Article Title: A "Review" of 'The Choice' by Og Mandino
Submitted by: Craig Lock
Category/Key words: 'The Choice', Og Mandino, book "reviews", inspirational books, good books.

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Article Summary:
We do not simply react to our surroundings, we have a choice. We can choose our response, we can choose our attitude, we can choose our actions, and, therefore, we can choose our own future.

"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."


A "REVIEW" OF 'THE CHOICE' by Og Mandino

The Special Person You Were Meant to Be

"If you can value truth above approval, and friendship over power,
wealth, or fame,
If you can share your gifts wisely, leaving someone better off than
when you came,
If you find happiness, simple pleasures, and see the rainbow,
not the falling rain ,
If you have faith to keep on believing in miracles that no one
can explain,
If you live every day to your potential and find the goal in everything
you see,
Then you'll be, not just happy and successful, but the person only you
were meant to be."

Submitter's Note:

I ‘ve been reading this most uplifting book by Og Mandino; so am sharing this short "review" in the spirit of passing on "bits" of the content, in the form of thoughts, quotations, concepts and principles (like the Laws of the Universe). And as I share, I learn too! In this piece I'm sharing what I feel is the central message of Mr Mandino's highly inspiring book (first published by Bantam Books, a division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc in 1984). ISBN 0-553-24576-7

To properly understand my "highlighted" notes, you need to read the book fully put them in their proper context. (Where the pronoun "his" is used in this article, please substitute "her" if appropriate)
Thank you, Mr Mandino and Bantam Books.


A "REVIEW" OF 'THE CHOICE' by Og Mandino

Just sharing a few thoughts from Og Mandino's most uplifting to rekindle the flame of hope in every reader

How to "conquer" life. How to get anything you want in life: A better way of living.

"I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things, sorrow, misfortune, and suffering, are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key."
- Charles Fletcher Hummis

"Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation..."
- James Allen

Words, thoughts, ideas and especially imagination have the power to create.

"Your only limit is your own imagination"

Happiness is nothing to do with getting (ie. material possessions).

Count your blessings living with an "attitude of Gratitude".

My achievements will never rise higher than my faith in myself.

1. Count your blessings
2. Proclaim your rarity
3. Go another mile
4. The power of choice
5. Do all things with love.

The greatest miracle in the world is YOU!

Man's potential to uplift his life through the proper use of the tools, the gifts he has received from his Creator.

You are more than a human being, you are a human becoming. You are capable of great wonders - your potential is unlimited.

YOU can be a shining example of how much was possible to accomplish with one's life despite obstacles and handicaps.

This world has provided me with everything a man could desire. It is time I began to repay my debt by doing all I can to help make a better life for all mankind.

So long as I have something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for, I shall be happy.

You have discovered the missing key. CHOOSE to use it.

HOW you want to live your life, to map our own way, to write our own Book of Life in any manner that we choose. The CHOICE is up to YOU!"

Be happy

Shared by Craig Lock ("Information and Inspiration Distributer, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder")

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

"Only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find his right road."

- Dag Hammarskjold (Swedish former Secretary General of the United Nations, tragically killed in an air-crash)

"Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world... for the better"

These thoughts may be freely published


"He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it. Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become."
- James Allen

"No vision and you perish; No Ideal, and you're lost; Your heart must ever cherish Some faith at any cost. Some hope, some dream to cling to, Some rainbow in the sky, Some melody to sing to, Some service that is high."
- Harriet Du Autermont

"Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the sea-faring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and following them, you reach your destiny."
- Carl Schurz (US General and politician (born in Germany 1829,
d 1906)

"Since I can never see your face,
And never shake you by the hand,
I send my soul through time and space
To greet you. You will understand."
- James Elroy Flecker

"Together, one mind, one heart, one life at a time, let's plant the seeds of a better and brighter future."

Author's Bio: 

About the Submitter:

Craig believes in (and loves) sharing information and insights to try to make some difference in this world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical journey to live their dreams and be all they can be... and that brings him the greatest joy. He truly believes in the great potential of people to be all they can be an become. Craig is currently "working" on 'Endless Possibilities, Far and Great Horizons' - true inspiring stories of the human condition in overcoming seemingly impossible odds.

In his life mission Craig hopes to encourage, motivate and inspire people to be their best through realising their full potentials and live their very best lives. Craig believes in the great potential of every human being in the journey of life and loves to encourage people to share their individual (and guiding) spirits, so that they become all that they are CAPABLE of being.

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"A book is small enough to hold in your hand; but when you read it, the walls fall away and you're in a room as big as the world."

"A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."

- Chinese proverb

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

- Groucho Marx

"Together, one mind, one soul at a time, let's see how many people we can impact, empower, encourage and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials. Change YOUR world and you help change THE world... for the better"