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Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within. [Kindle Edition]

Maria Shriver
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Book Description

"I've learned that asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our lives, not just when we're starting out in the world. That's because in a way, we're starting out fresh in the world every single day."

Just Who Will You Be is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages. Inspired by a speech she gave, Maria Shriver's message is that what you do in your life isn't what matters. It's who you are. It's an important lesson that will appeal to anyone of any age looking for a life of meaning.

In her own life, Shriver always walked straight down her own distinctive path, achieving her childhood goal of becoming "award-winning network newswoman Maria Shriver". But when her husband was elected California's Governor and she suddenly had to leave her job at NBC News, Maria was thrown for a loop. Right about then, her nephew asked her to speak at his high school graduation. She resisted, wondering how she could possibly give advice to kids, when she was feeling so lost herself. But in the end she relented and decided to dig down and dig deep, and the result is this little jewel.

Just Who Will You Be reminds us that the answer to many of life's question lie within--and that we're all works in progress. That means it's never too late to become the person you want to be.

Now the question for you is this: Just who will you be?

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From Publishers Weekly

This slender inspirational book is a candid self-portrait of a woman in transition. A longtime NBC anchorwoman, Shriver was thrown into a tailspin when asked to resign after her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was elected governor of California; she writes, My career was gone, and with it went the person I'd been for twenty-five years. With a combination of self-deprecation and chutzpah, Shriver describes herself as the consummate overachiever, a people-pleasing, legacy-carrying, perfection-seeking Good Girl, now realizing that asking ourselves not just what we want to be but who we want to be is important at every stage in our lives, not just when we're starting out in the world. That's because, in a way, we're starting out fresh in the world every single day. Reprinted in full in this book is the speech Shriver made at her nephew's high school graduation—a humorous meditation on fame, achievement and self-worth—that inspired the writing of this book. Shriver's earnest self-inquiry and her humility and readiness to regard herself as a 50-year-old work-in-progress make for a charming and genuinely inspiring read. (May)
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"Maria Shriver is wise, funny and caring--and it all comes through in her winning guide to life, JUST WHO WILL YOU BE? We're lucky to have her show us the way."—Tom Brokaw

"Maria teaches all of us in the graduate program of life to seek meaning through the joy of following your heart. Just the kind of advice a heart surgeon cherishes."—Mehmet Oz, M.D.

"Every graduate (of anything) ought to be given a copy of this book along with their diploma. There's wisdom, compassion and truth between these covers. For anyone--at any age."—Linda Ellerbee, Executive Producer, Nick News

"Maria Shriver is real, vulnerable, humble, honest (just like her book) and not afraid to say so. A lovely book by a lovely person."—Danielle Steel

"This honest, straight-talking, profound little book is worth a lifetime of reflection. It calls readers of all ages to think again and differently about who they've been in the past and who they want to be now. This book is a life-stopper, a truly universal piece. It's a must for everyone of any age."—Sister Joan Chittister

"Everything Maria Shriver does is a testament to how deeply she respects and cares about people; all people, all over the world. She really does. She is as charming and funny as she is brilliant and profoundly humane."—Anne Lamott

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (May 8, 2008)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0017T0BOI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #551,373 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Straight From The Heart April 16, 2008
When I saw Just Who Will You Be? Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within, I grabbed it and read it on the spot in Barnes and Noble. I still bought the book and a copy for my friend's daughter, who is graduating college in May and is terrified of the prospect of "being in the real world."

Maria Shriver spoke at the high school graduating class of her nephew and the students and parents asked her to write a book based on the speech so they could more clearly remember what she said.

I'm glad she listened.

She discusses how a recent study found that kids today want fame more than anything else. (I read the survey and they overwhelmingly want to be actors or sports figures.) She tells the class that: "fame isn't a goal worthy of your life." Shriver describes why fame shouldn't be a goal, that fame can't give you meaning and purpose.

Instead, Shriver advises to follow your heart, discover who you are, who your authentic me really is.

The poem she read to the class is in the book and is powerful and true. Here is one stanza I really enjoyed:

You can be girly and strong
Have careers and go far
And when you get married
Not lose who you are

The stanza for the boys is equally as good.

Shriver acknowledges that we keep changing, growing and evolving as we age and that this is a good thing. She tells the reader about her experiences with growing and changing and they come straight from her heart and were very inspiring to me.

Ultimately, who you will be is based on getting in touch with your feelings and discovering your authentic self.

Finally, I related to this book because I've been feeling stuck lately. I published my first book a year ago.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed May 19, 2008
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I saw this book being discussed on the Oprah show and thought it sounded great. I ordered a book for both myself and my sister. We are both successful career women in our early 40's who are seriously questioning who we want to be in the second half of our lives. The book sounded perfect for us. I was quite disappointed. The bulk of the book is the actual speech that Maria wrote for a high school graduation class which includes a light-hearted, 25-page poem that definitlely seems targeted toward children. The Oprah interview was more substantive than the book itself!! I think this might be a good graduation gift for a high-schooler - but I don't think will hold the interest of someone older in life.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It touched me deeply! August 4, 2008
I didn't know too much about Maria Shriver before reading this book except for the fact that she is the famous Kennedy-Mrs. Schwarzenegger-First lady of California that you see in the headlines from time to time. Then one day the title of her book "Just Who Will You Be" caught my eye. Umm, why would she be interested in who she is? Doesn't she have all the fame in the world already? So I picked it up and read it; more than one time actually. I am so glad I did! She writes very honestly & directly and it is truly inspiring!

Maria had been living a life of privilege, power and fame gained from her background as a Kennedy, profession as a renowned journalist, and from her marriage to movie-star-turned-governor husband Arnold Schwarzenegger. Being a public figure with a historical legacy, Maria identified herself as a professional- this was all she wanted to be when she grew up and she worked hard to succeed in her work life.

She then became a stay-at-home mom bringing up four kids; however she did not approve of herself for not "working as a professional Maria Shriver". I imagine it was frightening when she quit journalism to become a full-time mother, based on her high profile past that equated self-worth with personal achievement. With a sense of humor, Maria shares with readers the journey of discovering who she is and who she wants to be. She is not at all afraid of admitting she felt lost at times, when she'd been answering her quest with a resume, not what her heart truly desired.

Maria inspired me to be true to myself. It reminds me of an awesome book by Ariel and Shya Kane, Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment that I love very much!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, Heartfelt & Inspirational! October 1, 2008
This book truly touched me. It is from Maria's heart. From the outside looking in Maria Shriver has it all. She was born into a wealthy, well connected family, had a successful TV reporting career, is married and has children with Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is now the governor of California.

When Maria's husband became governor of California she had to leave her job at NBC news. About this time her nephew asked her to speak at his high school graduation. Maria was feeling very lost at this time. This book takes us through Maria's journey of how she figured out what to say and she found who she was along the way.

I loved that this book was all about "Who do you want to be" not what do you want to do. Maria shares that neither fame nor money will make you happy. Happiness comes from within.

Another book I really enjoyed was Being Here: Modern Day Tales of Enlightenment by Ariel & Shya Kane. It is a book of short stories about "Being". I highly recommend both of these books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Message for all ages
Great Message. Can listen to over & over.
Published 5 months ago by Dreemer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Graduation Gift
A great book for graduates by an even greater public role model....This should be required reading for all. : )
Published 6 months ago by Karen A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift!
Excellent book!! Great gift for High School graduation or anyone really. Love her openness in the book. Any woman would probably enjoy this quick read. Good advice!!
Published 10 months ago by JDoc
5.0 out of 5 stars great question
I think this is something great to think about, & hard to think about, and why can't we sometimes change our mind?
Published 11 months ago by Janet Hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Who Will You Be?
Just who will you be? A very good read and thought provoking book.
Maria Shriver has many books which are inspiring.
Published 12 months ago by Almeda Givens
5.0 out of 5 stars Refer to review on "One more thing before you go" by Maria Shriver
Recommend that all high school seniors read this book. Arrived in excellent condition and in a few days. Actually bought four total. Attention: HS Counselors. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not all that I thought it would be
It just wasn't all that I thought it would be. The poem style just reminded me of Dr. Sues style and it was a very long poem. Not bad just that I expected it to be more inspiring.
Published 15 months ago by Jan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as a bargain read
As I've been struggling a lot lately with how I feel about myself, how I view myself, and how I want others to see me, this was a perfectly timed read. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jamie Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Book --- Packs a Powerful & Much Needed Reminder!
Maria Shriver has put into words the question and answers all women, at any age, have had. I am so glad to share it with friends and my daughters.
Published 22 months ago by KSchmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book with humor and tremendous insight
Loved this book as I have all of the author's books. You will not be sorry if you purchase this wonderful book.
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