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

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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
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Super Soul Sunday mash up with a meandering path.

This is essentially a collection of quotes that while sometimes poignant and even thought provoking, also felt disjointed. Oprah bookends with an introduction and epilogue and introduces each of the 10 chapters, but what follows are excerpts from interviews with her famous guests and their personal philosophies that never quite build to a greater vision. The promise of a framework for a life of significance or a clear path never materialized for t
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sigh!! I needed this, it was a breath of fresh air!!! “An aha moment!”
Monica Kim: musings of monica
There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive. — Oprah Winfrey, The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose
One of “My Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2019,” “The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose” by Oprah Winfrey. This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it’s exactly what you’d expect from Oprah. Let me talk about the layout first before I
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book just seemed like a big name drop to me. It really didn't have any interesting content and the description is a bit misleading. It basically just says it is very important to find your true purpose in life and to do what you love. It then has a whole bunch of quick one paragraph quotes from famous people saying things like they always new what they wanted to do and they new right away when they found what was right for them. No real guide or framework or tips. Very surface level. I don' ...more
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book but at the same time, I don't want people going into this with overly high expectations because it's Oprah.

It's a beautiful coffee table book filled with stunning landscape photographs, inspirational quotations, and small stories from well-known people.

Aside from that, it's nothing really more than can be expected. There doesn't actually seem to be a lot written by Oprah aside from a blurb at the beginning of each section. However, the content is a compilation of quota
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
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I started doing yoga about a year and a half ago. My favorite class is on Monday mornings with A. At the end of class, she opens up a notebook. The notebook’s pages are tattered, which is the only possibility for a notebook owned by a yoga teacher who wears what I think are floral leggings but might be leggings with cats and spaceships on them. I would know what kind of leggings she wears if I wore my glasses to a yoga class that controversially starts at 6:45 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m., when it ...more
The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose

I think this might be one book that needs to be hardcopy, and in hand, because evidently there are beautiful pictures included, to truly appreciate all of it. I listened to an audiobook thru Libby (yay! Libby!), and it was a quick listen – like listening to inspiration, spiritual books – such as scripture where every word is as light as feathers and you need to sort them into various bouquets, in various colors, in order see full
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
Kym Moore
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, the mere cover presentation of this book draws you into discovering its contents. The cover has a tranquil organic, scrapbook kind of feels that impresses the senses.

The compilation of personal discoveries Oprah Winfrey shares, along with other noteworthy narratives by her well-known contributors are encouraging and motivating. These messages encourage you to stop, pay attention to your life's journey, and to make the types of choices that will inspire you to discover your life's d
Colleen Fauchelle
Aug 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I have always liked Oprah. I did think about buying this book but my daughter in law had a copy and I borrowed it off her.
These self help / self encouragement books I do find interesting and you just take what you need from them and discard the rest. This book as lots of different people in it and what they have learnt along the way and at the back of the book is a blurb of each person.
This is a pretty book and one that you could dip in and out of, I won't buy my own copy. I filled up a couple
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t finish it. The book was filled with random pieces of advice - some good, some filled with flighty words mixed together that didn’t really make sense. As with many false teachers, there is some truth to what is said. I enjoyed some of it and didn’t like a lot of it. Sorta my feeling on Oprah’s advice, in general.
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"One of the reasons I have enjoyed financial success is because my focus has never been on money." (Oprah Winfrey, The Path Made Clear)

I listened to the audio version of this book because I wanted to hear the Author, Oprah Winfrey, express her book with her own voice. She starts off every chapter with her own thoughts on the different chapters, then shares interviews with others that she has previously interviewed that relate to that specific topic. If you get the audio version, it is actually h
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.
Nima Morgan
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A must read for everyone.
There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive. —Oprah

I re-read Oprah Winfrey's What I Know For Sure every single year because it is packed with insights and the perfect way to get motivated if you are feeling lost. I decided to give The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose because I was hoping it would give insights based on the title. It fell short based on the title but it
Chaitanya Sethi
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
I realized today the importance of circumstances in which you read a book. Had I read this book any other time, I would have found the open ended quotes and mantras a lot more palatable. But to read this book in the middle of a global pandemic when people are struggling just to make ends meet, made this book an annoyingly obtuse read. Imagine going up to someone whose family is afflicted by Coronavirus and telling them that if you lend them money now, they won't learn what life wants to teach th ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
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This was hard to rate as it is pretty and has great quotes from famous people, but there isn't much in there for the cost of the book. I would definitely recommend checking it out from the library first to see if this is the book is right for you.
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
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oprah is seeking the meaning of life just like the rest of us! She surrounds herself with amazing creatives who have so much knowledge to share about fulfillment, happiness, growth, and life lessons. I listened to the audio which was great because many of the people were interviewed by Oprah and you could listen to their voices. My few notes:
*When you know, teach, when you get, give. Maya Angelou
*If you don't transform suffering you will transmit suffering.
*Fail up, reach for a better self
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.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
In The Path Made Clear Oprah and some other well known people pass on some of their nuggets of wisdom. A lot of them come from lessons they learned in life from their successes and failures. It’s basically Super Soul Sunday in book form. If you need a little encouragement it’s a good pick me up.
Nisha B.
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
So many nuggets to digest. I heart Oprah and what she shares with the world. I’m thankful for such a gift. 😀
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a nice collection of Oprah interviews with some good people. It's a short book and it's about what you'd expect from Oprah. ...more
Rowan Elkasas
Jul 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is not a typical self-help book , it's enthusiastic in a simple way .I loved how to live life was explained in a relaxing way. I listened to the audio book incredible .Oprah is just genius. ...more
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Visually, the book is lovely, and though it is short on Oprah's personal thoughts, feelings, and experiences, she's done a beautiful job of collectively gathering the wisdom of others to point the reader in challenging, inspiring directions.

What stood out to me, particularly in the format of the book, is how it highlights community; whether we want it to be true or not, our communities have shaped us. We, in turn, are reminded that we shape others, often through how we define ourselves.

A power
Book Mitch
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Ken Murphy
Apr 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not sure what I was expecting from reading a book by Oprah - I fall into the camp of existentialism, which this book is very contradictory to. The book relies on the idea of a soul, religion and listening to one's "true calling" ...more
Donna Pachota
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing, enlightening, awesome!
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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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