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A Year of Doing Good: One Woman, One New Year's Resolution, 365 Good Deeds Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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Banish January blues with A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly who resolved to do one good turn day. . . utterly uplifting (Fanny Blake Woman & Home)
A funny, uplifting and admirable book (Observer)
Fizzing with energy Judith's writing is open-hearted and funny. . . though not a guide to doing good, Judith's story may inspire you to do a little more for others this year (Express)
Glorious sincerity. . .the admiring accounts of others' lives, the detailing of the deeds gladly done or furiously resented, the unending chaos of family life - all are rendered honestly, colourfully and occasionally hilariously (Lucy Mangan Sunday Times)
A truly inspirational book with which to begin a New Year . . . witty and moving (National Library of Scotland)
A Year of Doing Good inspires the reader with the day-to-day journey of meaning, gratification and joy that comes from contributing to the lives of others in so many creative ways. For those who want to put "do unto others" in the centre of their lives and reap the unexpected benefits of happiness and health, this is the book for you. Elegantly written, the words jump off the page. (Stephen G. Post, PhD, author of The Hidden Gifts of Helping)
About the Author
Judith O'Reilly is a writer and journalist. Her first book Wife in the North was based on her blog of the same name and was a bestseller. Her second book, a novel, is living in a drawer. Her third book is this one. She is married with three children, and for one year she tried to be good.
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All in all, I laughed, almost cried, was moved and made to reflect many times while reading this book. I was happy to discover that I can now read her earlier book Wife in the North.
I was also interested in her own attitude to money. She complains that her husband won't 'let her' spend any money, then suddenly their phone is cut off because they can't pay the bill. Yet she doesn't feel responsible, or consider what is going wrong with their budgeting! As it's nothing to do with her, like filling the car with petrol (a man's job - not my fault if I break down in a snowstorm).
I didn't enjoy the book much, but I admired the honesty about her life and thoughts.
I found this a very satisfying book to read - amusing, emotional and fun - and would thoroughly recommend it.
I'd recommend to anyone wanting to read something different
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