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Perfectly Yourself: New and Revised Edition

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,541 ratings  ·  182 reviews
This life-changing book addresses the opportunities and obstacles we encounter when we decide to ask life's BIG questions: Who am I? What am I here for? Full of powerful and practical lessons, Matthew Kelly shows us how to find lasting happiness in a changing world. Newly revised to reflect an even greater emphasis on spiritual growth and realizing God's dreams for us, ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published November 20th 2017 by Beacon Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read! Even if you aren't christian/catholic, this will give you food for thought and help you strive for the best version of yourself in all aspects of life!
Michael Joosten
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
My parish was giving away copies of this book in preparation for Lent this year, an outreach effort that culminates in discussions of the book (and, hopefully, change in people's lives). A free book is a free book, so I took one, and it's been my bathroom reader: something to nibble away at for a couple months.

At least one of the reviews I saw criticised the simplicity of the book, and it's a valid observation: this is very much a back-to-the-basics book--a self-help book even. But it's not full
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This bit of pop psychology sprinkled with a smattering of God language proposes to tell the reader how they can find happiness by being “perfectly yourself”. If it were not for the examples from work life, parenting and marriage, I would have thought I was reading a seventh grade mini-course text on personal development. The themes addressed, the simplistic tone, the over explanation of the most basic concepts, the unending repetition, the life principles highlighted, gave this an adolescent ...more
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Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His Catholic faith considered, Matthew Kelly has written a great book on helping everyone find a way to reconnect with who they are authentically. Summaries at the end of the chapter and some exercises that are not Catholic centered are actually quite helpful
Nanci Burt
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually have my beginning Social Work students read this book before they start working with others. Take a moment to read and learn about who you are!
Lea Ann
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I saw author Matthew Kelly speak at our church earlier this year as part of Dynamic Catholic's Living Your Life With Passion and Purpose series. I came away from that event feeling re-energized about my relationship with God and the things I could do with the limited talents and time I have here on Earth.

Perfectly Yourself was this year's Best Lent Ever book and I didn't read it at the time so I thought I'd pick it up now and use it as a boost of adrenaline to get me back in that space I was in
Laura Rice
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. Reading through it slowly but steadily throughout Lent was the best decision I could’ve made for my Lenten journey this year. But it doesn’t have to just be read during it at any time! Start now! You won’t regret it.

It sparked so many things in me, big and small, that I don’t want to forget as I move on from the book. I found myself writing whole pages of reflection after reading just a small section and constantly quoting it
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's taken me a while to read through this book, not so much for the content, but rather the thought-provoking suggestions it provides. It's an easy read and reread. You can't just read it and put it on the shelf. It requires that you take action on your part to celebrate and achieve the best version of yourself. The best advice..."Practice makes progress". I love that. We are so used to being told to be perfect. No one is perfect except God. We are imperfectly beautiful, we are wretched ...more
Cathy Ames
I have the "new & revised edition", I'm not sure what was revised except perhaps Matthew Kelly's intro into the book. I found this book to be so-so. I have read another MK book (Resisting Happiness...which was great!), so compared to that I found this one to be missing more of the spiritual aspect, which is what I was really looking for. (He says near the end of this book that "the universe is your friend"...that sounds very new age to me instead of Christian...and there are many other ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
You really get into reflection mode with this book. Some of it I didn’t relate to, but the majority I did. I enjoy the lesson recaps at the end of each chapter!
Mary Lou
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a guided meditation through Lent - reading a few pages each day. Excellent book to focus on becoming a better version of myself - I highly recommend reading this book, taking each chapter and slowly reading what Matthew Kelly writes.
Xue Yan
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Kelly’s novel Perfectly Yourself was a very helpful and inspiring book. At first, I was hesitant to read it as nonfiction books tend to become boring and repetitive. I’m so glad I decided to begin reading. From the very first chapter to the last, Kelly doesn’t fail to impress me with his thoughtful commentaries and easy-going diction. The nine chapters of Perfectly Yourself were very organized and led to personal discoveries and improvements. I highly recommend this novel for anyone who ...more
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
consumers or consumed, branded, become best version of self, accept and improve, be kind and lighthearted, daily examination, truth lived is wisdom, serve others, choose to be happy by doing right thing, conscience is best version of self talking to you—always best path, do the next right thing, happiness as default character, problems help you become best person, character is what you give to yourself, respect virtue most which is cornerstone of character, lack of honesty leads to insanity, do ...more
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This is, more or less, a motivation speech weaved with Catholic ideals. There are some good principles in here—celebrating your progress. Simplify your life. Find what you love. And it's not just about you, either. What's your real purpose? Where is God leading you? There's an entire section on helping others, too, which I feel most self-improvement guides lack. It's not just about us. It's about helping the world.

It did start to lose me by the end. There were a lot of personal annotations, and
It had good nuggets of information; however, I did not agree with everything the author said. I also felt that the writing style was not in my favor. It felt as if it was a speech written for a school paper and with it came awkward verbiage, unnecessary repetition of examples, and it was almost as if it was speaking at you rather than for or with you.
I had read Matt's other book (Resisting Happiness) and really enjoyed it.
Perfectly Yourself was 'okay'; parts of the book went on and on... and in a way I felt made the book and authors words repetitive.
Cindy Dobrez
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
This is the second book by Kelly that I've read and I've found them both very thought-provoking. I loaned the book to a friend so I can't record some of the highlighted quotes I have but it's one I'm glad I bought instead of borrowed so I can go back to those passages later.
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: booksiveread
Not what I expected. Because it was a church gift, I thought there'd be more emphasis on the spiritual. But it was typical self help book written by someone who's experience is as a speaker.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books of all time! I use these principles in my life every day...they just make sense, sort of like the 10 commandments keep us aligned with God's will.
Steven R. McEvoy
A tale of two books. A few weeks ago I reviewed Ordering Your Private World Revised and Updated 2017 Edition by Gordon MacDonald my biggest complaint was the publisher was seeking reviews and yet the book had been through over 20 English language editions over the last 34 years. And overall I felt the book was very dated. There are numerous editions of this book, by Matthew Kelly but from the first words I was hooked and already have plans to reread it again in a few months. If my research is ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Some of the information in here is not new, some may be-or at least bring a new perspective for you, but it is a gentle reminder anyway. I liked it all and highlighted a bunch of stuff, all really good, but a few passages I starred. This book may get passed on so I thought I would write out a few of the starred words.
"... you are here at this very moment to become the best version of yourself-not to become some poor imitation of your parents, your friends, your siblings, or your colleagues-but
Marisa Markowski
I’ll preface this by saying I received this book for free the one time I went to church this year and simply thought I’d give it a shot. The funny thing is I was reading this at the same time as I was reading “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” and the self-help lessons from both books are, errr, contradictory to say the least.

Kelly tries to instill the values needed to help a person live the life God intended for them. Instead of focusing on the individual, and how they might reach
Anne Marie
I read this book as one of my spiritual books I read for Lent. I’ve read other books by Matthew Kelly before, as well as subscribe to the Best Lent Ever videos. Overall, this was a good book, but I don’t think it was as good as previous books. I just couldn’t enjoy this book to its fullest. It seemed like it went on and on about certain things, where as the videos, that were supposed to go along with this book, didn’t have enough.
I found myself disagreeing or not happy with more than the usual
Richard Grebenc
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a gift. While I am certainly familiar with Matthew Kelly, having heard him in snippets and even having seen him live at a conference, I have never read one of his many books.

His nine lessons for being the "best version of yourself" (a frequent, probably overdone, catch phrase of his) are:

1. Celebrate your progress
2. Just do the right thing
3. Put character first
4. Find what you love and do it
5. Live what you believe
6. Be disciplined
7. Simplify
8. Focus on what you
Dynamic Catholic was offering this book for free to people signing up for their Lenten emails, if only you paid the shipping and handling. Which I did. I really did enjoy reading this book, and I think that it would be really beneficial to other family and friends in my life. Every time I read a good book, I wonder WHY do so many people NOT read?! So sad.

Matthew Kelly provides 9 steps to finding and living your God-given mission in life, thereby achieving a lasting amount of happiness (as
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our church gave us this book to read during Lent, and I have to say I truly enjoyed it. It's wise and inspirational, encouraging the reader to focus on what truly matters to them. It's also a quick, easy read and offers decent practical advice. To give one example, when faced with a difficult choice, you can ask yourself, "Which action will allow me to grow? Which will help me become my best self?"

Mr. Kelly also encourages us to let go of damaging lies that permeate our culture. For example,
Denise Hlavka
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is by the same author as “Resisting Happiness” (which I have read), and many more books that I have not read. Both of my encounters were as gifts from our church.
I actually found “Perfectly Yourself,” to be much more realistic than the previous one I read, which basically was all about opening yourself to God for happiness.
In “Perfectly Yourself” Matthew Kelly opens the conversation about who we are versus how we live and/ or present ourselves to the world. Do we continue with work that
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
This is a great book about your personal road to self actualization, but it's so much more than that. It helps you discern what you should do as the "next right thing" for instance and serves as a kind of examination of conscience as you look inside yourself. Matthew Kelly's book encourages you to look at different aspects of your life and to see where you personally would like to be and what steps you could take to get there. He finds a way to describe to you this most individual process in ...more
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems I am on a quest, and while this book was chosen for our book group, it did a lot for me. In Matthew Kelly's signature style, he presents his goal and gives steps for the reader to achieve this goal, one step per chapter. His goal for us in this book is to be better than we are; to be, as he always says the-best-version-of-ourselves. The steps, while simple, build in a way that leads one to progress without noticing the increasing difficulty.

It's a long road, but I have been working on
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Matthew Kelly was born in Sydney, Australia, where he began speaking and writing in 1993. Since that time he has travelled in more than fifty countries and spoken to over four million people. He has written twelve books which have appeared on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists and have been published in twenty-five languages. His titles include: The Rhythm of ...more
“Work is not everything, but when you are doing work that doesn’t engage you or, worse yet, work that you despise, it can massively affect every other aspect of your life. It is simply impossible to create enduring happiness without finding an approach to work that allows you to thrive. Ideally this means finding work that you are passionate about, but even if you are not in your dream job—or don’t know what your dream job would be—there are ways to thrive at work.” 1 likes
“The reason is that for so many years he has been developing a deep reserve of internal calm, so deep that the external unrest cannot disturb it. Interior calm gives birth to calm action.” 0 likes
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