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5,0 von 5 SternenThis book feels like an oasis of peace in the swirl of a ...
27. Februar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
I’ve never read a book that resonated with me on such a personal level. I struggle to understand why, and what I keep coming back to is that all-too frequently this world we live in has me feeling overloaded, overwhelmed, and off-kilter. This book feels like an oasis of peace in the swirl of a hurricane. I savored many of the chapters, and found that Maria’s words kept bringing me “back to center.” I’ve Been Thinking is, quite simply, a wonderful book, and it will be a permanent fixture on my nightstand.
I'm 65, recently retired and lost in this confusing world now. When I saw Maria Shriver on the "Today" show, listening to her about this new book, I knew I needed to read it. It inspires hope in what will come in the future. I've started rosary meditation with this new year beginning, and it has calmed me down. She focuses on issues, some of us have at this time in life. This 24/7 news cycle, keeps me on edge, kids moving out and starting families of their own, and my own moving out of my house and living a simpler life. Being alone a lot and missing family time, busyness and jobs keeping us separated from one another. But she inspires me to have Hope. Hope that this is but a moment in time, things will get better. I'm sure I will re-read her book over and over as I re evaluate my life and how I want my story to read. She has given me HOPE. Thank you Maria.
5,0 von 5 SternenA book for meditation, reflection, and gifting to others
28. Februar 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
In this personal, honest book, Maria Shriver welcomes us into her thought processes, her life, and what she’s learned. While reading my review copy, I felt as if she’d invited me over for a cup of tea to talk about her life. The book contained so many pearls of wisdom from her, and from countless other deep thinkers—poets, philosophers, and more—people of diverse faiths, beliefs, and professions, who offered words that we can all live by. Written in short readable chapters with Shriver’s own prayers at the end of each, it’s perfect for periods of meditation. She touches on aspects of human life that we all experience—gratitude, regret, joy, family truths, mental health, aging, empty nesting, sorrow, happiness, mothering, rest, and reflection. This will be a book that I underline, re-read, give to others, and keep by my bedside.
This is a beautiful book, both inside and out. Maria touches on what really makes life meaningful and reflects on what is needed to live a life that matters. I especially resonated with her thoughts about entering a new phase of motherhood--one that requires letting go of the ties to our children as they venture on their own. What I like most about this book is that you can open it to any page and instantly find bits of wisdom that will guide you through your daily life.
3,0 von 5 SternenWell-Written, Thoughtful and Sincere, but Didn't Resonate with Me
17. Juli 2018 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
While I much appreciated Maria's honesty, her sincerity, and her writing, this book just didn't resonate with me personally.
I think the intent of the book is to serve as a nightstand motivation read that you can reach for and get bite sized pieces of wisdom and motivation. The book is broken up into various topics including change, aging, gratitude, love, etc, with each topic spanning no more than 1-3 pages, followed by a daily prayer at the end. I liked the fact that Maria stated up front for the reader to take what works for them from her writing, and leave the rest while also acknowledging that "God" as she references in the book means something different to each person.
So, while there was alot to like, this book for me personally, just wasn't substantive enough to make it one that I would reach for when I need a substantive dose of inspiration. My personal feeling was that it felt alot like cotton candy, soft, sweet and pleasant for the first 5 seconds, but left me wanting more. Beautiful sentiments, just not much lasting substance that I felt I could use.