God Never Blinks

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-04-13
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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Already an internet phenomenon, these wise and insightful lessons by popular newspaper columnist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Regina Brett will make you see the possibilities in your life in a whole new way. When Regina Brett turned 50, she wrote a column on the 50 lessons life had taught her. She reflected on all she had learned through becoming a single parent, looking for love in all the wrong places, working on her relationship with God, battling cancer and making peace with a difficult childhood. It became one of the most popular columns ever published in the newspaper, and since then the 50 lessons have been emailed to hundreds of thousands of people. Brett now takes the 50 lessons and expounds on them in essays that are deeply personal. From "Don't take yourself too seriously-Nobody else does" to "Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift," these lessons will strike a chord with anyone who has ever gone through tough times--and haven't we all?

Author Biography

Regina Brett has been a newspaper columnist for fourteen years, eight of them for Cleveland's Plain Dealer, where she was a finalist in 2008 and 2009 for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. She also hosts a call-in talk show once a week on WCPN, the Cleveland NPR affiliate, and speaks regularly to companies and not-for-profit organizations.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
The Fifty Lessonsp. 5
Life isn't fair, but it's still goodp. 7
When in doubt, just take the next right stepp. 10
Life is too short to waste time hating anyonep. 15
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else doesp. 19
Pay off your credit cards every monthp. 24
You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagreep. 28
Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alonep. 33
It's okay to get angry with God. He can take itp. 37
The most important sex organ is the brainp. 42
God never gives us more than we were designed to carryp. 47
Make peace with your past so it doesn't screw up the presentp. 51
It's okay to let your children see you cryp. 56
Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all aboutp. 60
If a relationship has to be kept secret, you shouldn't be in itp. 65
Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinksp. 70
Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dyingp. 74
You can get through anything life hands you if you stay put in the day you are in and don't jump aheadp. 78
A writer is someone who writes. If you want to be a writer, writep. 82
It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one elsep. 87
When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answerp. 92
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save anything for a special occasion. Today is special enoughp. 97
Overprepare, then go with the flowp. 102
Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purplep. 106
Start saving 10 percent for retirement as soon as you get your first paycheckp. 111
No one else is in charge of your happiness. You are the CEO of your joyp. 115
Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter? "p. 119
Always choose lifep. 124
Forgive everyone everythingp. 128
What other people think of you is none of your businessp. 133
The passage of time heals almost everything. Give time timep. 138
No matter how good or how bad a situation is, it will changep. 143
Your job won't take care of you when you are sick, but your friends will. Stay in touch with themp. 148
Believe in miraclesp. 152
God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't dop. 155
Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you strongerp. 160
Growing old beats the alternative. Dying young looks good only in moviesp. 165
Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorablep. 170
Read the Psalms. No matter what your faith, they cover every Human emotionp. 175
Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting for you to discoverp. 179
If we all threw our problems in a pile and got a look at everyone else's, we'd fight to get back our ownp. 183
Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of nowp. 188
Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful, or joyfulp. 191
All that truly matters in the end is that you lovedp. 194
Envy is a waste of time. You already have everything you truly needp. 198
The best is yet to comep. 202
No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up for lifep. 210
Breathe. It calms the mindp. 214
If you don't ask, you don't getp. 218
Yieldp. 223
Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a giftp. 229
Authors Notep. 235
Acknowledgmentsp. 237
About the Authorp. 241
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