Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

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Reading Notes To Myself is one of those rare experiences that comes only once in a great while.  The editor who discovered the book said, "When I first read Prather's manuscript it was late at night and I was tired, but by the time I finished it, I felt rested and alive.  Since then I've reread it many times and it says even more to me now."  The book serves as a beginning for the reader's exploration of his or her own life and as a treasury of thoughtful and insightful reminders.

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Hugh Prather (1938–2010) was a lay minister and bestselling author. He is most famous for Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person, which began as a personal journal and has sold more than 5 million copies and has been translated into ten languages. With his wife, Gayle, he also wrote Notes to Each Other, Parables from Other Planets, and I Will Never Leave You.
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Sep 16, 2009
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Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

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If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

On May 17, 2014, Admiral William H. McRaven addressed the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin on their Commencement day. Taking inspiration from the university's slogan, "What starts here changes the world," he shared the ten principles he learned during Navy Seal training that helped him overcome challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also throughout his life; and he explained how anyone can use these basic lessons to change themselves-and the world-for the better.

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What is the key to a successful, long-lasting relationship? It all begins with a simple promise. . .
I will never leave you.
While most books on relationships tell you why you should leave your partner, here is a refreshing look at the enormous gains that can come from staying. For more than twenty years, Hugh and Gayle Prather have been helping couples build satisfying, permanent, spiritually centered relationships. Based on their experience as counselors and the problems they’ve solved in their own long marriage, their book shares a message that dares to stand up against the tide of cop-outs and easy answers from most self-proclaimed relationship experts.

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This is a book of great beginnings--365 of them! How we start each and every day affects everything--body, mind, spirit, family, work. We can begin in a combative mood, fighting with how things are, or we can begin in a peaceful mood, helping ourselves construct things the way we want them to be.

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"Starting over saves time. To love is to begin again. Clearly, our human family is in distress. Yet because of this, it is also more open to change. Today I join with countless others in a renewed determination to be a better person. For this to happen, I must make up my mind, because behavior that flows from conflicted thought cannot be controlled. Engaging in trench warfare with my personality does not work. . . .To truly start over I must unify my mind with a single purpose. And love is the only true purpose and the only unity."

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Among those ways are suggestions for reflection and practice:
I will make no effort to step ahead of God.Let me at least try.Today I will not project.I will not rehearse uncertainties to come.Gentleness of thought is my way Home.My body is a means of communicating love.

Readers will turn to Shining Through again and again to find a deeper hope, a quiet power, and an abiding light.

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