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Wow - I was energized from the first few chapters!
Ms. Kathryn Lobert from Arlington, TX September 6, 2003
I am not kidding – this book is remarkable. For a variety of circumstances, both physical and emotional, I have been so tired for the last few years that I had come to accept the fatigue as just the way my life is and that I would just have to move on and deal with it. Thanks to Ms. Kirshenbaum's well-written and easily understandable book, I can toss that "acceptance" out the window. The first night I opened this book I read just the first few chapters. The lightbulbs going off in my brain by the end of these pages were like marquees on Broadway! I felt like slapping myself and saying "Duh!" but I was too amazed to do anything but think about ways to apply what I was learning. I am not a person who journals because it is just too hard for me to put things down on paper. When I closed the book the first night, so many things were firing off in my head that I wrote six pages about what I do, why I do it, and what I am going to change - all spurred by this book. I only allowed myself to read two chapters a day so I could absorb all of the information thoroughly. I have given it to two people already and intend to grab it up every time that I find the old fatigue sneaking up on me. Easy to understand, easy to implement and life changing - even if you have a chronic physical illness that leaves you with fatigue, this book can help with the inevitable emotional baggage that goes along. I have to remind myself often of the changes I have made, but what a difference this book has made for me!
Thank you for saving my Life!
Jenny Miller from Los Angeles, CA October 5, 2004
I think this could be the best book I ever read. It made me feel so inspired!! It's so exciting -- that my life has meaning, everything that's ever happened to me, good and bad. I just love the idea that the universe is a safe, nurturing place for me, that the events of me life are all trying to help me become the real me. But there are also so many great stories, so this was not just inspiring but was a totally fun read. Do a favor for everyone you love and buy the a copy of this wonderful book. Just looking at the cover makes me happy!
Everything Happens for a Reason
Lin from Manchester, NHAugust 9, 2004
recently purchased Mira's Kirshenbaum's new book "Everything Happens For A Reason" and I found this book to be very inspiration and most beneficial. As a woman that has had much adversity in my life over these past few years, the author encouraged, that even through the worst of times, growth and peacefulness will emerge if we are open to trust in ourselves and the fact that everything does happen for a reason. As a mother that lost her only child 4 years ago to leukemia at the age of 10, I could not believe at the time, that any positives could ever come from one of the most devastating experience any parent could ever imagine. The truth is...they have....through my grief work I have grown in ways I never would have ever explored, had I not going through this experience I have had to endure. This book brought me a peacefullness in knowing that the twist and turns in our lifetime do have reason, that they help us to find true authenticity of self and to help direct us back on course to find the true meaning of our life here on this earth. The author knows first hand about adversity losing many loved ones of her own during the holocaust. Through her sharing in this book of her first hand experience with adversity in her own life, I felt that she truly could relate and understand my struggles as well. For anyone that has gone through a deep loss, whether it be a death of a loved one, illness or divorce this book is a wonderful resource to asset you with your healing. I highly recommend this book! Lin from NH


Everything Happens for a Reason
Mary Shoman
Why me? Itís a question most often filled with anguish or anger. Itís also a question thatís usually impossible to answer. Psychotherapist and author Mira Kirshenbaum, however, offers ten different and intriguing responses. In her new book Everything Happens for a Reason - Finding the True Meaning of the Events in Our Lives, Kirshenbaum explains that nothing is random. Every problem is actually a potential learning experience that can teach you how to live your life more effectively -- providing that you understand why the problem happened in the first place. Kirshenbaum believes that each difficult issue is a specific opportunity to learn a key lesson about how to improve your life. Her goal is for you to learn how to eradicate life-crippling issues . . . read more

Nolan L. a satisfied customer, who has yet to finish the book.
I just purchased "Everything Happens for a Reason" and I must say I am completely enamored of it. Its phenomenal content has floored me and I've only had this book for a little over 36 hrs. Though I haven't completed this "novelty" yet, I want to thank you for taking the time to research upon this much sought after million-dollar-inquiry. Though I am a bit young and haven't experienced life and all its glory and pain, I now have a sense of comfort in the uncertainty that lies ahead. Iíd like to thank you and your husband Dr. Charles Foster for your heroic journey in seeking out these answers. The heroism lies in the fact that you were gutsy enough to write a book that draws conclusions on such a seemingly complex topic: Life. This book will cause denial just as much as it will convince, but it's more likely the latter will occur. You guys have truly left a great mark on this universe (or country) with such a small book. Once again, thank you times infinity for settling my usually unsettled conscience.

From Publisher's Weekly:

If you believe that "everything happens for a reason," you Emotional energy is "an aliveness of the mind, a happiness of the heart, and a spirit filled with hope and unfortunately, it's not always easy to come by. When we feel grouchy and lethargic, when we drag our heels through life and avoid treating ourselves to things we enjoy, then, writes psychotherapist Kirshenbaum, we're likely suffering from emotional fatigue. And we're hardly alone: according to the National Institutes of Health, one individual in eight becomes saddled with a stubborn case of the blahs. In this upbeat and consumer-friendly how-to, the author of Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay strives to shrink that stat. By sharing real-life anecdotes and posing pointed questions -- "Do you live in fear of other people's judgments?"; "Do you frequently compare yourself to others and feel resentful?" -- Kirshenbaum helps readers identify the roots of their lethargy, and implement the appropriate strategies for regaining their spunk. Her solutions are straightforward (and perhaps easier said than done): Stop the negative thinking; focus on the positive. Envision yourself with pep; invest in what you can control. Like all self-help books, this volume should not be treated as a magical elixir, and Kirshenbaum is careful to advise readers whose fatigue may be associated with psychological or physical illness to seek professional help. But it may be enough to lift readers out of the doldrums, which makes the going worthwhile.
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