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The Long Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration from the Author of Pay It Forward Paperback – January 15, 2014
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About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author and co-author of twenty-four books, including When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, When You Were Older, and Don’t Let Me Go. Her novel Pay It Forward was included on the ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults list, translated into twenty-three foreign editions, and turned into a major Warner Brothers motion picture. Her short stories have received honorable mentions in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, nominations for Pushcart Prizes and the O. Henry Award, and citations in the Best American Short Stories anthologies. Along with Anne R. Allen, she recently co-authored How To Be A Writer In The E-Age: a Self-Help Guide. An avid traveler and amateur photographer, she has hiked the Grand Canyon, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and many more of the world’s most beautiful places. She currently resides in Cambria, California.
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This book is a collection of essays written to express the author's life lessons. Some were learned the hard way. Yes, like most of us, she went through some pretty rough times in order to get where she is now. So what? Does this give anyone the right to look down their nose at her? Is a person not allowed to grow and develop and change? Is a person not allowed to share what they've learned with others?
As a person who has had to learn some pretty hard lessons (like everybody else), I appreciate Hyde for putting into words some of the thoughts and feelings that I've had as I've traveled my own steep path. I'm thankful for finding out that she has a Facebook page (which I intend to bookmark), and a #DailyGratitude that I can subscribe to. I need all the help I can get in learning to master the art of positivity and gratitude. Thank you for listing this book for free on Kindle and allowing me to become aware. It came along at just the right time.
If you are on a journey of learning to love and accept and be at peace with yourself, this book might give you some inspiration on how to get there.
Life can have tragedy and adversity, which we would eliminate if we could. However, it is the fruit that grows from these experiences that make the journey worthwhile. She advises us to believe in ourselves and choose to be happy.
We can find the life we want hiding in plain site...in the life we have now. Stay in the moment - not regretting a past you can't change, or trying to structure or repair a future that hasn't even arrived. Everything you need is here - when doors slam in your face, look around and see if another door is open.
I especially enjoyed her idea of writing "daily gratitudes" - finding something to be grateful for every day by looking and listening in a different way:
- "That lovely moment when it's suddenly possible to grasp that we are exactly where we are meant to be."
- "Everything that happens to me in life, whether I like it or not, seems to steer me down the right path."
An enjoyable journey. Very insightful. If you are a hiker, you will appreciate it even more.
That very evening I received an e-mail that mentioned this newer book, and here we are.
I loved hearing what Catherine has been doing since the "Pay It Forward" book and I wish her the best!
Don't give up. (Title of one of the chapters). You can't read this book without it having a positive impact on your life, no matter what difficulty you are struggling with. Or even if you just want to improve yourself but don't know how to go about it.
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