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Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  325 ratings  ·  65 reviews
An encounter at a party changed Gay Hendricks forever. A stranger asked him to imagine himself on his deathbed and to consider this question:

“Was your life a complete success?” If not, then “What would be the things you’d wish had happened that would have made it a success?” Hendricks said his deepest wish was for a loving, lasting relationship with a woman. The stranger s
Hardcover, 150 pages
Published September 28th 2007 by New World Library
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Okay, I haven't written a review for ages, but I need to justify why this book gets 5 stars. There are many other books on a similar vein out there, and I've read a few.
5 Wishes is simple, it is not contrived, and each step is plainly made and easily followed. Reading it I can feel some of what he is saying flow over me, and I'm getting those occasional twinges of excitement which are all too rare as I become more cynical. Reading 5 wishes let me be innocent again, and ready to accept the change
five wishes asks the question: picture yourself on your deathbed. did you accomplish everything you wanted to accomplish? if not, what were the things that you regret not doing?

it's not really a "how to live the life you always wanted" book, but it brought things into clear perspective for me: if you're going to regret things on your deathbed, well, why the heck are you living life that way?

speaking of wishes, i wish all business books were like this -- i read it in less than an hour, got the
A great read for people looking to make changes in their lives- positive, life-affirming changes. While this book doesn't reveal anything that isn't ultimately common sense, it does draw attention to things that we may forget or not even think about in our busy lives. This book has taught me to slow down and think about what I want to get out of my life and while five different goals doesn't seem to be enough, it's a start. I recommend this book to people looking for a simple way to make a diffe ...more
Kathy McC
Short book- ponders the question "If you were on your death bed, what aspects of your life would you wish had been different." Then he encourages you to make those changes now so you can die with no regrets. His claim- "you can make all your wishes come true."
A bit hokey, but well written.
I saw the movie (yes, there is a movie) first and wanted the book to remember the important concepts. Not earth-shattering enlightenment, but a practical and reasonable question to ask yourself when searching for your reason for being.
Devika Koppikar
I wasn't impressed with the book as the anecdotes were predictable and redundant.
It's a short book and I could relate to it well. It's about what five wishes the author would want granted/what five things he would change if he were on his deathbed. I could use work on what the other refers to as "pure consciousness" and feeling like all people and things contain God within them. I already think that, but I can turn into an incredibly angry person, sometimes over stupid stuff. Though if someone is sorry (or at least says so) I always forgive them. I don't have a lot of "incom ...more
Once again a super fast read. It opened my eyes to a different way of thinking and if nothing else a great conversation to have with others instead of small talk. Some of the things he wrote I disagreed with but all in all not bad. I have always disliked the rollercoaster of emotions in relationships and the author had interesting insight on how to not have so many lows in relationships. He said that "....perhaps we sabotaged our good feeling because we simply didn't have much practice feeling g ...more
One simple question completely changed Gay Hendricks life. What was the question? How did this amazing transformation take place?

Five Wishes tells the story. The living changing event started out rather uneventfully enough. The author had committed himself to going to a party that he would have really liked to decline. The notion of sitting by the fire reading a good book seemed far more attractive than trying to create small talk all night.

Fortunately, he did make it to the function because i
Having just read The Big Leap and gone completely nuts about it, I'm now reading everything else I can get my hands on by this author.

This is a really good book. If you've never thought about what's most important to you in life and how you'd see your life from your death bed, this is a very personable, approachable exploration of that. The idea is to consider yourself from your death bed, looking back on your life. Would you consider your life a success? Why or why not? What's missing that you
This book had the feeling of a chain letter. Of course, many people benefit from looking at their lives for specifics and setting goals. It occurred to me that emotion can get the better of us and following this book can set you up for disappointment or at most, wanting things that are not good for you. It's sad to think of your life in terms of "I missed out on this ... could have, should have, would have. We are all here in every moment and we all have guidance. Trust in the universe is a lot ...more
It had some good advice but the God-related stuff was a little too "spiritual" for me, and not what I believe.
Jennie Richardson
I have read all the quick self help/wish realization books out there, I think. This one was okay in comparison. The book had this Me Me Me air to it. I found myself tired of all of the author's stories and thought it lacked enough meat to sink my teeth into. This did not inspire me to work on my Five Wishes. Maybe it is just not the right time for me to read this book and employ it in my life. It is a quick and simple read and if you have never read or looked into the goals/wishes realization te ...more
Rachma Haryanto
Buku yang ringan dan mudah dibaca dengan cepat tapi tetap bisa memberikan inspirasi. Gay Hendricks menulis buku ini dari hati dan berdasarkan pengalaman. Sederhana saja. Meskipun tidak menyebutkan tentang teori Law of attraction, buku ini merupakan salah satu pembuktian teori ini. Keinginan yang tadinya hanya berupa keinginan atau harapan (wish) diubah bentuk menjadi saat ini (present tense) bisa mewujud sebagai sebuah kenyataan. Tidak sulit jika kita percaya dan mau mencoba. Initinya kita harus ...more
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When Five Wishes by Gay Hendricks arrived, I started at the foreword by Neale Donald Walsch and the book swept me to page 63 before other work demands forced me to put it down with great reluctance. I finished it the next day, followed the action steps he lays out, and suddenly my life was very clear. I knew what was absolutely of primary importance to me and what wasn’t, and had a pretty fair idea how to actualize the things that were important. The rest would take care of itself, falling away ...more
Cj Sime
Easy quick read. Uplifting and one of those books that motivate you to take small steps to make big changes.
I like to think that this book is the result of opening yourself to new and deeper experiences. Hendricks uses a conversation that he had at a party with a complete stranger, that helped him discover his goals in life, to outline a process for discovering your own wishes and beginning to act on them. It is a short and entertaining read with points where you can actually stop and think about what your own answer to the question would be. If your looking for a way to figure out a way to refocus yo ...more
A good reminder that if we want to be happy and successful in this life we have to work for it! It was a Nice short listen.
Refreshingly short in audiobook format (2 CDs), very quickly describes the idea behind the book, provides examples from the author's own life, and runs through an example of asking for the 5 questions. Given the brevity, you can't expect a lot. The audiobook did keep my interest, but barely. The concept felt very familiar, as did the stories. Too familiar it seems, what I remember most about the book a week after reading/listening was a description of an interesting Halloween costume.
I felt there could have been more to this book. It is a good base for the concept. I think by going to the website and seeing the movie adds to the book. To me it isn't a stand alone book. There was just 'something' missing. It is a good book/workbook for people just starting out on their journey. For me, I was hoping there was more.

All in all it was a good read, gave some good information, and made one think.
Quick, easy read. An easy way to get a quick perspective on whether one is focusing one's energy on that which is most important to oneself. I'm finding that I'm faced with the quandary of knowing there's something that I really want but not sure that I'm willing to take the necessary risks. But with a little help from my friends I might get there.
Karen Okamoto
Imagine being on your deathbed this moment; then consider asking yourself 5 questions about your life. This is really how the book begins. Ask yourself daily what you would want to change, and how you would have lived if you had time; and then DO IT NOW, before that moment arrives.
Good thought. Not something I felt bowled me over; just OK
Iman Dokht
این کتاب و توصیه هاش رو خیلی دوست داشتم. اونقدر کاربردی بود که منو واداشت در آخر تمرینات کتاب رو انجام بدم.
If ever you need inspiration or you want to have a different outlook in life this book is great. I actually wrote down a bit of notes that I put in my journal but I've been too much of a scattered brain to actually follow it. Which reminds me, I need to go do those affirmations
Excellent book and another quick read. I read it in conjunction with the Jackrabbit Factor and it really helped me to figure out what I want. It is great to have dreams and goals and the process Hendricks outlines is very useful if used correctly.
another yoga book club read.... really didn't care for it - the general idea of it is good - thinking about what you might regret or have missed in life if you were to pass away, but written in such a self-help way that was irritating.
Mar 27, 2012 Alicia rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Alicia by: no one
For a self help book I did not find it very enlightening.

It was all common sense, which I suppose in reality, that is all a self help book ever is.

I was not impressed but it did make for a super fast read.

Happy Readings
Stephanie Robbins
This is a great New Year's Resolution book. It really got me thinking about what is important in my life and how to make that the priority of my daily actions. I made two wishes and than wrote the tools I need to make them come true.
So maybe it won't make all my dreams come true, but it was definitely a profound and insightful book. I recommend it to anyone who likes to think and could benefit from just a spot of self-help.
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Dr. Gay Hendricks has served for more than 30 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving, At the Speed of Life, and Five Wishes.

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“Wherever your path takes you, may all your deathbed wishes come true, and may you celebrate each and every one of them many long years before your final breath.” 9 likes
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