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God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours

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Already an internet phenomenon, these wise and insightful lessons by popular newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett will make you see the possibilities in your life in a whole new way.

When Regina Brett turned 50, she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life had taught her. She reflected on all she had learned through becoming a single parent, looking fo
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 13th 2009)
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Travis
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was another one of those books where it didn't feel like I picked it, but that it picked me. I've been in a little bit of a spiritual slump for the past few weeks, partly because my life got really busy. My prayers suffered, and I started to feel that bit of resentment toward life rise up in me and I started to aim it toward God for letting life get difficult. Most nights my prayers were only to ask God if He was still there, or if He was too busy too. The cover of this book caught my eye, ...more
Natalia Davidenko
Мені сподобалось. Дуже легко читається, коротенькі розділи, історії з життя до кожного розділу.
Це роздуми Регіни Брет, про те, чого навчило її життя, оформленні у вигляді уроків. Читати було цікаво, хоч і не з усім я погоджуюсь з автором.

З одного боку, в її уроках немає нічого наднового чи незвичайного. Та з іншого боку, чи не є саме це шляхом до щасливого життя - усвідомлення простих істин та слідування їм.

Деякі історії дуже сильно зворушили мене - історія про непрості стосунки з мамою (45 у
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Jan
Apr 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should own a copy!
Sarah

One of the newest additions to our library is the book God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours by Regina Brett. When Brett turned 45, she wrote down 45 lessons that life had taught her thus far and published them in her column for Cleveland’s newspaper The Plain Dealer. The column was hugely popular, and when she turned 50 she added five lessons and then expounded them into a book. Each lesson is a short essay, and they can be read in order or you can jump around and read those th
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Greg
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone, but especially those in an introspective frame of mind.
What a thought-provoking book! Funny, wise, simple (as is all true wisdom), and thoroughly delightful.

Regina Brett is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. She has lived a life of challenge, heartbreak, joy, These are the 50 lessons life taught her as she went through numerous life experiences, some self-imposed, others through little or no fault of her own. They are, I believe, common in character (if not in the details) to the life experiences many of us must endure, but the difference
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Jackie
May 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a little gem of a book. It is a quick read - the chapters are very short, almost editorials - yet it is well worth the time invested.

I don't necessarily agree with everything Ms. Brett writes, but this is one of those instances where it doesn't really matter if I agree or not. She still presents a good case for her positions. And while I'd be hard pressed to agree with (or support) some of the choices she made in her life, she is unflinching in the lessons she learned.

As is usually the
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Valerie
Jun 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
One of the few times I've read non-fiction. As you might guess from the title, Regina Brett is pretty religious. In fact a good amount of chapters are solely devoted to her views on God, but this is not a religious book.

Brett's writing is simple to follow and sincere. The chapters are short and honest. She writes about her experiences of being a single mother at the age of 21, having breast cancer, and searching for a husband. She mentions a lot about what she has learned from other people and
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Joe Paris
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
The title of this book might lead one to believe that there are heavy religious/spiritual undertones in this book, and in some of the essays that is true. But, many of the essays are just about hope, optimism, finding strength, appreciating life, not taking things for granted, managing stress, etc. As someone who was raised in a religious family but isn't overly religious these days, I did not think the religious overtones in some of the essays were too much. In fact, I like that Brett admits he ...more
Jennifer
Mar 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
From my blog...[return]Once I read that a book could not be well reviewed if the review was only a few sentences long, and while this was thought provoking and to some extent I agree, every now and again I am asked to review a book that is so profound, so honest and life changing that the book, even the title, speaks for itself. Such is the case with God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours by Regina Brett. Her debut novel includes 50 Life Lessons she realized she had learned the h ...more
Jessica
Sep 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
My current state of quarter-life crisis has fueled a penchant for self-help books, of which I am unashamed. Haha. This one I grabbed at the library as a quick read (and it is one) and it was surprisingly poignant. Brett provides the reader 50 "lessons," bolstered by stories and anecdotes from her own life. The lessons are all things we've heard before (either from other self-help books or our parents) but my favorites: Lesson 2: When in doubt, just take the next right step; Lesson 11: Make peace ...more
Nikki
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I first heard Regina Brett on NPR about a month ago. She and two other women were discussing differences in teaching your children about faith. It was such a great, calm discussion among women who had such diverse ideas, I decided to read her book even though I am pretty anti-religion of any sort at the moment.

I love the book. While it does talk about God and having a relationship with him/her, it is most a gentle reminder about how we should be living our daily lives. She covers everything from
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Daniel Wilson
Sep 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, when i got it from the library I thought it might be a bit boring for me but I was looking for something to help me out. The more I read the more I started to understand why things were happening to me, I'm not a religions person and there is a lot in here but you can read between the lines and get out of it what you want. I now see things a lot clearer and have a much more positive outlook in my life.
Ann Busbey
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
While perusing the shelves of my local library, my eyes were drawn to this book. Whether it was the orange spine or divine intervention, I was intrigued by the title and added it to my check out stack. God Never Blinks is wonderful and brought to mind Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture. Journalist Regina Brett writes with gut-wrenching honesty in this compilation of 50 of her columns. Every one of the "lessons" spoke to me. Even if you've never faced breast cancer as she did, no one escapes this li ...more
Oleksandr Golovatyi
Перша книжка, яка своїми життєвими історія розчулила моє залізне серце до сліз. На перший погляд в самій книжці не має нічого геніального, але її історії викладені в простій та зрозумілій формі зачаровують, і ти дійсно з півчуттям до героїв читаєш про їхні історії. Тому сміливо можна назвати цю книжку "великою" та дуже корисною для всіх без винятку людей. Вона дійсно життєва та ніби жива.
Tammy
Jun 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is right out of the book "sometimes when I'm stuck I have to pray for the willingness to pray for the person. it always comes"

seriously - WTF does that mean? to have to pray to be able to pray for someone? what would be the point of any of it? such twisted thinking!!
Jazzany
Feb 26, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
навіть не знаю нащо почала читати.
загальновідомі-філософсько-важкливі поради, які вже давно розшарені соціалочками.
хоча для підняття бойового духу може підійти.
Anna
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pięćdziesiąt ważnych lekcji - tylko nie które ciężko przełożyć na polskie warunki, ale większość jest uniwersalna.
Jenn
Dec 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
This book started out as a newspaper article and in my opinion should have stayed as such.
Each lesson was expanded upon with one or two pages and they were almost always stories about the author who convoluted the lesson and didn't leave enough space for a decent story.
Tiff
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 5 or 4.5 (when I'm a cynic)

Regina Brett never fails to be a positive beacon of hope in this world. I've already read her previous book God is Always Hiring last year and that definitely helped me get through with work decisions but for this year, God decided to let me pick up this book instead to realize something I've always evaded for the past few months.

He wanted me to get to the bottom of my problems. And thankfully he sent me Regina Brett's book.

At first when I was reading the fir
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Smart&Pretty
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book 10 stars. It came to my life at the perfect timing, when I hit the crisis and almost had kidney failure.
Every single sentence of this book is lived through by the author herself. Not even one passage is extra or out of place.
If you gave up on your life, have(had) a deadly disease and don't understand what God wants from you in this life, READ IT.
Amy
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic read!

From this book, it is easy to see why Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist, Regina Brett, has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist (for Commentary) 2 years running.

The subtitle for this book is 50 Lessons for Life's Little Detours and there is an introduction at the beginning of this book that explains where these 50 lessons come from. Some will make you laugh, while others will make you cry. Some will make you sit up and take notice of yourself, while others will remind you of fr
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Andi
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed it! Very profound!
Laura
Apr 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: GOD NEVER BLINKS
Author: Regina Brett
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
April 2010
ISBN: 978-0-446-44652-1
Genre: Self-help

Regina Brett wrote essays for her newspaper in Ohio, and soon found out that they were wildly popular. Filled with common sense from a woman who has lived to fifty (and beyond) and has learned some valuable life lessons along the way.

Regina Brett is a breast cancer survivor (which automatically makes her a kindred spirit) and is wise, compassionate and honest in her wri
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Amy
Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
I had never heard of Regina Brett until I picked up this book at the library. Little did I know I was holding a treasure chest of wisdom. Brett is a columnist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and she originally began writing after successfully battling cancer at 41. When she got done recuperating she sat down to write out the 45 lessons about life she had learned in her years. As she says in the introduction "My soul sprang a leak and ideas flowed out. My pen simply caught them and set the words t ...more
Max
Mar 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don't know what I was expecting, but even for a self help book with a religious undertone this is a bad title. The woman speaks only in clichés, provides obvious, superfluous advice, and her default answer for everything is "just pray". The book is also filled with self-contradictions, AA propaganda, Oprah's brand of wishy-washy Christian spirituality mixed up with Catholic dogma, eastern "zen" meditation, horoscopes, "the secret" and all sorts of superstitious wishful thinking nonsense.

I'm pr
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Barb Whittington
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The essays were short and I found myself picking it up off and on during the day to read a few pages. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants something light to read that's uplifting and inspirational. It makes a great gift. I received it from a good friend for my birthday and it was the perfect gift for me at that time. It helped me through a rough patch in my life. The author shares her life lessons and offers some tidbits of wisdom she learned along the way.
Karen
Apr 19, 2010 is currently reading it
I am currently reading this book, I love it! Lesson #1 was Life isn't fair, but it's still good. :)
She also talked about a man that lived by 2 words: Get to. Rather than saying, "I have to go to work today". He'd say, "I get to go to work today.. or get groceries or take the kids to school.. it works for everything... Great stuff!!
Olga
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Світла книга про те, як любити своє життя, помічати добро в собі і інших, і жити з Богом і для Бога.
Сhristie ♥
Sep 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Деякі історії були справді натхненними і корисними, як от теорія про покерні фішки, кепку життя прекрасне чи вміння залишатися при своїй думці. А деякі занадто американсько-позитивні і це додавало своєрідної приторності. Хоча якщо споживати уроки Регіни дозовано і в потрібний момент, то кожен обов'язково знайде щось особливе для себе.
Sashko  Liutyj
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
На прикладі цієї книги я вкотре переконався у колосальній різниці між гуманітарним і умовно технічним світоглядом читачів. Тому мені, як гуманітарію, дуже зайшло.
Дещо забагато релігійності, але треба думати, що авторка знаходила вихід саме у якомусь своєму розумінні Бога, тому це можна пробачити.
В усьому іншому - досить корисна штука. Читати повільно і довго.
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Regina Brett has been a newspaper columnist for fourteen years, eight of them for Cleveland's Plain Dealer, where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. She also hosts a call-in talk show once a week on WCPN, the Cleveland NPR affiliate, and speaks regularly to companies and not-for-profit organizations
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“It doesn't matter what has happened to you, it matters what you do with what has happened to you. Life is like a poker game. You don't get to choose the cards you are dealt, but it's entirely up to you how to play the hand.” 25 likes
“My life used to be like that game of freeze tag we played as kids. Once tagged, you had to freeze in the situation you are in. Whenever something happened, I'd freeze like a statue, too afraid of moving the wrong way, too afraid of making the wrong decision. The problem is, if you stand still too long, that's your decision.

When in doubt, do the next right thing.”
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