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Half Full:Meditations on Hope, Optimism, and The Things That Matter, by Mina Parker

Half Full Meditations on Hope, Optimism and the Things That Really MatterFinished 2-1-12, rating 3.5/5, 126 pages, pub. 2006

I don’t remember where I picked this up, but I remember why.  I loved the cover and the beautiful pages as I flipped through and I decided to use it as a daily boost.  I am not a morning person and I really need a jolt of positive energy to start the day or the fifth time (okay, the second time) that sippy cup gets thrown to the floor or the cereal laden spoon goes flying I tend to get annoyed.  This book was perfect for that daily reminder to look on the bright side.

Each page has a quote, a few paragraphs to read and a one line thought to see you through the day.  There are 42 photographs throughout the book that aren’t always recognizable but the colors are amazing.  It is a really pretty book.  The paragraphs aren’t always deep, but it was a nice, positive few minutes every morning.

One of later pages stuck with me and it uses Albert Einstein’s words as a starting point (The first line of the reading is “I am a know-it-all.” and that spoke to me a bit too much :))

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand. 

This is a nice book of meditations that is full of positive energy and a nice change of pace if you usually read more spiritual thoughts.

This was from my personal library. 

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February 6, 2012 - Posted by | 3 1/2 Star Books |

11 Comments »

  1. It’s great that this can help you over those frustrating moments!

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  2. Sounds like a great way to start your day.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  3. I love that quote. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ policy about television children watching: NO television nor any video viewing for children less than 2 years old. That quote proves that policy’s validity: Imagination is more important than knowledge. I just learned a good line to sell that policy:) Thanks!

    Comment by BookQuoter | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  4. YES! This is so, so true –> “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

    Comment by Beth Hoffman | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  5. This sounds like a great way to start your day.

    Comment by Jenners | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  6. This does sound like a great book for when you need a little lift!

    Comment by Amused | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  7. This sounds like a wonderful way to start each day!

    Comment by Kathleen | February 6, 2012 | Reply

  8. Sounds like a book many people could use – glad you found it helpful. I remember those days of the sippy cup hitting the floor along with most of the food :)

    Comment by Mary | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  9. I am a know-it-all too! :D sounds like a good book to start out the day!

    Comment by Staci@Life in the Thumb | February 7, 2012 | Reply

  10. Looks like a good book for the bedside. I have a similar book on meditation that I will review sometime soon!

    Comment by harvee | February 12, 2012 | Reply

  11. That sounds lovely. A nice positive book. Sometimes you need to read that sort of stuff no matter what time of day.

    Comment by Caspette | February 15, 2012 | Reply


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