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Dear E, I heard your close friends call you E and I would like to consider myself your friend (or at least imagine it):) These are modern times so instead of writing you a letter or an e-mail, I decided to tell you how much I care about you and your book in a review. Maybe I would've even written you a letter and send a Christmas card too, but I don't have your address and asking you your address would be weird, right?
Well E, your Cate in 'What Would Oprah Do' has Oprah, I have you, so I'll use the power of internet to vent a bit and at the same time show just how great writer you are. Because trust me, I totally can connect to Cate. I mean, I still have my job and a wonderful family that cares about me, but I had crappy days. Lots in fact, and this last period of my life hasn't been great either. I have deadlines at work, lots of stress and had teeth extractions and root op, all of this crap in just a month. I know, I should be thankful it's nothing serious and I'm healthy and young (let's say 34 is young, ok?) and have wonderful people around me, still sometimes we feel like we're falling apart though everything seems fine on the surface.
So at times like this, we read a book or watch TV, hang out with friends who can make us feel a bit better..or we just imagine what would it be like IF we were someone else. Or we imagine what our life would be like if we were just a but younger, smarter, richer... Cate thinks she'd be happier if she were adopted by Oprah. I'm cool with that, though the thought of it is way too funny LOL But I get it, she needs to vent (just like I do now) so she writes all these HILARIOUS e-mails to Oprah, who's her idol. I loved reading them and love Cate's humor. She has all the reasons to feel down, jobless, no money except savings to get her through just a few months, a cheating ex-boyfriend who left her for his boss and no idea what to do with her life. BUT she has a great sense of humor and DREAMS! You know, I wish I am more like Cate, she falls so many times but is always promptly back on her feet. She didn't seem like a loser to me, as lost as she appears to be. She actually seems like someone I would love to hang out with, even be BFF with.
I loved how she tries to be a better person, how she doesn't give up despite so many things going wrong. The thing is we people sometimes give up too early and never see most of our dreams fulfill. If we could be more persistent, if we could be more like Cate, I think this world would be a better place. I truly believe this.
Maybe we need someone like Cate's friend Vivian, that lovely and generous and oh so wise lady, to guide us? YES! We all need someone like Vivien, experienced and kind and always ready to help us. Gosh, I loved Vivien and her energy. And you know what E? I never expected this book to have spiritual elements, and I was so surprised how well they fitted the story. Once I got to them the story reminded me so much of Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat, Pray, Love' and I loved that one too.
Dear E, I know you can't adopt me, because first off I might be older than you and second I'm miles away. BUT your book already did enough for me. I found it not only funny and unique, but also inspirational, deep and life changing. Many would NOT expect chick lit to be life changing, but here you are, proving them all wrong.
Your novel is among the TOP 5 debuts I've ever read, which means that I really really enjoyed it and I hope you'll surprise me with another novel soon.
I received this arc through NetGalley and I would like to thank the publishers and the author for giving me a copy of this book. Ok. Is there a lady ouI received this arc through NetGalley and I would like to thank the publishers and the author for giving me a copy of this book. Ok. Is there a lady out here that hasn't asked herself the question - Do these jeans make me look fat? Well, I am not one of them. I am actually one of those that is frequently asking herself this question. I know..I know.. I shouldn't obsesses with it, but how to fight it? This was such an easy and nice book. I totally loved it! I must admit I recognized myself on many occasions.My obsession to look good, to satisfy God knows what criteria..Well, this book did open my eyes a bit. I won't go that far in saying it will tell you something you don't already know , but the way the author puts it - it becomes too clear!
Why the poor view of our bodies? Why the obsession? Why the neglect? Whose standards are we using to define ourselves?
Yes, we need to love ourselves before expecting someone else to love us! It's not selfish, it's accepting the love The Creator has for us. We need to finally accept change as inevitable part of our lives and love ourselves because of WHO WE ARE not 'cause of what size do we fit into. As the author says - Change may find us, but it doesn't define us.
No matter if you believe in God, Jesus, Buddha, the Universal energy..Mother Earth, your attitude towards life is what sculpts you. That is the reason behind you failures and successes. When it comes to the weight issue and the images of IDEAL WEIGHT we create in our minds, the society does play a big role in it. Do we really need to answer some criteria? Or are we here to enjoy life the way it is? Do we want to be thin, or be healthy? There sure is a big difference. Just think about it! ...more
Of course I will rate this book with 5 stars. Why? Well how would you rate a book that makes you feel so good about yourself? Isn't it great when youOf course I will rate this book with 5 stars. Why? Well how would you rate a book that makes you feel so good about yourself? Isn't it great when you find an author whose books always seem to light up your life and influence positively on your attitude? That's what I found in Mr. Murphy's books..they are just always here for me whenever I am confused or feel like life is challenging me to do something..and I feel like being on a crossroad. His book work miraculously on boosting my self-confidence. Just like any other of his books I've read so far, this one has the potential of changing your life..all you have to do is just give it a chance. I personally, loved it! ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Being a christian, there were some parts which were hard to digest, but overall - this was a great read with few extremelyI really enjoyed this book. Being a christian, there were some parts which were hard to digest, but overall - this was a great read with few extremely powerful thoughts (which I hope will accept as a part of my attitude toward life and faith). So..whatever I write in this review will surely not spoil the beauty or enjoyment of reading it. It's not a fiction with some characters you will love or hate...there is only one person here involved..YOU and your thoughts about the Third Jesus. Long time ago, people were scared of even mentioning the term GOD...Today there are many books and surely many doubts of who Jesus was, was He the Son of God, was He a man of flesh and blood? Well, I must admit this book did clear some foggy thoughts of mine considering some parts of the Bible (for which I thank you Mr Chopra) and I am glad I read this book. ...more
After some time, I decided to re-read this book again. It feels so good to come back to it's pages and find out more than the first I've read it. It'sAfter some time, I decided to re-read this book again. It feels so good to come back to it's pages and find out more than the first I've read it. It's an amazing book!...more