As amazing as it sounds, it is. There is significance in every event of our lives, from the most joyful and empowering to the inexplicable or seemingly unjust. In Everything Happens for a Reason, psychotherapist Mira Kirshenbaum encourages us to discover the meaning in what has happened to us, seeing these experiences as gifts, lessons, or opportunities. Building on more than twenty-five years of clinical research, Kirshenbaum helps us decode the confusing or unfortunate moments in our lives and find solace and strength. About Everything Happens for a Reason In each of our lives we are faced with events that seem inexplicable, unjust, even cruel—events that can shatter our perception of the world, our understanding of ourselves, and our faith in a higher power.

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In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. Maya Angelou My wife and step-children gave me this book for Christmas because I always say, Everything happens for a reason. My mother and father both used to say the same thing, but of course, I didnt believe Everything Happens for a Reason: Finding the True Meaning of the Events in Our Lives You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.

In fact, when I went to college I was a huge existentialist. Look at your son next to you. Did you ever think things would work out like they have? And from that point forward, my tough existential mantle began to deteriorate until it finally crumbled. So it was with great anticipation that I read Ms. She is not only a best-selling author, but a practicing psychotherapist. The author devotes a chapter to each reason. Like a scientist, she lays the foundational proposition up front and then dissects and analyzes the elements, backing up her suppositions with stories of real people or her own life experiences.

Obviously, the approach is very clinical in nature which is somewhat of a nice departure from other books on the subject. Most books on the topic fall somewhere between pseudo-science and the occult. There is a self-diagnostic test supplied in each chapter which invites readers to diagnose whether or not they fit into that particular category. A caveat expressed by the author, however, notes that the diagnostic tests like the diagnoses are not engraved in stone and there may be multiple overlaps in categories.

While a scientific approach is certainly welcomed over the mystical, occultish, leave-it-in-the-hands-of-God approach, it is, in my opinion, a bit too restrictive. Sometimes, the answers just do not fall into neat categories.

Nevertheless, Everything Happens for a Reason is a satisfying, though provoking read. To circle back to my opening story — that is, the time I had my epiphany and became a convert and believer in that everything happens for a reason. I put the puzzle together shortly thereafter. She met and married my dad who had lost his wife to cancer many years later and then became pregnant.

The fetus, however, was strangled to death by its umbilical cord about six months into the pregnancy. Back then, it was necessary for my mother to carry the dead baby to term. She still possessed the resiliency to try again and later became pregnant with me. If those terrible, earth shattering things had not happened to my mother and father, I would not be here and this review would never have been written.

Jan 19, Barbara rated it it was amazing I loved this book. Things became clearer a little more. Loved the Mandy sayings and quotes from the book such as When you discover the meaning of the events in your life, everything changes.

The good that comes out of bad things that happen to you is to help you become your best, most authentic self. The book talks about letting go of fear as the worst has already happened in your life, what else could happen that has not already happen.

The book gave a lot of great quotes to write down and I loved this book. The book gave a lot of great quotes to write down and come back to time and time again to refresh and remember. A great addition to my library. To help you feel at home in the world.

To help you totally accept yourself. To show you that you can let go of fear. To bring you to the place where you can feel forgiveness. To help you uncover your true hidden talent. To give you what you need to find true love. To help you become stronger. To help you discover the play in life. To show you how to live with a sense of mission. To help you become a truly good Here are the list of reasons why things happen from the book: 1.

To help you become a truly good person.


Everything Happens for a Reason: Finding the True Meaning of the Events in Our Lives

This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. May need free signup required to download or reading online book. From the Hardcover edition. According to Kirshenbaum, there is significance to each of the events in our lives. We all can discover meaning in what has happened to us—seeing such occurrences as gifts, lessons, or opportunities that we might not have been able to get any other way. Building on more than twenty-five years of clinical research, Kirshenbaum has developed tests to help readers decode the confusing or unfortunate events in their lives and find solace and strength in the positive outcomes that exist. Kirshenbaum offers ten universal reasons for the tragedies in our lives, among them letting go of fear, radically accepting ourselves, becoming a truly good person, finding forgiveness, and discovering our mission.


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