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Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life Hardcover – December 31, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400205816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400205813
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jake Olson has overcome the loss of his eyes to cancer. Jake's story is one of struggles and loss, but most of all his story demonstrates his victory over blindness through his unwillingness to give up those things in life he loves, especially golf. Jake continues to develop his game without sight and is now playing on his high school golf team.



McKay Christensen, PhD, is the president of a billion dollar global consumer products company and adjunct professor at the Marriott School of Management. McKay speaks to audiences around the globe about his groundbreaking research on how adults learn and find happiness. McKay and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of five children and live in Highland, Utah.


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Jake Olsen's story gives hope to the rest of us.
Diana De Avila
This is one of those books you might hesitate to read because you know that something awful happens before you even begin.
Terri J. Rice
I'm usually a sucker for inspirational books like this, and after hearing about Jake, I was excited to give it a read.
Lindsay W.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Diana De Avila TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Jake Olsen's story gives hope to the rest of us.

The book is written in a format that shows "Insights from Jake" and outlines all parts of Jake's journey from being sighted to blindness. While many of us would shudder at the thought of losing our sight and trying to deal with it, Jake's story involves a deliberate move (via an operation to save him from spreading cancer) into total blindness. He shares his fears with us along his journey but the things that shine brightest are the stories of hope which he shares and tries to instill in his readers.

The book is written from a Christian perspective and Jake is not afraid for ONE IOTA to let the world know about his relationship with Christ. Through his battles he has become a stronger person and an inspiration to all of us. When Jake speaks about the "choice to be happy", I find myself trusting his word and experiences more since he has had to live through such trials. It's amazing how he can so openly share about his tough journey and find peace and happiness in it. His life's work is set!

The book is written in an engaging and easy format that goes back and forth between Jake's voice and experiences and those of his co-author. It isn't only Jake's story here though ... there are other inspirational athletes who have struggled and overcome. Jake's journey continues and the story and hope he shares will certainly be an inspiration to many.

God bless this kid! What a story and what hope for the rest of us. Simple lessons to take to heart and once done so ... we can live a lot happier, a lot freer and truly feel and experience blessings. Written from the heart, this is a great way to begin 2014!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sheri A. Wilkinson on December 31, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Open Your Eyes: 10 Uncommon Lessons to Discover a Happier Life
by Jake Olson, McKay Christensen

As a child Jake Olson had cancer and went blind. This is an uplifting story of his courage and strength, how he handled the bad news, the hurdles he faced and what it took to keep him moving on. We learn some tips on coping with life, also how Jake relied on his religious beliefs and faith to get him through the rough times in his life.

One thing I liked was Jake's courage and never-give-up attitude. He took a tragic event in his life and shows us that life does go on, and you can achieve what ever you want no matter what .

* I was lucky to get this book as a gift.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lady g on January 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Jake Olson had Cancer as a child as a result he went blind. This is a beautifully written story of his strength and courage, how he handled the news and the hurdles he faced everyday and what it took to keep him moving on with his life. He gives us some tips on coping with life and he tells us how he relied on his religious beliefs and faith in God to get him through the rough times. I loved Jake's courage and his attitude. Jake took this tragic event in his life and showed us that life goes on and you you can achieve what ever you what no matter the obstacles you may face along the way.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Handyman on March 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Not what I expected. This book is written by McKay Christensen, PhD. Some chapters contain a few paragraphs (less than a page) written by Jake or his family. The content of the book is good. I was disappointed that the author was not the blind teenager. If you are looking for a book written by a PhD on what can help a person deal with difficult situations, then it would be a good book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on February 8, 2014
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Jake is an inspiration to us all. He and his family have met this ordeal and used it to teach us all how to overcome by clinging to hope. I took a quote from him and set it over my desk at work. Thanks Jake!
"no doubt we let inspiration come and go hundreds of times in our lives. But what if we started living and not let one more pass us by?"
Let Jake's story inspire you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Whitfield on January 22, 2014
Format: Hardcover
When I was asked to read and review Open Your Eyes, I had no idea what a profound impression Jake, his parents, and Dr. Christensen would have in my life. This book is not only Jake’s astounding journey of faith, but also an inspirational guide for the rest of us to follow. Cancer may have taken his sight but his vision is remarkable. Yes, he has wonderful parents, a fabulous sister, and a support system that anyone would envy. But having God at the helm to guide him through darkness has led this young man to see better than most of us sighted folks ever hope to. He truly sees the light that we all hope to find. I am forever blessed and changed by reading this book. I recommend Open Your Eyes to every reader out there. And be sure to pass it along to your children as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Terri J. Rice TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is one of those books you might hesitate to read because you know that something awful happens before you even begin. So I did put off starting this book for quite awhile and then cautiously began.

It is a book that could be tragic but is so filled with determination, hope, and even thankfulness.

Jake's family is made aware very early in his life that he has cancer in his eyes and that he will lose his eyes. But the inevitable comes years later than they expected and for that they are all thankful. But the day does come.

And this is why you should not be afraid to read this book: It is, in spite of such a tragedy, amazingly hope filled. Jake and his family are Christians and it so shines through, especially here in the hard things.
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