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I Will Not Die an Unlived Life: Reclaiming Purpose and Passion

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Every woman should read this book

    I ran across this book just browsing through BN and I was feeling exactly how the title read, "I will not live an unlived life." I related to the author on MANY levels. First of all both of us are cancer survivors and I related to many of her feelings in that regard. A lot of places in this book she would describe people or circumstances along her journey of life and SO MANY of them I could actually put a name of someone in my own life that was like what she was describing. I am a profound believer in positive thinking and moving forward through anything and that all things happen for a reason, not to sound cliche. But this book is so motivating and inspiring I wish that every woman (or man) out there could read it. I think that alot of us in our 40's+ struggle with losing ourselves due to family life or being a slave to our work. This book reminds us that we need to find that purpose and passion in our life and share it with the world. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. Especially for the ladies out there that just feel lost and don't know how they got where they are now or how to find what they once were. You are still that person, you just have to rekindle the fire a little. You have to work on a relationship with yourself just like you would with anyone else! Enjoy... and get a highligter when reading this. You'll have the book all marked up and making notes and re-reading this one. It should be a college course!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2000

    Excellent Book

    I came across this one by accident - the title struck me and I picked it up and put it back down 45 minutes later. I read half of the book right there in the bookstore and teared up many times. It's obvious the writer is extremely talented, and her poem and her own story were extremely inspiring. If you are looking for an insightful book that will change your life and the way you see it, I highly recommend this. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy - bookstores, unfortunately, don't carry them...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013


    I was reading this through the last months of my Mothers helped me

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000


    A poetic tale of author Dawna Markova's journey to find her passion, I Will Not Die An Unlived Life, is truly a remarkable work of inspiration that sets itself apart from the rest of the Self-help genre. It is apparent in even the style of her writing that she is clearly a deeply passionate woman. Markova delves into her search for deeper meaning when she is diagnosed with cancer. Instead of sitting on the sidelines watching her life go by, she becomes active in finding a higher purpose. Uniquely, she invites her reading audience to join her on a quest of rediscovery. A cabin in the Utah mountains is the setting for six months of searching. Markova works through her past as well as the present and future with others in mind. Moving along throughout the course of her solitary expedition, she speaks to the readers as if they are accompanying her every thought. It is a highly inclusive guide to discovering one's own path. The book is divided into four main sections, with different focal points, all centered around living. Each is filled with charismatic stories and personal experiences littered with hope that set the highly uplifting mood for the entire work. Loaded with beautifully written imagery, it is a joyful experience to follow the paths of the author's mind. Each story is added insight to how a deeper purpose can be discovered. In the first section, 'Living Wide Open: Landscapes of the Mind', Markova focuses on living and loving open, no longer living 'divided', listening to one's deepest ailment, and stillness. She personally relates to the reader at the end of each chapter by proposing a few questions from the main thought. 'What are the courageous conversations you need to have with yourself, and how do you need to have them? What generates energy for you?' Equally uniquely, the very last paragraph in each chapter ends with a few all-inclusive aspirations. 'May our quest for purpose be compassionate. May we allow ourselves stillness so we can open our minds to ourselves.' In section two, 'Living On Fire: Landscapes of the Heart', Markova focuses on her childhood and the 'twisted seed of rage' that was passed on from her parents, death and the realization of what she needs to do in order to fulfill the sentence 'When I die, I want¿', fulfilling the hunger deep inside of her soul, and the proverbial phrase 'catching on fire'. These chapters are brimming with heart-filled stories and compassion, each with a different message for the reader. Continued on from the first section, she ends each chapter with aspirations including 'May we all open our hearts to ourselves in wonder, and respond to the call of our passion. May we all find something to love that is larger and more powerful tan anything we fear.' Section three, 'Living On Purpose: Landscapes of the Soul' is the section where Markova digs deeper to find purpose in her life. Finding the spot of grace in others, letting our failures and wounds be teachers, listening to the stories we tell ourselves and how we can get out of 'rut stories', and letting purpose find you are focal points of this section. Here is where the book takes a course of soul searching and is more of a guide than a storybook. As the previous chapters, Markova cleverly adds aspirations to help readers on their journeys. 'May we all release our hearts and allow our hands to follow. May our souls crawl from hiding places of shame and gaze upon the mystery of healing that can not be explained.' The final section, entitled 'Living On Path: Landscapes of the Spirit', is a focus on all the previous chapters and how to put that into daily surroundings. What we truly love, finding our gifts and talents, and how to share those with the people and community around us are the main topics of this conclusive section. Markova shares her gifts and talents as examples to follow in exploration of one's own gifts and talents. Once again, the last two paragraphs include person

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    Posted November 18, 2008

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