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The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose

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Do you ever feel that if you weren't so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled...and maybe even a better person?
Once every twenty-five years or so, a book comes along that perfectly identifies our common search and struggle for happiness, and teaches us how to find lasting fulfillment in a changing world. This is that book. Not since M. Scot
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Touchstone (first published November 10th 1999)
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From the title it sounds as though this book is going to be full of nothing but self-help feel-good bullshit, and it was, but a lot of it was actually decent.

I'm going to start with all the things I hated first, to get it out of the way. In the first third of the book, Kelly hardly mentions God at all, and when he does it's very non-denominational, but by the time we're halfway through the book it's like he's forgotten to be PC and we're hearing Bible stories and casual mentions about the power
Nick Mayo
Apr 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: development
This book as absolutely AMAZING!! This book hits your life on so many levels, there is no doubt in my mind that after reading this book you will be not just one, but multiple steps closer to your best version of yourself. As a Sales Manager, my offices sales literally tripled while reading this book. I gave up simple things like fast food and pop because of this book in a quest to bring myself closer to a greater version of myself. I recommend this book to everyone, I have multiple copies to len ...more
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Author Matthew Kelly discovered at a very young age the varying degrees it takes for people to reach some sort of level of success through occupation or public service, and began connecting the dots on how it connects to spirituality, emotions, body, mind, etc.

As a frequent reader of personal growth books (saw a sign of personal growth instead of self help at a bookstore and have quite an attachment to using the former instead), I think this is a fairly average book.

While I wouldn't say that thi
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
This is the only book that compelled me to try to buy 10 copies so I can give them away to others to read. I think it is one of the most succinct manuals for happy loving I have ever read and I have been studying happiness for years now. Everything that intuitively seems right to me about life and everything that is wrong with the current world and predominant thinking the author very eloquently spells out. I must have highlighted every second sentence. I will without a doubt be re reading this ...more
Oct 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
rhythm of life book highlights:

The Rhythm of Life presumes the following: Everything is a choice. "Our
choices echo through our lives and into eternity." We choose our
responses to life circumstances. Kelly, an Aussie, writing this book
before the age of thirty, says the ultimate meaning and purpose of
life is to become the best version of yourself. He lays out a Point A
to Point B spectrum. Point A represents your 'present self' and the
ultimate purpose of life is to be on the journey to Point B (the
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
wow, what a great inspirational book. i found so much of what was said to be true and yet the need to be reminded is strong. the idea that without a plan or goal, we will feel frustrated and exhausted and out of control makes sense. i realize we can make the best of plans and something change but it makes sense to have an idea of what you want from life and to set goals and try to work to achieve them daily will point you toward the path of the best version of yourself. i like the thought that c ...more
Danielle Rohr
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: denali-visions
I was cleaning out a low sitting cabinet in my kitchen when I found a package that looked like it had been there for awhile. I opened the dusty package to find this book inside. Upon reading the first four pages, I couldn't help but notice how much this book seemed to be directly speaking to me, as I can apply the thoughts and encouragment to many choices and circumstances I'm experiencing in my life right now. This book and I seemed to have found one another at the right time, and I have to lau ...more
This is the story of a motivational speaker from Australia who ran himself too hard and then realized he needed to take care of his legitimate needs as well as pursue his main goals in life -- and he gives advice from what he has found to be true/useful in living a satisfying life. Some nuggets of wisdom, but overall somewhat tedious and clumsy.

One's legitimate needs are physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Get enough sleep, pray or meditate regularly (the classroom of silence), an
Linda Lindquist-Bishop
Matthew Kelly asks us 'What do you want from life?' - And then he guides us not only on a path to explore and reflect on this question - but equips us to navigate life's challenges and opportunities. Simon Sinek challenges us to the 'Why?' of what we do and who we are. Steven Pressfield defines the inner warrior in us and helps us identify and battle 'Resistance', Brene Brown demands we 'Rise Strong' and Matthew Kelly guides us on the journey to discover the truth of who we are so we can make th ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
I saw a poignant passage from this book posted on Tumblr recently and cross checked it with Google Books to learn that it was from this book. The first 150 pages had me fully engaged - I was busily highlighting statements and bits of wisdom throughout parts 1-4. Even though this is a self help book, if you come upon it with the right mindset and at a time that you have a need for a book like this, you'll learn something. I'm an atheist, so the second half of the book being so heavily christian a ...more
Kalley C
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book couldn't have come at a better time. I've heard so many good things about this author, but this is the first book that I bought from him. I love how it discusses that where we are at now are because of all the choices that we have made in the past.

I find myself to be a quiet person whom usually think that my opinions doesn't matter much, but after reading this book, I have a choice to make, either continue to live in an inner shell, or be the person who I was meant to be.

Matthew Kelly
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a beautiful read (I actually heard it on audible). Having the author who wrote the book read it made the experience more meaningful in a way. I read (heard) it at a time when I needed it too, I've learned so much from it.

There are parts that make reference to Christianity/Biblical stories as a Muslim I value and respect that especially since it relates in many ways to Islamic beliefs.

I highly recommend giving this book a read ❤️.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Kelly is the Catholic Tony Robbins. This is the most inspirational book I have ever read. I feel like it was written for me, and I should just read it over and over again. The secret to happiness lies within these pages. Everything he says just makes sense. I truly hope this book will redirect the rest of my life. So yes, I guess you could say I liked it!
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Having read three of Matthew Kelly's books, it is difficult to pick a favorite. He inspires and his writing flows. This is not easy to accomplish when the topic is our life. Our daily relationships shape much of our experience, yet many people move through life without making the effort to understand and grow with those around them. What a world this would be if most people did! ...more
Trey Mustian
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a really good inspirational and motivational book. It looks at finding what you want in life, finding the best version of yourself and living the life you were born to live . A lot of really useful and thought- provoking stuff. A lot of common sense stuff that you inherently know but this book really does a great job of crystallizing it.
I only made it about halfway through this library (Kindle) book, which I checked out as it was referred to in "Rediscover The Saints". I enjoy the brief reflection/prayer style in his more recent books. Matthew Kelly has a lot of good things to say, but in his early writing I feel like it is not well focused / organized and prefer his talks. ...more
Jason Galloway
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the better books I have read. I enjoyed the message as it rang clear to can I become a better version of myself. The idea to set a time daily to read and contemplate is another idea that I am trying to implement.
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I think this book had a lot of great ideas and information. It seemed to be a little disorganized jumping from one idea to another quickly without a bridge. I heard Matthew Kelly speak when he came to Oregon and his talks were wonderful and I have enjoyed his other books.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, nonfiction
Another thought provoking book by Matthew Kelly. I enjoyed reading this book and found it helpful. I was able to apply the concepts not only to my spiritual life but to other areas of my life as well.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book from a wonderful author! I have read 3 or 5 of his books since discovering this author and this one has been my favorite. I will keep this as a resource book for future reads and assistance in living every day with Passion and Purpose!
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A compilation of many of the ideas in the personal development movement. Less sterile and business like than some, almost conversation like and easy to absorb. I took down plenty of notes and quotes and will read again.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good book, makes sense, but a lot of it is geared towards the spiritual. Author believes that is the only way to become the best version of yourself. That everything is based on whether or not you have a belief in something bigger than you. I suppose I agree.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Realistically optimistic view of life and all that each day offers us. The role of religion in the book took away from my enjoyment of some parts of the book as I found these less applicable to my life but otherwise an inspirational and empowering read.
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Really good. It's one I read again and again, noting new things in the margins. I think it's his best. ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book. I got it from the library and could not put it down. Really makes you think what it important about your life and how you should be the person that God meant you to be.
Jimmy D.
May 03, 2016 marked it as 2016
I recommend this book. Heard about it on a Hal Elrod podcast and decided to purchase on Audible - quick but profound read.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! Serious food for thought. Inspirational. I want to buy a copy to have on hand to re-read and re-inspire myself!
Risa Hartsough
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The beginning of this book caught me & forcefully dragged me in right away: I was instantly hooked despite it not being my typical read. My dad is obsessed with the book, bought me (& about 30 other people) a copy, insisted I read it & told me every chance he could that it's life-changing. 

Kelly enlightens readers with various ways to be the best version of yourself; I was encouraged to take notes, stop & think, flag pages. I truly felt I was being given a perspective & solid advice I hadn't rec
May 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book started off really great but somewhere in the middle the tone changes. I started to feel like I was someone on the outside looking in and not a person engrossed in the book
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Matthew Kelly, the charismatic minister, speaker and best-selling author from down under, wants you to live life out loud and on purpose. In this expanded version of The Rhythm of Life he syntheses Christian theology, cognitive psychology and storytelling to unpack the paradox of being happy. As Kelly explains, "We want to be happy. We know what makes us happy. But we don't do those things--because we are busy trying to be happy." So here's the gospel according to Kelly: Find a life-changing rhy ...more
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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 L ...more

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“The people we surround ourselves with either raise or lower our standards. They either help us to become the best version of ourselves or encourage us to become lesser versions of ourselves. We become like our friends. No man becomes great on his own. No woman becomes great on her own. The people around them help to make them great.

We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.”
“God does not want to control you, or stifle you, or manipulate you, or force you to do anything you don't want to do. Quite the opposite. God will let you do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it, with whomever you want to do it, and as often as you want to do it. When was the last time God stopped you from doing anything?” 33 likes
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