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Be the Star You Are!: 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing, and Learning to Make a Difference (Heart & Star Books) Paperback – September 1, 2004

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About the Author

CYNTHIA BRIAN has shown millions how to achieve their dreams through her motivational TV series Starstyle-Live Your Dreams. She has worked in the entertainment industry for the past 25 years as an actor, producer, writer, and set designer. A mother of two and coauthor of Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul, Cynthia currently lives in Northern California.
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Product Details

  • Series: Heart & Star Books
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Arts (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587610086
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587610080
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Be the Star You Are" claims to have 99 gifts, which are really one BIG gift, the gift of life divided into 99 easy to digest and easy to use gifts that will change your life and how you look at and deal with people. Th whole book sparkles with Cynthia Brian's personality. You will feel that you want to know her better when you read it and you will be looking forward to her next book. Like any great book, the benefit to you is when you apply what you read to your own life. So do it! You will like it! Oh yes, you have to read it first!
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This book is an accurate expression of the author. Having known Cynthia for 15 years, I can say that she really has lived every word of this book, and that every story, every experience, every insight comes straight from her heart! Cynthia is blessed with a childhood rich in love and human values, and she has spent her life sharing that bounty with her family, friends, and everyone else whose life she has touched. Reading this book is like talking with Cynthia about her deepest feelings. Spend time with a truly loving person -- on every page!
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By A Customer on September 9, 2001
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Be The Star You Are is a wholesome book of stories that, to me, reflect the good life. I use Cynthia Brian's book when I read to seniors and plan to use it to read to youth-at-risk at our local Juvenile Hall. I volunteer and read in a program called "Reading Spells Success" and plan to use this book as part of my material. Keep them coming Cynthia !
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There are three types of 'Self-Help' authors.
The Wanna-be Greats who tell you what to do and have no idea about how you should accomplish these goals.
The Imitate Great who tell you what to do and promise that if you simply imitate them you will achieve success.
And The Great who show you how to discover who you are, define what success means to you, and give you action items to help you achieve this greatness for yourself on your own terms.
Cynthia, with this book you have reached the level of a GREAT author. Thanks for a wonderful and useful tool that anyone could use to achieve his or her own success.
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This book is full of heart. Cynthia cares a lot about living with passion and heart and her book is a reflection of that. Great book to have around so that you can select one of the 99 chapters based on the theme that's important to you at the moment; the chapter you pick is sure to be full of wisdom and inspiration.
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On November 8 2008, I attended a great event: Amazing Woman's Day, a Marsh Engle production. And sure enough, I met a really amazing woman, Cynthia Brian. Cynthia is the author of a great book, "Be the Star You Are: 99 Gifts for Living, Loving, Laughing and Learning to Make a Difference." Big title, big book, filled with big ideas.

I like everything about this book, beginning with the title. Like Cynthia, I believe that we are all stars - we just need to find ways to showcase our brilliance. In "Be the Star You Are," Cynthia provides 99 ideas, she calls them gifts, to help you showcase your brilliance.

Each gift is explained in a few pages, followed by an exercise to help the reader make the most of it. For example the exercise that accompanies "The Gift of Optimism," one of my favorite topics goes like this...

* Stand up tall. Reach as high as you dare. Stand on your toes, and reach for the stars. Imaging yourself flying to the stars and landing on a twinkling surface of heavenly light.

* Now, bend over and fall limply to the ground. Imagine yourself continuing to fall, being sucked deeper and deeper into the earth's molten core.

* Stretch upward again. Make circles in the air with your arms, sweeping them around you as you jump high off the ground.

* Which feels better? Do you want to reach and soar? Or fall and sink? In life, you can be an optimist and reach for the stars, or be a pessimist and collapse into the earth. That's your choice.

"Twinkling surface of heavenly light," "earth's molten core;" Cynthia certainly has a way with words.

More important, she shows her readers how to make the most of the 99 gifts in her book by providing such interesting, fun and useful exercises.
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By A Customer on August 28, 2001
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As always, Cynthia Brian has provided inspiration and insight for bringing out the best in all of us. A great read for all, young and old.
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I enjoyed Cynthia's book from cover to cover, although it could also be enjoyed a chapter at a time read in any order. The point Cynthia makes through the telling of her own personal stories is that we all are unique, having special gifts and talents--that with courage and perseverance--can be developed to their fullest potential so that we can truly become the "star" we are. Each story embodies a "gift", such as abundance or patience, that when recognized/applied in our lives, together become the building blocks upon which we create our dreams. At the end of each story (of which there are 99)she has a simple but effective exercise that can "awaken" the qualities of that gift within us. Through these down-to-Earth, real-life stories Cynthia inspires us to feel confident that our dreams are attainable if we only dare to dream and believe in our dream. As a teenager actively pursuing my dreams I turn to Cynthia Brian's book often for inspiration.
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