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Make Your Life Prime Time: How to Have It All Without Losing Your Soul Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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Determination and drive were critical to the success of Telemundo/NBC talk show host Arranas, the secrets to which she shares in this empowering self-help memoir. Offering breezy but sincere advice rooted in her own challenges, including a dictatorial father and two broken marriages of her own. Her first, foundational lesson is independence: "Love shouldn't be the sole master of your destiny." Arranas insists that women must always be able to take care of themselves financially, preserve their integrity and avoid mediocrity while sharing the personal stories that brought her to the conclusion-including a cheating husband and a personal assistant who stole thousands of dollars from her. Her methods for coping, learning and moving on are her most important lessons, warning readers that "ignorance is not bliss but rather a brutal teacher." Advice aside, this celebrity memoir is obviously aimed at an audience already familiar with her TV persona, and makes an entertaining, if light, read.
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"María shares her ups and downs and provides a road map to living life with joy and dignity. For any young woman just starting out, it's the next best thing to having a big sister by your side to help guide you on your journey." -- Meredith Viera, cohost of The Today Show

"María is one of those rare and special people eager to thrive, grow, and learn from events in her life and happy to share her inspiring life lessons with people in a way that is powerful but still accessible and relatable." -- Rachael Ray, host of The Rachael Ray Show

"María Celeste reveals the secret to success in an engaging manner. I enjoyed every page!" -- Queen Latifah

"María Celeste's book is a fascinating read that gave me even more reasons to admire someone I already feel fortunate to call my friend. She shares with us many unique ways to look for deeper truths and lessons in life's difficult experiences. And I know this book will be a wonderful gift to her ever-growing legion of fans!" -- Gloria Estefan

"This book shows that when we live according to the right principles, the Universe makes sure that we are compensated." -- Ricky Martin

"Make Your Life Prime Time has the same energy as María Celeste. She is an honest woman, a fighter who has achieved everything with unshakable will. Her personal story will inspire many young people and will help them to take control of their personal and professional lives." -- Enrique Iglesias

"I've had the great pleasure to work side by side with María Celeste and see firsthand her exceptional talent, passion, wisdom, and compassion. This book will allow millions of people to experience what I have." -- Don Browne, President of Telemundo Communications Group --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416585818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416585817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,385,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anewnight on May 12, 2009
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Maria Celeste is independent, assertive and she's smart and talented. "Make Your Life Prime Time" is a book with important principles and lessons based on her experiences that will make you have a different and positive outlook to life. Maria Celeste's shares her background, success, struggles, challenges, and trials, along with many different situations that have an impact. She describes how to endure it positively, with your head up and to keep reaching your full potential in excellence. You will definitely take something to heart from this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily J. Morris VINE VOICE on January 21, 2010
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This is an enchanting little gem of inspiration for all women everywhere. Heck, I think anyone could glean a dose of genius from this. Celeste brightly and sincerely expresses the "secrets of her success" if you will but without any of the cold hard cash style of other life successes. It's riveting, well-told, and simply a sparkling read. I guarantee you'll come away from this book with a different view on life.
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Not exactly an autobiography, not exactly a self-help book, but some combination of the two, Maria Celeste Arraras ("Mari") says she wrote this book for her children, to teach them what she's learned.

Each chapter begins with a stated lesson, like "If you can't climb over an obstacle, dig a tunnel under it" or "Trust your mother. She'll always tell it like it is" followed by a story from Mari's life demonstrating the lesson and how she learned it.

Some of the lessons seem a little arbitrary. The fact that she survived a encounter with a rampaging elephant was pretty much luck -- I'm not sure that's a good rationale for advising people to live dangerously. Plenty of people live dangerously and die young.

Some advice is even contradictory. In one chapter we're instructed to rely on our "sixth sense" and in another warned not to let our imagination run away with us. Both lessons only work in hindsight -- there was no way to confirm at the time whether each suspicion was real or not.

Overall, though, the stories are interesting and fun to read. To my eye, though, Mari does not seem to have noticed other people's lives enough to see what makes her different. Here's what I took from the book:

1) Learning intense self-discipline at an early age is invaluable to high achievement later in life. (More a lesson to parents, perhaps.)

2) Having a perfectly clear vision of your goal, and being willing to do and sacrifice anything to achieve that goal greatly improves your chances for success.

3) Being forgiving and compassionate is beneficial to both yourself and others, even more so, perhaps, when you've become wealthy and famous.

If you're a fan, go ahead and pick up a copy.
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I am always a bit guarded about books written by celebrities. This one pleasantly surprised me. There is so much wisdom in the lessons from Maria's life. Her stories are very interesting, revealing so much about the real person behind the stories.

I think that we often believe that some people reach the top because of their exceptional beauty or above average intelligence. Maria is a great example that beauty and intelligence are just the price of admission. In the final analysis, it is hard work and dedication to be among the best that make the difference.

There are 35 stories that Maria shares about her life. Each story has a very important lesson that everyone can learn from. These are not lessons about how to get to the top but how to live your life. The stories are all short and therefore the book is extremely easy to read. You simply fly through the book. If there is any criticism it would be that the lessons may be understated. There are some very profound lessons that are contained in just one or two sentences. It is highly likely that some people will read them too fast and miss the lesson.

"My mother has taught me that there is hidden value in hearing the bad. Only those who truly care about will tell you like it is; keep them close, and take their critiques seriously." This is so important. Generally we hate honest feedback. We do everything in our power to avoid it. But as Maria points out, only by having honest criticism can we make the improvements we need to make in life.

One of the best lessons is the final lesson. "Carry the one tool that will never fail: your principles. That's when you must trust the compass of your convictions. Your moral compass.
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I originally wanted to get this book so I could share some of the insights for my wife, since she exceptional language skills and Maria Celeste is someone she has watched in the past. But upon reading this, I was impressed that her desire was initially to write about her life for her kids to understand a lot about her and to give them ideas and ways to deal with life, love and opportunity.

She starts with two interesting stories about her mom first and then her dad. She delves into the encouragement she received when learning to swim at a young age and how she had the chance to be in the Olympics.

She shares us her lifes stories with her first husband and gives us a thread of her career in Journalism along with many very interesting anecdotes. She talks about love, forgiveness, character, frankness, taking chances, being gracious with former adversaries. She shows us by proper amounts of tenacity and taking opportunities that arise, that life can have some fun as well as new vistas.

I was very impressed at how she writes and her passion for the stories she shares. Surprising to me as well is how fast this book was to read through. I was done in one full day, of course not a full 24 hours. But I started reading this last evening and was finished the next evening. Not that I could not put the book down, it was that the 30 plus chapters were short, quick reads.

She wishes her children will learn from the book, I have learned from it and there are definately things to apply. In a time when our economy is struggling, there are things we can do to make an impact in the world around us. Make Your Life Primetime shares with us how to be brave to face a world of opportunity.
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