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FREE PDF ´ BOOK God Never Blinks ´ REGINA BRETT ñ Already an internet phenomenon these wise and insightful lessons by popular newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett will make you see the possibilities in your life in a whole new way When Regina Brett turned 50 she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life Thousands of people Brett now takes the 50 lessons and expounds on them in essays that are deeply personal From Don't take yourself too seriously Nobody else does to Life isn't tied with a bow but it's still a gift these lessons will strike a chord with anyone who has ever gone through tough times and haven't we al The title of this book might lead one to believe that there are heavy religiousspiritual undertones in this book and in some of the essays that is true But many of the essays are just about hope optimism finding strength appreciating life not taking things for granted managing stress etc As someone who was raised in a religious family but isn't overly religious these days I did not think the religious overtones in some of the essays were too much In fact I like that Brett admits her faith is sometimes shaky and that she doesn't claim that it's the end all be all It's just a lens through which she sees the world but she is accepting and embracing of other perspectives What I like about this book is the honesty the messages and the variety Everyone should find something in here that speaks to them and their life's journey The 50 essays are all short which is welcomed passionate thought provoking and sometimes inspirational I revisit some of them regularly and they help me strive to be at peace with my life and the world

KINDLE ¶ 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours Ú Regina Brett

Already an internet phenomenon these wise and insightful lessons by popular newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett will make you see the possibilities in your life in a whole new way When Regina Brett turned 50 she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life had taught her She reflected on all she ha LIFE'S NOT FAIR BUT IT'S GOODRemember that line If you do chances are you recall that e mail that made the rounds several years back containing 50 inspirational uotes from The Cleveland Plain DealerWell the uotes are back again in book form This time though we have the full stories of the life events that inspired them in the sensible down to earth heart and mind of their creator Regina BrettWe ALL have realized by now that life’s not fair But did we ALSO know and Now know in our Bones that it’s GOODI found that out the only way the HARD wayRegina a lifelong Catholic was educated like the rest of us brave souls at the School of Hard Knocks And boy has she got some stories to tell The uotes themselves of course are masterpieces of recollection the fruit of that wonderful calm that follows every storm of the heart And now we get her memorable stories of HOW she met that storm And WON´Really Someone comes out AHEAD in the end C’mon now gimme a break´Well maybe not at first but through losing they CANBecause when you’ve lost you GAIN Purpose and Strength when you endure the Storm peacefully If you lose your life you gain it the saying goes And you never really lose and gain your life back are you confused yet till after you’ve endured and have met your own MR JONASI’ll let her tell you THAT story in her own very personal wayMy friend Kathy once sent me an excerpt from the book Dandelion Wine In Ray Bradbury's book about one vintage summer a boy has taken ill No one can figure out what is wrong”He’s simply overwhelmed by life“No one seems able to help him until Mr Jonas the junk man comes along “He whispers something to the boy who lies asleep in a cot in the yard Mr Jonas tells him to rest uiet and listen then reaches up and picks an apple off a tree He lingers long enough to tell the boy a secret he carries inside him one I didn't know I carried in ME’The secret“Some folks arrive in this world fragile Like tender fruit they bruise easier cry often and turn sad young“Mr Jonas knows because HE is one of those people “The words stir something in the boy and he recoversNo Life’s just NOT FAIR Just because we All bruise like these apples just like this boy and Mr Jonas doesn’t really matter in the end We’ve got to get up again That can hurtLife in your seventies isn’t FAIR either We’ve always got to get up in spite of all our endless aches and grievous pains and do what we have to do That hurts tooNo life ain’t FAIR but it’s GOOD Because that’s what our Guide does for usIf we keep facing His music again and again and keep on doing His will we’ll be happy But then if we put our best face on and do His will and OURSELVES will that that Will be done we’ll feel the totally Renewing Force of deep silent PeaceAnd that Peace will ERASE all our ancient gripes and complaints and mental chatterI KNOW Because that has Happened to Me

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God Never Blinks 50 Lessons for Life's Little DetoursD learned through becoming a single parent looking for love in all the wrong places working on her relationship with God battling cancer and making peace with a difficult childhood It became one of the most popular columns ever published in the newspaper and since then the 50 lessons have been emailed to hundreds of One of the newest additions to our library is the book God Never Blinks 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett When Brett turned 45 she wrote down 45 lessons that life had taught her thus far and published them in her column for Cleveland’s newspaper The Plain Dealer The column was hugely popular and when she turned 50 she added five lessons and then expounded them into a book Each lesson is a short essay and they can be read in order or you can jump around and read those that stand out to you Brett’s writing is honest and raw with a touch of humor for good measure I found inspiration in this book right from the beginning in Lesson 1 Life isn’t fair but it’s still good The author’s friend Frank “lives by two simple words Get to They remind him to be grateful for everything Instead of saying ‘I have to go to work today’ Frank tells himself ‘I get to go to work’ Instead of saying ‘I have to get groceries’ he gets to Instead of saying ‘I have to take the kids to baseball practice’ he gets to It works for everything” I love this It is such a small change in thought or speech saying get to instead of have to but it makes a huge difference in my attitude It pains me that I often take the many blessings in my life for granted and this small change of phrase helps me to turn every action of my day into a moment of thanksgiving I also especially liked Lesson 17 You can get through anything life hands you if you stay put in the day you are in and don’t jump ahead The author speaks of an older woman she met on a spiritual retreat “Every morning rain or shine snow or sleet she would open her bedroom window take a deep breath and greet the day with these words ‘This is the day that the Lord has made I will rejoice in it and be glad’ This This is the day Not yesterday Not tomorrow This day” This echoes the theme of thanksgiving in Lesson 1 and reminds us me to stay present in the moment in which we are living to be thankful for what God has given us right now instead of worrying about what might happen tomorrow or next week or ten years from nowThe book’s title comes from Lesson 15 Everything can change in the blink of an eye But don’t worry; God never blinks “In one of his novels Chaim Potok describes how God sees versus how humans see We see the world as fragmented because we blink But God who never blinks sees the entire universe as we cannot see it Whole” What a beautiful thoughtFrom my church's newsletter September 2013