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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (March 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825441994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825441998
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,287,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

P.K. Hallinan is the author and illustrator of more than 80 children’s books with nearly 8 million copies sold worldwide. His book For the Love of Our Earth was recognized by Early Childhood News as one of America’s “100 Best Product Picks for Children.” He has also had two other books make the “Top Five” of Waldenbooks National Bestsellers list. Mr. Hallinan has been honored by Howard Payne University’s prestigious Lorgnette Review for his books, which are enjoyed for the timeless values they share. When he’s not writing, Hallinan is an ordained minister and a nationally sought-after speaker. He and his wife, Jeanne, live in the mountains above Ashland, Oregon.

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P.K. Hallinan began writing children's books 40 years ago when his wife asked him to make a book for their two young sons as a Christmas gift. He did, and the feedback he got from friends and neighbors inspired him to write more books. Since then, P.K. has written and illustrated nearly 100 children's books and has sold more than 9,000,000 copies worldwide.

P.K. was born in Los Angeles in 1944 and spent his youth primarily in Bethesda, Maryland and in the San Fernando Valley. Although P.K. never studied art, his disappointment with the work of the artist assigned to illustrate his first book motivated him to learn to draw. He has been illustrating his own books ever since.

"If I did any one thing right," says P.K., "I decided very early on to write books that help children and parents alike have better and happier lives. That decision has kept many of my books in-print for more than 25 years, because the values I teach are timeless."

His newest book, "A LIFE THAT MATTERS: Five Steps to Making a Difference", is his first book for adults. In it he describes five simple ways to add significance to virtually any career.

P.K. is also an ordained minister. He lives with his wife, Jeanne, and his boxer, Betty, in the mountains above Ashland and also at the beach, in Brookings, Oregon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keiki Hendrix VINE VOICE on September 30, 2012
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An inspirational book that begins with P. K. Hallinan's journey to publication. An author, minister, and a illustrator, P. K. Hallinan's story inspired me. He speaks of the five steps to making a difference. The topics seem obvious but so many writers negate them, choosing to opt the shorter route.

The author stresses working hard but schedule personal retreats to recharge and pray to maintain your focus; operate in your gift and don't spend time developing skills that your are not gifted in; follow through and finish well; the importance of quiet patience; and, never neglect to help another when the need arises.

Many of these steps hit me because I am a writer and writers struggle with many of the steps mentioned in this book. I enjoyed this book. It's filled with inspiration and encouragement. I recommend it for any writer but because these principles can be applied to everyone, it's a good read for those wanting to leave a legacy.

Reviewed by: Keiki Hendrix
Reviewed for: The Vessel Project
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SilverLocket on September 12, 2012
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This is exactly what I need to read in this season of my life. I am in my early twenties, pursuing my parent's dream for me. Two words- fear and loathing-and I know that God has answered my prayers. I fear the unknown and I loathe the known. I never thought my current situation could be summarized in one sentence. I don't believe in coincidences. And so when I found out that the author is a children's story book writer and illustrator, I felt strongly that God is telling me to pursue my dreams; that this book is a gift for me. (I don't know how to draw but I'm learning via a free online course (drawspace) because even though I am good with Photoshop, I needed the skill to draw if I want to make my own storybook.At least I know that it isn't a waste.)

I encourage everyone to have a copy of this book and to share it with everyone. This is not only a guide, this is the author's life. Nothing can be more real than this. Plus, the straightforward manner in which all points are discussed, accompanied by real life experiences of the author and other people, make it very easy to understand and somehow, connect. Inspired Reads led me here and for that, I'm grateful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By paula on October 10, 2012
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This is one of those thought provoking books that you will want to revisit time after time. It makes you settle down and really think about what it is to try and live your best life when you are at odds with yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Brent on October 3, 2012
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Great quick read. It totally relates to what my husband and I are going through. I read it on the plane to Hawaii and its a perfect book to help you realize the important things in life. It put me in the perfect mindset while vacationing, and made me realize how I'm in control of following my dreams and making things happen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AMG on September 30, 2012
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This book would make an excellent book for anyone, but I think it would be especially meaningful to new graduates. It is one of the most inspirational and uplifting books that I have read in a long time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2012
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P.K. Hallinan is a children's book author who also illustrates his own work. From what I can see online he seems to be an excellent artist and his stories are cute and memorable. He proves his point that anyone who is successful works hard. This book is basically a collection of wisdom the author has gained from experience. Therefore he tells a lot of stories about his life along the way. That makes this at times seem more like a memoir than a self-help book. Overall this is a positive book with a good message. It left me thinking about how I could live a life that was more productive and meaningful. At the least this will introduce you to the author's children's books which could influence your children in a good way.

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