respond to you in a positive way, and you will optimize your own life by becoming a magnet for positive people and positive situations. The Zen Game doesn’t tell you what to think and what to say. Instead, it stimulates your own thinking and awareness using the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. If you practice these principles, you will think, feel, and act from a different perspective—a higher perspective. The Zen Game is a compendium of wisdom for life. I’ve addressed many subjects in this book—work, relationships, children, sports—really, almost every aspect of life. I wanted to make the book enlightening and entertaining, so I wrote it in a humorous, easy-to-read format with cartoons at the start of every chapter.

Who is your audience?

I think everyone, of any age, can benefit from my book. This book is more necessary now than ever: We see continuous fighting around the world; bullying and sarcasm are the norm in school, TV, and in everyday life; CEOs place personal profits over corporate ethics; and star athletes set disappointing standards as role models. The Zen Game simply and directly lays the groundwork for a refreshing return to “winning” in the truest sense of the word. When you “win at the game of life,” you live with respect, integrity, and humility. These are the qualities of a true winner. Yes, you may “win” without them, but it comes at the price of selling your soul. There is no real happiness or success.

Where can people learn more about you and your book?

People can read more about me and my books at Every Monday morning, I post “Words for the Wise,” which includes a thought for the week that you can implement in your daily life to achieve happiness and success. I am also the author of The Victory Dance: Placing Yourself in the Winner’s Circle in Sports and in Life (for adults) and Victory Dancing for Teens: Smooth Moves for Getting to the Winner’s Circle. You can see a quick video about my new books by going to or