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How Did I Get Here?: Finding Your Way to Renewed Hope and Happiness When Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns Hardcover – April 21, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312330154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312330156
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Barbara De Angelis has written a brilliant, hopeful, illuminating book that is essential reading for anyone on a path to truth. Reading it will inspire you, heal you and awaken you."

"Barbara De Angelis is a rare inspirational teacher who has the courage to share the truth we all need to hear in a way that is impossible to ignore. How Did I Get Here? is authentic, deep and rich with timeless knowledge."

"Whether you've read all the classic self-help books, or have never read one, do not miss 'How Did I Get Here?' Barbara De Angelis has written her best and most important work yet."

About the Author

Barbara De Angelis Ph.D. is one of the most influential teachers of our time in the field of personal and spiritual growth. For the past twenty-five years, she has reached tens of millions of people throughout the world with her positive messages about love, happiness and the search for meaning in our lives. She is the author of fourteen books published in over twenty languages including the New York Times bestsellers Real Moments, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, Chicken Soup for the Couples Soul and Are You the One for Me?. Barbara has hosted her own television shows on CNN, CBS and PBS as well as producing and starred in her award-winning infomercial Making Love Work She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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Customer Reviews

I still read through the book at times for an uplifting message at times.
Nelida Frost
I like practical books, and this one, although admittedly very "feel good" does give you ways to look at things that make a difference instantly.
You will get authentic, life altering guidance and support, all bound in love and humor to lead you to understanding, inner peace and happiness.
Marilyn Tam

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By CleanandSober SD on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you have been working any program, and you know who you are, order this book immediately!

I've been in recovery from alcohol abuse for 15 years, sober for

all that time, sponsored others..the whole bit. I have done so much work on myself, therapy, read everything, and things have gotten better and better. But there's always been something missing, something information or wisdom I couldn't seem to find in anything I read or heard. That is, until I bought HOW DID I GET HERE? All I can say is Oh my God! Barbara De Angelis understands the journey we all take so completely, and offers the most refreshing and honest approach to the process of growing and healing that I've ever come across.

I know for a fact that she herself has never had any kind of addiction (a friend's sister knows her well and says she's a natural foods/never drank or smoke kind of gal and into meditation from what I heard), but she addresses all of the deepest issues I've battled with like no one has, and halfway through her book, I realized I was feeling lighter than I had in years.

Towards the end of the book she says: "DO not define yourself or allow others to define you by what has happened to you or what you've been through . Do not define yourself by your pain or even your triumphs. You are more than that."

Wow..That hit me on the head. For all my work, I was still defining myself by my pain and my past, and not by what I've become.

I cannot believe how liberated How did I Get Here? made me feel.

Please please read it if you can relate to anything I am saying. It will free you and uplift you in surprising ways.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Katie on July 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just finished reading "How Did I Get Here?", and I am literally blown away by both the concepts presented, and the profound examples it includes.

This book is ultimately about why we, as humans, tend to feel "stuck in a rut", and what we need to do to bring passion back into our lives - to awaken ourselves fully.

The author has done an amazing job of making ALL of her concepts easy to understand by using wonderful, personal examples of each and every idea she teaches. I found myself nodding as I read many of her examples, as I am either going through that right now, or have gone through it at some point in my life - I just never understood my experiences for what they truly were/are - lessons, and a chance to gain wisdom.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels "stuck" or "depressed" - even if you're not sure why you feel that way. I also recommend it to those who are on a "spiritual journey", as it will likely add to your understanding of human nature and the Divine.

There is one thing that is NECESSARY for you to bring to the reading of this book, and that is an open mind. If approached with a level of openess, this book has much to give!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Literary Sage on April 22, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In a world full of mediocre, sloppily written books about life and love, How Did I Get Here? by Barbara De Angelis stands out like a diamond! This is by far the most beautifully written, compelling and honest book I have ever read by a self-help author or teacher.

De Angelis doesn't preach--she skillfully reveals information in such a way that we really get what she is saying. She doesn't just throw out platitudes--she goes deep into a topic, like how we get stuck in our own suffering, why marriages really lose passion, why we can be unhappy and happy at the same time, and that we aren't crazy if we feel that way. Her explanations for these things are profound and simple at the same time. I kept finding myself thinking, "This makes complete sense, " as if somehow I already knew everything she was saying deep inside..except if I did, I'd forgotten it!

Don't hesitate about buying this for yourself or anyone you know who is searching for more meaning and answers. How Did I Get Here? is everything a a good book is supposed to be, but not enough are--entertaining, enjoyable, inspiring, thought-provoking, meaningful, and life-changing.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By heather perpetua on April 21, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you have been looking for an inspirational book that is not purely Christian, get Barbara's new book. This is the kind of book I have been waiting for --one that would give me spiritual insights but not preach to me or make me feel guilty for not being a strict Christian.

HOW DID I GET HERE? is a truly spiritual and enlightening book, but it is for anyone of any faith, or even no faith. It is enlightening without being judgmental in any way. In fact, it is one of the most compassionate books I have read, and and an easy read at that.

I tried reading Purpose Driven Life, but found it a little too "bible-based", and simplistic.How did I get here? is real, honest, powerfully written, and deeply moving in many places. I actually cried a bunch of times which I don't normally do.I'm usually cynical about books that talk about spiritual rebirth, but I have to admit this is an accurate description when it comes to this book, and for the past few days, I do feel different in ways I didn't expect to.

I'm betting this book will be the new Purpose Driven Life, but without the requirement to be familiar with the bible.I just leant it to a friend who loved Purpose Driven Life and is pretty seriously Christian, and he said he is loving How did I get here? , so I guess Barbara's book, while it doesn't turn off non-serious Christians, is still a powerful read for Christians. Now that's a feat...
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