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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573242985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573242981
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Anne Radmacher is a top-selling card and magnet author for Quotable Cards. She has a full produce line of small posters, greeting cards and other inspirational paper products under the auspices of Mary Anne Radmacher, Inc. She lives in Salem, Oregon, where she tends her Word Garden and teaches writing to diverse populations, from prisons to preschools.

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Mary Anne Radmacher's words and art travel the world to homes, hospitals, offices and school rooms. Her commercial work is available at appliedinsight.net People use her classic combination of phrase and image to celebrate and commemorate from birth to remembering eulogies...and
all the significances in between. In addition to her own site, maryanneradmacher.net, her words are found on web sites, in commencement speeches, in trade and professional journals, in eulogies and
on diverse commercial products. She publishes her writing through Red Wheel/Weiser/Conari Press, VIVA Editions and SimpleTruths. Mary Anne's work is licensed to such internationally recognized firms as Quotable Cards and Brushdance. Her words are available in books available on line and in book stores every where.

Her classic signature work is available through a dot net called Applied Insight. She is included in the most recent edition of the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations. CNN, HGTV, Oprah, the New Yorker, among others, have featured her work.

Radmacher is known in many different roles. She is writer, artist, trainer, speaker, teacher, activist, change agent. The title her business card features is, "Apronary." She is known to put an apron and just get things done.

Throughout her extensive entrepreneurial career Radmacher has demonstrated consistent green practices and expansive philanthropic and community involvement. Mary Anne enjoys teaching the benefits of a regular writing practice in the corporate context as well as to audiences ranging from preschool to prison. She believes a writing habit contributes to excellence and innovation in any environment from school room to board room to barbed prison walls.

She is a capable and engaging guest in radio and television. She is at ease in any venue when she has the opportunity to celebrate and discuss the profound applications of a writing practice and the keen value of well ordered words.

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I am only halfway through this book, loving each page!
Grandma Pavao
This book is chocked full of so many thoughtful and thought-provoking concepts, statements, urgings, questions--and the risks of telling the truth.
Armchair Interviews
Thank you, Mary Anne, for the authenticity and creativity you share and inspire others to share!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on May 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
My copy of Lean Forward has 27 pages marked so I can refer to them--some kind of record for me.

This easy-to-read book has short chapters that start with Mary Anne's poetry, then telling us some stories, making some incredible and valid point--and ending with food for thought.

Mary Anne writes about "having a uncommon life that means living with intention, paying attention, celebrating, taking care of yourself, and risking love--to live life large from the heart."

On page 20 one of her lists ended with: "Lead or follow a leader. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."

On page 51: "Recognize that on certain days the greatest grace is that the day is over and you get to close your eyes. Tomorrow comes more brightly."

My favorite line is on page 75: ... An uncommon holiday...which celebrates the day we first named each other "friends." What a way to explain true friendship's role in your life--a holiday every day.

Her âaelean forward into lifeâ idea is that we often set up walls visible only to us--as reason not to risk, not to try, not to do. What is our dream? Are we doing anything to accomplish it?

Mary Anne wants us to ask ourselves: "Have you been caught in the act today--the act of caring, leading, teaching, innovating, inspiriting others, healing." (pg. 9)

In the chapter called, "Don't take it personally. It's not about you" she asks us to work on our perspective by asking "How significant will this thing be in five years, one year, next month?"

In true lean forward thinking, the author asks us: "What are you willing to lose in order to taste your own realization?" "What will you set down in order to host hope?" and wraps up these thoughts with: "How could you...?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Mary Anne has gifted us with a heartfelt, stirring array of reminders and reflections on what it means to lean forward into your life. Her poem, "Live With Intention," has been a perpetual inspiration to me since the day I read it, and the words and images in this book help take that inspiration to an even deeper level. Part art, part philosophy, part friendly reminder, this book is a joyous celebration of purposeful living. Keep it on your bedside table for a daily dose of meaningful insight. Thank you, Mary Anne, for the authenticity and creativity you share and inspire others to share!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arin Megenity on August 3, 2007
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I have been a fan of Mary Anne's work for many years and knew I had to buy a few copies when it came out. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I've been sharing it with many friends and have purchased it for a number of family members. Her words are so beautiful and speak to so many parts of my life. It is a perfect gift - whether it be for a birthday, holiday or simply a gift to someone who is important to you.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mike Wigal on April 23, 2007
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I'm not the author, but I wrote a small vignette which is in this book. Maybe I shouldn't be one to rate it or give it five stars because I'm prejudiced. "Lean Forward Into Your Life" is more a handbook for living your life and living it well. There are lots of similarly themed books out there, but this one is very good. Author Mary Anne Radmacher has been producing inspirational works for many years, but this is her first novel.

It puts me in the mind of Paulo Coelho's "Warrior of the Light."

If you liked "Warrior" I believe you'll enjoy "Lean Forward Into Your Life."

I'm not only leaning forward, but looking forward to more of her works in the coming years.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis A. Rogers on August 1, 2007
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I am a huge fan of Mary Anne Radmacher. I have purchased many items from her over the years for myself and as gifts. I think she is fantastic and does beautiful work. I was disappointed in the book, however. Her editor should have done a much better job for her. The book is choppy and lacks a good flow. I would have thought that I would finish it in 2-3 days, but it has been 2-3 months, and I still haven't made it all the way through. I still love her, though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill on May 8, 2007
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Mary Anne Radmacher has written a beautiful book that would make a perfect gift to someone special or for yourself. She is a masterful writer and poet. I just love her work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By suze345 on February 20, 2011
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"Calculated mischief is invigorating." I love this. It is a reason to get up each day. What can I do today that will make me or those close to me smile? As always, MaryAnne goes straight to the heart, giving and sharing her insight, her life, her friends and her humor. She lives her words. I loved the format of the book. I like being able to take it in small doses, to think and digest what she has said. I have found that just opening the book in the morning with "intention", I find something to use as a focus for my day. It brings joy and newness to my experiences. I also have two of her calendars and the beautiful artwork along with a thought each month grace my kitchen.
She is an amazing writer with so much to give and share. Thank you for this beautiful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. McCauley on May 6, 2007
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Mary Anne Radmacher is the person who taps us on the shoulder and reminds us to pay attention in a way that no one else can. Her words give us the strength to march on and more importantly, to ask ourselves the right questions.

Lean Forward Into Your Life is full of heartfelt stories, life lessons and hope. Mary Anne has been dutiful in keeping a promise to her friend Frankie. She keeps telling us "what we should know but are forgetting."
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