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My mom bought me this book for my 18th birthday so I really wanted to like it It was supposed to be something to help me into the world of adulthood Unfortunately.Andrea Stoddard rambles on for the entire book about things that, for the most part, sound silly and unimportant I know that this is not the kind of book my mother intended to give me There are things in the book that I completely disagree with, such as the Five Hour Rule which says that you should never stay in someone s company for than five hours and that you should never have anyone stay at your house or ever stay at anyone else s house As though we all have tons of money to spare and can stay at hotels any time we like And as for me, I enjoy spending a few days at a time with friends and family Anyway, that aside, the author drifts completely off topic under almost every single subject It was like she couldn t think of anything else to say about it but thought that she hadn t written enough so she just started throwing out sentences that sounded semi inspirational There were times that she even included three different ideas or topics all in one paragraph It was very hard to follow Combine all of those things with little quips about the author s personal experiences that, most of the time, seemed inconsequential and even unrelated to the topic completely, and the result is a book that I will never pick up again and never EVER recommend to anyone. From Alexandra Stoddard Beloved Lifestyle Philosopher, Mother, And Author Of Choosing Happiness, A Small Book Of Wisdom About The Big Questions Of Life, Perfect For New Graduates, New Mothers, And As A Treasured Gift From Woman To WomanAlexandra Stoddard, A Mother, Grandmother, And Author Of Than Books On Personal Fulfilment, Shares A Series Of Succinctly Stated Principles Worth Living By Each Statement Is Fleshed Out In A Few Brief, Useful Paragraphs By Turns Wise Pain Is Inevitable Suffering Is A Choice , Controversial Don T Feel Guilty About Your Feelings Toward Your Parents, Stepparents, Or In Laws , Affirming You Don T Have To Prove Anything To Anyone , And Humorous When You Discover Something You Love, Stock Up , These Short Pieces Cut To The Essence Of What S Important And Are Oases Of Clarity Amid Life S Chaos Glanced through this short book at a used goods store and decided it was worth a couple of bucks used It is one of those self help positive living books probably for women, written by a woman It has I think 55 little sayings and a one or two page discussion on each I liked a lot of the sayings, they were things I have said to my daughter or others at times The essays vary a lot Most are not great writing, but they are straightforward and useful things in many cases Some of the useful sayings include Find work you love that supports you financially Its easier to get into things than to get out of them Don t feel guilty about your feelings toward your Parents, stepparents inlaws etc and Don t save the best for last.Its a fast read and catches a number of things that are worth remembering, even if you already know them.I don t agree with everything she says and I don t think all of her quotes actually fit the chapters she puts them in, but overall the book has good advice. I HATED THIS BOOK Okay, I didn t finish it, so maybe the good part is in the last 2 3 I think the chapter titles are nice They are profound statements If they were all the book contains, then I d rate it four stars But the incessant blah blah blah ing of creating a life of beauty and meaning made me want to puke Don t get me wrong I d love a beautiful life but this lady just seemed a little out of touch with me and my life I want to be generous with my time and resources, be true to myself and to the Gospel, and laugh along the way I don t care so much about opening gifts slowly and savoring every ribbon Maybe you relate to her If so, that s awesome I hope you love this book I was excited I have three daughters, so I looked forward to a book containing all the wisdom I should hope to impart Suffice it to say, I ll keep looking The ideas proposed by this books are all very nice and thought provoking But the description associated with each idea or I should say chapter, was too lengthy and really winding Each idea can be translated into today s woman or girl s life but you have to think it from your angle and how it applies to you and what you would do with that idea. I have a feeling I will read this again again as my daughter grows up. This is an easy read with perfect reminders of important steps for happiness and full life It would be a wonderful gift to give a young person starting out in life It s a lovely book. A Reasonable, Mature Voice Great Gift BookI picked up this book because of the title I have daughters There are things I want them to know Upon reading the Foreword, I grew a little nervous The tone seemed rather patronizing, and I felt like I was about to get a lesson in what a rotten mother I am The author writes No mother can have a relationship with her children without some heartaches and significant differences of opinion With my own daughters I embrace our differences as well as the things we share in common Well, yes, that WOULD be the ideal.What follows beyond the Forword, where the author or less introduces her qualifications for writing a book filed with advice, is just that Lots of useful advice for getting through life The conversational and rational writing style immediately allowed me to GET OVER MYSELF, and just enjoy the various topics I found it hard to disagree with anything she wrote Everything is based on the author s experience, and much of it is universal The suggestions, It s Easier to Get into Things Than It Is to Get Out of Them, or In Really Tough Times, Regularly Take Time Off, for example, are pearls of wisdom for mothers to not only pass onto their daughters, but also to remind themselves of every now and again.This is a well written collection, with a mature and rational sensitivity It s an excellent gift book for our daughters, and our friends who have daughters, and, of course, for mothers too I recommend it When you ve made your point, sit down, reads the last entry So, I will. There were chapters in this book that I absolutely loved and found extremely insightful There were others that I found hollow and misguided Overall, I liked Stoddard s approach and thought she had quite a bit of wisdom to share My favorite of the fifty five chapters include You Don t Have to Prove anything to Anyone Be Grateful but Don t Expect Gratitude Pain is Inevitable, Suffering is a Choice Give Anonymously Don t Be on Time, Be Early Listen to the Wisdom of Your Children Don t Assume Anything Have Your Own Mad Money Exercise the Vocabulary of Thanks and Appreciation Don t Feel Guilty Listen to the Wisdom of Your Body Do Your Best, Leave the Rest Living Takes Time Hurry Never You Are Smarter and Wiser Than You Think and Finish Up Strong. Ugh Don t bother I don t really want to seek life advice from a woman who says you shouldn t let in laws stay at your house or visit for than 5 hours at a stretch As a mother to daughters, I was intrigued about what a mature woman has learned during her lifetime and wants to make sure she passes on her wisdom to her daughter, but this book didn t do it for me The good stuff is all common sense and the bad stuff maybe she has loopy in laws and should write a book on how to get along with them but I don t want to be constrained by her bad family relationships.