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Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  185 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
If you could ask for a miracle right now, what would it be? We’ve all had situations in our lives that seem beyond our control or that have no clear remedy. In this concise, inspirational guide, bestselling self-help guru Melody Beattie shows us that we have the ability to make a miracle for almost any circumstance we’re facing. Beattie, a trusted counselor for millions of ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Simon & Schuster (first published November 13th 2010)
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LemontreeLime
Jan 17, 2011 LemontreeLime rated it liked it
This was not anything like I expected it to be. I was impressed, embarrassed, and a little awed by it. Yes I will try her exercises, we all can use miracles - and her process has no new age glitter to it, just common sense. (but its some of the hardest common sense to do of all...)
Annette Roeyer
Jan 13, 2013 Annette Roeyer rated it really liked it
I love this book. Have been doing the project with a friend for over a month. It is WORKING!
Susan
Apr 12, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
I gave this book 4 stars because I believe, when it comes to personal growth, if you can take away one solid lesson learned from any experience you are better off than when you started. I read many of the previous Goodreads' reviews of this book and I think, to a certain extent, I agree with them all because it's a matter of individual needs and perspectives. Self-help books are personal in nature and we tend to look for one that fits nicely in our comfort zone. Change is difficult and we want s ...more
Linda Smyth
I started this plan about a year and a half ago, when I was living with a mother who was dying, an alcoholic brother, and 2 addict. I began by putting each of these people on my gratitude list every morning, as well as things like ~ "I'm grateful that: I'm immobilized by apathy, I don't want to change another adult diaper, I'm constantly criticized by my brother, I cant' give any more.", etc. I kept a little spiral notebook by my bedside and wrote within the first 10 minutes of waking up. If I f ...more
Chris
Mar 21, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I really enjoyed the basic concepts of the book that feel that are helpful and enlightening. However, I felt the book lacked depth and more case studies on ways to apply the basic concepts. I would like to have read more personal accounts so that I can better understand the practical application of Ms. Beauttie's ideas.
Susan Kelley
Apr 18, 2014 Susan Kelley rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, audio
The idea of a 40 Day Miracle seems a bit bizarre and new age. How can I just think myself into the position that I want to be in? Especially when nothing else has worked. The truly bizarre part of this book is the idea that professing gratefulness for the bad things can do any good.

I have only been practicing for two days now. I am doing the exercise, strange as it sounds. And yet, I find myself feeling better. Already. I feel like what is happening is that my thoughts and feelings have been cr
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Susanne49
Aug 26, 2012 Susanne49 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in less than a day. What a revelation! I am going to try the program for 40 days to see what miracles I can make. So excited.
Amy
Jul 22, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
I listened to this book through Audible. Melody Beattie is not the best at reading...but it does add a personal touch to the message.

Not sure if any miracles will occur but I am going to give it a try. It seems to me what she suggests is a way to acknowledge your problems and work through them with a positive twist. Drum up some good karma and maybe learn how to accept what-is while keeping ourselves open to new things.

Found my Miracle Partner and hopefully she will accept. Let's see what happe
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Shannon Love
Sep 19, 2013 Shannon Love rated it it was amazing
Took me a few months longer than forty days but I got my miracle.
Lindsey Shumway
Jun 22, 2012 Lindsey Shumway rated it really liked it
Great book for anyone feeling stuck in life.
SBC
May 15, 2015 SBC rated it it was amazing
Beattie's Miracle Exercise is super-simple, and it really only takes five minutes of reading the book to get the exercise and what you can do. The rest is really just filler and additional explanation that answers further thoughts and questions, but a pleasure to read because Beattie is a natural storyteller with a lucid and entertaining writing style.

The basic idea is along the same lines of Susan Jeffers's 'Just nod your head - say yes', but gives a more practical and easy way in to this new w
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Gatlianne Gatlianne
Dec 11, 2013 Gatlianne Gatlianne rated it it was amazing
I recently embarked on a 40 day gratitude journey based off Melody Beattie's book Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want. ) The basis of this journey is that you bring an awareness to the events in your life and to your emotions by being grateful for each thing that happens - regardless if you give it the judgment of good or bad. This experience involves enrolling a partner that you're willing to trust yourself with and be vulnerable with as they will be reading yo ...more
Annette
Aug 23, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
I've started. I don't have a friend to share this with, but that's okay. I don't mind. I'm don't do well with sharing anyways.
This is a great book.
I don't have the privacy to do this in written form, so I will take the steps needed to have my privacy to write...or this just won't work at all, not if I can't establish complete privacy.
Heather Larcombe
Feb 03, 2015 Heather Larcombe rated it liked it
Sometimes I just don't pick well from the wall of books on CD at the library. It sounded so promising. It didn't need to be a book. It could just as well have been a pamphlet and skipped all the endless painful stories. But it's possible that the stories would help others understand the point of the exercise.
Lizabeth
Jan 05, 2011 Lizabeth rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and definitely believe many of the things Melody Beattie writes. Though we do not share the same religion, her viewpoints and phrasing helped me to recognize my own beliefs in a new light - which I always appreciate. Her universal truths are true though she seems to waver in the application of it personally at times in her judgments. Overall, I think this book will be extremely helpful in assisting me to utilize gratitude to recognize the miracles in my life or the Lord's "te ...more
Kim
Dec 11, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok
I actually listened on the audio and the author's (who acted as the narrator) pacing was off. Her lead up for the actual practice didn't lend to the book.
Lauren
Oct 27, 2014 Lauren rated it it was ok
Very simplistic, very short. I am glad I picked it up from the library. I just started the exercise, so I might change my ratings after the 40 days are up. However, I felt as though their wasn't a lot of meat in this book.
Jennifer Locke
Dec 01, 2013 Jennifer Locke rated it liked it
The message of this book is hopeful and radical, even if the writing doesn't quite keep up. Beattie challenges us to practice expressing gratitude for ALL aspects of our lives, the good and the bad. We don't have to feel grateful; we just have to bathe all of the experiences of our lives in gratitude. It's an upside-down concept that is supposed to make you truly grateful for the life that you do have. Worth a read for the ideas and the practical presentation of "Project Miracle," a 40 day exper ...more
Lisa Shultz
Jun 19, 2014 Lisa Shultz rated it really liked it
I like the concept of acknowledging what is instead of stuffing anything unpleasant. I have read the book and am doing the exercises daily for at least 40 days although I might just keep going because I see the value in them already.
Beverly Kennett
May 19, 2015 Beverly Kennett rated it really liked it
Shelves: info-bios, self-help
We shall see how well it works. Teaches principles similar to al-anan, being grateful for everything in your life, living one day at a time, and living in the moment.
Selene Mikaiel
Apr 06, 2015 Selene Mikaiel rated it it was ok
Another way to make a gratitude list. A more negative way it seemed.
John Sutton
Oct 22, 2014 John Sutton rated it liked it
Not that there was anything wrong with this book, but I just did not pick up enough valuable information from it. It was a short read and the author had a tough life. It is interesting to see how she overcame some of the things in her life. The biggest takeaway from this book is to try and change your negative thinking into positive. (Library Audiobook)
Laurie
Jun 06, 2013 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this audio book. Melody teaches a process that helped her make miracles in her own life. I am on day 3 and so far I am very impressed. I am really getting alot of goodness out of the process. I am getting to know myself better and feel much more in touch with my emotions.

I am expecting miracles.
Kellie
Sep 25, 2014 Kellie rated it it was amazing
Such a great book! I've been faithfully keeping a journal/list and it has been so nice to accept all of my feelings, let them go and reinvent. It has been very healing and the first thing I turn to when in turmoil to help process and focus my prayers. I'm still going. Lifer :-)
Jennifer
Apr 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Just O.K. You can sum up the book's advice in just one sentence (maybe a paragraph) and the rest is filler, as another reviewer said. The author mentions a few times that she was under pressure to complete another book, so maybe it would have been better if she had more time.
Lisa
Dec 26, 2010 Lisa rated it it was ok
I saw this on the new acquisitions' list, and was intrigued by the title. I'm not sure what I think about it, even though I'm nearly finished with it. I do know one thing though: I wish I had a reading partner for this.
Kellie Barlow
Feb 15, 2011 Kellie Barlow rated it really liked it
I'm trying this out. If I'm a millionaire by the middle of next month, I'll come back and give it 5 stars. I love Melody's outlook on life and the encouragement that fills the pages of her books.
Lisanigro
Sep 28, 2013 Lisanigro rated it really liked it
I am getting ready for a retreat and I wanted to do something to honor this upcoming venture so I am doing practices from this book. I really like it but I am a big Melody Beattie fan :)
Amanda
Oct 31, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
This is the first of Beattie's books that I've read. It was a quick and easy read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and am on day three of "Project Miracle".
Geetha
Jan 05, 2013 Geetha rated it liked it
Good book...gives an insight on applying gratitude exercise in our daily life and turning all miseries into mystery..
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Over the years, Melody Beattie has become well-known in the world of self-help literature. After turning away from a life of addiction and suffering, Melody shared her own story in order to help others change theirs. Her overnight sensation, Codependant No More, has been influencing millions for over twenty years. Her passion for writing has resulted in fifteen books, including: Co-Dependants Anon ...more
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