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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (June 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416562990
  • ASIN: B003NHR6I6
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,453,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Baumbich, an award-winning journalist and author of the Dearest Dorothy fiction series, has set out to accomplish what few Christian humorists have succeeded in achieving: making her readers laugh deep from the belly while simultaneously trouncing on their faulty religious beliefs. Baumbich's writing style is such that readers will feel as though she's conversing with herself and they are her most fortunate eavesdropping audience. The author's comic rehashing of life's more ironic and bizarre happenings will be valued by readers of both genders. Baumbich encourages her fans to create their own memory portfolios of treasured moments to see God's bounty at every turn (or detour). Readers are also treated to poignant essays on the power of imagination, the importance of questioning assumptions, awakening every sense, living in a balanced way or falling with a splat. Baumbich's text is just what the doctor ordered for a time such as this; laughter is good medicine indeed and there are plenty of guffaws to be found on every page. (June)
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"Charlene has the charm of putting a sparkle in even the most trivial of experiences... making them bright spots... I felt like a window was opening from a narrow tunnel -- and ahead were shiny spots of joy... making even what could be dull and drab take on an appearance of brightness."-- Barbara Johnson, author of Splashes of Joy in the Cesspools of Life

"Charlene's outrageous humor will tickle you with life-giving laughter!"-- Patsy Clairmont, author of God Uses Cracked Pots and Under His Wings

Customer Reviews

Through her wonderful observations she will encourage you to live your life joyfully and to it's fullest potential!
L. Wood
I have been more inspired and challenged by the wonderful words Charlene Baumbich shared in Don't Miss Your Life than all the other books combined!
Linda G. Toft
I laughed so frequently while reading "Don't Miss Your Life" that my husband asked to borrow the book when I was done with it.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LadyD on October 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
I didn't know what to expect upon reading Charlene's paperback book titled, Don't Miss Your Life! I requested this particular book from Divine Inspiration because I liked the cover art mostly. To be honest with you, I wasn't familiar with Charlene's writing nor the Dearest Dorothy Series. The very first thing that caught my eye on the book cover were these three young ladies who were jumping in mid air with colorful skirts on and oh yes, did I mention their bare feet?! If you are looking for a vision of what freedom within looks like or you might be longing to read a book filled with guidance to how one's life might feel to be free, then I encourage you to get a copy of Charlene's book because "walking barefoot in grass makes your understanding tingle".

The book begins with a charming and playful approach on how to discover your own rich and sustaining memories called "Remember When?" I found that this is not your typical self help book but rather a cleverly woven art of storytelling that this author shares so professionally with us from her own heartfelt unique experiences of life. Charlene has so many cool quotations and scriptures added throughout her book.

Throughout the book's chapters, Charlene's sense of humor shines brilliantly while one in particular, "Humor Hogties" will have your sides ripping! Being a piano teacher, my favorite part of this book is about a passage asking the reader some soul searching questions of reflection and contemplation, "What is the song in your heart right now?" Charlene Baumbich will encourage you to take ownership of your life, show you how to be liberated from despair and celebrate life to the fullest with passion and joy overflowing. I highly recommend this book to you and rate it 5+ stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nora A. Stlaurent on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and the author's enthusiasm she has in discovering the joy of life. Are you letting fear get the better of you? Is fear stopping you from living life to the fullest?

She says, "Hope is perhaps the first key that can enable you to wake up, and then open up, to your life. Without hope, we are left with only despair," which stops us from experiencing anything good. It keeps us just going through the motions of life not living it.

I enjoyed how this author described life in simple terms, time a precious thing waste. "Do your days pass by in a blur, one melding into the next? ...We thirst to be living life to the fullest, but first we need to be stunned into realizing just how asleep we've been...For instance, have you ever been driving down the road and..OHMYGOSH! I didn't remember driving the last five blocks! How did I get here?"

Charlene has very practical ideas to jump start you back into living life to the fullest, make you aware of the flowers in your path and to take the time to see and smell how beautiful they really are. It's much like our lives. There are so many special moments in our lives to be recognized and savored

Some of the chapters in her book are: Wake Up!, Crowned Princesses of Sparkledom, Humor Hogties--overcoming a Spiritually Constipated Life, Always Question your Assumption, I'm sick of listening to me and so much more.

What an encouraging, up-lifting, hopeful book to read in these uncertain times. I'll leave you with the authors words, "Enjoyv the most important gift you've been given--your one and only, true-self, God breathed life: Don't miss it!" This book helps you do just that. I know I'll be reading this book again.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By librtea on June 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Don't Miss Your Life is a book of advice on living with "freedom, laughter, and grace". Charlene Baumbich's resounding message is, "WAKE UP!" The author writes of the importance of friendships, positive thinking, playfulness, and balance in life, and the problems inherent in assumptions and preconceived ideas. This book leans heavily on the spiritual, and Baumbich refers often to God. Bible verses are found throughout the chapters. But the author doesn't become preachy or dogmatic. Her casual, highly personal, conversational style prevents that from happening. Initially, I found the style a bit much. There were too many parenthetical insertions and asides. At some point, however, the number diminished (or I got used to them) and Baumbich's irrepressible enthusiasm won me over. Every recommendation and bit of advice is illustrated and supported by an engaging story from the author's life.
This book has a lot to offer, and while it doesn't provide any earth-shaking advice, it does highlight many things that can lead to a fuller life. And it's uplifting and humorous, to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 19, 2009
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If you are in the mood to spend some time examining your life while using humor to do so, this book might be just the ticket. I first became aware of Charlene Baumbich when I discovered her "Dearest Dorothy" books and loved them all (sorry to see the series end). I looked around to see what else she had written and discovered this newest publication. Considering the humor infused in the Dearest Dorothy books, I thought there was a fair chance this would be hilarious in addition to being informative and I was right!

The subtitle is "An Uncommon Guide to Living with Freedom, Laughter, and Grace" and that sums up the contents very well. There are sixteen chapters starting with "Remember When? What we already know" and ending with "Be a Reed. The breath of God Blows Through Us .....". While the topic is largely serious - who wants to die without ever really living - it is covered with such grace and style it's almost possible to not realize how substantial the book is. Very story oriented, it could stand alone as humor writing. There was one story I shared with friends yesterday (the straw at lunch story) that had all of us chuckling. Very personal, very funny and very spiritual (not religious), this book is a great read for anyone open to a new way of thinking. Charlene isn't perfect but she is honest and open about herself and what she has learned in life.

A wonderful, wonderful life philosophy that I am so glad she shared.
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Throughout my surprise career (17 books, international speaker, I didn't start writing until I was 44 years old!) I have written and presented about the layers of life just as I see them--slightly off-center, mostly dead-on, and always through the lens of grace.

One of my great joys in novel writing is story chasing. Characters show up, knock on my creative mojo, present a problem and away I go, chasing after them, fingers flying across the keyboard attempting to keep up with their heartaches and victories, surprises and slippery nuances.

Whether writing novels or nonfiction, it is through writing I learn and processes life's valuable lessons which I feel compelled to share.

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