Out on a Limb

Out on a Limb

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by Shirley MacLaine

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Her most controversial book is one you will never forget.  An outspoken thinker, a celebrated actress, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on an intimate yet powerful journey into her personal life and inner self.  An intense, clandestine love affair with a prominent politician sparks


Her most controversial book is one you will never forget.  An outspoken thinker, a celebrated actress, a truly independent woman, Shirley MacLaine goes beyond her previous two bestsellers to take us on an intimate yet powerful journey into her personal life and inner self.  An intense, clandestine love affair with a prominent politician sparks Shirley MacLaine's quest of self-discovery.  From Stockholm to Hawaii to the mountain vastness of Peru, from disbelief to radiant affirmation, she at last discovers the roots of her very existence. . . and the infinite possibilities of life. Shirley MacLaine opens her heart to explore the meaning of a great and enduring passion with her lover Gerry; the mystery of her soul's connection with her best friend David; the tantalizing secrets behind a great actor's inspiration with the late Peter Sellers. And through it all, Shirley MacLaine's courage and candor new doors, new insights, new revelations-and a luminous new world she invites us all to share.

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"A stunningly honest, engrossing account of an intimate journey inward. Shirley MacLaine's discovery of a new sense of purpose, joy, energy, and love will touch and astonish you."—Literary Guild Magazine.

"An immensely appealing woman-bright, open, straightforward, sincere."—The New York Daily News

Library Journal
In Going Within, MacLaine asks tough questions of and gives good advice to the spiritual seeker. She has suffered, felt sorrow and anger, stress, fear, and anxiety, yet she has never allowed herself to be defined by her negative emotions. Instead she asks, "If we are not in harmony with ourselves, how can we possibly be in harmony with anyone else, much less the world that we inhabit?" MacLaine celebrates the independence that comes with the recognition of all emotions, both negative and positive. MacLaine has created many memorable roles as an actress but ironically younger adults may be more familiar with her work as a memoirist and spiritual seeker. In Out on a Limb, MacLaine reveals an intense and secretive loving relationship with a prominent politician, which sparked her quest for self-discovery. Fans of the actress's earlier works will be aware of her love of the journey. Her descriptions of her travels from Stockholm to Hawaii to Peru will stimulate even the most sedate armchair traveler wanting to see more of the world. MacLaine's exploration of life with her lover Gerry requires that she question lifelong relationships with close friends, giving new definition to the phrase "soulmate." Through it all, her candor, willingness to share her experiences, and independence take the listener into the personal life of an outspoken and interesting woman. MacLaine's books and audiocassettes have been best sellers for many years, and libraries with large pop culture, autobiography, and fiction collections should purchase this.--Pam Kingsbury, Alabama Humanities Fdn., Florence Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Richard_Szponder More than 1 year ago
In a candid and courageous exposition, Shirley MacLaine shares the first steps toward her spiritual evolution in Out On A Limb. Braving ridicule and public humiliation, MacLaine first published this memoir in 1986. Twenty-five years and 3 million printed copies later, the book is as relevant (if not more so) than when it first appeared. MacLaine's path toward spiritual enlightenment began like many others'. Yearning to understand the meaning of life and to find her greater purpose amongst humanity, she found herself drawn to key people in her life who would accompany her along her journey of awakening. Using the intimate details of her relationship with a prominent British politician named Gerry as the backdrop, MacLaine explains how difficult it was for her to understand a relationship so obviously mismatched. Still, she found herself almost desperately attracted to this man. Through one of her closest friends, David, she began her foray into the realm of metaphysics by studying near-death experiences and reading about reincarnation. Finding these Eastern concepts difficult to come to terms with, MacLaine visited with several trance mediums who channeled nonphysical entities from the astral plane. Despite her obvious skepticism, she was granted profound and accurate answers from these psychic mediums, and the experience propelled MacLaine forward into years of deep study and self-analysis. By understanding past lives, the relationships formed in those lives, and the karma we bring forward into our current existence, MacLaine suddenly found herself with answers to several unexplained questions regarding her current romance, friendships, and career choices. Studying world-renowned psychic Edward Cayce and his messages obtained by reading the Akashic Record (the spiritual encyclopedia of all existence), MacLaine became firmly grounded in her own faith in the concepts of mysticism (universal consciousness and oneness with God). While in Peru with her close friend David, MacLaine experienced a profound awakening while camping in the mountains. While taking hot mineral baths in the mountain rivers, staying in a shack with a dirt floor, and eating basic foods prepare by the indigenous people, MacLaine and David delve further into metaphysical discussions, including the existence of UFOs and extraterrestrials. David explains to MacLaine that he has had contact with an extraterrestrial named Mayan, and she has shared with him the secrets of human spirituality and enlightenment. Grappling with the concepts David shares with her, MacLaine never really does explain whether or not she truly believes what David shares with her. However, the many real experiences and constant synchronicity within her life has expanded her curiosity and brought a true inner peace and happiness. One could read Out On A Limb with a Westerner's mentality and deny the claims of spirituality MacLaine confesses. However, as MacLaine explains, the majority of the world's population (through Eastern tradition) believes in reincarnation, higher spirituality, karma, and the existence of extraterrestrials. One should keep an open mind and heart. This book is a must-read for those on the path of spiritual enlightenment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book describes an honest journey to explore the higher power and origin of our soul and being. Not everyone can afford the luxury of traveling to satisfy their curiosity or the expense of hiring spiritual advisers. It was a great read. I was left feeling there is more to this life than we understand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read book telling a very personal story of how she got started learning about the spiritual realm.
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craykclan More than 1 year ago
I loved this book when it first came out and now I have a Nook and I wanted to get this book, but no can do... it is not available in that format.. I am bummed
Stone More than 1 year ago
This book along with the many others of her books I have read are just incredible. I believe her to be such a great teacher and I look forward to reading more of her books. The "knowing" feeling is something I've always had and I love her books because it really explains a lot of my feelings. Love her!