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The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  721 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, "Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible."

That journey starts right here.

In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, off
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Flatiron Books
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    Public opinion about Oprah Winfrey seems to be all over the place these days, but if you have ever enjoyed her once popular talk show, this book will be a pretty safe read. Full of inspiration and nostalgia, Winfrey showcases multiple stories and pieces of advice from a variety of popular figures that all explore the topic of “discovering your life's direction and purpose.” There's no politics or personal opinions/judgments. No controversy. There's just life lessons and insights. She dedicates h ...more
    Mari Carroll
    Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Sometimes the right book comes along at JUST the right time and it makes a really good book even better. With a lot of uncertainty and decisions with my current job, this was the perfect avenue to remember that though we don't always have complete control over our destiny, we do have the tools to guide it and make the decisions for our best path and purpose. Nothing in the book is "rocket science" - we all know what we need to do in order to live more meaningful lives. But the way this book is p ...more
    Erianne Thedorf
    Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
    While I love me some Oprah, this book was average in that the messages between each piece were so different that I felt I was jumping from conversation to conversation with no common thread. Oprah has different sections and themes within the chapters, and I LOVED hearing her own words and her intro to each chapter, but I felt as if I was thrown into the middle of a conversation for each piece, but given no context about the before or after of the piece I was reading. I believe Oprah may have tak ...more
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: c-march
    Imagine you had the time, resources, money and willpower to pursue the meaning of self purpose and fulfillment from all of the leading experts in their field; you would be Oprah's book. She had all of the above and took in her findings and put them into The Path Made Clear. I listened to this on audio. I find Oprah's voice very soothing. But she had all of the experts on this audio as well. This is a book that I'll need to buy in order to reread, highlight and reflect before I can really fully a ...more
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: favorites, i-own-it
    If you liked the previous book, “The Wisdom of Sundays”, then you will like this also. More inspiring quotes—although some of the people featured are not exactly my idea of sages.
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
    four stars might be a bit generous but this book was perfect for a busy time in my life as I get ready to go into the last weeks of school and finals. The book is well-organized, short, and uplifting.
    Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
    Yes it's full of great insights but because it's just a book of quotes it's hard to really apply anything. It's as if you were in a writing class and the teacher stands up and says, this is a book it's it pretty? the summary is nice too. Now you go and write yourself one.

    You miss the exercises and the practical information to guide you. Yes to write you just need pen and paper and to just put down words but it would be a near impossibility to create something readable without the first notion o
    Donna Pachota
    Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Amazing, enlightening, awesome!
    D. R.
    Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a fantastic read! Just what I was looking for to answer a lot of questions I am currently faced with. Once in a while we all just need to stop and appreciate life. No one is ever too busy to stop and listen to the inner wisdom we have waiting to be heard. This book gave me great perspectives on life in general and how successful people got where they are today. I loved the mini-interviews. Great insight gained.

    My favorite quote, "Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible w
    Donna Hines
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
    This is Oprah in all her splendor, beauty, grace, and wisdom.
    While it had that feel good feel with eloquent pictures that are worthy of hanging on the wall it wasn't spectacular.
    It was a quick read, a flipper for sure, with advice, wisdom, knowledge from many of her closest and rather wealthy friends.
    While I wish I could be a fly on the wall I have been blessed to be in the same room at least with Joel Osteen and so his words resonated with me (of course I stood in pouring rain after driving 2 h
    Kelly K
    Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019, favorites
    It's been awhile since I came across a book that I'll need to buy but DINGDINGDING we have a winner.
    My "that time of the month" is my restless period. I want to do everything and nothing at the same time. I'll no longer be content with the way things are and the thought of changing the direction of my life feels too overwhelming and I'll shut down, become frustrated and get thrown into a funk. This book came at the perfect time. It cleared my mind so I can just focus on keeping my balance and ha
    Madelyn  Baker
    Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    Not as impactful as Wisdom of Sunday’s but was a quick little lesson on what I should be focusing on in life.
    Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
    I was given this book as a gift. So much of what is talked about in this book is common sense.
    Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    How predictable am I, the woo-woo, airy-fairy, self help loving weirdo that I am, to give Oprah's new book 5 stars? Very. But I have absolutely no shame because this gorgeously crafted book is jam-packed full of wisdom from countless perspectives. What's interesting to me is how many of the core themes of these conversations overlap, forming simple truths that each one of us can relate to on a profoundly human level. I'm grateful that this book exists, I'll be re-reading it many times over.

    Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Soul expanding , a reminder of all the things you know to be true.
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is my favorite book by Oprah. I have to say it was stunning photography and her topics touched my soul. The chapter on Whispers has really set me to pondering and thinking about my life and my path and purpose. Very quick read.
    Vanessa ❤️
    Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Everyone knows I love me some Oprah! 🤗🥰
    Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
    DNF. Didn’t like the style of how it was written. Almost like a bunch of quotes just put together.
    Michele Patterson
    Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    My path is still a muddy mess but I have some nice quotes by famous people to refer to during difficult times.
    A M
    Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    I adore Oprah but I was disappointed in this one: What I thought were the best words of wisdom came from Oprah's writing. (I copied those gems down so I can sear them in my mind.) The others (contributors, extracts from interviews), not so much I'm sad to say. The book is beautifully designed with gorgeous pictures. I'm glad I read it but it left me wanting to read more of Oprah's thoughts.
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I don't know how many middle-aged men will readily admit to reading one of Oprah's book (that's their issue, not mine), but man, am I grateful I selected this audiobook at this juncture in my life.

    I've always admired Oprah and find her inspiring, but what drew me to the book was the cast of fellow readers, including such luminaries as President Jimmy Carter, VP Joe Biden, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hanh, Eckhart Tolle, Jay-Z, Congressman John Lewis, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, Sue Monk Kidd, El
    Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Every time I walk into a library or a book store, I wander around, touching books reading titles, open to something new that I would not search for in the card catalog.

    I found this book in the new book section. I was struck by the cover and when I saw that it was written by Oprah I put it into my already bulging oversized book bag and took walked to the check out counter.

    When I opened the book I went wow, this is a book for people who love books. The cover was different and felt great in my ha
    Meg Miller
    Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a simple book, with short essays from Oprah about the paths we take in life and the forces that can affect them (faith, trust, gratitude, love, success, failure, heartbreak, fear, etc.) followed by quotes from or pieces of conversations O had with different people including writers, actors, musicians, psychologists, pastors, and leaders. It’s got pretty pictures and bite-sized nuggets of wisdom. Pleasing to the eye and easy to digest.

    It’s also a very deep and powerful look at the roots o
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
    2.5 stars. Meh.

    This was mostly full of others' wisdom collected, organized and packaged by Oprah. I am not an avid follower of Oprah but I also don't have the cynical hatred others seem to have. I think she's done amazing things with her life, I think she's worked hard to help others, and I think she's been trying to learn and grow along the way. All of those things make her pretty awesome in my book.

    This book was a fine read, there are lots of little gems in it but, in my opinion it's not rea
    James Cooper
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I had my aha moment as I passed this book on the new release shelf in my local library. You see I'm not exactly Oprah's target demographic. A mid-thirties male living in New York City. I'm not big into the self-help genre. But when I saw this, I said I wanted something simple, short and sweet. Nothing that would take too much time in my chaotic life. I wanted to see if something like this would help me, and boy did it.

    My health is one more diagnosis away from pure disaster. My life is in chaos.
    Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    A Graduation Book. A special person I call friend asked for this book for graduation. The request specifically was to buy a copy, then read it, and finally write a message for the cover. I have and am glad to have done it. Some do not care for Oprah. Fine. This book challenges a person to discover their own direction and purpose, often things we do not find until mid or even later life. This is worth discovering while young. The lessons and direction of the book can lead to a life of happiness. ...more
    Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Overall this is a good book. There are a lot of snippets of wisdom in this book, but the problem is that they are just that, snippets. Because it's such a short book ideas aren't fully fleshed out. The audiobook is less than 3 hours long, most of it is small quotes from various interviews. There were times I thought someone said something really important and wanted them to explore that idea more but it was on to the next quote. So there is good stuff in here but it's really like half a book. Be ...more
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    If the book were Oprah’s own reflections on finding and living out your purpose or path, this would be a short but wise book. But the book also contains a series of short excerpts from her interviews of leaders and teachers. These were too short and disjointed to add much. Either the excerpt left me wanting to hear more of the interview or not enough to make much of an impression, which was frustrating either way. Still, Oprah’s stories were both interesting and wise, but not enough to qualify a ...more
    Maria Bell
    Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Oprah's books are always full of wisdom and l enjoy them, she has devoted her life to finding meaning in life and spent her life talking to people who have searched for meaning, spirituality, growth in all areas of life. if we are not growing in life and aiming to become the person we want to become in truth then life is very shallow and static. i have always enjoyed listening to people who search for wisdom, l have read many of the books written by the people that she interviewed.
    Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I can’t lie. I wasn’t going to read this book. But I did. And thank God I did. You should too. It will take you 15 minutes.

    I’ve always believed God whispers, but I didn’t think he had anything to say to me. I mean, why would he? I’m just a random girl in the middle of a city, working full time, not bothering a fly.

    He is whispering to me. I have heard it, I didn’t know I did until I read this book. I now know what I have to do.

    It’s all so simple.
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    As the visionary and leader behind OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and formerly the supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah has entertained and inspired millions of viewers to live their best lives. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.
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