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On turning 50, Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Brett wrote her most popular piece ever, containing the cancer survivor and single mom's most important life lessons. Here she expands and expounds on that column, incorporating other essays penned over her 14 years as an opinion columnist, to make a rousing inspirational collection. Most of her pieces-dedicated to substantive but familiar ideas like "Overprepare, then go with the flow," "Stay put in the day you are in," and "God loves you because of who God is"-are short, sweet, and frequently resonant (if at times overly simple). Complimenting her own experience with anecdotes from friends and others, as well as poems, prayers, psalms and excerpts from treasured books, Brett employs a veteran writer's knack for keen observation and thorough self-knowledge, delivering hard-earned wisdom with deceptive ease.
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"Regina Brett's book, God Never Blinks, provides practical insights that can change the world."
--Deepak Chopra, Author, The Ultimate Happiness Prescription

"Regina Brett is a gifted observer of the experiences that shape who we are, and her lessons unfold with buoyancy, humor and a courageous honesty. She has given us a beautifully written roadmap for life."
-- Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

"I intend to give my 82-year-old dad a copy of God Never Blinks. I will also buy one for a 16-year-old friend. This wise, compassionate and honest book is a blueprint for living a happy, fulfilling life. Its lessons are timeless--and timely."
--Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446556513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446556514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (428 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. C Glover VINE VOICE on April 7, 2010
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This is collection of life stories and observations by Regina Brett -- cancer survivor, columnist, single mother (not ex-single mother). She provides 50 good pieces of advice backed by actual life events to help make the point for the reader. Current trends in US society could benefit from the lessons in this book. Regina takes a spiritual view of life and self to help the reader have a more centered life.

The spiritual elements come from Christianity and eastern religions -- "zen meets do the right thing to help someone else". The book is strongly geared toward women.

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The format is 50 chapters each about 4 to 5 pages long. The chapters are self-contained mini-fables/stories based on real life events.

Writing:
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The writing is eloquent yet very approachable. She has a nice conversational tone; as if you were talking to a close friend.

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You will find at least 75% of the chapters helpful to you at any given time. Each time you are having doubts about something in life; you should take a look at the chapter titles to see what you are missing in life. I really liked "Don't audit life. Show up and make the msot of now" and "Breathe. It calms the mind". Everyone has different challenges on any given day; try to realize this and do the best you can by enjoying life and sharing it with loved ones.

The content is not super deep or innovative but it is accurate. A friendly reminder to not take everything so seriously and just enjoy life is a good thing...especially in these trying times.
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By Ksnurse on March 14, 2013
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I use this as part of my devotions each day. It's not as good as I thought it was going to be but does give some food for thought. It is totally Catholic based and I didn't realize that when I bought it.
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This book presents 50 life lessons that the author brings forth through experiences, revelations, and emotions. The writing is open, honest, and heartfelt. As I read through the book, I resonated with several of the stories, was touched by many, and did not (at this time) identify with some of the stories. My approach was reading one or maybe two lessons and setting the book down. My suggestion... read and absorb the experiences, take away what you need, and leave the rest.

The lessons are simple, very easy and digestible reading. I've seen some reviews scoff at the simplicity and complain about the lack of cookbook-like steps on how the readers should fix their life. This author does not presume to know how to fix someone else's life. She relates in a brutally open and honest fashion her experiences, her feelings, and what she took from them. We, you, all of us are so different, and so much the same... we hurt, we react, we need... so much. There isn't a book to fix that (well, for some the bible fills that space). This book, this experience is a sharing of life and, if you walk with this author through hers, perhaps you can take some of her insights and apply them into your life. It is that simple... and that beautiful.

Take away what you need, leave the rest.
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Very inspiring. The best story was the first "Life is Good." It reminds us that we "get to" not "have to." Like I "get to" go to work. I "get to" cut the grass. How many people would love to be able to do these things and can't. Makes you more appreciative and stop taking so much for granted.
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This is a little gem of a book. It is a quick read - the chapters are very short, but it is well worth your time.

The author Ms. Brett presents a good case for her positions, although it is not necessary for you to agree with them to enjoy the book.

The author put a lot of her heart and personal stories that make her experiences really hit home.

This is one of those books that you definitely want to purchase so you can re-read sections.

It is an uplifting book that has expressions of gratitude for all that life has to offer, along with encouragement to help face whatever comes along.

Here are some sections that give a great example of what to expect:

"A friend of mine signs her e-mails with a Leonard Cohen chorus discounting perfect offerings. She embraces her imperfect offerings of art and music, confident that any cracks in them let the light sneak in."

"I once heard someone say that prayer is more than words. It's a stance you take, a position you claim. You throw your body against the door to keep the demons from advancing and stay put until they go away."

"I've had a great life," he said through the oxygen mask over and over. "No one has had a better life than me." What a great claim to make on your deathbed. To wrap your arms around the life you lived and give thanks for it alone. No regrets. No what-ifs. No should haves."
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Leaves one wondering if the author has ever had a real personal relationship with God.
Very carnal viewpoint.

If you are looking for inspiration to go deeper into God, save your money. We have thrown our copy away, don't want to be spreading this.
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