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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Revised edition (March 27, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385468059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385468053
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The precious present has nothing to do with wishing. The richness of the precious present comes from its own source. The precious present is not something that someone gives you. It is something that you give to yourself." The parable of The Precious Present is a quiet one to muse upon and sit with, and finally to take into your heart. Spencer Johnson, coauthor of the bestselling business classic The One Minute Manager, has created a simple path for the reader to follow in the search for peace and clarity. While The Precious Present may read like a children's book for adults, its slow pace requires the mind to quiet down so that it can really register the meaning of Johnson's words. "The Present Is Simply Who I Am Just The Way I Am... Right Now. And It Is Precious." We may be familiar with this philosophy in theory, but the experience of reading The Precious Present is truly synchronous with its message. --Jodie Buller

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"The Precious Present puts life in its simplest form.  We should all follow its message and live life in the wonderful state The Precious Present awards each of us.  I read it to all of my teams before we take the floor for the first day of practice."
--Rick Pitino, author of Success is a Choice

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Spencer Johnson, M.D., is one of the world's most respected thinkers and beloved authors. Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. degree from the Royal College of Surgeons, and medical clerkships at The Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. More than forty-six million copies of Spencer Johnson's books are in print worldwide in more than forty-seven languages.

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I read this book in about 10 minutes.
M. R. Smith
Johnson's book will now be a frequent `reality check' for me and I recommend it to anyone who might need a quick reminder of what makes the present so precious.
Matthew Dodd
Very short reading material but packs a powerful message.
Orval A West

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98 of 99 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I picked out this book at the library six years ago. It was small and in ten minutes "The Precious Present" changed my life. It provided answers to my lifelong search as to what my purpose in life was after experiencing a near death experience three years earlier. I needed a way to explain why I was living my life the way I was...and Spencer Johnson expressed it for me in this tiny book. I had changed from my experience. Realizing that my life was precious, I began to enjoy the precious present even more because it was all BONUS for me. I started to take more time for friends, family and total strangers who needed someone to listen to them or just to acknowledge them because I could empathize with most of their problems. I brought the book home from the library and tried to order copies. None were to be found in my small town, so I called each of my sisters (I have four) and read it to each of them over the phone. That evening I read it to my husband. We talked about how important it was to live in the now and to let the past go as it can make many of us so miserable; like repaying a house payment that you already paid....it is silly to keep going back hurting each time. We discussed the future and how so many things we worry about never happen. Little did I to know that three days later, my darling husband, Michael, would die of a heart attack in my arms. I was so happy that we had had the discussion just days earlier. I knew we were living in the precious present and that is all that mattered. Now I am a senior at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. I will graduate in May of next year - 33 years after completing high school - and finally fulfilling my goal of so long ago.Read more ›
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book thirteen years ago when a friend was in a coma in a hospital in Texas. Wherever you are in life, I think we could all use a little enlightenment that we are doing the 'right' things- or some direction on where to find these sought after 'untarnishable treasures' that make the joys more joyous and the pain worth it all in the adventure we call the human experience. This is a book for the handicapped, for the lost, the lonely, the numb, the bewildered, the confused, and yes... even for those who consider themselves to be well rounded and sucessful. Spencer Johnson has lived it, or he couldn't write it at the third grade reading level. He brings us all a little closer to that elusive me-I'm-glad-to-be person whether you are young or, old, rich or poor, happy or sad. You may be divorced, married, widowed/widower or single ...but the one thing you cannot remain after reading this book, is INDIFFERENT. After reading this book and incorporating it's message listen closely, and you'll likely hear someone say "Wow, I hope somday some one gives me..." well, you know. :-)
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This easy to read book will affect the life of anyone who reads it. It warrants reading time and time again. It is perfect to give to the person who thinks they have everything. It is a suttle but powerful, positive, personality builder. It is one of the book we read to our children and grandchildren as well as a gift for special occasions. When it was necessary to move to another area, I gave a copy to my primary care physician. It generated the only "thank you note" I've received from any doctor. More than once The Precious Present has been a subject for the support group to which I belong. I rate this a 5 star book but that is far to low in my estimation!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Because I have had some misfortunes in my life, I used to dwell on my past a lot. This also made me plan for the future a lot because I was never happy with myself. This book though, has really helped me live in the present moment! I can really say that I am a happier person because I read this book. The other completely excellent book that has helped put this in even better perspective is "The Ever-Transcending Spirit" by Toru Sato. That one is also a fantastic book! Like Gandhi said, "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." These books are very true to the spirit of people like this!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brooke on April 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The first time I encountered this book was about a year and a half ago. I was a freshman in high school and was on the varsity swim team. My coach, recently inducted into the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Assossiation Hall of Fame, read this book to us early one morning before 5:30 AM swim practice. he had been reading this book to his swimmers for years, but I was just a freshman and the expierence was new to me. I had heard from the upperclassmen of Coach's storytelling, but it did not prepare me for what was about to come. We all sat anxiously awaiting Coach to start. Slowly he opened the book, stared at the first page and began to read to us as if he were our grandfather telling us a story from his past. His soft voice gave me chills up and down my spine. He read slowly and precisely. Time seemed to stand still. The thirty teenagers were dead silent. We savored ever word. He told us of the boy and the old man and how different they were. he told us of how the old man wanted the boy to recieve the precious present. He told us of how the boy spent his whole life looking for the precious present. We thought of how we were looking for th precious present in our lives and in our sport. Intrigue by the story we continued to listen. As the boy now an old man found the precious present I felt a lump in my throat and felt chills down me spine. I knew coach was a wise man, but I hadn't realize the extent of his wisdom. He knew how to get through to the impenetrable. He knew how to touch the untouchable. He knew how to teach the unteachable. He taught us that we needed to think in present to reach the unreachable. Coach Landtroop has coach several teams to Texas State Championships and National Championships. He does this by using the powerful message of this book to inspire his swimmers. This book teaches a lesson to anyone you is willing to listen. PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
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