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Writer and artist Radmacher (Promises to Myself) has expanded her "Live with Intention" catchphrase, a reaction to the death of a friend that went on to adorn walls, bags, and coffee mugs the world over, into a slim self-help guide. The big ideas here are platitudinous: slow down and smell the roses; take a deep breath; "choose love." Speaking of "the edge" that we might come to in life, Radmacher offers, "And if completion is a destination, there's one imperative that must be followed: just begin it." Ironically, though the author offers a number of clichéd suggestions for deeper living, their presentation (bullet points jumping wildly from one topic to another) makes the familiar almost incoherent. The author's prose is perfunctory and difficult to digest, and most of her advice has been offered countless times before in more accessible books. (Jan.)
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Amber reviewed Live with Intention: Rediscovering What We Deeply Know
Great Book, Makes a special gift as well May 22, 2013
I ran across this book when looking for inspirational words to share with my Aunt who was diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately her fight was very short. My mom was not doing well with the loss of her sister. I remembered this book and bought it to help her work through our loss. She LOVED it. Excellent price as well.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conari Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573244015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573244015
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Live With Intention" will speak to your heart and inspire you to actively live out what you believe. Mary Anne Radmacher writes that "Clarity visits and often leaves no fingerprints, only sparkles." That's how I felt when I finished her book. A gift of artful presentation joined with "winged thoughts" that encourage your dreams to take flight. This book is for everyone who wants their life to glow! "Being alive is a fierce responsibility, what will you do with everything that is possible today?" A lot more after reading this book!
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"This book is written with love, earnest observation, and keen awareness that my life is richer for remembering my core intentions than it would be if I allowed the press of the world and the specific challenges of my life to overtake or overwhelm me. Staying connected to the core intentions of my life allows [sic] me to feel and be satisfied at the end of the day." - From Live with Intention

Replete with poetic "word birds", quotes, personal anecdotes, pithy phrases, playful brushstrokes and hard-won wisdom, Live with Intention by Mary Anne Radmacher encourages readers to live on purpose--without regret, self-recrimination, distraction, apathy or worry.

Rather, Live with Intention helps readers look for the sublime in the ordinary, the profound in the simple, the joy among sorrow, compassion in the midst of harshness, wellness among illness and self-care among busyness.

This book serves as balm for the soul, renewal for the spirit, stillness for the mind, candy for the eyes and wellspring for inspiration. The author serves as a trusted confidante, friendly neighbor, spiritual teacher, working artist and woman-just-like-you as she prods us toward greatness, wholeness, passion, service, understanding, boldness and mindfulness.

Here are but a few lovely gems found in Live with Intention:

* Spirit turns performance into being. Rest after flying at high altitude ensures that the chronic call to speed, activity, and performance-based measures is balanced.

* The present moment is where all the good stuff happens.

* A fallow field is working toward a productive harvest--every (heart) harvest has its story of seemingly unproductive days.

* When you're tired of running, just sit down.
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It really was quite thoughtful of Mary Anne Radmacher to bring out Live With Intention just in time for the holidays. This book will be going out in my packages, stuffed deep into stockings, and left open at holiday gatherings. A gift from a practical Yoda -- that's how Ms. Radmacher's words speak to me. Like the wisdom of the ages brought in to the dust and bustle of my day to days. Words that sink in and stay, that make a home in my heart. Long after you've read this one cover to cover you'll be picking it up again. This is your reach for gift when you want to share that perfect thought with a special person. You owe it to yourself to take a peek.
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Beautiful to look at as well as to read, in "Live with Intention" mary ann radmacher thoughtfully expands upon the words she wrote many years ago; "Live with intention, walk to the edge...", a list that ends with, "live as if this is all there is." Each of these statements has a dedicated chapter, containing anecdotes, suggestions, quotes from teachers of the past as well as the author, and suggestions for "promises to myself". The sheer volume of beauty and wisdom Ms. Radmacher wove through the gorgeously illustrated pages of this book while delivering a lively and engaging read is a testament to her gifts as an author and artist.
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I ran across this book when looking for inspirational words to share with my Aunt who was diagnosed with lung cancer. Unfortunately her fight was very short. My mom was not doing well with the loss of her sister. I remembered this book and bought it to help her work through our loss. She LOVED it. She copies parts from the book and hangs them around the house as a daily reminder for positive thoughts. After looking through the book I purchased for my mom, I bought one for myself. I decided NOT to purchase the Kindle edition because the illustrations are so colorful and uplifting. Excellent price as well.
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Mary Anne Radmacher is one of my favoite authors for discovering ourselfs for the better....
Live with intention
walk to the edge
laugh
take risks
love your family....
read the book for more discovering yourself....
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"Live with Intention" is so much more than a book. Lots of people write books, even very helpful books. Mary Anne Radmacher has created something else altogether. I think of "Live with Intention" as life's little instruction book. Twenty years ago Mary Anne made a list of ten actions that for her constitute a vibrant life: live with intention, walk to the edge, listen hard, practice wellness, play with abandon, laugh, choose with no regret, continue to learn, appreciate your friends, do what you love, live as if this is all there is. Her words went out into the world on a gazillion posters, cards, and cups.

But how? Isn't that always the question? HOW do you live with intention? HOW do you walk to the edge? In "Live with Intention," Mary Anne pours a few hundred "hows" onto our heads. There's stuff to do, things to consider, promises to make, and words to ponder. All wrapped in her unique brushstrokes. Somehow the colors and shapes make it all feel doable. I'm trying anyway. This is a nightstand book. A book to chew. In little doses. Like Forest Gump's chocolates. I'm going for a dark chocolate vanilla cream right now. It's on p38: "I promise to be at the door of my heart all day." Not a bad instruction for life, don't you think?
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