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Lean Forward Into Your Life: Begin Each Day as If It Were on Purpose

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Founder and owner of the Word Garden, Mary Anne Radmacher makes her art her life and her life an art. And in Lean Forward into Your Life she invites us to do the same. Or as she says, Lean Forward into Your Life is a commonplace book for leading an uncommon life. An uncommon life need not include fame and fortune. An uncommon life means living with intention, paying attent ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Conari Press
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Mary Radmacher
Mar 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
is it fair or reasonable that i should review my own book AND give it five stars to boot?
you betcha. if i couldn't give it five stars it would be a travesty that i brought it to the world to read. i continue to use LEAN FORWARD as my own pick me up. i like opening it to random spots and just reading whatever i come upon. the diversity and intensity of this book makes this an ideal way to use it. it's often my habit when i'm enthusiastic about a book i've just read to pass it along to the n
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Pam Lyle
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great quotes, good life ideas
Marci Moore
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lean Forward is a beautifully written personal journey filled with life lessons. Author Mary Anne Radmacher invites readers to live intentionally in each moment, not just each day. Her unique stories, probing questions and gentle suggestions support you, the reader, in connecting more deeply with your own life wherever you happen to be on the journey. Lean forward is a lifetime book, not a two hour read before moving on. Keep a highlighter or pen ready to mark those passages which resonate most ...more
Tami
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
We all want to live a purposeful life. We'd love to spend each moment of our lives in peaceful contentment. We'd be thrilled if each second of those moments was meaningful and wholly fulfilling. Living life in love with creativity as the driving force sounds like an absolute fantasy come true.

Unfortunately, reality doesn't usually match this dream. Busy days. Stressful schedules. There's just never enough time and motivation.

That's why I like Lean Forward into Your Life. I read this book in sm
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Jaymi
Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
I'm drawn into books that help better myself. I borrowed this book from the library after being recommended it by amazon. Mary Anne Radmacher is an artist and a wordsmith whose book reflects upon several tenants on how to live one's life. She says this book is a commonplace book... a book of reflections over life events, teachings and thoughts. It's mapped over one of her more famous poems (her work can be seen everywhere. She's also a Oregon Coast artist) and includes many quotable passages as ...more
Erin Carr
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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My dad sat by this author on a plane and bought it for the three of us kids for Christmas. I enjoyed it, and found that I'd read a chapter here and a chapter there. There were so many wonderful quotes to live by in it. I've enjoyed giving this book to friends as gifts.
Kate Robertson
Oct 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books you read over a long time and then when you are finished you read again. Full of inspiring quotes and great food for thought. All about living with intention and so much more.
Mel
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mary Anne's books have become my bedside standard for growth, inspiration and insight. With just a few pages, she makes you feel like you can change your life and conquer the world.
Marty
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Lean forward is the catch phrase here. Once you "lean" into your life you will understand you cannot live standing outside your life in fear.
Barb
Aug 08, 2010 added it
For years I've been admiring Maryanne Radmacher's quotes on posters and magnets. Loved the book -- and found it contained great advice that I hadn't expected.
Lisa
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book - great gift idea. Has some motivational/life lessons that are taught thru writing, poetry, and journal entries.

A great, fun read.
Stephanie
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about Mary Anne and this book ... I wish she could write one once a year. Well done.
Patti
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a book that I read for a class at work...some very powerful takeaway, usuable information!
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Mary Anne Radmacher is a writer and an artist. She conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, teaches Internet writing seminars, and works with individual clients. She has been writing since she was a child, and she uses her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. She is the author of Lean Forward into Your Life (Conari Press, 2007), and Live Boldly (Conari Press, 2008). Sh ...more
“Lean forward into your life...catch the best bits and the finest wind. Just tip your feathers in flight a wee bit and see how dramatically that small lean can change your life.” 69 likes
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