Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love

Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love

by Star Jones Reynolds
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Shine: A Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Journey to Finding Love by Star Jones Reynolds

Star Jones Reynolds had done it all. College on scholarship, law school on loans, and life by faith. She had achieved a prestigious career as a lawyer and prosecutor, provided much-needed calm and insight while reporting the Rodney King and O. J. Simpson trials on television, and landed a spot cohosting one of America's most popular daytime television shows, The View. Then why was she feeling so down?

It all began when Star took a close look at herself and her life and realized she wasn't happy with what she saw: obesity precluded her from crossing her legs, she needed an asthma inhaler, she couldn't fasten her own necklace, and, worst of all, she got too tired to shop -- a disaster because Star Jones Reynolds is a seriously committed shopper.

Then she realized something else: with all her extraordinary accomplishments, none of it mattered without true love. Thinking long and hard, she finally understood that she hadn't yet met the man of her dreams because she wasn't ready for him.

Star decided to make it happen. She began a personal journey to reconstitute her physical look, emotional state, and already strong spirituality. Even if she didn't find love, it would be a win-win situation because she'd emerge from the experience a healthier, happier woman -- one who could truly shine. Unless you live on another planet, you know Star succeeded in her quest and did find true love -- and it wasn't that hard at all. In Shine, she shares it all in her wise, revealing, irreverent, laugh-out-loud style.

Shine is divided into three main sections, each exploring core issues of interest to women. Part One guides women toward being their most attractive physical selves using Star's personal secrets on losing weight and finding hair, fashion, and makeup chic (inexpensively). Part Two asks tough questions about emotional preparedness for a relationship and shows you how to think like lawyers, and how to get your financial and emotional houses in order. Part Three delves into a woman's spiritual life -- discover how to talk to God no matter what your religion. Spiking the book are Star's "absolutes" -- truisms that have always worked for her and continue to give her guidance -- quizzes and self-assessment exercises that will help you focus on your particular strengths and weaknesses.

Everyone knows Star Jones Reynolds is a success story, a happy, rough-edges-to-emotional-and-financial-riches tale. Until you read this book, you won't know how she got there -- and how you can echo her triumphs and shine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061844492
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,019,385
File size: 735 KB

About the Author

Star Jones Reynolds, a lawyer and former prosecutor, began hosting The View in 1997, expanding the show's commentary to law, self-esteem, race, family, education, religion, and media. She is also the author of the best seller You Have to Stand for Something, or You'll Fall for Anything. She lives with her husband in East Hampton and New York City.

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Shine: A Physical, Emotional, & Spiritual Journey to Finding Love 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know why so many people are angry with Star: they are quick to judge that which they don't know. I only know that this book is so sharp, so clever, so funny, so Star-like that I feel as though I know the woman, although I never met her. Star--could you be my best friend? Life would never be dull. You write like a dream and you live your life in a moral and realistic manner. I love your mom, your husband, your dad, your pastor: I love you Star. And--what a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will not make you shine, but grimace with anger that you wasted your money. The book is neither memoir, nor self-help, although it does claim to be both. The author is neither a writer nor an expert, although she assumes these roles. There is very little content the book is merely a collection of self-adulation recounts, platitudes and commonplaces. It abounds with ridiculousness and hypocrisy. I was hoping the author would be able to build more of a substantive argument.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a bit disappointed in this book. There was a lot of good information, but I felt the information was being put out for rich people. Most of the information on the clothing and make-up was definitely not there for the average lady. The emotional and spiritual part had some good information to think about. I also felt as though Star was REALLY bragging about her life-how good she has it. NOT everyone has the wonderful life she has and there are not very many 'Al Reynolds' out there in this world. She got a 1-in-a-million guy, with a wonderful personality, a great job, smart, and rich-but there aren't many of those out there and if they are they are all ready taken. Overall-I got a few bits of information from this book but was very disappointed in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Jones seems like she on an ego trip with her new book and I am afraid that she is playing into the insecurities of those looking for relationships. Relationships test the ego. This is a GOOD thing! It sandpapers us and gives us humility. It seems that Star Jones and 'her rules' for finding a man only appeal to ego. 'He needs to have a credit card' 'He needs to like what you like!' 'The moment you sense he is not the one ... he is not!' Woo Hoo ... my alarms went off on that one! She even goes as far as to say she dumped her last boyfriend because he did not like sports! Did he give a good back massage? Did he do a good job cleaning the kitchen? Wow! And how boring! A person needs contrast. At first I want to listen to Star, because I too believe that you need to find someone who will appreciate you ... yet no one is going to be EVERYTHING you think you deserve. And why do you need that anyway? What insecurity are you harboring to cause you to believe you have to have 'a perfect mate?' What, to show your girlfriends and yourself that you really are ... all that and a bag of chips? I find Star's manner in how to pick a mate terribly self centered and lacking compassion. In fact, it has me feeling this is a very self serving how-to book. I also find myself feeling very sorry for the man who picks her and has to live with her when eventual life changes emerge! It seems to me that Star is molding herself into someone the media will find savvy rather than letting herself be the woman she really is on the outside ... big and beautiful. I miss the 'bigger than life' Star Jones! Come back to us girl, get off that diet and go get yourself a buffalo chicken wing!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sceptical about getting this book at first because of all the mixed reviews. A lot of people said they didn't like it because she talks a lot about herself she does but I think she's just trying to explain how she did things stating you obviously will do things your own way you are your own person and you can take her suggestions or not. In some parts she says one thing and then later says something else that's contradicting that was my only problem with the book otherwise I probably would have given it 5 stars. The start of the book I kind of skimmed and give 3 stars it's about health and nutrition most of which people probably know about but if you don't then you'll benefit from it. The middle I give 4 stars and the end 5. It's deffinintly worth the read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a waste of money and time. Star Jones writes her books the way she lives her life, all for show and glory. She has no inside secrets to finding love. It's all smoke and mirrors. Star, who loves to call herself a Christian, ought to visit with her pastor and learn more about spirituality. Star loves to call herself a diva and fills her life with expensive goodies. Christians do not WISH to be diva's. Save your money and make a donation to your favorite church instead. That will be money well spent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have been a fan of star jones since she came into the public eye. her beauty, grace, and elegance has long inspired me. as a full-figured woman of color, i have identified with star for a long time. after reading her book and following her sage and sparkling advice, i, too, have found love. my man is gorgeous, successful, talented, and he, too, has skin the color of cooked butter. ladies, run, don't walk, to buy this book. when you have a man like mine or al in your life, you will be thanking auntie star!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this follow up to a previous book 'You Have To Stand For Something, Or You'll Fall For Anything' (also available on Barnes & Noble.com) Shine's front cover asks the question 'Is your life as good as it gets?' That's enough to get me thinking. In this book Mrs. Reynolds openly shares a revelation and an action plan that worked for her in achieving her goal of finding love. I find the book to be an easy read that I can read any chapter I choose without having to read it in the order it was written and not miss a beat. It seems to be conveniently self- paced written in plain and simple general American English. No legalese here. The book includes mini quizzes, self-assessments and a Mr. Right wish list. She evens shares which outlet malls have reasonable prices and great selections. I know because I have shopped in a few of them. Star offers basic financial tips ala hubby Mr. AL Reynolds. Throughout the book there are some 'Absolutes' that Star 'knows for sure' My favorite is: 'Freedom comes the moment truth is revealed...' She shares her 'Something for God to do box.' A box where she places all of her problems in and visually turns them over to God for His handling. As the problems are resolved God's To Do box empties out. Star Jones Reynolds is up close and personal, not claiming to be an expert she is the sister, girlfriend giving concise, common sense,sound advice and encouragement sharing the ideas and practices that worked for her. A good place to start for some and a encouraging reminder for others. For the rest I just ask Is YOUR LIFE AS GOOD AS IT GETS???????
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bought the book and I regret why, Miss Jones kept on writing or may I say bragging about herself and how good she got it going on, there was nothing for an average hardworking lady in modern America trying to make ends meet.Made no sense at all!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What my dear were you thinking? You are in a new relationship. Honestly, you are. You dumped your last boyfriend because he didn't like sports. Oh boo hoo, no guy is going to love everything you like. None. I hate that you Miss Jones, are telling women a man should be perfect. Men are NOT perfect. Neither are us women. You NEED to accept someone's flaws. You NEED to find a man that will respect you and your likes and dislikes. You NEED a man that will be honest and devoted. You NEED to use COMMON SENSE. Buying this book would not be common sense ladies. Oh and by the way Miss Jones, you had to change your appearance and become rich before a man would marry you. I really don't think you should give advice to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talk about talking about yourself. It's great that she has plenty of self confidence..but this book goes no place, real quick. Keep your day job. It doesn't even fall into the memoir arena.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that shows, finally, how deep, how wise and how funny this woman really is. She is honest and straghtforward and gives practical advice on how to reach the stars...as she has done. Make no mistake--she's a diva, and she loves that---but she also is the sweetest daughter, friend and wife. SHNEs is a book devoid of bull----. Unembarrased about her love for shopping, she shares her outlets and her smarts in getting the best for less. And if you ever wondered how to talk to God---she shows you how she does it.I love this book. I admire the woman who stands tall and proud in the wake of people who hate. It's a fab gift.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book.........I was in a slump for a really long time....I was walking through walmart and noticed her face on a book cover and just kept walking then the next day I was in Barnes and noble and noticed the book again.......Well let me put it to you like this....my trip to barnes and noble was supposed to be short however I began to read her book and ended up staying there for three hours.....and walking out the door purchasing seven books total within three days to share with my mother and personal friends.....I Love you star..thanks.....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book provides less contact with reality than a WWE pay-per-view. Star Jones, the girthy shameless freebie-grubber, giving life advice to us little people. All for a price of course. Since she has no shame - and no sense of reality, based on this book - anyone who buys it should feel a deep sense of shame of their own. Buy it only for a book full of unintentional comedy... if you can stand being annoyed on virtually every page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is terrible! it's condescending and overly simplistic. I wished I lived in Star's world, not in reality!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book out of curiosity. The only reason it didn't disappoint is because it was a non-stop laugh riot. This 44 year old woman is describing interests and activities in a way that would be expected of someone half her age. The candor and unabashedness with which she describes her sex activities is embarassing and should not be found in a book describing one's spiritual walk. I was confused by Mrs. Reynold's very contradictory thoughts materialistic at one moment and devoutly Christian the next. While many Christians struggle to not focus on the materialistic things in life, none would endeavor to write a self-help book instructing others on ways to be materialistic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since she has been on most of the talk show programs discussing this book, I went out and got a copy of SHINE today. Thus far I've only read a few pages but so far it getting better as I read her story. The best of luck to you STAR in all of your endeavors especially since you are my sorority sister toooooo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The idea of Star 'Gimme Gimme Gimme!' Jones giving us advice on marriage and spirtuality is laughable, at the very least. This is the woman who brags about how much she loves bling and material things, and in the next breath, she's a devout Christian? Last time I checked, Jesus wasn't too thrilled with people who cheat their employees. (Which reminds me, Star, have you payed the gardener yet? With actual money, not signed glossies of yourself.) Page after page of her deluded ramblings do not make for compelling reading. If you want advice on how to be a self-righteous, materialistic, selfish snob with delusions of grandeur, then, and only then, is 'Shine' a guide for life. For the rest of us, I quote the late, great Dorothy Parker: 'This is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really was not impressed and felt more that Mrs Reynolds is looking for validation then anything else. As she attempts to convince her readers that she has a perfect relationship, when infact it's all an obvious facade. She and Al need to move to the same country MJ moved to. Where no one knows them and don't care to know them and they can live that strange fantasy life by themselves and leave us all alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Jones, her sham marriage, and her insipid, naive, immature writing is a Pure Joke. Having just left the library, where so many readers where literally laughing out loud at some of the passages, is a clue to steer clear of this pathetic attempt at advice on love and relationships.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a lot of useful advice in this book and I think there is a misperception that the book deals only with her personal life. That's not it all. The book is fun and I love all of the shopping and beauty tips. I also have seen Star at a book appearance in NYC and she doesn't seem to have forgotten where she comes from.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star should come clean about how she lost her weight before she tries to give people advice on life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love her book. I love Mrs. Jones-Reynolds, but why will she not share her weight loss secret with her fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so glad star jones is a sister who knows how to get what she wants! This girl deserves the best because she is the best! I look for forward to seeing star do bigger and greater things! thank you , star , for writing the book. god bless you.