The Choice

The Choice

by Og Mandino

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Choice! The key is Choice. You  have options. You need not spend your life  wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame,  and self-pity. But, hold on! If this is true then  why have so many among us apparently elected to  live in that manner? The answer is obvious. Those who  live in unhappy failure have never exercised their  options for a better way of life because they have  never been aware that they had any  Choices !

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553245769
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/28/1986
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 90,237
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 4.30(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Og Mandino is one of the most widely read inspirational and self-help authors in the world. Former president of Success Unlimited magazine, Mandino was the first recipient of the Napoleon Hill Gold Medal Award for literary achievement. Og Mandino was a member of the Council of Peers Award for Excellence Speaker Hall of Fame and was honored with a Master of Influence Award by the National Speakers Association. Og Mandino died in 1996, but his books continue to inspire countless thousands all over the world.

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The Choice 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
pen-mike More than 1 year ago
At the time I read this book I was in need of a lot of help. My life seemed about to get out of control. Depression was close at hand. This wonderfull book lifted my spirit and cleared the way fore me to move on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mandino's story of the struggles associated with life and the importance of our own choices brings a chilling realization that we control our own destiny. This book will motivate, inspire, and force important thought into each of our daily routines that so often shadow our true dreams and goals. Don't read this book if you want a simple answer to the questions of life. Don't read this book if you believe in quick-fix solutions to achieving success. Mandino will do none of that. Rather, he will provide a catalyst for a journey of the most thought provoking period of your life. He will force you to consider your own choices- the importance and relevance they share in your success and the dreams you hope to achieve. His work will saturate your mind with the belief that you can achieve your dreams and success- but that no one but you can make that choice. I recommend this book to every CEO, politician, house wife, working mother, struggling teenager, and dedicated father. This book is for everyone that has a dream- and only hopes that they some day will achieve that dream.
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RedCrystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great success comes with the willingness to pay a great priceEvery moment towards the life that we all want contains within it the possibility for a choice--a choice to do the right thing which gives us power and peace.Time is shorter than you think; take action now. Like many self-improvement books, this one is more about catalyzing the motivation to do something great, more than a magic pill for making life better. Well done, and worth re-reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unrealistic characters interacting in improbable ways that are convenient to the overall message: Gosh, you should really spend time with your family and be good and stuff! The book is a sermon populated with one-dimensional characters and not much real advice at all. Tony Robbins meets Touched by an Angel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is another great book from O.G. Mandino. It really makes you look at the choices you make and puts a lot in perspective. This was recommended to me by a business partner of mine and I would personally recommend it to anyone.
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birdofparadise More than 1 year ago
Loved the story!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to anyone & everyone. I'm not ashamed to admit it, but this book brought me to tears. I bought 4 copies to mail to my family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first three chapters were great, and everything went completely downhill from there. The book struggles in its attempt to find its genre/classification. The cover masquerades the book as non-fiction self-help. The first three chapters play off as a ¿realistic fiction.¿ The rest of the book trickles into fiction-fantasy with allegorical overtones. Because it attempts to be all of these things at different times, the book never fully achieves to be any of them, thus giving the book its oil-water mix, non sequitur feel. The success the main character achieves in the book is simply a mimicry of the author's own success, making it a bit of a vain 'victory lap book' or 'self-awarded life achievement award' for the author. As far as the message, I loved the ¿life is about choices.¿ Although the subliminal message that ¿success is approximately equal to money¿ stuck in my throat a little. As it stands in the book, every time he is 'successful,' money is his biggest reward. Then, the book seems to aside, ¿but that not all there is to life¿there¿s family, too!¿ In this, the book contradicts itself by painting success in a positive light, but showing that he is closest to his family when he is most ¿unsuccessful¿ (after Mark, the main character, quits his job, before his book takes off). So, in the end, even the author¿s main message is unclear.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book at one sitting! I could not put it down. The title 'The Choice' captures the true essence of our existence. Everything we do is governed by choice - our choices, our decisions! That's an important lesson. Further, understanding that our choices have consequences, for example in choosing to become a writer his finances suffered, but he lived a richer life. That too is another lesson. Success is more than toys and things. Read the book, the style is easy to read, and there are many,many lessons in it for the discerning reader!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Og Mandino delivers a powerful message through the compelling story of Mark Christopher, a 'successful' insurance company vice-president who leaves the security of his job to become an inspirational writer. Anyone who has already made such a leap of faith, or is thinking about stepping out to pursue their true vocation and become the person they were meant to become, will surely benefit from this book. The Choice is not written for the armchair quarterback, but for someone who is sincerely seeking positive change in their life. Mandino weaves lessons between the lines throughout the book. As an author who has made a choice similar to the fictional Mark Christopher, I found this book to be quite eerie, memorable and moving. Larry Hehn, Author of Get the Prize: Nine Keys for a Life of Victory
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first read this book I was only ten years old. I was starting to read English novels and books, to practice the language (since it is not my first), when a friend of mine ( he was probably 30 years at the moment) gave me this book, as a present. I was so completely shocked by this book. It got me thinking, of how much I have been missing out, me being so... pessimistic. I have never been so moved by any book in my life. Even though I had to have a huge dictionary right besides me to even understand some words, I tell you I was so glad that I had taken the time to read it. I have been an Og Mandino's fan since then. I will definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fulfilling reading once in a while.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If anybody can write a book with a message capable of changing one's life and do it with few words, this writer is Og Mandino. 'The Choice' is easy reading, is interesting, and when you turn the last page you feel ready to get up and start flexing the muscles you've long forgotten about: your choices.