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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573244015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573244015
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #682,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Writer and artist Radmacher (Promises to Myself) has expanded her "Live with Intention" catchphrase, a reaction to the death of a friend that went on to adorn walls, bags, and coffee mugs the world over, into a slim self-help guide. The big ideas here are platitudinous: slow down and smell the roses; take a deep breath; "choose love." Speaking of "the edge" that we might come to in life, Radmacher offers, "And if completion is a destination, there's one imperative that must be followed: just begin it." Ironically, though the author offers a number of clichéd suggestions for deeper living, their presentation (bullet points jumping wildly from one topic to another) makes the familiar almost incoherent. The author's prose is perfunctory and difficult to digest, and most of her advice has been offered countless times before in more accessible books. (Jan.)
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Amber reviewed Live with Intention: Rediscovering What We Deeply Know
Great Book, Makes a special gift as well May 22, 2013
I ran across this book when looking for inspirational words to share with my Aunt who was diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately her fight was very short. My mom was not doing well with the loss of her sister. I remembered this book and bought it to help her work through our loss. She LOVED it. Excellent price as well.

"A book of heaven for our small days."  -Ruth Forman, author of PRAYERS LIKE SHOES.

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

This is a book to be read cover to cover.
Rosey
It is a great book to read from front to back or to just pick up and read wherever the book opens to.
Bonnie H.
The book is packed with words that bring the reader into a space of thoughtful, intentional living.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By calbers on December 5, 2010
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"Live With Intention" will speak to your heart and inspire you to actively live out what you believe. Mary Anne Radmacher writes that "Clarity visits and often leaves no fingerprints, only sparkles." That's how I felt when I finished her book. A gift of artful presentation joined with "winged thoughts" that encourage your dreams to take flight. This book is for everyone who wants their life to glow! "Being alive is a fierce responsibility, what will you do with everything that is possible today?" A lot more after reading this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Lambert on December 4, 2010
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It really was quite thoughtful of Mary Anne Radmacher to bring out Live With Intention just in time for the holidays. This book will be going out in my packages, stuffed deep into stockings, and left open at holiday gatherings. A gift from a practical Yoda -- that's how Ms. Radmacher's words speak to me. Like the wisdom of the ages brought in to the dust and bustle of my day to days. Words that sink in and stay, that make a home in my heart. Long after you've read this one cover to cover you'll be picking it up again. This is your reach for gift when you want to share that perfect thought with a special person. You owe it to yourself to take a peek.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. everett on December 4, 2010
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Beautiful to look at as well as to read, in "Live with Intention" mary ann radmacher thoughtfully expands upon the words she wrote many years ago; "Live with intention, walk to the edge...", a list that ends with, "live as if this is all there is." Each of these statements has a dedicated chapter, containing anecdotes, suggestions, quotes from teachers of the past as well as the author, and suggestions for "promises to myself". The sheer volume of beauty and wisdom Ms. Radmacher wove through the gorgeously illustrated pages of this book while delivering a lively and engaging read is a testament to her gifts as an author and artist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 1, 2011
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"This book is written with love, earnest observation, and keen awareness that my life is richer for remembering my core intentions than it would be if I allowed the press of the world and the specific challenges of my life to overtake or overwhelm me. Staying connected to the core intentions of my life allows [sic] me to feel and be satisfied at the end of the day." - From Live with Intention

Replete with poetic "word birds", quotes, personal anecdotes, pithy phrases, playful brushstrokes and hard-won wisdom, Live with Intention by Mary Anne Radmacher encourages readers to live on purpose--without regret, self-recrimination, distraction, apathy or worry.

Rather, Live with Intention helps readers look for the sublime in the ordinary, the profound in the simple, the joy among sorrow, compassion in the midst of harshness, wellness among illness and self-care among busyness.

This book serves as balm for the soul, renewal for the spirit, stillness for the mind, candy for the eyes and wellspring for inspiration. The author serves as a trusted confidante, friendly neighbor, spiritual teacher, working artist and woman-just-like-you as she prods us toward greatness, wholeness, passion, service, understanding, boldness and mindfulness.

Here are but a few lovely gems found in Live with Intention:

* Spirit turns performance into being. Rest after flying at high altitude ensures that the chronic call to speed, activity, and performance-based measures is balanced.

* The present moment is where all the good stuff happens.

* A fallow field is working toward a productive harvest--every (heart) harvest has its story of seemingly unproductive days.

* When you're tired of running, just sit down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janet Conner on December 13, 2010
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"Live with Intention" is so much more than a book. Lots of people write books, even very helpful books. Mary Anne Radmacher has created something else altogether. I think of "Live with Intention" as life's little instruction book. Twenty years ago Mary Anne made a list of ten actions that for her constitute a vibrant life: live with intention, walk to the edge, listen hard, practice wellness, play with abandon, laugh, choose with no regret, continue to learn, appreciate your friends, do what you love, live as if this is all there is. Her words went out into the world on a gazillion posters, cards, and cups.

But how? Isn't that always the question? HOW do you live with intention? HOW do you walk to the edge? In "Live with Intention," Mary Anne pours a few hundred "hows" onto our heads. There's stuff to do, things to consider, promises to make, and words to ponder. All wrapped in her unique brushstrokes. Somehow the colors and shapes make it all feel doable. I'm trying anyway. This is a nightstand book. A book to chew. In little doses. Like Forest Gump's chocolates. I'm going for a dark chocolate vanilla cream right now. It's on p38: "I promise to be at the door of my heart all day." Not a bad instruction for life, don't you think?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 23, 2011
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I am an author. I write books, read books, recommend books for a living, for learning, and (most importantly) for loving. They literally are some of the most cherished treasures of my life. And Mary Anne's newest work, "Live With Intention," is most assuredly among the most beloved of those treasures. I admit that I have been a groupie of Mary Anne's since I first read her poem, "Live With Intention," many...many...many :) years ago. That poem inspired my first book and I have followed Mary Anne's work since, eventually (and with much good fortune on my part) cultivating a friendship with her. But independent of any of that history, my breath was absolutely taken away by the beautiful offering she's given to the world through "Live With Intention."

I opened the book, leafing through it for "the one thing" that this book contained just for me. The "it" that I knew would be waiting for me to grab hold of and run with. And I was immediately overwhelmed. Because there wasn't just "one thing" or "one it." There were so many thoughts, images, phrases, stories, singular words that leapt out at me that I actually had to set it down to strategize. I wanted to gulp it down but something moved me to sip it. And to savor it. So I wouldn't miss statements as profound to me as, "I promise to follow the divine whisper of possibility," as joyous to me as "celebration has many outfits but always wears the same comfortable dancing shoes."

Another reviewer suggested that this book be read cover to cover. Absolutely. But it need not be read in page-order cover to cover. For me, I repeatedly read this book cover to cover by picking it up, opening it to a random page, and finding the message I was meant to hear that day. I carry it with me, muse on it, share it, journal on it, or laugh about it.
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