This book was recommended as a top 100 spiritual books of 2020. It was published in 2018 and is about 240 pages.
Maria Shriver is a well known writer, philanthropist and former first lady of California. She is also part of the Kennedy family – John F Kennedy’s niece. This book is a collection of her top 20 or so prayers, meditations and thoughts to live by.
It was breezy read and took me under 2 hours. I did not “reflect” as much, since most of the key takeaways from this book have been mentioned in multiple books I have read recently. I would give it a 3/5. If you have not read other books in the spiritual genre then this is a good read. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle is a much better read.
What is the top takeaway from this book?
To lead a life of purpose, you need to a) live in the present, b) be grateful, c) think positively, d) develop inner strength (intestinal fortitude and e) be empathetic.
What is different about this book than others?
While the pithy’ s are the same 10-12 things (5 of which I have already mentioned), the difference in this book versus others is the prayers that are included. These tend to be 5-10 lines each.
For e.g. in the chapter on “The Power of Letting Go”. instead of a personal story, the prayer is
What are the key often repeated statements to find purpose?
- I am who I choose to become (believe in yourself.
- Work on intestinal fortitude. Be strong of mind
- Life is yours to create – you control your destiny
- Power of peace starts from within – look to change yourself
- Power of Gratitude – be thankful for what you have
- Power of the mind – train your brain
- Power of pause – slow down
- Power of Listening
- Power of Empathy
- Power of Letting go – dont have regrets
- Power of thank you
- Power of laughter
- Power of faith
- Power of prayer and meditation
- Power of forgiveness
- Power of your story
- Chasing the illusion of perfection
- Acceptance is the path to finding peace
- Courage to care – for others
- When life throws you a curveball – walk into the woods – find a mentor
- It is okay to grieve
- Give up on complaining
- Stop trying to go it alone
- Looking for a light in the cracks – silver lining
- Why we need time to think and reflect