Author: Judi Moreo and 25 others
Review Copy Provided by: Turning Point International for a Pump Up Your Book Promotions blog tour
About the Book: (from the Life Choices website) If you feel “stuck” in a situation that appears to be beyond your control, these stories will show you how others have coped with crisis and uncertainty, made tough choices and positive changes in order to find deeper meaning and satisfaction in their relationships and learned to live with purpose every day. Rarely do we find a book that addresses so many different challenges. Life Choices does this in a powerful and inspiring way. This book is about experiences, the people who lived them, and how they created successful lives. From values and self-fulfillment to legacy, this book offers new resources for people who have tough choices to make every day.
Filled with wisdom and love, this book is a soothing companion for anyone searching for the courage to make a choice to change his or her circumstances. These authors and their stories prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that success belongs to everyone, no matter where they come from or what has happened to them. They are living proof that miracles can and do happen. You can be one of these people. You can navigate through difficult times and find your pathway to the life you choose to lead. Put the strength of others to work for you. Courage is not the absence of fear or pain. Courage is taking the steps to move through it.
My Review: This is a very moving book! If you are a fan of short stories, like those in the Chicken Soup books, then you are sure to like this one. Because it is filled with short stories, it is one you can read through quickly, or take your time to soak up the insight of each story individually. My preference was to read it all the way through one time, and then to go back to each story on it's own for a more in depth look. It's hard to talk about the book without giving too much away, but I will tell you about one of my favorite short stories in the book.
Class is a Choice, by Anne Dreyer, really touched me. Through her family's story, Anne tells the reader that you either choose to be classy or you don't. People in her family didn't always have money, but they never let others know that. They always lived with class. How did they do it? They made a choice to walk classy, read and have an inquiring mind, dress classy, speak classy, choose to improve themselves, act classy, and give more than they received. Anne learned most of these from her father, Peter, who always walked tall, and still practices them today. It doesn't matter who you are or what life has dealt you, you can choose to have class.
This story spoke to me because I've always admired people who acted with class. I am, nor will I probably ever be, a person of class based on how much money I have. But, after reading Anne's story, that doesn't matter anymore. I can choose to be a classy person, no matter what. It is best summed up with this quote, " people will not remember if you were rich or where you came from or your qualifications, but they will remember how you made them feel." That is so true, and how I want to be remembered one day.
So, if you are on a difficult path or just want to read some inspiring stories of people who have journeyed through fear, pain, sorrow and challenges, then read this book. It is sure to move you through many emotions as you go from story to story.