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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Don't Miss Your Life...Review...DNF

About the book:
Along comes a book by a storyteller who holds the power, in true stories well told, to offer a motivating and healing balm for those thirsting and eager for somebody to remind them to "say YES to life, slow down, wake up, let go, hold on and LIVE!" As readers listen to Baumbich's stories, laugh and cry, and then revisit their own stories, they will discover the sovereign hand of God not only loving them in the midst of adversity but wooing them to live life to the full.

Readers should fasten their seatbelts for this warm, fun, provocative, heartwarming ride. "We are so busy running our lives that we are often not enjoying them, giving thanks for them, or realizing our joy and potential," Charlene says. "But if you learn the lively and releasing art of listening to and mining your own stories, you'll learn that your life is, indeed, better than you think!

For some reason, I didn't realize this was a self-help type book until it arrived. I have not finished it. It probably has more to do with me than with the book, and I will try and go back to it at some point.

Charlene Baumbich is happy. There is no doubt about that. She has come to understand that life is your most important gift and you shouldn't squander it or miss it. She's a strong believer in story, and the power of stories to bring people together. The book is sprinkled with her own life stories, many funny, some serious. Each chapter has a point and a question to ask yourself as you evaluate where you are in your own life.

There are a lot of little asides, with many parenthetical thoughts and as Charlene speaks openly and often about God, scriptures references are abundant.

I can't quite pinpoint what it was about the book that was offsetting, and like I said, it's most likely more to do with me at this point or this week, in my life, than anything else. I have no doubt that one of Charlene's motivational presentations is entertaining. I'm sure that this book will be helpful to and enjoyed by many people.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Jennifer Willingham of Simon and Schuster for the opportunity to review this book. You can read the first chapter here. You can learn more about Charlene here. You can purchase the book here.


1/5 Stars

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