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Living an Uncommon Life: Essential Lessons from 21 Extraordinary People Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571745262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571745262
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[John's] experiences with the leaders with whom he has spent time and the personalities he interviews reveal a path that others can follow. Real success and happiness come from personal growth, meaningful contribution, and the opportunity to love and be loved by others. These are the subjects John tackles and the goals he can help us achieve." --Catherine Crier, TV host and New York Times bestselling author


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It is remarkable and must, must, must be read.
Kim Kuo
In addition, his very conversational writing style actually makes you feel as if he's sitting in a café talking to you from across the table.
Jeff Maziarek, author of Codi's Journey
If you like reading about interesting people and how they overcame their challenges then this is worth the read.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kim Kuo on December 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I didn't know what to expect from the book or the author.

I saw the subtitle about lessons from 21 extraordinary people and feared it might be some exercise in genuflecting to celebrity. That is a most subversive notion in this day and age of conformity where aspiring to wealth seems the highest goal.

John St. Augustine's name didn't mean much to me either. I'm an east coast guy and though he was a succesful radio talk show host that was mostly in the middle of the country - plus, I'm not much of a talk show guy. I find the radio stuff so jarring and controversial that it leaves me uncomfortable. Would that his show had been on everywhere.

Then I cracked the spine. What a book. It is bold - it respects its readers and doesn't try and sell them on three ways to achieve success or 2.5 ways to live a get thin and achieve a lasting tan - because it challenges readers not to go to the comfortable wings (left or right) but to dig down deeply in their own lives. The book challenges our humanity and confronts us with the reality of our mortality and does with passion and enthusiasm and gusto because John St.Augustine looks at life and shouts, "YES!" It can be a bit intimidating because it is so radical.

At various points I found myself reading and thinking to myself that I could live the kind of rich, full life he writes about here -punctuated with stories of famous (and anonymous) people he has known - and wanting to live that kind of life but realizing that to do so I had to follow his most serious lesson...that living takes work and determination but that it is so worth that work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Maziarek, author of Codi's Journey on March 12, 2008
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As an avid reader of books related to spiritual and personal growth, in only a handful of instances have I come across a book that touched me as profoundly as this one did. It may sound cliché, but this book did indeed arrive in my hands at the exact time I needed to hear its messages. At two particular points in the text, tears literally filled my eyes as I experienced an "ah ha" moment. There truly is so much wisdom in this work and an incredible amount of inspiration as well. While the stories of the "21 Extraordinary People" the author writes about are all interesting and compelling, I also found great value in the heartfelt and very honest manner in which he shared very personal information from his own life experiences. In addition, his very conversational writing style actually makes you feel as if he's sitting in a café talking to you from across the table. This book is truly a gem in many respects. I loved it, and I really feel that you will as well.
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Format: Hardcover
At the lowest point in his life the John St. Augustine began a walk across the country, embark on some thousand miles from northern Michigan to Chicago and back, which allowed him to reinvent himself and embark on a new career in radio. Best known for his 'power thoughts' vignettes, "Living an Uncommon Life" covers more than his experiences and awakening: it includes patterns form other exceptional personalities he's met along the way, and reveals how these personalities uncovered strength from adversity. "Living an Uncommon Life" is an inherently engaging, unusually candid, and occasionally inspiring, and highly recommended read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myrna Lamb on June 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
insightful and entertaining, this book got me thinking about the paths taken by so many people in my life, as well as my own.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Kugler VINE VOICE on February 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Never heard of this guy but saw the book in the store and after reading over it bought it and am happy I did.It is written in readable chapters with a focus on what the Author learned from the individual. I dont know of the guys radio show but it is centered around interesting people he met and is an easy, fun and inspirational read. If you like reading about interesting people and how they overcame their challenges then this is worth the read. Nice style and nice read.
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