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More Details Original Title. I've been thinking Other Editions 7. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I've Been Thinking. Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life , please sign up. I'm interested in this book, but am wondering if a big chunk of it is focused on motherhood. I'm not a mother and sometimes books like this are written as if all women reading it are or will be mothers?
Nothing wrong with that, but my eyes start to glaze over after a while. See 1 question about I've Been Thinking. Reflections, Prayers, and Meditations for a Meaningful Life…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 11, Elyse Walters rated it liked it. This was an Audiobook library freebie. I had no idea what I was getting into. She quotes many philosophers - poets and other spiritual leaders. She shares with us her own personal prayers. The intention for this book is to be helpful and empower others to live the best life possible - be positive- think positive - and make a positive impact in the world.
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This book is a treasure! Maria Shriver shares what she prays for every morning. Everything is present-focused, positive, and self-accepting. While there is most definitely a Christian focus, there are many quotes and meditations offered that are secular. Maria writes from the heart in a deeply personal way. She shares her favorite films she relies on for a good laugh great choices! Who knew Maria Shriver enjoyed Bridesmaids?! Me, too! I still have tears when I think about it. View all 6 comments. Mar 17, Victoria rated it it was amazing.
Hopeful and optimistic without a Pollyanna attitude. Maria sees the world as it is, aspires to do better and challenges us to be our better selves.
Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, was one of the most admirable women of the 20th century and Maria has taken up the mantle beautifully. View all 7 comments. Jun 30, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: , print , 5-star-reviews. A beautiful and inspiring book to help ignite reflection and clarity.
As a prominent woman that juggles many roles, Shriver knows just how hectic and stressful everyday life can be. In this heartfelt book, Shriver offers up the less A beautiful and inspiring book to help ignite reflection and clarity.
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My kids do, too. Like right now. It would make a great gift book for any woman struggling with the twists and turns on the rollercoaster of life. I received this delightful book as a gift from my dear friend, Dale, and I will certainly be passing it on to others. We all struggle with who we are, or what we think and how we can make a difference.
This book offers over sixty different reflections, quotes and prayers to help stimulate your own thought process. This is one of my favorite books of It makes you feel inadequate. Mar 12, Phil rated it liked it. I hate to rain on all the 5-star ratings of this book. And, let me say, I admire Maria Shriver a great deal. That said, this is almost as superficial as a Hallmark card. Perhaps it was my expectation that there would be a deep dive, and draw from her life story. It does, barely. The forty? Each ends with a 'Dear God' prayer.
I have no problem with a reverential appeal to god who she advises in the prefix, can be any higher power than yourself. Bu I hate to rain on all the 5-star ratings of this book. But it becomes 'eye rolling' excessive. View all 4 comments. I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Thank you! This book is a series of short essays on varied topics pertaining to living a good life filled with love, kindness and purpose, followed by a short prayer. Part of me wonders how it would come across to a nonbeliever or a reader whose beliefs are not Catholic Christian.
But, generally these are heart-felt thoughts, honestly expressed. The essays are short and thought-provoking, easy to read in short spurts. The book is a good way to take a f I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The book is a good way to take a few moments and contemplate your life and how you think about it.
Feb 13, Kathy K rated it it was amazing. Maria is one of those go to authors for inspiration, insight and clear minded thinking. She writes with complete honesty and from her soul. This book is one I will read over and over again when I am looking for reminders for how to stay on the path of moving forward with courage, love and positivity. Beautiful, calming, inspiring. I have never met this woman but feel I know her as a friend through her writings. Apr 21, Allison rated it it was amazing. Maria for President!
Usually I trade them in for more books. This book is a keeper. View 1 comment. Maria Shriver is totally correct in saying we are now living in times where more is needed. Then there are sections that we have heard before like pieces on love, honesty, forgiveness, and so on. It has thoughts and advice that one will want to repeat reading and contemplating as well as passages that will provoke and inspire at different times. Maria Shriver comes from a family of doers but this is a book about the fire and fuel behind the doing and being! Highly recommended, inspirational nonfiction.
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Teaching Yoga Beyond the Poses. Sage Rountree and Alexandra DeSiato. Erin Williams and Jordan Reid. Daring Greatly. Tell Me More. Kelly Corrigan. Adam Gordon. Chase the Lion. Mark Batterson. Getting There. Mari Andrew. Little Gestures. But most of us have to work at having a positive frame of mind. So every morning when I open my eyes, and before my feet touch the ground, I thank God for the gift of my life. I seek out people who have a gratitude practice. I love talking with them and learning from them. They look at the world through a clear lens.
When adversity arises, they bounce back faster. They know and feel that they have a good thing going. And they do. The truth is, you can never be grateful enough. The power of gratitude can turn a bad day into a good one. It reboots your spirit. It makes you look at your life in a different way. Being thankful can make all the difference in your day.
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So start your very own daily gratitude practice. Dear God, thank you for all the times when I am blessed by the kindness of others. You have surrounded me with people who care for me and bless me every day with kind words and actions. Help me to show them the same kindness they have provided. Help me to know how deeply I appreciate them and to know that I treasure them as a gift from you to me. Such a wonderful read. With quotes, prayers, and personal anecdotes, this book feels like a long walk with a close friend.
Shriver teaches all of us in the graduate program of life to seek meaning through the joy of following your heart. Just the kind of advice a heart surgeon cherishes. If you want to feel uplifted, inspired, and comforted, read it. This book, like its author, is a precious gift to the world. Here, she gives us her hard-earned wisdom, tenderness, courage and wildly gorgeous, inclusive, accessible faith. Essential for anyone needing to restore peace, purpose, and passion.