The Choice

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Choice! The key is Choice. You  have options. You need not spend your life  wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame,  and self-pity. But, hold on! If this is true then  why have so many among us apparently elected to  live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who  live in unhappy failure have never exercised their  options for a better way of life because they have  never been aware that they had ...

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Overview

Choice! The key is Choice. You  have options. You need not spend your life  wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame,  and self-pity. But, hold on! If this is true then  why have so many among us apparently elected to  live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who  live in unhappy failure have never exercised their  options for a better way of life because they have  never been aware that they had any  Choices !

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Here inspirational author Mandino (The Greatest Salesman in the World; The Greatest Miracle in the World again champions humankind's potential for spiritual uplift. The focus of his tale is Mark Christopher, a middle-aged man who abandons his successful business career for a life with his wife and two young sons in rural New Hampshire. PW noted that ``Mandino's energetic `can do' approach to life's problems has a ready audience.'' (April)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553245769
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 230,696
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    A very well written thought prevoking read.

    At the time I read this book I was in need of a lot of help. My life seemed about to get out of control. Depression was close at hand. This wonderfull book lifted my spirit and cleared the way fore me to move on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    A chillling story to inspire and ponder your greatest dreams

    Mandino's story of the struggles associated with life and the importance of our own choices brings a chilling realization that we control our own destiny. This book will motivate, inspire, and force important thought into each of our daily routines that so often shadow our true dreams and goals. Don't read this book if you want a simple answer to the questions of life. Don't read this book if you believe in quick-fix solutions to achieving success. Mandino will do none of that. Rather, he will provide a catalyst for a journey of the most thought provoking period of your life. He will force you to consider your own choices- the importance and relevance they share in your success and the dreams you hope to achieve. His work will saturate your mind with the belief that you can achieve your dreams and success- but that no one but you can make that choice. I recommend this book to every CEO, politician, house wife, working mother, struggling teenager, and dedicated father. This book is for everyone that has a dream- and only hopes that they some day will achieve that dream.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2013

    Reads like a really long, contrived sermon

    Unrealistic characters interacting in improbable ways that are convenient to the overall message: Gosh, you should really spend time with your family and be good and stuff!

    The book is a sermon populated with one-dimensional characters and not much real advice at all. Tony Robbins meets Touched by an Angel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Outstanding Book!

    This is another great book from O.G. Mandino. It really makes you look at the choices you make and puts a lot in perspective. This was recommended to me by a business partner of mine and I would personally recommend it to anyone.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    QUICK READ!

    Loved the story!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2007

    The best book I've ever read

    I recommend this book to anyone & everyone. I'm not ashamed to admit it, but this book brought me to tears. I bought 4 copies to mail to my family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    Fiction, Self-Help, Fantasy: An Oil-Water Mix Book

    The first three chapters were great, and everything went completely downhill from there. The book struggles in its attempt to find its genre/classification. The cover masquerades the book as non-fiction self-help. The first three chapters play off as a ¿realistic fiction.¿ The rest of the book trickles into fiction-fantasy with allegorical overtones. Because it attempts to be all of these things at different times, the book never fully achieves to be any of them, thus giving the book its oil-water mix, non sequitur feel. The success the main character achieves in the book is simply a mimicry of the author's own success, making it a bit of a vain 'victory lap book' or 'self-awarded life achievement award' for the author. As far as the message, I loved the ¿life is about choices.¿ Although the subliminal message that ¿success is approximately equal to money¿ stuck in my throat a little. As it stands in the book, every time he is 'successful,' money is his biggest reward. Then, the book seems to aside, ¿but that not all there is to life¿there¿s family, too!¿ In this, the book contradicts itself by painting success in a positive light, but showing that he is closest to his family when he is most ¿unsuccessful¿ (after Mark, the main character, quits his job, before his book takes off). So, in the end, even the author¿s main message is unclear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    The Choice - Simply Phenomenal!

    I read this book at one sitting! I could not put it down. The title 'The Choice' captures the true essence of our existence. Everything we do is governed by choice - our choices, our decisions! That's an important lesson. Further, understanding that our choices have consequences, for example in choosing to become a writer his finances suffered, but he lived a richer life. That too is another lesson. Success is more than toys and things. Read the book, the style is easy to read, and there are many,many lessons in it for the discerning reader!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    powerful

    Og Mandino delivers a powerful message through the compelling story of Mark Christopher, a 'successful' insurance company vice-president who leaves the security of his job to become an inspirational writer. Anyone who has already made such a leap of faith, or is thinking about stepping out to pursue their true vocation and become the person they were meant to become, will surely benefit from this book. The Choice is not written for the armchair quarterback, but for someone who is sincerely seeking positive change in their life. Mandino weaves lessons between the lines throughout the book. As an author who has made a choice similar to the fictional Mark Christopher, I found this book to be quite eerie, memorable and moving. Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    I will never forget this book

    When I first read this book I was only ten years old. I was starting to read English novels and books, to practice the language (since it is not my first), when a friend of mine ( he was probably 30 years at the moment) gave me this book, as a present. I was so completely shocked by this book. It got me thinking, of how much I have been missing out, me being so... pessimistic. I have never been so moved by any book in my life. Even though I had to have a huge dictionary right besides me to even understand some words, I tell you I was so glad that I had taken the time to read it. I have been an Og Mandino's fan since then. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fulfilling reading once in a while.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2001

    Few Words, Powerful Message

    If anybody can write a book with a message capable of changing one's life and do it with few words, this writer is Og Mandino. 'The Choice' is easy reading, is interesting, and when you turn the last page you feel ready to get up and start flexing the muscles you've long forgotten about: your choices.

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