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Actress and first time author Pinkins uses religious texts, new age aphorisms and stories from her life in this guide to living a more meaningful and rewarding life. Pinkins writes in a stream of consciousness-esque style that is easy to follow from front to back, but readers who dip in and out of the text will likely find themselves lost, though never far from an affirmative or inspirational nugget: "Events have the meaning you give them," or "the universe will never give you more to manage than you can handle." Though some of these tidbits are Pinkins originals, many are culled from sources as varied as the Talmud, Copernicus, Chinese proverbs, Native American and Tibetan Books of the Dead and the head of marketing for the New York Times. Envisioning the book as a manual, Pinkins includes many quizzes, reviews and suggestions for reflective thought alongside overtly illustrative vignettes that reinforce the concepts being taught: "Gregory's mother left him to live with his grandmother when he was a small boy. He missed her desperately and longed for her all his life; every girlfriend he had seemed to be a repeat of his mother: another treasured woman who would abandon him." Many of the ideas are empowering if not always new, realistic, or rooted in rationality. ("If the rain is like our blessings and it pours down equally on all of us, good and bad alike, what happens if we block it?") Readers already in the new age camp may find this worth a look, though the hodgepodge of inspirational wells Pinkins draws on may turn off some readers.
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"Part memoir and part life-empowerment guide, this no-holds-barred book will help you let go and live large." -- Essence

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (January 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401301762
  • ASIN: B004JZX0W2
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am very blessed. I have four extraordinary, healthy and happy children. My life has many challenges and I hope that my testimony about them can uplift, inspire or just remind someone that it has all come to pass.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Sim Delagramma on January 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
"Get Over Yourself" is not one of those self-help books that really should have been a single paragraph. (You know the type: example after example tells you the same story until you feel that perhaps the author mistrusts your ability to understand the point.) This book is radically different from that genre. Every chapter delivers more, and newer, and different.

The book represents a world of work on the part of the author. If you have ever seen Tonya Pinkins on stage, you know that she works! The energy she generates in performance fairly explodes out of her and acts like a depth charge in the audience. Now, through some kind of magical alchemy, she's been able to impart that quality to the printed page, and you should be ready for a genuine mental work-out when you crack the book open; reading it is an audience-participation activity.

Don't let that scare you off, though. I found that some chapters went slowly and others went quickly, depending on how familiar I was with the feelings they evoked and the requirements they placed on me as a reader. In the first chapter, Pinkins starts giving assignments. I got my pen out when I saw three blank lines after her advice: "write it down." Feeling a little silly, I wrote down my response, and then I kept reading. At the end of the chapter, I realized how important it had been for me to physically write those words. Several chapters later, it dawned on me that I had used every prior bit of my "workbook" writing to gain mastery over the ideas and techniques presented. I no longer felt silly about it, either.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Intuition_Gal on June 14, 2006
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Really, really fun book. Read this book with a pen in your hand. Tonya Pinkins asks you to write all over it, to get to the bottom of you, and to get you to act on certain things in your life in which you need to be taking actions.

My favorite thing about this book is that she walks you along - asks you to answer a few questions, and then inerprets your answers for you or has you interpret them once she gives you some clues. Very thorough. I'm surprised that she has so many topics in here in regular language (but if you were to look through any chapter, the techniques she uses to ask you questions have been studied to make results in your life!... wiring the brain towards remembering and towards action, what you'll be when you grow up, banishing debilitating attitutes, forgiveness, action, goals - even these words that I'm using to summarize her book are dry). Her book is active, and that's what makes it effective.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reading my way thru life on October 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I must admit, this book caught my eye in the bookstore, and I skimmed over it.

I subscribe to "Science of Mind" magazine, and a few days later, when the issue came, there was Tonya on the front cover. -I read the article and ran back out to the store to buy the book! So many of the spiritual/Universal teachings I've read before are rolled up in this one book.

Some of the things she proposes in this book may be hard to grasp or even think about doing. This lady's "expenses outnumbered her income by about 1000 percent" and she still stuck with her "paper bag" system while on welfare. Are you "over yourself" enough to be willing to do something like that? -Well, honestly, I must say that I'm not there -yet, but this book definately has me thinking about it and wondering if I can take a chance like that and make it work. I am wondering if one must get to the place where they have nothing else to lose, to be able to take a chance like that?

This lady has faced some very challenging situations. When she was involved in a custody battle w/her ex, she gave in instead of resisting. She decided that her old patterns weren't working for her any longer, so she chose differently. This, in a situation that would be heart wrenching for any mother, she chose differently. -"I was not reacting, but responding, proactively, to achieve what I wanted, rather than giving in to the fear that dominated me in the past. No longer did I believe that I had better take "something-anything!" rather than risk ending up with the very thing I did not want." ...."You are so sure that no other option is possible that you react against your own best interests." -from the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GBM BOOK CLUB on July 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Wow! What an attention grabbing title, from such a powerful book. The GBM Book Club definitely have to say that the author, Tonya Pinkins: Actress, Singer, Tony Award Winner, Soap Opera Diva and now the author of a best selling book Get over Yourself!: How to Drop the Drama and Claim the Life You Deserve, has written a self-helped book that will blow you away. She really makes you take a step back and look at yourself as a whole, but most of all, she makes you focus on life-changes and the steps one must take in order to achieve them.

In her book, she shares some of her personal experiences, her ups and down and the low points of her life. This self-empowerment book helps guide you through the decision making process and forces you to come up with the best possible solutions. She makes you see the type of energy you put out to the universe and how others may perceive that energy.

What the GBM Bookclub liked best about the book was the different exercises / quizzes she offered during the reading. As you're reading the book, she actually guides you through the exercise which helps you to identify how the madness / drama in your life begin. Trust me, as you continue to complete the exercises / quizzes, you will begin to examine your thinking process which will force you to question and develop new ways of reaching your primary goals in life. There are times in the book where she would ask you a question and your only answer would be "Yes" "Yes" Now is that positive thinking or what?

Let's face it, we have all come across a time in our life where we start to question our behavior or evaluate the people who are in our lives. We start to think about the bad decisions or the mistakes we've made......
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