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This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women

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This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published October 3rd 2005)
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Hanadi

Read and respond to these essays chosen by the groups:

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude pg 7

In Giving I connect with Others pg 13

The Hardest Work you will…more


Read and respond to these essays chosen by the groups:

Be Cool to the Pizza Dude pg 7

In Giving I connect with Others pg 13

The Hardest Work you will ever Do pg 17

Unleasing the Power of Creativity pg 71

The Connection between Strangers pg 81

An Athlete of God pg 84

A Grown Up Barbie pg 103

The Power of Love to Transform and Heal pg 144

Tomorrow will be a Better Day pg 194

Free Minds and Hearts at Work pg 197
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Hanadi what is the main idea for the hardest work you will ever do?

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David
This seems like such a promising concept for a book - "based on the NPR series of the same name, 80 essayists - from the famous to the previously unknown - complete the thought that begins the book's title".

But the result is - despite being a bestseller - a dreadful book. If I had checked it out in a bookstore, rather than buying it on Amazon, I might have figured it out from the back cover. Here are the four 'quotes from inside' that the publishers use as a teaser:

"I believe in the goodness of
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Jennifer
Jan 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
In my commitment to read 52 books this year, I made a list of ones I want to read, have bought to read etc. This title was one that I had borrowed from the library, since it was recommended reading from Ali Edwards during an online class I took. It's from the NPR, and it's a collection of short essays from different people. On what they believe. It was a quick read. Great food for thought.

During reading this book, I started to question my own beliefs. Not the core ones. The biblical ones, or eve
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Leela
Oct 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This print copy of essays written and read for the NPR series by the same title is sweet and lovely, diverse, and by turns light and deep. From the pizza guy to barbeque, from prominent politicians to the mom down the block, it covers a lot of ground. The effect is to generate conversations and intimacies that might otherwise never have developed. For starting conversations that you never have the time to start, for getting into the heads of people we think we know, and for stimulating personal ...more
Danine
May 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Danine by: Ellen
Like a lot people I listen to "This I Believe" segments on NPR. I am so inspired every time I hear one of these essays read aloud on the radio. I love how three words make me think about the way I see life and evaluate my own personal philosophies of life. When I found out that there was a book I made it a goal to read it.

I am a natural pessimist. This I believe. I LOVE being nice to strangers and to the people in my life. Sometimes, though, I wonder why I even bother. Does anyone care? There i
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Mara
Dec 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
I really wish I had listened to this in smaller chunks. It's a lot to take in. Some of the essays were not exceptional, but others were absolutely wonderful. Topics ranged from the rule of law, love, and freedom to barbecue and jazz. And listening to this collection, rather than reading it, really does add a lot to the experience. Not to mention the opportunity to hear such voices as Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Jackie Robinson.
Deb
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you had 3 minutes to clearly state what your beliefs are, could you do it? What would you say? Would you talk about your religious beliefs, or the lessons your mother taught you that you still live by, ideas from books you've read, or the things you learned through living your life?

This collection of "personal philosophies of remarkable men and women" consists of short essays, written both in the 1950's and in the early 21st century, as part of the "This I Believe" series on NPR. The series
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Cindy
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of essays from the famous and not-so-famous about their personal life philosophies, I found this to be very thought-provoking. Some essays from the original 1950s series were mixed in with the more contemporary ones, and there's even one that spans both. There are essays covering heartfelt and controversial subjects - religion, patriotism, bigotry - and there are less serious subjects, such as being nice to the pizza guy.

Here are a few selections - I'll include the author and time p
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
In a collection of short essays, men and women from all walks of life share their defining beliefs.

I listen to NPR in between audiobook downloads but I seem to only be in the car for the news and Marketplace, so I've never heard any of these essays. I enjoyed them immensely.

Ranging from funny to serious, from heartfelt to tongue-in-cheek, there's a wide range of personal voices and creeds to be found in this collection. I particularly liked that essays from the first run of the series, hosted by
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Tricia Nociti
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading these essays. Written by common citizens as well as easily recognized people of fame, they tell of the personal philosophies that these people have developed in their lives. Some are religious, some are political, some are very deep and philosophical, and some are light and funny, but all are worth the time spent reading them. I read the book as I read a novel, but honestly, you could just sit and pick it up whenever you have a couple of minutes and cherry pick an essay ...more
Caroline
Sep 16, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this as a promotional copy with the idea I use it to teach College Writing. Granted, the premise can work for smaller assignments, but the idea of using this as a model for writers seems highly flawed, given how surface-level and bland most of the writing is. Most essays seem selected based on WHO wrote them rather than the quality of writing, and some of the writers take for granted that anyone cares about hearing what they believe in the first place.

Love: Eve Ensler's "The Power an
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