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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway: What I Know.

When the publisher contacted me, I knew, before the book even arrived that I would love it.

And love it, I do.

"In life, the one thing you can control is your word"

"It's not about whether somebody will "be there" for you. It's all about whether you will "be there" for somebody else."

I love inspirational books full of honest quotes about life and living.

That is this book.

Roger Emerson Fishman travelled the country interviewing ten year olds and 100 year olds about life. And the wisdom they shared will inspire you. Make you laugh. Make you cry. And most of all leave you feeling hopeful.

It's the perfect book to gift to a new college grad about to embark on a new journey of life or to give to a friend struggling with a hard time.

I ripped the packaging open and pretty much devoured every ounce of life advice I read.

You will too.

Mr. Fishman is giving away a signed copy of his book to one of my blog readers and all you have to do is tell me; What do YOU know?

Share one piece of life wisdom or your own quote on life that you've learned from life experience. What is it that you would tell some fresh faced graduate or maybe your elders that you have learned along the way? What really matters and what doesn't?

It could be funny, or maybe it's serious. Maybe it's a regret you have or something you don't want to regret. Whatever it is, leave it here by Wednesday April 14th 8pm and a winner will be chosen.

I can't wait to read these responses.

So, what are you waiting for, what do YOU know?

Disclosure: I was NOT paid or compensated to post this review or host this giveaway. These words and opinions are mine. I was given my own complimentary signed copy of the book without obligation and the publisher is giving away another signed copy.


Blogger Suzi said...

My favorite quote is "Live like you mean it." Sometimes I need to say this one out loud when I am having a really bad day and I am just treading water to hang on. Pulls me out of my doldrums and gets me going. :) Great giveaway!

April 11, 2010 at 9:27 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

"Money isn't everything"..this is so true, why my own blog is entitled daysfullofblessings.blogspot because all of the blessings I have in my life have nothing at all to do with money.

April 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Anonymous Jes said...

"Don't worry about the things you have no control over" - told to me by my mom and my granny. It helps to put perspective on the days when everything seems to be piling up against you. There are some things you can fix, and others you just have to leave up to fate!

April 11, 2010 at 10:28 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I will be a college graduate in less than a month! I am terrified and excited at the same time. What I know is that I will make mistakes, but playing it safe and trying to be perfect would be far worse.

April 11, 2010 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger LutherLiz said...

If you have a choice between laughing and getting mad laugh.

April 11, 2010 at 11:14 PM  
Blogger GMS said...

Maya Angelou has a quote that I love. "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." Enough said.

April 12, 2010 at 6:26 AM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

I always hear my mom's voice. She has a way of calming my fears.

April 12, 2010 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

"Don't leap before grace."

I recently heard this one from a friend as we were talking about trying to control things. To please people, etc. Whenever we just WAIT and pray and watch, things turn out much better than when we leap before grace. So I say this to myself all the time now :)

And I also (as a mother) love DON'T REACT, RESPOND. (working on it) :)

Thanks for the giveaway. I've seen this book and wanted to buy it.

Happy Monday!

April 12, 2010 at 7:33 AM  
Anonymous Heather of the EO said...

Oh sorry. That last comment is me. I forget to login to the right thing in the morning a lot. whoops.

April 12, 2010 at 7:35 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

Lately my mindset has been to remember this very simple piece of wisdom: "If you focus too much on the destination, you end up missing all the beautiful scenery along the way."

Yes, your goals are important, but as we journey through life, we'll never get another chance to stop today, to see what's around us and to enjoy the simple pleasures of those little things in life. Samara, you touched on it perfectly stepping in to E's bedroom to spend those precious few minutes with her. That's what I strive for, is to appreciate time like that.

April 12, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love whole heartedly. "Live a life of love" (the first part of Ephesians 5:2) and "you never lose by loving, you only lose by holding back."

Life was not meant to be lived full of stress, anger, hate and frustration. Life was meant to be lived full of love and joy. If every person made one attempt every day to love a stranger... imagine what our world would look like.


-- Adrianne

April 12, 2010 at 8:06 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain" - I saw this on a message board I post on when my husband was out of work and I was a really low point in my life and somehow this quote (I'm not sure where it originated) pulled me out of the darkness. We have to make the best of our given situation and count the blessings we DO have. So in other words, embrace those rainy days and dance away! It really helped me get through those super tough days!

April 12, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

A wise friend told me this one awhile ago and I really reflect on it with all of my current issues and also while Steve was out of work. "If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it" God doesn't give us more than He thinks we can handle and no matter what He will help us see the light at the end of the tunnel.

April 12, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Pick your battles. My mom always told me's come in handy now that I'm married! :)

April 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger said...

I can't say it's a quote, but the motto I live by is, "If it washes out, and can be cleaned up later, let the kids have at it, no matter what they do with it!" Since letting my kids be this way, I have never laughed so hard and have gotten the best pictures!

April 12, 2010 at 9:43 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I have 3 quotes that I love..

1. "Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt and live like it's heaven on Earth."

Be yourself and enjoy life.

2. "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it"

Learn from your mistakes and try not to repeat them.

3. "Just stop walking, soon you'll be there"

No need to rush everything, it will all work out.

April 12, 2010 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

"Enjoy the journey". I have to tell myself this frequently with a 4 and 1 year old. Sometimes when one is tantruming and the other is challenging me, I have to remember that as soon as I wish these times away, the sweet cuddly times will be gone to. I have to stop wishing for te next trip or holiday or event, and enjoy the journey of life we are on.

April 12, 2010 at 10:07 PM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

"You get what you get and you're going to like it."

Long ago I had a wonderful teacher's aide working with me as I taught preschool. She taught me this quote. I find it works as well in dealing with getting the red rhythm sticks when you wanted the blue or finding out that life has thrown you yet another curve ball.

It's all about accepting what you can't control and making the best of how you control your reactions to it.

April 13, 2010 at 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Jen Appleberry said...

When our daughter was younger and we were going through colic, I had a mom say to me....
"The days may be long, but the seasons are short."
I have always loved that saying and try to remember it when times get a little tough.
So even though kids get sick or money might be tough, before you know it that day will turn into a week, that week will turn into a month, and that month will turn into a season. Everything will pass and time will make it better!

April 13, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Stacey said...

My Grandma gave me a quote that fits my life perfectly... "Love your child for who they are, not who you want them to be". My Kate is wonderful, but sometimes she can push the limits. I try to remember to be thankful for who she is and love each part of what makes her MY Kate!

April 13, 2010 at 9:13 PM  
Blogger darcie said...

I worked a short stint in a rehab - and after their stay there, patients would ask me to write in their journal books before they left...
What I wrote, almost every time...was a quote that I had heard and loved...
"When you lose, don't lose the lesson" - simple really. But soo soo true.
Also - "Never take to heart the opinions of people you don't respect.
Words to live by...

April 13, 2010 at 10:08 PM  

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