God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours
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God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours

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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 had learned through becoming a single parent, looking fo...more
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Published April 13th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 13th 2009)
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Travis
This was another one of those books where it didn't feel like I picked it, but that it picked me. I've been in a little bit of a spiritual slump for the past few weeks, partly because my life got really busy. My prayers suffered, and I started to feel that bit of resentment toward life rise up in me and I started to aim it toward God for letting life get difficult. Most nights my prayers were only to ask God if He was still there, or if He was too busy too. The cover of this book caught my eye,...more
Jan
Everyone should own a copy!
Nikki
I first heard Regina Brett on NPR about a month ago. She and two other women were discussing differences in teaching your children about faith. It was such a great, calm discussion among women who had such diverse ideas, I decided to read her book even though I am pretty anti-religion of any sort at the moment.

I love the book. While it does talk about God and having a relationship with him/her, it is most a gentle reminder about how we should be living our daily lives. She covers everything from...more
Valerie
One of the few times I've read non-fiction. As you might guess from the title, Regina Brett is pretty religious. In fact a good amount of chapters are solely devoted to her views on God, but this is not a religious book.

Brett's writing is simple to follow and sincere. The chapters are short and honest. She writes about her experiences of being a single mother at the age of 21, having breast cancer, and searching for a husband. She mentions a lot about what she has learned from other people and...more
Jennifer
From my blog...[return]Once I read that a book could not be well reviewed if the review was only a few sentences long, and while this was thought provoking and to some extent I agree, every now and again I am asked to review a book that is so profound, so honest and life changing that the book, even the title, speaks for itself. Such is the case with God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours by Regina Brett. Her debut novel includes 50 Life Lessons she realized she had learned the h...more
Sarah

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 th...more
Jackie
This is a little gem of a book. It is a quick read - the chapters are very short, almost editorials - yet it is well worth the time invested.

I don't necessarily agree with everything Ms. Brett writes, but this is one of those instances where it doesn't really matter if I agree or not. She still presents a good case for her positions. And while I'd be hard pressed to agree with (or support) some of the choices she made in her life, she is unflinching in the lessons she learned.

As is usually the...more
Joe Paris
The title of this book might lead one to believe that there are heavy religious/spiritual 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 he...more
Ann Busbey
While perusing the shelves of my local library, my eyes were drawn to this book. Whether it was the orange spine or divine intervention, I was intrigued by the title and added it to my check out stack. God Never Blinks is wonderful and brought to mind Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture. Journalist Regina Brett writes with gut-wrenching honesty in this compilation of 50 of her columns. Every one of the "lessons" spoke to me. Even if you've never faced breast cancer as she did, no one escapes this li...more
Laura
Title: GOD NEVER BLINKS
Author: Regina Brett
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-446-44652-1
Genre: Self-help

Regina Brett wrote essays for her newspaper in Ohio, and soon found out that they were wildly popular. Filled with common sense from a woman who has lived to fifty (and beyond) and has learned some valuable life lessons along the way.

Regina Brett is a breast cancer survivor (which automatically makes her a kindred spirit) and is wise, compassionate and honest in her wri...more
Amy
I had never heard of Regina Brett until I picked up this book at the library. Little did I know I was holding a treasure chest of wisdom. Brett is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and she originally began writing after successfully battling cancer at 41. When she got done recuperating she sat down to write out the 45 lessons about life she had learned in her years. As she says in the introduction "My soul sprang a leak and ideas flowed out. My pen simply caught them and set the words t...more
Greg
What a thought-provoking book! Funny, wise, simple (as is all true wisdom), and thoroughly delightful.

Regina Brett is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has lived a life of challenge, heartbreak, joy, These are the 50 lessons life taught her as she went through numerous life experiences, some self-imposed, others through little or no fault of her own. They are, I believe, common in character (if not in the details) to the life experiences many of us must endure, but the difference...more
Alexandra Bello
Mi mamá me compró este libro un día que fuimos a la librería, ella lo tomó y me le quedé viendo, empecé a leer el índice, me gustaban los consejos y el nombre me llamaba mucho la atención "Dios nunca parpadea", estábamos con una de sus amigas, y pues, ella tomó otro libro y dejó este, sin saberlo cuando llegamos a la caja le pregunté dónde estaba el libro y me preguntó si lo quería leer, le afirme que quería y lo compró. Empecé a leerlo ese mismo día, fue hace dos meses, leí, leí, leí, leí, pero...more
Amy
This is a fantastic read!

From this book, it is easy to see why Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist, Regina Brett, has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist (for Commentary) 2 years running.

The subtitle for this book is 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours and there is an introduction at the beginning of this book that explains where these 50 lessons come from. Some will make you laugh, while others will make you cry. Some will make you sit up and take notice of yourself, while others will remind you of fr...more
Jessica
My current state of quarter-life crisis has fueled a penchant for self-help books, of which I am unashamed. Haha. This one I grabbed at the library as a quick read (and it is one) and it was surprisingly poignant. Brett provides the reader 50 "lessons," bolstered by stories and anecdotes from her own life. The lessons are all things we've heard before (either from other self-help books or our parents) but my favorites: Lesson 2: When in doubt, just take the next right step; Lesson 11: Make peace...more
Jen Lawrence
Recently, I finished Regina Brett's book, God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours. The moment I was finished, I started it all over again. It's that good. The book was originally a piece from Brett's Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper column to mark her 45th birthday. She outlined 45 key life lessons and then, on her 50th birthday, added five more. The 50 lessons have been expanded to 50 chapters and each one is a jewel. Brett has seen a lot of hard things: childhood neglect, rape,...more
Vania Prodanova
Книгата не е от онези четива, които като ги приключиш и едва ли не се чувстваш "прероден" и "пробуден". Всъщност на места е някак непонятна, абсурдно честото споменаване на религията, църквата и всички производни - дразни. Когато обаче авторката забрави да говори за "посредниците на Бог на земята" (мое обобщено название) нещата, за които пише, обикновено и простичко, ти ги допускаш в себе си.
Накрая като завършиш книгата, осъзнаваш, че е книга на една средностатистическа жена; на човек, който е...more
May Penney
This is a great read, you can read it cover to cover, like I did or as my sister did reading the chapter titles and picking the one that sounded good to her that night. It is simple, real, and thought provoking. If you are one the fence about reading this check out her video I found on youtube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A7pNR...
Enjoy :)
Karen
Apr 19, 2010 Karen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this book, I love it! Lesson #1 was Life isn't fair, but it's still good. :)
She also talked about a man that lived by 2 words: Get to. Rather than saying, "I have to go to work today". He'd say, "I get to go to work today.. or get groceries or take the kids to school.. it works for everything... Great stuff!!
Debbie
God Never Blinks was the June book selection for my book club. I had never heard of this book or this author, but apparently the book has been around for some time.

This was a great book and I am SO glad I read it! The 50 lessons were insightful, personal, and not preachy. Because all of the lessons were delivered from actual happenings in Regina Brett's life they could be easily applied to something similar in my own life.

I liked that Regina's book really made you think about how small some of l...more
Vicki
One of the best books I have read in a long time. I highly recommend you read this. Whether you are walking through a difficult time in your life now or recently, some day you will. There is so much uplifting advice here that isn't 'preachy' to brighten your day and lighten your load.
Jayme
Every now and then this girl needs a few reminders, or sometimes a swift kick to get out of my head and remember what this jaunt around the planet is all about. God Never Blinks is an insightful, funny, and misty-eyed look at the “lessons” in life that actually make life worth living. Regina Brett is a newspaper columnist who has taken some of her best essays and compiled them into “50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours.”

You can read this book in one sitting or read each essay as a daily scriptu...more
Inês
Gostei deste livro por ser um livro simples, sem grandes pretensões, apenas um relato daquilo que a escritora foi aprendendo ao longo das suas experiências de vida. Para mim, que não sou muito dada a religião, algumas partes são demasiado baseadas nas crenças da autora, o que não significa que, mesmo não sendo crente ou tão dedicada à religião, não possamos aprender alguma coisa com elas. É um livro muito descontraído e bastante fácil de ler.

I liked this book because it's a simple book, without...more
Jenifer
Jan 12, 2012 Jenifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone. really.
This was a happy serendipity. I was just browsing in Barnes & Noble and came across it. It turned into such a wonderful boost at the perfect time. I think I'll pick it up whenever I need encouragement or just a hope-filled thought.
Roger Marcum
Good, practical advice. My wife and I read a chapter to each other at night before bed.
Max
I don't know what I was expecting, but even for a self help book with a religious undertone this is a bad title. The woman speaks only in clichés, provides obvious, superfluous advice, and her default answer for everything is "just pray". The book is also filled with self-contradictions, AA propaganda, Oprah's brand of wishy-washy Christian spirituality mixed up with Catholic dogma, eastern "zen" meditation, horoscopes, "the secret" and all sorts of superstitious wishful thinking nonsense.

I'm pr...more
Nicole
I read this book last week and LOVE LOVE LOVED it. Easy summer read packed with lots of gems on life, struggles, happiness. (I may have been in a place where i could listen to her words, but whatever the reason - i loved it).

I would typically not pick up a book that looks so religious based - but it was on the "new graduate" table calling out my name and practically jumped into my hands. Its not a churchy book, but its lessons are heaven sent. I know it sounds super cheesy, but when a book is t...more
David
Jun 13, 2011 David rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mostly anyone struggling with life
Recommended to David by: Found by browsing
Every once in a while I like to read/listen to books like this. This one was easy to listen to because it is divided up into short segments pertaining to 50 individual topics. The author writes a column for some Ohio newspaper, and these are like reading some of her columns, I would imagine. The "lessons" are not exceptionally new, but as I said, I occasionally like to read books like this to see what other people are thinking about, what they consider the "difficult" situations in life, and how...more
elisha
FANTASTIC "read a chapter a night" book. Some lessons meant much more to me than others. Were they rocket science? Nah - not most of them. What they were though were constant reminders of things that we should put into practice or a mindset that we need to change. They are always great reminders. A few of my favorite themes/concepts:

1. Life isn't fair but it's still good. Change your perspective from "I have to do this" to "I get to do this."
2. When your overwhelmed with a big decision, just ta...more
Wendy
Having never heard of Regina Brett before I purchased her book, I was uncertain of what kind of writer she was going to be, however, I took a chance and bought the book. I was not disappointed, not by a long shot. This book is one of the best of its type that I've read in a long time. Regina writes from the heart, from her life lessons and experiences, and with every page I read I discovered that I had a lot in common with this writer. God Never Blinks was a very easy read and yet it provided me...more
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Regina Brett has been a newspaper columnist for fourteen years, eight of them for Cleveland's Plain Dealer, where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. She also hosts a call-in talk show once a week on WCPN, the Cleveland NPR affiliate, and speaks regularly to companies and not-for-profit organizations
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