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“A great self care book for women. Reflective, relevant, right on point.”–Anonymous


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Mother Teresa said, “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” Most women are so busy filling the lamps of the people they love that they let their own lamps run low. They spend so much time and energy taking care of their children, husbands, aging parents, friends, neighbors, bosses, coworkers, and others that they often neglect themselves.

Awareness is the first step toward solving a problem. So the first section of Oil for Your Lamp is devoted to helping us acknowledge the problem and understand the reasons for it. The first section of the book looks at how girls are socialized, growing up to be women who put others first. Subsequently, it examine the values women have adopted in the past fifty years, beginning with the feminist movement—leading us to believe that we can have it all—all at once. And then explores the corresponding myth that we can DO it all.

But don’t be discouraged. Help is on the way—in the second section, we’ll get into solutions for the problem. We’ll learn the value of doing nothing, how to play again, how to become more inner-directed, and most important, how to ask for help.

It’s the new golden rule for women: “Do unto yourself as you would do to others.”

  • Details:
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 6.5" x 6.5"
  • Page Count: 128
  • Video Run Time: 1 min 53 secs
  • eBook Format: .epub
  • Audio Format: mp3

About Authors

BJ GALLAGHER is an inspirational author and speaker. She writes business books that educate and empower, women’s books that enlighten and entertain, gift books that inspire and inform, and kids’ books that charm and delight. Whether her audience is corporate executives, working women, or a group of giggling youngsters, her message is powerful, positive and practical. She motivates and teaches with empathy, understanding, and more than a little humor.

BJ’s international best-seller, A Peacock in the Land of Penguins, has sold over 300,000 copies in 22 languages.

A much-published author, her books include:

  • It’s Never Too Late to Be What You Might Have Been (Viva Editions; 2009)
  • Why Don’t I Do the Things I Know are Good for Me? (Berkley; 2009)
  • Learning to Dance in the Rain (Simple Truths; 2009)
  • The Best Way Out is Always Through (Simple Truths; 2009)
  • Oh, Thank Goodness, It’s Not Just Me! (Simple Truths; 2010)
  • Oil for Your Lamp (Simple Truths; 2010)
  • Friends (Simple Truths; 2011)
  • The Road to Happiness (Simple Truths; 2011)
  • The Power of Positive Doing (Simple Truths; 2012)
  • The Power of One (Simple Truths; 2016)
  • The Leadership Secrets of Oz (Simple Truths; 2017)

BJ and her books have been featured on CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer, The Today Show with Matt Lauer, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and other television and radio programs.

She is quoted almost weekly in various newspapers, women’s magazines, and websites, including: O the Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Woman’s World, Ladies Home Journal, First for Women, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Orlando Sentinel, Financial Times (U.K.), The Guardian (U.K.),,, and

In addition to writing books, BJ also conducts seminars and delivers keynotes at conferences across the country. Her clients include: IBM, Chevron, U.S. Veterans Administration, John Deere Credit Canada, Volkswagen, Farm Credit Services of America, Raytheon, U.S. Department of Interior, Phoenix Newspapers Inc., The American Press Institute, Infiniti, Nissan, U.S. Army, and Atlanta Journal Constitution, among others.

For more information, visit BJ’s web sites:, and

LISA HAMMOND founded Femail Creations, a mail order catalog and website for unique gifts for women. In addition to running her own companies and writing books, Lisa is a sought after business consultant for companies and individuals seeking creative advice.

What Readers are Saying

Average Rating:
4.6 (based on 54 reviews)

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    11/332/2011 11/29/2011
    • 5.0
    Oil For Your Lamp
    I have not received my book yet, but I know that I will love it. When I finish reading my book, I'm going to purchase one for each of my daughters.
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      Joan Leader
      12/363/2011 12/30/2011
      • 5.0
      Oil For Your Lamp
      Another Winner! Simple Truths is batting 1000 with me! Thanks.
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        Adelina Salerno
        01/03/2012 01/04/2012
        • 5.0
        Oil In Your Lamp
        I love the book, gave me a different approach to doing for myself. and also others thank you for such an amazing book..
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          01/26/2012 01/27/2012
          • 5.0
          Oil For My Lamp
          I ordered this for Christmas for all the women in my family from age 21 on. I have had this book myself for some time and it is filled with wisdom and experiences that are so helpful with the lives many women live today. I marked mine with words appropriate to the topic in the particular section and if I feel a need to think about something in particular it's right at my fingertips. I hope the women of my family will find it as important to them as I do.
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            02/37/2012 02/07/2012
            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
            • 5.0
            Oil For Your Lamp Is Excellent
            I bought this book for myself knowing what it was going to tell me and not necessarily wanting to hear it. But the message is women we need to fill up as much as we give. The poetry and images are beautiful
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