Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within.

Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within.

by Maria Shriver

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"Maria Shriver is wise, funny and caring--and it all comes through in her winning guide to life, JUST WHO WILL YOU BE? We're lucky to have her show us the way."
-- Tom Brokaw

"Maria teaches all of us in the graduate program of life to seek meaning through the joy of following your heart. Just the kind of advice a heart surgeon cherishes."
--Mehmet Oz, M.D.

"Everything Maria Shriver does is a testament to how deeply she respects and cares about people; all people, all over the world. She really does. She is as charming and funny as she is brilliant and profoundly humane."
--Anne Lamott

"Maria Shriver is real, vulnerable, humble, honest (just like her book) and not afraid to say so. A lovely book by a lovely person."
--Danielle Steel

"This honest, straight-talking, profound little book is worth a lifetime of reflection. It calls readers of all ages to think again-and differently-about who they've been in the past and who they want to be now. This book is a life-stopper, a truly universal piece. It's a must for everyone-of any age."
--Sister Joan Chittister

"Every graduate (of anything) ought to be given a copy of this book along with their diploma. There's wisdom, compassion and truth between these covers. For anyone -- at any age."
--Linda Ellerbee, Executive Producer, "Nick News"

"I've learned that asking ourselves not just what we want to be, but who we want to be is important at every stage of our lives, not just when we're starting out in the world. That's because in a way, we're starting out fresh in the world every single day."

Just Who Will You Be? is a candid, heartfelt, and inspirational book for seekers of all ages. Inspired by a speech she gave, Maria Shriver's message is that what you do in your life isn't what matters. It's who you are. It's an important lesson that will appeal to anyone of any age looking for a life of meaning.

In her own life, Shriver always walked straight down her own distinctive path, achieving her childhood goal of becoming "award-winning network newswoman Maria Shriver". But when her husband was elected California's Governor and she suddenly had to leave her job at NBC News, Maria was thrown for a loop. Right about then, her nephew asked her to speak at his high school graduation. She resisted, wondering how she could possibly give advice to kids, when she was feeling so lost herself. But in the end she relented and decided to dig down and dig deep, and the result is this little jewel.

Just Who Will You Be? reminds us that the answer to many of life's question lie within -- and that we're all works in progress. That means it's never too late to become the person you want to be.

Now the question for you is this: Just who will you be?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401395506
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/15/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 706,793
File size: 570 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maria Shriver is an award-winning journalist, and the author of five bestselling books, And One More Thing Before You Go, What's Heaven?, Ten Things I Wish I'd Known--Before I Went Out into the Real World, What's Wrong with Timmy?, and What's Happening to Grandpa?. She and her husband live in California with their four children, Katherine, Christina, Patrick, and Christopher.

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Just Who Will You Be?: Big Question - Little Book - Answer Within 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing, and although I finished it in just about an hour, it was one of the most inspirational books I have ever read. Maria Shriver gives advice for people of all ages and being a teenager, I understood what she was talking about and got what she meant. This book changed how I look at things and how to better plan my life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw Just Who Will You Be? Big Question. Little Book. Answer Within, I grabbed it and read it on the spot in Barnes and Noble. I still bought the book and a copy for my friend's daughter, who is graduating college in May and is terrified of the prospect of 'being in the real world.' Maria Shriver spoke at the high school graduating class of her nephew and the students and parents asked her to write a book based on the speech so they could more clearly remember what she said. I'm glad she listened. She discusses how a recent study found that kids today want fame more than anything else. (I read the survey and they overwhelmingly want to be actors or sports figures.) She tells the class that: 'fame isn't a goal worthy of your life.' Shriver describes why fame shouldn't be a goal, that fame can't give you meaning and purpose. Instead, Shriver advises to follow your heart, discover who you are, who your authentic me really is. The poem she read to the class is in the book and is powerful and true. Here is one stanza I really enjoyed: You can be girly and strong Have careers and go far And when you get married Not lose who you are The stanza for the boys is equally as good. Shriver acknowledges that we keep changing, growing and evolving as we age and that this is a good thing. She tells the reader about her experiences with growing and changing and they come straight from her heart and were very inspiring to me. Ultimately, who you will be is based on getting in touch with your feelings and discovering your authentic self. Finally, I related to this book because I've been feeling stuck lately. I published my first book a year ago. Ask most authors and they will tell you it's like giving birth and the first year like raising a child. To add to the excitement, the book won awards! But now, a it's year later and it's like the kid moved out of the house! I've had my moments (ask my husband,) and reading this book has finally inspired me to move on. I will always be an author, but I am also uniquely me and now its time for my next step. Thank you for inspiring me, Maria! By the author of the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Maria Shriver is the definition of the word class. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for inspiration. The Govenator's wife may just have a political career of her own some day!
phoenixcomet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A gem of a book, reminiscent of Dr. Suess' Oh The Places You'll Go. Wise words for graduating seniors or for anyone questioning who they are and what they want to be.
she_climber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, very short, insightful question, defintely gave me some things to think about.
LivelyLady on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The essence of this book is the preface and comments of a talk that she gave at her nephew's high school graduation. The talk was a poem about "Just Who Will You Be?" Shriver did reveal some of her quest of finding herself outside the role of being a Kennedy, a newsreporter, and California's first lady. This would be a good gift for anyone making changes in their life.
CAL7014 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is great for graduation and then to refer afterward. It is a copy of a speech that Maria Shriver gave at a graduation. This is a funny and inspiring book.
SouthernGirlReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never read any of her other books. . She has always seemed very professional and confident in all the interview and reports she's done on tv. I guess being born into the Shriver/Kennedy family you're expected to do great things and be ambitious and professional. Surprisingly and happily, this book shows a completely different side of Maria.She is warm, funny and even after all the success she's had professionally and personally, she has an uncertainty and almost a shyness about who Maria Shriver is. Its endearing, actually to know that someone of her public stature and familial fame could be unsure of herself. The speech she gave at a high school graduation was the basis for this book and it was a terrific speech! Sadly, I can't even remember who the guest speaker was at my own graduation, but I can tell you with almost certainty that the graduating class that was fortunate enough to have Ms. Shriver, won't soon forget. It was inspirational without being boring or ordinary. This little book is the perfect graduation or birthday gift for someone who is about to enter a new phase of their life or even someone who is thinking of making a change and just needs a little encouragement. Its a great book to pass on to people you care about.
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I bought this book after watching the charismatic, delightful Maria Shriver plugging it on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment. It serves only as a forum for a huge ego, an obvious mid-life crisis, and a desperate cry for apparently-needed psychotherapy. It should have been entitled "Just Who Will I Be?" I've never seen the words "I", "Me", and "My" used so often in one small tome. However, the worst part of the book was her very poor effort at poetry. That was an embarrassment. Save your money.
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RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
This brief little book by Maria Shriver is sincere and simple. In it, she poses the question; ¿Just who will you be?¿ She tells of her own journey to find the answer, sparked by a commencement speech ¿ including an extended poem ¿ that she gave to her nephew¿s graduating class. She realized that stripped of her exterior roles and identities ¿ First Lady of California, wife of actor turned politician, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, member of the Kennedy family and network television newswoman ¿ she felt empty and uncertain. Not surprisingly, her spiritual search revealed that roles and fame don¿t define you. Every human is worthy of love and respect. If you don¿t mind an occasional touch of the sentimental and even, sometimes, sophomoric, and you¿re curious about the book¿s famous author, getAbstract believes you¿ll enjoy this visit with her.
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A perfect book for people who don't know who they're going to be.
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