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4.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 54.38 out of 5 4.38 (47 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Regina Brett Narrator: Regina Brett Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781607881698
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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 fifty, she wrote a column on the fifty 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 fifty lessons have been emailed to hundreds of thousands of people.

Brett now takes the fifty 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?

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Quotes & Awards

  • I intend to give my 82-year-old dad a copy of God Never Blinks. I will also buy one for a 16-year-old friend. This wise, compassionate and honest book is a blueprint for living a happy, fulfilling life. Its lessons are timeless--and timely."
  • --Thrity Umrigar, author of The Space Between Us
  • Regina Brett is a gifted observer of the experiences that shape who we are, and her lessons unfold with buoyancy, humor and a courageous honesty. She has given us a beautifully written roadmap for life."
  • -- Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of "The Last Lecture"
  • Regina Brett's book, God Never Blinks, provides practical insights that can change the world."
  • --Deepak Chopra, Author, The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
  • --Deepak Chopra, author of The Ultimate Happiness Prescription
  • “In God Never Blinks, the two-time Pulitzer nominee takes each of these smidgens of wisdom and expounds on them for a full, rich chapter, describing what her own stormy life has taught her about getting through.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial

  • “Short, sweet, and frequently resonant…Brett employs a veteran writer’s knack for keen observation and thorough self-knowledge, delivering hard-edged wisdom with deceptive ease.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “People react to life’s unpleasant surprises in many different ways. Breast cancer empower Regina Brett to take up writing. Here she compresses her experiences into fifty heartfelt life lessons. As she delivers each of the thought-provoking lessons she formulated through the challenges she has faced, she makes it personal to everyone. The careful modulation of her soothing voice as she expresses her messages draws the listener near to gather her wisdom.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 2/18/2014

    " This is not a book I enjoyed because I picked it up and read cover to cover with speed. It is a book best savoured slowly, over time.The real stories, about real people and events here in my hometown, touched me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee Toomey | 2/8/2014

    " So many times while reading this book I thought, "Has this women been looking in the window of all the places I have lived?" It's like she wrote the book about me. I can relate with so much in this book, and there are so many "ah-ha!" moments that I feel the need to re-read this book, next time with a highlighter in hand! Very upbeat, you will find encouragement, humor, sadness, and love between the covers of this book. Highly recommend, especially if you want to feel uplifted. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 2/3/2014

    " An easy read, lots of good things to thing about. This book is often referred to as a self-help book, and I didn't view it that way at all. I liked that I could read 1 or 2 lessons (chapters) in a sitting, then walk away from the book and mull it over. Some of the 50 lessons were common sense, some were things that I had heard before, and others really offered something new. Each lesson is accompanied by a story from the author, all well written and entertainingly making her point. I had thought I'd walk away with a favorite lesson, but so many hit home for me that it's too hard to choose. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mgehring | 1/30/2014

    " A feel good read. I walked away feeling refreshed, and wanting to read her column. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/25/2014

    " Written by my dear friend Regina. So far my favorite chapter is "Get To" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie Collison-owens | 1/23/2014

    " SO so uplifting and great wisdom! One of my favorite books ever. Every life lesson either made me laugh or cry or both! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine | 1/23/2014

    " This book was very good. The 50 Lessons help me to remember what's important in life. I would recommand this book to all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tory Wagner | 1/18/2014

    " Living in Cleveland, Ohio, I am familiar with Brett's column in the Plain Dealer. I believe you would categorize this as "inspirational" writing with a decided Catholic bent. The 50 lessons seem rather self-evident and I am not comfortable reading the stream of consciousness of another human being. Not my cup of tea, but those who enjoy reading about "life's lessons" as defined by another may enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy IB | 1/16/2014

    " Good lessons to think about at any age! The author is a newspaper columnist and the book is basically 50 personal columns. They are well-written and very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 1/12/2014

    " I only read about half of this book, but thoroughly enjoyed it. The essays about each lesson use charming, slice-of-life stories to expand the meaning of the familiar phrases used as lesson titles. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerri Beckerman | 1/1/2014

    " I haven't even finished this book yet, but I am loving it. It is so full of wisdom and common sense advice. This a book I want to share with friends and family. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Richards | 12/27/2013

    " Ok, I picked this book up at the Philly Airport on my layover, and it is awesome! Such good advice, and little tidbit reminders that everyone needs at some point in life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amyg | 12/23/2013

    " Loved this book. I'm not one to re-read usually but this one's a keeper. I highly recommend reading it, even if you're not very religious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hudak | 12/20/2013

    " I have never read a self-help book before, but I picked this up when my friend's mom was reading it and found myself crying over the first lesson. It is a womderful collection of stories. Way more religious than I prefer, but still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 12/14/2013

    " Good for when you need a get-off-your-rear-and-do-something book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marikka | 12/14/2013

    " Very palatable wisdom from Cleveland writer "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Pieronek | 11/29/2013

    " Loving this book. Don't want it to end. Thoughtful, inspiring. Reading it now again. Something to learn on every page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosario Pascual | 10/28/2013

    " Uno de los mejores Libros =) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/22/2013

    " I highly recommend this one. It's more practical self-help than religious and I think most people would benefit from it's wisdom "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serenity | 9/5/2013

    " This is one wonderful/lovely book. If you want to read a book that touches your soul, and heart then I recommend you this book. Have a tissue box close by and enjoy. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 6/3/2013

    " A book written for me.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 4/25/2013

    " A sweet little book - enjoyed reading it - I originally saw Regina's list of 50 lessons for life - on my nieces blog. I ended up googling her - and found her book - and enjoyed it- like a book you would give someone as a present for graduation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Stockstill | 4/18/2013

    " Some of the experiences in this book were amazing. I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 SteveR | 3/12/2013

    " 50 great life lessons from one of my new, favorite authors since we moved to CLE. One of best lines is a definition of "vocation" to fine tune your life - "the place where God chose for you is the intersection where your greatest joy and the world's greatest need meet, "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsey | 2/28/2013

    " in my top 3 books of 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayelet | 2/23/2013

    " I always read Regina Brett's columns and they often make me cry. I had to limit myself to 5 lessons at a time so I wouldn't get overwhelmed. The lessons are good in theory but harder in practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mimie Dy | 1/12/2013

    " This book is worth reading again. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/19/2012

    " Lots of points to ponder. Definitely worth reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 6/19/2012

    " Listening to this one on audio. It's not a gripper but it's got some great tidbits of thought provoking wisdom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 6/14/2012

    " this book brings you back to reality. Plain and simple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie D | 10/29/2011

    " Good quick read. Helps one to remember what things are important in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda | 5/14/2011

    " This is a really good book! The essays are broad in scope and very thought provoking. I know I will read this one again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marikka | 5/12/2011

    " Very palatable wisdom from Cleveland writer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/27/2011

    " Good quick read. Helps one to remember what things are important in life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 4/13/2011

    " Sweet, sweet, sweet. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/2/2011

    " This book spoke to me. Lots of thought provoking lessons/ideas. I highly recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christie | 3/7/2011

    " I could relate to so much of her experience, and really valued her honest sharing. I thoroughly enjoyed they way she articulated MY thoughts! LOL Highly reccommend....So valuable to be shown how what I think is a weakness/failure/catastrophe is really such a gift! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theresa | 2/14/2011

    " I could see bits and pieces of me in what Regina Brett wrote about in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/31/2011

    " Loving this book. Don't want it to end. Thoughtful, inspiring. Reading it now again. Something to learn on every page. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/30/2011

    " Simple, unadorned writing. I led a book discussion on the topic of spirituality with reflections from this. Met Regina in the process so it's hard not to have a very positive regard for her insights. Some great thoughts here and of course some parts had me teary eyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daleen | 1/17/2011

    " I have enjoyed Regina's weekly column in the Cleveland Plain Dealer for quite some time and was anxious to read her book. She didn't disappoint. Definitely a worthwhile purchase which will be read by other family members. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 1/13/2011

    " What a wonderful book! This is definitely one I will purchase for my personal collection to read over whenever I need a little uplifting. This would also make a great gift for friends and family. Excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 1/9/2011

    " This book is amazing. I will never let mine go. I plan on buying a copy for my best friend's mom, who was very recently diagnosed with cancer. This book is full of optimism, but not in that annoying, "Get away from me" way. It changed my perspective. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serenity | 1/8/2011

    " This is one wonderful/lovely book. If you want to read a book that touches your soul, and heart then I recommend you this book. Have a tissue box close by and enjoy. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsey | 1/4/2011

    " in my top 3 books of 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayelet | 12/28/2010

    " I always read Regina Brett's columns and they often make me cry. I had to limit myself to 5 lessons at a time so I wouldn't get overwhelmed. The lessons are good in theory but harder in practice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bank | 12/18/2010

    " And The author 's personal mission statement for her life is the prayer of Saint Francis .
    "

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About the Author
Author Regina BrettRegina 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. Her last book, God Never Blinks, was a New York Times bestseller. Regina hosts her own call-in talk show on WCPN, the Cleveland NPR affiliate, "The Regina Brett Show," which is broadcast to Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania. She speaks regularly to companies and not-for-profit organizations.