The Right Words at the Right Time

The Right Words at the Right Time


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The Right Words at the Right Time by Marlo Thomas

For those of us in need of hope, a hero, or a healthy dose of inspiration, here is a heartwarming collection of personal revelations from some of today's greatest luminaries whose lives were changed by hearing the right words at the right time.
Marlo Thomas and Friends have contributed their stories and all royalties from The Right Words at the Right Time to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, founded by Ms. Thomas's father, Danny Thomas, in 1962.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743446501
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 386,969
Product dimensions: 6.82(w) x 11.02(h) x 1.08(d)

About the Author

Marlo Thomas graduated from the University of Southern California with a teaching degree. She is the author of six bestselling books: Free to Be…You and Me; Free to Be…a Family; The Right Words at the Right Time; The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2: Your Turn!; Thanks & Giving: All Year Long; and her memoir, Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. Ms. Thomas has won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame for her work in television, including her starring role in the landmark series That Girl, which she also conceived and produced. She is the National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was founded by her father, Danny Thomas, in 1962.

In 2010, Ms. Thomas launched her website,, on The Huffington Post and AOL. She lives in New York with her husband, Phil Donahue.

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Right Words at the Right Time 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Right Words at the Right Time, edited by Marlo Thomas, is a book about turning points, shifts in people¿s lives that allow them to grow and expand. Over 100 successful actors writers, musicians, athletes, artists and journalists share moments in their lives when words spoken to them had a profound effect. I really enjoyed how honest and diverse all of these stories are. Whether the person acted in opposition to what was said to them ¿ Muhammed Ali won the Gold Medal at the Olympics at seventeen after a teacher told him he wouldn¿t ever be ¿nuthin¿¿ when he was twelve years old ¿ or whether they received words of encouragement ¿ like Marlo Thomas herself, whose father told her to ¿run her own race¿ ¿ it was inspiring to see how making a difference in someone¿s life makes a huge difference in the world. While the book has a clear appeal by virtue of its use of celebrities, the impact of each story springs from its simplicity and humanity. If making a difference in people¿s lives and in your own life turns you on, I highly recommend the book Working On Yourself Doesn¿t Work by Ariel & Shya Kane. This book explores the phenomenon of transformation, a shift away from mechanical, habitual ways of relating towards being present to each moment of your life and letting magic, ease, success and well being into your life everyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Marlo Thomas has assembled a large, impressive, and diverse cast of characters, and the accounts they share vary widely. You can read the book in order, or choose to flip from one celebrity's story to another. Some accounts are truly personal-- Billy Crystal's or Ellen DeGeneres's, for example. Others, like Hillary Clinton's, are no surprise and are in keeping with their public persona. Either way, there's much to be learned here, and the fact that Ms. Thomas has managed to pull this together (and is donating proceeds to her father's charity) is impressive. Also read 'Open Your Mind, Open Your Life' by Taro Gold -- another great book of wisdom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This woman has inspired me my entire life. This is a soul touching collection that speaks towards finding inner strenth.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Right Words at the Right Time is the perfect book for a recent graduate or someone making a life change. Its many stories show how various celebrities became successful because of wise words from others. The stories are fascinating, and give you an insight into what drives or inspires that celebrity to success. Many of the lessons and words can apply to anyone. And an added benefit of the purchase of the book is that all profits from the book are given to St. Judes Hospital for Children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's better to learn from other people's experiences sometimes. You'll be wiser after reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Inspirational true stories about making a difference in someone's life.