Hey there! Yesterday I started AND finished the latest pick from Blanche’s Book Club, so I’m going to jump right into it.
We read “The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose” by Oprah Winfrey.
Let me be clear about something before I go on to share the book’s description. I have never LOVED Oprah. I do appreciate what she’s done to highlight stories that may have otherwise gone unnoticed, but I never appreciated that she called herself a journalist, as she was never in the trenches, even in her early days of broadcast journalism.
I also think she’s been out-of-touch for a long time, about how much tings cost and what people can realistically do to improve their lives. Anyone who puts themselves on their own magazine every single month needs a reality check in my opinion.
But, having said that, she was on “The Daily Show” promoting this book and I really like the discussion surrounding it, so I added it to my Library reserves list. And that brings me to the book’s description from GoodReads:
Everyone has a purpose. And, according to Oprah Winfrey, “Your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you are meant to be, and begin to honor your calling in the best way possible.”
That journey starts right here.
In her latest book, The Path Made Clear, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.
Oprah opens each chapter by sharing her own key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life. She then brings together wisdom and insights from luminaries in a wide array of fields, inspiring readers to consider what they’re meant to do in the world and how to pursue it with passion and focus. These renowned figures share the greatest lessons from their own journeys toward a life filled with purpose.
Paired with over 100 awe-inspiring photographs to help illuminate the wisdom of these messages, The Path Made Clear provides readers with a beautiful resource for achieving a life lived in service of your calling – whatever it may be.
The book is a different size — it’s between a novel size and a coffee table book — and it has a canvas-like cover. It’s full of beautiful pictures of nature on every page.
The content is divided into sections of discovery: The Seeds, The Roots, The Whispers, The Clouds, The Map, The Road, The Climb, The Give, The Reward, and Home. And within each section, Oprah gives an introduction of her own experience and then there are quotes are stories from several other well-known people.
Trust that the universe has a bigger, wider, deeper dream for you that you could ever imagine for yourself. – Oprah
Whatever your calling, it’s already rooted within you, and those roots can be trampled or tugged at but never removed. They grow stronger only when tended, nurtured — and most important, shared with others. – Oprah
We only have twenty-four hours in a day. So you have a choice to walk with wise people and stack up more wisdom. Or you can become a companion of fools and your life will unravel. – Tim Storey
Don’t be against me. You cannot defeat someone who knows who they truly are. I know who I am and why I am doing this, so I would not bet against me… The moment you know with certainty that your intention is fully aligned with what you believe, all bets are off. – Oprah
I get off my game when I start playing for others rather than playing for myself. – LeBron James
Know the joy of doing what you love and never stop perusing it. – Oprah
If you’re into these kinds of books, I would definitely recommend it. It’s an easy, quick read.
The next book Blanche’s Book Club will be reading is “Daisy Jones and the Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
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