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This I Believe II: More Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

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A new collection of inspiring personal philosophies from another noteworthy group of people

This second collection of This I Believe essays gathers seventyfive essayists—ranging from famous to previously unknown—completing the thought that begins the book’s title. With contributors who run the gamut from cellist Yo-Yo Ma to ordinary folks like a diner waitress, an Iraq War
ebook, 288 pages
Published September 30th 2008 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2008)
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I've had this book forever (two years) but it's stayed on my to-be-read stack. My mother is about to have heart surgery so I needed something uplifting and brief to read. This I Believe 2 fit the bill.

It was a good collection and I'm looking forward to using some of the essays in my classroom. in conjunction with essays from Jack Canfield's books. Since my students have to write essays for state testing, I think it's only fair that they read quality essays.

The main problem I see with this series
A terrific collection of personal philosophies and reflections!

Each essay, not longer than 500 words, offers a glimpse into real lives, real struggles and real joys. As the second collection of essays from the NPR "This I Believe" project, this continues the legacy begun by Edward R. Murrow in the 1950's. Although it only ran on NPR for four years, the "community conversation" continues on through podcasts and the website,

There is no doubt that there is at least one piece i
James Klagge
This is not a book I would have chosen on my own to read. It was selected by Virginia Tech as the "Common Book" for 2011-2012. Over the last 10-15 years VT has had a common book, and each one has lasted one or two years. They ask faculty to incorporate them in classes where possible. Of course that requires reading the book in advance, which I have not always managed to do. The first year the book was "Einstein's Dream", which perhaps was appropriate for the purpose, but did not engage me or off ...more
This book changed my life, in that I've always hated NPR (and by extension my university's tech support line for making me listen to it when I'm on hold), but apparently this essay series grew out of an NPR feature in which people read them aloud.

Very very interesting stuff. Famous (e.g., Mary Chapin Carpenter, Yo Yo Ma, Helen Prejean) and non-famous (most of them) people writing 500 words or less on their most important beliefs/values. I think the genius of it is that they advise people to avoi
Aug 27, 2009 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Valerie by: Les Forster
My favorite essays from this collection; Sticking My Nose in the World's Business.

Failure is a Good Thing. by Jon Caroll

Doing Things My own Way; Bela Feck

Dancing All the Dances As Long as I can; Robert Fulghum

Peace Begins With One Person; Ivory Harlow

And a few others...The essay by Ivory Harlow, reminded me of a time when I was a waitress
I have really enjoyed this book by seeing a collection of other people's way of thinking and perspective of life. Especially "I will take my voice back" was touching for me. Even though I do not know how being an "addiction" be like, I got to feel and know his pain. However, I thought it is interesting that by showing his reality to public, he sustains himself. I like the way that he completely revises himself without hiding his reality.
This was enjoyable. It was a refreshing and well-represented sampling of American personal beliefs. I especially enjoyed three essays. One was of how an otherwise selfish, overworked, and unkind bachelor found love, service and concern for others by caring for his new dog. Another was of a man's belief in fatherhood as he and his wife (who couldn't have any children of their own) adopted a newborn from China. Finally, one was of a woman who is her family's self-designated 'celebrator'. She talke ...more
Another great collection of This I Believe essays to follow up volume 1. To be completely honest, I was more deeply moved by more of the essays in the first volume, but that is a merely a comparison between great and even greater. This I Believe 2 has its fair share of powerful tidbits of experience to offer from the wonderful people who took the time to contribute. I was once again left humbled and astonished by the wisdom and insight shared by This I Believe essayists.

I really don't have the w
I didn't enjoy this book nearly as much as the first one. It's a collection of short essays by people from all walks of life, including a few well-known authors, celebrities, etc. Each essay is a personal credo, elaborating on one idea or principle that its author lives by. I folded the corners down on the essays that hit me the hardest, and I found I simply wasn't drawn to very many in this volume (as opposed to the first volume, which captivated me nearly all the way through). I read this book ...more
Brian Sison
I'm only partially through the first collection, but this volume fell into my lap. I really enjoy the This I Believe series. It fascinates me to hear how people choose to sum up their lives' beliefs in 500 words or less. Some are cliche and generic. Some are inspiring and motivational. Some are off the wall, verging on hilarious. The only detriment is how it appears some of the essays were chosen based on the author as opposed to the merit of the essay. A smattering of celbrities are included a ...more
This book is interesting. It's a follow-up book of 500-word essays written by all sorts of people about what they believe. It was apparently quite a phenomena at one time; I can't say I heard of it and only stumbled across it accidentally. The book has been used in classes, Sunday schools, in prisons, etc...all in aid of helping people understand what is important to one another.

I enjoyed reading these intimate mini-portraits of people but frankly, didn't pick up much that I found useful. I'm no
This is Brockport's Freshman Reads book, so I thought I would check it out. It's a fairly quick read. People of all ages and from all walks of life, share what principles guide their daily living. Read it for some inspirational stories, or just read it to start thinking about your own personal beliefs.
This is the second "This I Believe" book I have read. These short essays are based on the radio show of the same name. The subtitle is "The Remarkable Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women" tells it all. The essayists range from high school students to astronauts flying over our earth, from the working man to famous singers, writers, artists. Here are some of the beliefs: I believe in failure. I believe in what I learn at the grocery store. I believe in my dog. I believe in sticking my nose i ...more
This was an enjoyable read and very thought provoking and interesting. Our human belief system is very remarkable and provides people with the power to accomplish amazing things, or to persevere against enormous odds. Well worth the read.
Gary Baker
I actually read this before reading the first This I Believe book, and it was my introduction into this very enjoyable series of short essays of people's 500-word belief statements. This is an easy-read book especially if you don't have much time for reading, as it is only 3 pages per essay. Mixes some famous people and not, on a variety of belief topics. Not as focused on religious and spiritual beliefs as the first book.
Don Weidinger
1950’s--opinions cheap and virtues in short supply, media thrives by feeding fear, I love my awful life after Katrina, to know each other-not despise, suffer to strengthen, strength over comfort, mistakes to discovery, Duncan restarts life, have a good day check-out sincerity, how choose to live life and faith, when you care you love, laugh at self, heartfelt memories, molecules in middle choose good, prison to love God and neighbor as self, hitchhiker, truth in and out, swim in turbulence-dance ...more
Inspiring, engaging, heartbreaking, uplifting. All ranges of emotion play into these essays, and it left me wondering profoundly...what do I believe?
Christine Hamblen
These essays remain insightful, diverse, and breathtaking at times. If you're looking for inspiration, there is something for everyone here.
As an NPR listener, I was especially intrigued by this collection of essays and I've enjoyed reading them. Like any collection, some essays are more compelling than others and writing quality varies. But, this vast assortment of perspectives on what people believe is fascinating and thought-provoking. Whether I agreed with a particular essayist or not, i appreciated the opportunity to more thoroughly understand others' beliefs. I look forward to discussing this material with my book club!
Pamela Van Arsdale
Meh... That's what my teenagers always say! I know this is supposed to be inspiring... But it's all too short, too neatly packaged, too wrapped up in a bow for me. I get it & think the idea is great... I just would rather read 2 great life stories than 27 five hundred word essays about different lives/beliefs
A fast and fun read. I found this to be appropriate as I entertain my own end of the year reflections.
Second collection of essays from the This I Believe project. I listened on audio, which was great to hear authors' voices. Some are truly outstanding, like Kim Phuc's "The Long Road to Forgiveness" and Becky Herz's "My Husband Will Call Me Tomorrow". They are thought-provoking, and definitely a great listen for the car (though a couple are adult-oriented, so may not be for general family consumption). I found a couple to be vapid, but that was true of the first collection also.
Cj Sime
not as sappy as chicken soup for the soul. interesting. easy way to pass the time.
I loved this second helping of essay from the This I Believe series. I found all of the beliefs in this collection to be interesting and thought-provoking. Some of my favorites in this book include:
--Making It Up as I Go Along
--Teaching a Bad Dog New Tricks
--The Tense Middle
--Finding Redemption Through Acceptance (written by an anonymous interrogator who worked at Guantanamo Bay)
--We All Need Mending (used in my classroom)
--I Am Not My Body
--Baking by Senses and Memories
--God is God Because He R
Mary Bruno
This is the type of book you can pick up, read one or a few essays and then put it down again. The essays can be moving, thought provoking and funny. So far I have several dog-eared pages. I have listened to the NPR segment on the radio and I have always enjoyed it. I thought it might be difficult to read the essays rather than listen to the authors read them (as on NPR). I thought listening to them in my voice might make them less meaningful but this is certainly not the case. A great read. I t ...more
I enjoyed this book a great deal. The essays are very well written and many make you truly think of what you yourself believe in. I did enjoy the first This I Believe a little more because it contains a more rounded group of essays. This second book has a great deal of deep thoughtful essays about the war, religion, and the general problems of our world today. And while they are poignt and thought-provoking, I didn't giggle as much as I did when I read the first This I Believe. Don't get me wron ...more
A classic. Positive belief is always a worthwhile read.
Kim Kerns
I loved this in audio version as each essay is spoken by the author! Would listen to again.
I stupidly read this on a flight and proceeded to cry the entire time. It was a cramped elbow to elbow flight so publicly being moved to tears was a bit much. The book is brilliant! Absolutely wonderful stories. My son's university suggested the book for parents and students to read during his first semester. I thoroughly enjoyed each page. The short stories are sometimes sad, moving and overwhelming to the senses. It's a lovely read about how beautiful human beings can be when faced with advers ...more
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Jay Allison is one of public radio's most honored producers. He has produced hundreds of nationally broadcast documentaries and features for radio and television. His work has earned him the duPont-Columbia and five Peabody Awards, and he was the 1996 recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding contributions to public radio, the industry's highest ...more
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