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One Perfect Word: One Word Can Make All the Difference Hardcover – January 3, 2012

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There are pivotal moments in the lives of all seekers when we realize that we’ve been traveling on our path of growth toward happiness and ful­fillment, but, simply put, we want to go faster.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439190593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439190593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sensucht is a word C. S. Lewis used to describe inconsolable longing, a feeling of deep connection that can’t really be explained by any word in the English language. As an example of the word’s meaning, Macomber, a New York Times best-selling author, recalls bursting into tears after declaring for the first time that she wanted to become a writer. The meanings of numerous more familiar English words are explored in One Perfect Word, but most impressive is the case Macomber makes for the power of words, those held in thought over long periods of time, directing intentions; words said at just the right moment; words offered in prayer; words written in journals; and words ingested in daily readings. Words are tools that can basically shape or destroy our very souls. In addition to using words to live a happier, more fulfilling life, the author advocates formulating goals and organizing one’s life. This book contains many heartwarming stories, both personal and passed on, that reveal what a difference words and faith can make. --Susan DeGrane

About the Author

Debbie Macomber, with more than 100 million copies of her books sold worldwide, is one of today's most popular authors. The #1 New York Times bestselling author is best known for her ability to create compelling characters and bring their stories to life in her books. Debbie is a regular resident on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times (70 times and counting), USA TODAY (currently 67 times) and Publishers Weekly (47 times). Visit her at

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If you could only pick one book to read for the month or even the year, this should be the one.
Her conversational tone in this book makes it very easy to read and I really enjoyed the personal examples she shared.
Cafe Lily
"One Perfect Word" is an incredible reminder of our journey with God and a look into His wisdom and love for us.
Jill P. Jones

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on January 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Words are powerful. A word, the right word, can change a life.
Yet we are bombarded with thousands of words a day. Are words losing their impact? Do we need to go on a word diet?
What if you were to take one word, just one word, and meditate on it for the whole day, for the whole year?
"When we choose one single word from His Word and spend a year with it, I've found that the Lord takes us by the hand and walks us through the year, teaching us about that word, about ourselves, and even more, about God Himself." (11)
Macomber has two goals in this book. First, she wants to encourage us to begin the practice of focusing on one perfect word each year. She helps us find the word, how to explore it, and how to recognize the lessons from it.
Second, she shares fourteen of her own words. She explains what she has learned through stories. For example, she writes of desire, her desire to be a writer. It was five years before she sold her first piece of writing, a magazine article. Another example is the word balance. Her concentrating on that word included determining her priorities, and setting smart goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Rewarding, Time-bound). Pray, organize, and de-clutter, she learned.
She encourages us to get a notebook and begin to gather the words that appear over and over again in our life.
She also points out that the word she picks for the year is in addition to her regular reading and study of God's Word.
Discussion questions at the back make this a good choice for reading groups.

This is an inspiring book. It is a joy to read. Not only was I inspired to choose my own word for the year, I also received a great deal of insight from her as she shared the lessons she learned from her own words.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cafe Lily on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This book both inspired and encouraged me. It was very timely and most of the time while reading, I felt like Debbie was talking right to *me*. Her conversational tone in this book makes it very easy to read and I really enjoyed the personal examples she shared. She is very open in this book about some of her struggles, including her weight and her marriage. I appreciated her vulnerability and transparency very much, because reading how God brought her through those hard times ministered to me.

One Perfect Word is about Debbie's practice of choosing one word from the Bible to focus on and dissect for each year. This idea was born from the breakfast group that Debbie attended for over twenty years. These ladies each adopted this practice and this book is about the powerful impact that those *one* words have had on their lives.

Debbie shows readers how to quietly pray and "listen" for their perfect word, and how to go about choosing it. Debbie wrote that sometimes the word chooses us. Is there a word that keeps showing up over and over in your daily life? In articles - devotions - blogs? If so, that might just be your word for the year that God would have you focus on. Once you find your word, this book will take you through the steps of exploring it and discovering life lessons all stemming from *one* perfect word.

Debbie's words have changed over the years. Surrender, hope, prayer, trust.....these words and more transformed Debbie's life and as she looks back over her prayer journals, she can clearly see God at work. You may not know at first why you feel led to study a particular word but down the road, the purpose becomes clear.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christine Abraham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"One word can make all the difference," writes Debbie Macomber in her new book One Perfect Word. In fact, she proves this by sharing some of the single words that have guided her life the past 20 years. Debbie started the practice of selecting a single word for the year when she met with her womens business group and each January her breakfast-club ladies would select one word for the year. Over those twenty-years many of the words have had a powerful impact on her life.

One Perfect Word by Debbie Macomber introduces the idea of a "word diet" where you spend the year focused on less words rather than more. In a world cluttered with social networks, text messaging and an abundance of bloggers...the thought of a word diet ... One Perfect Word appealing to many people. During the years Debbie has journaled about her one word. In each chapter she shares her own word choices, such as: desire, believe, hunger, trust, brokenness, prayer, obedience, seek, balance, wisdom, surrender, hope, passion and purpose. Each chapter concludes with a suggestion on how to identify One Perfect Word for your year and also ideas for using your word in a creative and tangible manner.

This is an inspiring book and enjoyable to read. Debbie Macomber shares bits of her personal life and weaves one word into her experience. She also quotes numerous authors and articles, making the book interesting to read. She says her two purposes in writing the book are" first, to encourage you to begin the practice of focusing on one perfect word each year." After reading her book I was inspired to choose one perfect word for 2012. Second, to share her own 14 words and show what she's learned through the experience. This book meets both of her objectives.
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More About the Author

Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today's most popular writers with more than 170 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber's novels have spent over 750 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Eight of these novels hitting the number one spot.

In 2014, Macomber's all-new hardcover publications will include Blossom Street Brides (March), Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Inn Novel (August) and Mr. Miracle (October) and paperback editions of the #1 bestseller Starting Now (April) and her acclaimed Christmas novel, Starry Night (October).

In addition to fiction Macomber has also published two bestselling cookbooks; numerous inspirational and nonfiction works; and two acclaimed children's books.

Macomber's beloved and bestselling Cedar Cove Series became Hallmark Channel's first dramatic scripted television series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove, which was ranked as the top program on cable when it debuted in summer 2013. Hallmark is now filming a second season of Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove which will premiere this July 19. In addition, Macomber's upcoming Christmas novel, Mr. Miracle, will be made into an original movie premiering on Hallmark Channel in fall 2014. Previously, Hallmark Channel has produced three successful Christmas movies based on Macomber's bestselling Christmas novels, Mrs. Miracle, Call Me Mrs. Miracle and Trading Christmas.

Macomber owns her own tea room, Victorian Rose Tea Room & yarn store, A Good Yarn, named after the shop featured in her popular Blossom Street novels. She and her husband, Wayne, serve on the Guideposts National Advisory Cabinet, and she is World Vision's international spokesperson for their Knit for Kids charity initiative.

A devoted grandmother, Debbie and her husband Wayne live in Port Orchard, Washington (the town on which her Cedar Cove novels are based) and winter in Florida.

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