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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About the author

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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Publisher
Bantam
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Published on
Sep 16, 2009
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Pages
176
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ISBN
9780307569868
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Inspiration & Personal Growth
Self-Help / Motivational & Inspirational
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Self-Esteem
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