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Your Year for Change

Bronnie Ware

Self Improvement, Inspirational

978-1-4019-4608-1

Having spent several years listening to, and then writing about, the regrets of dying people, Bronnie Ware understands the importance of acknowledging death and finding the courage to live a happy and... More

Mar 19, 2015 Starseed28
Overall, I found this book to be very enlightening. Bronnie does a great job of bring her stories together, even if the flow is a little odd. She shares the life lessons of the many people that have influenced her, sometimes by simply passing them on the street. Throughout the book she keeps her theme by telling you the regrets and lessons that people have imparted on her during their last few days, weeks and months. Of course she realized (and you will too) they fall into similar categories: being true to yourself, not working so hard, freely expressing your feelings, keeping in touch with friends, and allowing yourself to be happy.

I felt that one of the books benefits was how short the chapters where. She tells you the stories and gets straight to the point. She says at the beginning you should take the time to read the book over a course of a year, one chapter a week. However, she also says that it is okay to read it fast, but to make sure that you go back and re-read the lessons to help them sink in better. Honestly, I loved that I could read 10 chapters at once or just one if I only had a few minutes.

I loved the messages contained in this book and hope that countless more people are able to unlock the best life they can have because of them. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Also, I feel that we should all listen to our elders because they hold the keys to life we are all so desperate to understand. This book gave me insight into some of those secrets to a better and more fulfilling life.

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
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Mar 05, 2015 cmwaugh
Pearls of wisdom - The daily significance of surrendering

I just completed a new book for review reflecting upon the things I wish I could do in my life and have no regrets before I die.

The book is called Your Year for Change, 52 Reflections for Regret-Free Living by Bronnie Ware.

It is as it says, a 52 day short-story reflection of Ware’s experience of surrendering daily.

Some of Ware’s pearls of wisdom include:
– create a life free of regret
– own your own life
– allow yourself to be amazed
– happiness attracts happiness
– there will always be critics
– marvel at the mystery of who you are

As Ware says, “Nature carries on after setbacks;” and so can you!

I like to call myself a “bookie”, not a gambler, but someone who spends an entire day reading something. I learn something new from everything I read.

Pick up a copy of Ware’s new book and see if you can learn something new too!

I send you love, blessings and wishes for a prosperous and abundant life!

(I was not financially compensated for this post. I received the book from Hay House for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.)
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Feb 10, 2015 ginadrellack
This book by Bonnie Ware is a wonderful presentation of writings, each one to be savored. I love the concept of embracing one a week (since there are 52)...but they are so enjoyable that I couldn't wait that long! After appreciating them in their entirety, I now look forward to enjoying them again in a slower, more evolutionary manner.

There's no wrong way to read this book. The author's thoughts on living an authentic life, colored by stories of her work with the dying and based on her experiences of living, is inspirational. The tender insights you gain are warm reflections of your soul. (No wonder I read it straight through!)
Anyone who enjoys collections of essays, inspirational writings, or spirituality and self-improvement will enjoy reading this. In addition, those who appreciate reflection and authenticity will not want to miss this book.

I was not financially compensated for this review, simply given the book in exchange for my opinion of it. Participating in the gift economy. ;)
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Feb 04, 2015 Angel
Your Year for Change by Bronnie Ware

Having worked at hospice for many years, Bronnie Ware is familiar with the regrets of those whose path to heaven is near ... She has discovered a pattern in there regrets and shares this in her book.

The chapters are short and can easily be read one per day, enough to reflect upon ... or even one chapter per week. This is the way I recommend reading the book, slowly ...


FTC Disclosure: I was not paid for this review, I received a copy of the book via Hay house Publishing for review purposes only.
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Jan 25, 2015 KariF
You know those calendars that make you rip off one sheet per day for inspiration? That’s kind of what Your Year For Change is like – but instead of one sheet per day, it is one chapter per week, and instead of a small little inspirational story, it is a story that is about 4 pages long…at least in my Kobo.

About The Author

Bronnie Ware lives in Australia, and she is a speaker, songwriter, and author.

In the beginning of the book she talks about another book she wrote – The Top 5 Regrets Of The Dying. That books sounds amazing, and I cried just reading some of the things she was mentioning that she learned from people she spent time with while they were dying. I think that it hit home with me because I worked at a senior’s home and I know that they have a lot to say about life and how they lived it. I definitely want to read that one.

I looked up her name on Twitter, and I found a lot of people were just quoting things she has said. When someone is being quoted, you know that they have impacted some hearts and souls.

Bronnie has a website, and she says that some of the chapters in Your Year For Change are taken directly from the blog – or adapted from the blog. You can’t comment on the blog, which is kind of a bummer, but it is still a nice place to go and read. But, if you want all of Bronnie’s insights, then get the book.

How To Read Your Year For Change

It is 52 different chapters that each address a different topic, such as worry, respect, honesty, faith, and even fences. In each chapter/lesson she tells a story, sends a message, and gives you something to think about.

I read the book pretty fast, but I would recommend against that.

Instead, I think reading one lesson per week throughout a year is ideal. Why? Each lesson makes you think, and as you go about your day or week, you can reflect on that story, apply it to your own life, and make some changes. If you read it all in one day, there is too much going on in your head, and different lessons will get lost in the shuffle.

Each lesson is important to becoming more aware and happier in life.

Each lesson deserves its own week to be reflected on.

Should You Check It Out?

Your Year For Change gives some great insights into life and has the potential to shift your perspective around, which can increase your happiness in life. Since I am a huge promoter of happiness, I have to give this book a big thumbs up.

It is a tool that anyone can use to change their life in a positive way.

In short, it delivers on its promise. It gives you the chance to make this your year for change.
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Dec 08, 2014 PanaceaAscending
Bronnie Wares's Your Year for Change : 52 Reflections For Regret Free Living provides an easy and enjoyable read. The chapters are very short, and if you wanted to you could easily read this book in one afternoon sitting. However, that's not likely to be the case. Not because the book is easy to put down, but rather because each chapter feels like an introduction to what is to be discovered in yourself. The reflections and writings offered are just the beginning, the real magic is what you experience outside of the pages. Bronnies beautiful view on life inspires you to take a good look at your own, and examine what wisdom surrounds you each day without your knowledge. It's best to let this book unfold as your days do. Perhaps reading a chapter a week, or per day - whatever suits you. The truth is, the reflections offered require some time to digest, which allows those on a busy schedule to develop themselves without compromise. In fact - going a midst your day is encouraged, as it allows what you read to truly sink in and reveal itself in flesh and spirit. It's a very beautiful experience to be able to see how another human being views life, and even more so because this book doesn't require you to shift your thinking in a particular way, or adopt a certain viewpoint. Rather, that you examine the uniqueness in your own life, and find the wisdom that is just waiting to reveal itself. It's an inspiring and powerful read, give it a go, and make this your year for change.

FTC Disclosure: I was not paid for this review, I received a copy of the book via Hay house Publishing for review purposes only.
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