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Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True Hardcover – September 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library; 1ST edition (September 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577315987
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577315988
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With brilliance and clarity, Gay Hendricks shares this inspirational story from the heart. Five Wishes can help anyone find the power within to change their life.”
John Gray, PhD author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

“It is time to make all your wishes come true. Gay Hendricks’s brilliant, easy-to-understand five questions will take you the distance to happy wish-fulfillment. I wish everyone would read, absorb, and apply the wisdom of this great and inspiring book.”
Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

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"With brilliance and clarity, Gay Hendricks shares this inspirational story from the heart. Five Wishes can help anyone find the power within to change their life."
-- John Gray, PhD, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

"It is time to make all your wishes come true. Gay Hendricks's brilliant, easy-to-understand five questions will take you the distance to happy wish-fulfillment. I wish everyone would read, absorb, and apply the wisdom of this great and inspiring book."
-- Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series

More About the Author

Gay Hendricks has served for more than thirty years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Throughout his career, Dr. Hendricks has coached more than eight hundred executives, including the top management at firms such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and KLM. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, he has coauthored many books including Conscious Loving, The Corporate Mystic, and his latest, the New York Times bestseller Five Wishes, which has been translated into seventeen languages. Dr. Hendricks received his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Stanford University. After a twenty-one-year career as a professor at the University of Colorado, he founded the Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars in North America, Asia, and Europe. He is also a founder of The Spiritual Cinema Circle. In recent years his passion has been writing a new series of mystery novels featuring the Tibetan Buddhist private detective, Tenzing Norbu. Ten's first adventure was The First Rule Of Ten, followed by The Second Rule Of Ten and more to come.

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The next day I bought 5 copies to give to friends.
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The change or flash of insight can come from a peak experience in life, through the wisdom of a book or through people around us.
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This book is so inspiring and it really makes you think more about your life.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2007
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Jack Canfield recommended this book to his email list, and I bought it. I find this strategy of looking back on your life many years from now on your deathbed, and asking the right questions about your life to be instructive and valuable.

Using the future to discern now, what if anything is missing from your life that would make it worthwhile, and take the necessary action to attain those important goals.

The author shows how he discovered five important wishes for his life following a chance encounter at a party. Pursuing these wishes helped him resolve lifelong issues which were holding him back, particularly in love relationships. If it worked for him it could work for you. Particularly valuable is the idea of completing, described in chapter 2, and I particularly liked that he shares his sticking points and breakthroughs, and I could relate his experiences to my own dilemmas.

You are probably wondering what value you can derive from this book, and what ideas it might give you that you can apply. How much would learning what would make your life satisfying be worth? If you are like me, the answer is worth a lot more than what Amazon is asking.

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Gaines on November 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This small book offers fresh insight and clarity in the process of creation, especially in the first step of knowing what you want. From the perspective of your deathbed, look at your life - is it a complete success? If not, what do you wish you have accomplished?

I realize I am often so wrapped up in the current situation that I lose sight of the big picture. It is like running a business from day to day without the mission and vision. I may make my end meet (highly unlikely in a poorly planned business, but I may get lucky . . .) but will I have the contentment and the sense of success?

When I think about life from the perspective of death, small things like having a nice car and house just fall off the picture. It is not like I don't want them - I do intend to have a good life and be wealthy - but there are far more important things, and I know small things will come along when I work on the big things. As the character in the book points out, we tend to aim too low. I was living to make a living and have some good time along the way. He was "merely wishing for a meaningful life." He continues saying "Why not wish for a magnificent life of complete fulfillment?"

Big wishes I embrace wholeheartedly and feel enthusiastic about ignite the magic power of creation. They send out strong messages to the Universe. Petty wishes, on the other hand, fail to inspire us and just don't summon the magic energy within us.

The book describes the author's five wishes and how they have manifested. Even if his wishes are different from yours, I strongly recommend reading it through because he presents great spiritual guides in a simple easy-to-understand manner.
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99 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Don on December 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The central idea in this book is to get you to view your own life from the perspective of your deathbed, and from there you'd be better abled to really determine what's important in life. The idea is good, and the four questions that the author presents in order to deepen your perspective work well enough, but this by all means is anything but new or groundbreaking. These ideas have been around for ages.

I agree with the reviewer that said this book could have been easily condensed into a chapter and the main idea would be illustrated just as well. I regret paying $18 dollars for this. If you are still curious please check this out at the library or buy it used.
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108 of 123 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Hutcheson TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book is partly autobiography, partly an allegory and it's just full of inspiration. It's a tremendous story of how by changing our perspective on our problems we can change the energy around us . . . the way people and things react to us.

The author says in Chapter 2, "What I've come to see is that completing something, no matter how large or how small, puts you into harmony with the universe." How many of us start something but don't finish it? And what a wonderful, fulfilled feeling when we've completed the task. Don't we feel better about ourselves?

The author says, "In my thirties, I received the gift of a question that changed the course of my life. My decision to answer that question gave me a life in which all my dreams came true. Now I want to offer you this gift, so you can use its gentle power to create your own fulfilled life."

It is so true that one seemingly small thing that we hear, read or see, or as in the authors case, a question we're asked, will instantly change us. It will change the course of our lives. But are we prepared to be receptive to that happening?

Highly recommended.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Happy Camper VINE VOICE on October 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is on how to discover five wishes that will give you a fulfilled life beginning from the perspective of looking back. A stranger had asked the author to imagine himself on his deathbed and to consider this question: "Was your life a complete success?" If not, "What would be the things you'd wish had happened that would have made it a success?" This is a great technique for unlocking the power of "tricking" ourselves into figuring out what is truly most important to us and what is our destiny. How sad to live our whole life and never really ask ourselves, "What is my destiny?" This book reminds me to focus on pursuing what is most important in life. If you want to focus on both body and mind, also check out the 3: 00 PM SECRET 10-DAY DREAM DIET!
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