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I’ve Been Thinking

Updated: Jul 4, 2018

A beautiful and inspiring book to help ignite reflection and clarity.



I’VE BEEN THINKING is a book of reflections and meditations on how to live a life full of meaning. It is written by MARIA SHRIVER who grew up in a family where people did meaningful things, like run for President, or started programs that changed peoples lives. As a prominent woman that juggles many roles, Shriver knows just how hectic and stressful everyday life can be. In this heartfelt book, Shriver offers up the lessons she learned along the way.

“I complain about such stupid stuff. My kids do, too. I’ve been thinking about how really unattractive it is—at least to me—how utterly negative it is, and how I can choose to change it. Like right now.”


This book is indeed a rare gem. It’s a book that must be consumed very slowly and then reread frequently. It would make a great gift book for any woman struggling with the twists and turns on the rollercoaster of life. I received this delightful book as a gift from my dear friend, Dale, and I will certainly be passing it on to others.

We all struggle with who we are, or what we think and how we can make a difference. This book offers over sixty different reflections, quotes and prayers to help stimulate your own thought process. Some of my favorites were reflections titled Chasing the Illusion of Perfection, I’m Giving Up Complaining, and Why We Should Stop Trying to “Go It Alone.” Shriver’s writing is thoughtful, honest and highly relatable. It’s full of her own heartfelt personal stories and she soulfully explores each reflection with a fresh and modern perspective. This is one of my favorite books of 2018.

MARIA SHRIVER is the mother of four, a Peabody Award winning and Emmy Award winning journalist and producer. She is the author of six bestselling books, a NBC News Special Anchor, and the founder of the Women Alzheimer’s Movement. This book evolved from her I’ve Been Thinking column in her digital newsletter, The Sunday Paper.

Publisher Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

Publication February 27, 2018

“Perfection doesn’t make you feel perfect. It makes you feel inadequate.”
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